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?
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.
Finally, an oil for fine hair!
I’ve tried and tested multiple different oils for my fine yet frizzy hair over the past few years and had almost given up my search until I tried this. The Liz Earle botanical shine nourishing hair oil is extremely lightweight and can be used either before blow drying to minimise drying time and protect against heat, or after to help tame fly away and smooth the hair. I personally like to use it prior to drying as I feel it is most effective at keeping my hair looking sleek, but if i notice any fly aways afterwards i’ll use it to help with those too.
My hair has honestly never felt so healthy and strong, and along with doing my coconut oil hair mask (which I mention in my haircare routine for long hair) once a week I’ve noticed a huge reduction in split ends.
Why not give it a go and see how it works for your hair type?
Whats your holy grail hair product?
I’ve finally found the perfect hair routine to suit my long, straight oily yet dry hair so i thought i would share it with you all.
Shampoo and conditioner
Lets start off with the basics; shampoo and conditioner.
I like to change up my shampoo and conditioner a lot; this is not only because I’ve heard your hair can get used to them and they wont work as well, but because I just love trying out new products. The ones i am using (and loving) at the moment are the Tresemme moisture rich shampoo and conditioner. These smell lovely and leave my hair feeling really clean and soft, and they’re a good price too at £3.59 for a 500ml bottle at Boots.
Once a week i also like to use my Lush solid shampoo bar in ‘new’ which i have a review of here (http://youniquechic.com/2012/02/review-lush-new-solid-shampoo-bar/) to give my hair a deep clean and remove any build up.
I try to do my Tresemme Keratin Smooth hair mask once or twice a week to give my hair a deep condition. This treatment leaves your hair feeling gorgeously soft and healthy and is extremely convenient as it can be left on for a few minutes in the shower after shampooing then rinsed out.
If my hair is really feeling awful and just needs a really deep moisturise i like to slather coconut oil all over it and leave it in for an hour or so to sink in then wash it out. This also gives amazing results but takes a lot longer than the Tresemme option so i only do it if i have time to spare.
I don’t really use styling products regularly, and haven’t found my holy grail heat protectant product yet so i have nothing to reccomend on that front. However, after shampooing i really like to use the Tresemme split remedy leave in conditioner to help smooth my ends and help me to comb through my knotty hair.
I recently purchased a tangle teezer brush and have absolutely no idea how i lived without one for so long! It brushes tangles out of my hair extremely gently and doesn’t pull out any unnecessary hairs. It can also be used in the shower and is the perfect size for carrying around in my bag, all around amazing brush i couldn’t reccomend it enough!
Dry shampoo is an absolute necessity to me as i’m quite lazy when it comes to my hair and try to wash it the least amount i possibly can without being completely disgusting. Although this is essentially quite a good habit to get into as it improves hair health, it can be an absolute disaster if i don’t use a good dry shampoo to banish any oil from my roots.
After trying out dozens of dry shampoos from various brands, i can honestly say that Batiste dry shampoo in ‘Blush’ works the most effectively. It removes all of the excess oil from my hair without leaving any sort of residue (and i’m a brunette) whilst giving a fresh, subtle, floral scent. It also doesn’t dry out my hair and washes out extremely easily.
The price ranges from around £2-4 depending on where you get it.
Each week I’m going to tell you about my favourite thing; whether it be a person, product or something else.
My favourite this week is 17 Blow Out Mascara
I was slightly sceptical about purchasing this mascara as I hadn’t tried any 17 mascaras before, but it’s claim to give my lashes 12 times more volume won me over.
After one use I knew I was going to repurchase it; the huge brush makes my lashes look long and thick whilst ensuring they don’t clump together and the perfect formula contains vitamin E and Argan Oil to help condition and boost lash body. It also lasts all day without flaking or smudging and is very reasonably priced at £6.29.
Why not give it a try?
I recently went on holiday to Greece for a week and bought some lovely things that I thought I would share with you.
The first thing I got was this gorgeous leather bag. It cost 60 euros which is great as it’s amazing quality and will never go out of style.
I got this necklace for around 4-5 euros and absolutely love it, it goes with everything and looks a lot more expensive than it is.
This piece cost only 3 euros and gives the effect of wearing more than one bracelet as it wraps around your wrist three times. The blue stones also add a gorgeous pop of colour to a plain outfit.
I got one of these sponges 9 years ago when I last went to Greece and absolutely loved it so I thought I would get another. It cost 3.50 and works amazing at gently removing dead skin.
I’ve been using olive oil in my hair as a mask to make it soft and shiny, so when I saw these soaps I knew I had to try them to see if the oil worked well on my skin too. It cost 3 euros with the pumice stone which is a great deal.
This bow ring is absolutely beautiful, and it only cost me 3.50! It’s quite a statement ring which means that you don’t need to wear a lot of other jewellery with it.
The colours and patterns in this 5 euro scarf mean that it will go with a lot of outfits and will also be perfect for transitioning into autumn.
These light pink high tops look gorgeous with tanned legs and go with almost any outfit. They only cost me 29 euros which is a great saving as I would have paid over £40 in England.
I love this ankle bracelet, it looks best when worn with my converse and a pair of shorts. It only cost me 4 euros too, which is a great price.
Overall, I think I got some lovely pieces and great deals.
Have any of you bought anything on your holidays?
I’m going to share with you 5 of my absolute essential skin and hair care items for these hot summer months.
My lips always get extremely dry and cracked during the summer, so I always make sure that I use a good quality lip balm with SPF in it to not only stop them getting chapped, but to protect them from the sun too.
One of my favourites at the moment is Carmex cherry lip balm as it lasts for ages on my lips, smells amazing and has SPF 15.
It’s also extremely important to protect your skin from the sun, so I use Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock.
I’ve got a review of this here.
Coconut oil is absolutely brilliant. It can be used as a hair mask twice a week to help promote healthy growth and leaves your hair feeling so soft! All you do is apply it from root to tip, then leave it for at least half an hour and wash it out. It’s also a brilliant moisturiser to use on those drier areas such as your elbows and knees.
Having oily skin in the summertime is awful, it just seems to look ten times worse. However, changing my moisturiser during the summer to Neutrogena’s visibly clear oil free moisturiser helps to stop my skin getting as shiny throughout the day. The extremely light formula also helps to prevent breakouts.
BB cream is a great alternative to foundation during the summer as it covers up any imperfections whilst still being extremely lightweight and natural looking. I use Garnier’s BB cream, you can find a review here.
I hope i’ve given you some tips or ideas.
What are your summer essentials?
Each week I’m going to tell you about my favourite thing; whether it be a person, product or something else.
My favourite this week is Coconut oil.
Coconut oil has been an absolute staple in my daily routine; it removes my make up, moisturises my skin and leaves my hair unbelievably soft and healthy.
I got my coconut oil from Holland and Barrett, however I’m sure you’ll be able to find it in similar shop near you.