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Hair care during lockdown

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Despite the horror of my brown roots against my ice blonde locks, I have been warned by my stylist to AVOID taking matters into my own hands.

Stylists are advising clients to take the time during lockdown to restore their hair, an endeavour that can normally be difficult in jam-packed weeks.

So, as a self-confessed hair dye, blow dry, and mermaid curls addict, I am using the lockdown time to restore my locks to their optimum health with some of my most loved products.

OLAPLEX No 3 Hair Perfector 100ml- £26 at

Words alone fail to do justice to this lifesaver. I have been using the Olaplex range for many years, and this paraben and sulphate free treatment restored my frizzy hair in a matter of months. It has been developed by world-class scientists, claiming to ‘repair, protect, and strengthen’ all hair types. Olaplex No 3 is NOT a conditioner, I recommend applying to damp hair and sleeping in the vegan miracle worker for a deep treatment. Use once or twice a week depending on the condition of your hair. The Olaplex range is used by many hair salons who mix in the products with hair dye to protect the client’s hair, or as a stand-alone treatment. Check out the Olaplex Youtube channel to see the restorer in action. 

Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Hair Mask 390ml– £3.46 at

For those of you who desperately want to treat your tresses with natural, silicone-free products, but don’t want to break the bank, Garnier’s vegan 3-in-1 hair masks are amazing. The masks are 98% natural and are available in four scents (papaya, banana, aloe vera and coconut), which each target a specific hair type. I opted for the banana mask which is best for dry hair. My dry ends felt as soft as velvet after washing the mask off. For the cheap price and natural ingredients, it’s worth a shot.

Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure pH 4.5 Colour Freeze Micellar Sulphate-Free Shampoo 250ml– £7.90 at

My final haircare wonder is my micellar shampoo. Yes, you’ve read that right. Micellar shampoo gently cleanses hair, fighting against dirt and excess oil. However, the real USP of this knock-out product is that it protects coloured hair and is 100% sulphate-free! The shampoo helps provide protection against heat and environmental aggressors, while cleverly adjusting hair to its ideal pH value of 4.5, reducing breakage and ensuring your colour lasts. During the lockdown, I can relax in the knowledge that my hair is being thoroughly cleaned without unnecessary sulphates. If you love the results, you can purchase 1000ml for only £11.95, a bargain fit for students if you ask me!

Words by Hesther Farge

Edited by Rebecca Curry

Madeleine and Hesther are your health & beauty editors

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