Hey my loves,
Firstly, this isn’t sponsored or an ad, these products are products that I have either found when trying products out; or products that my amazing Stylist, Georgina from Hair Traffic, Belfast has recommended to me when I go in to get my hair cut and coloured with her once a month.
Disclaimer: I’m not a qualified Hair Stylist and I’d ask that you always double check product ingredients before purchase, especially if you have allergies or may have sensitive skin. I also just want to point out that some of the products used my not be for vegans, the products do contain royal jelly and honey.
I go to a Hair Stylist because over the years my hair has been a mixiblob of colours and it got to the point where only my roots would take on the colour. I ended up having a bleach bath with my Stylist, I cannot stress enough that you go get this done professionally or by a professional, do not use the products you can buy in the chemist as it can actually damage your hair more.
So, as you can see from my featured image, my hair is now a gorgeous copper red. My hair is super soft and shiny, everyone that knows me knows I pride myself on having soft, silky hair because I’m a “twister” (I twist my hair around my finger if I’m nervous, tired or deep in thought). I actually only wash my hair once a week but do a good, thorough wash, condition and hair mask. I notice the first time I wash my hair after it’s been done, it’s soo dry.
So, first off the products, I use to wash, condition and mask my hair. If you have me on Instagram (if, you don’t check my follow links on my homepage) you will have seen me mention one of these products, before.
Shampoo – Garnier Ultimate Blends Shampoo, The Strength Restorer, RRP £2.00 (400ml), Amazon.
This shampoo smells AMAZING. It is the best shampoo I have ever used. I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about it. My hair is super soft, silky and smells incredible when I use this and that’s before I use conditioner or hair masks. Such a bargain on Amazon so I’ll definitely be repurchasing it from there when it runs out. You can also buy a 600ml bottle for £4.49.
I bring my wet tangle brush into the shower with me and will brush the shampoo through, then rub the shampoo in from roots to tip to make sure all of my hair gets treated.
I suffer with dry scalp, I’ve had it since my mother thought I’d nits (I didn’t, it was dandruff) and thought putting raw liquid Paraffin on my hair would kill them. Of course, my aunt found out and rushed down to get it off my head before I lost all my hair. It must be scarred, but who knows.
Conditioner – Garnier Ultimate Blends Conditioner, The Strength Restorer, RRP £2.00 (360ml), Amazon.
I use the same brand of conditioner to condition my hair. I’ll use my detangle brush, again and brush the conditioner through. I then pin it up and go about my shower routine (scrubbing the dead skin off, shaving, washing etc.) which takes about 10minutes, then I rinse it off thoroughly. Amazon is killing it lately with bargain prices following Prime Day. This is available on Amazon Pantry, not sure if only Prime users can buy from there, so please check in advance.
My hair is really soft and silky after this, I’m really careful about looking after my hair. My hair is really thick so I tend to lose a good bunch when I wash it, sometimes it freaks me out slightly. However, I know that it’s natural for this to happen given the amount of styling, heat and general wear and tear our hairs go through on a day to day basis. My hair is naturally wavy, so it can become a bit tatty when washing or rinsing my hair which is why I use my detangle brush.
Hair Mask – Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures, Strength Restorer Balm RRP £3.33 (300ml), Boots.
My final step before I dry is my hair mask when these first came out you could only
get them in little triangle sachets, like these. I’ve since discovered that you can now get them in good sized pots. I got my pot from Boots for £3.33. They also do the shampoo and conditioner there, too.
You don’t need very much of this, I use what I think would be an equivalent of a tablespoon and work it up from my ends to my roots. I use my detangle brush to make sure I haven’t missed any stray hairs. I only leave the mask on for 5 minutes and then rinse it off thoroughly.
I towel dry my hair and then focus on the heat protection products that I use to make sure any damage is minimal. Again, this is just what I use to help protect my hair from damage, it may not be for everyone and some people may think it’s a bit overkill, but this is what I use and I’m complimented so much on my hair and it’s something I am very proud of.
I use three products before I even look at my hair dryer, I usually do this in the same order as I am about to write. You could try one if you want and see how you get on with it.
The first product I use I have also mentioned on my Instagram and I still swear by it almost 2 years later.
