Apologies for the lack of blog posts. I have photos taken for so many posts, but with Christmas and then being sick for the best part of three weeks, I just haven’t had the brainpower to sit down and write!
Anyway – hair.
One of my best friends once shared her mum’s beauty advice with me – spend as much as you can possibly afford on the best skincare. Hair? Go cheap and cheerful.
I have to admit, while I have always been on-board with the first part, a childhood of limp, greasy hair has meant I am equally keen on discovering products that are going to give me healthy, shiny, voluminous locks.
This post takes a look at some of my favourites from the past few months. I also recently got my hands (finally!) on some products from the Ouai line. More to come on those!
Ok, so this is a bit of annoying one. When I pulled together products for this post, I had been using the Pureology Strength Cure shampoo for a short while and LOVED it. My hair responds so well to this stuff – it makes it thick, strong and shiny. However after a while I started to get serious breakouts and I am 100% sure it was from this – breakouts on my scalp, along my hairline, jawline and neck. I’ve never experienced anything like it. It’s such a shame because this a great shampoo and I would highly recommend it as lots of people get on well with it. There’s just something in it that my skin doesn’t like.
The other one I love is the Bumble & Bumble Sunday shampoo. This is an amazing clarifying shampoo that I use about once a week to get rid of product build up – it is really effective so I wouldn’t recommend using it more than twice a week. I have now finished this bottle and purchased the Ouai Clean shampoo as I was so desperate to give this range a go. I don’t think it is going to prove to be quite as hard-core a cleansing shampoo, but it is gentle enough to use every wash and may well prove to keep build up at bay. I’ll keep you posted!
Kérastase is by far my favourite haircare brand. I’ve used it for so many years – no matter how often I stray to other brands I always end up back here. Annoyingly they seem to have reformulated some of my favourite products over the years, so there aren’t any products that I have consistently stayed loyal too, but the brand is most definitely a keeper. This Fondant Fluidealiste is my current regular conditioner. It’s designed to keep hair smooth and its great for my hair that tends to look a bit gross and messy on the second day. It’s not too heavy, with was a problem with the last one I used – the Elixe Ultime conditioner.
Once or twice a week I will add a dollop of this Bleach London Silver Conditioner to the Kérastase to give my blonde highlights a treat. I’ve been using this for a few years now. Initally I never expected much from it except the colour brightening, but it’s actually really nourishing and my hair feels amazing when I use it.
While I love taking care of my hair, I do not like spending too much time on it so my treatments are very simple.
Once a week I use the Olaplex at-home treatment. My colourist first used the salon version in my hair well over a year ago and I felt the effects immediately. Olaplex products “include a patented active ingredient that works on a molecular level to seek out broken bonds in the hair that are caused by chemical, thermal, and mechanical damage.” Salons use two products, one mixed into your colour and one applied after shampooing. It is amazing if you get blonde colouring – it was what Kim Kardashian used when she went platinum to stop her hair falling out! Anyway, Olaplex sell an at-home treatment to keep up maintenance between colour appointments which you apply to damp, un-washed hair and leave for as long as possible (I usually leave for an hour).
For heat protection I use a mix of Kérastase Keratine Thermique cream with a few drops of Elixir Ultime oil. The oil alone I find too heavy, so a little drop adds some extra nourishment to the protecting cream. The combination protects my hair and keeps it smooth and sleek. Nice and simple!
I don’t have the patience to properly style my hair, especially as it really doesn’t hold a style very well, so with style products all I ask is for some volume and a bit of texture.
Pre-blow dry I spritz a little bit of the O&M Atonic Thickening Spritz. This stuff is great. I hate feeling product in my hair (don’t get me started on hairspray) and was struggling with a my old volumising product feeling a bit sticky. This gives a natural oomph, but you would never know there was product there. And it smells amazing!
Once blow-dried, I straighten my hair. It’s naturally very straight, but now it’s short it flicks out at the bottom so I need the straighteners to iron it flat. I usually add a loose curl or two around my face and then I’m good to go. To give some texture (because I don’t like it to look too sleek) I add a spritz of L’Oreal Professionnel Next Day Hair and rub a teeny tiny amount of Bumble & Bumble Brilliantine through the ends.
I would love to say this leaves me with effortless, tousled hair, but I’d be lying. My hair is never going to let me be that cool.
FOR LAZY DAYS…
As someone who has always struggled with greasy hair, I have never been keen on washing it every day. So when I first discovered dry shampoo it was like manna from heaven.
Batiste was my first foray and there is no need to question why it is such a long-term best-seller. Used sparingly this absorbs grease without leaving your hair feeling a whole different kind of disgusting. A good shake will help reduce the amount of white residue but you will need to give your hair a vigorous ruffle to make sure it doesn’t look grey. I use this on the days I really should wash my hair but don’t want to. I wouldn’t go more than two days at the very most using this as it starts to clump on my scalp and gets itchy.
There are so many different scents, colours and god-knows what else these days, but I’ve always used this blush one and honestly can’t be bothered to try out the others.
For the days when my hair doesn’t need washing but just looks a bit crap (limp and lifeless) I use the Colab Sheer + Invisible, created by the fabulous Ruth from A Model Recommends. I don’t find that this stuff has enough clout to absorb grease, but a light misting into my roots adds lift and grit and generally spruces up day 2 hair. London, Paris and Tokyo are my favourite scents.
I’d love to hear your haircare favourites – especially if anyone has particular Ouai recommendations.