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NOW CLOSED What are your top hair care tips? Share them with Aveda and you could win a personalised three step hair care system worth at least £50

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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 06-Nov-12 10:38:22

The folks at Aveda would like to know Mumsnetters' top hair care tips for different types of hair. Here's what they say: "Here at Aveda research is key to developing the best products for our customers and talking to men and women across the world about how their hair looks feels and changes through life. We'd now like to know what Mumsnetters think about their hair - be it a crowning glory or something you'd rather hide under a hat."

What are your best hair care tips? What problems does your hair type cause? Do you wish you had a different type of hair or are you happy with what you have? What's the best piece of advice you've been given with regards to keeping your hair healthy?

Also, you may have seen recently on MN that some MNers are trying out the new Invati range from Aveda, specifically designed to help thinner hair look fuller. If you have thin hair, do you have any tips to make it look thicker? Maybe you have a special drying technique or a use weird and wonderful hair mask? Have you tried any old wives tales that have worked wonders or failed miserably?

Whatever type of hair you have, Aveda want to know your top hair care tips. Everyone who adds their comments to this thread will be entered into a prize draw to win a personalised three step hair care system worth at least £50.

Thanks and good luck,

MNHQ

MissRee Tue 06-Nov-12 10:49:08

I have frizzy, wavy hair which has got progressively more frizzy and dry since giving birth in January. I had it cut into a jaw length bob to get rid of the majority of the damaged hair and now have a care ritual to minimise frizziness.

I use a sleek ending shampoo and conditioner every time I wag it (every other day), a straightening heat protection serum, blow dry semi-straight and then use a straightening heat protection spray whilst straightening into the sleek bob!

The best advice I got was to use the serum to protect from moisture in the air.

The worst advice I think I've ever had is to just wash and leave it otherwise you "cause too much damage". I'm sorry but I CAN'T just wash and leave it otherwise. I look like I've been dragged through a hedge backwards!

Probably not what you want to hear, but my hair care "regime" for my long straight hair is:
Brush at least twice a week
Tie back in a ponytail
Wash twice a week in basic shampoo, towel dry, then leave overnight to dry naturally.
My hair needs cutting every two years or so, when it starts to get split ends.
I never colour or curl it, as dye doesn't take in my hair, and curls have always fallen out within minutes.
I love my hair as it is low maintenance, sleek and shiny.

MissRee Tue 06-Nov-12 11:04:18

envy

lubeybooby Tue 06-Nov-12 11:05:12

I have long hair, good condition, nice and shiny. It's naturally straight which is a blessing but the roots get greasy easily. I wash it every other day and get a trim every 6/7 weeks. My hair has been in amazing condition since I started getting it regularly trimmed.

Sometimes get frizz in humidity - if I know it's going to be humid or my hair will likely get rained on then I use a (tiny bit of) serum like frizz ease. Otherwise it's pretty much wash and go, easy hair.

My top tips would be

1) always condition from the ears down when you wash it

2) use a wide toothed comb to untangle and comb through when wet, never ever use a brush on wet hair

3) let it dry naturally whenever possible

4) get it trimmed regularly

dontlaugh Tue 06-Nov-12 11:09:13

My hair is very fine and flyaway. After this (my last) baby is fell out so much I cried about it. However, it seems to have slowed slightly. I can't just wash it and leave it (envy poster above), so my tips are:
1) use a large paddle brush, it gets tangles out easier than a comb and is gentler.
2) use good hair conditioner suitable for fine hair.
3) don't use masks etc well they never work for me, just weigh it down and make it greasy.
4) I use Babyliss Big Hair. It doesn't pull too much and volumises a bit.
5) regular trips to hairdresser for cut, colour. I never colour at home as this seemed to destroy it completely. I ended up thinking fuck it, I'm worth a few hairdresser trips. They also can help me at the moment with keeping an eye on it and can see regrowth (thanks be to jeebus).
Hth.

ScienceRocks Tue 06-Nov-12 11:14:41

I have naturally curly hair, which is cut to my shoulders with long layers to boost the curl but cut down on the volume.

I wash and condition twice a week with whatever products are on offer at the supermarket that are for curly or dry hair grin. I comb the conditioner through with a wide tooth comb before rinsing, then towel dry. No hairdryer for me (it makes me look like I've had an electric shock), instead I use a smoothing serum and dry naturally. In between washes, I comb (not brush) to remove tangles and then accentuate the curls with a bit of styling creme mixed with spray conditioner. The lack of heat applied to my hair means it is in pretty good condition. And curly hair tends to be dry, so washing it more than twice a week is futile.

I used to straighten my hair, but now I have some grey, I don't as they show up more angry I don't colour my hair, as it is black (apart from the grey) so it would be a waste of time and money.

My main problem is that my hair can frizz quite easily, given the smallest amount of water. This means I tend to wear a hat in the rain (much better than a hood or umbrella, and it leaves my hands free to grab the DDs if needed carry stuff), and I'll often wear hair scarves in the summer if we go somewhere hot and humid. Wind isn't great either, so head gear is essential in more than one weather type. Curly hair just isn't so straightforward to tie back because of the fluff you get around your face, so I usually keep a small tube of smoothing creme in my bag. If all else fails, I have been known to use a tiny spot of hand cream to do the same thing, or skewer my hair onto my head using pens/chopsticks/drinking straws if I'm hot grin. The joy of curly hair is that any of these will grip the hair and not fall out as is the case with straight hair.

Fullness isn't an issue so I have no words of wisdom on that smile.

upinthehills Tue 06-Nov-12 11:49:17

I have blonde highlighted hair. It needs washed everyday as it is dull and lank if I don't.

I find it tricky to get the moisture that, being processed, it needs without weighting it down. At the moment I am adding virgin organic coconut oil to my hair before I wash it - leaving it on as long as I can - and they washing it out.

Can't say I'm noticing much of a difference though!

I too use a Big Hair which is great for taming the fine fly away hairs.

I have really horrible-to-manage-somewhere-in-between-curly-and-wavy hair. It's not curly enough to look curly, but it's too curly to stay straight for more than 30 minutes.

What are your best hair care tips? Your hair is a reflection of your health.

What problems does your hair type cause? A complete inability to hold a style, despite several top hairdressers best efforts. It will look good for about 2-3 hours maximum and then starts doing its own thing.

Do you wish you had a different type of hair or are you happy with what you have? I would adore brilliant Titian red curls.

What's the best piece of advice you've been given with regards to keeping your hair healthy? Your diet and health have the biggest effect on your hair, so eat well and ensure that you get all the right nutrients to maintain healthy hair.

LowLevelWhinging Tue 06-Nov-12 12:34:42

I have fine, wavy MESSY hair.

My top tip is Brazilian Blow Dry once every 4 months. No other products needed.

TADAAAAA!

But I guess that won't win me any prizes either grin

Teladi Tue 06-Nov-12 12:50:32

I hate my hair. It is wavy which means that a) it's not straight, and if I straighten it and then go outside in the damp, it is not straight anymore and b) it's not lovely curly. It is just in between, it won't DO anything and I look like I've been through a hedge backwards.

