Want going-out hair? Go easy on heat and products

As restrictions continue to lift, most of us can’t wait to get back out there in style. And let’s face it, only the most gorgeous hairdo will do.

But before you reach for the straighteners, tongues or gel, here’s a gentle word of warning: Heat and styling products can be harsh on your hair and scalp.

The trouble with heat

Excessive heat near the scalp can damage the moisture barrier and cause the skin to become dry and flaky.

The problem with products

Some ingredients in gels, waxes and serums may cause dryness, while others may lead to product build-up. While hair products can’t cause dandruff directly, they can trigger the symptoms.

The fix!

3 post-lockdown hair styles (with no heat and no products)

The Low Bun

Step 1
Gather your hair into a ponytail

Step 2
Twist the length of the ponytail around its base to make a bun.

The Natural Wave

All you need for this beautifully wavy style is a few hair elastics.

Step 1
Spritz your hair with water then part it in the middle. Now part both side sections into two sections.

Step 2
Divide one of the sections into two more sections and twist them in opposite directions.

Step 3
Now twist the two twisted smaller sections around each other. Fasten using a hair elastic. Repeat for rest of your hair and let it dry.

Step 4
Take out all the hair elastics and undo the twists. Run your fingers through the waves to loosen.

The Dutch Braid

Try this fashion favourite if you want to hide your scalp – it’s surprisingly easy to do.

Step 1
Brush your hair so it’s tangle-free.

Step 2
Create a section of hair from one eyebrow arch to the other. Now split this section into three equally-sized strands.

Step 3
Bring the right strand under the middle strand. Then, bring the left strand under the middle strand.

Step 4
Take some hair from the right side of your head to the right strand of the braid. Then, bring that strand under the middle strand. Now get some hair from the left side of your head to the left strand of the braid, and bring it under the new middle strand.

Step 5
Keep adding hair to the right and left strands and then braiding them under the middle strand. When there’s no hair left to add to the braid, it’s time to braid the remaining length into a regular three-strand braid and fasten with an elastic.