OK, so maybe hate is a bit of a strong word. But the truth is, I’m not a fan of having my hair cut. Nine times out of ten, it ends up a lot shorter than I was hoping for and always at an awkward in-between length. But as you can imagine, with someone as hair as long as mine, in order to avoid regular haircuts and not end up with split ends up to my ears and permanent electricity-shock style frizz I have to put a lot of time and thought into my haircare routine.
Aside from the usual hydrating shampoo and conditioner (the L’Oreal Ever Riche range is wonderful, as is the Palmer’s Coconut Oil range), I make sure to use a hair mask twice a week. At the moment my favourite is the L’Oreal Ever Riche Nourishing Intense Mask but there are plenty of awesome options out there if this doesn’t float your boat. I tend to focus on the mid-to-end section of my hair, paying special attention to the ends which are the first to show signs of dryness. If my hair is in real need of a hydrating pick-me-up, I turn to the multi-purpose marvel that is Coconut Oil. And while the pot that I currently have in my possession specifies bodily use (now that sounds a bit cheeky), I find it works just as well as a hair mask. I apply a whack to the ends of my hair (dry hair or damp hair, whichever you prefer), wrap it up in a towel and leave it overnight. Wash as normal in the morning and you are left with the silkiest soft tresses ever. Plus the coconutty smell is just awesome.
Masks and treatments aside, it’s on to the post-wash care. After leaving my hair to dry for a bit until it’s damp – please please don’t scrub at your hair with the towel, it can lead to breakages and frizz – I apply a leave-in conditioner before brushing. The Sachajuan Leave-In Conditioner is an ace option for de-tangling and softening. Like many people, I also use a dry oil on the ends of my hair after every wash – personal favourite is the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil – again while my hair is still damp. Just a few pumps run through the ends of my hair does does wonders for any split end issues.
Last but not least, heat protector. It’s so important to guard your hair against any heated styling tools that you’re going to use – straighteners, hairdryer, tongs – and for this I turn to the Kerastase Nectar Thermique, which not only protects my locks against the heat but also leaves them looking super shiny and healthy. An all-in-one winner.
Now I do still have to face the hairdresser every six months or so (although actually it’s been nearly a year… oops) but this routine has seen my hair through the worst and best of times, managing to leave it looking healthy and happy no matter how much time has passed since my last trim. Snip snip indeed.