I’ve written a couple of these posts in the past but have changed most of the products in my routine since as my hair has changed from flat and oily to a more dry and frizzy texture.
Shampoo & Conditioner
The shampoo and conditioner I use still changes quite often but the ones that I have been loving at the moment are from the OGX coconut milk range. My hair is left feeling extremely soft and nourished yet not weighed down.
To give my hair some volume I like to use the L’Oreal Paris Elnett satin strong hold mousse, it smells absolutely divine and stops my hair falling flat for days without leaving that horrible sticky feeling.
The L’Oreal Elvive extraordinary oil is my favourite as its extremely lightweight and leaves my hair looking sleek and smooth. I usually use it on wet hair but if my hair is feeling particularly dry or static i like to rub a little bit between my palms and run it over my ends to help tame them.
The only thing that hasn’t really changed in my haircare routine over the past five years is coconut oil; I slather it all over my hair once or twice a week, leave it in overnight and then wash it out in the morning. It helps my hair to grow long and leaves it both feeling and looking healthy.
To brush my hair I’m still using my Tangle Teezer as it’s so gentle and isn’t too rough on my scalp. When my hair is wet I use a wide tooth comb to avoid breakage.
I like to use the Batiste dry shampoo to keep my hair looking clean between washes; I spray it into my roots the night before so it soaks up the oils overnight.
What’s your hair care routine?
My hair has been extremely dry and lacklustre lately so I purchased this mask a few days ago hoping that it would help put some life back into my hair. I usually use coconut oil on my hair but i’ve been so busy lately and just wanted a quick pick me up, this mask is absolutely perfect for that!
All I did was wash my hair using my OGX Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo then applied the entire sachet on my hair starting with the ends then massaged the rest into the roots. After around 5 minutes (or however long it takes you to wash, shave etc) I rinsed it all out and was left with gorgeously soft volumised hair. For £1 I will definitely be repurchasing!
Have any of you tried it?
Being a girl with limp, straight hair I really struggle to achieve volume! I recently bought the Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce texturising spray after a recommendation from a friend and am seriously impressed! It gives my hair natural looking volume at the roots and can be sprayed through the ends to add beachy texture. I love it so much i’ve bought the travel size for my bag for touch ups!
All I do is wash and dry my hair then spray it into my roots from around 30 cm away and ruffle it up with my fingers for every day volume, but you can use it to help give hair grip for an updo too.
Have you ever tried it?
This straight style with slight texture and volume is my go to every day style. It might be harder to achieve if you have curly hair, but for us limp, flat haired girls its perfect!
To achieve this style all I did was blow dry my hair upside down and apply some sea salt spray to add some texture so it wasn’t too sleek. The one I use is Charles Worthington’s ‘rough and tousled’ salt spray.
What’s your go to hairstyle?
I recently got even more cut off my hair and am loving it! It’s so easy to style and maintain. Today I decided to sport some soft, barely there tousled curls! Stay tuned for more hairstyle posts in the coming weeks!
All I did was wash my hair with my Alberto Balsam ‘coconut and lychee’ shampoo which I absolutely love as it works so well and is really affordable at £1! Then I sprayed on some of my Dove ‘oxygen moisture root lift spray’ which gives my limp my hair a lot of volume and I applied some argan oil to the ends. After this I took sections around one and a half inches wide and used my GHD straightners to curl the hair in varying directions for a more natural look. After around 5 minutes of letting the curls set I tipped my head upside down and ran my fingers through to loosen them up and sprayed some hairspray to help the style last. Quick and easy – perfect for everyday!
What do you think? Do any of you have any tips for styling short hair?
After having long hair for a good few years I decided to have a nice change and chopped off around 6-7 inches of hair! I thought I would share some photos with you incase you’re looking to get a shorter ‘do! Stayed tuned for some hairstyle ideas for medium hair in the coming weeks!
I realise this is still quite long to some people – but after having hair down to your waist its a huge difference and feels so short to me. I’m hoping to get it a little shorter too as I love it so much!
What do you think? Have any of you cut your hair off lately?
I did a haircare routine back in April 2013 but since then most of the products that I used have changed; so I decided to create an updated post informing you how I maintain my long, fine hair.
