Do you usually tie your hair up into a messy bun or ponytail as a quick beauty fix? Between the friction caused by moving around in your sleep, the unbearable humidity and perspiration, your once oh-so-carefully coiffed mane can start to frizz and get harder to manage with time.
Thankfully, there are more products available that are specifically designed to last multiple washes, while revitalising dull, limp strands.
While these products may have varying formulations, they generally use a blend of oils, proteins, vitamins, and antioxidants that provide deep nourishment and hydration in order to keep your locks looking healthy, smooth and vibrant, explains Dr Jenny Wong, doctor of science and founder of Trichomd Group.
When determining how often to use these masks, oils and sprays, it is important to consider your unique hair type and needs. “If you have dry or damaged hair, you may benefit from using a leave-in oil or moisturising spray daily, or whenever you wash your hair. If you have fine hair, using a leave-in product sparingly or every few days might be more suitable, she advises.
Dr Wong also cautions against using too much the aforementoned products, as these usually contain ingredients such as oils or silicones, which are harder to cleanse via shampoo. This in turn leads to product buildup and the drying out of the hair shaft which in turn, causes breakage. Besides the amount of products used, Leonica Kei, principal trichologist and founder of Leonica K Trichology, also stressed the importance of placement as applying these products too close to the scalp can trigger an allergic reaction or skin irritation.
Both experts agree that you should follow the recommendations provided by the manufacturers and more importantly, pay attention to how your hair responds to your products. If your hair starts to feel weighed down and greasy, you might want to reconsider the amount and frequency of products used in your everyday routine.