I start by rinsing my hair thoroughly so it’s wet all over and I can easily distribute the shampoo evenly. It’s important to take just enough shampoo, any excess shampoo will dry your hair and scalp. I rinse and apply conditioner in the ends and at the back of my head (I have a nasty habit of wearing my hair in a messy bun and go to bed with it so I have a lot of breakage in that area), wait a couple of minutes and then rinse thoroughly. ‘Thoroughly’ means that you rinse until you can no longer feel you have any product left in your hair and then rinse again for the same amount of time. I always rinse my hair with cool water because it makes the hair look sleek and shiny – the cold helps seal moisture in the hair shafts.
If I feel my hair needs some extra pampering, I do a round of the 3-minute treatment, too. The TBS hair butter is for when I don’t need to go anywhere but want to give my hair some extra nutrition – it’s very moisturizing, which means it leaves the hair a bit oily. I massage it into my hair and scalp once a month, let it sit for 5-10 minutes and then rinse. It’s like the magic wand of hair repair, but I can’t use it if I’m just about to head out. 🙂
BYPHASSE Liquid Keratin leave-in treatment
SCHWARZKOPF Gliss Kur Total Repair leave-in treatment
I like to use leave-in treatments because I can’t run my fingers through my freshly washed wet hair, it’s tangled and feels coarse. I have two favorites to make the hair feel better – the ones from Byphasse and Schwarzkopf.
I’m sure you have all heard of Moroccanoil products, they get a lot of great reviews and have been one of the most popular hair care lines for years now. As always with revolutionary products like that, they cost a lot. What Moroccan oil really is is argan oil, which you can easily get in a less fancy jar or bottle and without the nice turquoise logo, but for a lot less money. Argan oil contains vitamin E, omegas and natural antioxidants – it repairs the hair, leaves it looking shiny and healthy and helps it grow. I usually take a couple of drops of oil and distribute it into towel-dry hair using my hands. I highly recommend it because it’s magical!
SCHWARZKOPF Guardian Angel heat protection spray
GHD STYLE Total Volume Foam & Final Fix hairspray
REMINGTON T-Studio Style Professional Sleek and Curl flat iron
It took me years to realize how important it is to use heat protection. Imagine what my poor hair has been forced to go through – years of chemical bleaching with a daily dose of unprotected styling. Schwarzkopf’s Guardian Angel is great because it moisturizes, but doesn’t leave a squeaky layer of product in your hair. When I’m about to use a flat iron, I only use the heat protection in stead of my other leave-in conditioners. The Remington itself is awesome – it’s small enough to take with in my purse, but doesn’t lack in anything that a larger flat iron would do better. The ceramic plate is nice and smooth and is made for curling, too, so it’s convenient for all kinds of hair styles. It has a pretty LCD display and I love that it remembers my preferred temperature when I turn it off!
As far as styling products go, GHD absolutely owns the market. I’ve never tried a better hair mousse – it distributes evenly and adds volume without hardening the hair and making it look heavy. Same goes for the hairspray! It provides great hold without making you look like you’re wearing a helmet 🙂 I think GHD products are sold on Asos.com!
I pump twice to get a palmful of mousse, rub my hands together carefully and then spread the mousse all over my hair roots. I then bend over and blow-dry my hair to get the volume I want. Once it’s there, I use the flat iron and then finish off with hairspray if I feel like it.
What are your best hair care tips and tricks?