That pixie haircut that looked adorable when you first debuted it on Snapchat but now refuses to go into a ponytail or stay pinned. Those grey roots that are appearing way too fast for your hair colouring appointments to keep pace with. That lengthy gap between keratin treatments that you really mean to look into, any day now really. We tackle all the in-between hair problems in the book and help you come out on the other side.
Getting off sulphates
No one warns you about temperamental oily hair when you join the no-shampoo brigade. Tackle your roots with a vinegar rinse or cheat with a sulphate-free hair cleanser every six washes. Need volume? Hang your head upside down and blast-dry.
Spritz dry shampoo on your roots, or go the ponytail/topknot route — these hairstyles use your scalp’s natural oils as smoothening agents and sit better on mousy locks. For errant curls, apply a lightweight conditioner from the middle to the end, rinse and blast-dry with cool air to condition without stripping off excess oil.
Exposed, grey roots
The bane of coloured hair, and the one time girls with wavy or curly hair have it easier. Texturisers will add volume and diffuse your natural hair colour. Twisted sections from hairline to ear, pinned back,
have the same effect. A DIY touch-up kit will work in a pinch.
Between keratin treatments
Is your original hair texture growing at the roots? Smooth offending bits by asking your salon for a weaker keratin formulation, and gradually snip off the treated length. At home, a deepconditioning treatment and keratin shampoos will help you coast.
An overgrown pixie cut
Sidestep mullet horror by keeping the back of your hair short while the rest grows out. Once the top is long enough, transition into a rough bob. If it’s too shaggy, twist pomade into the ends to make it look deliberately choppy, or use curling tongs to create soft waves.