Your heat-free hair toolbox
Make a start on knots before your hair gets wet – that way, there’s less risk of damage when you’re detangling. Add an oil or serum, and don’t worry about going overboard – it’ll protect your hair from losing too many amino acids when you wash it. Try GHD Dramatic Ending Smooth & Finish Serum, £18.
Bulk up on protein
“If your curls lack definition, try a proteinrich conditioner,” says Dapaah. “A moisturising shampoo and conditioner during the washing process is key to soft and nourished hair that will look frizz-free and healthy once dry.” Try Pureology Hydrate Shampoo And Conditioner Duo, £45.55.
Get some clarity
Don’t underestimate the benefits of a deep-cleanse. “If you’re seeing a lot of product build-up in your hair, use a clarifying shampoo,” says Dapaah. We’re obsessed with the Ouai Detox Shampoo, £24, which strengthens the hair post-cleanse with keratin.
Make serum a habit
“Serum smooths the cuticle for a silky finish,” says Dapaah. “KeraCare Silken Seal Liquid Sheen, £12.25, is excellent for afro hair. It’s nongreasy, a really good detangler and makes drying coarser hair types an absolute breeze. And Kérastase Discipline Fluidissime Spray (left), £26, is my favourite for wavy hair.”
Upgrade your rinse
If your hair is fine, or if your strands aren’t super-thirsty, you might find your rinse is the perfect time to add a nutritious boost. If you haven’t tried L’Oréal Paris’s much-hyped Dream Lengths Wonder Water, £9.99, now’s the perfect time.
Deploy a mask
If your hair is curly, or is suffering from mechanical or chemical damage, bring in the big guns with a protein-rich mask like the Chris Appleton + Color Wow Money Masque, £38.50. This is also a great opportunity to do a second detangle with your hands or a wide-tooth comb.
Using a microfibre towel drastically reduces frizz and speeds up drying time. This is a particularly important piece of kit for curly hair, but straighter tresses can benefit from it too. Aquis’s Waffle Luxe Hair Towel, £35, is a great option for all hair types.
Wrap it up
According to Dapaah, a silk turban will reduce friction on wet hair and helps prevent breakage. She recommends Olew’s Satin Sleep Bonnet, £10 – we also love Silke London’s Hair Wrap (left), £50, and Slip’s Leopard Turban, £70.