23 Hair Tips From the Tresemmé Masterclass With Georges El Mendelek

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If you weren’t one of the lucky few to attend TRESemmé’s ‘2017 Hair Academy Workshop’ in Dubai last week, don’t panic because Savoir Flair got exclusive access to the masterclass – and the opportunity to tap celebrity hairdresser Georges El Mendelek for all his top hair tips and tricks. From how to get superstar volume to taming frizz and flyaways, read on to discover 23 ways to get your best head of hair yet.

1

If you have oily hair, do not wash your hair every day.

When you do wash it, don’t over-scrub your scalp as this stimulates oil production and will make it even oilier!
2

When it comes to braids – the messier, the better.

Keep a few strands out to soften the look. Texture and falling strands make the braid look more effortless.
3

Wind and dust in this region are awful for hair.

When dust sits in the hair, it weakens it and removes shine, so always use a good conditioner to seal your cuticles, add shine, and lock out dust and pollutants.
4

If you have split ends, avoid overprocessing your hair and cut them off!

If you don’t cut your damaged ends, the splits will keep going up the hair – cut them and you’ll be thankful in the long run.
5

Oily hair and greasiness can be tamed by using the right products.

Use a volumizing shampoo like the ‘TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Volumizing Shampoo’ as it not only gives lift to the root area, but also dries it to keep oiliness at bay.
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6

When it comes to finding the best style and cut for you, focus on what makes your face look the most oval.

Oval-shaped faces are normally the most symmetrical and, therefore, the most visually appealing. Your hair is like a frame, so you want it to frame your face! If you have a round face, you need a cut that will narrow and lengthen it, so try going shorter at the back and longer in the front. If you have a long face, you want to create lots of volume, especially at the back – think Brigitte Bardot.
7

If flyaways and stray hairs are the bane of your braids, use a strong-hold hairspray before you braid. It will help keep strands together and prevent flyaways!

8

If you want to create a beautiful high ponytail, you want to make your head look perfectly round.

Women in the Middle East tend to not have round head-shapes, so fake it by backcombing your hair at the back-top section – it will make your pony look even more perfect!
9

For greasy and oily scalps, dry shampoo is your savior.

You can also use a non-heavy talc powder directly on your roots to absorb and dry up excess oil.
10

Fight frizz with a leave-in conditioner.

Not only does it help tame frizz, but it also protects hair and makes it slicker and shinier. The 'Silky Smooth Salon Sleek Memory Spray’ contains argan oil, so it nourishes and offers UV protection. This is also a great product if your hair looks dull and lifeless.
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11

The biggest mistake that women here are making is definitely overprocessing it chemically with color and highlights.

I don’t think women should change their hair as much as they do; you need to have a character that people recognize. Look at successful women in the world – 90 percent of them rock one look during their entire life!
12

So try to only change up your hair once or twice a year, instead of every month.

For example, once in summer and once in winter, especially as the color of our skin changes.
13

Highlights and lighter colors can go brassy and green, especially when you’re on the beach or because of the chlorine in swimming pools.

In the Arab world, we use a lot of ash-based toners because we have red-based hair, which can easily turn green. You need to use a good color-lock product and a good UV protector to stop the color from fading.
14

Aftercare is very important.

Everyone needs to learn about their products because a hairdresser can do a woman's hair amazingly, but if she isn’t looking after her hair properly, the effect won’t last! Invest in your products.
15

If you have dry, damaged hair and it keeps breaking, you need regular cuts and strengthening products.

Hair loses keratin and vitamins, so use a product like the ‘Platinum Strength Shampoo’, which contains vitamins to replace those that have been lost, whilst also rehydrating hair.
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16

Slicked-back ponytails are all the rage, so it’s key to make hair as sleek and shiny as possible.

Spray your strong-hold hairspray all over before you start styling, then brush your hair back and up into a pony. Once it’s securely styled, set with more spray to add a high-shine finish.
17

If you have very rebellious or frizzy hair, put it in a braid! It’s the best style to control it. Once it’s in a braid, it’s stuck and it won’t move.

18

If you have very thin and fine hair but want to create the illusion of a thick braid, you don’t want your hair to be soft and shiny.

Don’t blow-dry your hair. Just tip your head upside down, rough-dry it completely with a root-lift product, and keep that little bit of natural ‘frizz’ in the ends of your hair. This will help make it look thicker! Then, starting from the top and working downwards, release it bit by bit by gently pulling the hair outwards.
19

I think leave-in conditioner is the most important product, but lots of people use it wrong.

Use it on the mid-lengths and ends of towel-dried hair – just a little goes a long way, and it won’t weigh your hair down nor make it greasy.
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20

Backcombing is great for creating volume and thickness, but it can be damaging.

Don’t get too aggressive and backcomb the same section 75 times because that won’t give you more volume! Instead, comb your hair through properly and then backcomb small sections from the very end to the top. This will create much more lift than just backcombing a small section by your scalp.
21

Thick and unruly hair? You want a cream-based conditioner and leave-in product – cream bases help weigh the hair down.

22

Use oil-based – not cream-based – products on fine hair as your hair won’t be weighed down!

23

A balanced diet massively helps with your hair, and hair loss is often a sign that something’s lacking in your diet.

Don’t just think, "Oh, I’m losing some hair, but it’s fine" – because once it’s gone, it’s gone! Up your iron intake since hair loss is often due to iron deficiency and check your hormones as it can also be because they’re unstable.
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