With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many of us have started putting our supercharged beauty routines into motion. We’re talking waxing and plucking ourselves within in an inch of our lives, slathering on face creams that promise to turn back time, and pulling out our prized makeup palettes reserved only for special occasions. But that being said, chances are you’re neglecting a key part of your body, which, if it’s lucky, might get washed, ripped through a brush, tugged by a blow-dryer and singed with a straightener. Yes, that’s right – we’re talking about your hair.
Armed with the right arsenal of products, you can transform your locks from lame to luscious in as little as ten minutes. Plus, it’s the perfect excuse to indulge in some me-time, to feel pampered, and to bring some self-love into our daily routines. So, on that note, discover our top five hair heroes that will have your tresses turning heads for all the right reasons.
Picking the right products is key when it comes to making your hair feel fabulous. Shampoos that contain strong chemical foaming ingredients can be very harsh and drying, which definitely doesn’t help in the quest to beautiful, bouncy locks. And the number one causes of dryness? Sulfates. These harsh chemicals strip hair of moisture, resulting in dry, damaged locks susceptible to frizz and dreaded split ends. So, swap out sulfate-packed products for SLS-free shampoos that will gently clean your hair without stripping it of its natural oils.
We love Sisley’s Volumizing Shampoo. Not only does it feel super luxurious with its rich, creamy lather, but it’s crammed full of minerals, vitamins and active ingredients such as magnesium, copper, vitamin E, zinc, vitamins B6 and pro-vitamin B5, which fortify each strand and boost body and shine. Plus, there are cotton proteins, camellia oil and shea to smooth, soothe and hydrate while rebuilding strength and structure – giving you thicker, bigger, bouncier locks. Cue the slow-motion head flick.
We buff our bodies and exfoliate our faces, but most of us are guilty of neglecting our scalps. Although scalp scrubbing doesn’t sound particularly sexy, it’s an essential part of a healthy haircare routine. Why? Simply put, hair is dead, scalps aren’t, so it’s where you can make some serious magic happen. We contend with lots of pollution and product build-up that sits on the scalp and clogs hair follicles, in turn preventing hair growth and creating dryness. Gently scrubbing your scalp removes this build-up, giving us happy heads and healthier hair. Plus, massaging and buffing your scalp stimulates blood flow, which helps bring more nutrients to follicles in order to promote healthy hair growth.
The perfect pick for anyone suffering from scalp flakiness or irritation, this deep-cleansing scrub from Davines contains a cocktail of all-natural ingredients to tackle all your scalp and hair woes. Containing not one, not two, but three exfoliants, it marries sea salt with beet sugar extract and jojoba beads to gently slough away dirt, grime, dead cells and build-up. Plus, it smells like a spa, so you have the added bonus of heavenly smelling hair.
Davines Solu Sea Salt Scrub Cleanser – £23.70
Nothing beats sinking into the tub with a hair mask on. And whilst this may sound like pure indulgence, you should be treating your tresses to a treatment at least once a week. Or for a V-day treat, of course. Not only do masks load locks with nourishing ingredients, but they also help lock in moisture, keep colour brighter for longer, smooth away knots and tangles and protect against future damage.
This 100 % natural and vegan mask from Rahua works magic on hair by delivering a big dose of omega-9 rich ungurahua oil, which has been proven to strengthen and hydrate each strand from root to tip. It also harnesses the perfecting powers of sunflower seed oil and quinoa protein to deeply condition, repair and prevent damage, infuse locks with moisture and promote scalp health. Plus, it’s soothing lavender and eucalyptus scent is bound to clear your mind and leave you, and your locks, feeling fresh and uplifted.
Rahua Omega-9 Hair Mask – £53
Whether used alone or mixed into your go-to treatment or mask, a hair oil is a surefire way to securing smooth, soft, high-shine locks. You can use them on wet hair to protect against styling and heat damage, on dry hair to smooth down flyaways and add lustre, or as an overnight treatment if venturing out with a head full of oil isn’t quite your bag… Whichever way you prefer to use yours, after just one use we guarantee it will be your new beauty best friend.
Especially if you make your pick UMA’s Intensely Nourishing Hair Oil, which – as its name suggests – is, well, intensely nourishing. 100% organic and free from chemical nasties and harsh ingredients, it’s formulated with nine natural oils blended in accordance to Ayurvedic principles. There are clarifying grapefruit and lemon oils to remove build-up and control oils, jojoba and moringa oils to deep-condition and boost shine, and hibiscus oil to rejuvenate hair and strengthen it from within.
No date-night outfit is complete without a spritz of perfume, especially when misted onto your mane for the ultimate scented hair flick. But, if you’re guilty of spritzing your regular perfume onto your hair, it’s time to stop. Loaded with drying, harsh, frizz-forming ingredients such as alcohol, they can damage locks and weaken hair. Not ideal. The good news is, hair mists have come a long way, and not only create a ritual that’s guaranteed to make you feel more gorgeous than ever, but also protect and perfect your locks whilst they’re at it.
This natural hair perfume from Tabitha James Kraan is made with 99.5% certified organic ingredients and doubles up as a treatment and luxurious scent. Housed inside Tabitha’s signature amethyst stone bottle (which doesn’t only look chic on your bathroom shelf but protects the precious oils inside, too), this blend of lavender, white tea, nettle, neroli, and lemon smells sublime and soothes the scalp, enhances colour and texture and hydrates the hair. Simply shake-up, spritz, and you’re good to go.
words by Frankie Rozwadowska
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