I can’t believe I have been writing this blog for 10 months, and I haven’t properly written about my hair care routine – well that is changing today, my friends! I’m going to tell you all about what I do to my hair to keep it looking so great. Does that sound vain? Maybe, but it’s a reality – I get a lot of compliments and questions about my hair. I’m going to write about the basic products I use, such as the shampoo and conditioner, as well as some treatments and things that I make use of a bit less frequently that nonetheless contribute.
I find that my hair responds best to being washed about twice a week, maybe three times at the most. I’ve been using TreSemme shampoo and conditioner for years and years now, and really like them. Some people say that you MUST use salon products, but I’ve never noticed a huge difference other than the eye watering cost. I always finish conditioner before shampoo, so currently I am using TreSemme Thermal Recovery Replenishing Shampoo, and TreSemme Colour Revitalising Conditioner.
I actually have a particular method to washing my hair that I do think makes a difference to how it looks – I get in the shower, wet my hair and massage the roots to start lifting any oils or dirt that might be present. Then I get out my shampoo. I mainly focus the shampoo around my roots and actually on my head, the lengths of my hair only get a mild lather. I rinse out my hair, and then I put conditioner in. I never put conditioner higher than my ears, doing so means my hair ends up greasier – mum told me this as a child, and I’ve always followed it. I told a friend this, and she went from having to wash her hair every day, to every second day. I leave the conditioner to sit while I wash my body, shave my legs, daydream etc. Then I grab a wide toothed comb and run it through, detangling my hair before washing it out.
About once a week, I change up my routine a bit. To keep my blonde highlights from going brassy, I wash my hair with the Wella System Professional Silver Blond Shampoo. It’s a blue/purple colour, and it counteracts the brassy tones nicely. Before I used this, my hair used to get brassy SO quickly and I was always having to get it toned at the hairdresser. Weekly, I substitute Matrix Biolage Aqua-Immersion Creme Masque in place of my normal conditioner. It is even more hydrating than a normal conditioner and is especially beneficial if I have been heat styling a lot, or my hair has been taking a beating from swimming a lot. These are both salon products, or available from shops like Shampoo N Things in NZ, or Hairhouse Warehouse in Australia. I’m willing to pay a bit more for products I use less frequently.
Outside of washing, I have a few steps to manage my hair. One of them is my nightly ritual where I brush my hair with my tangle teezer-esque brush and put Argan oil on my ends, then twist it up into a bun on the top of my head. I use Cococare 100% Argan oil, which has no silicones unlike products such as Moroccanoil which really are serums – I have a post about how to tell if what you’re using really is oil. I also mainly use ribbon elastic hair ties, which don’t pull at my hair like the kind with metal on them – I made them myself really cheaply, and even wrote a tutorial on how you can do it.
Tying my hair up like that stops it from rubbing on the pillow case and getting damaged from the friction. A silk pillow case can also prevent that. If my hair is tangled I comb it in sections from the bottom up, rather than trying to tear from the top down. That’s another handy hair care tip from my mum (maybe I should give her part credit on this article). Once the tangles are out I use a GHD dressing brush with natural bristles to smooth it out and move oils down from the roots to the lengths of my hair, it makes it look nice and glossy.
Some people say to make your hair grow longer you should get it cut every 6 weeks, but I think that’s nonsense. I get my regrowth coloured about every two months, and I usually just get it thinned out and shaped a bit, but I always tell my hairdresser to keep the length. At one stage my hair was nearly to my waist but I found it quite difficult to manage, so now it is above-my-boob length (sorry, there’s no other way to describe it). The photo above was taken last week, after an amazing blow wave at Dry and Tea at the launch for Benefit Roller Lash mascara. My usual hair salon is Amanda Baker Hair and Makeup in Browns Bay, so if you’re on the North Shore of Auckland (or are willing to travel!) I really recommend them.
Phew – that was a long post. If you have any questions about hair care, or even tips for me, leave them in the comments section 🙂