Make Peace hair with your
Is your hair at war... with itself? With the right negotiating tactics and great haircare products, true harmony awaits
Warring factions Oily roots, dry ends
Fine-haired ladies, this is for you. Seems counterintuitive, but women with thinner strands tend to have more hairs on their head.
And the more hairs, the more oil glands. To cope, those with greasy roots reach for clarifying and volumising shampoos – but the potent detergents that many contain can dry out tips. “Ends are the oldest part of your hair and have been exposed to heat and stressors the longest, making them extremely vulnerable,” explains dermatologist Dr Dendy Engelman. “That oil you’re wiping away is necessary at the bottom to compensate for the damage you’ve done over time.”
To make peace... Treat yourself
The idea behind a pre-shampoo treatment is to condition and prep hair strands before you soap up your roots to remove build-up. Try Garnier Fructis Nourishing Banana Hair
Food, $11.95 . Then follow with a shampoo that contains moisturising ingredients, such as shea butter, to help quench stressed, damaged hair.
Refine your technique
We’re hard-wired to shampoo and condition from roots to tips, but that’s actually not great for hair. Instead, feed your thirsty strands with an easy trick. “It’s your ends and mid-lengths that need the moisture and hydration before your roots, so always apply products on the ends first,” says celebrity hairstylist Anthony Nader. “This leaves your scalp to breathe, free from unnecessary shampoo and conditioner residue. You’ll notice a huge difference straight away.”
To repair brittle strands, apply oil that “seals the cuticles of dry ends and adds shine”, says Engelman. But pay attention to the formula because many oils are too, well, oily (surprise!). Once a week before bed, rub a few drops of a light one, such as argan – try Make Soft Argan Oil, $29.95  – into dry tips and rinse out with water.