I don't have any hair care tips really, though my hairdresser always says my hair is in good nick. I think it is because I don't bother doing anything with it heat styling wise, because there is no point. Though I put an egg on my head once because I read it in a magazine, and my hair did look really nice afterwards, does that count?

Have just read LowLevelWhinging's post above and am thinking that might be the way to go for me too!

For me it comes down to using a wide tooth comb when my hair is wet and not using hair dryer/heated tools every day.

I've got fine wavvy hair which if dried curly cannot be brushed.

My hair is also very long and if I need to straighten it I never brush it first, once it's straightened it's fine

Teladi Tue 06-Nov-12 12:51:38

I did wash the egg out, obviously.

cashmere Tue 06-Nov-12 13:09:51

I have lots of fine hair. I think it's one of my best features as it's naturally nearly black.
When my hair looks good I feel a hundred times better. However, life can be too hectic to spend as long on my hair as I would like.
My top tips would be:-
Only wash hair when needed- which in my case is only once a week. It doesn't sound often but if I wash twice a week it gets frizzier and dryer.
Wash when have time to dry and style properly- don't just tie up damp!- as will then sit nicely for the rest of the week.
Dry shampoo is sometimes useful but the White residue dulls hair, a blast of hairspray, (particularly on fringe), has the same effect. So use hairspray to freshen up hair.

T

turnipvontrapp Tue 06-Nov-12 13:11:43

Have to either wash mine every day or use dry shampoo on the roots - you think highlights would dry it out but still looks like a chip pan at the roots if its not washed!

jan2013 Tue 06-Nov-12 13:34:01

i have frizzy hair and its too thick. the best advice ive been given is to get it thinned out every time im at the hairdressers with thinning scissors.
my best hair care tips is to not wash your hair as frequent, use less heat (dryers and straighteners) and use some coconut oil on it every now and then.

professorpoopsnagle Tue 06-Nov-12 13:36:56

My hair is prone to frizz.

I wash it once a week, I shampoo twice each time using a very small amount of product- the less I use the better condition it generally is.

I then condition and leave that in for as long as possible (whilst I wash/shave etc). Then, I rinse my hair in cold water, in the winter it does have a touch of hot to take the chill off but the colder the better for less frizz.

The I towel dry for a few hours before using heat protection serum and blow drying it using the Babyliss Big Hair.

My hair is the best it has been since I were a lass.

debka Tue 06-Nov-12 14:05:32

Mine is just longer than my shoulder, thick and curly.

I wash it once or twice a week, I only use shampoo once a month, normally I just use a good conditioner. Comb the conditioner through then rinse, and let it dry naturally.

I don't use any heat on it and as a result it's in good condition.

It does get a bit frizzy but I've started using coconut oil on it- just a tiny scraping through when it's soaking wet which helps a lot.

I'm also determined NOT to dye it as the greys start (I have a few already).

Mine is shoulder length and thick with a bit of a wave and prone to frizzing.

I always lather and rinse my hair twice (once to get rid of dirt, once to give shine) and then use plenty of conditioner which I leave on for as long as possible before rinsing out. I also use a tiny amount of serum on the ends after towel drying.

I usually straighten it with my head upside down to lift from the roots, give plenty of volume, and stop it looking lank. It does tend to fluff up at the merest hint of moisture in the air, but I find a spritz of light hairspray deals with the worst of it.

converseconvert Tue 06-Nov-12 15:20:34

After years of having healthy naturally shiny hair no matter how many times I bleached it from black to blonde (well maybe ginger) only to dye it black again a few weeks later I've now found it's rebelling by suddenly turning frizzy at the mere hint of rain. (I live in Scotland so rain is pretty much part of everyday life.) Because of the lovely hmm frizz I've decided TLC is now the way to go. I now treat my locks to a deep condition once a week (20 to 30 mins wrapped in a warm towel to lock in treatment). I still DIY colour at home but tend to just touch up roots and try to wait 6 weeks between. I've also invested in Sooth Infusion styling prep and apply it before blowdrying and when letting hair dry naturally. The main problem with my hair is it's thick. There's lots and lots of it and without regular trims it becomes really heavy and hard to style. It is naturally straight but no matter what products I use I can't get it as sleek as it is when I leave the hairdressers. To solve this I tend to go for a slighty textured look with salt sprays and waxes. Also dry shampoo is my new found friend for the day after wax when I don't have time to wash my mop before the school run.

MissClaire1 Tue 06-Nov-12 15:33:46

Tangle Teezers. I bought one (after much debate) 2 weeks ago and my dry, damaged tangled hair is now thicker, stronger and much more managable.

Also Moroccan Oil- heat it up in the microwave for 1 minute. Apply to dry or damp hair and wrap it in a towel. Leave it in for as long as possible (I usually leave mine in over night). Rinse and style into the softest, glossiest mane you have ever had!

ohmeohmy Tue 06-Nov-12 15:39:10

Fine flyaway hair. Annoyingly the bits going grey are going frizzy and look ridiculous. So in a conditioning quandary as need more conditioner on grey bits than rest.

Would love miracle hair products that are paraben and sls free and give volume and shine.

MaureenLove Tue 06-Nov-12 15:44:30

use hand cream as hair serum

I KNOW

Cambam2010 Tue 06-Nov-12 16:03:30

I have straight long brown hair. It annoys me and I'd like it cut into a style that doesn't resemble spaniel ears either side of my face. Every so often I have it cut shortish but always grow it back out.

Since having my baby 2.5 years ago and with the continued breastfeeding, my hair has been constantly knotty and tangled. Just walking from room to room knots it.

I am 'hair lazy' so my hair routine consists of washing it every 2nd or 3rd day with a normal shampoo, sticking a bit of conditioner on the ends and drying it with a hair dryer.

Hopezibah Tue 06-Nov-12 16:04:20

Tip 1) I limit the number of times per week i blow dry or straighten my hair so that when i do - it looks especially good.

tip 2) find yourself a good hairdresser. i really trust my hairdresser so can trust his views on best style to suit me and he fits me in for free trainee haircuts too.

tip 3) Never use heat on your hair (hairdryer / straighteners) without applying a protecting serum / spray first.

BoerWarKids Tue 06-Nov-12 16:05:17

My hair - thick, course, oily roots, ends tend to be dry.

What are your best hair care tips?
Wash every other day. Washing every day seems to make my hair more oily.
When rinsing out conditioner, let the water run cool for the last few seconds, makes hair shiny smile

What problems does your hair type cause?
Oily roots and dry ends can be difficult to manage in terms of which shampoo/conditioner I use. Because my hair is very think and heavy, curling tongs don't really work as the weight of my hair makes them drop out sad

Do you wish you had a different type of hair or are you happy with what you have?
I'm happy. No point wishing for something I can't have.

What's the best piece of advice you've been given with regards to keeping your hair healthy?
The hair care tips as above.

HaggisMcNeeps Tue 06-Nov-12 16:07:20

Always rinse with very cold water -or as cold as you can manage- super shiny hair!

