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Diehard Oxford United supporter Mark Creed is the co-founder of Idlewild Hairdressing, which has salons in Oxford, Witney and Abingdon.

Mane Man

Mark Creed

It’s already that time of year when we start thinking about the things that we want to change in our lives. As with anything and everything that’s worth having, committing to a new year’s resolution can be challenging. Fortunately, making a promise to your hair and its wellbeing is simple, so whatever you do in 2017, ensure you’re heading in the right direction with these hair mantras…

1. Book an appointment with your hairdresser every 6-8 weeks to have your hair cut or trimmed and rid it of any dry, damaged ends. This golden rule applies even if you are growing your hair: ends left unattended can begin to split and this damage can creep up the hair shaft, meaning that you’ll only have to lose more length when you eventually succumb to the scissors. Regular trims equal healthy, better-behaved hair – and who doesn’t want that?

2. Likewise, stay on top of your game when it comes to hair colour. Whether you opt for global application (all-over colour), highlights or freehand techniques, roots are a big no-no. If your budget doesn’t stretch to colour appointments every couple of months, don’t resort to the DIY approach at home – I can’t even begin to tell you how many home hair colour disasters we see at Idlewild Hairdressing salon. Instead, think about choosing a low-maintenance colour option. Balayage and ombre are hugely popular right now and since the colour isn’t applied right at the root, you can go for far longer between appointments and still look fab.

3. Seek advice from a hair product guru – your hairdresser! Decent products and appliances can make the world of difference to your tresses and we wouldn’t stock anything in salon that we didn’t believe in and use ourselves. If you’re unsure about how to use a particular product, just ask. We’re always happy to offer advice – after all, great looking hair and a happy, clued-up customer is our best advertisement!

4. You are what you eat – a good diet will bring many holistic benefits including well-nourished, beautiful hair. At Idlewild, we always recommend that you include plenty of zinc in your diet to help prevent thinning and hair loss, so boost your intake with extra portions of spinach, eggs and oysters (perhaps not all at once!).

5. Cleanse all your hair-related paraphernalia once a week – that means brushes, combs, hair ties etc. Use a simple mixture of shampoo and warm water, then rinse well and allow to air dry. Why on earth would you drag an un-washed brush through freshly shampooed hair? It’s a common sense approach that will pay dividends.

- Mark Creed