When it comes to my beauty routine my hair care is just as important. During the cold winter months and central heating on at full blast, whenever I go out I find I can get away with just sticking on a hat and hide any greasy roots. I do love having long hair, it makes me feel feminine, but it takes a lot of looking after. When the weather starts to get warmer I’ll spend more time styling it up, but I’ve often ended up with more products than I actually need. Then there’s all the little extras that change the look of my hair style, from poker straight to bouncy and curly, and occassionaly having a neat up-do or a messy bun, one great advantage of having long hair.
One of the best things I’ve ever done for my hair is to have a regular trim, I get mine cut roughly every 8 weeks to get rid of any dry, split ends. It’s no secret that I’m not as naturally blonde as I currently am, I’m more of a mousy blonde. I’m not the most patient of people and couldn’t sit in a hair salon to have my hair coloured, so at the moment I’m using Clairol Nice and Easy in the shade SB1. I’m sure it’s time for a change, but for now I’m happy with the way it looks. Although colouring does have it’s problems, I’m still on the hunt for a great hair mask that gives my hair a deep condition without weighing it down too much, so if you have any recommendations for me, please let me know in the comments section below. I try and leave it to dry naturally as often as possible and I go for as long as I can in between washes.
The 3 styling products I’ve been using for a couple of months all work incredibly well and are so gentle on my hair.
January has been a month where I’ve not felt like doing much with my hair, to be honest an extra 10 minutes snuggled in bed in the mornings felt so much better than washing and styling my hair every few days. I discovered Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo CoConut Dry Shampoo by accident while shopping for a few other beauty bits. This is now an essential for one of my “I can’t be bothered” days, it doesn’t leave my hair looking all white and powdery and it soaks up any greasy areas at the roots, without leaving it feeling dry. My hair feels soft and looks like I’ve spent a bit of time styling it as this dry shampoo adds some volume. Did I say, it also smells amazing too.
Thanks to American English Seaberry Dry Oil my hair has been frizz free and feels incredibly soft, it’s also given my hair a gorgeous shine. I’ve been using it as a heat protecting spray while using my straighteners or hair dryer, or on it’s own to make my hair look super sleek This stuff is amazing and smells absolutely divine! It’s cruelty free and vegan too, so it’s suitable for everyone.
I’ve loved using Lee Stafford Coco LoCo Heat Protection Mist it’s become one of my hair styling essentials, it’s a super lightweight spray that protects my hair from any damage when I’m using the hairdryer or straighteners. I’ll section off my hair a bit at a time and spray a small amount as I style each bit. It makes my hair look super shiny and healthy, which is what I need all year round. I love that it keeps my style in place for longer and is especially great for making my hair look poker straight after I’ve used my straighteners, no I don’t use GHDs, I own a simple pair of Babylis ones which at the moment are just fine and do a fantastic job.
There’s nothing worse than trying to drag a comb through wet knotted hair, I’ve tried various different brushes which seemed to do more damage than good on my long hair. I was originally looking for a brush to carry in my bag for when I got caught in a rain shower, but this Wet Brush has been so good I’ve been using it to comb through towel dried hair before I style it. It’s so gentle and combs through any knots or tangles without pulling, plus it can be used on wet or dry hair. I find it’s amazing for styling with the hair dryer and adding some volume, without my hair getting too tangled or frizzy and it doesn’t look as curly as it does if I use my round brush.
Apart from my straighteners, one thing I couldn’t live without is my Remington AS8090 Keratin Volume and Protect Air Styler, which is a hair brush and dryer in one. I’ve had it for about 6 years and it still work’s perfectly well but I should probably replace it soon. Sadly, this one is no longer available so I’m trying to find one very similar before my beloved curling brush completely dies on me and I end up in tears. It’s great for if I need to dry my hair in a hurry, and it’s fab for creating a bouncy blow dry or a style that’s more on the smoother side, whichever I decide to do this works really well.
One thing I find that’s slightly gentler on my hair for adding bouncy curls or some romantic waves is to leave my hair until it’s about 80 percent dry, then add some velcro or bendy rollers, both give me a different style. Then I’ll carry on getting ready and by the time I’ve done my makeup, put on my outfit for the day and made a cup of tea, my hair should be dry enough to take the rollers out. Hey presto, perfect curly hair, that’s taken no time at all. All I need to do its add a spritz of hair spray to keep the curls in place and I’m good to go. Velcro rollers are amazing for adding stacks of volume with minimum effort. You can also take it one step further and use sleep in rollers, these make your curls last all day if you can bare to spend the night with them in your hair, they are spongy but can take a bit of getting used to at first and you don’t mind looking like Grandma in a hair net over night. I only use mine if I’m going somewhere really special and want to save myself some time getting ready.
Let’s not forget the vast collection of hair accessories I’ve collected over the years, from hair clips in various pretty designs, pearl and diamante hair bands, silk flowers on clips for a cute pulled back style and plenty of bands, bobbles and scrunchies for that no effort, sleek pony tail, or in my case a messy bun. Whatever the weather, hair accessories are great for creating a different look with whatever hair style you have. I personally find it’s easier to switch up long, straight hair, I’ve only ever had mine cut short once and totally hated how it looked on me. One hair accessory that has become invaluable to me is the Invisibobble, they are much kinder to my hair when I’ve pulled it back in a pony tail, they don’t get snagged up or spilt and damage my hair. I have these all over the house and in my handbag, they’re also fab for tying my hair up when it’s damp, letting it dry to create a beautiful wavy style.
What hair styling products could you not live without?