Earlier this year I stopped having my hair coloured at home, and started having it done at The Loft Salon in Mansfield instead. Since doing so, I’ve found that my hair is in the best condition it’s been in in a long while, and this has led me to enjoy taking care of my hair again.
For today’s post, I thought I’d talk a little bit about my hair care routine and all of the lovely products that I’m currently using, as I think they’re amazing and work really well. I hope you enjoy having a read.
MY HAIR CARE ROUTINE
OK, so I have very fine, bleached blonde hair which is fairly long. I usually wash it twice a week, but sometimes it can look a little dull or greasy, so I have to wash it more often. When I do wash it, I try not to use too many products at once. I basically just shampoo all of my hair and then condition just the lengths so as not to weigh it down. Then once a week I try to use a silver shampoo to eliminate any brassiness and brighten my hair up. And sometimes I’ll treat myself to a hair mask too. But that’s pretty much it for wet products.
When I turn the shower off, I wrap a towel around my hair and then gently squeeze it to get any excess water out. And then I’ll either let it air dry, or pop some heat protection spray in and blow-dry it straight. And that’s it. It’s really quick and easy, but it works well for me.
MY CURRENT FAVOURITE HAIR CARE PRODUCTS
As I mentioned before, I don’t use loads of different products in my hair. But the ones I do use work fantastically for me. Some of them are designed specifically for bleached blonde hair, so if you think you might have hair like mine I think you’ll really like them.
When it comes to shampoo and conditioner, I have to admit that I’m not particularly loyal to any one specific brand. And I’ve recently been using a couple of products from a brand I’d never heard of before: Bramley. The shampoo combines lemon, mandarin, and rosemary oils. Not only does this shampoo smell delicious, but when used with the matching conditioner, it leaves my hair feeling super soft, manageable and in great condition. It lathers up really well, so I find I don’t use too much when I wash my hair. And I can see myself repurchasing this when I run out as it’s just fantastic.
The Bramley Shampoo with Lemon, Mandarin and Rosemary comes in 3 different sizes: 50ml, 100ml, and 250ml and costs £3.00, £6.00, and £12.00 respectively. I think this makes it a really affordable brand that delivers premium results. I’ve been super impressed with them.
Just like the shampoo, the Bramley conditioner I’ve been using combines lemon, mandarin, and rosemary oils. I really like it as it isn’t as thick as a lot of the other conditioners I’ve used in the past, but it does just as good a job. When used with the matching shampoo it leaves my hair super soft, and I really like that as it’s not something that happens to my hair very often! I’ll definitely be repurchasing this particular conditioner. And I’m hoping to pick up some other products from Bramley to try as well as they seem like such a great brand.
The Bramley Conditioner with Lemon, Mandarin and Rosemary also comes in 50ml, 100ml, and 250ml sizes, and cost £3.00, £6.00, and £14.00 respectively. In my opinion, it’s worth every single penny. Well done, Bramley!
The one downside to having my hair coloured on a regular basis is that it can often end up looking a little brassy. So to combat this I use a silver shampoo once a week, which helps to eliminate the brassy tones and brightens up my hair at the same time. I don’t tend to stick to using the same silver shampoo every time, and at the moment I’m using PRO:VOKE’s Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo, which is a bright purple liquid which I use in place of my regular shampoo once a week. Once I’ve rinsed it out, I follow with a little conditioner. And, hey presto, I have lovely, fresh looking locks.
PRO:VOKE’s Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo is an absolute bargain at £3.19 for 150ml, and as I only use it once a week, one bottle easily lasts a couple of months. Silver shampoo can be used on blonde, platinum and silver hair, and really helps to brighten it up. The only downside to it is that it has more of a chemical scent to it than regular shampoo does, so if that bothers you then you might not like it. I actually quite like the smell though, and highly recommend this particular shampoo on the whole.
Once a week I try to use a hair mask on my hair. And I recently repurchased Maria Nila’s Luminous Colour Masque that I first discovered through Glossybox many years ago. I’d completely forgotten how much I loved this mask until I started using it again, and what I do is apply it to freshly shampooed hair, leave it in for 2-3 minutes, and then rinse it out. This helps to really brighten up my hair in between salon visits, and it leaves it feeling soft, smooth, and super manageable!
