Take back control of unruly locks and have happy, impeccably behaved hair for good

The Sun 1 week ago

DOES your hair have a major attitude problem?

Whether you’re fighting the frizz, battling with tangles or can’t control your curls, having the right kit and a bank of expert tricks will ensure your tresses are super-healthy and much easier to manage. Here’s your guide to happy, impeccably behaved hair.

Smooth operator

Managing your frizzy hair begins in the shower – stylist Jayde Collins advises using a keratin-based shampoo followed by a mask[/caption]

EASING your frizz starts in the shower. “Frizzy hair tends to lack keratin, so use a keratin-based shampoo followed by a mask,” advises Jayde Collins, senior stylist at Charles Worthington.

Towel drying can cause even more frizz if you work too vigorously, especially at the front where hair tends to be weaker.

“Use a soft cotton T-shirt instead, as this will prevent damage,” says Jayde. Plus rethink your styling kit.

While a good heat protector should be a staple in your arsenal whatever your hair type, Jayde reveals the styling iron you use can make a world of difference, too. “ Tools with temperature control will regulate the heat and prevent damage. Also, try to avoid products containing alcohol, such as hairspray, because they dry out hair.”

Tresemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo can help to smooth and tame frizz-prone hair[/caption]

The kit:

  • Tresemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo, £4.99, helps to smooth and tame frizz-prone hair – buy now
  • L’Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Prokeratin Liss Unlimited Intense Smoothing Masque, £17.49, beats humidity-induced frizz – buy now
  • GHD Platinum+, £189, adapts its heat to the size of section you’re working with to help avoid heat damage – buy now
  • Briogeo Farewell Frizz Blow Dry Perfection & Heat Protectant Crème, £21.50, shields from temps of up to 220°C – buy now

Go with the ’fro

Jayde says afro hair is one of the most fragile types so using a wide-tooth comb and investing in a satin pillowcase is key[/caption]

“AFRO hair is one of the most fragile types, so it’s very important to allow natural oils to come through and not to over-wash it,” says Jayde.

“When brushing, use a wide-tooth comb and invest in a satin pillowcase to prevent friction while you’re sleeping. When it comes to products, hydration is key. Choose a nourishing shampoo containing oils to help replace lost moisture and apply an oil-based or shea butter mask regularly.”

Heat enables moisture to soak in deeper, so Jayde recommends warming a wet towel in the microwave then wrapping it round your hair after you’ve applied your mask.

“And trimming fragile afro hair regularly will help it to grow stronger – get it cut every eight to 10 weeks,” she says.

Jayde also recommends using a mask – Body Shop’s Shea Butter range adds lots of moisture[/caption]

The kit:

  • Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo, £10.99, contains nourishing shea butter and strengthening oil – buy now
  • The Body Shop Shea Butter Richly Replenishing Hair Mask, £12, adds a shot of moisture and leaves hair soft – buy now
  • Symple Stuff 200 Thread Count Satin Pillowcase, £23.99, helps reduce friction and therefore damage to your hair while you sleep – buy now

Bulk Beater

Most girls would dream of having voluptuous hair, but if you’re struggling to tame it try using a nourishing conditioner[/caption]

YOU have what any fine-haired girl would give her entire beauty stash for – natural volume. But sometimes it needs to chill. You’d think getting it thinned by a stylist would help, but it’ll do the opposite.

“This creates layers and volume,” says Jayde. “Ask for an undercut instead – this will remove the bulk from underneath.”

Thick hair holds on to dirt for longer, making the scalp sensitive, so Jayde recommends an exfoliating shampoo to give a deeper cleanse.

“If your hair’s dry, use a nourishing conditioner, and if it’s damaged choose something protein-based,” she adds. Watch out for snagging, too. “Use a soft hair band so it causes the hair less stress.”

You don’t want your locks to feel heavy so get your hands on a light but nourishing conditioner

The kit:

  • Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub With Sea Salt, £40, has been formulated for sensitive scalps with hero ingredients – sea salt and sweet almond oil – that will cleanse, soothe and hydrate – buy now
  • Living Proof Restore Mask, £37, deeply conditions thick locks without feeling too heavy – buy now
  • Invisibobble Spiral Sprunchie, £5.95, is gentle on hair and doesn’t leave a kink – buy now 

A Curl’s best friend

Curls can be tricky, so Jayde recommends skipping shampoo twice a week and just applying conditioner[/caption]

IF you wash your curly hair daily, Jayde recommends skipping shampoo twice a week and just applying conditioner. If you’re lucky enough to get longer between washes, only use shampoo every other wash to keep your ‘do in check.

“Curly hair loses more moisture than other types,” she says. “Using just conditioner will allow hair to get some moisture without the need to wash it completely every time.”

Just wet hair, leave the conditioner on for 3-5 minutes then rinse. If you’re concerned you won’t achieve clean locks without using shampoo, choose a cleansing conditioner to nourish. Consider using a diffuser to dry your curls, too.

“It will help you achieve a beautiful, bouncy wave without frizz. And at the hairdresser always ask for a dry cut. If curly hair is cut while it’s wet you can’t see its real shape and might end up with a style that doesn’t suit your hair type.”

Nexxus’ Colour Assure conditioner is great as it cleans and hydrates your hair[/caption]

The kit:

  • Nexxus Color Assure Cleansing Conditioner, £11.99, is a no-lather formula that cleans and hydrates – buy now 
  • Babyliss Salon Pro 2200 Hairdryer, £27.99, comes with a large diffuser for achieving defined, soft curls – buy now
  • Klorane Quinine Keratin Strength Fortifying Spray, £24.50, contains B vitamins for stronger strands – buy now

Detangle diva

To avoid too much breakage when detangling your hair, opt for a soft-bristled brush[/caption]

PESKY knots getting in the way of a good hair day? As well as a detangling spray, you need to use the right brush.

“Soft bristles are your best friend. They are a lot gentler on the hair and don’t tug on knots, which can lead to breakage and cause even more tangles. Plus keep a brush in the shower so that you can brush your conditioner through when it’s wet.”

“This will help give hair all the goodness it needs and make the job easier when you’re out of the shower,” Jayde explains.

How do you style yours? Jayde recommends fewer messy buns, more braids: “Messy ’dos will cause more knots and a braid will mean less friction while you’re sleeping.”

A detangling spray is a must have for anyone with knotty hair – Jayde says to opt for Aussie Calm The Frizz spray[/caption]

The kit:

  • Aussie Calm The Frizz Detangler Conditioning Spray, £4.99, works its de-frizzing magic on wet or dry hair – buy now
  • The Manta, £25, is an anti-static brush with soft, flexible bristles – buy now
  • Charles Worthington Everyday Gentle Weightless Conditioner, £5.99, is light yet nourishing and cuts breakage by 82 per cent, according to a user test – buy now

Stockists: Aussie (Superdrug.com), Babyliss (Boots.com), Briogeo (Cultbeauty.co.uk), Charles Worthington (Boots.com), Christophe Robin (Lookfantastic.com), GHD (Lookfantastic.com), Invisibobble (Boots.com), Klorane (Boots.com), L’Oréal Professionnel (Boots.com), Living Proof (Livingproof.co.uk), Nexxus (Boots.com), Shea Moisture (Superdrug.com), Symple Stuff (Wayfair.co.uk), Tresemmé (Boots.com), The Body Shop (Thebodyshop.co.uk), The Manta (Mantahair.com)

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