Finding the right treatment for your hair can be difficult. You walk into Superdrug or Boots or even browse online and you are faced with so many options. It becomes near impossible to decide what is best for you. One might be cheaper but you’ve never heard of the brand before or, you may have heard of another brand but the price is extortionate. Then you have all the others in between, different colours, shapes, scents, all promising a varying degree of textures and hair conditions. Even looking up reviews can be difficult because one person will review claiming that it is the best thing they have ever used whereas someone else will warn you away from the product with skull and bones.
Where do you even start?
I’m going to talk you through my new found hair treatment and what has worked for me. I’m not going to promise you the world and that this will definitely work for you because it all depends on your hair type and current condition. Working out what your hair needs is the first step to finding the best treatment for you.
Personally, I have always suffered with dry hair from years of colouring, but the catch-22 is that I find my hair becomes oily quickly too. I switch my hair colour regularly between blonde and purple and have extremely fine hair. Lockdown hit and I knew that this was my time to get my hair back to its best self. I used B4’s hair colour remover and knew that to get my hair in better condition, I had to sacrifice making it a little worse first.
Pro tip: don’t use hair colour remover in the same room you’re going to be working in later that day. The smell lingered in my nostrils for the entirety of the 8 hours. I do not recommend trying this at home
When I washed out the colour remover, I used Garnier Ultimate Blends Papaya shampoo and conditioner. This brand has been an absolute gamechanger for me. The papaya one is specialised for damaged hair and I knew that this was just what I needed after using who knows how many chemicals in my hair.
Next step for me was getting all the dead ends chopped off to create a more blunt edge. As my hair is so fine, I find that by having my hair cut, this helps to increase thickness. Getting your hair cut often is a step that most seem to forget about when they are caring for their hair. By cutting your hair frequently, you are removing any strands that have become lifeless and enabling the new hairs to grow back healthier. This has been difficult for most people recently and I know we’ve seen an increase of lockdown haircuts. If you can confidently cut it yourself then chop away but if you’re not feeling certain then it may be best to wait until the hairdressers open again.
I decided not to wash my hair for a few days and leave it to create its natural oils. Try not to wash your hair too often because this can also cause dryness. If you notice that it’s taking a long time to blow dry your hair then you know that it’s seeking some nourishment
Final step and this one is my favourite, after 3-4 days, when you do wash your hair, don’t use any conditioner in the shower. Once you get out of the shower, apply Garnier’s Ultimate Blends Banana Hair Mask. Do not be afraid to slather this on. You can use this mask just as a conditioner, a leave in conditioner or a hair mask. If you are trying to repair your hair and get some life back into it then I recommend leaving this on overnight by placing a towel on your pillow and washing it off in the morning.
The Garnier Blends shampoo, conditioner and hair-masks have been life savours for me and they have brought my hair back to life. There is a huge variety of them to cater for all different hair types including damaged, coloured and dry. I’ve found that I use these products regularly and alternate between them to keep my hair in its new-found shiny condition. Not only do these smell amazing enough that you want to eat them but they’re also vegan friendly!
My personal treatment won’t work for everyone. Everyone is different but these treatments are so well rounded that I do believe that you will find a treatment that is right for you and your hair type!