CMOTDibbler Tue 06-Nov-12 16:27:55

I've got fine hair, but huge amounts of it. I wash 2-3 times a week, never use straighteners, and always wrap in a microfibre turban after initial towel drying so it is as dry as possible before blow drying.
I'm a great believer in trying to give your hair a day a week when you don't do anything past brushing it, and a deep cleanse and deep condition once a month

I have long, wavy, thick hair which is prone to frizz when our lovely weather isnt in the height of summer or not tied up.

After many years of battling with straighteners and perms (back in the early 90s) I have found Keratin - the non toxic Brazilian Blowdry. It is truly amazing.

A good haircut is worth its weight in gold and if you colour your hair then a shampoo suited to that particular colour helps the colour last.

My hairdresser is brilliant, it took me years to find one that could cut and style my hair to my liking.

I find that switching the brand of shampoo and conditioner each time we finish one lot works for me, I was told to do this by a hairdresser friend and I don't know why it works but it does. If I stick to a brand for a couple of months my hair doesn't feel as good as if I switch brands.

CheeryCherry Tue 06-Nov-12 16:41:03

I have thin but very curly hair, gets very dry and coarse on the ends. I. Have to wash it every day to untangle it and make it look half decent. I use frizz ease serum, its the only one that works for me.I would love thicker hair, and shiny hair...because it is curly it never seems shiny. I love it when it's straightned because it feels so smooth to touch...though it doesn't suit me as it looks so flat! It needs a trim every 6-8 weeks to get rid of the tatty ends. Best tip...when in the sun/sea/pool, wet your hair then put conditioner on as protection. It really helps me. As a youngster my mum and I used to wash our hair in dads failed home brew...made it nice and shiny!! Used to squeeze lemon juice in our hair in summer to 'bleach' it blonde...no wonder my hair is wrecked ;)

RedKites Tue 06-Nov-12 17:24:12

I have dry, curly hair. After reading about the Curly Girl method, I have been doing my own version using sulphate-free shampoo, and avoiding silicones in conditioners and styling products. I have been pregnant most of the time I have been trying it, so it's a little too early to tell if I'll be sticking with it yet, but I am happy so far.

Asinine Tue 06-Nov-12 17:41:08

My hair is drier now that I'm older, it used to be greasy. I think the main thing is to be gentle with it, don't over dry with heat, and avoid cheap colouring products. I use plenty conditioner and leave it on while I have a long bath.

Mayisout Tue 06-Nov-12 18:06:39

I agree with changing your shampoo to a different one when you finish a bottle. Also with washing twice before and rinsing thoroughly before conditioning and drying.

My tip would be to waft your fringe with the hairdrier each morning then spray it with hairspray for a softer more flattering look.

amothersplaceisinthewrong Tue 06-Nov-12 18:19:02

I have very thick straight hair. Higlights and heat styling have made the ends rather dry. So I use a very thick coniditoner on the ends only, not on the roots. I am not loyal to any brand of shampooh and conditioner though and change frequeently.

I swim every day so wear two swim hats to keep the chlorine out of the highlights!

Lavenderhoney Tue 06-Nov-12 18:21:25

I have very very thick naturally curly brown hair which is layered gently and highlighted blonde and comes down past my shoulders. I have a wonderful hairdresser who cuts and colours which is a top tip- i found him as he stopped me in the street and handed me his card saying he would love to do my hair. But I have asked anyone whos hair is like mine and looks great where to get it done.

I wash it with colour shampoo and condition it with colour conditioner and half dry then leave it unless straightening it. I never let the shower rain down on the top of my head as a hairdresser years ago said it would force out the colour. Top tip- always wear a headscarf at a waterpark. Wrecks your highlightssmile I found out the hard way.

My hair has always been the same, andi noticed no difference to getting older or pregnant apart from less bounce to the curl and it is a bit coarser, according to my hairdresser.

My mum is the same, no grey and thick as anything, but hers is a short bob.

I use a serum to help detangle it, a tangle teaser, and squirt with coconut oil to keep it shiny. If I put gels on it it goes clumpy. I also squirt it with whatever perfumer I am wearing.. I would pay for a hair perfume - roses or somethingsmile

I keep emergency Vaseline in my bag for lips and eyebrows, and have been known to use it to hold the curls by smearing it on my palms and scrunching if out - I don't carry hair products round, my bag is too full with kids stuff!

I love my hair when it's straight as well, and swishy, but it's best when done by a salon, I struggle with straightenerssad

bluebump Tue 06-Nov-12 18:23:38

My hair is long but very fine, a lot of products weigh it down and make the roots greasy. I tend to wash it every day but don't do any real styling during the week, I just put it up in a bun after blow drying.

At the weekends I use straightners or my Babyliss Big Hair and I tend to use my nicer more expensive shampoos/conditioners at the weekends too, at the moment i'm using the Umberto Gianinni Glam Hair range. I really like the styling products in this range as it makes my hair look bigger and thicker - the backcomb in a bottle is great and it smells nice too. I need to invest in a heat styling product next.

I tend to cut my hair myself - I do the MN hair cut! I am too impatient to go and get it cut and never seem to have a lot of time to go. I used to have highlights but now dye my hair brown myself but I still lose as much hair which surprises me as I assumed it was the peroxide making it fall out.

I have very long red hair ( butt level ) and thick

One try not to use any heat on it and hair dryer a no no

Also don't use shampoo every time as it strips the hair just condition it ( I use shampoo probably once or twice a week )

I also found as its thick and wavy that products designed for Afro carribean hair works better . Though often to heavy for most it works fab on mine am fortunate that we have fab shop /hairdressers aimed for Afro hair who more than happy to give advice ( they were ones who said to try it )

BellaVida Tue 06-Nov-12 18:41:38

I have long, straight hair. The hairs are fine, but I have a lot of it! It tangles easily, so a decent sized paddle brush is the only thing that gets through it.
It gets greasy at the roots, so I wash it daily with a mild cleansing shampoo and just condition the ends.
I rarely , if ever, use a hair dryer. I just wash it at night and let it dry naturally.
I stretch out my visits to the hairdresser as it can be expensive, but I do have a hair mask applied to keep it in good condition when it is coloured.
I have lost a lot of hair after each pregnancy, so I do worry about it thinning. If is starts to look straggly, I will try products and/or go for a shorter style.

amarylisnightandday Tue 06-Nov-12 19:19:54

Drying my haut naturally means it sticks together at the ends and gets shockingly dry sad. I don't recommend this for coloured curly hair too often. This happens even if I use serum.

My best hair care tips for my hair type is for the colour - use dry shampoo do you don't wash it too often - twice a week tops for me even though it gets bit greasy - batiste will sort it out.
For the curls I use frizz ease liberally and Toni and guy salt spray which is quite gentle but boosts the curls enough grin

If I want it straight I wash the night before, use a lot of serum and blow dry them use ghds in the morning - all the fluff has been squashed over night and my hair comes out sleek and straight. I used to wash my hair and try and straighten it right before a night out - fool!
Lastly use a silver shampoo periodically if you have blonde hair, especially if you swim often it stops it going yellow smile

Roseformeplease Tue 06-Nov-12 19:48:25

My hair is long and thick and takes ages to dry. It is coloured 2-3 times per year by a hairdresser and I have fair highlights added to my English mouse hair. It is cut in long layers, meaning it curls a little at the ends and is easy to manage. Occasionally, I consider a fringe to cover up my 11s but reject it as it would be high maintenance. I wash my hair daily as appalling dandruff results if I don't. I use Nizoral shampoo about twice a week and every other morning I use Body Shop Ginger shampoo. Because of eczema, I have to be careful of new products but this regime seems to help. I condition the ends and am more fickle about my conditioner. I then towel dry and tip my head upside down and blast it with the hairdryer, brush it through and I'm done. I own straighteners but use them very rarely. I am fairly lazy and, fortunately, don't have the kind of job that requires immaculate grooming.

