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Hair treatments that work while you sleep for silky and strong strands

Overnight hair treatments will help restore health and shine to your hair

What’s the best type of beauty product? One you can use with your eyes closed!

We jest, but there’s definitely something to be said for an easy and quick solution to challenging beauty conundrums.

So if your hair is dry, looks lacklustre and dull or has a tendency to snap, it’s definitely worth considering an overnight hair treatment. They are also particularly useful if you have curly hair that is prone to frizz, as they are great at delivering hydrated, defined curls.

If you’re a fan of a hot tool, or have bleached or lightened locks they can also help undo some of the damage and stress we put on our hair each day.

Hair treatments can improve the look of hair after one use, but really improve the health of hair with repeated use, usually around once a week.

A growing category, overnight treatments solve that annoyance of having to stay in the shower – or shiver in the cold with wet hair – while your treatment or hair mask works its magic before rinsing. Usually that takes a number of minutes, and sometimes up to an hour so it’s definitely something you have to dedicate a chunk of your evening to.

Slumber solutions

Instead, run a night treatment, serum or mask through hair after you’ve applied your skincare and head straight to bed.  Check the instructions on each product but most are made to be applied to towel-dried hair, from the mid lengths to ends, using the wide-tooth comb to make sure it’s well distributed. In the morning, you generally rinse them out and style like usual. Some don’t even need rinsing.

Still feeling skeptical? Consider the way great skin (thanks to a little extra effort with skincare) can create the perfect canvas for makeup, so too healthy nourished locks will be easier to style and the end result more polished.

It’s an approach we’ll see leap in popularity this year. The ‘skin-ification’ of hair, with a number of targeted products beyond your standard shampoo and conditioner and containing carefully formulated active ingredients, is a major trend. It’s useful to be familiar with your hair type before you start considering new additions so you can look for one to treat your specific requirements.

It’s not just your strands that benefit either. Unlike skin that we know goes into ‘repair mode’ as we sleep, hair doesn’t regenerate at night, it just gives us a useful time where it doesn’t matter if our locks are covered in a product that can sometimes look wet or oily. However, as the scalp is the factory that grows healthy hair, and scalp is skin, expect some products to look at how to keep the area healthy and encourage regeneration.

Here are five worthy additions to your bed time:

IGK Antisocial Overnight Bond Building Dry Hair Mask, $54
One for those that don’t like any sticky feeling, this is like a dry shampoo treatment, with vegan silk proteins that build the bonds of your strands for stronger, healthier hair.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Nightcap Overnight Perfector, $49
Great for coloured hair, this increases the shine, vibrancy, and manageability overnight, smoothing and sealing split ends with results said to last up to a week

Kerastase Serum Cicanuit, $70
A lightweight cream in gel with a high concentration of hyaluronic acid that restores bleached and sensitised hair.

Olaplex No 7 Bonding Oil, $55
Delivering a hefty dose of TLC to dry damaged and dull lengths, this uses Olaplex’s famous patented bond building technology to repair broken bonds caused by chemical and heat damage and simply brushing hair.

The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density, $38.80 
This water-based serum targets visible hair thickness, density and fullness by targeting the scalp with peptides and a number of other complexes to help you grow healthier hair.

What is ‘clean-ical’ skincare? 5 products to try

Cleanical skincare is one of the fastest-growing skincare categories  

One of the lingering impressions of ‘clean’ and ‘green’ skincare is that it just isn’t as effective as other options. However with new developments and respected research that thought is beginning to be put to bed.

Expect to hear more about the rise of ‘clean-ical’ skincare imminently. It’s a term increasingly being used to describe the flourishing number of high-performance clean or natural skincare brands that use respected research methods and clinical results to promote products or ingredients that have proven benefits.

Why the sudden popularity in clean beauty products with scientific backings? According to experts, the growth in the market has been huge and consumers are increasingly wanting undeniable proof along with the myriad of claims, sometimes outlandish, made by brands.

Additionally at the current time, people are finely attuned to ingredients and what they’re putting in their bodies, and wellness and science are top of mind.

There are also no agreed definitions on the terms ‘clean’ and ‘natural’ when it comes to beauty products, so although research is generally around efficacy rather than safety, it gives a degree of confidence when shopping around. How extensive the research trials are vary though, and claims taken from small sample sizes are a fairly common approach.

“If you look at the trends of skin-care brands in the past 10 years, you have some focused on science that aren’t so clean, others that are focused on naturals that are not very scientific,”

Augustinus Bader CEO and cofounder Charles Rosier told WWD.

“We are trying to create this unicorn where you don’t have to compromise on the ingredients to have science and efficacy.”

What to try:

Augustinus Bader The Cream, $420

Created by German scientist Bader, The Cream is a lightweight hydrating moisturiser that contains a proprietary blend of ingredients including amino acids and vitamins said to encourage skin regeneration and healing. Professor Bader claims he discovered the formula while looking for solutions to help burn survivors heal faster.

Biossance Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum, $125

Biossance is a fast-growing Californian company popular for its clinically effective, nontoxic, sustainable beauty claims. This serum uses Bakuchiol, a natural ingredient that has shown retinol-like results, combined here with niacinamide to target fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage.

Goop GOOPGENES All-In-One Nourishing Face Cream, $168

Gwyneth Paltrow has been a vocal proponent of the clean beauty movement but is insistent the studies behind her skincare products stack up. This moisturiser from her skincare brand Goop Beauty contains plant-based ceramides, squalane, and seven highly active botanicals.

Emma Lewisham Supernatural 72-Hour Crème with Collagen Peptides, $141

Kiwi entrepreneur Emma Lewisham has been insistent about pursuing clinical studies to back up her natural beauty products. She’s even posted a link to testing results for this face cream that says it’s proven to regenerate collagen.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum, $509

Famously expensive,  aesthetic doctor Barbara Sturm’s celebrity clients rave about the hydrated ‘Sturm glow’ this serum creates. It’s one of the hero products in this popular ‘cleanical’ skincare line.