Destress the Tresses

By Sue Conley, Friday, 6th May 2016 | 0 comments

Your gruaig may be feeling it at this stage, but it's never too late to care for your hair!

With increased training comes more frequent showering and shampooing. That increased frequency can be tough on your your hair, unless you take steps to ensure that you're using products and methods that will protect both.

Methods, you say? As far as the hair is concerned, it's just lather-rinse-repeat, right? One way to help keep your hair healthy when you're washing it more often is to co-wash: that is, use your conditioner first, then shampoo, then condition again. This sounds completely mad, I know, but it works like a charm for every type of tress, from fine to curly to colour-treated. TreSEMME TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner and Shampoo (both €6.84) are a great way to give this technique a go.

Equally, non-sulfate shampoo and conditioner duos are terrific for frequent washers. Aoife Kennedy, proprietress of Hair Fairy Salon on Wicklow Street, explains why this is so.“Sulphates are what make shampoo lather up when you are washing the hair,” she says. “They have lately come under attack as they have been known to cause scalp irritations and also strip the colour from your hair, and can make the hair very dry and frizzy.” Avoid that at all costs! Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner (€17.55/21.75) is perfect, and it's suitable for colour-treated hair too.

If your hair is really sensitive, then try Nodé Shampooing Non-Detergent Fluid Shampoo (€10.50). It takes a bit of getting used to because it is literally fluid, like water: I used way too much the first time I used it, but quickly learned that using just a tiny bit will get the hair incredibly clean. Try this with an intense conditioning treat like Ziaja Goat’s Milk Strengthening Hair Mask (€3.99) or Elvive's Extraordinary Clay Masque (€6.49)

When all else fails, dry shampoo comes to the rescue. You'll wrest the Batiste (€5.49) from my cold, dead hands, but I've also found Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk (€10.95) and Shu Uemura Dry Cleaner (€27) to be good, especially if you're not keen on a powdery finish. And if you're willing to go that extra mile (sorry!), then try SHOW Beauty's Decadence Hair Fragrance (€72). It's on the earthy, vetiver-y side, so floral enthusiasts may wish to look elsewhere. (They will seriously miss out!)