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by Holly O'Neill
22nd Jan 2021
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Gareth Bromell, a global talent in hair who has worked with the biggest names in fashion and entertainment, has just opened a salon in Dublin. Until we can visit him, here are his top tips on how to take care of your hair and its health while stuck at home 


Limerick city-born Gareth Bromell has created looks for Gucci, Burberry, Alexander McQueen, and Dries Van Noten and has a client list that includes Taylor Swift, Bella Hadid and Gwyneth Paltrow. He has just opened H by Gareth Bromell in Harvey Nichols in Dundrum Shopping Centre, a fully sustainable salon complete with 98% upcycled interiors, bio-degradable towels and cruelty-free beauty partners with
100% recyclable packaging. I’ll be first to join the list when hair salons reopen to have my hair done by the man who has created looks for Vogue covers, fashion shows and red carpets. While we wait, Gareth shares his tips for taking care of your hair and getting it at it’s healthiest while you’re stuck at home.

Related: Meet Gareth Bromell, the Irish celebrity hairstylist splitting his time between Hollywood and home

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Taylor Swift with a shag haircut by Gareth Bromell that made headlines globally

Add a treatment to your routine

I love a good mask, they’re nourishing for all hair types. Leave it for 20 mins or sleep with it in for beautifully deep conditioned hair. I suggest Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Oil-Infused Treatment.

Brush your hair

Not only does brushing your hair create volume and put the bounce back in the hair, but it is also good to stimulate the scalp for blood circulation which promotes hair growth. I recommend a boar hair bristle from Mason Pearson.

Lay off the hot tools

Stop investing time and effort into any hair rituals that may be breaking your hair, like hot tools. Simply put, give your hair a break. If you need to style for say a Zoom meeting, I suggest applying a heat protector to your hair like Evo Hair Care Day Of Grace before drying and heat styling.

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Backstage with Winnie Harlow and Charlotte Tilbury

Try old school oiling

Go back to basics. This technique is old school and I love it. Massage an oil blend into your scalp. Make sure you don’t submerge your roots and strands in it; your follicles can only soak a small amount and the rest of it simply sits on top of your scalp till you wash it off. I suggest using a coconut and castor oil mix for your mane. Coconut oil is an all-rounder for your hair and castor oil promotes hair growth. Mix it with coconut oil and massage it into your scalp. Leave it on for an hour and shampoo. Your scalp and hair will feel nourished and you’re left with a beautiful shine.

Research hair supplements for your diet needs

My go-to is a collagen supplement and vitamin B and C in Liposomal form. Liposomal vitamins don’t use capsules or tablets or powders to deliver nutrients. Instead, the vitamins are encapsulated in pockets of fat cells called liposomes. Liposomes are spheres made up of phospholipids which are the primary building blocks of cell membranes. Your body absorbs 100% of the supplement. B vitamins help create red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients to the scalp and hair follicles. Vitamin B7 (biotin) deficiency is linked to hair loss. Biotin improves the body’s keratin infrastructure which can improve overall hair quality, including thickness and shine.

Embrace your natural hair texture

This is low fuss! I suggest Kiehl’s Creme with Silk Groom to tame the hair. Apply it to damp hair, let the hair air dry, and finish with a little more to tame hair and add shine.

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To book an appointment with Gareth or a member of his team, visit hbygarethbromell.com or call Harvey Nichols Dundrum on 01 2910488.

Photography by H by Gareth Bromell.

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