I remember getting my hair done at a salon before my mum’s wedding, I was about 12 and the stylist was appalled by how dry it was. I can still see her face as she gave me a lecture on masking and getting regular trims but I’ve never stuck to that advice. As much as my dry hair is annoying I’m way too busy to spend hours fixing it, which is why I try and use the best products. I hope that by investing in them I’ll be able to pump my hair with the maximum amount of goodness to keep it looking healthy. That way I won’t have to make quite as much effort… right?
After bleaching most of my hair off almost three years ago I’ve found that some products work better than others for dry hair. Out of necessity, I’ve found a few favourites that I reach for when it needs a serious pick-me-up and today I thought I’d share them with you.
Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Treatment Oil
I love this range, it smells like ginger biscuits and every product works to nourish and repair your hair. This oil is a particular favourite and helps to revive my crispy ends when they’re at their worst. It’s lightweight and includes silicones to give you that impossibly shiny finish that’s totally weightless. It’s also the best for taming frizz and fighting humidity which is a big problem for dry hair types.
Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Shine Spray
If you haven’t used a shine spray before then I’m about to change your life with this product. It applies a veil of impossibly healthy gloss over your hair that looks amazing in photographs. You can also apply layer after layer and it just keeps getting better. As dry hair can look quite dull it’s the best way to add shine temporarily when you’ve been neglecting your strands.
OGX Bonding Plex Shampoo and Conditioner
This is heavily inspired by Olaplex in that it promises to repair your hair and prevent future damage. It’s made with proteins that restore your strands so that they become healthier and stronger over time. I particularly love OGX products as they’re sulphate free and don’t strip too much oil from your scalp. This is perfect for dry hair types as you need those natural oils to work their way down and moisturise the lengths of your hair. There’s also a third step in the process which I haven’t tried, a bonding leave-in conditioner that you use to add more moisture after washing.
Josh Wood Hair Treatment Oil
This is my number one hair product of all time and I think I’m on my third or fourth bottle. It’s amazing, seriously, the best oil I’ve ever used and it’s a godsend for dry ends. I only realised when writing this post, however, that it’s been discontinued which is beyond devastating. But, if you wanted something similar I would recommend the Paul Mitchell Marula Oil as the best alternative. It’s a lightweight, dry oil that you can use on your hair, face and body for a major hit of moisture.
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Tea Tree Lavender Mint Deep Conditioning Mask
I go back and forth between these two masks but they’re hands down the best ones for dry hair, I even prefer these over the Elasticizer as I feel they make a bigger difference. The tea tree one is particularly great at hydrating and my hair feels a lot stronger and less brittle after I use it. I also love that they come in individual packets as it makes it so much easier for travelling.
Palmers Coconut Oil Protein Mask
This is the best mask I’ve ever used and it’s £2.09 which just blows my mind. It’s really thick and deeply nourishing and is made specifically for repairing dry and damaged hair. The formula includes ethically sourced Coconut and Tahitian Monoï Oil which are both very rich and quickly transform my hair when it’s at its driest. I notice that my hair is a lot less frizzy after using this too which means that hairstyles stay in place for longer.
Kenra Colour Protecting Spray / Heat Protectant
I was gifted this a while ago and was instantly put off by the fact that it’s for coloured hair as I’ve been rocking my natural colour (+ greys) for a while now. When I realised it was a heat protectant I changed my mind though. I love using heat tools way too much so it’s really important for me to use a heat protectant all the time. I love this because it’s lightweight so I can keep applying it without weighing down my hair. It also smells amazing and adds loads of shine which helps to mask dry ends.