One of my ultimate favourite things to do is stay in; run a bath, light some candles and try out all my new lotions and potions. Lately my days are non-stop and it is so easy to run yourself down and get burnt out. A little TLC is important every so often, to recuperate and rejuvenate yourself – physically and mentally. I also find that if I don’t do this, visible signs start to show on my skin; nails and especially my hair! Between blow-drying, straightening, dying and general ‘wear and tear’, my hair starts to take a toll. Besides my monthly trip to the hairdresser for some fresh highlights, a cut and treatment; I try to nourish and look after my hair as much as possible with at home leave-in conditioner’s and hair masks.
If you’re blonde like me, one of the most important things for us is Purple Shampoo. There is a huge difference between having blonde hair and having yellow hair, the quality of your Purple Shampoo plays a massive role in that. I’ve tested my way through half of Durban and Cape Town’s hair salon’s looking for the best Purple Shampoo and am constantly chopping and changing even today. At the moment I am using Paul Mitchell Platinum Blonde Shampoo, available at most well known hair salon’s. I put this all over the ends of my hair five minutes before getting in the shower (while my hair is dry) and massage it through my roots for a minute or so once in the shower. This being because my roots get a fresh pop of white blonde every couple of weeks, but my ends are the problematic area I have to work at to avoid that yellow tinge.
With regards to Shampoo and Conditioner, I use L’Oréal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner, available at most retail outlets; Clicks is usually your best bet though as they are more often than not on promotion. I used to use the L‘Oréal Professionnel Paris Vitamino Colour Shampoo and Conditioner exclusive to hair salon’s, but there was hardly any difference in the result it had on my hair, only my wallet. The amount of shampoo and conditioner I go through every week is rather frightening (I like to drench my hair in both) and so it really didn’t make sense to be spending so much on a product that was not noticeably better for my hair and I had to replace every two weeks. Alternatively I would recommend the Kerastase hair care range for dull and lifeless hair, it brings back that bounce in your hair and gives it a new lease on life. In my case it restored all the damage that bleaching has caused my hair over the years.
After I have conditioned my hair I use the L’Oreal Elive Fibrology Thickening Masque for about five minutes plus. I used to only do this once a week, but my hair gets so dry without out it, it has become a part of my ‘hair washing’ regimen. I also like everything to match or be a pair (OCD tendencies) so I like that it works in conjugation with my Shampoo and Conditioner.
For the ultimate nourishment I use Monoi Coconut Oil on my hair, from the mid-length to my ends, twice a week. I leave it on for about 5 -10 minutes if I have the time – the longer it’s on the better the results. It has the most amazing smell and leaves my hair feeling like silk. A pricer alternative is the Moroccan Oil Restorative Hair Mask. It has very much the same effect, it just leaves my hair looking a bit glossier. Depending on what my hair is needing more, I alternate between the two. Now that Winter is on it’s way out I will probably stick to using the Coconut Hair Treatment more. My hair doesn’t get as dry anymore and retains it’s natural oils. On a side note, I’ve been wanting to try out some of the different Lush hair treatments but looking at the size of the containers I’d probably get through the whole thing in two uses! Nevertheless I’ll probably scoop up some of their fresh summer flavours to try soon.
A product that I’ve only recently started using is the Moroccan Oil Heat Styling and Protection Spray, and so far, I’m a big fan. Most Moroccan Oil products are exceptional and this spray is no different. It smells great and adds that extra layer of protection needed before blow-drying, straightening or curling your hair. It’s terrifying the amount of damage you can do to your hair if it is not protected when using heat against it. Split ends are a visible sign of this, but think of all the damage that we can’t see!
To finish off I like to use a squirt of the Paul Mitchell Hair Serum to seal in the moisture and give my hair that refined smooth texture. This product is a dream ! It calms any static or stray hairs that you can’t organise into place, and helps hold your hair in your preferred style. It is a bit pricer than your everyday serum, but the product really works and the bottle has lasted me what feels like a lifetime.
While I myself am constantly changing products and trying new brands, it is a good idea to have some sort of longevity with the products you use. Continual usage of a certain product is when you are able to see the full benefits of it on your hair. Which is why the above mentioned items have been my go-to hair hero’s for the past few months. If you are a returning reader to my blog, or a newbie fresh out the bat – maybe you are just a devoted silent scroller; please let me know what you think of my post? What products should I add to my ‘must-have’ list?
At the very least I hope this post has inspired you to have a night in this week. Kick your feet up, pour yourself a glass of wine and give yourself some much deserved TLC.