Dressing Gown: Peter Alexander
Let me start by telling you about my hair- I have very fine, light-weight hair. I have been dying my hair since I was about 13/14 (so without giving away my age, let’s just say it’s been a while 😉 ) When I get out of the shower, my hair is quite curly/wavy, but when I brush it/blowdry it, it becomes much straighter. I have always had fine hair, but when I was younger I had a lot more of it, so it looked fuller. I always hated this, and wished it was thinner and dead straight (face palm! what an idiot!) I don’t know at what point it started thinning out, but in the past year or so I noticed I had a lot less hair. So that’s my hair in a nut shell.
Right now I am loving full, thick, healthy looking hair. To try to achieve this, I have been doing a few things over the past 7/8 months:
– I have stopped dying my hair since November 2015. Zilch. Zero. Nada. My hair colour has actually surprised me- it’s a lot lighter than I thought it would be. My hairdresser describes it as ‘dark blonde’ (you heard her! NATURALLY blonde :D) I have noticed a difference in the health of my hair, and it has also saved me a lot of money. At which point I decided it was a good time to get Shellac regularly. 😀
– I have been taking Biotin supplements. Although swallowing pills is ridiculously and embarrassingly easy for me, I have a sensitive stomach so I need to be careful with the supplements I take. After a lot of research, I have been taking SugarBear Hair Vitamins. for the past 3 months. I chew two every night, and I have definitely seen a difference in my hair, especially with the thickness. Even my husband has noticed, and he would definitely be all over it if he thought it was a scam.
– I have decreased the heat on my hair. I do wash my hair every second day (sometimes third if I have dry shampoo at the ready!) I have oily hair and oily skin and I work out so it just has to be done. I also blowdry my hair each time I wash it- not in a pro ‘getting a blow dry way’, but in a ‘if I don’t force this hair to dry in a tidy manner it’s going to be all over the place’. As wavy/curly haired girls would know, air dry just doesn’t cut it. But I never blowdry my hair on high heat- medium only. Yes it takes me longer, but I truly believe it doesn’t damage my hair as much. And I almost never straighten my hair, and only curl my hair (mostly just half way down) usually once a week on weekends. During the week my hair is in a ponytail/bun/braid to avoid using heat.
Okay now for the products I use:
Shampoo: Since my hair is long and the roots are oily, I need to wash my hair twice. I usually wash once with a cheaper shampoo (the one hubby uses LOL) and then a second time with a fancier shampoo. I have been using Bumble and Bumble Thickening Shampoo for the past month and I couldn’t recommend it enough. Firstly, you know that feeling when you have washed your hair and you run your fingers over your hair to squeeze out excess water before you get out of the shower? After using this shampoo I feel like my hair has TRIPLED. When I dry it I have tonnes more hair and my ponytail has become what (my) dreams are made of. Gone is a limp sad thing, in its place is a horse tail! If you have used thickening shampoos before you will notice that they are always clear; this one is no exception. The idea behind this is that the shampoo strips the hair of moisture and oils, so it isn’t weighed down, making it appear thicker. This shampoo does not strip the hair of moisture at all.
As a blonde, I also like to use a purple shampoo every 10 days or so. I used to think it was a gimmick, but seriously it gets rid of any brassiness and tones the whole thing down. I love this one from O&M which I got from my hair dresser.
Conditioner/Treatment: To be honest I usually use a treatment instead of a conditioner. My hairdresser told me that the best treatment is protein, because it strengthens the hair. I love this treatment from Eleven because it’s full of protein and moisture.
Leave in products: These are super important because they help your hair heal, protect your hair and make it looks shiny and gorgeous. I love this Miracle Hair Treatment from Eleven for smoothing my hair and protecting it from heat- plus it smells like coconut! For all the things it does (eleven 😉 ) it’s an absolute steal. I also use this Invisible Oil from Bumble and Bumble that my girlfriend got me on to. Because I have long fine wavy hair, it can be an absolute nightmare to brush, so this preps it so the brush just glides through.
Hairbrushes I use the Tangle Teezer it’s seriously amazing and just glides through my hair. My mum got this for me and I’m hooked! I also use the Mason & Pearson hair brush.
Hair Curler: I love this Curl Stick from Muk. I use the largest barrel and it gives me beautiful curls that last all day. I’m hair tool challenged, so the curlers where you wrap the hair around the wand (that don’t have the clamp) are best for me!
To finish: I use this shine serum from O&M. It’s got argan and macadamia oil and is just lovely at smoothing my hair and loosening my curls for a more natural look.
So that’s my hair care for fine, colour treated (although not for 8 months) hair! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the products! Absolutely nothing from this post was sponsored- all opinions were my own!