For ages now I have been asked over and over again to do a post on what products I use for my hair and what my general routine is. To be honest I have put it off for a while but for some reason this evening when I was applying my hair mask I decided I felt like sharing and so I give you my huge hair post.. TA DA!
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Wether my hair is like this and straight
or curly/wavy like this there are specific products that I find work well in helping me to maintain either style.
Shampoo & Conditioner
I have just finished using Frederic Fekkai's 'Essential Shea' shampoo and really and truly I absolutely loved it. It lasted me ages which I'm really surprised about as such a small amount of product goes a long way. I found when using it my hair was shiny, healthy and felt great, you can read my review Here. As I came to the end of this shampoo I thought it was time to maybe give something else a go and that is what I am doing right now.
Liz Earle Botanical Shampoo & Conditioner
I am currently using the Liz Earle shampoo and conditioner, I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and I am still getting used to it. I do love that my hair is left feeling great and I love the smell of the shampoo I just don't feel my hair looks as glossy. I may possibly be using too much product as I feel my hair is a little heavy after.
Things to know about the Liz Earle shampoo
* The shampoo is suitable for all hair types. In the current range of LE haircare there is only one shampoo, I like that as I find at times my hair can relate to more than one hair type. I think the idea of there being one shampoo for everyone.
*It has some amazing ingredients in it such as shea butter, apple and orange extracts that really help to cleanse and moisturise the hair. It also has no sodium laurly/laureth sulphate.
I really like the Liz Earle conditioner which are more specific to your hair needs. I have been using the one for dry or damaged hair and I can feel how rich and nourishing this is for my hair. Again sheer butter is a main ingredient in this conditioner and really helps with repairing dry/damaged hair.
I think I have a thing for shea butter in hair products most of my favourite products that I have either used or am currently using contain sheer.
Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco mask
I have used this hair mask for the last year or so and I love it. I used to use it every week but now I use it a little less as I feel that my hair has improved massively. I think this hair mask smells divine and keeps my hair shiny, healthy and a lot stronger.
I use this all the time as soon as I've washed my hair, I got this from my hairdressers as she always uses this before styling. Amargan oil originates from Morroco and more specifically Argan oil it is used to help soften, condition and really add shine to the hair. I absolutely love the smell of this product and I love that it doesn't leave my hair greasy and funnily enough even though it's an oil it doesn't weigh down my hair. It really is very nourishing and I have again noticed a real difference since using it. My hair can often be quit tangly so this also helps in making it easier to handle. I have found it online and you can purchase it HERE if you are interested I highly recommend it!
Sedu Hair straighteners
I have honestly gone through so many hair straighteners in my time it's a joke! I have had them all.. Chi's, GHD's, Remmingtons.. the list goes on! I was given the Sedu's as a birthday present and have been using them since last year. I do like them but don't see any major difference to any other pair of straighteners. I guess my hair doesn't feel as dried out as it used to and the ends are definitely less frazzled. The Sedu use a unique process that helps seal the follicle through the hair providing shines and straightening ability. The plates are high quality tourmaline which are meant to help eliminate frizz and reduce static. They heat up really quick and go to about 232 C, similarly to the GHD's the curved design makes curling hair with these just as easy as straightening.
When I have my hair wavy and Kardashian-esque I always use straighteners to achieve that look. I tend to flick the hair back, wrap it around the straighteners and pull down it really is just practice. I used to be awful at curling with straighteners, however practice and YouTube tutorials helped me haha!
Straight hair styling
Since having my hair cut with the fringe I prefer it straight and think in the last month or so I have only had it wavy/curly about three times. I tend to use the products as mentioned above but then the finishing products are different to what I'd use if I was styling curly.
John Frieda Frizz Ease serum
This has been a staple item in my hair care regime for years, I just love to use it as a finishing product to tame frizz, stray away hairs and generally just give my hair more of a glossy finish. I only use a tiny amount and concentrate it mainly on the ends. I have used the other serums in the range but always go bak to the original.
Wella Silvikrin Hairspray
I am currently using this hairspray, I am usually an Elnett kind of girl but have to say I find that this one has really helped keep my fringe in place. If I'm honest it doesn't smell as good as Elnett but holding power is great. This is the maximum strength one.
Curly/Wavy hair styling
A few favourites here that i have found work really well. I may have already mentioned them before but if that's the case I am still loving and using them.
Umberto Giannini Curly Friends Hold me hairspray
Even though my hair is naturally wavy as mentioned above I emphasises these curls by using heat. The one thing I find can be difficult is getting the curls to stay in. Don't get me wrong I like that relaxed tousled look but I also liked defined waves/curls and i have find this hair spray is great at really holding them in place. I also find it doesn't leave my hair hard which is good, nothing worse than seeing a cripsy curl!
Frederic Fekkai Marine Summer Hair Beach waves
Wow this product came in to my life last year and I use it regardless if I'm on holiday or not. It smells absolutely gorgeous, the smell alone just screams holiday! It's sweet yet has a hint of coconut to it.. YUM! The one thing I love about this spray is that it has a UV protection so works really well at protecting the hair if you are in the sun. It's fab for just spritzing in to the hair, scrunching it in and then having that light effortlessly cool looking beach hair. I wouldn't say it has a great holding power but is very easy to just leave in. This is very similar to the popular Bumble and Bumble surf spray I think I just prefer the smell and the finish of this one.
Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream
Another amazing product in my opinion, I find it really tricky to use finishing creams in the hair as I find them to be sticky and instantly weight down the hair causing it to become greasy. The great thing about this one is that it really is so light weight although I tend to use this for when my hair is curly it works just as well for straight hair. I like to use this to in defining my curly, it has a great glossy finish and smells lovely as well. If you hadn't guessed by now textures and smells are pretty important to me when it comes to hair products.
Batiste Dry Shampoo
I have posted about this numerous of times now but it has really become an essential to my hair care regime. I never would have thought I'd be one for a dry shampoo with my hair being jet black and these products having that powdery finish however I can now not live without this. I use it to give my hair that boost and instant lift when it becomes a little lifeless. It really helps to absorb the oils and adds instant volume.
I get asked so many times what hair dye I use. My hair is naturally a very dark brown but I dye it jet black as I prefer the way in which it looks. I just feel as if it looks a lot healthier and shinier. There is no specific brand or colour I use it just tends to be what ever is on offer or whatever I can find. The most recent one I used was a Boots own brand in 'Ebony Black' I don't mind what the brand is as long as it comes out black then I'm on a winner!
I hope I have helped someone with this post. I though the best way was to compile a large post just mentioning some of the products I find work well with my hair. It maybe that these don't work well for you but I enjoy using them and thought they were worth a mention.
If there are any more questions leave them below and I will try and answer!