There’s nothing like a lockdown to force us to get up close and personal with our beauty demons. Chipped gels, neglected frown lines and fuzzy body parts are all par for course, but it’s the hair on my head that really gets my goat.

Maintaining one’s hair at home is pretty hard for the Average Joe. Yes, some people are nifty with at home hair colours (all power to them, I salute them!), but for anyone with a high maintenance hue, the lockdown has been particularly confronting. And let’s not even start on the hair cut. My fringe has grown out beyond recognition and my ends are so split they could be confused for an over-abused baby toothbrush. I tried cutting Lulu’s hair during the last lockdown and it was WAY harder than I anticipated, so I’m not about to turn the shears on myself.

With all that in mind, my hair has kind of become my yardstick of beauty sanity this lockdown. In the interests of my mental health, I’ve made an effort to treat my hair with loving kindness, and in the process I’ve discovered a few incredible products. Here, an overview of my favourite findings as well as a few old faithfuls that have got me through. Cue shining glory.

SHAMPOOS + CONDITIONERS

MooGoo Milk Shampoo
I get a flaky, itchy scalp that flares up seasonally or with stress (not sure really what causes it). The best way I’ve found to tame it is with this very mild shampoo. When I use other shampoos it gets really bad but as soon as I return to this it calms back down.

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo
Love this range: it’s minty and zingy and helps my scalp when it’s dry and angry.

Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste
When I need to bulk up my limp lifeless strands or I’m going to be styling my hair with a wave through it, I use this. It’s thick and gritty and adds weight and life to my hair instantly.

Christophe Robin Hydrating Melting Mask with Aloe Vera
Love this conditioner: it’s an instant shine treatment and smoothes beautifully while still being lightweight. A perfect partner to all the Christophe Robin shampoos.

Garnier Fructis Hair Food Volumising Watermelon Conditioner
Lulu loves all the fruity flavours of the Garnier haircare range and I’ve gotten into them through washing her hair. The Watermelon and Banana are current favourites.

TREATMENTS + SERUMS

ELEVEN Australia Miracle Hair Treatment
A recent discovery, thanks to our beauty intern Grace who raved about it. I finally gave it a go and I wasn’t disappointed. A few pumps through towel dried hair seems to calm frizzies and make my blowdry smoother and easier to manage.

Iles Formula Finishing Serum
This is great to apply straight after a towel dry. It’s protective and strengthening and just helps with manageability and to get a nice glossy blowdry.

STYLING TOOLS

Mason Pearson Handy Bristle/Nylon Brush BN3
This is my daily go-to hairbrush for getting out knots. I always brush my hair before I wash it, too, to untangle it so there’s less stress when I lather up.

YS Park 50G3 Barrel Brush from Alan White Anthology
This brush was a game changer for drying my fringe. I can’t live or travel without it now. The wooden barrel is comfortable to grip and the bristles are such good quality it gives the perfect amount of ‘stretch’ to get a gorgeous, glossy blow dry.

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
Yes, they are an investment but they are seriously powerful hairdryers. They’re lightweight and powerful and I like the fact that the motor is in the handle, it changes the ergodynamics somehow.

GHD Gold Styler hair straightener
A super effective, one-pass straightener that heats up quickly and smooths frizzies instantly. I often just do the top layer of my hair to add shine and get rid of the fuzzy halo from my split ends.

Mermade Hair Round Airbrush
This is good when you want a round brush blowdry but can’t be bothered to labour with the hairdryer. It gives a pretty good version of it and fast.

HAIR SPRAY + DRY SHAMPOO

ELEVEN Australia Give Me Hold Flexible Hair Spray
When I style my hair properly (which is rare these days) this is what I use to prep the hair. Spray it through dry hair then brush it out to give grit, texture and hold and help curls/waves stay put.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Wildflower
I like all the different scents that Batiste offer and I select different ones at different times of the year. At this moment I’m having a floral phase but in summer I like the tropical.

HOME COLOUR + ROOT SPRAYS

Edwards and Co Basic Home Hair Colour Kit
My colourist Hayden at Edwards and Co custom blended the perfect shade for me to use to touch up my roots and greys then sent it to me with all I needed to do a reasonable job at home. It was clear and easy to follow.

Oribe Airbrush Root Touch Up Spray
Disguise greys or grown out roots with this glamorous handbag-ready spray, perfect for travel or on-the-go touch ups.

L’Oreal Paris Magic Retouch Temporary Root Concealer Spray
A budget-friendly option of the above. I particularly love the smaller nozzle as it allows you to get very specific with your application.

Story by Sigourney Cantelo; Photography by Alice Mahran.

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