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First-world end of tether reached with dry hair - please help me, O wise Mumsnet

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ChocAuVin Sun 02-Aug-20 13:05:32

As above, basically — I have long brunette hair, slightly greying, which I don’t mind at all, so I have quarterly rounds of high/lowlights, always with Olaplex, to blend the greys a bit. My hair has never been sleek, but sadly these days it is constantly dry and parched looking :-(

Has anyone found a solution?

I only shampoo once or twice a week (once purple shampoo but appreciate that’s drying) and use plenty of conditioner, currently Charles Worthington ultraviolet and a L’Oréal masque.

I sense it’s really some kind of finishing product that I need, to lock some moisture in. I have Extraordinary Oil which helps but only marginally.

Please help me; I’m so tired of it looking so dry!

Thanks in advance 🙏

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Graffitiqueen Sun 02-Aug-20 13:10:51

I use Philip Kingsley elasticiser every couple of days and my hairdresser was impressed with how good the condition of my hair was.

ChocAuVin Sun 02-Aug-20 13:33:41

Thanks, @Graffitiqueen! I appreciate you may not know the answer depending on your own hair but do you know if the Elasticiser is suitable for coloured/highlighted hair?

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Lacey2019 Sun 02-Aug-20 13:34:53

Garnier mask is great, I sleep in this and then wash it out in the morning. A leave in conditioner would be good or opalex x

Graffitiqueen Sun 02-Aug-20 14:01:07

@ChocAuVin I am brunette with a copper balayage and it was when I went back to have it recoloured that the hairdresser was impressed with the condition of my hair.

ChocAuVin Sun 02-Aug-20 14:35:58

Thank you @Graffitiqueen smile

@Lacey2019, which masque is it, please?

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Lacey2019 Sun 02-Aug-20 16:51:49

It’s a banana one x very cheap in home bargains for a tub

DidgeDoolittle Sun 02-Aug-20 20:56:40

I have your kind of hair. The only products that work are Moroccan Oil. I use the hydrate shampoo and conditioner. Then I use the light oil before and after drying. It works and smells divine.

DeeplyMovingExperience Sun 02-Aug-20 21:08:43

Rahua Hydration Shampoo
Not cheap.
It's unbelievable.

gromberry Sun 02-Aug-20 21:26:28

I'm getting some good results with the joico moisturising shampoo and conditioner. Blue bottle

ivegotthisyeah Sun 02-Aug-20 21:27:29

Garnier banana mask x

ScorpioSphinxInACalicoDress Sun 02-Aug-20 21:32:47

Macadamia (brown and green packaging from Allbeauty- not pound shop macadamia) is amazing. I now buy the huge litre bottles which work out a lot cheaper.

PickAChew Sun 02-Aug-20 22:19:33

The garner banana mask is pretty damned good. You can also dab a small amount back onto problem areas, after rinsing.

MaosChaos Sun 02-Aug-20 22:23:06

I've found the Aveda Damage remedy helpful on my dry frizz (put it before drying hair)

Mixingitall Sun 02-Aug-20 22:25:22

Mix olive oil and egg and coat your lengths in it, then leave it on for an hour in a shower cap.

PickAChew Sun 02-Aug-20 22:30:22

How you use your conditioner may make a difference, btw. This explains it well.

flashbac Sun 02-Aug-20 22:33:36

Baby oil before you blow dry.

ChocAuVin Sun 02-Aug-20 23:22:57

Thank you all! @PickAChew, thanks for the link — will have a read!

I have the Garnier coconut masque and the Aloe Vera one for my kids’ mixed hair... maybe I’ll have a go?

Currently have Morrocanoil and PK Elasticiser sitting in my Amazon basket. I’ll only be purchasing one (in the immediate term, anyway...) I can’t decide which! confused

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LovelyBranches Mon 03-Aug-20 01:07:43

I have the exact same hair as you. I love Moroccan oil and use the original before drying. I also use the Aveda smooth infusion style prep smoother. Both work well but with the Aveda I don’t even have to blow dry my hair and it still works.

ChocAuVin Sun 09-Aug-20 19:55:11

@LovelyBranches, thank you! I’ve purchased the Aveda and the Morrocanoil. Fingers crossed smile

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ChocAuVin Sat 15-Aug-20 11:15:11

Just an update from me: Morrocanoil is: meh. Marginal improvement — but nothing to write home about or even repurchase.

A bit filmy/sticky without getting rid of the ‘thirsty’ aspect of my hair sad

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torwen Sat 15-Aug-20 11:40:04

Try lifesaver Michael van clarke it doesnt contain silicone which just coats the hair masking dryness. I use it on my fragile fine easy breaking hair and it does what it says on the bottle! It's not cheap but does last a while

Thinkle Sat 15-Aug-20 11:41:40

Is it worse after you have slept on it? Mine is so I bought a silk hair wrap to wear at night. It’s made a big difference and has been surprisingly comfortable in the heat.

lasttimeround Sun 16-Aug-20 08:06:10

If you are still struggling with this I think I have the answer. Extraordinary oil and Moroccan oil and a lot of those 'oil' products are actually silicone. The first ingredient something starting with c and ends in ane is a silicone. It stills on top of your hair providing a sleek shiny coating. But let's nothing through unless its washed out with a proper soap. The result over time is dry brittle hair. You need to strip it off using a shampoo that contains sodium laureth sulphate. In most cheap shampoos. Then condition with something ideally silicone free but if you have straight hair some silicone might be ok. Maybe add some oil too it - ordinary olive oil from your kitchen. Not that silicone fake oil stuff. Leave in as a mask. Maybe even put a shower cap or plastic bag over it to let it soak. Should start to recover after that. I think if you are going to use these silicone 'oils' you need to use a shampoo that can remove it as well. Expensive shampoos are often too gentle. Otherwise everything kind and nourishing you put on your hair will just sit on top of that silicone layer and get rinsed out again.

GreyishDays Sun 16-Aug-20 08:10:48

I mix about a 1/4 teaspoon of vegetable oil with whatever I’m putting on my hair (like the Argan oil products) rub over my palms and rub through the bottom half of my hair when towel dried. Definitely helps.

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