One question I often get asked is why. The amount of bleach my hair has seen this year should have caused it to fall apart, the previous 4 years of intensive colouring have hardly been kind to it either so why hasn't my hair fallen out? Well the first answer is probably because I have a LOT of hair. As a child I sported a delightful gold afro and looked a lot like Elsa the lion. As i've grown up I have learnt how to tame it but my 'just got out of bed' hair takes me straight back to looking like king of the jungle. I brushed my hair out in front of my darling boyfriend the other day and he informed me I looked like his dog (part poodle, may I add) after a brushing.
Another reason I am yet to one day find my entire head of hair coming off with one tug of a brush is that I look after it. In between punishing it with horrendous amounts of dye I generally pander to my hairs needs and lavish a lot of money on making sure it's in tip top condition and I don't aggravate its already fragile state. So as I have shared every step of my hair's journey with you I thought I'd share its recovery too and compile a list of my favourite hair saviours!
Now John Frieda is a man who knows a thing or too about hair. From Frizz Ease to Go Blonder his products are some of the best on the market and for the job they do they are reasonably priced. My mother is my personal hair and beauty icon and she owns almost every product in his range that matches her hair type and in between weeping 'please stop bleaching your poor hair' she also suggested I investigate the full repair range.
These products aim to repair hair that has been damaged through colouring, over styling and heat. They also claim to add volume to hair which is something I always lose from mine after giving it a bleach battering. The range is simply limited to a shampoo and conditioner either. There's also a root lift, 2 different types of deep conditioning treatments, a heat protecting styling spray and a flyaway tamer which is a god send. After a lot of breakage from heat damage I often find my ends don't look as sleek and polished as they could but this little bad boys adds shine, tames my wild ends and repairs. Perfection.
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Colour
Whilst my main aim with my hair is to repair it I also want to maintain my colour for as long as possible whilst still giving it a much needed treat. Aussie products always have been some of my favourites and this is no exception. It really is a little miracle worker. 3 minutes with this and my hair is smoothed, de-tangled and my colour seems revitalised. A total tripal threat and well worth the money.
Toni and Guy Rapid Response Leave in Conditioner
Yes, more conditioners but that really is the key to good healthy hair. Toni and Guy are one of my most trusted hair care brands and this conditioner is no different. I leave a small amount of this in my hair if I'm letting it dry naturally because it not only smooths my split ends it also tames the frizz and fly aways that are the bane of my life! It also smells absolutely beautiful too which is always a bonus.
This little beauty, whilst it does look rather intimidating, is an absolute saviour. I've always suffered from hair that becomes knotted at a ridiculous rate, within seconds of brushing my hair it will be tangled again and the fact I rarely brush between washes means when it comes to brushing my hair it's similar to wading through treacle. I've tried many a de-tangling spray but these aren't ideal for when I'm not washing my hair afterwards and the don't prevent hair breakage either as it still requires a bit of a tug to get a comb through. The tangle teezer however is designed to gently un-knot the hair and prevent breaking. It delicately separates even the worst of my hair knots (often located at the back near the knape of my neck) and leave my hair ready to wash or restyle. At £8-12 you might think this is a bit pricey for a hairbrush but these contraptions are an absolute godsend!
L'Oreal Elnett Heat Protect Spray Curls
Whilst I am yet to invest in some of this myself as it is a relatively new product I used my mum's bottle of it whilst at home and was blown away. This protects hair to up to 230 Degrees whereas previous heat defence products I have used only manage around 180-210 and it also protects your style. Using this to protect my hair whilst blow drying and styling meant my hair barely felt the affects of my GHD's and it also kept my curls nice and wavy for 3 days as well as adding some much needed shine.
Toni and Guy Shine Spray
More Toni and Guy this time! In dying the ends of my hair a much lighter dirty blonde shade i've noticed that they lack the same gloss and shine that the darker half of my hair seems to have naturally. This is something other friends have had an issue with but there is a simple solution. This spray is lightweight, doesn't make hair look overly greasy but still adds a gorgeous bit of shine to my duller blonde ends. It also smells absolutely amazing so is also nice as a hair refresher.
Redken Refining Sea Polish
Now this one is a little strange. My hairdresser recommended it to me and when I first used it I felt a little bit wrong.It's a pumice based hair product. We're constantly being told not to aggravate our hair or do anything which would encourage breakage and then along come Redken with what is essentially a hair exfoliator. I was very sceptical at first but the stylist said it would help to remove product build up from my hair. As my hair takes a long time to get greasy I usually only wash it every 3 days however in this time I will use a lot of hair spray which does sometimes build up and not my hair. I don't use this product regularly but usually when one too many nights out means my hair is in a bad way and basically full of rubbish. Redken's hair polish solved this problem and lots of others. Whilst it does feel slightly strange in your hair and takes some effort to fully rinse out the results are entirely worth it!
So there are my top hair picks for looking after your locks whether damaged or not. This little team helps to keep my barnet in tip top condition and is the reason I still have a single hair on my head! If you guys have any other products you think I could investigate then let me know. I'm always up for hair treats and tricks.