After years of being fed with my thin and lifeless hair, its only within the last year or so that I’ve placed a larger importance on looking after and improving it. The best step I took was finding a hairdresser who I trust. He listens to my goals and helps me make them a reality. I’d had enough of putting up with hairdressers that take too much off the ends and make you want to cry. For a long while before I found my current saviour I spent so much time and money on products which promised me thickness, restoration, protection, shine.. the list goes on. It took a really long time for me to find products that actually work for me. I genuinely think that my hairdresser and my current routine have saved my hair, I’m so much happier with it and it has become so much thicker and healthier.
Before I talk about my routine I firstly have to introduce my new holy grail hair product: Olaplex. My hairdresser recommended this treatment to me the first time I ever saw him and I’ve had one every time since. I am completely obsessed and attribute so much of how much healthier my hair has become to this one brand. My salon charges £15 for the treatment alone but I now have it as a standard part of my appointment. Olaplex comes in different concentrations and my hairdresser gives me whichever he thinks I need depending on my hair that day. They also sell a take home formula which they name No3 for use once a week. This is slightly less concentrated but really has been doing amazing things for my hair. The No3 formula is £32 for 100ml which seems like a lot but honestly it’s so worth it and I’d really recommend trying it if you have colour treated hair.
My Hair Routine:
Day to day:
Everyone knows that over washing your hair is really bad for it; I try and wash mine every three days. This does depend on how hot it is and what I’ve been doing over those days and sometimes it needs to be washed after two. I try and mix up the shampoo and conditioning products to keep my hair guessing, but my favourite at the moment are the Bedhead Resurrection products, and Aussie products, in particular the Volume Shampoo, which I cannot recommend enough for anyone with fine hair.
Once my hair is washed I towel dry it with an old cotton t shirt. I then comb, (not brush, ever) through it. I then always use some kind of leave in conditioner, the one I’m using at the moment is the Schwarzkopf Gliss Liquid Silk. Sometimes I try and let my hair air-dry so that it gets a break from the heat. If I am blow drying I always use some kind of heat protector. I used to be so lazy with protection but consistency in using heat defense is what will save your hair.
Recently I’ve started taking one Boots own Skin Hair and Nails capsule per day. My friend recommended these and gave me hers. She said they were working so well for her that she couldn’t keep up with dying her hair so often! I never would have ordinarily tried these without the recommendation but I’ve genuinely noticed a difference. My hair seems to be growing much faster and is healthier.
At least once a week I use some kind of mask on my hair, I love the Osmo deep moisture mask and Aussie ones in general. I also love leaving coconut oil on the lengths and ends of my hair overnight before I wash it. This has really made a difference to the condition of my hair. I tend to alternate these and find that mixing them up is the best way to keep my hair healthy.
I try and get to the salon every six weeks. My hairdresser gets really booked up so I always book my next appointment every time I’m there. During the appointment I show him images of looks that I like; usually ones I’ve found on Instagram. He then offers up suggestions on what he can do. I trust him completely and basically let him take the reins. Every time I have an appointment I get an Olaplex treatment and colour, I’ve recently been going lighter.
I hope this has been helpful, I’d love to know if anyone else loves these products too.