Daily horoscope for May 23: YOUR star sign reading, astrology and zodiac forecast

Saturday finds the Gemini Moon increasingly influencing your horoscope. The celestial body will feel fresh and exciting – exactly what is required to renew yourself.

With Venus in Gemini Retrograde, in addition to Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto, these are strange times indeed.

Do not wander too far afield or you may not feel like yourself.

Keep a close leash on your heart and explore its contents at the start of another sunny weekend.

But beware – this Saturday could kick-off a fanciful few weeks.

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You are full of fresh ideas after yesterday’s Gemini New Moon and nothing can hold you back.

But you are not alone in wanting to escape from the confines of your home and reconnect with others.

Feeling claustrophobic for so long can take its toll, especially by yourself.

And adding the star sign Gemini to the mix may mean you are unable to contain yourself any longer.

The funky talkative Moon creates a Squares with the Red Planet Mars.

A square is an aspect able to reveal the tension, obstacles and challenges in your life reflecting the planets involved.

Words carry extra weight during this time so be careful what you say.

This Saturday’s Square may make you feel a little restless.

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Asteroid Chiron takes over further down the line, offering an opportunity to regain your footing.

Astrologers agree this is no Saturday to be lazing about, so get going.

Next up, the planet Venus goes Retrograde in Gemini.

This combination could potentially create the perfect Saturday night.

Venus and the Moon fill your heart with innumerable fancies, causing you to flit from here and there, unsure which to satisfy first.

You can, as a result, expect a flirty Saturday night fit for love and passion.

Venus remains Retrograde right now, meaning you are best returning to old haunts and revisiting old pleasures.

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How to cut men’s hair at home – a simple step-by-step guide

Men’s hair usually needs cutting much more frequently than women’s. Getting a shape-up is a weekly ritual for many British men but it could be months before their next trip to the barbers. Whether you sport a fully-shaved-do or a longer style, you will probably be complaining that your hair has grown out far too long. Perhaps your other half has bleached their hair blonde (like every other male on Instagram) and is now complaining about how ridiculous he looks. Don’t worry, you can cut it yourself from home. Express.co.uk chats to barber Nico Ditella from Nico’s Barbershop in Luton, Bedfordshire to find out how to master a basic ‘short back and sides’ haircut.

Step One

Nico says: “Comb the hair through to the natural way the hair wants to fall. Follow from the crown of the head outwards.”

Step Two

You will need a pair of clippers, if you don’t already have clippers at home Nico recommends Wahl’s Super Taper Cordless Clipper.

He says: “With trimmers, you pay for what you get. If you want cheap, they won’t be sharp enough to cut properly.

“If you spend a little extra money, you will get a decent cut and won’t pull the hair.”

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Once you’ve got your clippers handy, it is time to pick a clipper guard.

The lower the guard number, the shorter the hair will be.

The numbers are all measured by millimetres, from one to eight.

If you normally get a skin fade, or anything less than a one, Nico recommends leaving it to the experts.

He says: “Really short hair is a young trend, and barbers know how to do it well.

“If you want to maintain a really short cut – less than a one – you should wait until after lockdown and get your barber to do it for you.”

Once you have decided, place the clipper guard on the top of the clippers and get to work.

Step Three

In this example, Nico explains how to get a ‘two’ cut.

He says: “Every barber cuts differently, but my rule is if you want a two, use clipper guards two, three and then four. If you want a three, I use three, and then four and five.

“If you want a four, I would start with four and then go up to five and six”.

Apply the length the person wants to Nico’s simple advice.

He says: “Take the clippers with the two attached, and start at the temple is.

“Do not go any higher yet, as you need space to fade or blend in your cut.”

Step Four

Nico says: “Follow all the way around the head, from the temples to the centre.

“When you get towards the centre, your hand needs to dip a little lower. This allows for plenty of room for the crown to be blended in.

“If the person has double crowns, dipping down lower will help.”