Shampoo And Conditioner
I tend to switch out my shampoo and conditioner quite a lot, but lately i’ve been using the L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology line and I’m loving it! It makes my hair look so much thicker and volumised whilst still feeling smooth and sleek.
After running out of my beloved Liz Earle Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair Oil I decided to try out the OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil as it is slightly more affordable at £6.99 from Boots. It claims to ‘penetrate the hair shaft restoring shine and softness whilst strengthening’ the hair. I’m not 100% sure about the strengthening part as I’ve only used it for a few weeks, but it does make your hair soft, shiny and manageable without leaving any sort of residue. All is spread a small amount (about the size of a 20p piece) throughout the lengths and ends of my damp hair and then comb it through to distribute. Then when I blow dry my hair it’s left both feeling and looking glorious.
Root Lifting Spray
I recently started to use the Dove Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray to add volume to my roots, read what I think about it here.
I use the Avon advance techniques heat protection styler if I’m going to blow dry, straighten or curl my hair, which isn’t very often. This spray is light, affordable and smells lovely which is always a bonus.
I use coconut oil weekly to help keep my hair and scalp healthy. Read about how I use it here.
As for brushes I’m still using my tangle teezer which you can read about in my last haircare routine post. I also use a wide tooth comb when my hair is wet to avoid any unnecessary breakage.
Tips for growing long hair
- Cut down on washing your hair. I’ve got extremely fine hair and I found this step hard when I was growing out my hair as I always felt like my hair looked so greasy on the second day! Just use some dry shampoo (batiste is my favourite) and try and make the time between washing longer, after a few weeks you’ll start to notice that your hair doesn’t look as greasy on the days after washing and you’ll notice huge amounts of hair growth after a couple of months, trust me! I only wash my hair twice a week now and it has never been so long and healthy.
- Do coconut oil hair masks. Coconut oil is absolutely amazing for your hair, saturate both your scalp and ends in it, cover with a shower cap and sleep on it. Yes you’ll look crazy but it’s honestly worth it! When you wake up, shampoo your hair twice and it will be left feeling like silk. It will also help with growth as it’s keeping your scalp healthy too.
- Stop using hot tools! Using straighteners or curlers on your hair daily makes it brittle and more likely to break, meaning your goal of long hair will never be achieved. I’m not saying never use them, just try and cut it down to once or twice a week.
What are your favourite hair products?
Slather organic coconut oil all over your hair from root to tip, massage it in and leave on overnight with a shower cap over to protect your pillowcases. The next morning wash it off and you’ll be left with gorgeous, soft, smooth hair. This also helps if you’re trying to grow out your hair as it keeps both your hair and scalp healthy.
The Tresemme 7 day smooth treatment never really appealed to me as I didn’t think that it would do much for my fine hair; however after receiving a sample with a Miss Selfridge order I decided to give it a go.
All you do is apply 8-10 pumps onto towel dried hair, avoiding the scalp, and blow dry. Once your hair is completely dry, straighten it in small sections repeating around 3-5 times on each section. This does make your hair extremely soft and manageable, however it was extremely time consuming to go through all of my long hair. For this reason I don’t think that I would repurchase the treatment as it just isn’t worth it for me as my hair is quite straight anyway, although I can definitely see how it would work brilliantly on coarser, curly hair.
What are your thoughts on the product?
When searching the internet for easy ways to get curls in my hair overnight I came across this extremely easy trick to add gorgeous curls into any hair type! My hair is long, straight and flat so it can be a challenge to get any sort of texture in it without using hot tools – which takes forever! However, since I started twist braiding my hair while it’s damp I haven’t had to curl my hair for weeks and just wake up with amazing natural volume and casual soft waves.
All I do is part my damp hair into two sections and then tightly twist braid it and put it into two buns at the nape of my neck. If you aren’t sure how to do this, follow this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsGuWokn47A
The next morning all I need to do gently undo the braids and buns and add some hairspray, brilliant if you’re in a rush!
The waves also look amazing thrown into a high ponytail (as seen below).
Do any of you have any heatless ways to add volume and texture into straight hair?