Quick compare-and-contrast test: How many steps are there in your facial routine versus your haircare one? The latter is probably paltry, relatively speaking – which is a shame, really, as your scalp and strands deserve every bit as much attention as your face.
But what to try, what to buy? Click through to peruse my personal pick of #DieDieMustBuy hair heroes to add to your arsenal. “Hairs” hoping these these top treats for your tresses will get you out of future hairy situations. Good luck, and #HappyShopping!
Cleanliness is next to gorgeousness, so always remember to rinse, lather and repeat. My personal pick? This nifty no-nonsense do-it-all from dependable Dove, which is stuffed with moisture magnets that wick water into your strands for softness sans stickiness and ickiness.
Oh yeah, one more thing: When it comes to sudsing up, execution is of the essence. Remember to rinse rigourously for a minute or so to get rid of the post-shampoo sludge, which can put a deadly dulling dampener on the sheen of your strands. Repeat if necessary!
This velvety volumiser comes crammed with a cuticle-conditioning botanical blend of maize, aloe and exotic guar bean, and has also been designed to sink straight in, so you needn’t fret about leaving an embarrassing oil slick in your wake.
As I’ve discovered to my delight, treating your tresses to this nourisher the night before a Very Important Event should lend a really reflective mirror-like mirage to your mane – no more pesky flyaways!
This richly restorative rinse-off potion comes positively packed with cuticle-sealing conditioners for the most intense hydration. To apply, warm up the product in your palms, then work it in from the tips, massaging all the way to the mid-shaft. Splash off in the shower for a souped up shine that’s well nigh salon-grade in sheen.
Bonus points for the sensorial pleasure afforded by this elixir’s ephemeral floral fragrance, which is just noticeable enough to keep my locks feeling fresh and flirty. Worth every pretty penny!
Your post-shower mop is at its most vulnerable, which means you should always follow up with a follicle-fortifying scalp serum from the midshaft down for a buoyant bounce with none of the unwieldy weight. This Phyto poultice – packed with amino acids and calming oat extract – is supremely soothing and smells so very sublime, too.
Simply spritz onto damp hair, starting mid-length and paying extra care to the ends for easier styling. Once you’re done, consider warming up another drop of serum between your palms and lightly skimming it across the surface for surpassingly silky strands.
Mm, this opulent oil is liquid love for your locks. Imbued with an intensely invigorating suite of French rose oils, this subtly scented and sensationally silky salve is great for instant gratification – half a pump is all it takes to lend your moistureless mane a shampoo ad-worthy sheen.
Even better, the featherweight formula is fantastic for on-the-go touch-ups without weighing down on your hair, so feel free to use it as and when you like a little extra lustre. Before stepping into the club, for instance, rake in just the tiniest bit through the ends of your tresses for a photoshoot-ready patina!
This haircare-hairstyling hybrid boasts finely milled powders that sop up sebum while keeping your ‘do in place. Start by blow-drying with a diffuser until your head is almost but not quite bone-dry. Set with this spray for superb “grip” and extra texture to your tresses. Voila, there you have it: Hair that will have you looking like you spent half a day at a salon.
Right, then. Do us a favour and share this story if any of these follicular fortifiers are calling out to you, and #HappyShopping!