I’m rubbish with my hair. Like, really rubbish. I pretty much own shampoo, conditioner, a hair mask and some dry shampoo and that’s all I need. But I guess I’m a little high maintenance in some respects as I do use three different shampoos and two different hair masks over a two week period. And I own way more. Yes, I am high maintenance with my hair.
Let me explain…
I royally messed up my hair about two and a half years ago, as I’ve mentioned before and it’s finally in a good place again. But I’m not about to destroy it again, so I try to keep it in the best condition possible so that I don’t have to go back to a bob (which definitely accentuates my second and third chins).
I wash my hair once every three days, dry shampoo my hair once every three days and use a hair mask once or twice a week (depending on how much pampering I feel I deserve…so let’s say twice a week). But I rarely use the same products each time. For argument’s sake, let’s say I was my hair five times a fortnight.
A normal wash doesn’t need anything special in my opinion, and recently I’ve been using the Aussie Beach Mate shampoo and conditioner, although before this it was usually the L’Oreal Fibrology range. I love the scent of the Aussie offering; sort of like bubblegum but nowhere near as sickly, although I wish it hung around after washing it off. I tend to use these products on washes 1, 2 and 4 as they’re not super expensive or going to do any damage to my hair if I use them frequently.
Every third wash, I reach for the Pro:Voke Liquid Blonde Range* as I have naturally fair hair that needs a little bit of help to give it some depth. The Colour Activating Treatment Shampoo and the Intense Shine Conditioner are designed to tone, refresh and boost shine in highlighted, multi-tonal blonde hair. This shampoo seriously brightens my hair, and I like to reach for this when I know I’m going somewhere and want my hair to look salon fresh.
And every fifth wash I like to cleanse my hair a little. I used to use the Boots Expert Remover shampoo for the job until they discontinued it (thanks for hurting me, Boots…I trusted you) but I spotted the Toni & Guy Cleanse Shampoo For Fine Hair on offer in Sainsbury’s a couple of months ago and it does pretty much the same job. After using this, my hair definitely feels lighter and cleaner, and I definitely think it’s important to give your hair a decent cleanse every now and again. It completely depends on how much product you put in your hair on how often you should use a cleansing shampoo but as I used dry shampoo fairly regularly I like to use this frequently. There is also a conditioner that comes in the range which I am very tempted to pick up.
Dry shampoo, how I love you. One day I’m sure I’ll write a post titled ‘An Ode To Dry Shampoo’ as it really is my best friend. Like everyone, I was a huge lover of Batiste, but mainly because it was the only one on the market. When Colab came out I fell in love with that, but I think I’ve found the dry shampoo for me. The Toni & Guy Reboost Dry Shampoo literally hides all signs of grease and makes it look like you have fresh (okay, maybe second day) hair. Which is what I’ve been looking for in a dry shampoo for years! Okay, so maybe not exact version as it gives insane volume, but I’ve been out and purchased the Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo and it does exactly what I need it to do. If you’re in a rut with your dry shampoo, push the boat out and treat yourself to Toni & Guy.
The first hair mask I reach for is the Herbal Essences Bee Strong hair mask, which I’ve been using for two and a half years now, and spoke about briefly in my previous hair care post. I’ve got through so many different hair masks in my time, but this one proves that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get decent quality.
The other hair mask I’ve been reaching for a lot is the Salon Science Ceullintensive Masqsue* which is fantastic for restoring volume to fine, damaged hair by using Swiss Apple Stem Cell technology. This is a little pricier than the Herbal Essences mask, but the difference it makes is huge. My hair doesn’t look flat and there is added shine – bonus! I don’t like to use this too frequently, but when my hair needs a pick me up then this is what I reach for.
So yes, I have high maintenance hair for somebody who ties it up for work every single day. But I love to try out new hair products almost as much as I love to try new makeup! Have you tried any of these products? Let me know what your favourites are.
*THIS POST CONTAINS PRODUCTS GIFTED FOR PR PURPOSES BUT ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. MY FULL DISCLAIMER CAN BE FOUND HERE.