My Haircare RoutineMonday, 7 April 2014
I know what you're thinking. 'Brodie, you couldn't possibly use ALL those products when you wash your hair!' Oh yeah? Better believe it! People wonder why I despise washing my hair, and let me tell you why...
I don't necessarily have unruly hair by any means. I just have that kind of hair that if I want it to look half decent, it requires a lot of work, and me going blonde has only made my routine that much longer than it used to be. My hair is dry (from bleaching), tends to go gold (from bleaching), flat on top, but bottom heavy, frizzy and a mixture between dead straight and ringlet curly (I know, I didn't think that was possible either but it is). Most days, at work, I tie my hair up into a messy bun and get on with my life, but for the days I need to look put together, this is essentially my haircare routine, give or take!
My shampoo and conditioner of choice lately has been the Loreal Ever Riche Nourishing and Taming duo. I'm not terribly picky with shampoos but I really did notice a difference when I started using these. My hair was a lot fuller and less weighed down, and the conditioner is very nourishing, and it also smells amazing! You know how I feel about good smelling products...
Every other time though, I do mix it up. I tend to suffer from a few scalp-y problems every so often, perhaps just a build up of all the products I use on my hair which upsets it and results in a poor scalp condition. When this happens, I turn to the Philip Kingsley No Scent, No Colour Shampoo to give my hair a break from all the nasties that tend to be in most commercial shampoos. It's kind of funny to use - having no sulphates in shampoo basically means it doesn't foam up, and I never know if I'm applying too much shampoo or not, when I'm just trying to make sure I shampoo all over. This is a nice, gentle formula though and aimed at those with sensitivities, and although it's a tad drying and slightly weird to use, I'd still recommend it. I think I picked this up from Ebay, or StrawberryNet.
Once a week, I also use a purple shampoo in my hair to rid it of all the brassy tones from bleaching. I love the Fudge Violet Toning Shampoo after shampooing my hair with regular shampoo. It's the first purple shampoo I've tried which actually makes a noticeable difference, and at around $18 a tube, it's well worth it as it seems to last for ages! It also smells like pudding, and I can't tell you how much I enjoy staring at my foamy, purple head of hair and inhaling what smells like vanilla pudding. Ahem...
If, and when I do tone my hair, using a hair mask is absolutely vital as even though the Fudge offering is probably the most moisturising of it's kind, it still leaves my hair feeling a bit like straw, so I usually reach for the Redken Extreme Strength Builder Mask which restores the moisture in my hair and definitely helps tame the fly aways. I have been told by my hairdresser though to not overuse this product - once a week max, as apparently adding too much protein to your hair can actually make it break!
Out of the shower, I turn to my little stash to help tame and protect my hair. I usually reach for Argan oil first, I've been using a Babyliss Pro offering for a while now which is quite nourishing on my poor split ends. It's so easy to over do though, and quite often I've ended up with greasy ends (sad face). I then use a few pumps of the Redken Extreme Anti Snap Leave In Conditioner all over, which also happens to smell divine as well as being great for my hair and it's frizzy-ness. I still have a small bottle of Goldwell DualSenses Rich Repair Serum left over from a hairdresser visit a year ago, which is also quite nice (and smells great, duh) but I feel like the Redken has a much more noticeable effect.
The newest addition to my routine has been the Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray which I talked about in my USA Haul video recently. I spritz this onto my roots before I go in for the blow dry and it certainly adds 'oomph' to my hair, what an amazing product. My only complaint is that it does make the roots feel a little stiff with product, but seeing as I'm used to that (thanks to dry texturising sprays) it doesn't bother me too much. At this point, I'm ready to blow dry my hair (my hair is very flat if I don't blow dry it!).
I have to straighten my hair after I blow dry it, it's fluffy and frizzy and out of control if I don't, so to prep it for heat I use the De Lorenzo 'Extinguish' Thermal Protection Spray. When I'm done styling, I usually finish it off with a spritz of dry texturising spray to add a bit of grittiness, my favourite at the moment being the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray (again, the smell, divine, no words) but in the past I've reached for the Bumble & Bumble Dryspun Finish Spray which is a great offering and still a favourite. I've also been playing with the Bumble & Bumble Cityswept Finish Spray lately, which I'm still not sure about, but it does add a 'lived in' feel and my hair definitely needs a bit of that grittiness to help it settle down.
So as you can see, it's a bit of a process to wash my hair. I wish I was one of those gals who could just wash their hair and step outside the house with wet hair without having to worry about the frizz ball it would soon become! But I do quite enjoy playing with new hair products, and I'm always finding something new to add to or replace in my routine.
Have you guys used any of these? Any thoughts? Any recommendations? Help a frizzy haired gal out by leaving a comment below about your own haircare routine!