Strand savers to rock your world
You’ve probably tried everything from mousse to sprays to styling gel. Most women have an array of treatments and styling gels, not to speak of a plethora of shampoos and conditioners. But it’s time to cut the clutter and return to the five must- have hair care products that will never let your down. What’s more the results will be amazing and you’ll never have a bad hair day again. Just glossy, healthy hair that sings.
5 Best Hair Care Products for Healthy Hair
1. Deep conditioner
After umpteen straightening perming, coloring and styling treatments your hair is in desperate need of some serious TLC. Dry over treated, damaged hair needs a boost of intense moisturizing deep conditioning. “But I use a conditioner every time I shampoo!” you may well say. Deep conditioning is not to be confused with regular conditioners. If your hair is feeling unusually dry and coarse and split ends have become the bane of your life, it’s time to call in the big guns. One of the best hair products for women, use once or twice a week. Apply all over shampooed hair and cover with a shower cap for about fifteen minutes. Rinse out with cool water and say hello to flowing, meltingly soft strands. Nykaa recommends Dove Regenerative Repair Conditioner and Tresemme Beauty Full Volume Conditioner
2. Heat protection spray
Think about it, most of you shampoo your hair, jump out the shower and blast your strands with a blow dryer without a thought. But any hair styling expert will tell you that blasting just washed tresses with a hot hair dryer is a recipe for disaster. Wet hair equals weak hair and heat only further weakens proteins in locks and depletes natural oils. To prevent damage and breakage, it’s vital that you first apply a heat protection formula like a mousse, serum or spray before your blow dry or flat iron. Take your pick of new age heat protection sprays that also provide shimmer and sheen to tresses. Many formulae are also infused with keratin proteins to give texture and strength. Nykaa suggests Ktein Natural Hair Heat Protection Spray and Wella Professionals EIMI Thermal Image Heat Protection Spray
3. Hair Oil
Hair oils—from the good old coconut champi to the new age Argan formulas—have been an intrinsic aspect of strand grooming rituals for decades. However, formulas and extraction technologies have improved and gone is the oily, sticky mess that took ages to wash out. Oils are a boon for the scalp and hair follicles because of their intrinsic ability to soften, hydrate and condition. “While choosing an oil look for one concentrated in trigylcerides that are commonly found in fruits and vegetable oils and work like the scalp’s natural sebum,” says hair stylist Ahlan Chen. However, she says one should use oil sparingly. “The idea is to just moisturize the roots and scalp,” she explains. Mineral oils and paraffin oils are a big no-no because they can make strands lifeless and over-greasy. Choose your hair oil based on your strand needs. Argan oil found in OGX Morocco Argan Oil Penetrating Oil is best to de-frizz and give you smooth, shiny strands. Meanwhile olive oil found in Jovees Bhringraj & Olive Hair Oil is excellent to revive dry locks and restore elasticity and shine. Coconut containing oils like Kama Ayurveda Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil penetrate hair shafts to strengthen weak spots and prevent breakage. No time for a trim? Just dab a few drops of L'Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil Huile Richesse to revive tips and camouflage the damage. Generally speaking, coarse, curly hair does well with a fortnightly oil treatment.
4. Texturizing Spray
If you’re addicted to your flat iron or hair dryer it’s time to switch to a texturizing spray and do your strands a favor. It works wonders whether you’re trying to add body to naturally curly hair or trying to create volume to poker straight tresses. Essentially a texturizing spray like Batiste Stylist Texture Me Texturizing Spray makes hair stick together, helping to define waves, curls and reduces frizziness and flyaways. Spray five or six spritzes mid shaft to ends of hair and scrunch. Ideal for wavy, curly or thick locks. This is particularly useful for dealing with morning bed head. Just flip head upside down and spray. Then scrunch hair tight to add subtle waves.
5. Light-hold hairspray
You want your hair to stay in place yet you don’t want to run your hands through a sticky, stiff mess. Enter light hold sprays like Wella Professionals EIMI Perfect Setting Light Setting Lotion Spray and Gatsby Set & Keep Hair Spray Ultra Hard ;that give you light, moveable hold so you can set your style in minutes and flaunt a coiffured, high shine, lighter-than-air style all day. Typically light hold sprays are infused with silk and soy proteins that penetrate strands to lock in moisture, fight humidity and set your blow out. They condition hair and add just the right amount of hold for brushable, glossy strands. Just hold the nozzle about ten inches away from freshly blow dried hair and spray evenly, including roots. Lightly brush to spread the spray and you’re done! Now face the day with a smile.