Haircare is something I’ve often slacked in, I’ve had my bog standard shampoo and conditioner and that was that. It wasn’t until I started using decent products that I realised how much of a difference they make to my hair. I’m a blonde and tend to have highlights put in, so bleach is no stranger to my hair. I also use a lot of heat when styling. So it’s safe to say my hair needs a hell of a lot of TLC!
Olaplex is a big name in the hair world, and I can safely say it lives up to the hype. However, be warned it is expensive. I currently use Olaplex no.3 hair perfector, £26 for the tiny 100ml bottle does hurt my heart a little, but wow the stuff is amazing! It’s a weekly bond rebuilding treatment, that you leave in for 10 minutes before shampooing. A bit time consuming, but if you do it alongside everything else that you may need to do (face mask, shaving, throw in a foot mask while you’re at it) , you can turn it into a pamper evening. I also have been using Olaplex no.5, which is a conditioner. This is slightly bigger at 250ml, making the £26 more worth while.
I’ve recently been introduced to the brand Philip Kingsley and to be honest it’s a bit of a game changer. I’ve tried a lot of their products and I’ve really enjoyed them all, but to save boring you, I’ll talk you through my top three. The Elasticizer treatment is my new favourtie product ever. It’s very similar to Olaplex no.3 but slightly more affordable version at £34 for 150ml. It’s again a pre shampoo treatment, and great for adding moisturiser and strength to your hair. I’ve been using this once a week and my hair is feeling incredible and I’ve definitely noticed it growing. Another product for adding strength is the Leave in Conditioning Daily Defence Treatment . I use this after washing my and towel trying my hair. It gives my hair a boost of hydration and I love how it also provides daily defence, as heat is very prominent in my hair styling. Using both this and the Elasticizer treatment, my hair has never felt so soft!! The Body Building shampoo has become my go to shampoo. I’ve been using it every time I shower. I have quite fine hair, so this is great for adding a bit of volume and thickness. I’m hoping now I’ve started to use this regularly I’ll notice a big difference in the thickness.
If you’re looking for a cheaper moisturising product I’ve been really enjoy Bed Head by Tigi Colour Goddess hair mask treatment. It’s currently £15.50 for 200g. Although this is great for keeping colour and shine to your hair, I’m also really enjoying it as a deep conditioning treatment for adding extra softness.
Blonde hair means purple shampoo, the two go hand in hand. My favourtie purple shampoo is the L’Oreal Elvive, it’s at a affordable price and does the perfect job of neutralising the warm tones. I use this once or twice a fortnight, not too often to avoid a colour build up. If I want a stronger colour I’ll use the Wella Colour Charm t14 toner. Whilst we’ve been in Lockdown I may have taking some bleach to my hair a couple of times.. This toner has been a life savour with achieving a great colour. I mix it with 20 volume developer and leave it in for about half an hour. This is permanent colour so you need to be a little careful with it, but certainly a great toner to get more of an ashy look.
My hair is naturally a bit frizzy and wavy, so I quite often use heat to style. As much as I’m trying to cut down my heat use I still use it regularly when I’m making an effort. To be honest I just use a drug store standard heat protector before I apply any heat. I’m currently using TreSemme Heat defence and it seems to do the job for me! I lightly spray it in and brush it through making sure the majority of my hair has some on.
Do let me know if you have any hair care recommendations.