Award-winning Hair Masks
Sun, sea and swimming pools wreak havoc on hair, especially if it’s coloured or chemically treated. (Have you noticed how everyone's already walking round with a haystack, thanks to the summery weather?) Use a masque two or three times a week to keep your locks luscious. The following all scored incredibly well with our Beauty Bible testers - worth packing into your suitcase, we recommend... Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment
This plant-powered potion from a natural brand, which first launched hair care in 1978, contains organic quinoa protein, stuffed with amino acids to repair, condition and repair hair, plus organic babassu nut from a sustainable source in Brazil and a bunch of emollients to seal in moisture and shine.
Comments:‘Very, very easy to smooth in with a nice squidgy texture that became almost balm-like on hair; gave my fine hair a vibrant gloss, which brought out colour and texture, and I was astounded at how much volume and curl I could get in' • ‘after leaving it on for 15 minutes, my hair was thick, glossy and healthy – rather than its usual candyfloss at the ends' • ‘pleasure to use, quick, effective, improves the condition of my hair and smells divine!' • ‘friends remarked on my glossy shiny hair and asked if I had had it coloured (I hadn’t…)'
Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment/£23.50 for 125 ml - buy here
This multi-award winning product was first developed by north London stylist Norris Ogario for his clients and the capsule collection now has a devoted following. The plant-based masque for all hair types was formulated especially to combat sun damage and chemical treatments, featuring a Protein Protect formula combined with avocado oil plus sage and lavender.
Comments: ‘A godsend of a product for my recently bleached and coloured hair which was slightly frazzled; this gave a nice shine and left it feeling like hair again – not straw!' • ‘gorgeous smell, thick creamy texture that was very easy to work through hair, less frizz, smoother, more manageable and easier to style – and it didn't weigh it down' • ‘made my very frizzy long hair glossy without being oily, super soft and lovely-smelling' • I followed the instructions to massage in gently and leave for ten minutes and got compliments that my hair looked very healthy and shiny'.
This fab value product, already a Beauty Bible award winner, impressed new testers this time round. It contains natural ingredients to restore moisture – to protect colour – plus vegetable proteins and honey derivatives to keep hair soft and silky without being weighed down.
Comments: ‘Excelled at making my chemically treated blonde frankly crispy hair soft and supple – it was a pleasure to run my fingers through it' • ‘very good de-frizz factor on my short curly hair, which became soft and easy to comb through. Best to use in bath rather than shower as there are stages for rinsing' • ‘after second application my straw like hair was transformed to soft and much healthier-looking' • ‘some natural products make my scalp itch and flake but it didn't react to this'.
TIPS FOR THE TOP FROM THE JOHN FRIEDA TEAM (www.johnfrieda.co.uk)
- Cover your hair whenever possible, and always rinse thoroughly with clear or bottled water after you have been in the sun, salty or chlorinated water
- If your hair colour looks dull, squeeze a little lemon juice into John Frieda Frizz-ease Lave-in Serum/£6.29 at www.boots.com, to lighten and brighten your hair.
- For green tones, dissolve six soluble aspirin in water, pour over hair and leave for 15 minutes, then wash with a lightening shampoo such as John Frieda Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo/£5.99 for 250ml at www.boots.com.