Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Beauty | My Haircare Routine

Looking after my hair is a chore, a chore that I love to hate. I get bored very easily with my cut and the colour that during the last two years I have had pastel ombre dip dye, been a red head, having ombre added to my red hair and then going back to my platinum blonde locks.

This means that my hair has taken a bit of a beating due to all the bleach and chemicals I've let my hair tackle. I have however developed a routine for my hair that keeps it in good health as well as looking luscious. So today I'm going to show my haircare routine from start to finish.

Washing my hair is the bane of my life. As my hair is quite long and thick I detest washing it with a passion, this does mean that I do only wash it around 2 to 3 times a week. This is actually super good for your hair as the natural oils really help your hair to keep it strong and fresh.
At the moment I have been using the Garnier Ultimate Blends Colour Shampoo and Conditioner, this stuff has cranberry and argan oil in it; making not only smell nice but leaving your hair super silky due to the argan oil. I do also coat my hair in the Provoke Violet Twice a Week Brightening Shampoo, this stuff is great if you are a blondy! It helps stop your hair going that brassy yellow colour as well for me it's been great for lifting the last remain bits of red hair dye that don't want to budge no matter how much bleach and toner is applied.

Pre- Blow Drying
Once I'm done washing my hair I will then give my hair some goodies that make it feel amazing as well as helping it shine bright like a diamond, as Rhianna would say. First up I start with Aussie Leave In Conditioner for Long Hair, I've used this stuff for years and swear by it. It's great for helping detangle your hair as well as giving the hair some protection. A few spritz of this along the lengths of my hair and then brush through with my orange tangle teezer. What was life before a tangle teezer hey? I will then take a few drops of my beloved Moroccan oil and rub this through the ends of my hair. As we all know Moroccan Oil is great to help nourish the hair, I've found it especially great for helping my hair recuperate from the dreaded bleach I put it under a few months ago. I will then take a few pumps of GHD Total Volume Mousse* and spread this through my hair from the root to the tip, this helps add some volume to my roots as well as it having heat protection in it.
If I am just having a lazy night in or not going anywhere that day I then let my hair dry naturally. No heat is always best for your hair. However there are those occasions when drying your hair is a necessity.

Blow Drying
My tools of the trade are the Lee Stafford Blow Your Mind hair dryer and the Lee Stafford My Big Fat Silky Smoother Brush*. Both of these together work like a dream, I find that I can get a little bit of a curl/bounce in the lengths of my hair as well as gaining volume in the roots.

The majority of the time you will find me with my hair scrapped up in a high pony or a messy bun, this is only because due to the length of my hair I find it annoying when I'm working. However on those occasions when I do wear my hair down it will curly/wavy as I think this looks ten times better or me than dead straight hair. To do this I will use my GHDs as my curling tong, I find they create a more natural looking curl/wavy. Once I'm curled I will then spray my hair like crazy with the VO5 Extreme Hold All Weather Hairspray, my hair is so thick that a curl will drop within 30 minutes of being created. So this hairspray as become a lifesaver at keeping my locks in place for much longer. I will then also spray some of the L'Oreal Texturising Spray through the roots of my hair for some extra height and volume, giving it that perfect "I Woke Up Like This" look.

And that is basically my haircare routine, inside and out!

What products do you use for your hair? Is there any holy grail hair products that I need to trial?
Let me know in the comments.

Until Next Time...
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