Hair on top: pro tips from Maxime Adnot
After assisting for years Christophe Robin, the Parisian colorist to the stars, Maxime Adnot is now flying on his own as a colorist and hairdresser in Paris. Between fashion week and ultra-private consultations, he gives us his best natural tips in the washing, coloring and care categories.
By Éléonore A. Bénit, journalist and influencer
Practice less is more
This may seem counter-intuitive and yet, when it comes to hair, “it's better not to overdo it. Do not wash them too often (twice a week being a good average), let them air dry as soon as possible and above all, do not multiply the styling products. »
Learn to shampoo them
Maxime is categorical, most women (and even hairdressers) don't know how to wash their hair properly. “There is a great desire to rub the scalp when shampooing, thinking that the more you rub, the better you wash. Or too much shampoo. It is a mistake. Washing too aggressively only excite the sebaceous glands and increases certain problems such as dandruff. The golden rule? “Work the shampoo by massaging it in with the fingertips. The leather of the hair should move slightly under pressure. We always start with the nape of the neck (the most dirty and greasy area, the one covered by hair and where we sweat) before going up to the top of the skull. Finally, be careful not to use too much shampoo, and emulsify with water before letting the foam flow over the ends. »
Rinse with lukewarm water
We generally tend to rinse our hair at the same temperature with which we wash our bodies. However, hot water can irritate or even strip the hair and stimulates the production of sebum. “Rinsing should be done with lukewarm water. The bravest can even finish with a light trickle of cold water or a bowl of water filled with cosmetic vinegar to close the cuticles and make the hair shinier. »
Make oil baths
For beautiful, nourished, soft and healthy hair, nothing better than the oil bath technique. “Provided you opt for a quality vegetable oil, as pure as possible, and above all without silicone. To soak dry or very damaged hair, I really like coconut, argan or sweet almond oil, even if I have a slight preference for the prickly pear oil which has really amazing moisturizing powers. . » What if we have greasy hair? “Better to bet on an oil with a sebum-regulating action such as nigella, jojoba or hazelnut oil. » In practice? “On dry or slightly damp hair, apply the oil from root to tip, making sure to massage the scalp. Then, we tie her hair in a bun and wrap everything under a plastic film, a disposable shower cap or a scarf. Leave on for at least 1 hour, or even overnight for maximum effectiveness. We finish with a good shampoo followed by a mask. My other secret, leave it in the sun to create a poultice effect. »
Avoid extreme staining
When it comes to coloring, the (too) wide gap is the enemy of good. “Stay close to your natural color, avoid big changes, like going from ebony brown to platinum leap. Nature does things well and guarantees harmony between the color of your hair, that of your eyebrows and your complexion. »
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