Love my hair, however, tis still my crowning glory, even at 40+.

SunshinePanda Tue 06-Nov-12 19:55:15

For my very thick hair I find the best way is to wash my hair in the evening (definitely not just before going out). Then when I dry a section I straighten that section before drying the next layer. By doing this my hair is much straighter than drying it all and then straightening afterwards. I also find a nights sleep flattens it even more.

Grohlsgirl Tue 06-Nov-12 19:58:13

My best tip is to reduce frizz - I always end up using too much serum so these days I don't bother. Instead I give my hair a blast of cold air with the dryer once it's dry, this seems to prevent the frizz I used to get as soon as I step outside! People often comment on how shiny and healthy my hair is and I think that's because I rarely straighten it and only blow dry when absolutely necessary.

rathlin Tue 06-Nov-12 20:10:36

What are your best hair care tips?

Dont put conditioner on top of head as it makes it greasy and limp
Hairdriers and hair straightners ruin your hair

What problems does your hair type cause?

None in particular

Do you wish you had a different type of hair or are you happy with what you have?

Wish I had curls!

What's the best piece of advice you've been given with regards to keeping your hair healthy?

Your diet affects your hair so eat well!

GetKnitted Tue 06-Nov-12 20:27:07

don't blow dry curly hair smile

I definitely see a difference in my hair depending on how hydrated I am - so it's no secret but 2 litres of water a day and my hair is in good nick, less and it is limp and dull looking. Also I use a tangle teaser to comb conditioner through my hair every day and it stops the ends from breaking.

KenDoddsDadsDog Tue 06-Nov-12 21:12:34

Drink plenty of water, eat well, use a product with Keratin. Regular cuts.

Elkieb Tue 06-Nov-12 21:32:33

My top hair care tips are; I always wash and lightly condition my hair. I use real hair hairbrushes like a denman as they cause less damage and last forever. I use a good product such as bed head 'rock' paste to create texture and volume. And I would actually cry if my hairdresser ever left. I'm not girly at all, but I love my hair!

WeaselSoup Tue 06-Nov-12 21:47:34

Coconut oil!

I am evangelical about the stuff - it's cheap, has no nasty chemicals, has made my fine hair thicker, left it beautifully shiny and got rid of (or sealed them anyway) my split ends.

My hairdresser noticed the difference immediately when I saw her last month and I'd only used it twice at that point.

Was hair as normal, apply liberally to towel dried hair, wrap hair in towel (I use one of those turbi-towel things you can pick up in the pound shop) and leave for as long as I possible. I leave mine overnight.

Shampoo out - may need to shampoo twice to get it all out - and condition as normal. Tis amazing stuff!

I have long, fine hair with ighlights and this is keeping my hair in amazing condition. Am using it twice a week and I wash my every day or every other day depending on whether I have done any sport that day or not.

I used to tolerate my hair, a combination of good subtle highlights, good cut and now improved condition, mean I love my hair!

Meglet Tue 06-Nov-12 21:54:12

I have wavy / curly shoulder length hair.

Loads of conditioner. I have never found a perfect brand but usually prefer the mid-range brands instead of the ultra-cheap and cheerful supermarket brands.

Wash it every evening and let it dry naturally, sometimes clipped back or tied in bunches. It hasn't been blow dried in over 10yrs. Sometimes use Argan oil and I think it has improved the condition over time, nothing stops the frizzes on my hair through.

Don't put colour on it, ever. I am not going to spend time and money fiddling about with hair dye. When I'm 60 I want to look like one of those cool old lady models who have fantastic grey hair <<deludes self>>.

Be very strict when at the hairdressers. Ensure they do not put big layers in as the shorter hair will PING up much curlier than the longer pieces. And refuse to let them near it with a diffuser as it always looks shit when they do, do hairdressers not usually deal with curly hair confused.

Gentleness Tue 06-Nov-12 21:56:43

What are your best hair care tips?
How to deal with oily, limp hair? Counter-intuitive but a moisturising shampoo works wonders. I can also tell if I've not been drinking enough healthy fluids or had a poor diet over the past month - my hair becomes dull. Also, if your hair smells great, you can forgive it a lot!

What problems does your hair type cause?
My hair is fine and curly at the ends, so if it isn't in good condition and clean it looks limp and straggly AND frizzy.

Do you wish you had a different type of hair or are you happy with what you have?
I would prefer my hair to be just a little bit thicker and less oily so I could wash it every other day.

What's the best piece of advice you've been given with regards to keeping your hair healthy?
I no longer use any kind of hot drying - just a wide-tooth comb when wet and leave to dry. I rarely use any kind of styling product because my hair is just too fine. That's not from advice but from observing countless hairdressers recommending a product and showing me how to use it at an appointment before I buy. Within an hour my hair is limp and the curls are draggled and another product goes into the "don't buy" category. I've saved a fortune by insisting on this! Instead I concentrate on keeping my scalp in good condition. I use Scalp Benefits for a week every so often and it is a restorative but too heavy for constant use. And before I was pregnant I used Invati (?) to improve the thickness, and even just using the shampoo and conditioner really made a difference that lasted.

I have very very thick hair, if I don't blow dry it properly it looks a right huge mess.

Best thing that I learned was directional blow drying, but keeping the volume in.

You basically give yourself a massive combover, dry it in the direction of your hair growth, do the other side and then the middle.

Voila: You have lovely bouncy hair!

mumnosbest Tue 06-Nov-12 22:25:15

watching and hoping for lots of great tips. My only tips are not to wash too often. If I was my hair more than twice a week it gets very dry. I also avoid the hairdryer and straighteners whenever possible.

ScorpionQueen Tue 06-Nov-12 22:29:10

I have dry, curly hair and also loosely follow the curly girl method. My DDs have straight, fine hair and dry shampoo between washes means we don't have to wash too often.

We all have good hair days and bad hair days but for those days when it just has to be up, the doughnuts are a fantastic, easy way to create an up-do.
smile

ScorpionQueen Tue 06-Nov-12 22:31:53

Posted too soon- regular trims are essential, in winter the heating causes frizz and in summer it is the heat (or damp if this year is anything to go by).

pinkyp Tue 06-Nov-12 23:35:21

My hair is just below my shoulders. I wash 2-3 times a week, put conditioner on the ends and leave for a few mins then I put some on top and rinse. I do the last rinse with ice cold water and it makes my hair do shiney.
Next I use a towel to get the bulk of water out of my hair and use a serum on the damp hair. Next I dry nozzle down hey presto smile

I get it cut every 8 - 12 weeks

I don't like to use many products as I think they cause a chemical build up on the hair I just like 1-2 good products instead.

