Sunday, 21 February 2016

4 hair care essentials that work

I would describe my general attitude towards my hair as low maintenance. I spend long enough getting ready in the morning without introducing curlers or fishtail braids! Having said that there are some products that I use day-in, day-out that keep my hair looking and feeling healthy.

I would describe my hair type as very thick, slightly wavy when left unattended and prone to a bit of frizz. For the last 5 or 6 years it's also been very long although that might change soon (watch this space!). My scalp is a bit sensitive and some shampoos can cause it to feel dry and itchy so there are 2-3 brands I generally stick to. I wash my hair every 2-3 days and if I'm having a weekend in I'll try and leave it extra long even though the feeling drives me mad.

One step I'm glad I introduced into my washing routine is the Tresemm√© Nourish & Renew Tonic from their scalp care range. It's non-greasy but contains tea tree and helps calm, soothe and stop excess oil production. Before I started using this I would often get dry, itchy patches on my scalp that drove me mad. This stuff has pretty much stopped that altogether.

I also like to blow dry my hair as it's cold at work and my hair would literally take the whole day to dry, so heat protection is also a must. I came across K√©rastase Resistance Ciment Thermique through a beauty subscription box and I love how undetectable in the hair it is once styled. I've had a lot less breakage since using this stuff and far less frizz.

Between washes dry shampoo is your best friend, but can be very hit and miss. Drugstore own-brands tend to not really get the job done, while the classic Batiste offering is overkill on my dark hair and takes an age to work in. I recently picked up the Co Lab dry shampoo in the scent London and I just love it. It's effective but doesn't leave a residue, plus it smells great and doesn't upset my skin.  Well done to the lovely Ruth Crilly for pioneering this product.

Something else I use between washes is a slick of Pantene's Split End Serum, which I'm worried might be discontinued now as I can only find it in the pictured form on Amazon. I use it on dry hair before styling to tame frizz and keep my hair looking healthy - I find that dragging a brush through my thick, easily knotted hair twice a day can cause some breakage but this stuff really helps.

Do you swear by any particular hair care products? Let me know in the comments below so I can give them a try.

1 comment

  1. I've never heard a bad word about the Kerastase products and my hair gets so damned dry this time of year - I'll have to pick up the Ciment Thermique :-)


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