Straightening, blow drying, bleaching and colouring can all cause damage and make the hair look a little dehydrated and dull. If you’re not lucky enough to have been blessed with sleek and shiny hair, you’re probably willing to do whatever it takes to tame your mane, including going through all those damaging threatments. When you’re on a budget, finding good hair products might be a little trickier, but there are a few steps you won’t want to skip when taking care of your dry and damaged hair.
OPT FOR A NOURISHING SHAMPOO
When your hair is dry, a nourishing shampoo is key to bring life back into your locks. Opt for shampoo’s that contain nourishing ingredients such as coconut oil, argan oil, macadamia nut oil, avocado oil or shea butter. The one I’ve been using religiously for a few months now is the OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk shampoo. Formulated with an exclusive blend of coconut milk, egg white proteins that add shine, strenght and elasticity and coconut oil that help bring out hydration, this shampoo has been my hair saviour on a budget. Something I’ve found while trying other nourishing shampoo’s is that sometimes, they can feel a little heavy on the roots and weigh my hair down. OGX Coconut Milk shampoo really does help bring back moisture into my hair while keeping it clean and grease-free, plus it smells like a tropical vacation!
USE A DEEP CONDITIONING MASK
Because I straighten my coloured hair pretty much every single day, it is imperative that I use a mask, instead of a conditionner, after each shampoo. I usually go for nutri-regenerative masks, such as the Dessange Extreme 3 Oils mask, which is formulated from argan oil, camellia oil and pracaxi oil, or Dessange Nutri-Extreme. They nourish, repair, protect and restore hair fibers’ lipidic barrier. How to use the product for maximum results? Apply a good scoop of the mask on the length of your hair after you’ve drained it from the excess water (doing so will allow the product to sink deeper into hair fibers) and leave the mask on for up to 20 minutes. Before rincing it all off, add a little bit of water and massage the mask onto your hair. This tip was given to me by my hairdresser, and is known to make the hair silky, soft and to facilitate the detangling process by allowing the product the get even deeper into the cuticles through the massaging action. Finish off by rincing your hair with cold water. Need an extra boost of hydration? Apply your hair mask and leave it on over night wrapped in a towel!
There are a few styling tips that can help improve the health of your dry and damaged hair. First, try to space out your washes! If your hair needs a little “pick me up” in between, opt for a dry shampoo. Batiste is a great affordable option. Then, when it’s time to style your hair, use a heat protector! Whether you opt for oils, creams or sprays, always coat your damp hair with heat protector, before blow drying and styling, to prevent heat damage. When choosing your heat protector, be aware that some products also combine other styling properties, for example they can add texture or hydration, so opt for the one that will suit your hair type best.
FINISH UP WITH SOME HYDRATING OIL
Apply a few drops, or spritz, of hydrating oil onto the length of your hair to give it an extra touch of smooth, a splash of hydration and a high shine finish. If you the love coconut smell as much as I do, I recommend checking out OGX Coconut Water Hydration Oil.