You’ve been through a lot together, and now is the time to undo the damage and show your hair some love! If you’ve coloured it, curled it or came back from a hot summer holiday, you’ve probably gone from “love it” to “what went wrong?” and back a few times. Our beauty editor, Martinique Stevens, will help you fall back in love…
“Damage is the biggest issue for women,” says Geraldine Fack, L’Oreal Professionnel hair care labs director. “We cause it to happen,so then we feel guilty.” Lucky for us it’s easier than ever to make things right again. The latest technology nurtures and repairs in minutes, so your hair will be feeling the love in no time.
The Damage: Post-Summer Frazzle
“Summer can be damaging as we have more exposure to UV rays, and swim in chlorinated pools,” says Katherine Frizoni, research and development manager at Dove. “These factors can damage the hair’s cuticle layer, reducing shine, increasing frizz and making it susceptible to breakage.”
The Love Cure:
You need to rehydrate those thirsty strands. Thick and curly hair will drink up an oil-infused mask – run it from roots to through towel-dried hair, comb with fingers, then wrap in a hot towel for 15 minutes.
Fine hair might even need protection from shampooing. The Kérastase Résistance Thérapiste collection includes a conditioner that you apply before shampoo. Sounds odd, but as hairstylist James Galvin explains, “This gives hair an invisible bandage to protect it during cleansing.”
The Love Kit:
Kérastase Soin Premier Thérapiste pre-shampoo conditioning treatment, R360 for 200ml; and Bain Thérapiste Shampoo, R300 for 250ml. Finish with Wella Professionals Enrich Detangling Spray,R263 for 150ml, to detangle and add shine, or for curly and afro hair types, give a little extra love and lock hydration in with a five-minute mask. We love Dove Nutritive Solutions Nourishing Oil Care Treatment Mask, R74,95 for 200ml.
Additional words: Fiona McKim
A scent obsessed beauty editor with a flair for fashion and an affinity for anything kawaii. When she’s not researching skincare ingredient lists for the latest low-down on what this or that compound or chemical does on the skin, you can expect to find her off-loading stress at the gym, enjoying a salsa dancing social or hunting for the latest fragrance.