Hey, loves! Today’s post is one I’ve been asked to write several times, and one I’ve definitely put off for way longer than I should have. Hair care products have always been my least favourite aspect of the beauty world, because I never had ‘good’ hair. I didn’t get it cut regularly, I used box dyes A LOT – with random trips to various salons to bleach the crap out of it in-between – and I couldn’t style it for the life of me. Fast forward to 2019, and I decided I needed to take hold of the reins and change up my hair! It took me a few months to make progress and my hair is definitely not perfect, but it’s getting there.
At the beginning of the year I promised myself I’d never use a box dye again, began using oils in my hair, stopped using heat as often and in April I found a salon that I love. Finding a new salon has been the best change for me; my hair looks so much more healthy, and I don’t really mind it so much anymore. I’ve had my hair gradually lightened over the past few months, then darkened it a little at the beginning of the month to make it more natural and ashy toned. I’m getting my hair cut and dyed again in August and I’m SO excited, I just love everything about the salon experience, and I’d really recommend for you to dip your toe in if you’ve been a little lax with your hair, too. In June, on recommendation from Matt’s mum, I started taking multivitamins – I just get the generic Sainsbury’s brand – which have also started to made a huge difference to the strength and health of my hair.
I use GHD and Babyliss products to dry, straighten and curl my hair, and these work SO well for me. I can’t imagine using other brands, and I’ve already put a new pair of GHD straighteners on my Christmas list as mine are really on their last life! I’ve used both GHD and Babyliss for the past ten years if not longer, and I know how great value their products are. When it comes to brushes, I use The Wet Brush to brush out tangles from my hair and style when at home, the Mark Hill round brush from this kit (thanks to Matt’s mum!) to blow dry, and my Tangle Teezer when out and about as it’s so compact and doesn’t snap my hair. You may notice there is no heat protectant linked in this post, because I’m not really a fan of the one I’m currently using and wouldn’t recommend – please let me know if you use a good one!
*Please keep in mind that just like skincare, the products I recommend work for me, but may not work the same for you. We all have different hair types that come with their own likes and dislikes, I just know these products work well for me.*
TIGI Bed Head Urban Antidotes Recovery Shampoo & Conditioner
I am completely a convert to using salon branded shampoo and conditioner, they truly make my hair feel and look so soft, smooth and pretty! I typically wash my hair every other night, but since I began using these products I could definitely wash every three nights, maybe four. I know you’re supposed to wash your hair as little as often and actually wait for it to feel/look greasy, but I just can’t do it. I take baths so often which I use oils or bubble bars or bath bombs in, and I feel like I just am not clean unless I wash my hair too. I’m working on it, I promise! Both the shampoo and conditioner smell incredible, and the smell lasts way after it’s washed out. From the very first time I used this shampoo, I could tell it was a very noticeably different consistency when massaging into my roots, and my hair instantly feels smoothed and soft when it’s washed out. The conditioner is just as incredible, and the more I use this duo the more I feel like my hair is becoming softer and smoother. If you’re interested in purchasing TIGI Bed Head products I’d definitely recommend tracking the prices on Feel Unique; at the time I purchased this duo the value was £49.45 but the price was £31.50 with 40% off, so I paid £13.85 for both which is less than £7 per product… what?! The bottles are HUGE at 750ml each, so will last for months and months, and means I’m actually saving on purchasing cheaper brands from Boots!
The Body Shop Banana Hair Mask *gifted
Okay, nobody is surprised by this, are they?! I’ve talked about this hair mask SO many times on my blog, and I truly can’t recommend it highly enough. I use this as a conditioner once or twice per week, and I use as an actual hair mask once per week, usually on a Sunday as that’s when I tend to have the most time to pamper myself. I have purchased this hair mask so many times for myself and as gifts for friends and family, but I was so grateful to receive this one in a PR package from The Body Shop. The mask smells like banana pancakes which is even dreamier than it sounds, and it truly locks in moisture like nothing else. I also find my hair styles better on the nights I use this, as it seems to dry easier and just straightens better. Matt even uses this, he loves how it makes his hair smell!
Morroccanoil Treatment Light
I feel like people are in one of two camps when it comes to using oils in a haircare routine; either you’re terrified to put oils in your hair, or you beat that fear and love them. I’m firmly in camp number two, and truly recommend using oils in your hair to drastically improve how it looks and feels. I’ve used various oils in my hair on and off over the years, but it wasn’t until I consistently used this oil (in conjunction with the OGX one below) that I noticed a significant difference to my hair. I mentioned this in this post last week, and got so many messages saying other people swore by it too! After washing, I take a teeny amount between my palms and run through wet hair from just below my roots to the ends, and every single time the smell makes me feel a little bit happier. I also apply to the ends of my hair on non-hair-wash-days to keep my hair soft and moisturised, but it never makes my hair look or feel greasy!
OGX Hydrate and Defrizz Kukui Oil
Another oil that has saved my hair, and I’ve just purchased my second bottle after going through one in about four months. (Well, Matt and my mum definitely were using my first bottle too haha) This also smells absolutely incredible, and I use it on both wet and dry hair. After washing and applying the Morroccanoil, I spritz this through from just below the roots to the ends, and leave my hair to air dry before blow drying. One thing that has helped my hair that I haven’t mentioned is how I dry it! I squeeze the excess water out of my hair with a towel, apply my oils and brush through, then just leave it until I’ve done my skincare routine. Normally Matt and I will then cook and eat dinner, then I blow dry it once it’s almost dry; this way I’m using way less heat on my hair and it holds moisture and hydration better from the oils mixing with the water.
IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo
I don’t need to use dry shampoo every other day that I don’t wash my hair, but if I’m tying I’m tying it up in a pony tail or messy bun, I love to use this dry shampoo for a little extra texture. This doesn’t leave residue or colour in my hair which is something I have to be careful of; because my hair is darker at the roots any white colour looks grey from some dry shampoos! I only buy the small cans because they’re much easier for travel and I really don’t go through them very quickly considering I only use it a few times per week.
Schwarzkopf Happy Hour Hairspray
Hairspray is again something I only reach for when my hair is tied up, or when my hair is curled. I’m slowly getting better at curling my hair, and it’s something I want to be able to do easily and quickly as I love curly hair so much! My natural hair is super curly but it’s not the kind of curl that I could leave without styling (it’s very unfortunate hah!) but curling my own hair is just so hard for me, I’ve literally got no skill whatsoever. This hairspray is super lightweight and smells incredible, but doesn’t go hard or crunchy which is a pet hate for me. It’s not an overpowering smell, and it really lasts throughout the day.
Thank you so much for reading, I hope you found this post helpful and enjoyed a little insight into my favourite haircare products! Have you used any of the products mentioned in this post or are you intrigued to pick anything up? What is your favourite haircare product? Also, please let me know your favourite heat protectant because I’m so close to running out of my current one!