Summer hair

Celebrity hairdresser Daniel Galvin Jr gives us the lowdown on style ruts and the secret behind bad hair days…

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Question & Answers

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Bad hair days. What are those all about?

We get ‘bad hair days’ usually because we’re not doing exactly the same thing each day. Your shampoo and conditioner might not suit you, and without realising it you could be using inconsistent amounts of styling products, or applying it differently. You’re probably drying it differently too – rough drying, tipping your head upside down, or blow-drying in sections can all give slightly different results. Look at what you’re doing and take a mental note of what’s working, when. 

What should be my ideal hair routine?  

One that’s manageable, that works for your lifestyle. If you’re always busy, don’t be over adventurous or you won’t keep it up. Here are my basic rules: 

Shampoo hair once if you wash it every day, twice if less frequent

Comb conditioner through with a wide tooth comb (or fingers) to remove dead hair that gets all over your clothes

Before blow-drying, towel dry your hair and if possible, do something else for five or 10 minutes your hair absorbs some of that moisture – it makes it easier to style and improves the end result

Rough dry hair first with a hairdryer, then blow-dry using a soft brush. A hairdryer nozzle is red hot and can burn your hair, so always hold it around four inches away 

What’s the best way to get a salon blow-dry at home? 

Velcro rollers are brilliant, and drying in sections is important. But everyone’s hair is different - get your hairdresser to show you the tools and products they use on your hair and ask them to show you how to use them properly. They’ll know what works best for your hair. You’re paying for that service after all, so don’t be afraid to ask. 

I’m in a style rut. Help! 

Start with a subtle change. Less is definitely more as once you’ve done too much, there’s no going back. A heavy fringe, for example, could take a long time to grow out if you don’t like it, so start with a light one that will grow out more subtly. If you’ve always had long hair but want to go short, try a mid-length cut with a strong layer around your jaw – it will lift your cheekbones and your jaw at the same time. 

If I fancy a change of hair colour, where should I start?  

Around 50 per cent of the custom in my salon is correcting hair colour that’s gone wrong. If you’ve got shoulder length hair and you dye your hair the wrong colour, it’s going to take two years to grow out – that’s a long time. So if you’re doing it yourself, always do a strand test first and go just a shade or two lighter/darker to start with, just to be sure. Take pictures to the hairdresser for inspiration, they’re wonderful because it means everyone’s on the same page. 

How can I improve my damaged hair? 

The next time you’re at the gym, apply an intensive conditioner after washing then sit in the steam room for five to 10 minutes. The heat helps the product permeate to work more effectively. It’s just as good as a salon steam treatment. Alternatively, immerse a head towel in warm water and wrap it round your head instead.  

Myth: If I pluck out a grey hair, three more grow in its place

FALSE. Pluck if you want – but always from the root.

Myth: Rinsing in cold water helps hair shine

TRUE. A cold rinse encourages hair cuticles to sit flat, making hair look shinier.

Myth: You should aim to cut your hair every six weeks

TRUE. If you use straighteners, I’d say every four to five weeks. If you leave it longer, untrimmed split ends move up the hair shaft.

Myth: A regular trim helps hair grow

FALSE. But, it creates the illusion of longer hair because a cut adds volume.