Had too much fun over the party season? If so your hair is probably looking dull with brittle ends, frizz, and breakage. Or maybe chemically overtreating or over styling your hair? Either way, here are your answers to fix dehydrated, hungover hair...
Firstly it is time to switch up your shampoo and conditioner for one which is going to add moisture into your hair. A shampoo with macadamia, coconut or olive oil in is a sure bet to add nourishment and moisture.
Two products we would recommend are:
Frederic Fekkai Luscious curls shampoo and conditioner: This shampoo enhances the natural texture of curly hair and adds a healthy amount of moisture.
Aromachologie repairing shampoo: Leaves hair feeling shiny, silky and supple with added bounce.
"Hair that looks and feels like it’s been through a drought is easier to treat than you might think."
Drink lots of water!
H2O is a must. Alcohol is a diuretic and can cause dehydration. Before falling into bed, down 3 large glasses of water or at least keep it beside your bed for when you wake up in the middle of the night because being dehydrated internally will seriously takes its toll on your hair and skin.
Inhale Vitamins like there's no tomorrow:
If you normally take a multi, go ahead, but a nutritious shake from one of our recipes here:
And last of all... Sleep through it!
Consistent sleep patterns and a bunch of restful sleep will help to maintain the body’s natural melatonin and cortisol levels within ranges which promote good overall wellness. When the body is strong and healthy, the hair is also able to be strong, lush and in positive growth mode. (and who doesn't to sleep through a hangover)
At Unruly Curls we have always been a fan of using as little heat as possible to style hair so we thought we would try the American trend ‘Hair Plopping’. Michael, director at Unruly Curls initially had has his reservations saying that “In theory definitely try it however it will work for people with thicker hair better than those with finer hair. If you are the latter then you have to be really careful not to pull curls out at hair line”
We have now come up with a delicate and handy way to hair plop your way through the festive season.
Make sure you wash your hair and apply a styling mousse or cream that you usually use to add hydration into your hair.
Spread the cloth down on a flat surface, then lean over it and place your head against the surface, positioning the hair onto it so that all the curls are concentrated on the top of the head.
Put the far edge of the cloth over your head to the nape of the neck. Grab the sides of the towel and start twisting them away from your face. It should look like two big twists on the sides of your head.
Once you feel that the rolls are tight enough, straighten your body out and twist the rolls towards the back of your head in a bun. You can use a pin or a hair tie to secure it in place à la Princess Leia.
Leave it on for a desired amount of time, usually about 20 minutes is enough for hair to dry.
After you remove the plop, make sure not to touch the curls while they're still wet to keep the definition and prevent frizz.
Finding the perfect party or christmas outfit can be a difficult task – especially if you’re beyond busy and let’s just say have more important things to do?– but something that we know you do really care about is your hair and beauty looks that make your whole style pop! “There’s a huge movement right now around embracing your natural texture,” says James Pecis of his bigger-is-better approach to ringlets and curls.
The products you girls should try to add texture, hydration and shine to your locks:
Bumble and bumble Curl Conscious Defining Cream, £23.50
A touch of this through damp hair before drying and your curls will be perfectly defined and healthy looking. It’s a favourite.
Mizani Supreme Oil, £13.35
Oils are a great idea for curly hair. With it’s spirals, hair oil travels slowly down the hair shaft, moisturising and conditioning as it goes.
Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer £19.50
Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer will define curls and heighten shine. This curl enhancing lotion effectively tames frizz and boosts shine while intensifying your precious curls.
Ojon's damage reverse™ Restorative Hair Treatment Plus £34.50
This balm helps strengthen weakened curls. Deeply restorative, it helps make hair soft and silky, cutting down on frizz and breakage.
This week's smoothie is a little sweeter and tailored for curly hair:
Because cucumbers are high in silica, sulfur and vitamin A, these are all excellent for promoting hair growth and preventing hair loss. If you don’t fancy drinking it then you can crush cucumbers with cucumber seed oil and apply to your hair alongside your favourite conditioner.
1 1/2 cup cucumber, unpeeled, chopped
(most nutrients are in the peel)
1 1/2 cup honeydew melon, chopped
1 cup plain non-fat yoghurt with probiotic bacteria
1 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
Fresh lemon juice
Lemon wedges, for garnish
Fresh mint leaves, for garnish
Cold, Wet Air can cause hair to dry out and become brittle. It can also lead to static curly strands, so make sure to keep it hydrated and healthy.
Windswept or wind damaged? While hair can have a perfectly tousled effect from the adverse weather conditions we have been seeing recently, when there is too much exposure to those breezy fall days tangles, knots and brittle ends can occur.
Quick fix: Rinse your hair with cold water instead of warm in order to seal the cuticle (it will alo make hair glossy) and then tuck your hair in your sweater until you get in doors, or use a silk scarf as a head wrap.
Our new weekly recipe will help you to blend delicious smoothies that are also packed with vitamins and minerals that promote strong, healthy hair.
Half a pineapple
1 Tablespoon of honey
½ an inch of fresh ginger
1 cup of green tea made from loose leaves
Crushed ice or if you’re feeling fancy iced coconut water
Blend until you are happy with the consistency and if you want it smoother just add more water
Whether it's pouring, drizzling, misting, or spritzing, this season means one thing for you: serious tress stress.
Us curly girls with slightly drier hair have to work a little bit harder in taming our manes when the weather gets wet. The main reason is because when dry and damaged curls gets damp the cuticle will be lifted, making it easier for humidity to penetrate each strand and cause frizz.
Add an extra dose of conditioner to your routine and don't rinse your conditioner all the way out of your curls. By leaving a small amount of conditioner in your hair it will help hold those curls together.
If rainy day hair still has you down, another solution may be a different hairstyle altogether. Your stormy hair saviour can be a quick updo (and a sturdy umbrella). The classic french braid will help protect your hair without loosening your natural curls.
Handy to know: Just type your code and hair type into the NaturallyCurly Frizz Forecast and you’ll get weather reports and curly hair remedies.
Top tip: Working your fingers through your curls should be kept to a minimum as this will create frizz and broken curls.
We find they all work well, but personally prefer Moroccanoil or Argan Oil as we love how light it is, and the smell is amazing!