I’ve had a bit of a love/hate relationship with my hair in the past. I hate being ginger – the whole standing out thing really affected me when I was growing up, no one wants to be the odd one out when you’re a teenager. Now though, I LOVE being ginger and wouldn’t change it for the world.
Despite trying to a few times, but we won’t revisit that.
Now I can finally say I love my hair. It’s long, the remaining remnants of bleach have left the building and it’s back to feeling healthy and ‘swishy’. We all know how important that swishy feeling is.
Because it’s so long, think touches the top of my bum long, it obviously needs that little bit extra care. Long hair is old hair, and while I only straighten it once or twice a week maximum, there’s still a lot of heat going through my tresses to get it from crazy curly to presentable straight.
I have a whole load of products and tools I use to keep it in the best condition I can, and I use them regularly, without fail.
1: Shampoo & Conditioner
I’ve chopped and changed my shampoo & conditioner a few times but nothing makes my hair feel as soft as Tigi Urban Antidotes Level 3.
It’s a serious hit of moisture for weak, brittle hair that needs an intervention. I was introduced to this after 3 bleach jobs, a grey toner and then several rounds of trying to get back to ginger that saw me heading towards brunette. My barnet was literally screaming for help. I’ll always come back to these bad boys.
2: Deep Conditioning Treatment
I’ve been using Philip Kingsley Elasticizer every 2 weeks on my locks for well over a year now.
I try to leave it on at least 6 hours, if not overnight, if I can, but I hate sleeping with wet hair in the winter. Brrrr.
The difference it makes to my hair is insane – I go in looking like Wurzel and come out looking like Gisele. cough. This may be a slight exaggeration but we’ll run with it.
3: All About The Oil
Moroccan Oil all the way.
I whack it on when my hair is wet, and again just on the ends, when I’ve straightened it. It’s the dream oil and I defy anyone to convince me otherwise.
It’s not cheap (naturally) but a little goes a long way and it’s never, ever given me that greasy look even when I’ve been a little heavy handed with it by mistake.
There are loads of products in this range, including different levels for different hair types & colours. The light range is best for fine, or light coloured hair.
4: Damage Protection Spray
Finally, in my arsenal of hair products, I’ve been using the Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence Extreme.
It’s a super intensive protective conditioning spray which repairs damaged, over processed and porous hair types. Hi, that’s me.
It nourishes and detangles hair to help reduce breakage and provides defence from heat stying, so it’s a kind of all in one spray.
Again, it’s not cheap, but you get what you pay for with these products, and as my hair (and my nails) are my ‘thing’ I don’t mind paying out for the good stuff.