Hair Care – My Go-To Hair Products for Dry, Damaged & Coloured Hair
These products are products that I have either found when trying products out; or products that my amazing Stylist, Georgie from Hair Traffic, Belfast has recommended to me when I go in to get my hair cut and coloured with her once a month. these products are unisex products that can be used for all ages.
I’m not a qualified Hair Stylist and I’d ask that you always double check product ingredients before purchase, especially if you have allergies or may have sensitive skin. I also just want to point out that some of the products used may not be for vegans, the products do contain royal jelly and honey.
Please also refer to your own hair stylist on what products may be best for you. None of these products leave my hair feeling heavy or that weird texture feeling you get when you use too much product (I associate the feeling with how someone’s hair feels when they use mousse).
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Cutting and Colouring
I go to a Hair Stylist because over the years my hair has been a mixiblob of colours and it got to the point where only my roots would take on the colour. I ended up having a bleach bath with my Stylist. I cannot stress enough that you go get this done professionally or by a professional, do not use the products you can buy in the chemist as it can actually damage your hair more.
So, as you can see from my featured image, my hair is now a gorgeous copper red. My hair is super soft and shiny, everyone that knows me knows I pride myself on having soft, silky hair because I’m a twister (I twist my hair around my finger if I’m nervous, tired or deep in thought). I actually only wash my hair once a week but do a good, thorough wash, condition and hair mask. I notice the first time I wash my hair after it’s been done, it’s so dry.
Garnier Ultimate Blends Shampoo, The Strength Restorer (360ml) £2.00
This shampoo smells AMAZING. It is the best shampoo I have ever used. I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about it. My hair is super soft, silky and smells incredible when I use this and that’s before I use conditioner or hair masks.
Such a bargain on Amazon so I’ll definitely be repurchasing it from there when it runs out.
I bring my wet tangle brush into the shower with me and will brush the shampoo through, then rub the shampoo in from roots to tip to make sure all of my hair gets treated.
Garnier Ultimate Blends Conditioner, The Strength Restorer (360ml) £2.00
I use the same brand of conditioner to condition my hair. I’ll use my detangle brush, again and brush the conditioner through. I then pin it up and go about my shower routine (scrubbing the dead skin off, shaving, washing etc.) which takes about 10 minutes, then I rinse it off thoroughly. Amazon is killing it lately with bargain prices. This is available on Amazon Pantry, not sure if only Prime users can buy from there, so please check in advance.
My hair is really soft and silky after this, I’m really careful about looking after my hair. My hair is really thick so I tend to lose a good bunch when I wash it, sometimes it freaks me out slightly. However, I know that it’s natural for this to happen given the amount of styling, heat and general wear and tear our hairs go through on a day to day basis. My hair is naturally wavy so it can become a bit tatty when washing or rinsing my hair which is why I use my detangle brush.
Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures, Strength Restorer Balm (300ml) RRP £4.99
My final step before I dry is my hair mask when these first came out you could only
purchase them in little triangle sachets, like these. I’ve since discovered that you can now get them in good sized pots. I got my pot from Amazon for £4.99. Boots have it for the same price, but I am a Prime member so I get free next day delivery so it’s a no brainer.
You don’t need very much of this, I use what I think would be an equivalent of a tablespoon and work it up from my ends to my roots. I use my detangle brush to make sure I haven’t missed any stray hairs. I only leave the mask on for 5 minutes and then rinse it off thoroughly.
I towel dry my hair and then focus on the heat protection products that I use to make sure any damage is minimal. Again, this is just what I use to help protect my hair from damage, it may not be for everyone and some people may think it’s a bit overkill, but this is what I use and I’m complimented so much on my hair and it’s something I am very proud of. I use three products before I even look at my hair dryer, I usually do this in the order set out below. You could try one if you want and see how you get on with it.
The first product I use I have also mentioned on my Instagram and I still swear by it almost 4 years later.
Beauty Protect & Detangle Spray (236ml) RRP £21.50
I spray this from root to tip at a distance. It smells so good if anyone can tell me what that fragrance is then I’ll love you forever as I wish I could bottle it.
Now when I bought this product on Birchbox, it was only £19.99. It is very pricey, but you can get a smaller bottle for cheaper on the site to try out. I got the big one as I’d already tried it and knew I loved it.
Milkshake Leave-in Conditioner (350ml) RRP £14.94
The next product I use is the one my Stylist recommended to me. It’s Milkshake’s Leave-in Spray Conditioner, I always think of banana’s when I use this, I think it’s the colour of it as there isn’t any banana’s in it. The price stated above is the price on Amazon, which is the cheapest place I have found it so far. The Milkshake website sells it for £16.79 if you prefer to purchase it there.
I keep it at arm’s length and spray root to tip as it specifies. My Stylist really recommends leave-in conditioners for anyone who dyes their hair and/or uses a lot of heat on their hair.
Tresemmé Expert Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray (200ml) RRP £5.50
My final product before blow-drying is another spray. I use this sparingly on my dry hair, as I don’t like my hair to feel heavy with product, like when you use a mousse. Again, Amazon seems to be the cheapest place to get it.
The next and final product is one that my Stylist uses with Milkshake’s Leave-in Conditioning spray. This is also a heat productive product, but this one is a serum and also helps with volume. My hair is super thick, but it doesn’t seem to have much volume after I straighten it and I am not a fan of backcombing as that is just a nightmare I don’t wanna have to detangle.
Tresemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist Spray (125ml) RRP £4.00
I bought this spray in ASDA for £6.10, but you can buy it on Amazon for £4.00. I bought it
purely because I ran out of my Pantene serum and like to switch up my products once I run out, so I can give other products a try. This smells like the normal Tresemmé smell mixed with coconut. Once I’ve sprayed this root to tip (I only use a little of this as I do find it can be quite heavy on your hair).
Once my hair is dry I move on to my final two products, one of which my Stylist recommends and one I’ve used forever. I tie half my hair up and focus on the bottom section of hair to straighten it before moving on to the top section. I’m only going to go through what I do as a generalised guide.
Schwarzkopf Osis + Upload Volume Cream (200ml) RRP £8.40
This is the only product I use that leaves a slightly tacky feeling on your hands so I’d suggest keeping your towel handy. I usually use two small dollops of this and rub my hands together, once it’s quite warm I work it from the roots down to the ends and any additional product leftover I’ll use on my ends or wipe off. Again, this can be bought on Amazon far cheaper than anywhere else.
Once I’ve done this I finally straighten my hair, I do keep my Cloud 9 straighteners on high heat, just because that’s what I’ve always done and my hair is super wavy so I want to make sure it’s poker straight, just how I like it.
That’s it, folks, that’s the products I use to keep my hair silky, soft and shiny despite using colourant and heat tools on it. I am not a fan of hairspray or dry shampoo, I have used both in the past, but I’ve gotten my hair into a routine now where I don’t need to wash it as often which is better for your hair. I also don’t straighten my hair every day, or I try not to and when I do I make sure to use my Osis and Cactus products. I do brush it in the morning and in the evening as part of my evening routine.
If you find these products cheaper anywhere else, please let me know so I can update the post. You will be given credit where credit is due. I want my readers to get the best price possible for their products. Like with everything else, keeping things healthy certainly costs a lot of money!
Signing off for Now
Thanks for reading and please remember these products are for dry hair so it means anyone can use them. Please do contact me if you find these cheaper, I love a good bargain and nothing better than finding one. If you have any products you think I should try then please let me know.
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