However, if the person has shorter hair you should be fine to bring your hand all the way around with the two in a straight line, says Nico.

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Step Five

After that, it’s time to move on to the next clipping guard.

Nico explains: “Take the number three and gently stroke above the number two line, creating another line above it.

“Follow the line all the way around the head”.

Step Six

Now, switch back to the lower clipping guard number. In this case, put the two on the clippers.

On the side of the clippers, push the lever back to get a 2.5.

Nico says: “Stroke the line between the lines you created with the 2 and 3.”

Step Seven

Now it is time to use your highest clipping guard.

Nico says: “Grab the four and remove the number three line.

“Then do exactly what you did in step six, but this time using three and a half.”

Then, it’s time to clean up.

Step Eight

Nico says: “Now it is time to line up the edges, but do not go too far into the hair.

“Go around the ears and make sure you clean up the neck.

“Once that’s done, we the hair and cut in wherever you want the hair slightly shorter.”

And voila, that’s it!

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What happens to the human body after recovering from coronavirus revealed

Antibodies are used by the immune system to neutralise virus and pathogenic bacteria, and have been highly sought after in the pandemic as they can give insight on how to treat the virus.

A Chinese research paper from Chongqing Medical University was published in Nature Medicine focusing on the news that antibodies have been found in recovered patients.

In their study of blood drawn from 285 people hospitalised with severe COVID-19, they found that all had developed SARS-CoV-2 specific antibodies within two to three weeks of their first symptoms.

The paper suggests: “Within 19 days after symptom onset, 100% of patients tested positive for antiviral immunoglobulin-G (IgG).”

Although more follow-up work is needed to determine just how protective these antibodies are and for how long, these findings suggest that the immune systems of people who survive COVID-19 have been be primed to recognise SARS-CoV-2 and possibly thwart a second infection.

IgM, which is the first antibody that the body makes when fighting an infection, was found in 40 percent of the group in the first week.

That number then surged to around 95 percent two weeks later.

All of these patients also produced a type of antibody called IgG.

IgG often appears a little later after acute infection, but has the potential to confer sustained immunity.

The study was repeated on a second group of 69, where they were all diagnosed with COVID-19.

The researchers collected blood samples from each person upon admission to the hospital and every three days thereafter until discharge.

The team found that, with the exception of one woman and her daughter, the patients produced specific antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 within 20 days of their first symptoms of COVID-19, repeating the shock discovery made prior.

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Serology, referring to the diagnostic identification of antibodies in the serum, was also confirmed.

The study writes: “Seroconversion for IgG and IgM occurred simultaneously or sequentially.”

However, the development of antibodies was not constant, and stopped after a short period.

It continues: “Both IgG and IgM titers plateaued within 6 days after seroconversion.

“Serological testing may be helpful for the diagnosis of suspected patients with negative RT-PCR results and for the identification of asymptomatic infections.”

This study is centred on IgM and IgG antibodies and immunity, rather than identifying cases.

It’s important to keep in mind that there are two different types of SARS-CoV-2 tests.

Those that test for the presence of viral nucleic acid or protein are used to identify people who are acutely infected and should be immediately quarantined.

Tests for IgM and/or IgG antibodies to the virus, if well-validated, indicate a person has previously been infected with COVID-19 and is now potentially immune.

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Coronavirus breakthrough as new study finds blood thinners may help severe cases

The study was conducted by researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, as the hunt for a COVID-19 treatment continues.

Their report, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, suggested that the drugs could help prevent the newer symptom of clots and oxygen deprivation to the blood.

It read: “Our findings suggest that systemic anticoagulants may be associated with improved outcomes among patients hospitalised with COVID-19.”

Researchers found that being treated with the drugs could lower the risk of death by as much as 50 percent.

Among intubated patients, anticoagulant treatment boosted survival rates by more than 130 percent.

Dr. Valentin Fuster, director of Mount Sinai Heart and physician-in-chief of the Mount Sinai Hospital, and colleagues looked at more than 2,700 patients treated at Mount Sinai in New York City, which has been hit hard by coronavirus.

