I don't know about anyone else, but after winter my hair is officially frazzled. I hardly ever use heat on my hair but in winter it sometimes has to be done to avoid arriving home at then end of the day with the bubonic plague. Now it's Spring, or now some days the weather is hinting at Spring, I am working on damage control left by winter.
My first problem is that with all this exercise I am constanly a sweaty mess, so washing my hair more often is a must. It's a bit of a pain in the bum actually because I can literally leave my hair 5 days without it getting greasy. The pro's of massive bush hair. But now if I'm going out in the evening my hair needs a wash, so the hair dryer has come back out. So my first hair saving product is the reasonably obvious, heat protection:
|Aussie Dual Personality Heat Protection + For Straightening Leave-In Spray (what a mouth full!). £3.99 from Superdrug.|
I never used to be that fussed about heat protection and now I'm dealing with some seriously dry ends as a consequence. I particularly like this one because it's not sticky like some other brands. To be honest I've got no idea how these products work, so I couldn't say I definitely know it's working. However, the top 3/4 of my hair isn't dry at all, so from a non-expert stance it appears to be doing the job.
Now my new hair isn't dry, it's time to focus on the frazzled ends. I am exaggerating a bit. I don't even know if it's possible to have super shiny ends, but I'm willing to try. ;) I know if I had the bottom 2 inches of my hair cut off it'd be loads better, but I'm trying to grow it. Don't panic, I still have little bits trimmed, but I can't bare to part with lots at once. As I've practically sold my soul to beauty blogs and videos, the next product won't come as a surprise:
|Macadamia Natural Oil - Healing Oil Spray. 125ml. £13.10 from Cheapsmells.com|
Macadamia oil, and many other hair oils, have been all the rage in the beauty world for the past year, give or take. As a rule they're quite expensive. I got quite a sizeable sample in the one of Boudoir Prive box they did at Christmas, before becoming Jolie Box. As an avid 'bun on top of head' wearer, this stuff is great to just coat all over my ends then whack it up. It immediately makes the hair feel softer and smoother as it claims to. Plus it says it protects. I've no idea what from, but hey that's another layer of 'hair help' and I'm all for it. It is a bit more pricey than I'd like, seeing as I do smother the bottom 3 inches of my hair in it, but you get what you pay for. Plus the cheapsmells price is about half the RRP, so I can't complain too much.
Those two are the basics my hair really needs. But, it is nice to have a treat every so often; after winter my scalp is suffering as well. You've got to love the colder months for sapping all the moisture out of your body. The next product I would say is my 'hair care secret'. I've not heard it talked about and I've no idea why..:
|Origins Rich Rewards Intensive Moisture Treatment - For Scalp and Hair. £14 from John Lewis.|
This was a splurge. My head was in desperate need of some loving. I know Origins are sought after for facial moisturisers so I thought they'd be a safe bet. Having tried a Kerastase shampoo to treat my scalp and it making my skin itchy, I was a little hesitant to splash out again. Thank goodness I did. This literally smells of sour pears with a hint of pineapple. My mouth actually waters when I open it. You can use it as a conditioner, but for all over your hair, once a week. Or, what I do, you can rub it in your dry hair/on your dry head and leave it to sit for half an hour before you go in the shower and do your usual routine. You can feel it has worked before you even shampoo your hair. I can't rate this highly enough.
My routine is to put the Origins treatment on, bum around for half an hour, wash out my hair, towel dry, heat protectant if I'm blow drying, then Macadamia oil. And that's my hair repair tips for the Spring, so we can all have luscious hair for our Summer pics :)
What's your hair care secret? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know :)