From serums, essences, moisturisers and cleansers to carefully crafted makeup, skincare has dominated the beauty industry with its sheer volume of products and processes. It has made us (almost) forget about our hair care regime. Add to this the responsibility of scouring products that work for your particular hair type, and most of us are left befuddled, with an unruly mop to tame.
Curly, straight or wavy, we have you covered with our tips and products that will make sure that every day is a great hair day:
Curls are not just a hair type but a lifestyle and constant mystery - a glorious cascade of ringlets one day and a bird’s nest the very next … solve the puzzle with our tips:
Hot oil massages
A tangled mess is the result of extremely dry hair, a constant worry for curly girls. Hot oil massages are a sure fire cure, just leave the bottle of oil in a bowl of hot water or microwave it for a few seconds, before massaging it onto your scalp. Not only does it deep condition your hair, repairing it from within, it also makes your hair manageable and easy to detangle.
Images: Kama’s Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is ideal for a scalp massage
Oiling, washing, conditioning and now a mask - seems like too much? It pays, we promise. Treating your curly hair to a mask once a week helps prevent more damage, helping you maintain the definition of your curls. Pick a hair mask from the drugstore or DIY at home (avocado, eggs, banana are good options). Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil mask is a worthy compromise: inspired by traditional home recipes combining avocado, lemon and olive fruit oil, it is formulated for dehydrated and undernourished hair.
Don’t wash your hair everyday
Washing your hair everyday is a strict no-no as it dehydrates your hair, causing it to lose its natural definition. Use a mild shampoo that does not contain sulfates, silicone or parabens. DevaCurl No-Poo is one of the most widely used shampoos for its mild formulation, cleansing your hair without stripping it of natural oils.
Condition, condition & condition
Since curly hair requires extra moisturisation, deep conditioning should be a part of your hair care routine. AG Hair Cosmetics Re:Coil Curl Activating Conditioner is a good choice as it strengthens your hair while also activating your curls for better definition. You might even consider forgoing the shampoo and washing your hair with conditioner, just make sure you use a conditioner that comes sans silicones as it will simply coat your hair and cause buildup.
Let your hair be
No blow dryer or vigorous gymnastics with a towel, let your hair dry naturally. Apply a leave-in conditioner after stepping out of the shower, like the Shea Moisture Coconut And Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie and let it air dry the rest of the way.
Viewed as the easiest hair type to care for, nothing could be further from the truth; limpness or a frizzy bouffant are all dire possibilities!
Shampooing greasy hair
Ensure you wash your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo to keep any oiliness at bay. Remember, that washing your hair everyday might just be counterproductive as your scalp could produce more oil to compensate. Use a brand like OGX Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shampoo which protects and strengthens.
Conditioning treated hair
Conditioning is not just for people with very dry hair, it not only makes your hair soft but also ensures you retain a lustrous mane. Pick a conditioner that is infused with an essential oil – coconut, jojoba or argan – that will hydrate your hair and nourish it from within. Never apply the conditioner to your scalp, work it from the nape of your neck. Olaplex Conditioner No.5 conditions without excess weight pulling your hair down or try the Satin Smooth Conditioner by Amazon Keratin which offers daily protection against UV radiation, great for chemically treated hair.
Style lifeless hair
How many times have you complained about your straight hair falling flat and looking limp and boring? Try the new Volume Shampoo by Balmain, a luxurious product for hair that looks perfectly styled, everytime. Finish with Kevin Murphy Body Builder Volumising Mousse for an instant boost that gets you Instagram ready in minutes! The mousse is also wonderful for a bit of texture, helping keep those braids intact.
Have wavy hair? Be your own champion, for only you know best if it veers more towards curly or straight. Mix-and-match from our tips above or read on for ideas that anyone can try:
Optimum wash period
Going too many days between washing your wavy hair can cause increased hair fall, while washing it too often dries it out. It’s best to wash your wavy tresses every 3-4 days to keep it clean and healthy. Make sure you dry your hair with a microfiber towel to keep the frizz at bay. Use a nourishing product like the Moroccan Oil Hydrating Shampoo, a gentle cleanser rich in Vitamin A, which slows the effects of aging.
Conditioning your hair every time you wash it will give your waves more definition. Massage your scalp with oil before you wash your hair. If it’s a severe problem, try Kronokare's Hydrate & Untangle Hair Conditioner - sans sulphates, mineral oils, silicones or parabens. Their formulation works for anyone with a sensitive scalp.
Scrunch for style
A foolproof way to get well-defined waves is to tie your hair up in braids before going to bed. The more braids, the tighter and more well-defined your waves will be. Hair scrunching is an essential part of your hair styling routine: apply a bit of leave-in conditioner just out of your shower and scrunch your hair, working towards the scalp. Prepping for a special occasion? Spritz some Balmain Paris Leave-In Conditioning Spray to make sure the waves last the night!