Sunday, 29 January 2017

Top hair care tips: my all time favourite products

Having naturally thick, curly hair can make taming it a daily struggle. I often find myself throwing it up into a top knot for work, as drying and straightening it seems like too much effort
(I'd much rather the extra half an hour in bed). When the weekend arrives, or I simply feel like having a pamper, there are a few tips/products I swear by for keeping my locks in tip top condition.

Invest in a good shampoo & conditioner:

Having my hair coloured, and bleached from time to time can result in extremely dry ends, as well as a knotty, hard to handle mess. However, since I spend quite a bit of money getting my hair done in a salon, it only makes sense to continue the up keep, and buy a good quality shampoo and conditioner. My hairdresser recommended I did this, and since spending a little more than I used to, it really has paid off. I use BedHead Colour Goddess shampoo and conditioner - which smells like caramel! I buy the salon sized bottles which really do last ages (when my brother isn't sneakily pinching some.) Not only do these help to prolong my colour, they enhance it really well and give it an incredible shine and soft-touch feel. I don't think I could go back to using a cheap 2 pound bottle of shampoo now - I did whilst on holiday in October and it just didn't have the same effect.

Have a good cut every 6 weeks:

It's easier said than done, but once you ensure you schedule in a haircut every few weeks and get into a decent routine, your hair will thank you for it. I don't know if it's a myth, but I personally find my hair grows so much faster when I keep on top of having it trimmed, and nothing feels better than being able to run your fingers through your hair without them getting tangled!

A Tangle Angel:

If you're like me and have hair that seems to grow outwards rather than downwards, this right here will be your life saver! I used to have a tangle teaser which was fab but I struggled without a handle. I was recently gifted this for Christmas, and it has been amazing. It's the perfect size, and works just as well on wet hair as it does on dry hair. I really couldn't cope with my hair if it wasn't for a good quality, detangling brush. I still need to get into the habit of giving it a good brush before bed though..

Blow Dry Cream:

Another BedHead product I have fallen in love with, is the 'Blow out Golden Illuminating Shine Cream'. Not only does it smell amazing (like all of their products), it has a gorgeous, shimmery appearance that gives your hair a stunning shine. It says it 'adds luminous, sparkling shine' to your hair, whilst smoothing it in preparation for your blow dry. I find that this really helps to smooth away any frizz, and tame flyaway hairs in an instant. It's also the perfect size to pop in your hand luggage bag when travelling, I always use this when blow drying my hair, or even if I am letting it air dry; as it just gives such a lovely softening effect.

Hair Oil:

If you suffer from dry or slightly damaged hair, then hair oil is undoubtedly your best friend. I wouldn't recommend using one if you have hair that tends to get greasy quickly/easily, but if you feel your hair needs a hydrating boost then this is your best bet. I find that many hair oils tend to work the same, but my personal preference is 'Loreal's Elvive Extraordinary Oil'. It brings out the colour of my hair beautifully, whilst making it silky soft and shiny. Either apply to wet or dry hair (or both) and it really will make a visible difference!

Top quality Straighteners:

I don't often have time to straighten my hair, and I don't like to overdo things on the heat front, as I try and take care of my hair as much as possible. However, when I do straighten my hair, I like to ensure I have the best straighteners to suit my needs. I used to always opt for GHD's in the past, probably due to their reputation, but when a new name surfaced that everyone was talking about, I couldn't resist giving them a try.

Cloud Nine straighteners were introduced into my salon, and my hairdresser raved about them, as did numerous people on social media. I did some research, and found they were being dubbed the new and improved version of GHD's. I have to say, since purchasing some I have never been more impressed with a pair of straighteners (and I have tried quite a few different brands.) They have touch technology which means there's no need for an on off switch, you simply press the plates together and they heat up in seconds. This is ideal if you are clumsy like me and often forget to switch your straighteners off, as they automatically do it themselves if they are inactive for a few seconds. They don't pull on your hair at all, they simply glide through and literally halve the time I used to spend straightening my hair. I really wouldn't be without my Cloud Nine's now! They did break after a year, however the customer service team were brilliant and immediately sent me a brand new pair in time for my holiday - panic over!

Crease proof hair bobbles:

I feel as though I need to start using these more, but I went through a phase of wearing them daily in my previous job as I suffered from splitting headaches which I firmly believe were partly due to my extra tight ponytail. Since switching to these, not only do they not leave a harsh crease in your hair but they are sooo much more comfortable. They don't pull on your hair, or rip any hairs out and are perfect for shoving round your wrist and throwing your hair up at any time. (P.S they get extra points just for being pink.)

Sleep in hair rollers:

For a fuss free, quick step to voluminous hair that doesn't take precious time out of your day, sleep in rollers are a saviour. Simply section your hair and pop them in, and leave on overnight - you will wake up looking like you've had a blowdry! They give a gorgeous bounce and wave to your hair that is hard to achieve otherwise, perfect for taking on a weekend away due to their handy drawstring bag, these are so underrated!

A decent hair dryer:

A lot of the time I tend to let my hair dry naturally, as I go swimming around four times a week, it just isn't worth me doing often. I have realised over the years the importance of not just having a hairdryer, but having a good quality one that really works well. I have had a Mark Hill one that wasn't overly expensive, for the past few years and I only notice the difference when I go away and have to use a hotel hairdryer! Having a powerful hairdryer, with a good choice of settings really gives better overall results. I find my hair doesn't turn into a frizzy, dishevelled mess - instead it goes a lot smoother, and dries in half the time.

Dry Shampoo:

Arguably one of my ultimate go-to hair products is Batiste's Dry Shampoo. I'm sure every girl has a bottle of this in their drawer! It helps me out so much, when I don't have time to wash my hair, or just want to refresh it a little in between washes. This immediately gets rid of any visible oil, and freshens your hair adding texture and slight volume. It also smells quite nice too which is always a bonus! I couldn't get through a week without using dry shampoo at least once; I'm definitely guilty of relying on this bad boy!

Magical Quick Dry Potion :

Last but not least, my hair is a nightmare to get dry and it is also important to ensure it is fully protected from heat damage prior to blow drying or straightening. This is where the Cloud Nine Magicial Quick Dry Potion comes in extremely handy! Spritz over damp hair, and not only is your hair protected, this amazing little bottle speeds up the time of drying incredibly. You can also spray it on before you straighten your hair for an extra effect. A tiny bottle lasts ages, and it really does help. Loreal also do a similar product called 'Hot N Go' which works to cut down the time it takes to dry your hair, whilst acting against heat damage. Perfect!

What are your top products or tips for looking after your hair? Do you have a specific 'haircare' routine?

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