My Haircare Routine | Reviews-Day Tuesday

Tuesday, 21 January 2014


In the shower


I am currently reliving my teen years thanks to the return of the old school Herbal Essences shampoos.  I much prefer these classic formulas to the modern line, and the smell holds so much nostalgia for me. As my hair is currently dyed brown (courtesy of a Casting Colour box dye) I prefer a shampoo tailored for coloured hair, so I've been using the Shimmering Colour shampoo.  I feel like this leaves my hair really soft and shiny, and my colour has lasted much longer than I expected.

For conditioner I'm currently using the Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil Conditioner. I'm not fully decided on this yet, I do like the smell and it does leave my hair feeling smooth, but it needs a LOT of rinsing or otherwise you can be left with a residue.

Twice a week I switch up and use the Herbal Essences Bee Strong Strengthening Intensive Mask to give my hair a bit of a treat. This is a really quick acting mask so you only really need to leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing off and you're left with silky shiny locks.



Pre-blow dry


These days I rarely blow dry my hair straight out the shower, opting instead to leave it to dry naturally for about an hour before a final blast with the hairdryer. I just felt like I was using far too much heat on my hair so now only do a proper blow-dry if I'm in a rush. 

Whilst wet though I apply any treatments, firstly brushing out the tugs with my trusty tangle teezer, then starting with the Wella SP Weightless Finish.  This is a light volumising treatment which gives your hair a bit of extra body. To be honest I don't notice any big boost in volume, but my hair does feel a bit thicker so it does do something.

Finally, I've been using the Hask Argan Oil Healing Shine Treatment on my split ends. This was in my goodie bag at the Scottish Bloggers Christmas Party. It isn't as good as the proper Moroccanoil but it is still a pretty decent treatment which leaves my tips feeling pretty silky smooth and less dry looking.



Styling


I wrote a full review last week on the Umberto Giannini Backcomb in a Bottle where I explained that it's pretty rubbish and doesn't really do any more than hairspray when it comes to boosting my roots.  I've kept persevering with it though, mainly because I paid like £6 for it so I'm not letting it go to waste.

If I'm having a wavy/curly hair day then I tend to set the style with L'Oreal Elnett Supreme Hold Hairspray. I've used Elnett hairspray for years and always go back to it. I just love how light it is, even the strongest hold spray, so it will lock your style in place pretty much all day and then easily brush out at night.  It's so affordable too, definitely a fave.

Finally, as I only wash my hair every second day I reach for my trusty Batiste Dry Shampoo every other morning to freshen up my roots.  At the moment I'm using the Cherry one but to be honest I'm pretty sure they all smell exactly the same. 

So that's my current hair routine along with a few mini reviews of the products I've been using on an almost daily basis for the last month or so.  Let me know if you use any of these and what your thoughts are.

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