Ditch the styling tools! Undone hair is trending

Ditch the curling irons. Healthy-looking “undone” hair is what’s trending.

Our hair has seen its fair share of torture over the past few years – from balayage, ombre and pastel colour trends to Angel-worthy curls courtesy of heated styling tools. But finally our hair cuticles can breathe a well-deserved sigh of relief – overly styled hair is out and the natural, undone look is in (dead hair is so last year).

The key to rocking undone glam is for your hair to be in tip-top condition. We’re talking shiny, soft and strong, with no split ends or frizzy flyaways in sight.

To achieve the casually cool look, it’s all about damage control. Opt for hydrating shampoos and conditioners, and indulge in a specialised hair treatment at least once a week. Avoid products that contain harsh sulfates, parabens or sodium chlorine – these will weigh your hair down and make you look more dowdy than diva.

Also remember that your diet is key to luscious locks. Hair is made up of protein, so foods high in protein are great for both hair growth and strength. Essential fatty acids found in food like salmon are also great for boosting hair strength and shine.

Long live the lived-in look!

Our picks:

Moroccanoil Weightless Hydrating Mask, $51.95. Helps transform and deeply condition hair in five minutes. The rinse-out treatment improves shine, elasticity and manageability without weighing hair down.

De Lorenzo Essential Treatments Equilibrium Masque, $31.50. Deep treatment mask with rosehip and oat peptides to restore, repair and revive hair to give it a healthy lustrous shine.

bhave Fresh Ends Split Ends Repair, $32.95. Slow-release peptides work within the hair structure to repair damage while argan oil, aloe vera and macadamia oil control fly aways.

TONI&GUY Nourish Reconstruction Mask, $15.99. Deeply nurtures and conditions hair from inside the hair fibre to leave hair all soft and shiny.

m a k e Soft Treatment for Hair, $29.95. With wheat proteins, silk oils and natural extracts, this is the perfect antidote to unruly and dry hair.

bhave Deep Intense Conditioning Masque, $41.95. Intense moisture and repair, rebuilding the internal structure and restoring strength, elasticity and shine to damaged locks.

bhave Hydrator Moisturising Shampoo & Conditioner, $32.95 each. A blend of keratin, vitamins, aloe vera, evening primrose and macadamia oils for sublimely lush hair.