We all deserve some pampering now and again, but this little luxury is no longer an option, and no one knows for sure, when we can see our hairdressers again. It’s up to us to maintain healthy hair during lockdown.
Now is the time to really take care of your hair. And I don’t mean spending money on new products. I mean using products you already have – yes I said it, products you already have. EVERY woman has that one drawer that includes hair masks, leave in conditioner sprays, and serums that everyday life just doesn’t permit us enough time to use these products effectively.
But with the current coronavirus pandemic in full swing, now is the time that you can maximise the use of these products, in addition to clearing out some drawers at the same time.
With over a quarter of the workforce, that’s £7.5 million of us in furlough, there isn’t a better time than now to really pump up the haircare routine at home.
My hair is naturally course with a curl pattern to it so I try not to wash it too often – usually 2x a week maximum. Any more and my hair get’s too dry and flakey. During quarantine though, I have been trying to wash my hair just once a week. While I thought this would be difficult at first, it has actually been ok – I will go the first two days with my hair down, then the third day I will do a half-up/half-down style, followed by undo’s or slick back buns for the remaining week. During the slick-back bun days, I will apply some extra leave in conditioner to my hair.
Washing your hair less frequently will really benefit the condition of your hair as you are allowing the natural oils to penetrate through. Over washing your hair can actually dry out your hair and make it look dull and lifeless.
On wash day, this is where I like to spend most of my time on my hair treatments. First of all, I wash my hair with either The Body Shop® Ginger Shampoo or my personal favourite, the Moroccan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner. This leaves my hair so shiny and soft and is the perfect prep for the next step.
I then apply the intense hair mask while in the shower and leave this on for 7 mins while exfoliating the rest of my body.
After towel drying my hair, I apply a coin sized pump of the Moroccan Oil serum. This ensures maximium moisture is locked into my hair and leaves my hair smelling like fresh coconuts for days.
Next – ditch the straightens and curling tongs. I’ll be uploading a super-easy heatless curl method to my YouTube this week, which shows you how to create the most beautiful Victoria Secret beach waves you’ve ever seen. The only thing you need is the belt from a dressing gown robe. That’s it!
If you can’t leave your hair dry naturally, then try to put your hairdryer on the lowest heat setting if possible, and avoid blow-drying too often.
Another great treatment I like to do once a month, is my Grandma’s trusty Olive Oil secret. I do this the night before washing my hair.
Heat a small cup of olive oil and then massage into your roots, leave for 20 minutes and then use any remaining oil to run through the rest of your hair. Wrap your hair up in a towel, sleep on it, and then shampoo the next day. What this does is deeply condition and moisture your scalp while providing a fabulous shine that lasts weeks. This really is an essential treatment and perfect to do during lockdown as it is perfectly acceptable to go 24 hours with olive oil in your hair and no one say a thing about it.