12 October 2014

my hair care routine

Hello everyone, this post is going to be my hair care routine, I promised to do this months ago but never got round to it, but it is finally here! This post will include general information about my hair and a bit of my hair history, the products I use on it and how I style it.



My Hair

How it is
My hair is naturally quite thick, wavy and very textured it's really lovely when I can control the frizz, the underneath section is the best, it's goes into really smooth glossy waves but the top section doesn't curl as much and can go quite frizzy and poofy. I have to sleep on it when it's wet to get it to all go nice and wavy. I don't often let my hair be natural because it's quite a hassle to get it to go right so I usually just do that in the summer.


Colour
I have dyed my hair since I was 13 I started off with a few highlights and gradually built up to being totally blonde, I loved it for a while but in the past 3 or so years I haven't liked it as blonde so much, so I would keep going back and forth from my natural colour which is a very dark blonde / light brown weird in the middle colour, to being a very light blonde. I don't think being a dark brown colour suits me, I personally don't think really bright blonde suits my skin colour either, I think warmer colours like caramel and honey colours look best on me. The sun on holiday this year really lightened my hair and at the moment it is lighter than I would like.
I would say my hair is relatively healthy, it's gone through some major colour changes like when I kept wanting to be brown when I was blonde or blonde when I was brown it managed to keep in good condition even when it was being put through a lot of colour changes.
I used to get my hair dyed at a hairdressers but they never got it how I wanted it would either go to dark or to light I couldn't win. Recently I've been getting my cousin to do it who is a hairdresser, but my cousin does it perfectly, exactly how I want, were on the same wavelength when it comes to colour!

Cut/style
As for the cut, I have been growing my hair out for as long as I can remember, I've always wanted super long hair and been jealous of those who did have long hair. The last major cut I got was in 2008 and I got a bob and I've been trying to grow it ever since. I used to have a heavy side parting with a side fringe, you know when they were all the range, pretty much every one in my high school had that hair style with like short layers as well I remember me and my friends trying to get 'scene' hair, I'm so glad I never managed to get my hair as big as I had wanted it! In 2012 to be precise I changed my parting to a middle one and have stuck with it ever since, I think it looks so much better on my face shape and I really like it.
I don't have layers any more my hair is pretty much all one length, just the front bits are a bit shorter than the rest to frame my face.

How often I get it cut/coloured
I am really bad when it comes to maintaining my hairs appearance, I only get it cut about two times a year, which you could say is bad but my hair isn't too damaged so I think I can get away with it! I usually get it cut before Christmas and before I go on a summer holiday. I really don't like getting my hair cut as even an inch off the ends feels like loads to me! I love the look of roots so I don't get it coloured regularly, usually 4-5 times a year. I try to wait as long as possible before washing my hair, I can usually last about 3-4 days with out washing it (with the help of dry shampoo) but that is because as I'm sure you all know it is not good to wash your hair too often. I think not washing it as much has helped me keep it in a good condition and helped with growing it. I no longer straighten my hair with straighteners, I just blow-dry it straight once after washing and curl it once or twice between washes, that is all the heat I use on my hair.


Products



Ever since I went cruelty free I've been waiting to switch to Lush hair products, I just had to use up all of the shampoo and conditioner that I already had, I have finally done that and now only use their products. My favourite things are the shampoo bars, they're just like a bar of soap for your hair! All you do is wet your hair, wet the bar and rub it on your hair, the lather you can get off them is incredible! (Heres a video to show you how) The two I have currently are Jumping Juniper and Ultimate Shine. Every time I wash my hair I switch up which shampoo I use, I use Ultimate Shine when I want really sleek soft hair and I use Jumping Juniper for when I want more of a textured look. I have been converted to the shampoo bars as they clean your hair so well, they leave your hair squeaky clean and I haven't been able to get a clean like that for ages with liquid shampoos. Not only are they made with a lot more natural ingredients than most shampoos, they are the equivalent to 3 bottles of shampoo, which will save you money and save on the use of plastic bottles!



My current conditioner is 'Veganese', even though it is a light formula it still moisturises your hair extremely well! I only put this on the lengths and ends of my hair to avoid weighing down my roots but I'm sure since this is so light you could get away with using it higher up your hair as well, I just prefer to keep all conditioners away from my roots. The smell is so fresh and clean it matches which ever shampoo you want to use. My hair can get really tangly and this helps with detangling it a lot!



These are my 'sunday' shampoo and conditioner, I use a clarifying and detoxing shampoo once a week to rid my hair of any buildup and excess products that I may have put in. This just totally takes your hair back to being fully restored and basically naked of any thing, with out striping it of goodness. The brand 'Naked' is cruelty free also and have a lot of vegan products, they always use natural ingredients which is why I think my hair benefits from using it so much! I use a hair mask or deep conditioner once a week along with the clarifying shampoo just to keep my hair in good condition. The one I am using currently is by Bleach London and you can instantly feel how much softer your hair is went washing it out!


naked little miracle | bumble and bumble undressing creme

These are the products I use after I get out of the shower, these change all the time and I don't usually go back to the same one when I have ran out of it but I am cuttingly using the Naked little miracle leave in conditioner and occasionally I add in some Bumble and Bumble undressing creme when I want texture and volume. 



I brush my hair with a tangle teezer, my hair can get very knotty so this is a total life saver. In between washes I use Batiste dry shampoo, I like the 'blush' version as feel like this one is the only one which gets rid of excess grease the most.

Tools 


To blow dry my hair I use a Nicky Clarke hair dryer with the thin nossle on the end, I use a wide toothed comb and a round bristle brush to dry it straight and sleek. I also use hair clips when sectioning my hair.



The curlers I use are the Babyliss Boutique Waves and the Enrapture Totem Styler. My favourite is the Enrapture Totem Styler as you can achieve so many different styles of curls with it! As it has 3 sections to the barrel you can choose how hot you want each of them to create amazing curls. I usually keep mine on settings 221.


What I do


As you can see after a few days my hair gets very tatty underneath and at the back of my head, before I go in the shower I brush it all out with the Tangle Teezer this makes it much easier to manage once it is washed.


Once I have got out of the shower I roughly blow dry it until it is about 95% dry.


I will then section off my hair and concentrate on the underneath section


I then use a round bristle brush and on the highest heat setting I blow dry it straight. I learned how to do this by watching Lauren Elizabeths hair routine video.

I do the same on the rest of my hair and it is finished! I usually then just leave it as it is or curl it depending on how I feel.


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