Pro tips from Michael Lendon, Creative Director at the Aveda Lifestyle Salon & Spa


Unsure if your hair is dry, damaged or both? We asked Michael Lendon, Creative Director at the Aveda Lifestyle Salon & Spa Covent Garden, to help remove the guesswork so that you can create a routine that will really make a difference to the condition of your hair.



“Pretty much everything that can be negative about hair is caused by it being dry or damaged”, says Michael. “It can be confusing because the signs of dry and damaged hair are similar, if not the same most of the time. Undesirables to look out for include hair feeling rough, brittle or scratchy; it will look dull too. You may find that colour fades more quickly, that it’s hard to comb through and that you find it more difficult than usual to maintain a style – for example, the waves and bounce of your blow dry may disappear quite soon after leaving the salon.”



“As it can be hard to determine whether your hair is dry and/or damaged just from appearance, do a simple elasticity test. Pull one strand of wet hair from your head and gently pull the loose strand at either end, if the hair stretches by about one third before returning to its original length then you know that your hair is healthy. If your strand of hair doesn't stretch or only stretches a small amount before breaking then you know that your hair is damaged and lacking protein. Should your hair stretch but not return it is likely to be more dry than damaged."



If your hair snaps easily, it’s probably damaged. Although different factors can contribute, Michael explains that a lot of damage he sees amongst guests is caused by chemicals – so bleach, dye or chemical treatments. Watch our Pro Team talk all things damage and how to care for it here.



“Dry hair can be caused in many ways – using heated appliances and environmental factors (think weather and central heating) are common causes. However, you may just have dry hair naturally. If you have curly hair, particularly if it’s coarse and coily, then your hair is more likely to be dry, especially at the ends – your hair’s natural oil may struggle to travel down the hair shaft to moisturise from roots to ends.”



Dry hair needs hydration and moisture! Which is where new nutriplenish™ comes in. nutriplenish™ shampoo and conditioner is available in light and deep moisture, based on the level of hydration you need (refer to our curl pattern chart as a guide). nutriplenish™ hydrates hair with nourishing omega-5-rich pomegranate oil for smoother, healthier-feeling hair. Deep moisture has 50% more butters in than light moisture.


Light Moisture VS. Deep Moisture Chart


“If you only buy one product from the range, make it nutriplenish™ leave-in conditioner . It has so many benefits”, explains Michael. “As well as instantly replenishing lost moisture and hydrating hair in between washes, it offers UV filters and thermal protection too. I apply it to a guest’s wet hair before brushing as it helps to detangle, causing less physical damage to hair.”



“A popular question guests ask when hair is both dry and damaged is which concern to care for first. I always say treat the damage first, because it doesn’t hold moisture as well as healthy hair. Focus on the damage so that hair will be in better condition to lock in moisture. Use your shampoo and conditioner to treat your main concern. Then you can create your own styling routine that takes care of anything else. For example, if your hair is dry and damaged, use damage remedy™ shampoo and conditioner . After washing, apply damage remedy™ daily hair repair – I love the way it just melts into wet hair to help protect against further damage, while instantly repairing the look of hair. Then I’d spritz on nutriplenish™ leave-in conditioner for that well-needed hydration boost.”



“To help avoid dry hair, it’s so important to break what I call the ‘heat abuse cycle’. This is when you start off with hair that looks perfectly healthy, but you want to achieve a certain look. You get into the habit of a regular blow dry and constant heat styling. Your hair then becomes dry or damaged and no longer looks healthy when left alone. So, you continue to use heat. Really, your hair needs a holiday. To help, take a break every now and again to allow it time to repair or perhaps alternate your look after each wash.”



Still not sure if your hair is dry or damaged? We’re here to help. Visit your nearest Aveda salon for a complimentary Hair & Scalp Check. One of our professionals will do the elasticity test we mentioned earlier, as well as a porosity test and a scalp analysis – using a camera that magnifies the scalp by 600%. You'll get a real insight into the health and condition of your hair and scalp and we'll advise you on next steps for getting your hair back to its best.



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