I have to come clean… literally. It’s dawned on me that I’ve become a hair product junkie, my fine thin locks have seen a wealth of products being applied and smoothed through – and to be honest I’ve been a little heavy handed with the application. Cue weighed down, lacklustre locks. In a bid to get them shiny and fresh once more, I’ve been cutting down on the hair products I use… my hair is on a diet.
My hair is super soft and silky, which sounds nice on paper, but in reality it always seems to look so flat and lifeless. I’m not really a straight ‘n’ sleek kinda girl, I like masses of messy texture and body, which of course requires a shedload of products! Over the last week or so, I’ve been giving my hair a big break from products – I started off by using the Boots Build Up Removal Shampoo, I think this only costs a few quid but it works wonders. It gives the locks a deep cleanse, removing product build up and generally giving hair a detox. It’s something you use just once a week or every ten days or whatever, and it does strip the colour, so keep that in mind.
As I’ve also been reverse washing my hair, something I’ve spoken about a few times now but I think it does make a difference – especially if you’re on a product detox like myself. I just use my usual shampoo and conditioner, but backwards. I take a small amount of conditioner and apply it to the lengths and ends of my hair, let it sit for a minute or so, rinse out and then apply a small amount of shampoo. I lather it up and rinse it out. Ta-da! My hair isn’t overloaded with conditioner as the shampoo rinsed it away, so it isn’t weighed down or lank, yet it’s still nourished. This means my hair is pretty bouncy and full of life, yet I haven’t even applied any products.
I’ve really had to change my ways, it’s almost become habit to smooth through five or six products in an attempt to keep my hair soft but also full of volume. I also apply far too much product each time, which is truly unnecessary on hair like mine. Instead, I’ve been taking more time to blow dry my hair, using only a tiny bit of product or usually, none at all. I use a circular brush like this Kent Small Radial Brush (£8.50) and gently lift my hair at the roots to add some body, while keeping all the shine. It takes a little longer than my usual routine but it looks a lot better when it’s done.
I still do use the odd hair product here and there, but only really one at a time and I tend to spritz the product in to my palms, rub them together to disperse, and then sweep it softly through my hair. I do the same with cream products – it allows me to use way less, and in turn my hair looks shiny and polished rather than heavy with gunk. I’m also learning to embrace my natural hair, so I tend to leave it to dry naturally without products – this means it looks super healthy!
Have you ever been on a product detox?