Do your hair and skin a favour, read through this list compiled by our hair and beauty team, and make sure these are among your resolutions for the new year.
➡️ Always brush your hair before going to bed, and give your scalp a gentle massage at the same time. This helps to get rid of impurities and aids circulation in your scalp, resulting in healthier, stronger hair. – Bea, ladies’ and gents’ hairdresser, hair colourist
➡️ Stop picking at your face. If you have an odd spot, apply a topical spot solution instead. If you suffer from acne and other skin problems, make sure you have a regular facial treatment routine in place with a professional beauty therapist. Picking can lead to scarring and more inflammation, resulting in more permanent skin imperfection than a few-days-old pimple. – Edith, beauty therapist
➡️ Drink more water. Cut down on sugary drinks and hydrate yourself generously with pure water. Your skin, hair and nails will be most grateful for it. – Vera, beauty therapist
➡️ Treat your nails right. End the nail and cuticle biting now, and get in the habit of applying a cuticle oil to give your nails the nutrients they need and deserve. – Fanny, beauty therapist
➡️ Get regular trims. It’s essential to keeping your hair healthy. A regular trim by a hairdresser prevents unneeded breakage and thinning, and keeps your hair ends in top condition. Of course, everyone’s hair is different, but on average, gents should aim to see a hairdresser every three to four weeks, while ladies can stretch it for six to twelve weeks. – Gioana, ladies’ and gents’ hairdresser
➡️ Use heat protection when blow drying and styling your hair. My current favourite is Wella’s EIMI Thermal Image Spray. It really does the job well, and the smell is just amazing. – Thomas, ladies’ and gents’ hairdresser
➡️ Clean your make-up tools regularly! They can spread infections, as dirt and bacteria mingle with the residue of old make-up. Use shampoo and water to clean thoroughly, then lay flat to dry, which helps avoid water dripping into the handle. – Fanny, beauty therapist
➡️ Toss old hair and beauty products. Check expiry date and get rid of the stuff you’ve not used for a while.
Think Marie Kondo:
✅ If expiry date is still ok, and it sparks joy – keep it.
👉 Expiry date is still ok, but no longer sparks joy? Give it to someone (think friend, mum, dad, nan, grandpa 😉).
❌ Expiry date is off: time to throw it out. Make sure you dispose with the least impact on the environment.
– Vera, beauty therapist
➡️ Protect your hair colour. Use professional colour protecting shampoo and conditioner, at all times. This will not only save you money in the long run but will also keep coloured and/or bleached nourished and in top condition. – Bea, ladies’ and gents’ hairdresser, hair colourist
➡️ Make retinol part of your facial routine if you’re in your late 20s, early 30s, when those fine lines have just started to appear. Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, and it helps to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduces hyper pigmentation, speeds up the skin cell regeneration cycle. – Edith, beauty therapist
➡️ Play with your look. Try a new hairstyle, a different colour, another lipstick. This is the best time of the year to change a little, to experiment, and to renew. – Thomas, ladies’ and gents’ hairdresser
➡️ A deeply nourishing hair treatment mask can make a big difference in the shine and strength of your hair. And it’s particularly important if you have dry, damaged, frizzy or very long hair. I highly recommend asking for it when you see your hairdresser, but this year, invest in a good quality home-use product and make it part of your weekly – fortnightly haircare routine. – Gioana, ladies’ and gents’ hairdresser
The Figaro London team really hope you’ll find this list useful.
We are wishing you a happy new year, a happy new decade, and a happy right now.