I tried to post this last week but something went awry so please accept my apologies. I am fully aware that I post about skincare and not much else, so I’m trying to change but like any addict — it will take time. So, lets branch out to hair shall we?
My hair is heinously frizzy, thicker than treacle and there is so much of it that I despite the terrifying clumps that fall out daily, it never thins. It is coarse, curly and whilst it is very, very brunette — it often sports a plethora of red based, somewhat brassy hues. Particularly when I’ve been in the sun, which is most of the year.
This post will not be a how-to or offer you any solutions if you have a similar barnet to mine, but it will offer you an insight into the many products I’ve tried and tested in my fierce battle with frizz. Let me know what you think!
Obviously here you can insert any shampoo & conditioner you want which sports the label ‘dry, damaged, dehydrated, frizzy’ etc etc but I do find that sometimes even my hair can be worn down by the excessive silicone and general GOOP (a real word) that go into said products. As such, these are some of my favourites.
Boots Expert Build Up Remover Shampoo It is so important to keep your hair properly clean, it won’t shine without it, so once a week I use this cheap as chips dupe for Aveda’s Shampure Shampoo as it just does the job and my hair feels nice and clean afterwards.
OGX Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner These were a gift from my lovely HoF buddies and I love them sooooo much. The scent is incredible, and I have been so close to eating it many a time (is that weird?). It sort of smells like a freshly baked cake, but less sweet and cloying. It’s just incredible and my hair is always nice and easy to comb afterwards….it also seems to last a good few days despite the fact it is so moisturising often meaning that I won’t wash my hair for a week (I know, I am grim).
L’Oreal Professional Mythic Oil Mask I LOVE THIS RANGE. In fact, I love L’oreal Professional Haircare full stop. The Serie Expert range is amazing, and I used to go through them quicker than pants back in my hair salon days. This mask is only a 75ml size, which suits me perfectly as I’ll keep the pot for travellling (less than 100ml bonus!). It just does the job, and I use it once a week (always after using my Boots Expert shampoo).
Hmmmm now this is a tricky one, as let me tell you I have tried a LOT of styling products over the years. Since the age of about 13 I have been visiting Boots weekly (often more, I’m not gonna lie) in hope of finding that one miracle transformative product leaving my curls as bouncy and healthy looking as Gisele’s tresses.
Sadly, it was not to be and I was often disappointed. Frizz Ease is too heavy and siliconey (despite the fact my mother swears blind I swear by it!) and mousse left me with crunchy curls akin to Kevin Keegan in the 80’s. Adding to the misery was the fact I refused to accept my naturally curly locks, so straightened them daily……FYI this was pre GHD. I know, I am old. I actually recall my straighteners had a built in comb…..jesus.
All of this changed once I started working in hair salons, which I did well into my twenties. I discovered Kerastase and the transformation truly began. I mean, my hair is still painful but I at least now the importance of using the correct styling products for your hair type — as opposed to seeing ‘curly’ and popping it in my basket. These are some of my ultimates……
Kerastase Oleo Relax Serum This stuff is epic, and lasts forever as you only need a teeny amount (yes, even for my hair!). Pop it on when your hair is freshly washed and still wet, don’t towel dry too much, and either leave to dry naturally or style. Not with vintage straighteners.
Ojon Damage Reverse Resorative Smoothing Glaze I use this sparingly, as it is very strong. It’s also a bit disconcerting when you squeeze a dollop out as it is a chocolatey brown colour that stains your hands immediately (it does wash off though). I use it in the winter when I need a bit of extra moisture in my locks. It also smells incredible (a lot better than it looks, believe me).
Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancing Hair Spray I really do love this product for it’s ability to perk up my hair and give it a bit of extra bounce. Note – not volume, I do not need any extra volume thank you! It’s good all year round, but I reach for it the most when my hair is so long and devoid of layers that it refuses to curl properly, instead choosing to hang limply around my shoulders with the occasional annoying little kink.
Ojon Rare Blend Oil Another Ojon lovely, which totally lives up to the hype. I use it in place of my Kerastase Oleo Relax serum pre styling. I also pop a few drops on the ends of my hair when it’s dry which keeps them a little smoother. My only bugbear with this product is the packaging which is not conducive to a pea sized application…..you sort of end up pouring too much into your hand each time. A pump action would be sooooo much better.
These two products are a life saver in the sun and i wouldn’t be without them. Too often people forget to protect their hair in the sun, and being a brunette, my hair gets insanely hot so I rely on these products to keep my precious strands (all 200 million of them) soft.
Tangle Teezer! I don’t really know how I coped without this wondrous implement. It has changed my life in such a profound way and I no longer yelp when I hit a clump of matted knottiness. God, I’m so ladylike……
What do you turn to to save your hair? Do you use anything special in the sun?