Ever wondered how much product is too much? Or if you really should be using something to protect your hair from damage? In this expert column, Luke Hersheson demystifies the hair stuff you should really be buying... (And if you have any questions for Luke or our team of experts, you can reach us here with the hashtags InStyleXHersheson, InStyleXHirons, InStyleXGlenis, and InStyleXDempsey)
Q: I’ve always stuck to using shampoo, conditioner and dry shampoo if things got greasy, but there are so many things on the market like micellar shampoos and hair oils that I feel like I’m missing out. What’s worth investing in and what should my routine look like?
Luke Hersheson: "When it comes to hair products, I think simplicity is key, and despite there being loads available, I like to keep the products I recommend – and in my kit - to a minimum.
To give you an idea, I like to advise women with fine hair to use John Frieda Luxurious Volume Core Restore Protein-Infused Shampoo and Conditioner because they help to achieve volume, give some hold to support the style, and are affordable.
I also can’t work without the John Frieda Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray and would suggest it for styling – you can do everything and anything with it on all hair types.
Finally, I’d also like to point you in the direction of Sam McKnight’s four new styling products. They’re all great, but I especially love Lazy Girl as it is a dry shampoo without any white residue and gives hair nice texture so is perfect for second or third day hair."
Q: My hair gets quite greasy at the roots and I’m thinking of introducing a scalp scrub – do you think I need one?
Luke Hersheson: "Personally, I don’t think so – that’s nothing dry shampoo can’t fix. Perhaps limit the amount you wash your hair, and try switching to a simple and effective shampoo. I like Ouai Clean Shampoo as it’s not heavy and leaves hair really fresh and manageable for days."
Q: A hairdresser told me to use a heat protective product, but it seems to leave my hair limp. I have this problem with loads of products – what am I doing wrong?
Luke Hersheson: "You may be using too much product and the wrong tools. Try getting your hands on a styling tool that is less damaging to the hair. Hershesons make ones that will hold style all day and minimise frizz but won’t be as damaging to the hair as they are made with metal plates that use beneficial ions. I always have the Hersheson Titanium Ionic Professional Straighteners in my kit – you can do anything with them – waves, straight hair, volume, etc. They’re brilliant!"