If the cold weather and central heating has left your hair feeling dry and parched it’s time to give it some TLC without having to resort to a large hairdresser’s bill. Home hair products have just got better and better. I have a few die hard favourites that I come back to again and again, but do like to try out new products too so I’ve gathered together a few for you to pick and choose from depending on the condition of your hair and what you want to achieve.
(I couldn’t resist using this photo – it’s one taken on holiday a couple of years ago and if I was that adorable I probably wouldn’t worry about the state of my hair!) Any way sorry I digress – back to getting your hair looking gorgeous for Spring – I know after last weekend’s snow it feels a long way off.
My first product choice for a special treatment is Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Pre Shampoo Treatment Elasticizer was originally created by Philip Kingsley specifically for Audrey Hepburn, who wanted a super-moisturising treatment that would repair her hair and keep it in great condition throughout the frequent colouring and styling done to her hair on movie sets. How glamorous is that? At least we can benefit now though. If you have thick or course hair you would probably want to use it once a week, but if you have fine hair you could use it just once or twice a month. I tend to treat my hair with it when it’s looking a bit dull and been overstyled. The results are much softer and shinier hair.
Next up shampoos and conditioners…
If you want a shampoo that cleanses the hair without stripping it, can be used every day and for all the family try Botanical Shine Shampoo from Liz Earle. I love the fact that they have kept it simple by having one shampoo that delivers for all hair types. It contains shea butter, a natural source of vitamin E and apple and orange extracts to give the hair shine.
Follow with Botanical Shine Conditioner in your choice of normal, dry/damaged or fine/oily. As with all Liz Earle products you get great quality at sensible prices – the shampoo and conditioners are £8 for 200ml.
For those of you who have colour in your hair it really does pay to buy products that will conserve the colour for you, and reduce the number of trips needed to the hairdresser. A great natural range for this is Aveda. Their Color Conserve Shampoo and Conditioner are plant based and keep hair colour vibrant longer. They protect colour-treated hair from the damaging effects of sun and the environment leaving hair silky, soft and shiny.
If you heat style your hair all the time, and want to keep the cost down, my must have product is Aussie Take The Heat 3 Minute Miracle and at the bargain price of £4.99 from Boots this product is one to keep in stock. It’s a deep treatment for heat damaged hair, which contains Australian Jojoba-seed oil, used by Australian natives to heal skin. In fact I love all the Aussie Shampoos and Conditioners and have a variety of bottles on the go which my daughters and I use all the time, depending on the condition of our hair. But favourites include the Miracle Moist Shampoo and conditioner and the Mega Instant Shampoo and conditioner, which is great in the summer when you hair gets lank from the heat. And as a bonus they smell fabulous.
I’m still using and happy with the TREsemme styling products I got back in October and reviewed here.
However, I have invested in a new styling tool. As my hair has grown so has the amount of styling time required, and not having the patience to blow dry my hair section by section I was excited to read about the BaByliss Big Hair Spinning Brush from Boots. It has a really clever rotating brush which once you get used to, is brilliant. Not only does it dry and curl but it also gives great shine thanks to a large 50 mm ceramic barrel that has a soft bristled brush with an ionic conditioning system. Have a look at the video below.
Have you got any favourite hair products or tools that you couldn’t live without? Let me know what you think if you try any of these.