I’ve got this real thing about hair that doesn’t feel nice. Whilst I appreciate that it’s the way hair looks that tends to come first, it’s not very nice for a boy to touch your hair and describe it with a word like ‘crispy’. I don’t want my hair to feel like a packet of Quavers. Hair is supposed to be soft and natural and lovely and wonderful. And it should definitely smell amazing.
I often won’t bother with perfume but my hair will always smell nice…perfume itself just seems risky. We’ve all gone to snog someone and then realised they smell like a horrible ex (bloody Armani Code!) or better still, discovered our Dad is now wearing the same aftershave as our ‘best shag ever’ (Jean Paul Gaultier – Le Male). Gag much. I don’t want to smell like your (probably better looking) ex missus. Hair is a safer bet.
So as somebody that takes pride in having nice smelling/softly strokey hair, I had a bit of a panic attack when I came back from Mallorca to find that my tresses looked less Elle Macpherson and more Worzel Gummidge.
I kept waving my hay (it basically was hay by this point) in peoples faces saying “WHAT SHOULD I DO? NO. REALLY. WHAT SHOULD I DO?” and very nearly took the kitchen scissors and chopped a good 4 inches off the bottom myself. It really did seem unsalvageable.
Suddenly all that lemon juice, seawater, chlorine and sunshine didn’t seem worth it. I was angry with myself for letting it get so epicly shit. That bloody holiday! I phoned the hairdresser and made an appointment to get it all cut off. I’d rather have short hair (the horror! the horror!) than long damaged steel wool flowing over my shoulders.
Wary that my hairdresser would tell me I was a stupid idiot fool as he shaved my head, I asked the folks at label.m for some advice.
“Before I cut all my hair off as punishment for going on holiday and having fun, do you have any intensive products that can turn back time?”
I was recommended a few things…
I started off with Intensive Repair Shampoo and Intensive Repair Conditioner. It made sense to upgrade to something super strength to rehydrate my forlorn locks. I also got my hands on their Intensive Mask. This mask is pretty incredible, it’s literally like body butter in consistency…which makes sense as it contains Amazonian cupuacu butter “to boost recovery of the hair’s natural moisture and elasticity”. I’ve never used a hair mask at home before, but as a weekly treat they’re wonderfully wonderful.
So these three products (which all smell nicer than any fancy Chanel bollocks) became my new friends in the shower.
Out of the shower I turned to these two lovelies…
I like to put something in my hair before I dry it anyway, usually I use a product by Kiehls (which is now, typically, discontinued) or Kerastase, but the label.m Leave-In Conditioner really is the best product I’ve found for massaging into the ends before blow drying. Again, it smells pretty. (It’s packed with ginger, ginseng, bergamot, juniper, mandarin orange AND vanilla.)
On days where I don’t wash my hair I started to spritz it with Protein Spray (again, especially at the ends) just so that I felt like my hair was getting some level of TLC.
The result? A near miraculous turnaround. I am seriously impressed. I feared (but truly believed) that most of my hair was beyond repair after the lemon juice/chlorine/sunshine abuse, but after using these five products religiously I was able to get away with having very little taken off of the ends when I did visit the hairdresser – wahey!
As I’ve been using all five products together, I can’t really recommend one over the other. I don’t know if one particularly outshines the rest as they’ve been a dream team of rescuers working in perfect harmony.
I might be going a little overboard with my hair therapy, I was in panic hair rescue mode, but the results definitely seem to be worth it.
Well done label.m for being generally legendary once again. I’d trust you with my baby or, better still, my hair!
Need some hair therapy yourself?