The Maria Nila Luminous Colour Masque is made with 100% vegan ingredients, is sulphate and paraben free, and its colour guard complex works brilliantly to preserve the colour in the hair. Oh, and it smells great too – really fresh and zesty. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
I bought this tub directly from the Glossybox website, as I couldn’t find anywhere else that had it in stock, and it costs £18.95 for 250ml. This might seem quite pricey, but a little bit goes a long way, so one tub should last me quite a while.
One of the things that really irritates me about my hair is just how knotty it tends to get, especially when wet. It’s a nightmare! For years I’d dread having to brush through my hair after washing it. But then I discovered Unite’s 7 Seconds Leave in Conditioner, and it’s been a real game changer! I spritz some of this through my hair after getting out of the shower, and then when I come to brush through it I find that the brush (or comb) glides through it with relative ease.
Over the years I’ve tried lots of leave in conditioners/detangling sprays like this one, but none of them worked as well as this one does. I’ve been using this particular product ever since Oscar was a baby (so around 4 years) and I think the fact that I’ve continued to purchase it, despite it being quite an expensive product, is a real testament to just how good it is. My 13-year-old daughter, Stacey, swears by it too. I know she’s recommended it to a lot of her friends over the last couple of years.
Unite’s 7 Seconds Leave In Conditioner comes in a handy spray bottle and costs £19.00 for 8oz. One bottle usually lasts me around 6-8 months as I have very fine hair, so find I don’t need to use too much in one go for it to work well.
Next up I have a heat protection spray. And this particular one is actually quite a new addition to my collection – Schwarzkopf’s got2b Guardian Angel Heat Protection Spray. I picked this up on a bit of a whim when I was in Savers earlier this month, and I’ve got to say, I’ve been really impressed with it so far. I mean, I don’t use heat on my hair very often as I like to air dry my hair whenever possible, and it’s naturally quite straight, so I don’t need to use my straightener very often. But whenever I do use heat, I make sure I spritz in a fair amount of heat protection spray so I’m potentially not doing too much damage to it.
Anyway, Schwarzkopf’s got2b Guardian Angel Heat Protection Spray is really affordable, costing around £4.00 for 200ml. It smells really nice and seems to tame any frizz I may have before styling my hair, which is a bonus. According to the blurb on the bottle, the product is designed to protect hair from heat up to 220°C, and since using it I’ve not come across any problems at all. It seems to be protecting my hair just fine, and it doesn’t leave any nasty residue in my hair or anything like that. I really like it, and would purchase again.
I’m giving an honourable mention to this next product as I’ve sadly run out of it so can’t actually photograph it to show you what it looks like – *sob*. The product in question is Moroccanoil’s Glimmer Shine Spray, which I use on the ends of my hair whenever I curl it. Basically, it’s a finishing spray that attracts and reflects light to give hair a gorgeous gloss. Infused with argan oil, vitamins and antioxidants, it creates an invisible veil of pure, luminous shine which helps protect hair against environmental elements such as the sun, salt water and chlorine. And it enhances my highlights just beautifully. I need to replace mine ASAP as I’m missing using it!
On to brushes now, and the first one I’m going to be talking about is my absolute fave – the Liscio Detangling Brush from a brand called Alfa Italia. I’m not going to lie here, one of the main reasons I love this brush is the beautiful rose gold colour. But it also does a great job of brushing through my knotty hair as well.
So, I was sent the Liscio Detangling Brush to try out earlier in the year, and my first impressions of it weren’t anything to really write home about. It brushed through my hair just fine, and in my opinion, it looked and worked a lot like a Tangle Teezer. And at £9.95 it even has a similar price point to it. However, when I went back to using my trusty Tangle Teezer I realised just how much better this particular product was. And yes, you did just read that right. I think it’s better than the Tangle Teezer. Eek!
As I mentioned before, I have really fine hair that gets incredibly knotty. So it’s important for me to use a brush that’s going to glide through my hair without causing me to wince in pain every few seconds. But at the same time, I want it to be quite gentle so it doesn’t do any damage to my hair. And that’s what I like about the Liscio Detangling Brush. The bristles on it feel a lot softer than the ones on the Tangle Teezer do, and I don’t seem to lose as much hair when I’m brushing it either. Using it has cut down on the amount of time I spend brushing my hair each day, as it tackles the tangles with ease. And it’s compact enough to throw into my handbag when I’m out and about.