Starting in March, some patients were given anti-clotting drugs based on bedside decisions made by doctors.

The team started taking a systematic look at whether the drugs made a difference. They did, especially for patients who were put on ventilators to help them breathe.

They found 29 percent of patients on ventilators who were given blood thinners died, compared to 63 percent of patients on ventilators who were not given blood thinners.

Doctors have noticed an increasing number of coronavirus patients with blood clots whether in the feet – which calls bruises known as ‘COVID toes’ – to blockages in the brain that lead to strokes or death.

Co-author Dr Girish Nadkarni, an assistant professor of medicine and nephrology at Mount Sinai, told DailyMail.com about the process behind the research.

They said: “Clinically, we were seeing a lot of blood clots in patients.

“A lot of clinicians used anticoagulants as treatment so we wanted to see if they provided a benefit or not.

“The magnitude of the effect was frankly quite surprising.

“Anecdotally and from small studies in China, we’ve known anticoagulants could help, but this benefit was quite surprising.”

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Recent studies from the Netherlands and France have found that up to one-third of seriously ill COVID-10 patients have suffered a pulmonary embolism, when blood clots travel to the lungs, causing a threatening blockage in the arteries.

However, just 1.3 percent of severely ill coronavirus patients had suffered a pulmonary embolism, the French researchers found.

For future research, the team plans to carry out a study analyzing about 6,000 coronavirus patients and the effectiveness of three types of treatments that prevent blood clots.

Nadkarni said: “We want to study a much larger group and answer some questions such as how much time, what type of patients, if they’ve been on anticoagulants before.

“And we want to perform a randomized clinical trial to definitively test the benefit of anticoagulants.”

Worldwide coronavirus cases have reached a grim total of 3,810,785.

The US has seen the worst of the pandemic, with 1,256,669 cases and 74,121 deaths.

Other treatments have been researched such as remdesivir.

The drug, which has been tested at Stanford Medicine, is now authorized for emergency use against COVID-19.

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Bleach safety: How to handle bleach safely – the DOs and DON’Ts

Bleach does a fantastic job of killing germs, removing tough stains and whitening clothes. On Thursday night last week, White House officials shared a predictable finding, explaining how the common cleaning product can kill a virus within minutes when applied to different surfaces. But the US the president took the news to another level, with an incredibly dangerous comment. Donald Trump said: “I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute!

“And is there a way we can do something, by an injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that. So, that you’re going to have to use medical doctors with, but it sounds interesting to me.”

Disinfectant firms have come out in their masses to warn customers not to inject or ingest bleach – as this is incredibly dangerous and potentially fatal.

Following the press conference, the manufacturer of Lysol issued a statement, saying: “Under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route).

”However, bleach can be used around your home while cleaning. Coronavirus is spreading, and it is important to know how to effectively and safely disinfect and protect your home from unwanted germs.

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Some tips to follow for handling bleach are:

  • Always check the manufacturer’s label and never use on surfaces other than those directed on the bottle
  • When handling with bleach, always wear household glovesDo not mix bleach with other cleaning products
  • All bleach products or solutions should be kept out of reach of children
  • NEVER eat or drink bleach

Dr Lisa Ackerley, a Chartered Environment Health Practitioner with more than 30 years experience, provides all the tips and tricks on how to safely use bleach.

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The dos and don’ts of handling bleach

Bleach is an essential cleaning agent, and amid the coronavirus pandemic, is one of the best ways to disinfect and protect your home.

Dr Lisa Ackerley told Express.co.uk: “It is important to remember that coronavirus will only enter our homes when someone comes in who is infected, is carrying it on themselves, or when an item you or they bring in is contaminated.

“Coronavirus can last on surfaces for a few hours or a few days, depending on the type of surface.That’s why regular and proper hygiene practices are so important.

“But cleaning more doesn’t always mean cleaning better. The key is cleaning smarter.”

