Wouldn’t it be great if you could wake up one morning and – presto – you had hair like Rapunzel? Sadly, the dream stops right there, we’ll give it to you straight – there’s simply no magic bullet to make hair grow longer overnight. Inch-by-inch, day-by-day – you’ve got to play the long game. Which means creating the right environment for healthy hair to grow – with no splitting, snapping or breakage.
So, when you’re suffering from serious growing pains and the waiting just gets too hard, here are our 10 commandments for getting your longest, strongest hair:
Step 1: Choose the right shampoo: Hair isn’t silly – it knows exactly what it wants. And to help it grow longer, it demands a specific set of ingredients. Bring out the best in your hair by picking a shampoo that contains Keratin – a protein found naturally within each strand, which helps save it from snapping. New L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Length Restoring Shampoo ticks the Keratin box to repair and renew. The formula also contains castor oil (an ingredient well known in DIY communities as essential for hair health) as well as vitamins B and PP to guard against breakage from the inside too.
Step 2: Don’t wash too often: You know that expression, “too much of a good thing”? Like cupcakes on a Friday afternoon: The first one is naughty but nice – the fourth just makes you nauseous. So, shampooing is good – seriously good – but to grow long hair, try and limit yourself to doing it once every other day. Too much cleansing and you’ll strip the scalp and make it dry, bringing growth to an emergency stop. If things get greasy, here’s the trick: Double-cleanse, (just as you would longwear make-up) the roots alone.
Step 3: Get conditioner smart: Like skincare for hair, this is all about prepping the correct canvas – and here, conditioner will prove your good friend. Bypass those roots, which can get clogged with product build-up, and save the conditioning TLC of L’Oreal Paris Dream Length Detangling Conditioner for lengths below ear-height. Max out the benefits by gently pressing the formula into lengths and ends before rinsing. Et voila – your tips are sealed. Now you can skip your salon appointment and start growing that hair back.
Step 4: Don’t brush when your hair is wet: Yes, life’s too short to spend it detangling – but brushing your hair when it’s drenched from the shower is like a shortcut to breakage. Wet hair is fragile – and it snaps under pressure. So, to grow hair longer, play by the rules and simply stick to brushing when your hair is dry. If your hair is extremely damaged and fragile, gently using your fingers is an option as well.
Step 5: Skip super tight styles: That killer tight pony may look like a good idea. But then again, appearances can be deceptive. Dragging your hair back seriously stresses your scalp and hair out, making breakage all the more likely. So, pick a snag-proof hair tie like an Invisibobble or scrunchie and loosen up a little. Trust us, your lengths will thank you.
Step 6: Head massages are awesome – so do them more often: There are few things more relaxing than a head massage, so no wonder your scalp loves them too. Use a calming essential oil to ramp things up and the pressure from your fingers will increase circulation to your scalp. Plus, regular scalp massage is known to lower stress hormone levels, which can contribute to hair loss. Who knew that the secret to growing healthy hair lay beneath your fingertips all this time?
Step 7: Do a treatment once a week, (because treats make you and your hair happy): We get it: You’ve got Instagram to update, and Snapchats to view. Then there’s your social life and job too. But everyone’s got five minutes for a special treat. Take L’Oréal Paris Dream Length Saviour Mask: It’s rich, it’s caring, it envelops your lengths when you apply it from ear-height down – we like to think of it as a cuddle for our hair. You can even double up and apply it after your conditioner if your hair is feeling really damaged. You’ll notice the difference in shine, strength and softness after just a few minutes.
Step 8:Never skip heat protectant, (it’s literally a cardinal sin): Being fried beneath 230-degree heat would freak you out – so have a care for your poor hair. Yes, some protectants feel sticky to the touch – not to mention that they stink of alcohol. But L’Oréal Paris Dream Length leave-in No Haircut Cream actually penetrates the hair, to skip greasiness in favour of heat protection, softness and shine. Its texture is so lightweight that it’ll remain gunk-free, even on dry hair.
