With your skin you cleanse (we hope), you tone (maybe), you moisturise (for sure)! You may even use a weekly scrub and pop on a mask too. But don’t let it stop with your skincare regime…
Now is the time to treat your hair in exactly the same way, thanks to better cleansers, amazing conditioning ingredients in creams and oils and a few finishing touches – you really will notice the difference.
“Shampoo and conditioner are like skincare for your hair”, says top international hair stylist George Northwood. “And should be thought of in the same way. Shampoos are obviously cleansers, but I think of them like primers too. The benefits that some shampoos offer are brilliant at priming the hair for styling and blow-drying.”
With prescriptive formulations, such as Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Keratin Smooth Micellar Shampoo, R279 for 250ml, we suggest doing a ‘double cleanse’. “The first cleanse cleans your hair, while the second allows the shampoo to work its magic.” explains George.
You can transform dry, dehydrated and dull hair in a matter of minutes. A hair mask takes a bit more effort than one for your skin, but if you haven’t before, we say it’s time to try one of these…
For Parched Hair:
The Body Shop Shea Butter Richly Replenishing Hair Mask, R180 for 240ml, is intensely nourishing and filled with community trade shea butter from Ghana that is renowned for being able to work wonders on dry hair.
For Curly or Afro Hair:
A delicious new coconut based hair enhancing mask from Inoar is their Virgin Coconut Oil hair treatment, R350 for 200ml.
For Bleached or Coloured Hair:
Indola Innova Color Leave-in/Rinse Off Treatment Mask, R250 for 200ml, helps lock in colour up to 90% more for up to 30 washes.
For Fine and Fragile Hair:
L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Masque, R75,99 for 300ml, is lovely to enhance body in fine hair types while providing much needed nourishment.
For a Sensitive Scalp:
Lush’s Superbalm Scalp Treatment, R205 for 45g, is enriched with salicylic acid to help ease pain and candelila wax to soothe signs of itchiness.
Compiled by Beauty Editor, Martinique Stevens
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.