The hero product has to be the Pre-Shampoo Clay Masque, which is designed to be used once or twice a week on dry hair. Massage plenty of the mask into the roots using your fingers prior to shampooing and leave on for up to 5 minutes. The clay helps to balance out any oiliness and also works really well at removing any product build up that might be weighing the hair down. Application can get a little messy if you’re not careful (the product itself is blue/green!), so take your time and apply in small sections around the head.
I was really impressed with how refreshed my roots and scalp felt after using the masque; especially as they didn’t feel as though they had been totally stripped and dried out. That feeling lasted for a good 48 hours and I was able to wake up on the second day and not reach for my trusty can of dry shampoo, which is virtually unheard of.
To help prolong the effect, you can also use the matching Re-balancing Shampoo and Conditioner which help to keep that fresh feeling for longer by balancing out the oil at the scalp and moisturising the drier ends. I’m not a huge fan of the shampoo as I try to avoid sulfate-based ones (they irritate my scalp), but the conditioner manages to be nice and light, yet really hydrating and won’t weigh down finer hair at the roots. If you have very colour processed hair, then I’d recommend adding in a weekly hydration treatment as I’m not sure this will be moisturising enough for you, but for uncoloured/unbleached hair it’ll work a treat.
The Extraordinary Clay collection is available at Boots and Superdrug with prices starting at £2.89.
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