Hair care is a number one for me! I am a Leo after all! I like to keep my hair looking good and fresh ALWAYS!
‘Fab hair don’t care!’
Over the years I have used a lot of heat on my hair, from over straightening it in my high school days, to blasting it with the hairdryer on full heat way too often, and even leaving the curling iron on it a little too often, my hair became very damaged (still slowly recovering!)
I still do all of the above just not half as much as I used to and I take measures to protect my hair now and look after it properly!
So a question I get often … do I wear hair extensions? Yes I do! And I love them!
I do give my hair a break from them every so often, but I just love having long blonde hair! All products that I use and are featured in this blog post are sulphate and paraben free, which means better for your hair and can be used on ALL hair types (including extensions.)
I currently wear hair from Archie Lloyd’s, and I use the Nano rings, I’ve tried so many different extensions before from different brands to different methods but this is what works best for me.
My hair care routine is the same with and without extensions so you can follow these guides either way.
I tend to wash my hair every three days (I used to wash it daily but, with extensions that is a nightmare! And also it’s not good for your hair to wash it everyday anyway! You need some of your own natural oils in your hair!)
I start my hair care routine off by brushing my hair making sure there are no knots/tangles. I use a standard Denman hairbrush to do this.
I then jump in the shower and let the water run through my hair for a good minute before I put any products in it. I then use my chosen shampoo (I use Maria Nila, Structure Repair, photo inserted below) I shampoo my hair once or twice depending on how it feels. More than likely I just do it the once, I make sure I shampoo my hair from the route all the way down to the ends so it gets a good clean. (You can still do this with hair extensions)
I then full wash out the product before applying my conditioner.
When applying the conditioner (I again use Maria Nila, Structure Repair Conditioner) I make sure I smother the ends, when I have extensions in my hair can be quite thick so I even divide the hair and make sure it all gets some conditioning treatment to it.
I then apply the conditioner to my fringe area and the side of my hair making sure I don’t get it directly to the root (as this can loosen hair extensions) when I am not wearing my hair extensions I smother it all over!
I leave this on for around 3-5 minutes (longer if I haven’t got my daughter Lily yelling Muuuummmmm at the door! Lol)
I then wash it out. I end my hair washing with blasting some cold water through my hair (as much as I HATE doing this) it’s so good for your hair and seals the cuticle of your hair, this basically means your hair will lay more smooth, and appear to be more shiny reflecting the light! (Give it a go, it will help with the appearance of your hair!)
When all the product is washed out of my hair I carefully towel dry my hair, I try not to be too rough as this can be damaging on your hair.
I use a leave in conditioner and distribute this evenly through my hair. I am currently using Paul Mitchell Super Strength Liquid Treatment. This strengthens and repairs your hair leaving it feel nourished and clean.
This works really well on my own hair and my hair extensions, using a leave in conditioner really helps maintaining your hair and keeping it tangle free! I also use a Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Leave in Conditioner on days i don’t use the one featured below. This is really good value for money, i even use the Coconut Oil one on Lily at times too!
I am really enjoying this leave in conditioner at the moment it has lasted so long, and a little really does go a long way!
I try to let my hair dry naturally as my hair is damaged (from use of too much heat) so I try to avoid the hair dryer as and when I can, although when I do use the hair dryer I use the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. It does make such a difference in keeping my hair smoother and looking like a salon blow dry! It helps smooth down any stray hairs! I normally use this on a mid head setting so it’s not too hot on my hair! These hair dryers are expensive but it is so worth every penny! I love mine!
When it comes to straightening my hair, I am a classic GHD girl, I use the original GHDs and they do the job well! I’ve always used GHDs since when I first started straightening my hair, I have tried other brands too but a girl has her favourite! & i always come back to the GHDs!
Every day I tend to put a couple of pumps of serum throughout my hair (especially the dry ends it really helps hydrate them!) my currently favourite is the Super Skinny Serum by Paul Mitchell this is so light weight and it doesn’t feel like you have a ton of product weighing your hair down, there is no worse feeling then too much product in your hair! The lightweight texture of this product is amazing!
I have tried many serums over the years, it took me a long time to find one I really love!
I also use this (featured above) Denman Hairbrush, it glides through my hair so nicely and it is easy to keep clean, great with and without hair extensions!
Finally to keep my hair in the best condition it can be I use hair supplements, I have tried many in my time! I am in love with with the Halo Beauty range by Tati – I plan to do a separate blog post on this, going into a bit more detail! So watch out for that!
I hope you have enjoyed my hair care blog post! Let me know if you get a chance to try any of the products I have recommended and let me know what you think of them – you won’t be disappointed!