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On the home surfaces you should clean with bleach, Dr Ackerley advises thinking about the surfaces that are most frequently touched, either on entry to the home or by members of the family.

These surfaces can often include:

  • Front door handle
  • Internal door handles
  • Staircase bannister
  • Fridge handles
  • Cupboard handles
  • Counter tops
  • Kettle handle
  • Bathroom taps
  • Kitchen taps
  • Toilet flush handle or button

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To treat these surfaces, Dr Ackerley recommends using a method of targeted hygiene.

Dr Ackerley explained: “Targeted hygiene is an effective way to clean smarter and help to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses, including coronavirus, focusing on disinfecting the surfaces that you and your family most frequently touch.

“Research has shown that trying to deep clean your entire home will have little or no impact on combatting the virus – targeted hygiene is much more effective.

“When practicing targeted home hygiene, first clean away visible dirt and then apply diluted bleach to the surface to kill germs.

“When it comes to which surfaces to clean, think about which are those that you and your household touch most often.”

Handling bleach safely

Bleach is a hazardous substance, but can be a powerful cleaning agent when using accordingly.

Dr Ackerley said: “Bleach is proven to kill coronavirus. I recommend a 1:9 solution of bleach and water when practicing targeted hygiene.

“That is equivalent to 450ml water and 10 teaspoons of bleach to create 500ml of bleach solution – enough to gill a medium-sized bowl or spray bottle.

”Bleach must be diluted in order to be properly effective and safe for use as a cleaning solution.”

To safely dilute bleach, it is recommended that you:

  • Wear household gloves, placing a measuring jug in the sink and mix nine parts cold water to one part bleach as outlined above.
  • Place the solution in a labelled container and wear household gloves and use a clean cloth to apply.
  • Replace the solution on a daily basis.

How does bleach work?

An oxidising bleach works by breaking the chemical bonds of chromophore – which is part of a molecule that has colour.

This process changes the molecule so that it either loses its colour, or reflects no colour outside the visible spectrum.

A reducing bleach works by changing the double bonds of a chromophore into a single bond, which changes the visual properties of the molecule, rendering it colourless.

While most bleaches are oxidising agents, there are other processes that can be used to remove colour. Sodium Dithionite is a powerful reducing agent that can be used in place of bleach.

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Incredible property value increase by living near Sainsbury’s, Tesco or Waitrose revealed

According to newly released research and analysis from lending platform, Source Capital, the UK property market could potentially see a double-digit rate of value decline due to COVID-19. The firm analysed market data from previous recessions to look at the potential decline caused to the UK property market due to the economic impact of the current pandemic, should history repeat itself. Currently, the market has ground to a halt as both buyers and sellers remain unable to transact due to Government-imposed restrictions, but a study by Lloyds Bank may provide a glimmer of hope for those who live close to a supermarket.

The data, released in 2018, found that living near a supermarket can surge your property’s value up by an average of £21,451, and although all the well-known chains have a positive impact, the more premium the shop the higher the rise.

If there is a Waitrose nearby, you can expect to sell your property for as much as £43,571 more than similar houses in the area, Marks and Spencer attract a premium of £40,135 and those close to a Sainsbury’s go for an average of £32,707 more.

The good news is that even if your area does not have any of the high-end supermarkets yet, all supermarkets add some value to your property.

Homes close to a Tesco or Co-op are worth over £21,000 more than other properties in the nearby area, and frozen goods retailer Iceland attracts a higher average value of £17,445.

There is most definitely a Waitrose effect

Keith Rogans

The data also found the fastest house price rise (15 percent) in the four years previous came from properties living near budget supermarkets such as Lidl, Aldi, Morrisons and Asda.

This theory was put into play during Channel 5’s ‘Inside Waitrose’ series, where estate agent Keith Rogans took viewers to two different properties in Hythe.

He said in 2019: “We’re going to pop around and have a look at two lovely properties.

