Let’s get one thing straight—when it comes to our hair, we tend to lean towards the side of lazy. Sure, we’ll lather up a couple of times and condition once, but blow-drying? Fuggedaboutit. Air-dried hair will do just fine, thank you very much. The thought of adding another step to our down pat, 5-minutes-flat routine is beyond daunting to us, but we’re guessing our tress-obsessed readers (you!) are up for it.
If indeed you are, look for the phrase ‘avant shampooing’ on the packaging. It directly translates to ‘before shampooing’, which basically means it’s a pre-shampoo oil treatment that moisturizes and deep conditions your mane before you cleanse.
If your hair is in dire need of moisture, pre-shampoo once or twice a week. Or if you’re planning on taking a dip in the pool, or sunning yourself all day, generously apply to dry strands beforehand, and shampoo later! We’ve heard rave reviews about these two:
Phyto Phytonectar Pre-Shampoo Ultra Nourishing Oil Treatment, $30 at Sephora.com | Leonor Greyl Soins du Cheveu Huile de Palme, $45 at LeonorGreyl-USA.com.