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My hair is shit - I need conditioner/protector help please
Hi - my hair sounds very like yours and it was rubbish for years; when my children were babies/I was pregnant/breast-feeding. It's quite nice now and I think that a lot of the flat/dullness was due to a lack of vitamins (I think that low iron levels affects hair condition).
I have similar hair issues - fine and dry, can be flyaway, gets a real frizz on whenever it gets remotely damp in the air etc.
Kerastase Masque Intense is fab. It is a once a week treatment. Expensive but you only need to use a hazelnut size blob of it even on long hair.
I also use Kerastase Bain Satin 2 shampoo every day/every other day. I don't need to use any conditioner at all which surprised me. Didn't quite believe my hairdresser at the time but this combo of stuff really works for me.
I'd recommend doing an intense treatment every couple of weeks. I just use a natural oil - almond or coconut after shampooing. Then wrap it up in clingfilm and a small towel and have a hot bath so it gets really warm and steamy. I'll then leave it overnight (do it the day before I change the sheets in case!) and then rinse out in the morning. If using a neat oil is a step too far - just use a masque - but try to do the bit to leave it on for a really long time... Ends up really soft and silky...
If you can be bothered, why don't you go on their sites and email them to ask for some? Or call the numbers for customer services they usually put on the bottles. I bet they'd send samples if you asked, you know.
Coconut oil really helps. I have dry fine hair which I wash every day. It improved a lot when I started using Burt's Bees shampoo and Aussie conditioner, but recently someone recommended coconut oil and it has helped too.
I massaged it generously into my hair in the evening (it's solid at room temperature but it will melt in your hand or put a bit into the microwave). Then I washed it out in the morning, I wrapped a towel around my pillow so as not to get my pillowcase greasy. The hot water in the shower makes it very liquid so it's easy to wash out. It smell made me feel slightly hungry all night, but I suppose I'll get used to that.
I originally bought the oil to use on DD's hair, which is very thick and unruly. Her spray in detangler was giving her a rash on the back of her neck so now I melt a tiny bit of coconut oil in my hand and rub it through the ends of her hair, not enough to make her hair look greasy.
Burt's Bees also do an avocado pre-wash conditioner which I've been planning to try for a while but haven't got around to yet.