I’ll go back to the very beginning of my hair story. Last year in May, I decided to get a perm. It was only a gentle one to add some wave and volume to your hair. It was probably the best decision I have ever made concerning my hair but I was unaware of the commitment that I was making. Yes I was able to quickly wash my hair, leave it to dry and then have a natural set of waves for the day, but oh the dryness. Since then I have constantly been using hair masks, repair shampoos and conditioners and avoiding the use of heat on my hair. In December I decided enough was enough as I could literally see my ends snapping off before my very own eyes. I got a few inches lopped off, in the hope my hair would start looking and feeling back to it’s normal health. The only thing was, I didn’t realise was that all my intensive repair products would work against me with my shorter hair. Until the other day, I would wash my hair, and then find as soon as I’d dried it that it was still a bit greasy. I decided to take action and walk over to my local body shop and get myself a deep cleansing shampoo called Rainforest Oil Balance Shampoo. Oh my goodness am I glad I did that. After one wash, my hair looked so fluffy and shiny. Harry even said my hair looked a lot lighter? Shows how much extra oil and dirt I must have been harbouring. But for €6.50 it has really done a salon level job on my hair and I am actually feeling a more confident that I don’t look like a greasy bag of chips every time I go outside. The Body Shop really has come back into my life in a big way and now I am eyeing up their tinted moisturiser since another blogger suggested it to me. This shampoo has restored my faith in all body shop products and I’m sure I’ll be back in there this weekend snooping around for my next big buy!
My hairstyle has always been a priority for me since the dreaded day it got chopped into a mullet when I was 12 and got constantly bullied at school. Now I always want to make sure my hair is styled nicely to frame my face and looks healthy. My hair has seen some harsh treatments over the past few years, from going blonde, to brown and then permed. I have loved all of these hair styles but I can feel the strain it’s put on my hair and feel it deserves a break. I recently got the chop and had a good few inches taken off. My ends were so fine and brittle that having long hair had lost its novelty and just became a losing battle to bring it back to full health. Now I am so happy with my hair cut and I feel it’s also more suitable for the new chapter in my life.. being a mum. Here’s a short list on how to get your hair back to full health again.
1) Whatever the problem is, chop it off.
I have spent years hoping that a hair mask or treatment would make my split ends magically disappear overnight. It doesn’t work like that though. Get them chopped off and then make sure you keep your hair treated and conditioned to prevent them from coming back. Regular hair cuts always help as well.
2) Give your hair a days break.
I have alternate days of washing my hair. Washing your hair everyday makes it even more dry and will just encourage frizz and damaged ends.
3) Invest in some decent hair care.
I have been told that cheap hair masks and shampoos actually work against your hair as they contain alcohol. Pay an extra few pounds for a decent shampoo and conditioner that will actually have an effect. I use L’oréal EverRich shampoo and conditioner and it’s safe to say that it’s worked wonders on my hair.
4) Use a deep clean shampoo for build up.
Sometimes repair shampoo and conditioner can leave a build up on your roots and you’ll find your hair can get greasy quite quickly. Using a build up removal shampoo on the roots like Phyto will give your hair a deep clean and you can carry on using your treatments.
5) Go easy on the Ghds.
If I do use mine I try to run them through my hair as quick as I can to reduce the amount of heat exposure. Use a heat protector for your hair to keep any damage minimal. Tresemmé have a brilliant heat defence spray.