Make Peace hair with your

Is your hair at war... with it­self? With the right ne­go­ti­at­ing tac­tics and great hair­care prod­ucts, true har­mony awaits

Women's Health Australia - - LIFE ETC - By Ali Fin­ney

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 [5]. 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.”

Strike oil

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 [10] – into dry tips and rinse out with wa­ter.

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