My hair is a security blanket. If my hair is not right, I feel off. I’m not bringing my best self to the table. I’m not the woman I want to be. It sounds silly, vapid, vain. Maybe it is. But I don’t think I’m the only one. Bad hair day = bad day. Right? So it’s important that we’re well equipped with the products that will give us our very best hair, day in day out.
Here are three haircare products that I currently can’t be without. If any of them run out you best believe I’m down the shops (aka doing an online order from the comfort of my bed) pretty sharpish…
If you’ve read this blog before then this might start to sound like a broken record. If you have blonde hair that’s highlighted, balayage, ombre, box-dyed (we don’t judge) and you prefer to keep it on the light, ashy side, rather than the all too familiar brassy side, then you’ll likely be no stranger to a purple shampoo. The Bleach London Silver Shampoo is the most effective one I’ve tried for keeping my blonde light and bright. The colour is a very deep dark purple (be careful not to get it on the bathroom tiles) which I think makes it all the more powerful.
I use this about once a week as a toner, before my regular shampoo and condition, and it keeps my colour looking fresh even when I haven’t had it done in well over 6months.
Sidenote: please do not make the mistakes I, still occasionally, do and make sure you wash your silver shampoo out thoroughly. On more than one occasion I have had to wash my scalp the next day after leaving it bright purple. Rookie mistake that a non-rookie like me should no longer be making.
If your hair is prone to breakage, either from colour, heat or just general weakness, then you need this in your life. I went through a stage not too long ago where my hair was snapping off at the ends, the underside of my hair was noticeably broken, and it was very weak. Me and my hair were not friends, (I think it was a combo of dodgy hairdressers and heat damage). After coming to the end of my tether I researched a few hair treatments and this had some rave reviews.
I will be honest at first this was a bit of a hair splurge. For me it seemed like a lot of money when there are so many affordable hair masks and leave-in treatments around. But this actually works. It doesn’t just condition the surface of the hair but it actually helped dramatically in preventing my hair from breaking further and restoring it to creating the thick, strong, hair of my pre-damaged youth.
I smooth this through my wet hair before drying and the protein and ceramide helps strengthen the weak areas whilst also leaving it shiny. Like a horses mane, if you will.
Maybe one day when I’m feeling flush (a girl can dream) I’ll look at trying out some of the other products in this range because if they are as good as this then guys, we are on to a winner.
I know there are mixed opinions out there about dry shampoo.
‘Just wash your hair!’ – Lol, no. When you have thick ass hair that numerous hairdressers have told you ‘really holds in the water’ you don’t have the time or energy to wash and dry your hair every evening.
‘Then just let it air dry’ – you mean go to bed with wet hair and wake up with slightly less wet hair with added frizz? No thank you.
Since living and working in London my hair gets noticeably more greasy, more quickly. By day 2 of spending 90 minutes a day on the tube I’m a certified greaseball. I’m Greased Lightning. So sorry guys but sometimes I do have to rely on a dry shampoo to get me through, especially if it’s a busy week of late evenings and events.
Batiste is my favourite. It’s a classic. No other dry shampoos, in this price range, can compare. It does exactly what I need it to. Sometimes I mix it up a bit with the scent if I’m feeling WILD but usually I go for ‘Blush’. It soaks up the grease and gives a bit volume too which is very welcome.
Shampoo and conditioner wise I am not too fussy. For me it’s not something I like to spend that much money on. I usually go for something that’s on offer in Boots. My current go-to is the Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures as I find it leaves my hair feeling particularly smooth, soft and strong. Just what I’m after.
What are your haircare must haves?