Step 9: Pick a boar bristle brush every time: Rescue those last centimeters from the mean blade of the scissors by being clever with your brush choice. Boar bristles distribute your scalp’s natural oils evenly through roots, lengths and tips when you’re running around between washes. Strange but true, this will even help you go longer before you need to wash again, just as commandment 2 recommends.
Step 10: Pat, don’t rub – you’ll only regret it later: So, you’ve nailed the other 9 commandments but hey, there’s always room for growth. Rubbing your hair dry with a towel will only lead to breakage and frizz. Instead, ever so gently, pat your hair with your towel to absorb the excess moisture. Strong, long, smooth and shiny – your hair will soon be ready for a selfie.
10 commandments, done and dusted – get ready to wave a fond farewell to your hairdresser in favour of growing long locks. It seems long stories have happy (hair) endings, after all.
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The term purple shampoo has been floating around the beauty sphere for a long time now. It’s most often associated with other words like ‘brassy’ and ‘platinum’ and there’s a common misconception that it is used exclusively for a certain shade of blonde. What if we said that a variety of blonde tones can use this purple-toning shampoo?
Below we’ll give a brief overview of what purple shampoo really is, how it works and, most importantly, how it’ll affect your particular hair colour.
What is purple shampoo?
Purple shampoo has long been promoted with promises of a more clear, vibrant shade of blonde. Purple shampoo is, in short, exactly what it says on the tin: toning shampoo that helps to reduce brassy tones for a more multi-dimensional, bright colour.
Purple shampoo works primarily via the magic of the colour wheel. As most artists know, each colour on the wheel has an opposite shade that perfectly complements it. For the colour yellow – you guessed it – that colour is purple. Because of this natural balance, purple shampoo is great for helping to tone down more of the high-vibrancy yellow (often referred to as brassy) shades that typically show themselves on coloured blonde hair over time. It’s a major player in helping today’s modern blondes achieve the coveted ashy or platinum looks.
Today’s purple shampoo is not the shampoo of yesterday, however. Instead, many advanced formula purple shampoos, such as L’Oréal Paris Elvive Colour Protect Anti-Brassiness Purple Shampoo, are made for coloured hair of different tones.
It may come as no surprise that your hair is already primed for modern purple shampoo use. As always, adding this trusty product into your routine once a week – yes, that is all you need! – will offer visible benefits in banishing brass and excess yellow tones. Reducing your strands of these colours will let the true beauty of your honey strands shine.
For highlighted brunettes
Here’s where it gets interesting. Purple shampoo has often been assumed to not be suitable for brunettes. Because it typically works to neutralise excess yellow tones, purple shampoo is considered a blonde-only product, but for many brunettes, lighter hair strands, like highlights, have the penchant to get brassy just as if the colour was your full head of hair. For brunettes, a once a week standing date with L’Oréal Paris Elvive Colour Protect Anti-Brassiness Purple Shampoo is a perfect way to see a noticeable uptake in vibrancy in your brunette shade. Products like this work after the first use and will leave your hair looking bright and beautiful. Purple shampoo is also suitable for Ombre and Balayage hair.
For grey or white hair
Anyone with grey, silver, salt and pepper or white locks can also reap the rewards of toning down the dial on harsh yellow undertones. The result is more neutral grey or white shade that shines for any generation.
Tips for use
Regardless of what colour hair you intend to use your purple shampoo on there are a few tips for optimal results.
First, use your purple shampoo once a week. Unlike a normal shampoo, which you typically rinse out almost immediately, purple shampoo should be left in for 1-3 minutes to get maximum benefits.
Lastly, using a conditioner like L’Oréal Paris Elvive Colour Protect Anti-Brassiness Purple Conditioner is important to help keep your hair nourished. This conditioner is also purple-toned and should be left in for five minutes following your purple shampoo routine for best results.
To complement this weekly step, use the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Colour Protect shampoo and conditioner as part of your daily routine.
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