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Louise McSharry: Don’t fret over frazzled hair, the damage can be undone

Without our hairdressers during lockdown, many of us have desperately reached for products we’ve no business using, but it is possible to rescue lifeless hair

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Practice some damage control with these haircare products

Practice some damage control with these haircare products

Kiehl’s Damage Repairing & Rehydrating Shampoo

Kiehl’s Damage Repairing & Rehydrating Shampoo

Redken Extreme Anti-Snap

Redken Extreme Anti-Snap

Kristin Ess The One Signature Shampoo

Kristin Ess The One Signature Shampoo

Kérastase Elixir Ultime L’Huile Originale

Kérastase Elixir Ultime L’Huile Originale

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle range

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle range

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Charlotte Tilbury Brow Cheat

Charlotte Tilbury Brow Cheat

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Practice some damage control with these haircare products

I was watching The Real Housewives of Dallas the other night when I audibly gasped and had to pause the show to look more closely at what was in front of me. One of the women was chatting to her friends, and the hair that lay on her shoulder was so frazzled and lifeless, I had to inspect what was happening there. I am always on high alert for troubled hair, having had my own issues over the decade I spent torturing my follicles with bleach. Sure enough, this woman’s situation had been caused by the very same culprit. The ombre blonde ends of her very dark hair were in a bad way.

Our hair is more fragile than we’d like it to be, which is why hairdressers so often tell us we can’t achieve the dramatic colour transformation we were hoping for, or at least not as quickly as we’d like. (See Billie Eilish’s recent transition from green and black to blonde, which had to be done over the course of six weeks). Too many intense chemicals too quickly will result in hair the texture of candy floss, or in some cases, hair that breaks off in chunks. No one wants that. While we’ve been separated from the wisdom of our hairdressers, many of us have desperately reached for products we’ve no business using. Mistakes have been made. Damage has been done. So what can you do if you’ve ended up with the frazzled, lifeless hair of a Real Housewife of Dallas?


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