Damaged hair in need of some TLC? Here are three (easy) ways to ensure you have healthy, happy hair - says Marie Claire Senior Beauty Editor Fiona Embleton
Whether it’s an addiction to straighteners, occasionally skipping conditioner or tearing a hairbrush through wet strands, we’re all guilty of being less-than-kind to our hair. While sleeping on a 100% silk pillowcase is still one of the best hair saviours the Marie Claire beauty team swears by to prevent cuticles getting roughed up and strands drying out, our experts have come to the rescue with some simple adjustments to your routine and game-changing products if good hair is your goal. Why not give your dry hair straw-like strands some self-care with these wellness tips. How to fix dry, damaged hair:
According to trichologist Anabel Kingsley, one of the most common causes of cuticle damage and poor hair growth is boar bristle brushes. “These can tear away sections of the hair cuticle, increasing porosity and moisture loss,” she warns. The best brush to detangle wet hair is Tangle Teezer’s The Wet Detangler Hairbrush as the teeth are specially designed to avoid tugging or snagging. Wondering how to dry hair fast? When blow-drying your hair, choose a brush with rounded, plastic prongs and a vented, cushioned base and “never put the nozzle of the hairdryer directly onto your brush as this causes a blockage so heat will next come out of the dryer twice as hot,” says Syd Hayes, Babyliss UK Ambass.
As well as daily wear and tear, salt in sweat can dry out strands. Wear your hair up in a ponytail to avoid contact with your skin while you exercise and leave a custard-thick mask on for at least five minutes after your next shampoo. “Most masks contain around 25 per cent more moisturising ingredients than daily conditioners,” says A-list favourite, stylist Larry King. “Only coat the weakened ends to avoid weighing strands down.” Our best dry hair treatment? Aveda’s Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment with quinoa protein and pure plant oils to restore silkiness and shine. If dandruff or a ‘dry scalp’ is the problem, use an exfoliating scalp mask such as Philip Kingsley Exfoliating Scalp Mask Treatment. “Dandruff is actually greasy, not dry, so you want to avoid any oil-based masks as this will make the flakes stickier and block your follicles,” says Kingsley.
‘Most masks contain around 25 per cent more moisturising ingredients than daily conditioners.
Spoiler alert: it can be good for your hair to break up with hair straighteners and tongs for a few weeks if parched, split ends are an issue. Then when you reintroduce hot tools, recognise that you need to use both leave-in conditioner and a heat protective spray. “Creating a physical barrier is key,” says Maria Mahoney from product development at Living Proof. “Remember to comb both products through the densest parts of your hair —it’s important they are distributed evenly all over.” Try spraying Living Proof Restore Perfecting Spray over the top of Philip B Lovin’ Leave-in Conditioner as your first line of defence.