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Top 6 Hair Mistakes to Avoid this Holiday Season

Uh oh… did you forget to make an appointment with your stylist? First, get on the phone, then read the following and breathe. It’s still possible to achieve flawless color and style for the holidays! Here are some hair mistakes to avoid:

1-Booking your appointment late.

Don’t wait until the beginning of December to book an appointment with your favourite colour expert. “Ideally, you should call and reserve a spot in October. A hair appointment isn’t like a gift, which can be ordered at the last minute on December 22nd,” says Caroline Verreault, Matrix Education Leader for Quebec and the Maritimes. Don’t panic: just get on the phone and clear some time in your schedule. Everything will work out!

2-Taking matters into your own hands.

Just don’t! The last thing you should do is run to the drugstore, buy a box of hair dye, and play hair colorist by yourself. Think of the countless hours you’ve spent creating Pinterest boards and sitting on your hair expert’s chair to get the perfect hair colour. You wouldn’t want to ruin all that hard work on a whim, would you?

3-Just leaving your hair alone.

To maintain your colour’s shine and vibrancy throughout the holiday season, arm yourself with products made to protect its pigmentation. Your best allies?

  • The hair product Holy Trinity (shampoo, conditioner, and mask) for your hair type: dry, curly, fine, etc.

  • Brass Off, a product range that helps neutralize brassy tones (yellow for blondes, orange for brunettes).

  • UV protection if you plan to spend the holidays somewhere sunny (lucky you!).

4-Forgetting touch-ups.

If you want your hairstyle to last longer (whether it’s a bun, braid, or another elaborate style), it’s important to give it a bit of help to keep frizz and static at bay. No one wants to look like they just stuck their fingers into an electrical outlet! Two must-haves:

  • To avoid frizz and static, add an extra spritz of Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Frizz Control Styling Spray.

  • For extended hold and shine, and to tame fly aways, there’s nothing better than a good old bottle of hairspray like Matrix Vavoom, a cult-favourite that’s been around for 36 years.

5-Not maintaining your style.

Extend your style by a few days with these helpful allies:

  • Matrix Style Link Play Back Dry Shampoo, which helps refresh your style, absorb sebum, and gives your mane a bit more texture thanks to the minerals contained in its formula.

  • Matrix Style Link Texture Builder, a hybrid between a volumizing powder and a dry shampoo—great for perking up your curls or giving your strands some extra volume on the second or third day after washing them.

6-Forgetting to add shine.

It’s the holiday season, after all! Without going for the full-on Christmas-tree effect, it’s nice to add a subtle yet festive touch to your look. The best way to go about it? Apply some hair oilt to your lengths and ends to add shine and suppleness. If you prefer a lighter texture, try a spray instead, like Matrix Biolage SugarShine Illuminating Mist. The benefits: you can apply it onto dry hair to add natural shine, it smells amazing, and it helps detangle your strands. So practical for after you’ve removed the hundreds of hair pins holding your holiday ‘do in place.

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