“One is in the centre of Hythe, another one is down on the coast – the seafront – at Littlestone.

“Both properties we are going to look at are new and both very similar.

Mr Rogans took viewers around the first property.

He added: “This is the first apartment, it has an open-plan living area with a stunning sea view, the kitchen just over to the right.

“Clearly this [sea view] is the unique selling feature, a price premium for this stunning view.

“The value for this property is £395,000.”

Then, Mr Rogans headed to another apartment in the town of Hythe, within walking distance of a Waitrose.

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He said: “This is the open-plan living room, lots of space for the sitting area and dining area.

“But this second apartment I would value for £475,000.

“The price difference between the two is £80,000, there is most definitely a Waitrose effect.

“Customers often come into us when registering to look for properties and ask us the question of whether it is near to a Waitrose.

“As an estate agent, we consider the Waitrose effect very important and certainly does add to the value of the property.”

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Helen Whately admits coronavirus care home deaths going up as death toll ‘must be higher’

The Conservative MP outlined on the BBC that the figure of 1,043 deaths in care homes that has been produced by the Office for National Statistics is lower than the actual figure due to a time lag in the data. Ms Whately stated data that will be published next week will give a more accurate and timely picture of the real death toll in British care homes. 

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Ms Whately said: “I am really worried about the deaths in care homes and while we are seeing a levelling off of the deaths in hospitals I don’t think we are seeing that in care homes.

“I think we are seeing the numbers go up, that is why a huge amount of work is going on to support care homes and prevent outbreaks of COVID in care homes.

“At the moment the ONS reported yesterday a figure of 1,043 people that died in care homes.

“There is a time lag on their data and I am afraid that I know the numbers most be higher than that.

“We are working to be able to publish data next week that will show a more accurate and timely picture.”

The coronavirus death toll figures are not giving the “full story” because of an undercount of about 25 percent according to Sky News.

Sky News’ Ed Conway analysed the reported figure of COVID-19 deaths on April 10th, 8,958 and contrasted it with the official figure death toll from the same day 11, 413.

Mr Conway said:  “This chart shows you death tolls in various countries around the world.

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“It is a logarithmic chart so the steeper these lines are the faster these death tolls have been raising.

“I have always been frustrated by this because there is a bit of an undercount going on.

“These aren’t telling you the full story.”

He continued: “These numbers just show you the number of people that are dying from COVID-19 in hospital.

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If you look back on the 10th of April we were told by the Government back that then that in hospitals 8, 958 people had died of COVID-19.

“Now we know according to these new statistics that actually the real death toll around then was 11,413, these are deaths from across the UK for all settings.

“It represents a 28 percent undercount and if you spread that out over the following weeks, you are talking about us having a death toll of around 22,000 deaths.

“Those official numbers aren’t telling you the full story.”

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Piers Morgan savages Tory MP over PPE confusion ‘You’re representing the Government!’

Mr Clarke failed to clarify what day the Government placed the order for PPE with Turkey and then stated it was is not his responsibility to source the protective equipment. Mr Morgan blasted the Minister of State, telling him that as a representative of the British Government, it is his job to be across such information.  

Ms Reid said: “It has emerged that millions of pieces of PPE are being shipped from UK warehouses to hospitals in the EU despite the shortages here.

“What on earth is happening with this PPE order from Turkey?”

Mr Clarke replied: “The reality is that an RAF plane left yesterday evening to go and collect this order which we want to get into the NHS as soon as we possibly can.

“That is what we are determined to deliver.”

Mr Morgan said: “Well, where is it?”

Mr Clarke responded: “It is in Turkey.”

Ms Reid asked: “What day was this ordered?”

The Conservative MP replied: “I don’t know that.”

Ms Reid said: “Why not?”

Mr Clarke responded: “Because I am not responsible for sourcing PPE.”

Mr Morgan said: “You are representing the British Government this morning, you’re supposed to be across all of this.”  

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At the time of writing, Britain has the sixth highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world.

