Problem Solvers

Your hair care problems, solved!

If your hair puts the ‘tress’ in ‘stress’ then look no further. We’ve answered your most common hair care queries so that YOU can show your problematic locks who’s boss!

Q. I have greasy roots and very brittle ends. I don’t know how to tackle one without exacerbating the other?

A. Remember that your scalp is a continuation of your face so treat it gently. Steer clear of harsh sulphates (SLSs) when cleansing, then ‘feed’ lengths with a rich, conditioning treatment.

We rate: Leonor Greyl’s {Bain TS – Balancing Shampoo for Oily Scalp and Dry Ends} or Josh Rosebrooke’s ultra-mild {Balance Shampoo} to restore equilibrium, followed by rahua’s super-natural {Conditioner} through the lengths to fortify and grant a healthy ‘swish’.

Q: I need frizz control in my life!!

A: The result of ‘ruffled’ cuticles, Living Proof’s amazing, multi-tasking {Perfect Hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment) ‘seals’ each strand ahead of styling, before Cloud Nine’s must-have {The Airshot} scatters water to smooth strands and fend off flyaways. 

Q: My hair is very, very dry and I can’t seem to get it to be moisturised and silky?

A: Minimise heat styling to give brittle mane’s a break then add a treatment to your weekly hair care ritual. Philip Kingsley’s cult {Elasticizer} works to strengthen fragile strands and increase ‘stretch’, while Briogeo’s {Don’t Despair, Repair! Strength + Moisture Leave-In Mask} infuses lengths with precious moisture and protects from daily stressors.

Q: My hair doesn’t grow like it used to – I’m worried it’s starting to fall out! What can I do to help halt this hair loss?

A: Hair health is intrinsically linked to wellbeing – stress, illness or a stint of eating poorly will affect the strength and lustre of your locks. A supplement (such as OUAI Haircare’s {Thinning Hair}) can fortify and stimulate new growth, while frequent treatment masks will help to ‘undo’ daily damage. We love Olaplex’s incredible {No 3 Hair Perfector} to instantly bolster resilience.

Q: I’m plagued by split ends and flyaways!

A: Chemical processing, straightening irons and weather extremes (hello winter!) cause even healthy hair to break. Use a leave-in treatment to shield strands from aggressors, then rake oil through the ends to add some ‘weight’ and lessen static.

We rate: Philip Kingsley’s {Daily Damage Defence Spray} and Pureology’s {Strength Cure Split End Salve} to repair and protect fractured fibres, then The Ordinary’s {100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil} to keep things sleek and looking wonderfully glossy.

Q: I have really thick, curly frizzy hair which goes bananas when I step outside. I just can’t get it smooth and silky. Help!

A: Tease tangles with a wide-toothed comb to prevent stretching strands irreparably, then use a moisturising mist to define curls while damp – use your fingers to coax ringlets into shape then leave to air-dry for smooth, shiny separation.

We rate: Sachajuan’s latest {Curl Treatment} (a 15-minute MIRACLE mask for corkscrews), combed gently through your mane using the Wet Brush {TxturePro Wave Comb} to combat tats without snapping your strands. Follow with OUAI Haircare’s {Curl Jelly} for sexy separation, or try Davines’s {OI All In One Milk} to hydrate and enhance definition.


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…