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Hair Care & Tips! // Daily Routines ♥

Friday, 26 July 2013

WARNING: PRETTY LONG POST.
This post for me has been long overdue, but I have been struggling to get together products that really work for me and that I hope will work for some of you guys too, but finally this post is here. For all of you that don't know/don't read my blog much, I am growing my hair out which takes a lot of time and patience hence why I use SO many products. Please do not think you need to use all of them. Also, just to mention, I have very fine, thin and limp hair which has been very damaged a lot by bleaching in the past - I no longer dye my hair at all.
I use two different sets of shampoo, I wash my hair alternatively with them. 
1. I use Lee Stafford Hair Growth Shampoo and Lee Stafford Hair Growth Conditioner to do exactly what it says. They are very skeptical products but I can honestly say that these really have encouraged my hair to grow so much. They smell nice but are pretty drying on the ends of my hair.
2. I have done a review on these two products (see HERE) and I personally swear by the conditioner now! I find this give my hair the extra boost of moisture where as the Lee Staffords tend to dry my hair out slightly. Naked Rescue Shampoo (Intensive Care) and Naked Rescue Conditioner (Intensive Care) have actually changed my hair condition so much!
Once a week I will use the Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment which is just amazing. Not necessarily for hair growth but it makes me hair feel SO nice. You use it in between shampooing and conditioning and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. I often leave it on for about half an hour to an hour and honestly, it's just lovely. I have noticed an improvement in my hair growth but I have also been using the shampoo and conditioner in the same line.
After washing I apply:
1. Advanced Techniques Damage Repair Serum from Avon. At first I debated whether or not to include this because as you're using it, you can't really notice a difference, it's only when you don't use it you notice that it's not there. It's a very strange product but I do love it nonetheless. 
2. Advanced Techniques Moroccan Argon Oil also from Avon. I love this stuff, although I am guessing most Moroccan/Argon oil treatments all work the same and all leave the hair soft and replenished. This is the only one I've tried as it lasts forever!
3. I finally use Percy & Reed No Oil Oil and just scrunch this into my lengths and rub the access onto my roots at the top of my hair. I find this stuff amazing and is definitely worth every single penny. It just leaves such an effortless look.
If I know I'm going to be using heat on my hair which is very rare, I will use the Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Cream after washing my hair, whilst my hair is damp. I don't use this product regularly as I find it makes my hair go pretty limp after a nights sleep but it does an amazing job.
When my hair is pretty much dry, or when my hair feels a little bit... dry in the few days after washing  I tend to spritz on one of these three products:
1. Schwarzkopf Liquid Silk Leave In Conditioner as you can see this is a well loved product. It makes my hair so shiny and soft and really does condition it so well. It smells nice which is an added bonus. I've used this for years and I honestly cannot imagine life without it (sad I know).
2. Dove Nourishing Oil Care Leave In Conditioner is just amazing. It does exactly what it says. It nourishes, help fights frizz, smooths and it is very weightless. I think this is one of my favourite leave in conditioner I have ever tried and it is so affordable.
3. To be fair I use this Avon Naturals Detangling Spray as well as either product one or two, purely because it just smells absolutely lush. I tend to use this in the mornings and brush through my hair with my fingers, it is an amazing detangler - it's just a bonus it smells like heaven.
1. If I'm going out at night, or for special occasions and want a bit more of a boost/big hair, I will use the VO5 Instant Oomph Powder. I don't use this a lot because it's not the nicest feeling on the hair and it does dry your hair out quite a lot. I generally have to wash my hair after using this product.
2. I tend to use this pretty much every time after I've washed my hair. Toni & Guy Sea Salt Spray is the best sea salt spray I've tried. Although it is drying to the hair, it smells nice, it looks nice and it really helps my natural hair be a little more... natural wavy rather than flat and lifeless. 
3. Again if I am to use heat on my hair I use the VO5 Plump It Up Heat Defence. It's okay, it does it's job. It smells alright and I do find it does help the hairstyle of choice to last. I can't really say it plumps it up but it does condition and help it to last.
4. Washing your hair everyday is not healthy at all which is where dry shampoo is very handy. I'm currently using the Batiste 'Boho' fragrance - I believe this was limited edition, but my favourite fragrance from Batiste is the Flirty and Floral. Batiste for me is the best dry shampoo I've ever tried. It's affordable, it smells nice, it works. That's literally all you could need from a dry shampoo.

And that is exactly how I look after my hair. I have a few tips that I think some of you may or may not find helpful if you're trying to get your hair in better condition/grow your hair:
a. Do NOT wash your hair everyday. This will just strip all of your natural oils and leave your hair dry and brittle. Wash it at the minimum, every other day. But try leave it as long as you can. They didn't invent dry shampoo for no reason ladies and gents! 
b. Try avoid heat products - general knowledge right? I never learnt to appreciate my hair naturally for a long time, I straightened it every single day in my teens. Even with a heat defence spray it's still not healthy for your hair. If you blow dry your hair, use a heat defence spray and use your hair dryer on either the cool, or the middle setting. Don't use the hottest temp.
c. Rinsing the ends (not the roots!) with cool or cold water will do wonders for shine. If you want shiny hair, rinse the ends! It really does work. I can't say it makes it feel better but it does leave it so shiny!

If you have any questions at all about haircare/bleaching/treatment, just comment and I will do my best to help! 
And I sincerly apologise for this MASSIVELY long post! xo

1 comment:

  1. I'm trying to grow out my hair too and I think most of these tips really work! The hardest part for me is staying away from heat as my hair has got some soft curves and I always want to straighten it so it looks longer..

    Isabela x

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