Every so often, someone invents something so simple you can't believe you didn't think of it yourself. In beauty terms, I'm still smarting from the fact I didn't come up with eight-hour cream, but considering that I don't actually work in product development for Elizabeth Arden, I think I can be forgiven.
But bearing in mind my obsession with hair products, the fact that I didn't come up with Le Wrap is unforgivable. Le Wrap is described as "a durable towelling wrap which is shaped to fit your head snugly and the neat loop at the top allows you to throw, twist and tuck it around so that it won't fall off or flop". In short, it's a towel shaped like a hood. Obviously, it can be used on any hair type, but it has been launched by Black By Design, an exciting new British hair and beauty company that specialises in Afro products. In a matter of weeks, I've forgotten how I washed my hair without Le Wrap.
Okay, so the name is a tad naff, and it does look a bit silly before you put it on, but Le Wrap is great for hair washing. But the real trick is that you can dampen it, put it in the microwave for 30 seconds and then use it with a deep conditioner for an intensive (and luxurious) treatment.
When it comes to picking an intensive conditioner, I used to turn my nose up at anything that wasn't specifically for Afro hair. But lately, conditioners have improved, and many work wonders on Afro hair. If you wear your hair natural, a conditioner that detangles is the most important. Vital Force Creme Bath by Phytospecific (for Afro hair) or All Soft Heavy Cream from Redken are both great, and seem to melt knots away.
For very dry hair, try Moisture Repair from the LC2 range, by Goldwell. For straightened hair, try Vital Strength from the new Relax range by John Frieda - that's right, a mainstream range has finally realised that relaxed hair needs different products. Wonders will never cease.