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Four ways to upgrade your hair care routine
1. UPGRADE YOUR SHEET- MASK GAME
L’Oréal Paris EverPure Hair Sheet Mask ($6), walmart.ca.
Just as facial sheet masks help ingredients sink into skin, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Hair Sheet Mask helps hair absorb conditioner. The one-use foil cap comes pre-filled with conditioner, so you just shampoo, apply the mask, wait five minutes and then rinse. Best to get out of the shower if you plan on taking selfies, though.
2. CONSIDER YOUR HAIRLINE
Although there are many things I’d like to have in common with Kourtney Kardashian, my widow’s peak isn’t one of them. I’ve always found that the V-shaped hairline we share makes styling a challenge, which is further compounded by my hair’s fine texture. But I’m not doomed to have high-maintenance hair forever. Styling-wise, “you need to go with the natural growth pattern,” says hairstylist Wesley Hanlon, creative director at Toronto’s Sassoon Academy and Salon. Blunt-cut ends combined with subtle layers will also make hair look and feel thicker than it is. “If you have baby hairs in the corner of your recession, you’ll get that ‘ledge’ if it’s cut traditionally for someone who has a round hairline,” says Hanlon. He uses a cutting technique called “notching”: “It’s a way to layer hair so it blends really smoothly without making it look like you have two haircuts.” How do you know if you have fine hair? Hanlon looks at the diameter of the individual hairs—are they narrow or coarse?—as well as the amount of hair on your head. You could have fine individual strands but a ton of hair overall.
3. SLEEP ON SILK
Cilque Silk Pillowcase ($69), at cilque.com.
Cotton fibres can tug at hair, causing breakage. Silk lessens friction—ergo, your blowout will last longer. (And going to bed will feel at least twice as luxurious.) Look for 100-percent mulberry silk, the highest quality available for bedding. Try: Cilque Silk Pillowcase.
4. LOOK TO ROYALTY
Hair by Sam McKnight Modern Hairspray Multi- Task Styling Mist ($40), Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mist ($46), Lazy Girl Dry Shampoo ($35) and Easy-Up Do Texture Spray ($46), at lacandco.com.
Sam McKnight is skilled enough to have been Princess Diana’s personal hairstylist, but his line of easy-does-it sprays gives styling power to the people.
This article originally appeared in the May 2018 issue of ELLE Canada.