current haircare favourites

Eeeek, I have been AWOL for the past two weeks and I have been feeling terrible about it! But then I reminded myself why I started this blog – as something to enjoy and love and as a creative outlet. I didn’t start it to be regimented or to feel “deadline pressure”. A lot has happened over the past few weeks, although I cannot reveal all just yet – you’re just going to have to wait with bated breath! Anyway, onto today’s topic.

My hair (like my skin) can be a challenge. Its thick, there’s a lot of it, it’s curly and it’s damaged. Recently I started highlighting my hair and so it’s become very dehydrated because of the peroxide. Also, when I drag my fingers through my hair it has almost a sticky feeling. Apparently that’s because of the peroxide as well. Anyone else have that problem? Today, I am going to tell you about the 4 hair products that have lent their helping hand in taming this crazy mane of mine.

Before now, I had actually never used silver shampoo which, in hindsight seems ridiculous! I’ve always been a blondie (well most of the time) but yet have never used what so many dub their “must have” hair care product. For those of you who don’t know what a silver shampoo is or does, let me catch you up. Silver shampoo (or purple shampoo as it is often referred to) has specific ingredients and amino acids in it to prevent highlighted or blonde hair from going yellow or brassy. It also helps to add an amazing shine and because of this can also be used on grey hair. Now, the first thing you will notice when purchasing a silver shampoo is its colour – its bright purple. Fear not! You will not have shocking violet coloured hair. The purple colour simply cools down the brassy/yellow tones because it is exactly opposite yellow on the colour wheel. I have been using the Pure Envy Kwik Silver Shampoo for about 3 weeks now and I’m really enjoying it! The only thing that I have to admit that I don’t like about silver shampoos is that they don’t foam up as well as a normal shampoo would, even when you cleanse for the second time. But after using it a few times, I’m quite used to it and it doesn’t bother me anymore.

Another shampoo that I am (still) loving is Lush Curly Wurly. I have mentioned it before here but I just feel like I need to tell you about it again because I love it that much. Listen up all you gals with crazy curly hair: this one is a keeper! It smells like a tropical holiday – coconut, vanilla and cocoa butter. These magical ingredients give my hair more curl and less frizz. Even though this is a shampoo, I can definitely tell that it nourishes my hair, but in saying that, I would never use this without a conditioner. Like the silver shampoo, you need to get used to using it. The consistency is quite different – very thick and paste like. You need to use it on very wet hair and massage it in until it starts to foam up. Once you get the knack of it, it will be a staple in your shower, like it is in mine.

Let’s move onto treatments. This is a really important aspect for me because of how damaged and dehydrated my hair is – it’s what is going to fix the problem. A recent addition to my shower is the Pantene 2 Minute Intensive Moisture Mask. The little micro-moisturisers in this treatment go directly to the natural lipid layer and help to restore it back to its former glory. Remember to only use this from the mid lengths to the tips of your hair. Once I was in a bit of a shower daze and used it on my entire head, my hair was oily again within a day.

I am a little embarrassed to say that I have only recently started to use Moroccan Oil. Yes, I know, I’m about 2 years behind every other person in the world. I was given two samples at an event a few months ago and I’m really enjoying them! I am using the light version which is made for more fine or light coloured hair. If, like me, you have been living under a rock, let me tell you about this amazing treatment oil for your hair. It is made from argon oil which is extremely rich in anti-oxidants which means it will help repair damaged hair. It also contains proteins that will strengthen your hair and vitamins that will add some shine to dull locks. What I really love about Moroccan Oil is that you can use it on wet or dry hair (again only from mid lengths to tips). Sometimes, if I’m not being lazy, I use it on my damp, towel dried hair and then again after blow-drying and flat ironing. I have yet to find a product that leaves my hair feeling so soft and looking so healthy.

My hair isn’t quite where I want it to be yet but I definitely think that using these products are a step in the right direction. Do you have any power products that you swear by?

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