I absolutely love it and have recommended it to pretty much all of my friends and family, as well as raving about it in a few different blog posts. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it if you’ve ever used it. I can’t see myself ever using another brush for everyday hair brushing now!
Next up, I have a wide tooth comb I got in an Umberto Giannini gift set many years ago, but didn’t start using until I started having my hair coloured at The Loft and saw Carol (the lovely lady who does my hair) using a similar comb when she was blow-drying my hair. Anyway, it’s basically a wide tooth comb that I now comb through my hair with whenever I’m blasting it with my hairdryer until it’s completely knot free. And that’s pretty much it! I don’t know what else to say other than it does a good job.
As far as I can tell, this comb isn’t available to buy anymore. But places like Amazon have similar combs in stock at super low prices. So if you’re after one you should definitely be able to pick one up fairly cheap.
And the final brush that I use and love is one that I’ve been repurchasing for a good 15 years or so now. And that’s a pretty basic barrel brush from Boots. I like that these are super easy to grip while I’m blow-drying my hair, and the bristles are lovely and soft, so they don’t cause any damage to it.
I find that by using barrel brushes when blow-drying my hair, I get a nice bit of lift at the roots, where my hair would otherwise be completely flat to my head. It also eliminates the need to straighten my hair afterwards, so I’m not using too much heat in one go. As I have super fine hair, I tend to go for quite a slim barrel brush, and these cost around £9.99 at Boots nowadays. They do last for ages though, and I probably repurchase every couple of years.
And last, but not least, I have a couple of tools that I use on a fairly regular basis. The first of these is my Cherry Red Diva Dynamica 3400 Pro Chromatix Hair Dryer that I got sent to try around 3 or 4 years ago now. And I’ve got to be honest and say it’s by far the best hair dryer I’ve ever owned! I literally used to replace my hair dryers every 18 months to 2 years and expected to have to do the same with this one as I’d never heard of Diva before. But it’s really surprised me and is still as powerful today as it was when it was brand new. Can you believe it?!
The Cherry Red Diva Dynamica 3400 Pro Chromatix Hair Dryer retails £59.99, which I think is a great price for something that works so brilliantly. It has 4 heat settings, 2 speed settings, and comes with 2 different nozzles for drying the hair. Since owning this particular hair dryer, I’ve learnt that these are usually what are used in salons up and down the country, and it’s not very hard to see why. They dry the hair super fast, are a lot more lightweight than other hair dryers I’ve owned in the past, and they come in a wide range of different colours too, so there’s bound to be something to suit everyone.
I know my daughter Stacey is after a new hair dryer at the moment. And I’m super tempted to buy her a Diva one as they really are a fantastic brand. I’ve noticed there is a massive selection of hair dryers available at Capital Hair and Beauty, so she might get a nice surprise for her birthday next month. I’m sure she’d love a raspberry coloured one, and I’d rather get her something that’s going to last her a good few years, than something that will last just a few short months. What do you think?
And whenever I’m in the mood to curl or straighten my hair I use the absolutely awesome Braun Satin Hair 7 SensoCare Styler. I really like this particular product as when you first set it up, it saves important information on the condition of your hair, which helps it heat up to the right temperature for you when you’re using it. How cool is that?!
I love how quickly and easily this styler glides through my hair to straighten it, and how lovely it curls my hair too. Since getting my hands on this a couple of years ago I’ve barely used any of my other styling tools. Why would I when this one does it all? I just love it! Oh, and in the past when I’ve used a flat iron I’ve found they’ve left a nasty kink in my hair, whereas this one doesn’t. It just looks lovely, sleek, and natural.
The Braun Satin Hair 7 SensoCare Styler retails at £89.99, and in my opinion, it’s worth every penny. I’d actually been saving up for some GHD’s when I got these, but since then I’ve not bothered about getting any. These are everything I’ve ever wanted and more. I can’t imagine being without them. They’re definitely worth a try if you’re on the lookout for a new styling tool!
And there you have it – my hair care routine and favourite products. I hope you guys enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed sharing my thoughts on all the lovely products I’m currently using.
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