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Tame your winter-damaged mane with hair oils
Getting out of bed on these cold January mornings is bad enough, but when you're suffering with dry, tangled hair, the last thing you want to do is face the public.
But a dry hair treatment can help you soothe your frazzled locks and get your mane looking hydrated and full of life again, as celebrity hairdresser Mark Hill explains.
"Make sure you moisturise your hair and scalp by using conditioner every time you shampoo," he advised. "If you find your hair really needs a boost, pop a conditioning treatment on and lay back in the bath for about 20 minutes. The steam from the bath will help open up the hairs cuticles and allow the deeper penetration of the treatment."
If the straw-like condition of your hair feels like it warrants more of a number one haircut than time and energy spent hydrating it, don't despair: use a hair oil to nourish your tresses and stimulate growth.
Jojoba oil in particular is excellent at moisturising the scalp and can minimise greasiness. This is thought to be because it is similar to human sebum, so it can trick the skin into thinking it has produced enough oil.
Coconut oil, too, is a fantastic natural hair care treatment and can aid in healthy growth while giving your 'do a gorgeous shine - plus it smells good enough to eat. It can even act as a hair loss treatment by retaining moisture, meaning weak and dry strands of hair are less likely to break off or develop split ends.
Argan oil is having a fashion moment right now, and quite rightly so, as it's the perfect remedy for dry, frizzy, dragged-through-a-hedge-backwards manes. It improves hair elasticity, smoothes the hair shaft and brings your tresses under control.
Use just a few drops of your chosen oil on damp hair and warm it up before applying. Divide your tresses into sections and rub the oil into each segment, from the scalp all the way down to the ends. Use your fingertips to gently massage the oil into the roots of your hair for ten to 15 minutes to improve blood circulation and promote better growth.
You can wrap your oiled hair in a warm towel and leave it on overnight to sink in properly before washing it thoroughly with shampoo the next day. Repeat the process at least once a week to turn your frizz into a beautifully full, glossy head of hair.
Posted by Laura Andrews