Tried and Tested – Long Hair Rescue
Sun, sea and general pollutants can wreak havoc on longer hair, causing
it to become dry, frizzy and prone to breaking. We looked at some of the latest products released especially to rescue dry and damaged locks. Find the best below
Free from sulphate and silicone or other nasties, these divine-smelling products are
packed with sweet almond and sunflower seed oil. If you’re used to products that lather up
quickly, you may need to readjust your expectations as without the additives it doesn’t lather up as well
as other shampoos so you may need to wash twice until you get used to how it works. However, with regular use it left neglected locks silky soft and shiny, and improved condition too.
Best hair oil
HASK Keratin Protein Smoothing SHINE Oil, 18ml, £2.49, Superdrug
We didn’t expect something so affordable to work as well as this did. We found the whole HASK® range to be excellent but this was the standout product. The oil smells like an expensive salon product and works like one too. We used it on damaged, over-processed hair to reduce frizz and it really worked. The oil is lightweight, alcohol-free and absorbs instantly, leaving hair softer and adding a little healthy shine while smoothing stray frizzies. A winner.
FAB.me Hair Moisturising Mist, 100ml, £9.95, sallybeauty.co.uk
If you have mid-length or long damaged hair but still need to use your hairdryer or straighteners, this spray is the business. It doesn’t just protect against heat damage but adds shine and moisture, conditions, controls, strengthens and detangles. Just use the pump-action spray on damp hair and leave. You don’t need a lot, so it lasts for ages, and best of all, it smells like holidays!
This has the consistency of syrup and smells divine and expensive. It’s full of amino acids and infused with antioxidants as well as Tahitian monoï oil, babassu and baobab oils and shea butter. You comb it through clean, damp hair and leave for 15 minutes once a week. Once hair looks and feels sleeker and more manageable, you can use after each wash for 1-2 minutes as a conditioner. It’s excellent at improving the condition of dry, colour-treated hair.
L’Oréal Elvive Rapid Reviver, £5.50, most supermarkets
If your hair needs extra care but you’re short on time, these conditioners
that act like hair masks are great. Use your normal shampoo then pick the right
conditioner for your hair – Dream Lengths for long hair, Extraordinary Oil for dry hair, Colour Protect for coloured hair or Full Restore for damaged hair. Each is infused with amino acids and moisturising ingredients that need no leave-in time, and wash out leaving soft hair.