Beauty Protect & Detangle Spray – RRP £21.50 (236ml), Birchbox.
I spray this on my ends, right up to my roots which is usually 5 sprays at a
distance. It smells so good if anyone can tell me what that fragrance is then I’ll love you forever as I wish I could bottle it. I then use my trusty detangling brush and brush it through before going on to my next step.
Now when I bought this product on Birchbox, it was only £19.99. It is very pricey, but you can get a smaller bottle for cheaper on their site. I got the big one as I’d already tried it and knew I loved it.
Milkshake Leave in Conditioner – RRP £14.50 (350ml), Amazon.
The next product I use is the one my Stylist recommended to me. It’s Milkshake’s Leave-in Spray Conditioner, I always think of banana’s when I use this, I think it’s the colour of it as there isn’t any banana’s in it. The price stated above is the price on Amazon, which is the cheapest place I have found it so far. The Milkshake website sells it for £16.79 if you prefer to purchase it there.
I keep it at arm’s length and spray my ends to my roots then brush through like I did with the other detangle spray. My Stylist really recommends leave-in conditioners for anyone who dyes their hair and/or uses a lot of heat on their hair. One thing I love about these sprays is you don’t get that tacky feeling you get when you touch most sprays or serums.
My final product before blow-drying is another spray.
Tresemmé Expert Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray – RRP £7.24 (200ml), Amazon.
Another Tresemmé product that I use and love as it has Keratin Oil in it. I use this
sparingly on my dry hair, as I don’t like my hair to feel heavy with product, you know like when you use a mousse? So, I keep this at arm’s length and spray a few spritzes on my ends and roots. Again, Amazon seems to be the cheapest place to get it.
The next and final product is one that my Stylist uses with Milkshake’s Leave-in Conditioning spray. This is also a heat productive product, but this one is a serum and also helps with volume. Despite my hair being super thick, it doesn’t seem to have much volume after I straighten it and I am not a fan of backcombing as that is just a nightmare I don’t wanna have to detangle.
Tresemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist Spray – RRP £5.52 (125ml), Amazon.
I bought this spray in ASDA for £6.10, but you can buy it on Amazon for £5.52. I
bought it purely because I ran out of my Pantene serum and like to switch up my products once I run out, so I can give other products a try.
This smells like the normal Tresemmé smell which I also love mixed with coconut. Once I’ve sprayed this on my roots and upwards (I only use a little of this as I do find it can be quite heavy on your hair) and then blow dry my hair. One thing I need to mention is that I don’t use the highest heat to dry my hair, I use a cooler temperature, it still takes me just as long to dry my hair as it would if the temperature was hotter, but with hopefully less damage.
Once my hair is dry I move on to my final two products, one of which my Stylist recommends and one I’ve used forever. I tie half my hair up and focus on the bottom section of hair to straighten it before moving on to the top section. I’m only going to go through what I do as a generalised guide, this is just how I’ve done it.
Schwarzkopf Osis + Upload Volume Cream – RRP £8.91 (200ml) on Amazon.
This is the only product I use that leaves a slightly tacky feeling on your hands so I’d suggest keeping your towel handy. I usually use two small dollops of this and rub my hands together, once it’s quite warm I work it from the roots down to the ends and any additional product leftover I’ll use on my ends or wipe off. Again, this can be bought on Amazon far cheaper than anywhere else. I swear this isn’t sponsored!
Once I’ve done this I finally straighten my hair, I do keep my Cloud 9 straighteners on a high heat, just because that’s what I’ve always done and my hair is super wavy so I want to make sure it’s poker straight, just how I like it.
That’s it, folks, that’s the products I use to keep my hair silky, soft and shiny despite using colourant and heat tools on it. I am not a fan of hairspray or dry shampoo, I have used both in the past, but I’ve gotten my hair into a routine now where I don’t need to wash it as often which is better for your hair. I also don’t straighten my hair every day, or I try not to, but I do brush it in the morning and in the evening as part of my evening routine.
I have been contacted by a company named Look Vine that will be featuring me in their latest blog and Instagram story, please go have a look and check out their Instagram (not sponsored).
Hope you enjoyed this.
N – xox