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The Upside Down Hair Wash0
I’ve had several hairdressers tell me that dry or damaged hair, no matter what thickness, has more texture and therefore is easier to style. That might be so, but it doesn’t ring true when your hair suddenly falls flat as a pancake at 3pm. It also makes the task of hydrating parched hair, without exacerbating flatness, a bit of a challenge – but I’ve found a little trick that tackles dryness without leaving me with mop-hair a few hours later.
Rather than conditioning the hair after shampooing I find applying a heavier duty conditioner or hair mask a few hours or even the night before I was my hair ensures it stays supple and healthy without coating the hair and leaving it heavy. I have a few on rotation including Redken All Soft Heavy Cream, which leaves the hair super soft but can be a little heavy without being shampooed out. I’ve also been using Davines Authentic Moisturising Balm for Face, Hair and Body, which is a prettily packaged blend of carthame, safflower, jojoba, sunflower and sesame oils plus Shea butter. It’s been sitting in my drawer for a good year because I wasn’t totally sure how to best use it, but smoothed through the ends before bed (towel strategically placed on the pillow) it leaves the hair feeling really hydrated. Any excess on my hands after applying gets rubbed onto elbows and knees.
Another easy, cheap and natural option is simply slathering on some oil. I find coconut oil is the best for conditioning my hair, whilst olive oil does wonders for soothing the scalp but can be a little more hassle to rinse out. That said, both the Davines Balm and oils are silicone free which I find easier to wash out as I use sulphate free shampoo. It’s best to do a couple of washes if you’re using the ‘pre-poo’ method to ensure the conditioner is thoroughly washed out, but it’s worth it for the results.