I’ve pretty much always had thick, long hair and finding the right products to complement it has taken some time!
With a few tweaks here and there, I have finally I’ve figured out my perfect hair care routine.
First of all let me tell you about my hair type.
Thickness: Thin hair but lots of it
Natural style: slightly wavy
Colour: dirty blonde, packed with lots of peroxide highlights
Length: bottom of ribs/top of waist
Problems: prone to frizz, resilient to style, oily roots – dry ends
I always think it’s best to alternate your shampoos, each one claims to do something different, so I have a few I use. Also, I only wash my hair twice a week – this helps to keep my hair in better condition.
My favourite drugstore shampoo is Garnier Ultimate Blends Sleek Restorer. It is tailor-made for dry, frizzy hair and is blended with coconut oil and cocoa butter (coconut is my fave – smells delicious!). It lathers up great and leaves my hair shiny and smooth without getting greasy. Garnier claims that it keeps frizz under control, even in damp British weather – agreed. Plus it has no parabens!
Another fave for me is the PRO:VOKE Touch Of Silver Brightening Shampoo. I’ve always used a purple shampoo on my bleached hair to neutralise any brassiness between salon visits and to keep my highlights looking fresh.
My favourite high end shampoo (for when I feel like I need a treat) is the Kerasilk Reconstruct shampoo by Goldwell. It contains Keratin and Hyaloveil and is great for stressed and damaged hair.
Conditioning your hair is so important, where shampoo opens the hair’s cuticle, the conditioner seals it back up – locks in those much needed nutrients and block pollutants out. This in turn strengthens the hair shaft, preventing breakage, split ends, and even hair loss.
Don’t ever skip conditioner! So many people do this and it’s so bad for your hair, especially if it is longer. If you worry about making your hair greasy by using conditioner, just use it towards the ends and not on the roots.
I only ever really use the one conditioner, which is Herbal Essence’s Bee Strong Conditioner, as I’ve never found one as good (even high end products). It’s thick and creamy and feels almost as a mask should. I leave it in for a few minutes before rinsing out and it leaves my hair soft and smooth. Smells great too!
I love a good hair mask and always try to make sure I do one per week. My current favourite is TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Mask. It claims to be a 5 in 1 product that:
- Gives up to 72 hours of frizz control
- Perfectly detangles
- Silky shine
- Soft feel
- Tames fly-aways
To be honest, I’m not sure it does all this alone (maybe in conjunction with my other products), but I repurchase and reuse none the less. Plus it helps to keep my hair straight!
I also love the Goldwell Kerasilk hair mask from their Reconstruct range (same as conditioner). Again, this smooths and protects hair and leaves it feeling healthy.
My favourite hair care treatment can be found down the cooking isle in your local supermarket. You guessed it – coconut oil. Has anyone figured out how obsessed with this I am yet?
Once a week, I warm a large dollop of oil between my hands and work it through my dry hair. I leave it on for around 1 to 2 hours before washing it off with shampoo and conditioner. It gives me healthy, thick looking hair and makes it stronger than ever. Also helps hair to grow!
Once I am out of the shower and my hair is damp, I spray in some John Frieda Frizz Ease 3 Day Straight Semi-Permanent Styling Spray. It just helps to keep my hair straight and frizz-free and is made with all important Keratin.
I also use a heat protecting spray or oil to protect my hair from any damage. I’m currently using Kiehl’s Heat-Protective Silk Straightening Cream but literally any heat protector is fine.
When I started to grow out my hair, my mum recommended that I use a boar bristle brush to brush my hair as it’s the least damaging and best for your hair health.
Boar bristle brushing is actually a conditioning treatment. While it boasts numerous styling benefits, it was originally designed to improve hair texture and shine before products like conditioners and hair serums existed. The unique structure of the boar bristle carries sebum – the oil produced by the scalp – from the scalp to the end of the hair shaft. By coating each hair strand with a very, very small amount of sebum, a boar bristle brush repairs dry hair and adds shine. I’ve also been told that it can reduce the need to wash hair often as the oils from the top are spread more evenly.
Not only does it improve the condition of your hair but it also improves texture, reduces frizz and stimulates your scalp to help your hair to grow. It also glides over any knots (like a tangle teaser) rather than pulling them, which could cause hair breakage.
The brush I use is a Denman boar bristle grooming brush. My mum has used a top range, Mason Pearson Boar Bristle since she was my age and still uses her original one now!
So that’s about it for my hair care routine, if you have any questions, feel free to ask!