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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,


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!

InMySpareTime Tue 06-Nov-12 10:50:53

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


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).

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.

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

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.


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!

YouSeveredHead Tue 06-Nov-12 12:50:39

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.


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).

MackerelOfFact Tue 06-Nov-12 14:24:17

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


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.

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