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Get Sexy Summer Locks With The Hair Doctor


Get Sexy Summer Locks With The Hair Doctor

Wednesday September 7th, 2011.

Has winter’s big freeze left your hair in a big frizz for summer?

Wind, rain and cold weather – not to mention air conditioning that’s been cranked up – are a recipe for hair that’s dry, lifeless and hard to manage, and definitely not the look you want to be greeting summer with. But it doesn’t have to be that way, says leading Kiwi trichologist (“the hair doctor”) Nigel Russell, who is also a Serville's senior stylist/tutor and creator of the Holistic Hair natural hair care range.

As a certified trichologist - a hair and scalp specialist - Nigel is an expert at knowing what’s causing our hair problems and has developed his product range to help overcome these issues.

Nigel has three hot tips to cure winter’s biggest hair woes in time for summer:

1: Flaky scalp/lank hair - If you’re suffering from a scalp that’s a little flaky along with lank hair, try alternating your usual shampoo with an anti-dandruff variety for a quick fix solution such as Kérastase Bain Gommage ($33.00) anti-dandruff shampoo. Remember, your hair gets very used to the same products so always rotate from time to time.

If you have coloured hair plus a flaky scalp, you need to alternate with the right kind of shampoo as solely using an anti-dandruff shampoo will strip the colour.

To treat the problem at the root try a product such as Holistic Hair Hydrating shampoo ($26.85). This shampoo nourishes the scalp using aromatherapy oils and organic ingredients, helping to prevent flakiness while not weighing your hair down.

2. Fly away hair - If you work in an air conditioned environment you may find you have issues with “fly away” hair, so try tying your hair back into a loose ponytail and applying a small amount of a good quality therapeutic oil such as Holistic Hair Therapy for Dry Damaged Hair ($26.85). Leave the oil in all day to give your hair a good, long dose of nourishment. Try this once a week and your locks will be in tip-top shape by the time summer kicks in.

3. Tired highlights – If you go a darker colour in winter – not only does it suit the season but darker hair tends to be shinier and less prone to splitting. This gives your hair the break it needs before you get those sexy highlights back in for summer. For this summer’s highlighted look, try the latest celeb colour trend – low-light balayage (direct hair painting) for a more natural appearance.

Hair care tips:

Nigel says the key cause of end of winter hair problems is an oily scalp brought on by a mix of things – from eating richer comfort food, to spending all day in warm, conditioned air. This problem can be avoided by not over-rubbing the scalp during washing as it stimulates oil glands, and keeping the water on tepid not hot!

Sexy summer hair

This summer, when your hair is looking oily but you want to avoid over-washing it, Nigel recommends spraying the roots with Holistic Hair Sea Spray ($21.45) then blow drying for a volume boost. This product gives hair that fantastic salt air look, without damaging it, and revives hair that needs a wash.


“I see a lot of tired hair at this time of the year which comes down to a lack of essential nutrients in your diet and from using hair products containing harsh chemicals, which will ultimately damage your hair,” Nigel says. He recommends taking a multi-vitamin, such as Blackmores NutriMulti 100 Tablets ($40.90), and keeping up the fruit and vege intake to ensure the hair has the vitamins and minerals, such as calcium and zinc, it needs for good health.

Holistic Hair

Holistic Hair was born out of Nigel Russell’s desire to use aromatherapy oils and other natural and organic ingredients to resolve his client’s hair issues rather than providing “band aid solutions”. It’s this unique combination that has wowed users of the range including Hollywood stylists on Spartacus and Avatar, and local stylists on Boy and all of the Outrageous Fortune seasons – and prompted online orders from all over the world.

Holistic Hair products treat everything from psoriasis and female hair thinning, to over processed and damaged hair. The range is also aimed at other areas of wellbeing including helping to achieve a better night’s sleep – which is a key factor in maintaining a healthy head of hair - using natural sleep enhancers such as Lavender.

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