Having recently changed my haircare routine, my routine is now:
Wash twice a week with either sulphate free shampoo or a silicone free cheap conditioner.
Condition with generous amount of silicone free conditioner.
Final rinse with apple cider vinegar occasionally.
Small amount of regular conditioner as a leave in sometimes.
Tiny amount of pure coconut oil on the ends for condition, detangling and moisture.
Deep condition occasionally with conditioner, honey and aloe vera gel mix.
I've switched from salon dye to pure henna. Should have done this years ago, henna is amazing.
Air dry naturally whenever possible.
Avoid heat styling. The irons are retired.
My hair is becoming wavier and smoother, and is beginning to return to the slippery, silky texture of my younger self. I'm really happy to be rediscovering my natural hair again after years of dyeing and straightening.

Firawla Tue 06-Nov-12 23:57:48

my hair is not in the best condition as i don't get round to getting it cut often enough so my tip would be getting atleast the ends trimmed really regularly to reduce split ends cos i know mine does look better when i do that. also taking care when combing it especially when wet, as something else i am guilty of is dragging the comb through harshly to get it done quick and its not really too kind on your hair to do that kind of thing
mine looks better when its blow dried rather than dried natural but i still end up leaving it a lot of the time, as im in a rush
sounds like i dont take any care of my hair with all this!

SirBoobAlot Wed 07-Nov-12 00:55:09

My hair has been at its best since I stopped using hair bands and a hair dryer. I let it dry naturally and only use hair sticks 95% of the time. Also not washing it every day.

meep Wed 07-Nov-12 11:45:15

What are your best hair care tips?
Not using hair products with any chemicals/nasties has made a huge difference. My hair fell out after my 2nd child and what grew back was badly damaged after an over-enthusiastic hairdresser used too much peroxide. I used Aveda damage repair, an over about 4 months my hair is not healthy and strong....just not sure what range to switch to now.
I also keep my hair chin length to keep it looking healthy.
Finally - on cold slightly damp mornings I wear a hat - stops the frizz setting in.

What problems does your hair type cause? If there is any moisture in the air my hair kinks and goes fluffy. I also cannot grow my hair past chin length or it looks fluffy and messy and thin.

Do you wish you had a different type of hair or are you happy with what you have? I would love thick swishy straight hair - with shine and no grey!

What's the best piece of advice you've been given with regards to keeping your hair healthy? Avoid hair products with chemicals/parabens etc. They clog up your hair and leave it dull and flat and ultimately damage your hair. Also - try not to use hair straighteners all the time!

I have lots of rather course, curly hair.
I wash it when I get the chance and whack a bit of mousse on then let it dry on its own.
I fell out of bed and hadn't brushed it yesterday when I bumped into a colleague (I'm currently on maternity leave) She said it looked glamorous. I disagreed with her.

My best tip is to rinse your conditioner for a few seconds longer than you think it needs.
When I started doing it, it made my hair much shinier as it had less residue on it.

I don't have time for anything more elaborate!

EllenParsons Wed 07-Nov-12 21:23:09

My hair is naturally wavy and it can be frizzy if I leave it to my own devises, so I make sure I look after it. My routine is wash and condition every morning, usuall leaving the conditioner on for about 3 min. I vary my shampoo and conditioner and I am rotating Aussie frizz miracle, herbal essences hello hydration and John frieda full repair at the moment. I always put a serum on after towel drying and before blow drying as this really helps it looks shiny and non frizzy. My favourite one is Aussie. I think my new hair drier has really helped as well. It's a John frieda non frizz one with ionic technology.

I have liked aveda when it's been used on me at the hair dressers so I would love to win some!

aristocat Thu 08-Nov-12 12:35:10

What are your best hair care tips?
Not to wash every day and leave to dry naturally.

What problems does your hair type cause?
I have thick long straight hair. My hair does fall out rather alot but I still have plenty of it. The fullness of my hair is my main problem, have it layered to look sleeker.

Do you wish you had a different type of hair or are you happy with what you have?
No, I love my hair ...... just wish it was not going grey sad

What's the best piece of advice you've been given with regards to keeping your hair healthy?
Let it dry naturally and have it cut regularly.

MrClaypole Thu 08-Nov-12 13:09:43

Tips

1) Have a decent cut on a regular basis - my hair is far easier to maintain when it has been cut
2) Moroccan oil on the ends
3) Do not use hairdryer/straighteners too often as the heat causes damage
4) Leave in conditioner once a week

What problems does your hair type cause?
Mine is straight but prone to frizz at every opportunity

Do you wish you had a different type of hair or are you happy with what you have?
It's OK

What's the best piece of advice you've been given with regards to keeping your hair healthy?
Not to overuse heat on my hair and to eat well.

BettyandDon Thu 08-Nov-12 13:14:53

My hair is thin, porous and curly.

For best condition, I wash it lightly (usually a colour keep shampoo as it's highlighted- currently Aveda one), condition with Aussie minute plus 1x per week with Keratase treatment, then do not dry it AT ALL. I barely let a towel see it.

I pile it on top of my head and let it dry naturally - that's what keeps the moisture in, the curls stay together and it looks fuller and shinier.

Whilst it is drying I use Aveda be Be Curly, and I usually twist it around my fingers if there are stray bits.

Once it is dry, I tip my hair upside down to give it more volume.

Viola.

orchidee Thu 08-Nov-12 13:33:46

I've thick hair that's wavy.

A good hairdresser is essential. In my case, keeping the hair below shoulder-level is good as any hair shorter than this length tends to bounce up too much. Layers help reduce volume bust must be gentle to avoid looking like I've 2 haircuts. Razor cutting has horrendous results.

My hair is becoming more coarse and I have mixed texture hair. In the main it's medium texture and lightly wavy, but increasingly I find thicker, coarser strands that are frizzy at the ends. This makes it hard to choose a product range. Probably less than 5% of my har is coarse-textured, but it's enough to cause mayhem. I need products that can help my normal, smooth-cuticle wavy hair and the coarse, frizzy hairs.

Top tips? Be honest about your hair type, which may change throughout your life. Don't chase a style that doesn't suit your current hair or lifestyle just because it worked when you were younger.

notreally Thu 08-Nov-12 13:44:48

Shop around to find the best hairdresser for you and, once you do, never let them go!
Swap between hair care products, as your hair can get used to one product and stop reacting as well to it. Even swapping within hair care ranges can help.
Rinse, rinse and rinse again!

ShatnersBassoon Thu 08-Nov-12 13:45:54

I have oily hair. My top tip to keep the dirty look at bay is to spray the roots with hairspray when I dry it. The lift at the roots stops it looking greasy so quickly, and means I don't have to wash my hair every day. It seems counter-intuitive to put product on your hair to make it look fresher, but it really works.

1) If you have blonde hair which is going slightly orange or brassy use a purple shampoo and leave it on for 20 minutes to cancel out the orange.

