How to care for dry, damaged or coloured hair

Long locks with Tinuke from Circus Mums

The hashtag #LongHairDontCare makes me laugh. In literal terms, it’s the most untrue statement ever. If you have Rapunzel-like tresses you will care about your hair very, very much; in fact the longer your hair, the more you need to care for it. This week, I was involved in Grazia’s Beauty SOS which was all about treating dry and damaged hair, something I know a thing or two about. The product that I recommended is SachaJuan’s overnight hair repair but I’ve got a ton of recommendations for long, coloured, dry and damaged hair so I thought I’d write a full blog post to share my tips. 

Blonde ombre

I’ve been colouring my hair for the last 15-odd years, when it was caramel blonde I kept it in a bob but at the moment my hair is waist length and though it’s dark now, it was a blonde ombre. One of the only reasons I can have my hair this long and coloured is because I very rarely use any heat on it, I only straighten it about twice a month and never blowdry it. Cutting down on heat styling has honestly made the biggest difference in the condition of my hair. If I do straighten my hair, I smooth a bit of Philip B Lovin’ leave-in conditioner through my hair to give it a bit of extra moisturising and protection. It has henna for shine and chamomile, nettle and aloe for their soothing and moisturising properties. 

I’m not too fussed about shampoos as they’re only on my hair for a couple of minutes so I don’t see why they would make a huge difference to the condition of my hair. Conditioners are the same to a certain extent, though I do love Aussie 3-minute miracle. It’s super thick and nourishing so I use it every time I wash my hair rather than as a treatment. It smells great and my hair always feels lovely and soft. 

As far as treatments go, hair oils are one of the most popular treatments. MoroccanOil kick started the trend and everyone from L’oreal to Kerastase have their own version. Instead of picking between brands, I go straight to the source and opt for organic Argan oil rather than oil with silicones and other chemicals added to it. I smother my hair in oil and put it up in a bun for a couple of hours to let the oil work it’s magic. If I’m short of time, I use Philip Kingsley’s Elastiziser as it only needs to be on your hair for 20 minutes before being washed out. Elastiziser is an intensive treat for extremely damaged, chemically treated hair. It’s pretty lightweight but it works wonders, though I only end up using it a couple of times a month. 

What are your favourite haircare products? 

Reena Rai

Reena Rai is a 30-something London-based fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger. She has been blogging for 10 years (!), previously at before launching her self-titled blog.



  1. Tinuke (Circusmum)
    April 14, 2013 / 7:57 pm

    I use the Aussie 3 min miracle, but also love the Shea Moisture deep conditioner or a pre-poo using olive oil the night before I wash my hair

  2. Ceri (Style is...)
    May 3, 2013 / 10:18 am

    I have long curly/ frizzy and coloured hair so it is a constant battle to keep in in good condition. I think the Aussie products are amazing, I also use Argan oil as a styling product for really soft curls rather than many other products which set hard. I have been using the Tigi bedhead split end mender for years too, it works a treat!

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    May 16, 2013 / 10:27 pm

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