‘Tis the season for love! So, before showering your clients with care and affection, make sure they take some time for themselves to show their hair some well-deserved appreciation…
Here are 5 easy tips and tricks to share in your salon for healthier hair and happier clients;
1. Let your hair down, not just today
First of all, you should recommend that your clients review and consider improving their every-day hair care routines. There are many small and big improvements one can make, not only today, but continuously in the future for healthier and less taxed hair.
Do your clients, for example, use brushes and combs that aren’t optimal for their hair type and cause more breakage and frizz than necessary? Do they regularly drain their follicles in an abundance of products or unnecessarily strain them with styling tools like curling irons, blow driers and tiny ponytail holders that pull on the roots?
These things can be easily adjusted. Help them find the right tool for their specific hair type, propose they reach for a scrunchie instead of a rubber holder, let their hair airdry more often than not and also try out some natural styles.
Pro Tip: They could try using a micro fibre towel or cotton t-shirt instead of a ‘regular’ towel when drying their hair to minimise frizz and breakage. This is also something you can improve in your salon!
2. Integrate hair care before washing the hair
“Pre-pooing”, which usually refers to an oil treatment applied to the hair directly before shampooing it, doesn’t only help with detangling and smoothing hair strands, but it is also a very effective way to lock in moisture and shine as well as protect the follicles from the dryness. This is a simple treatment you can recommend your clients do at home while relaxing or even whilst getting other important stuff done.
One can customise the blend of these oils for individual hair-needs, but the most common DIY oil mix would consist of equal parts of almond, castor, olive, coconut and lavender oils and possibly other essential oil extracts. Recommend they leave this concoction in for a couple of hours (at least one) and then go on with their normal washing routine.
Another pre-poo option is a “hot oil treatment” which focuses more on the scalp and is therefore a potent way to fight dandruff and stimulate growth. Additionally, the heat helps the oil penetrate deeper into the roots and follicles of hair strands, making them less porous and susceptible to dryness. Your clients can heat up the oils (lightly!), then use an applicator bottle for easier distribution to the scalp and slightly damp hair. After massaging the mixture in they should let it penetrate for 15-30 minutes before washing the hair as usual.
3. Scalp Scrubs
If your clients suffer from dandruff, a dry or itchy scalp, oily hair or just want to improve blood circulation and hair growth an organic scalp scrub may be just what they need!
Recommend our new Organic Exfoliative Scalp and Skin Therapy, perfect for your salon and for your clients to take home! After massaging it in for about 10 minutes let it sit for another 20, preferably wrapped in a towel or shower cap, and then simply rinse it out. The special blend of urea, tea tree oil, cocoa seed butter, glycerine and lavender and aloe vera leaf extract relieves tension and itchiness immediately, while restoring moisture and nourishment to the scalp!
Pro Tip: If your client is very intent on improving hair growth, top of this scalp treatment with our clinically proven Hair Growth Serum. After washing the hair apply and massage the serum into the scalp and let it penetrate for 30 minutes before continuing with the usual styling process.
4. Upgrade your moisturising game
A comprehensive and individualised moisturising process should be part of any hair-care routine! So additionally, to shampooing and regular conditioning you should recommend your clients deep condition their hair at least once a week! NATULIQUE’s Intensive Deep Penetrating Hair Mask with certified organic fruit extracts, essential oils and vitamins is a great way to achieve stronger, healthier and smoother hair.
Also make sure to help your clients personalise their routine according to their hair type; their texture and needs determine how long you should leave the product in for, how many times a week it should be used, what kind of products and ingredients work best for them and so on.
You may find that a deep conditioning hair mask in combination with a leave in conditioner works best for locking in moisture and providing shine for one, whereas using only one or two targeted products after washing your hair can prevent excessive greasiness with another.
NATULIQUE provides a wide variety of products for all these different needs, for example clients who are drawn to frizzy hair may react best to our Vitamin E enriched Moroccan Argan Oil and clients with dull and dry hair would benefit from our Nourishing Hair Crème with Vitamin B5 and natural silk protein. Encourage your clients to try out a couple different techniques and products until you find what suits their hair best! There is nothing better than a hairdresser who doesn’t just know hair but their hair.
Pro Tip: If your clients have very fine hair strands a botanical oil treatment - like one with tea tree or lavender oils - before showering may help give their hair some body. If they have medium to thick hair you should opt for products with natural hydrators like coconut oil, aloe Vera or shea butter.
5. Improve your sleeping habits
When you’re resting your hair should be too! Share these tips with your clients to ensure their hair is getting the most out of the night.
The hair should be dried and brushed before going to bed to avoid knots and breakage. If your clients do feel it is necessary to tie their hair, for a desired style or simply preferred comfort, suggest they grab a cotton scrunchie instead of rubber hair band. Also animate them to consider splurging on a satin pillow case or head scarf as the reduced friction noticeably minimises frizz and split ends.
Pro Tip: If they’re too busy during the day to tend to their mane or pay you a visit, they could try out an over-night treatment and let the products do their magic while both them and their hair get a good-night’s rest.
But we find that the ultimate way to take care of your hair is by taking care of yourself!
Remember the body reacts in different ways to emotional and physical stress, so encourage your clients to not just take time for their hair but also themselves!
And the same goes for you! For a healthier salon environment and experience for you and your clients.