Three of the dirtiest D-words when it comes to the world of wigs: Dry, dull and damaged.
Happily, there’s a fast track to salvation for your coloured coiffure. Here’s a terrific trio of #DieDieMustBuy express elixirs to add to your arsenal:
L’Oreal Paris Oleotherapy Deep Recovery Mask, $19.90
If it’s good enough for lovely L’Oreal luminary Rui En, it’s good enough for me! This intensely invigorating salve smells like swanky vanilla ice cream, and comes chock-full of cuticle-sealing oils that lend my locks a souped up shine that’s well nigh salon-grade in sheen.
To apply, warm up the product in your palms, then work it in from the tips, massaging all the way to the mid-shaft. And while you’re meant to rinse off this mask after three minutes or so, I’ve found that it’s also perfect as a heat-protective shield for a trendy “wet” look.
Use a paper towel to sponge off any mask residue, then blow-dry with a diffuser until your head is almost but not quite bone-dry, then grab a comb and run it through your tresses, separating the strands into inch-length sections. When you’re done, ditch the comb and use your fingers to muss up the ends, twisting and twirling at random. Voila! Wet-look hair achievement level unlocked with the aid of just one product.
L’Occitane Aromachologie Body & Strength 1-Minute Intensive Care, $40
This essential oil-infused essence is liquid love for your locks – and the textbook definition of instant gratification, too; one pump and one minute is all it takes to lend your moistureless mane a shampoo ad-worthy sheen.
It’s perfect for use as a pampering pre-styling sealant; simply smooth into the ends of damp hair before towelling off excess. Best bit: Feel free to use it as and when you like a little extra luster. Before stepping into the club, for instance, rake in just the tiniest bit through the ends of your tresses for a photoshoot-ready patina.
Shiseido Professional Luminoforce Hair Mask, $76
Developed specifically for dyed hair, simply smooth it in for three minutes, then rinse off in the shower. Here’s a personal tip: Try using this as a quick and dirty volumiser for day. Scrunch into damp hair and work it into the roots, mussing it up to create hold for an extra lifted effect.
Boom! Bouncy, more voluminous hair virtually instantly. Oh yeah, one entirely welcome beauty bonus: I love this mask’s ephemeral floral fragrance that’s just noticeable enough to keep my locks feeling fresh and flirty.
“Hairs” hoping these these top treats for your tresses will get you out of future hairy situations. Good luck!
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