At the risk of sounding like I'm bragging - I've always had naturally long and healthy hair. The kind of hair that didn't require any upkeep other than regular shampooing and conditioning. Sounds like a dream, doesn't it? Sadly, after I moved to London, things took a turn for the worse. The hard water made my hair dry and frizzy – a complete turnabout from my shiny-hair-don't-care days. Apart from looking lank, I had terrible hair fall too– my heart sank every time I saw clumps of hair in the drain or stuck to the brush. For a while I ignored it thinking my hair needed time to adjust to the hard water (how foolish!) but it kept getting worse.
To salvage the situation, I started looking for hair-restoring products that were free of chemicals. After what feels like never-ending rounds of trial and error, I've finally found a simple routine that my hair is happy with. The Davines OI shampoo is intensely moisturising and lathers up quite nicely for a sulphate-free formula. While I felt it was a little drying at first, it took my scalp close to two months to get used to it. Featuring a cocktail of nourishing ingredients like roucou and sunflower seed oil, this shampoo works to repair cellular damage without stripping the hair of natural oils.
While it costs a small fortune, a little goes a long way with this one (the 280 ml bottle lasts me four months). Funnily enough, I had already found a conditioner that did wonders for my limp and lifeless mane, so I didn't buy the corresponding OI conditioner. The Percy & Reed Foaming Masque was love at first use – the foaming mask comes out like a mousse and needs to be applied in sections. I don't always do that but it works nevertheless! It cuts the blow-drying time in half and adds major volume. It really plumps up the volume and makes the hair appear fuller and healthier. I've gone through three bottles of these and they are a serious quick fix if you want bouncy hair.
Since I have fine hair, I refrain from using too many styling products. The only two products in my current rotation are the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray and OUAI Finishing Creme´. Housed in a sleek, white tube, the Finishing Cremé acts as a moisturiser, while protecting the hair from heat styling products. I apply it to the lengths of my hair to keep it nourished and hydrated. Sometimes, I apply a tiny blob to third day hair to tame frizz and add shine. A multipurpose must-have!
I also occasionally use the Dry Texturising Spray to add some grit and texture to the hair. Part hairspray and part dry shampoo, this product is perfect for creating a lived-in look. Since taking the above picture, I've also acquired the OUAI Treatment Masque. Packaged in individual sachets (clever!), this masque is reserved for days when I need a dose of hydration. The rich and creamy formula hydrates the hair without weighing it down.