2) Always get your hair dyed at the hairdresser.

michelleblane Thu 08-Nov-12 19:52:16

I wash my hair every day otherwise it just doesn't feel right. I use Aussie shampoo. I rarely use a rinse out conditioner as I find they make my hair heavy feeling. I use a leave in spray conditioner like Aussie or Boots coconut and a little Fudge Sea Salt spray at the roots for volume. I use a heated styling brush to dry.

cherryjellow Thu 08-Nov-12 20:39:22

I have curly ringlet type hair, and its long. I like it most of the time. I wash it and dry it (naturally) and it looks great that day, by the time ive slept on it at least once it frizzes up tones. So to make it look okay I end up washing it more than I should!
Tips:letting it dry naturally always helps the condition of my hair and be careful how you colour it.... the parts of my hair which have been coloured have never recovered fully!

My hair is sooooo thin! but I have no tips as having curly hair hides it smile

fossil97 Thu 08-Nov-12 22:26:52

I have thick wavy hair. If left to its own devices it goes into a big bushy mess. I have tried the Aveda be curly products but don't have quite enough curl to carry it off at my current length (medium bob). I do use them on holiday when camping etc.

I'm growing it a bit longer to give more styling options i.e. up-dos or tying back or waves at the ends.

My tip is not to faff about with a domestic hairdryer from Argos - get a professional one like a Parlux or Eti if you have hair that needs bringing under control. They have about 10x the power. It has literally changed my life and now 15 minutes gets me presentable smooth hair every 2 or 3 days.

I really do wish I had hair that I could wash and leave and it would dry straight and tidy - does that exist? Basically no maintenance grin!

I have long shiny dark hair, that is fine, but there is a lot of it. If I don't do the following it tangles far too easily.

1) wash hair daily, massaging the scalp

2) let hair dry naturally at least twice a week

3) massage in argan oil from root to tip once a week, leave for half an hour or overnight then rinse and shampoo as normal

4) get ends cut every 4-6 weeks

5) only use GHDs or tongs once/twice a month

eyestightshut Thu 08-Nov-12 22:48:29

I have thick curly hair, which is prone to frizziness if overworked.
My top tips are: Wash, Condition (comb it through with my fingers), apply Aveda Be curly, wrap in a towel for as long as possible, then leave it!

stephgr Fri 09-Nov-12 01:35:55

My hair is terribly weak and damaged following a nasty bout of pneumonia and years of colouring so I take iron supplements and a tablet of jelly every day - both of these work! I always dry my hair on a low heat and avoid hot curling tongs, straighteners etc. I use Philip Kingsley Elasticizer once a week in a attempt to prevent further damage. I only ever use products (mostly the Kerastase resistance range) for damaged, fine, weak, brittle hair but I haven't yet found a miracle solution to my problems!

Himalaya Fri 09-Nov-12 07:16:50

Curly hair, prone to frizz.

My routine:

1) Wash with shampoo rarely (7-10 days)
2) In between rinse with conditioner
3) Apply curl creme to very wet hair
4) Dry by plopping hair upside down onto a cotton/lycra long sleve t-shirt. Tie sleeves around head to squash hair flat onto head. Leave 30 minutes then shake out.

PostBellumBugsy Fri 09-Nov-12 09:05:57

I have fine naturally wavy hair, which has a tendency to fall out. My tips:

1. Eat well (plenty of protein) & take a multi-vitamin supplement.
2. If your hair is prone to falling out, get your iron levels checked.
3. Use gentle hair care products (so not too much detergent) with good rinsability.
4. Don't use straighteners every day, they will slowly weaken fine hair even more.
5. Temporary hair colourants (with no hydrogen peroxide or amonia) work a treat for adding colour & gloss.

Choclatespread Fri 09-Nov-12 09:34:07

I have long fine frizzy hair. To tame the frizziness I recommended adding a few drops of oil to a leave in conditioner once a week. It makes it soft and shiny.

Belo Fri 09-Nov-12 12:45:58

I like to use a build up remover once a week. I use bumble and bumble sunday shampoo every saturday and my hair always looks the best on that day!

I've also been using the same hairdresser for 7 years. She knows what my hair will or won't do and always cuts and advises me accordingly.

I've got very fine straight hair that lacks body. I wish I had thick wavy hair like both of my dds.

SquealyB Fri 09-Nov-12 16:07:04

I have long straight hair and I wash it twice a week. I use an expensive branded shampoo and conditioner and a cheap own brand hair serum. I am very lucky insofar as I simply turn my head upside down and blow dry my hair for 10 minutes then style the ends as necessary. Top Tip is to use dry shampoo between washes if necessary.

HelenHey Fri 09-Nov-12 16:15:43

wash hair just before you go to bed, sleep with it wet, Its a bit of a lottery how it turns out but when its good its great!!. some water will tame it if it goes wrong.

EwanHoozami Fri 09-Nov-12 17:57:47

if applying an egg hair mask, do not rinse with hot water.

scrambled egg in hair.

Other than that, no tips. Mine is still falling out postnatally and looks dreadful.

loubielou31 Fri 09-Nov-12 18:42:19

There are some days when brushing my hair is as close to hair care as it gets.

Always get a decent hair cut, that way brushing it is all it needs grin

TheOnlyPersonInTheDarkDarkRoom Fri 09-Nov-12 21:58:42

I have to wash my hair every day or it looks like it's been dipped in a chip pan. I condition it after each wash. I've been known to wash it more than once a day. The shampoo makers must love my sort...

My hair is long and straight but thin. I always let it dry naturally and never use appliances on it. I am hopeless with hair anyway and it always looks rubbish when I try to style it, or the style drops out within 5 minutes. I envy those with thick curly hair.

daimbardiva Fri 09-Nov-12 22:52:34

I have lots of wavy, tending times frizzy hair which used to be oily but post two pregnancies and years of straightening is now dry. After each baby I lost a lot of hair which means ivegot lots of different lengths going on...

Top tips:

1) argan oil, used instead of a serum after washing

2) avoiding silicones in shampoos and conditioners

3) touching up your roots yourself - saves a lot of money!!

missymum Fri 09-Nov-12 23:23:26

I have thick brown curly hair which I recently had cut into an inverted bob.
My routine is to wash with sulfate free shampoo every 3 days... And always use conditioner. Frizz can be a big prob so my first tip is to use Argan oil on wet hair after combing with wide tooth comb.
I then use a curl Creme and twist sections of hair all over using fingers as I find my hair holds the bob style better. I leave to dry naturally .
My second tip would be to use a tiny blob of conditioner on dry hair each morning inbetween washes. This eliminates frizz and touches up the curl.
My third tip would be to drink loads of water and eat well. I believe making the most of your hair type and so I embrace my curls rather than trying to fight themwink

Eggrules Fri 09-Nov-12 23:37:54

I have fine hair that becomes greasy easily. To minimise hair loss I really can't wash it every day.

I wash the roots and condition the ends. My routine is this:
1. Wash; tangle teezer; product; blow dry,
2. To get an extra day I straighten with GHDs
3. To pinch a third day I wash the drown/front and tie up.

I get a cut and colour every 6-7 weeks.