The UK has more than 124,000 cases in total.

The death toll in Britain is currently higher than 16,000. 

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California weather warning: Worst drought in recorded history may be on its way

California and the southwest of North America (SWNA) is no stranger to droughts, but scientists warn it could be braced for the worst drought scientists have ever experienced. By analysing precipitation levels since the turn of the current century and cross-referencing them with soil moisture levels recorded by tree rings over the last 1,200 years, researchers said California could be in for the worst drought in recorded history.

Columbia University experts stated that precipitation levels since 2000 match up with megadroughts throughout history.

The situation is so severe that experts are no longer looking at predictions for the future but where the climate is right now.

Bioclimatologist Park Williams of Columbia University said: “Earlier studies were largely model projections of the future.

“We’re no longer looking at projections, but at where we are now.

“We now have enough observations of current drought and tree-ring records of past drought to say that we’re on the same trajectory as the worst prehistoric droughts.”

The researchers analysed thousands of trees to determine soil moisture levels back to 800 BCE.

Four megadroughts were particularly severe, the researchers said, with the most recent coming from 2000 to 2018, which could yet be continuing.

According to the study published in the journal Science, human-induced climate change is responsible for at least half of the pace of the drought.

As a result, the researchers warn that even if the incoming megadrought is not the worst, it most certainly will get more severe in the future.

The research stated: “With the western United States and northern Mexico suffering an ever-lengthening string of dry years starting in 2000, scientists have been warning for some time that climate change may be pushing the region toward an extreme long-term drought worse than any in recorded history.

“A new study says the time has arrived: a megadrought as bad or worse than anything even from known prehistory is very likely in progress, and warming climate is playing a key role.

Environmental scientist Benjamin Cook, from Columbia University, said: “It doesn’t matter if this is exactly the worst drought ever.

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“What matters is that it has been made much worse than it would have been because of climate change.

“The 20th century gave us an overly optimistic view of how much water is potentially available.

“It goes to show that studies like this are not just about ancient history. They’re about problems that are already here.”

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How to look after your hair: The DO’s and DON’Ts

Express.co.uk consulted the experts to put together a list of DO’s and DON’Ts when it comes to your hair. Leading Colourist and founder of The Hair Boss, Lisa Shepherd, and leading trichologist Stephanie Sey working on behalf of Nizoral tell you all you need to know about hair care.

What are the benefits of a consistent hair care regime?

Looking after your hair isn’t only for aesthetic reasons, it is essential for the health of your hair and scalp.

In fact, if your scalp health is a shambles there is no way you will have the hair of your dreams.

Stephanie said: “Making sure your scalp is in good condition means that you can produce healthy hair.

“If you have a scalp issue make sure you seek help and use any necessary treatments, such as Nizoral, to maintain it once cleared up.

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DO cut your hair

You can’t get to the salon at the moment, but there are ways to trim your ends at home.

Stephanie said: “Make sure the ends of your hair are well taken care of and preserved, get your hair cut when the ends become weathered and split.

“Not tackling split ends means it will travel up the hair shaft causing more damage.”

Make sure you have sharp scissors and follow a Youtube tutorial, copying exactly what the stylist does.

DON’T avoid washing your hair

Washing your hair is the only way to get rid of excess oils and dirt and product build-up.

Warm water alone won’t do the trick, so it is important to use a shampoo to remove oils, dirt, debris and odours.

However, the hair needs some oil from the sebaceous glands to keep it moisturised.

If your hair is lacking moisture, it will look dry and frizzy and will break more easily.

There’s a fine line between washing your hair too much and not enough.

Stephanie explained: “How often you should wash your hair really depends on how oily your scalp is and your activities levels.”

If your skin is naturally oily and you find your hair getting greasy quickly, you will want to wash it more often than those with dry skin on their scalps.

The same applies if you are extremely active and love working up a sweat in the gym.

She warned: “For people who not suffer with dandruff I would suggest a minimum of once a week.

