As you can imagine I do receive a good few emails and comments in regards to beauty advice and product recommendations, I try my very best to personally answer them all but some slip through the cracks - mostly thanks to my email's spam filter which does what it chooses. With that in mind I have began sifting through my questions and will slowly but surely post answers here on site for everyone to see, they will all be listed under the category Beauty Q&A for future reference.
This week's question is something I have struggled with in the last few years, what they don't tell you about having long hair is that the lengths are prone to not only tangling but also drying out. This is of course due age, the longer your hair is the older it is. I shower daily but only wash my hair twice a week otherwise it becomes unmanageable. After lots of trial and error and numerous consultations here is what works for me and my now butt length hair (real mathematical measurement system ha!).
I deep condition every single time I wash my hair, I need to - my hair is thick and craves moisture, to make the most of deep conditioning I work on a sandwich approach. Before washing my hair and while it is dry, I slather on oil - leave for 15 minutes and get on with other things. I then wash out said oil and follow up with a light conditioner - normally something like Herbal Essences or whatever is on offer in Superdrug (I'm none too fussy). Again I leave for a few minutes and then rinse out, I then reach for either a conditioning mask (recommendations below) or Aussie 3 Minute Miracle and again let it soak in for a few moment and of course rinse. As a finishing step I follow up once again with the light conditioner.
This is not a plan I cleverly conducted one afternoon, rather the advice of a hairdresser - she likened it to feeding the skin, sometimes one heavy product is too much and a moisture layering process can offer better results. It may seem laborious but it works for me; I have super long and thick hair that is bleached and without tooting my own horn it is in really good condition: no split ends, soft to the touch and is somewhat manageable. The four step approach may be too extreme/heavy for some to repeat twice a week (if ever) but if your hair is in anyway dry perhaps a two pronged attack could be the way forward. For instance try applying an oil before washing, or two different conditioners - it could be the answer you've been looking for.
Now for actual product recommendations, all of which are fairly budget friendly as I go through a tub almost weekly:
- Boots Ingredients Coconut & Almond Intensive Hair Mask £1.99
- Dove Hair Nourishing Oil Care Repair Mask £4.59
I hope that the above helps anyone in a similar predicament and if you have any burning beauty questions that I can help with do feel free to get in touch.