MummysHappyPills Fri 09-Nov-12 23:39:15

I too have very straight, fine hair, but luckily there is lots of it! I prefer to wash it every day, and I use a shampoo/conditioner that gets it super clean and no other products as any build up just makes it look dull and lank. I either let it dry naturally, or blow dry it with the aim of getting as much volume and movement in at as possible as it is poker straight. So I tend to dry the roots with my head upside down and then dry the lengths with a round barrel brush. It really tends to hold onto the water so it takes ages to dry. sad

I have realised over time that it is much easier to work with the hair I have, rather than wishing for something different. I will NEVER have curls (at least not for more than an hour at a time), but at least I will never need to use straighteners either, and at least I can get a good shine if I look after my hair, so now I just try to do that and to find styles that actually work for fine and exceptionally straight hair!

cat Sat 10-Nov-12 00:47:32

Hair is a fucking ball ache. Mine is thick, long, wavy. Imagine Garth from Wayne's World/Rod Stewart

I'm still waiting for baldness to come back in to fashion.

I use Keratase and oil (lots of it)

3bunnies Sat 10-Nov-12 07:23:44

I have long, thick, slightly curly brown hair which is prone to tangles. I have it cut about twice a year! My routine is to use the same products as my dc, they are 3, 5 and 7. We use baby shampoo, but then slap on lots of reconstruction 3 minute conditioner, followed by 'fairy spray' so all the fairies can detangle their hair! We then use a tangle teaser to brush it.

My moto is 'easy and no tangles'. I don't use hair driers or colouring just pull out the odd grey one!

johnworf Sat 10-Nov-12 09:33:42

As I get older I seem to lose more and more hair in the hairbrush. I've stopped combing my hair when I get out of the shower and instead, leave it until it's damp. It doesn't seem to break as much.

I use argon oil as my hair is dry. My hair is also coloured and I make sure I use the correct shampoo and conditioner. It really does help keep the colour for longer.

mynameis Sat 10-Nov-12 10:48:55

Henna to colour, hair dyes have really ballsed up my hair in the past

Don't really use anything other than mousse for styling and get a trim every six weeks

mynameis Sat 10-Nov-12 10:49:57

Oh and dry shampoo is a god send for going an extra day without washing

<slattern alert>

insprognito Sat 10-Nov-12 11:03:46

I think less is more with anything to do with hair,maybe because I am lazy have 4 children and not much timegrin. Mine is pretty long (elbow length) and very straight. I wash it about 5 times a week but only twice if I'm not in gym so much.I'll use whatever mid range shampoo +conditioner is on offer,but only condition from the ears down. I use a silver blue shampoo once a week to keep my blonde colour looking bright and shiny.
I have my roots tinted every 6 weeks and have it trimmed around every 12. I like to leave it until its 80% dry(about 30mins as its not thick) before finishing it off with the hair dryer. If I'm in a rush and have to dry it from wet it goes fluffy and frizzes more. I use a pea sized blob of frizz ease and dry it upside down which only takes 5 minutes.I don't own straightners and find my hair looks exactly the same when I've had it done at the hairdressers.
I've tried lots of treatments over the years for shine but find nothing works better for me than a cold rinse after conditioning and using the cool shot button at the end of blow drying. It closes the cuticles apparently so the surface reflects more light.

MichelleObarmy Sat 10-Nov-12 11:44:10

I have thick, straight hair that I colour regularly. The colouring had started to dry it out and conditioners weren't helping. I now massage through raw, virgin coconut oil once a week on damp hair then tie up and leave overnight. It doesn't make hair (or pillows!) greasy and rinses out completely in the shower the next morning. Leaves my hair very soft.

MiniTheMinx Sat 10-Nov-12 12:41:30

Thick coarse hair, bit like a brillo pad, I could scour pans with it and I love it. I can bend it in any direction and it just stays put! Tis weird but I wouldn't have it any other way. What could aveda do for my hair? I never use the hair dryer and only use natural products, I'm probably not a good advert for natural is best grin but I have had old ladies fly at my in the street petting my hair.

i have curly/wavy hair. used to think it was a curse as a kid now see it as a blessing. i can have curly hair or, thanks to modern hair straighteners can relatively easily have totally straight hair. i think it's easier to straighten curly hair than curl straight hair.

my hair is not greasy or dry so... normal??

most of my adult life i've had long hair which is really handy - nice down when first washed, when on the turn/a touch greasy you can put it up. currently i have shorter hair and find it hard work as the put it up option is gone which means it has to be washed and 'done'. hence i've become quite a fan of hairscarves and hats on the school run this term but that get out is about to become useless as i go back to work so will have to 'do' my hair every day.

top tip/thing i've learned about curly hair is either have it long or have it very short. anything in between is an exercise in wrestling against nature. also be realistic about how much effort you want to have to put in on a daily basis. also try to pick hairdressers who have curly hair or who have children with curly hair - it amazes me how inept many hairdressers are at cutting and styling curly hair.

in terms of haircare i think you just have to find the products that work for your hair - there's no set rules, guides imo. all hairdressers have told me pantene is crap for your hair and just strips it yet it is the thing that works best on my hair. pantene perfect curls range (now disappeared with the fad for straight and sleek having returned) was fantastic with my hair - i'd just wash and let it dry naturally and it would be lovely. i haven't found a replacement sadly. so another top tip is if you find the product that is right for you buy up big and fill a cupboard because you'll miss it when it's gone.

slug Sat 10-Nov-12 14:21:20

I have masses and masses (hairdressers always comment on it) of very thick straitish hair that no amount of styling product/device/tool can tame. It has fallen out of every style within 20 minutes. It's now about 40% grey but was auburn in it's prime.

I wash it using a hypoallergenic shampoo (Boots own brand currently) not because I have a sensitive scalp but because I'm prone to excema between my shoulders and I've found this helps immeasurably.

My best advice is to find a hairdresser you can trust. Failing that, wear a hat in the sun, scalps can sunburn too, and Moroccan Oil is fantastic for slightly damaged hair.

The best thing I've ever done with my hair is cut it completely off. I'm currently sporting the kind of crop that has people asking me how the chemo is going. It's dyed bright red and I love it because it quite literally is wash and go. My hair is nearly dry by the time I leave the bathroom. The extreme shortness also gives me the opportunity to indulge in my slight hat fetish now that the chillier weather is here.

racingheart Sat 10-Nov-12 14:25:29

I have very fine, thin, straight fair hair and am constantly on the lookout for ways to thicken it. It won't hold a curl for anything, so I've given up trying, and if I let it grow too long it hangs down very flat and lank.

Tips:
1.) Cut every 2-3 months.
2.) Wash at least every other day.
3.) Condition the ends but never the roots.
4.) Always blow dry. This gives it body and far more shape. Takes seconds, as the hair is so fine, but doubles its thickness appearance.
5.) Wear it up in a scrunchie at home so when going out it has been lifted all day and doesn't hang so flat.

Instead of expensive highlighting, I always use a blonde shampoo. Love Aveda's camomile, but can't always afford it or find it. Timotei is good, but only available in Poundland these days, it seems. John Frieda leaves it looking a bit brassy and feeling tacky but at least it stops that mousy winter look, and blonde shampooing means you never need to touch up the roots.

