So this post wasn’t planned, but rather a spur of the moment thing that came about as a result of a rather long Facebook group discussion. So, what’re the products I’ve got on hand to manage my mane and get some nice hair that lasts. Be warned a long, long post awaits you *I don’t use them all at the same time!*. Let’s start with washing I’ve recently made the move toward co-washing my hair with a cleansing conditioner and I’m giving it a month before I really make up my mind. Otherwise I like moisture packed conditioners or masks and volumising shampoos that have a clarifying kick to them. The line up right now includes the Palmer’s Olive Oil Cleansing Conditioner, Kloraine’s Mango Butter Shampoo & Conditioner as well as the John Frieda Volume Shampoo & Conditioner (this is the coloured hair version, it was picked up by accident). I alternate which one I use based on how my hair feels – a bit clogged down with products means I’ll reach for the John Frieda. Dry and frazzled? Palmer’s Cleansing Conditioner. If it’s in need of a clean with a boost of moisture then the Klorane for sure. My favourite intense hair mask is the Charles Worthington Salon at Home Moisture Seal Intense Rescue Melting Balm, you whack it on dry hair and wait 20-30 minutes before shampooing it out. Then let’s not forget dandruff, it happens, and when it strikes I like to use the Phyto Phytosylic Shampoo. It’s nice, gentle and get rids of dandruf nice and quick.Let’s talk post shower styling, these are all products I use on my hair right after the shower unlike the next category that are all for when it’s nice and dry. The Living Proof Prime Style Extender is great at keeping a style in for longer and gives some heat protection. Then comes the mousse I really like the Oribe Surfcomber for days when I’m intending on rocking my natural hair texture and air drying it or if I want extra boost at the roots, either way a little goes a long way. The John Frieda Volume Building Mousse is pretty good at giving some boost and body to hair. I was introduced to the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum at a hairdressers a while back and it’s awesome at making hair super soft and reducing frizz to a minimum, but be careful not to put on too much or you’ll become a greasy mess.
Lastly there’s the Uniq One that’s a detangler, leave in conditioner and a bunch of other stuff at the same time. I don’t love it, but it’s nice and it does the job. The smell isn’t to my liking, and it’s very ease to over use it. I’ve raved about the Bumble & Bumble Invisible Hairdressers Oil Primer before, the smell is bomb and it leaves my hair super soft after use. I reach for it before I apply any hot tools to my hair, whether for styling my entire hair or touching up on day three.The Oribe Dry Texturising Spray doesn’t need me to add more hype to it, a magical mix of dry shampoo and hair spray it’ll take your hair from meh to woah in a few spritzes. Big Sexy Hair’s Volumising Dry Shampoo is similar, it gives a load of texture and volume (back comb in a bottle!) while sucking up all the greasy oils that are around by day three. Charles Worthington Salon at Home Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray is a nice little thing, a bit more stick than I’d like and the smell can be overwhelming if you’re not a fan of sweet scents. Living Proof Flex hair spray, I’ve got a little half size from a holiday set, is very nice and nothing like your traditional hair spray. It’s got a bit of give but keep style in place, I like to spray a bit in the ends of my hair for added texture and around the front bits of my face to make sure the curls-waves there stay. got2b Powder’ful volumising styling powder is something that I picked up on a post flight browse in CVS; it certainly gives volume when applied at the roots but it gives a very matte finish and feels a little heavy. I reserve it for use on the day before I wash my hair or for emergency’s of the flat hair kind. Living Proof Instant Texture Mist is nice, it’s a bit wet but it delivers texture in a different way to pressurised texturising sprays, it gives some crunch (in a good way) and groups some sections together with a bit of wave thrown in. Lastly, there’s the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, the smell of this reminds me of summer and fun, this gives hair texture and wave with that dry feeling only a salt spray provides. The perfect 2nd or 3rd day add in for some tousled cool girl hair
I usually use a primer/mouse/serum combo in my hair, let it air dry and then go in with the GHD‘s. I never straighten my hair, but rather like the GHD curls. I go for random sized sections and switch the directions as I feel so it looks more natural. When I’m finished I’ll spray some texturising spray/surf spray/hair spray into it and tousle it further. I touch up on days 2,3,4 as needed and wash every 4 days. Rinse, repeat.
What do you use in your hair? Got some recommendations for me?