• For damaged hair

    Weapon of choice: KeraStraight (From R1 100 to R3 000, depending on the salon. Call 011 463 9912.)
    A treatment that heals: It moisturises damaged hair for better manageability, no matter what your hair type. The name is deceiving though: this isn’t a straightening process – your head of c…Continue Reading

  • No time to wash

    Weapon of choice: TreSemmé Instant Refresh Radiance Dry Shampoo (R63 for 200ml)
    Wash in a can: It’s a waterless hair wash. Don’t expect your locks to look like they do after a wash with shampoo and conditioner, but for days when you need to cheat, it’ll take you under a minute to disgu…Continue Reading

  • It’s always unmanageable

    Weapon of choice: Moroccanoil Treatment (R380 for 100ml)
    The oil that does everything: A multipurpose product with a magical hero ingredient: argan oil, a plant oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree grown in Morocco. Bonus: it’s an antioxidant! “The oil gives hair amazing flexib…Continue Reading

  • Excessive colouring

    Weapon of choice: Inoa by L’Oréal Professionnel (Prices differ depending on the salon. Call 086 111 3911 for a salon in your area.)
    Colour that doesn’t damage: It’s ammonia-free and works just as well on natural ’fros as it does on babyfine lengths. “Ammonia-free colour means no da…Continue Reading

  • Heat-damaged locks

    Weapon of choice: Lee Stafford Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray (R95, available at Clicks)
    A styling aid that saves your hair: This summer, it’s all about embracing your tresses instead of being a slave to harmful heat tools. This styling aid helps the “natural texture of your hair come through …Continue Reading

  • For damaged hair

    Weapon of choice: KeraStraight (From R1 100 to R3 000, depending on the salon. Call 011 463 9912.)
    A treatment that heals: It moisturises damaged hair for better manageability, no matter what your hair type. The name is deceiving though: this isn’t a straightening process – your head of curls won’t be transformed into super-straight lengths, but it will mean less time battling with your flat iron. Great news for black women: although the treatment won’t give you more control, it will make your hair softer. “KeraStraight is a softener and manageability tool that treats your hair and improves its condition,” says Shelene Shaer, hairstylist and co-owner of Tanaz Hair, Body and Nails.
    The technique: Your hair is mainly made up of keratin – a protein packed full of amino acids. While this treatment doesn’t contain any chemical ingredients that’ll change your hair structurally (it’s formaldehyde-free!), it will help to soften keratin molecules so that they can realign when heat is applied – which means smoother hair for you! The process is lengthy (bank on a good couple of hours in the salon) because your locks will need to be double washed and then blow-dried to remove moisture. The treatment is then applied in sections from root to tip and allowed to sink in for up to 20 minutes, followed by blow-drying and flat ironing, section by section, so the product is locked into your hair. Another wash completes the process, and then your smoother, softer hair is blow-dried once more.

    No time to wash

    Weapon of choice: TreSemmé Instant Refresh Radiance Dry Shampoo (R63 for 200ml)
    Wash in a can: It’s a waterless hair wash. Don’t expect your locks to look like they do after a wash with shampoo and conditioner, but for days when you need to cheat, it’ll take you under a minute to disguise greasy roots.
    The technique: The powder in dry shampoo helps to absorb the oil that’s making your hair lank and greasy, says hairstylist Fiona Gentry. (Ever put baby powder in your locks as a lastditch attempt at clean-looking hair? This product does the work for you.) And it’s dead easy to use: section off your hair, spray onto the base of each section and then work it in with clean fingers. However, while faux shampoos are speedy and help get rid of odour, the powder component in some of the older formulations can work against women with dark hair. “Dry shampoo works well on lighter hair colours, but if your hair is darker, it can make your base look grey and powdery,” says Gentry. Her advice? Don’t spray too much on your visible parting – instead, spray underneath your layers to give hair some lift.

    It’s always unmanageable

    Weapon of choice: Moroccanoil Treatment (R380 for 100ml)
    The oil that does everything: A multipurpose product with a magical hero ingredient: argan oil, a plant oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree grown in Morocco. Bonus: it’s an antioxidant! “The oil gives hair amazing flexibility and shine but the best benefit is that it detangles, helping you to comb out your hair after washing,” says hairstylist Terence, owner of Terenzo International. Plus, it’s a great styling aid that can be applied to wet or dry hair.
    The technique: How you use it is up to you – it works as a detangler in place of conditioner, as a styling aid, an on-the-go hair tamer and a nourishing repair treatment. It’s a rich product, so a peasized amount of oil should suffice, but use your hair’s texture and length as your guide (you may need more for thicker, coarse hair or if it’s very damaged). It’s a winner on all hair types and textures so if your tresses are very fine, opt for the light variant for fine or light-coloured hair.

    Excessive colouring

    Weapon of choice: Inoa by L’Oréal Professionnel (Prices differ depending on the salon. Call 086 111 3911 for a salon in your area.)
    Colour that doesn’t damage: It’s ammonia-free and works just as well on natural ’fros as it does on babyfine lengths. “Ammonia-free colour means no damage to the cuticle and no swelling of the hair shaft, with brilliant condition afterwards,” says Gary Rom, owner of Gary Rom Hairdressing.
    The technique: Whether you prefer to subtly highlightor wear rich, dark colour, there’s a hue for you. But take your hair’s health status into consideration: results are dependent on existing condition, so the better the condition, the longer the colour will last, explains Rom. While this is a permanent colour treatment, it uses gentler ingredients instead of traditional ammonia, such as MEA (a derivative alkaline agent) as well as oils that force the colour into the hair shaft. This means there’s a lot less colour left on the surface (that’ll just get washed down the drain), so your colour looks more vibrant. And because the process is ammonia-free, it doesn’t smell as sharp and feels more comfy on your scalp.

    Heat-damaged locks

    Weapon of choice: Lee Stafford Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray (R95, available at Clicks)
    A styling aid that saves your hair: This summer, it’s all about embracing your tresses instead of being a slave to harmful heat tools. This styling aid helps the “natural texture of your hair come through by letting your hair dry naturally,” says Terence. So if you’re wanting to give your damaged locks a break from the hairdryer or curling tongs, this beach holiday-inspired hair-helper fits the bill.
    The technique: Ideally suited to those who like a tousled look – ditch the time-consuming blow-dry and use this instead. Simply spritz onto damp hair and leave to dry for an injection of body, bounce and definition. Remember, not all sea sprays are created equal; this one has the benefits of Dead Sea salt minerals and sunflower extract to pump moisture into thirsty hair, boost shine and repair free radical damage.

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