VerySmallSqueak Sat 10-Nov-12 15:59:55

I have slippy shiny thick hair that won't hold a style.
I would love wavy hair.
I wash about once a week but sometimes don't condition and I cut it myself.
My top tip is to take your time finding hair clips that don't slip out instantly.

Jins Sat 10-Nov-12 18:17:38

Another view that the sponsors won't like I'm afraid.

About five years ago I stopped using any shampoo which contained silicones. My hair took 6 months to recover but it's never been better.

Aveda list dimethicone as an ingredient. This coats your hair, making it feel smooth and healthy but actually drying it out. It's not just aveda - most manufacturers load hair products with silicones. Over time it wrecks your hair.

No amount of advertising about how natural the products are or claiming miraculous properties from the minuscule amount of plant extract will overcome the damage you'll cause by loading your hair up with furniture polish grin

Top tip? Buy Lush!!!! wink

I have very long natural blonde curly/wavy hair that is very thick. I wash twice a week with a blonde shampoo and condition. I then blow dry straight and then use argan oil, particularly on the ends. Apart from that I just keep it well brushed and it always looks sleek and shiny. I don't use any heat stylers (bar the hairdryer but I keep that on low heat) and I think that is partly why my hair is in such good condition. I have no split ends and only need a trim once a year or so. I get comments on how nice it looks so I must be doing something right! I think my top tip would be that hair does not need washing as much as you think. If you have greasy hair its more likely that you wash it too much and strip the oils out so your hair overcompensates by making extra oil and then you're in a vicious cycle.

Funnylittleturkishdelight Sat 10-Nov-12 18:46:29

Don't mess with your hair- I try not to straighten, blow dry or curl it too much.

Condition-wash-condition keeps it soft, shiny and healthy.

I have long thick hair- this keeps it long and in good nick!

angell74 Sat 10-Nov-12 23:36:48

I try to limit using heat on my hair. If at all possible I leave it to air dry and then use straighteners to take away the frizz making sure I use some heat protection product.

I was recently given some good quality hair straighteners and despite the hair raising price they really work so much quicker than my old ones and as a result seem to be doing less damage.

verysmallsqueak my hair eschews accessories too, I've found a low ponytail stays in longest, a high ponytail sinks rapidly, clips generally end up in my pocket after the eleventy-fifth time they fall out.
Washing hair less frequently works for me, my hair goes slightly greasy after 5 days then improves again as the oil evens out through my hair. Every few months I give my hair a ten day wash amnesty and it looks so much better for it.
I don't use fancy shampoo either, I have a lush shampoo bar but it gets slippery in the bath. What do you use?

VerySmallSqueak Sun 11-Nov-12 08:11:55

InMySpareTime there is a brand of hairclip that I use (which,of course,and very helpfully,I've forgotten the name of). They are by a well known brand if I remember rightly and they are quite ordinary looking just with extra 'comb' parts at the back.I got mine in a set of 6 with 2 x gold,2 x brown and 2 x black.
They do claim to stay put on the packaging,and they really do work!

I've never found a shampoo that addresses the slippiness,but I find not using conditioner helps. My latest shampoo is an aloe vera one from Holland and Barratt.
Someone mentioned up thread that she had stopped using shampoos with silicones and that really seems a sensible thing to try next.

ArcticRoll Sun 11-Nov-12 09:09:58

I have thick curly ish hair which on a good hair day can look lovely but on a bad day resembles a messy frizz.
I used to yearn to have glossy poker straight hair but now like my hair.

Best tips- don't keep using the same shampoo- have a break from your favourite shampoo then when you use it again after a break it appears to more effective.
Only comb / brush hair when you wash it and never brush it when dry. ( this applies to thick curly hair only)

BoffinMum Sun 11-Nov-12 10:18:37

For temperamental frizzy hair, put a load of conditioner onto clean, damp hair,comb through, wrap head in tin foil and watch telly for half am hour before rinsing hair and blow drying carefully.

anothercuppaplease Sun 11-Nov-12 11:57:03

I put in coconut oil about an hour before I wash my hair, I put in a big dollop of the stuff, rub it in really well, and wash hair / condition with head and shoulders!

knitknack Sun 11-Nov-12 12:03:43

I have oily skin which = oily hair so I have to wash it every day. Despite that it's shiny and in good condition, and I'm a red head so I like my hair. I've learnt over the years however that if I put heat anywhere near my hair it immediately starts to break, so I never use heat any more. Because of this I've had to find other ways of having shiny, sleek hair rather than the more 'untamed' look I sport if I just let it dry and do nothing.

So now I wash/condition every evening when I get in, apply a small amount of oil or serum, let it air dry and then, when it's DRY (but only just) I put in velcro rollers (although I hold them in with claw clips that I found on amazon, it's too slipper to hold velcro rollers by themselves) and leave them for 1/2 hour - I get sleek shiny hair that looks as though it's been blow-dried, but no damage!

I'm so happy that I've finally found a routine that works for my hair at the age of 40! smile

Kveta Sun 11-Nov-12 13:34:19

I have very thick hair so have to dry it, as leaving it to dry takes more hours than I'm awake.

I think getting it cut more than once a year is probably a good tip, which reminds me, must book my annual clipping.

I tend to wash every other day with whatever shampoo in on special offer when I run out. Condition once a week when I remember.

scunci might be the no slip brand mentioned earlier, I love their clips.

Lane81 Sun 11-Nov-12 15:53:16

My hair - thinnish, wavy, oily roots, ends tend to be dry at the ends. Also never grows!!

What are your best hair care tips?
Wash every other day. Best hair care tip from my hairdresser, and rinsing it with only plain water if I need to "wash out" a style between washes to avoid making roots more oily/ends dryer. Comb through conditioner when wet. Use intensive conditioner/hair mask once a week.

What problems does your hair type cause?
Oily roots and dry ends can be difficult to manage in terms of which shampoo/conditioner I use, Aussie is the only thing I have found. Also the combination of wavy/dry ends makes it very very knotty so it will "dreadlock" naturally if I don't comb it through with conditioner in.

Do you wish you had a different type of hair or are you happy with what you have?
Wish it would grow faster and not knot as easily!

What's the best piece of advice you've been given with regards to keeping your hair healthy?
The hair care tips as above, I have also started using aveda curl definition on advise of hair dresser (what made me notice the thread) and it is going well so far, its hard to find curl products that don't weight hair down.

fionathepink Sun 11-Nov-12 20:37:54

I have been putting my hair through hell since a teenager; bleaching it white then adding various bright colours, often changing from blue to red within a couple of weeks. Or adding hair extensions using glue. Or general dying, cutting, figuring it will all just grow back.

I try to not wash it more than twice a week as it strips the natural hair defences, I use conditioner sparingly, brush only when almost dry, rarely have time for a hair dryer or straighteners but pin it up a lot.

I did see a hair dresser use an amazing organic non-aerosol hair spray on me once but never got the name. Great hold and not a crisp or grease hair in sight.

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 13-Nov-12 15:57:55

Thanks everyone for your comments, the winner of the prize draw is Lavenderhoney, congratulations - I'll PM you to get your details.

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