Rescue dry, brittle hair with a luxurious mask
Dry hair happens for all kinds of different reasons – bleaching, heat styling, the weather, lack of conditioning, age-related sebum loss on the scalp – the list goes on.
Whatever the reason that your hair feels dry and lifeless, don’t think it’s a lost cause and needs to be chopped off. There are plenty of things you can do at home that can seriously help matters, both in a quick fix and serious repair way. Ready to make a change? Invest in a treatment that can take your brittle hair from drab to fab!
If you can’t quite find the hours in the day (or inclination) to spend some time with a full-on overnight mask, Batiste Instant Conditioner spray is a decent alternative. It contains a mixture of seed oils and light conditioning agents, that, when delivered in an easy light spritz, instantly nourishes ends to restore moisture and tame frizz. It isn’t sticky or greasy dries instantly and has a pretty floral scent. The sub £3 price is just the cherry on the cake.
You might be familiar with Kerastase's Reflection range; it's one of the brand's top sellers, aimed at those of us who've put our hair through the ringer with colouring (which is most of us by a certain age, surely?)
Now, after new research found that water is not good news for our hair's colour or condition (thanks chlorine, copper and calcium) Kerastase has tinkered a little to include ingredients that protect from these drying, dulling elements in the newly named Masque Chromatique, £30.20 (don't worry it's still as deliciously nourishing and softening as the original) And we get the cute new Les Touches Chromatiques, £29, too.
These mini droppers contain a super concentrated colour rescue remedy for every shade-based ail, from brassy blondes to fading red and copper or brunette that gets strangely warmer with every wash. Pop a drop of your chosen Le Touche in the mask, slather on as usual and rinse after five for hair that's silky soft and safe from colour fade.
"Looks like a milk, acts like an oil" this cute pink bottle claims, and yes this does have the nourishing properties of an oil, but I'd say it's actually a lot more versatile than that. For one, it's light, so fine-haired folks can spray on with (relative) abandon, without worrying about a grease-overload situation. Also I'd be happy to use this on damp hair before drying, where it detangles and softens, as well as a tiny bit on extremely parched ends once hair is dry. The yummy coconut smell is a winner too, as is the price.
The condition of your hair depends hugely on the condition of your scalp, if it's in healthy, supple condition and producing enough natural oils those will keep your strands soft and nourished with every brush too. With that in mind, rub a few drops of Aveda's new scalp concentrate in every morning to protect from dying environmental issues and keep everything in balance up top. It smells herby and delicious, has a silky texture and an undetectable feel once rubbed in.
A mask for people who don't like all the waiting around involved with masks. This slippery, serum-like treatment goes into dry hair, mysteriously absorbs in all of two minutes, then you can pop off to bed white it does it's conditioning thing. The formula contains strength-boosting proteins and conditioners that once washed out in the morning leave hair feeling softer and happier with every use.
If you do have a spare 20 minutes for a more intense moisture surge, this salon approved Kerasilk repair mask contains Keratin and Hyaloveil, both of which helps protect hair elasticity so preventing breakage. The nourishing texture also gives that instantly gratifying softness and shine you're looking for, and a little goes a long way.
If you love the original Morroccanoil treatment (and who doesn't?) this intense hydrating mask shares many of its best qualities, but in an indulgent 'I'm really treating myself' delivery method. The gorgeous scent is there, as are the instant shine and frizz-taming properties. The heavier texture makes this most suitable for using all over coarse or curly hair, if you're on the fine side stick to the mid-lengths and ends.
A great one for anyone with fine to medium-thick hair, this intense mask offers deep nourishment thanks to a blend of glucose proteins. These ingredients help bolster the bonds between hair fibres, preventing brittleness, breakage and split ends without overloading hair.
We love Phyto products, and this amazing mask is no exception! It's got a creamy, delicate texture, infused with hydrating plant seed oils, a UV filter to protect from the sun. Plus a pretty jojoba fragrance, making it a fabulous little beauty treat.