I know long-term readers will probably be in shock that I’ve written a post about my haircare heroes but times are changing. For the longest time I gave very little care or thought to my hair. I’d literally wash and go and think no more of it. However, one of the perks of blogging is that you’re sent many different products that you might not have thought of trying. I have drawers full of haircare products and eventually curiosity gets the better of you and you give them a go. Next thing you know, you’re suddenly a haircare convert.
Now I still could do with getting it cut more regularly and I need to stop colouring it myself, but I’m starting to take more care of my hair. Through testing out the various products that wind up on my doorstep, I’ve fallen in love with a select few that I swear by. I’ve also recently become an Olaplaex lover but that’s getting its own post after a bit more testing.
Hair masks are a new love of mine – I used to think who has the time, but now they’re an integral part of my haircare routine. I’ve got a few that I love, but one of the stand outs for me has to be the Freshly Nourish Restore Mask (£16.00).
The mask is silicon-free and contains 7 non-greasy oils and natural ingredients to nourish, repair and protect your hair. These oils include Argan, chia, and macadamia and they provide the hair with intense hydration. I’ve been dying my hair since before some of you were born and this can leave it feeling dry and horrible, so I need products that add hydration and nourishment. The natural properties found in soy, along with artichoke concentrate and ginseng peptides, help to preserve the hair’s density, as well as sealing the cuticles and provide protection. It also smells amazing – think citrus and papaya and you’ll be on the right track.
I do change my shampoo and conditioner quite regularly, but the duo I keep returning to are the Hydrate-Me pair from Kevin Murphy (prices from £22.00). The clue is in the name as to why I love these so much.
Both the shampoo and conditioner offer intense hydration and nourishment without weighing the hair down. Shea butter and evening primrose oil help the shampoo to deliver hydration as well as improving the appearance of split ends. Kakadu Plum (which is also in the conditioner), is an amazing source of vitamin C and provides antioxidant protection. It prevents moisture loss and leaves the hair looking beautifully shiny and healthy. In the conditioner, jojoba esters, shea butter, evening primrose oil and omega 6 hydrate and soften the hair. Your hair looks and feels so much softer and moisturised after using these and the dryness is banished.
Some days I’m lazy. There I said it. I think we all have days when we know we need to wash our hair but just can’t be bothered. For those days, there is nothing wrong with a bit of dry shampoo.
I’ve tried many dry shampoos in my time, but for me, nothing beats Batiste (prices and scents vary). I’ve got a good stash of them going on in all different scents and I love them. They never fail to work well for me. They’re starch-based and no water is needed so they’re ideal for when time isn’t on your side or you’re halfway to work and realise you look like you fell in the chip pan. A few quick bursts into the roots, a quick massage and then brush off the excess and your hair is left looking, and smelling cleaner and fresher. Seriously, this stuff is a lifesaver.
For the longest time I hated hairspray … with a passion. It always left my hair feeling crunchy and disgusting, so I avoided it. Well not anymore – in amongst these haircare heroes is the one hairspray I adore.
It’s Kevin Murphy to the rescue once again with his Bedroom Hair (£24.00). If you want your hair to have that textured, messy and sexy look but still with some hold, then this is what you need. It is light and flexible so you don’t get that crunchy stiff texture, and it also adds shine, keeps the hair feeling soft and maintains texture and separation. Sunflower seed extract helps to protect and nourish, whilst ginger root extract strengthens and conditions and vegetable glycerin protects from moisture loss.
When it comes to styling I’m very much a messy, bedhead sort of girl. Some of this is through choice and some of it is because I’m just not great at styling my hair.
Along similar lines to the Bedroom Hair, the Sachajuan Ocean Mist (£18.00) adds grip and texture for an effortlessly messy look. Think beauty waves or a messy up do. Whilst I have a lot of hair, it is quite fine and can easily look flat, but this adds bulk and a nice matte finish. I spray it through my hair, scrunch it with my fingers a little and then give it a quick blast with my Dyson for those days when I want a slight surfer chick vibe.
Finally, we have the hair oil of dreams. A couple of years ago I would never have put oil near my hair as it terrified me, but now I am a total convert.
I have a few oils I use, but my go to is always the Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil (£26.00). I am the biggest fan of this and I’m now on my 3rd bottle – it does last quite a long time, especially if you only use it on your hair. It contains absinthium, shea and rosehip oils that work together to protect and nourish the hair. The oil seals in both moisture and shine as well as protecting the hair from heat damage. This also smells gorgeous thanks to rose, bergamot, lychee and white musk. I do also like to use this on my legs to add moisture and a healthy shine.