I got asked last week how I get my hair so shiny. Which was strange because I didn’t think it was all that shiny, having said that I am aware that I have pretty good hair, mostly that’s genetics (thanks Ma!). First things first, I’m all about having my hair cut every six weeks. This keeps the shape of my haircut and cuts away the split ends, that alone makes your hair look better.
I know that for most people that’s hard to do and I know that I’m lucky, my hairdresser is also a friend, she doesn’t work out of a salon so she is cheaper. Jane has been cutting my hair for over 20 years, she knows me, she knows my hair and she knows what I will and I won’t do. So if I want to change something, she’ll talk me through the care aspects of the new style. That’s the other thing, if you can’t have your haircut as often as I do, find a hairdresser that you trust and that will listen to you, good hairdressers do that. So if you’d rather kill someone than dry and style your hair every morning, explain that before they talk you into a radical new cut!
I have long thick hair, that has a couple of curly sections (around my face) but is mostly wavy rather than properly curly. I did have curls until my first haircut and if my mother’s hair is a guide to mine, it will get more and more wavy and flicky as I get older and greyer! I have it coloured every other haircut, so roughly every 12 weeks. I don’t know what Jane uses on it but I do know that because it’s a full head of colour, it’s semi-permanent. Jane will not do an all over colour of permanent colour, roots are bad enough with highlights or lowlights and one colour all over is not a good look! It’s a reddy colour and my hair feels really well conditioned after it’s done. Although, Jane keeps telling me that even semi-permanent colour stains your hair, it does wash out and I try not to overwash my hair, usually I wash it once or twice a week and use dry shampoo and the tried and tested technique of putting it up when it’s dirty, to stretch out the washing. When I have a fringe, I’m growing it out at the moment, I wash it every day so it doesn’t get greasy and it’s amazing how clean the rest of your hair looks when your fringe is clean.
So that over, this is what I use on my hair.
L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil. I got this on special offer before Christmas and I put it on my hair to help protect the colour. It seems to work and it does make my hair soft.
I have dandruff and the L’Oreal Paris Elvive For Men Anti Dandruff Intensive Shampoo is the only thing that actually works, and believe me, I’ve tried everything! Bonus points because it’s not expensive. It’s recently had a rebrand (apparently women don’t have troublesome scalps any more.) which might account for why it’s been so difficult to get hold of but if I can’t get that then it’s the Nizoral which is as good but much more expensive. I also use the L’Oreal Paris Hair Expertise EverPure Colour Care & Moisture Shampoo and Aussie’s ColourMate shampoos but much less often.
Everyday is either L’Oreal Paris Hair Expertise EverPure Colour Care & Volume Conditioner or Aussie ColourMate conditioner. For deep conditioning, especially in the summer, I like Aussie’s Three Minute Miracle.
I’ve always been a fan of the FrizzEase serum but only really need to use it when it’s damp to tame the waviness. Sometimes, more often in the summer, I’ll like to use a serum or oil before I dry it. More Extraordinary Oil or Lee Stafford’s Poker Straight Serum
I also really like the Blow Dry Spray from Lee Stafford too because properly blow drying my hair takes ages without it.
I don’t really use mousse anymore as it doesn’t seem to make that much of a difference but I do use hairspray and it’s been Elnett for a very long time, usually the unperfumed or coloured hair versions but really all of them are fantastic so whatever is there and when it’s on offer.