“If you have dandruff or seborrhoeic dermatitis, wash your hair two to three times a week with a specific treatment to keep it under control.”

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DON’T avoid washing your hair

Washing your hair is the only way to get rid of excess oils and dirt and product build-up.

Warm water alone won’t do the trick, so it is important to use a shampoo to remove oils, dirt, debris and odours.

However, the hair needs some oil from the sebaceous glands to keep it moisturised.

If your hair is lacking moisture, it will look dry and frizzy and will break more easily.

There’s a fine line between washing your hair too much and not enough.

Stephanie explained: “How often you should wash your hair really depends on how oily your scalp is and your activities levels.”

If your skin is naturally oily and you find your hair getting greasy quickly, you will want to wash it more often than those with dry skin on their scalps.

The same applies if you are extremely active and love working up a sweat in the gym.

She warned: “For people who not suffer with dandruff I would suggest a minimum of once a week.

“If you have dandruff or seborrhoeic dermatitis, wash your hair two to three times a week with a specific treatment to keep it under control.”

DO apply creams and oils

Frizzy hair? No worries.

Lisa said: “Humidity is a big factor that can cause frizzy hair, which is usually from excess moisture in the atmosphere.

“To fix this, you need to help control the frizz – it is about surrounding the hair shaft with a suitable product that stops the excess moisture getting in.

“For finer hair – I would advise that you use an oil as the barrier.

“For medium, course or thicker hair – use a cream product as the barrier.”

DON’T avoid alcohol-based products

Alcohol based products have a bad reputation for drying out your locks, but this doesn’t have to be the case.

Lisa said: “Alcohol in hair products swells the hair and makes it appear thicker.

“It is not something to be afraid of!

“The first port of call is opting for a really decent volume shampoo and conditioner, and anything that gives volume has got alcohol in it.

“For fine hair you would use a volume spray and medium hair should use a volume mousse.

“You need to use the right weight product for your type of hair to achieve the best volume.”

DON’T use a conditioner first

You’ve all heard the rumour that applying your conditioner first is the key to nourishing your hair without weighing it down.

However, Lisa says you should stick to conditioning after you have shampooed.

She explained: “Some products tell you to put a conditioner on first, but I don’t recommend this.

“Shampoos open and clean the hair, whereas the conditioner smooths and closes the hair.

“Using a conditioner first will give an over porous, dehydrated and dull finish to the hair.”

DON’T hide your hair from the sun

While your sun needs some protection from the sun’s rays- such as a UV protecting serum- you don’t need to wear a hat all summer, according to Lisa.

She said: “Summer hair is one of my favourites.

“Most people think that they need to cover it up, but I personally don’t.

“I like the sun doing its thing.

“If you are planning to sit out in the sun all day, make sure that you use a hair mask in the morning and if you can – keep the mask on all day.

“Don’t let your hair dry out, as hair needs to be moisturised and protected just like skin.

“Don’t worry too much about the sun and the colour, because sun-kissed colour can look very pretty.

“It is something I actually try to recreate in the salon.”

DO use a hair mask

A hair mask is a pampering ritual for most people, offering a chance to unwind, regroup, and massage that scalp.

Masks are just as good for your hair as they are your mental health, especially if you’re blonde.

Lisa said: “It is important to use a good hair mask, especially with blondes as maintaining a healthy-looking condition is harder.

“This is because lighter colours absorbs light. Light bounces off darker colours.”

Try The Hair Boss Double Hair Mask (£19.99, Superdrug) to achieve strong, healthy and moisturised hair.

Stephanie explained exactly how to apply a hair mask.

She said: “When applying a hair mask it is best to apply it to the mid-section and ends of the hair avoiding the roots.

“The ends of the hair are the oldest and most weathered and need the most care and attention.

“I’d also recommend: covering your head with a warm towel for 10-15 minutes (depending on the hair mask).

“Leave the mask on for at least 20 minutes and use a wide-toothed comb to untangle the hair.”

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