The Sa­muel Pepys of hair di­arists. Re­ally

A friend’s ‘hair jour­nal’ in­spires post-sum­mer treat­ments

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - CONTENT - Celia Walden

I HAVE A FRIEND who keeps a hair jour­nal. And I re­alise that sen­tence should there­fore read ‘I know some­one who ke eps a hair jour­nal’, but I ’ve caught a glimpse and let me tell you Sa­muel Pepys has noth­ing on this girl. He also had great hair, by the way, and may well have charted the ups and downs of that lux­u­ri­ant chevelure in a long-lost leather-bound jour­nal, but that’s be­side the point.

In the pre­cious Mole­sk­ine note­book my friend keeps in her hand­bag (one that I al­ways feel should be safe­guarded with a plas­tic heart-shaped lock and key, like the Lit­tle Twin Stars di­ary I kept as a child), she’ll de­tail the pros and cons of prod­ucts used – the hair soft­ness fac­tor in the days fol­low­ing her first, sec­ond and third ex­pe­ri­ence with L’oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel’s Série Ex­pert In­forcer range (‘out­stand­ing’), the num­ber of days it takes to get greasy, post-wash, the flak­i­ness of scalp ‘if any’ and the suc­cess of var­i­ous sub­se­quent dry­ing and styling tech­niques im­ple­mented ( ghd’s new Soft Curl Tongs got an un­prece­dented two smi­ley faces).

She writes with the same gourmet­style fer­vour as Nigella about the rel­a­tive ef­fi­ciency of in­gre­di­ents such as jo­joba, moringa and shea but­ter and dreams of the day when, through a well­doc­u­mented process of trial and er­ror, she’ll have found the so­lu­tion to ev­ery hair prob­lem, from static and brassy high­lights to pre-men­strual greasi­ness.

We b oth agre e that the bigge st of these prob­lems is post-sum­mer hair. Be­cause that whole crunchy-headed look is all very Bum­ble and bum­ble Surf Spray on the beach and pool side, but when you get home you re­alise it’s just a straw-thatch, tinged green with chlo­rine, and most of Septem­ber is in­evitably spent try­ing out in­ef­fi­cient and ex­pen­sive de-mat­ting prod­ucts and pro­ce­dures be­fore re­luc­tantly hav­ing sev­eral inches cut off.

Well, no one’s hack­ing any thing off my mane this au­tumn. Be­cause al­though I dried and fried it, I’ve fi­nally found the in-sa­lon treat­ment to end all treat­ments: Daniel Galvin’s 3- stage clar­i­fy­ing and deep-cleans­ing scalp‘ pro­to­col ’( de­vised by Galvin’s con­di­tion ex­pert and style di­rec­tor, David Fel­stead, us­ing Kéras­tase), which is tan­ta­mount to send­ing your hair to re­hab and watch­ing it emerge, shiny, happy and re­born in 30 min­utes – as well as a se­ries of post-sum­mer hair prod­ucts that will en­sure you never have to re­sort to keep­ing a jour­nal.

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