I’m not sure about you, but there are a few products which I’ve used for absolutely years, and I can’t be without. When I say I’ve had a bottle of Kerastase’s Bain Satin 1 in my closet since childhood, it’s no lie – my mother used to send me to swim class with a bottle of it in my gym bag! Having thick, wavy hair before straighteners were such a big thing meant that frizz was (and still is) the enemy so using a product which really nourished ends was a must have!
Now, with ends which have been all too damaged by bleach and heat styling, every third or so wash, I find myself reaching for the familiar ivory and orange bottle. The formula is incredibly rich and nourishing, and it foams beautifully. I only need a 10p sized blob to thoroughly wash my hair. I then follow up with a Kerastase hair masque. It’s an integral part of my haircare routine, and I can’t see that changing any time soon!
Kerastase Bain Satin is priced at £17.90 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
As someone with hair that’s been somewhat mistreated, I’m always on the lookout for products which are going to undo some of the damage I’ve inflicted. After bleaching, daily heat styling and having frizzy hair to begin with, any product which offers to smooth and hydrate it good for me. So, when Kiehl’s Smoothing Oil-Infused Shampoo popped through the letter box, I knew it was destined to be good!
I’d never tried any haircare from Kiehl’s before, but considering I’ve never failed with their skincare, it was only a mater of time until I did! Packaged in Keihl’s signature apothecary-style packaging, the shampoo was the first part of the range I tried.
Applied to wet hair, it foams beautifully, despite being sulphate-free, and I love the scent. Even before slathering on the conditioner, my hair felt a whole lot smoother after using the shampoo.
After squeezing as much water out of my ends, I apply a generous dollop of the conditioner to my lengths and ends. I then leave it on for as long as possible – just as long as I can hang about in the shower really, then hose it all off. I can’t even tell you how much of a difference this duo makes. Hair is so soft and smooth, and blow drying it is an absolute dream – I hardly even need to look at my straighteners after using it, and it feels so, so soft and shiny!
Kiehl’s Smoothing Oil-Infused Shampoo is priced at £16 and the Conditioner is priced at £19 and both are available here.
I’m not sure that there is anything quite as lovely has having a head full of soft and shiny hair, especially in the summer when you want your beauty routine to be as minimal as possible. But, when you’re blonde, and when you batter your hair about as much as I do, it can be hard to keep it shiny and healthy.
Just as an example, in the past fortnight, my entire head has been bleached twice, toned three times and I have to blow dry and straighten my hair daily. Not exactly ideal, so, in efforts to appease my hair sins, I’ve been adding as much nourishment into my routine as possible. Just out of the shower, after spraying on a little protective spray, I smooth a couple of pumps of this through the ends, and then get to grips with my Tangle Teezer. It disappears into my hair, and even when it’s wet, it feels far smoother than before.
Then, after blow drying with a round brush, I smooth a pump of the Shine and Smoothing Oil through the ends before I tackle them with the straighteners. The oil just disappears into my stressed ends, softening the look of split ends and adding a wonderful sheen to the lengths which lasts all day long!
Windle & Moodie Shine and Smoothing Oil is priced at £21 and is available here
I know I bleat on rather a lot about how much I abuse my hair, but it’s probably one of my worst habits. I can’t get away from heat styling or colouring, so instead, I’m left trying to fix whatever damage I’ve done.
I’ve been a massive fan of Fekkai haircare for years now. I can honestly say it saved my poor, frazzled ends from an ill-advised hair appointment in Dubai, and I’ve had a tub of the PRX mask in the shower ever since. I’ve reviewed it here, and if you’re looking for a miracle treatment, you have to try it!
Unfortunately though, Fekkai has been getting increasingly hard to get hold of in the UK over the past couple of years. Before I used to grab it in Space NK, but for some reason the discontinued the line, leaving me to scrabble about on amazon to try and find the stuff. So, a few weeks ago, it’s fair to say I got rather panicky when I couldn’t find my usual mask, and in a bit of a blur I ordered the Essential Shea mask instead.
At first I was a little worried that it would be too rich for my hair, but it’s an absolute dream! Scented with jasmine and exotic florals, I feel like I should be using it somewhere in Tahiti rather than in Scotland. The mask has a soft, creamy consistency which just melts into hair. I leave it on for a good 10-15 minutes while I get on with the rest of my shower, then hose it off as normal. Ends are left incredibly soft and shiny, and it works it’s magic without weighing hair down!
Since I can only really find Fekkai products, the prices do tend to vary quite dramatically according to the day, but you can find it here (UK) and here (US)
Touch of Silver is one of those brands you wonder why you haven’t fallen in love with sooner! I use their purple shampoo incredibly regularly, as it cuts through brassiness in my hair, and leaves it super soft and shiny, so, when I saw that PRO:VOKE had released these dinky little shots, I couldn’t wait to give them a shot!
After shampooing as normal (btw the Touch of Silver shampoo smells incredible – like grape candy) I unwrapped one of the vials and got to work. You use the shot instead of your regular conditioner, and I smoothed it from root to tip. The shot has a super light texture, and Felt like it really sank in whilst I got down to business in the shower. After leaving it in for a good ten minutes, I hosed my hair down like normal, and got to work styling my hair like normal.
Although the shot doesn’t smell quite as awesome as the other Touch of Silver products I’ve tried, it really did make a noticeable difference to my hair – it felt really soft, and was far shinier than before. These are such a great, and affordable addition to your haircare regime, you have to check them out, no matter what hair colour you are!
The shots are priced at £6.99 and are available here.