A hairdresser has answered the five questions she has been repeatedly asked by clients during the NSW coronavirus lockdown, from how to cover up grays to the DIY treatments you should be doing at home.
Since Sydney went into lockdown at the end of June, hair coloring and stylist Tahlia Maxwell is inundated with men and women asking for her professional opinion.
Common questions include whether we should cut or color our own hair, and how to take care of our locks while staying away from the salons.
“I’m all for people working on their hair while we’re in lockdown, but it can be helpful to have some professional opinion or a little help first,” Tahlia – who has over 10 years of experience as a colorist and stylist – told FEMAIL.
Hairdresser Tahlia Maxwell (pictured) has answered the five questions her clients have repeatedly asked during the lockdown in New South Wales.
Common questions Tahlia (pictured) has had included whether we should cut or color our own hair, and how to take care of our locks while all of us should stay away from the salons.
1. Do I have to cut my own hair?
The most common question Tahlia has received from her clients is whether they should risk cutting their own hair while waiting to go to the hairdresser.
“If your hair is too long, dead or out of control and you want to cut it, be sure to talk to your hairdresser before you do anything,” Tahlia said.
“I know plenty of hairdressers, including myself, who offer Zoom consultations and advice on how to care for and trim your hair at home.
“There are also tons of great TikTok and YouTube videos designed to help you if you want to go it alone.”
The hair pro recommends that you avoid “extreme experimentation” at this point and instead focus on trimming your hair a bit if you think you need to cut it – otherwise you could create more work later.
“Start small and boost your confidence by cutting,” Tahlia said.
“If you can wait for a hairdresser, it’s best to leave it to the pros.”
If you’re planning to cut or color your own hair, Tahlia recommends talking to your hairdresser first, many of whom do Zoom consultations (one of her clients pictured)
2. Should I color my own hair?
Like cutting your hair, coloring is a professional job that requires consultation with your stylist before trying anything.
“Many salons offer home hair kits, and I would definitely recommend using one before you shop for supermarket box dye,” Tahlia said.
“Although box dyes are professional products, there is so much room for error, you can’t see the back of your head and you could be missing bits — which can be expensive to correct later on.”
The best thing to do, she added, is to embrace the “au natural” look now:
“We all look a little wild in lockdown – walk away with it,” she added.
Grays are a problem for women across Australia, and Tahlia said there are “many safe products designed to hide regrowth and cover up grays” (one of Tahlia’s customers pictured)
3. How can I hide my grays?
The hairdresser’s favorite is R+Co’s Bright Shadows Root Touch-Up Spray ($39; pictured)
Grays are a problem for women across Australia right now, and thankfully Tahlia said there are “many safe products designed to hide regrowth and cover up grays.”
The hairdresser’s favorite is R + Cos Bright Shadows Root Touch Up Spray ($39).
This is specially formulated with mica to condition your hair between hairdressing visits and reflect the light for a natural, multi-dimensional shine.
“If you’re a dry shampoo lover, this product is perfect for you because it’s exactly the same to use: just spray some in and work it through your hair,” Tahlia said.
“The only difference is that it has some pigment in it, so you can choose your color of choice – from light blond to black.”
The spray promises no stickiness, dusting or transfer, and it comes with a target actuator for a mess-free application.
Other ingredients include Pearl Extract, which is rich in minerals and amino acids, helping to regenerate, moisturize and add shine.
It also has biotin – which will help thicken your hair and stimulate growth.
While lockdown may not bode well, Tahlia said it’s a great opportunity to give your hair a break and spoil it with treatments (her favorite treatments pictured)
4. How do I take care of my hair in lockdown?
While lockdown may not bode well, Tahlia said it’s a great opportunity to give your hair a break and pamper it with treatments.
“If you can handle it, I highly recommend resting your hair from heat and heated styling products,” she said.
“Allow it to dry naturally after a shower and you’ll soon be amazed at how much better it is capable.”
The hairdresser also advocates a weekly treatment or mask, of which her favorite is the Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque ($92).
“While this is expensive, it really is the holy grail of treatments,” explains Tahlia.
“It helps repair damage, reduces split ends and improves elasticity, shine and body, and it’s so sparkly, you’ll feel like a queen when you use it.”
Tahlia said you should use a small amount of the Oribe mask in place of conditioner once or twice a week to really see the benefits.
When it comes to the other treatments she likes, Tahlia said: R + Co Palm Springs Pre-Shampoo Treatment ($48) is her go-to.
“It’s a treatment formulated with shea butter, coconut oil, argan oil and Babaussi oil,” she said.
“The product squirts out like a mousse and apply to dry hair before shampooing.”
Finally she loves K18 ($94.50), a leave-in hair treatment made with a patented bioactive peptide that works to repair and repair hair with color or heat damage.
“This product is expensive, but really incredible,” she said.
Make the time to improve your self-care in lockdown and make sure you do a hair treatment at least once a week.
5. Can you come to my house?
Finally, Tahlia said her clients have asked her so many times if she can come to their home and cut or color their hair during the lockdown.
“I’m not against home hairdressing in general, as I believe that wherever you are, your skills don’t change, but during the lockdown it’s banned and I won’t do it and risk a hefty fine,” she said. .
Tahlia is a hair colorist and stylist with over 10 years of experience in various fields from behind the chair to TV, editorial and hair education.
She currently operates out of Salon Lane in Sydney’s Surry Hills.
For more information or to request her services, visit her Instagram page here.