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Your heat-free hair toolbox


Detangle first

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.

Dry off

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.

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