Monday 20 October 2014

Hair Heroes: Four ways to treat your frazzled locks

Freya Drohan

Published 22/07/2014 | 17:07

Young woman looking at split ends
Young woman looking at split ends

The tried and tested products and remedies to treat tired and damaged hair.

We all know that everything from the sun to the sea can causes damaged, stressed out hair and at no time of year is this more apparent than during summer.

A quick “how to treat damaged hair” Google search returns two million results, offering an abundance of product recommendations, home remedies and diet advice.

So you don’t have to trawl through the advice from beauty bloggers, hairdressers and celebrities endorsing their own brands- we have rounded up our top solutions that will leave you akin to Rapunzel.

1. Mask The Problem

A deep conditioning mask left left on for a few hours, or overnight, gives dull hair the boost it craves.

For a natural option, tap into the never-ending benefits of coconut oil by applying all over your hair before bed (note: this is best-suited for those with textured, curly, or thick hair. If you have fine hair you should use sparingly).

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One of the best masks on the market is Ojon’s Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment, which retails at €43.

In the pot, the product is in wax form but when heated between your palms it turns into an oil.

I applied the substance to dry hair and left it in for an hour before rinsing and using shampoo/conditioner as normal, leaving me with silky soft tresses.

2. Supplements

According to influential fashion blog The Cut, the best hair-growth supplement solution is a combination of one Viviscal Extra Strength pill, one biotin pill and one folic acid pill.

3. Oil

Morocco’s legendary argan oil, below, is touted as the hero of the hair care industry, and is included as an ingredient in everything from shampoos to intensive treatments.

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An affordable wonder product is the newly released Moroccan My Shine shampoo and conditioner options from Herbal Essences (approx. €5.25 a piece).

These products promise to restore natural shine and deeply nourish, which I can attest to.

4. Food

If we had a euro for every time we heard “you are what you eat”, we would be able to splash some serious cash on some lavish hair treatments.

However, the importance of the right foods in the diet can not be undermined- for strong, healthy hair it is essential to eat a diet rich in protein (chicken, turkey, nuts) and omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, avocado, flax seeds), as well as Vitamin E, zinc and iron.

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