Like many of us with long hair, I’m constantly fighting an uphill battle to keep it healthy. I love wearing it long – I think there’s a part of me that feels that, if I can just keep it classic and avoid trendy cuts, I’m somehow saving myself from those ‘what was I thinking?’ moments when I see photographs of myself thirty years from now.
But long hair is work. It’s work even when your hair is sleek and straight; when your hair is kinky, tangly, and has a tendency to knot post-shower like a DIY hooked rug, it can be laborious.
I go through hair care phases. Sometimes I’m a product junky, and sometimes I try to get behind home remedies: fresh-squeezed lemon juice in the shower, olive oil on split ends. I can’t personally say that I’ve gotten noticeable results from lemon juice. Olive oil has worked for me, but it’s tricky to figure out the right amount for your own hair. The first time I used it, my ends were so oily that my fingers would come away from it glistening. It took three shampoos to undo the damage.
I was first introduced to the Davines line by my colourist, who took one look at my frizzy ends and slapped a mask on them. When left to its own devices, my hair can sometimes have the consistency and texture of sun-scorched rope. But when I got home that day, despite the fact that my hair had just been through an all-over dye job, it was glossier and silkier than I’d ever seen it.
Davines’ MINU Mask has become my go-to. Its formula is specially designed for coloured hair and its citrusy, Mediterranean scent – it’s made from caper blossom extract – usually lingers after usage, leaving your hair smelling fresh until its next wash.
The directions are standard for masks: apply to towel-dried hair after shampooing, leave on for 10-15 minutes, comb through, rinse. I’ve personally had the best results when working the product through my hair with my fingers first and then twisting it into a claw clip while it sits; I’ve found this to ensure that the product gets full coverage.
Be sure not to use conditioner when using this mask; it’s already doing a heavy-duty conditioning job, so conditioner is redundant. The product is also quite concentrated, so despite the seemingly small package quantity for the price, it lasts for ages.
And another bonus of the Minu Mask, aside from great results? Every product formulated, designed, and produced by Davines is obtained with 100% clean energy. According to their website, the company has been using renewable electric energy from natural sources – the sun, wind, water, and soil – to supply its plants and offices since 2006. Furthermore, 1% of purchases are donated to 1% For the Planet (http://onepercentfortheplanet.org) to support environmental charities.
You can find Davines products at salons around Toronto and the GTA, or you can order them online here: http://us.davines.com.