How to achieve optimal bounce and shine

Rosemary and Cedarwood Hair Treatment revitalises lacklustre hair for £6.50
Rosemary and Cedarwood Hair Treatment revitalises lacklustre hair for £6.50

Austerity-busters will seek the best treatments to boost and condition their hair.

With the long weekend ahead, austerity-busters will seek out the best treatments to boost and condition their hair at home.

Most of us want the optimal shine and bounce. I do a big overnight drench in organic Argan oil every month, but this isn’t for everyone.

My usual wash-in conditioner is Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta (about £12 for for 325ml). This is such a powerful performer that I alternate using it for the whole head and just the ends, I leave it on for about 10 minutes for the best results.

Paul Mitchell leave-in blue conditioner always helps me comb long hair through to blow dry. Hawaiian awapuhi helps balance moisture and wheat-derived conditioners improve the hair texture. I panic if I run out of this one; it is a must for holidays and conditions your skin in the shower, too (vegan, paraben-free).

I have fine hair and am a fan of Aveda's "Be Curly" range (the product, but not the packaging - which is a horrid avocado colour).

The co-shampoo feels like a cleaning conditioner, and has no foaminess which fools you into thinking nothing is happening. It is, however, a strong natural "relaxer".

The Be Curly Intensive Detangling Masque is so rich that I have to be careful not to saturate my head to the point of flyaway limpness. One tube lasts for a long time, and it tames even the wildest frizzy coils (£22.50 for 150ml).

Another good performer is a steal at £6.50, by Neal's Yard Remedies. Their Rosemary and Cedarwood Hair Treatment smells divine on men or women. It is Soil-Association-certified 100% organic, vegan, and has a coconut oil base and texture, with a fresh lavender fragrance. This deep conditioner stimulates the scalp and revitalises lacklustre hair. The treatment is particularly beneficial for hair affected by dyeing, chlorine, harsh weather, or age - and I like that you can use it overnight or as a half-hour pre-wash.

Reader feedback suggests you get around three treatments from each 50ml jar, but you might get five or more for short styles. Apparently, it is handy if you have dermatitis.

Call me a thrifty old hippie if you like, but I still save the lovely blue glass jars afterwards to pop a tea light in for the kitchen or garden.