Ta-da! A new ‘do coming at… you. I am always so impulsive with the things I do with my hair, I guess because it’s something that always makes me feel a little happier – there’s really nothing better than a good haircut!
So I decided to get my hair cut short again, it wasn’t something that I took lightly as I have been growing my hair for some time now. After the bleaching it just became so unmanageable, I’m also very effortless (lazy) with my hair so it was a hassle having to wash and blowdry it every damn day.
I was having dinner with Jordan earlier this week and he said “I think when your hair was short, it was bigger and you could really puff it up. Now it’s long, it’s very down” – nailed it. I knew then it was time to go back to big, bad, short locks. Although it was upsetting to chop it all off, I think it was the right thing to do as my hair looks so thick and shiny now!
I showed a photo of myself (from maybe two years ago), to my friend Rachel (hairdresser by profession) and she cut me back in my typical haircut – perfecto. I also dyed it back to my usual medium ash brown, which is the shade I always go for. I use a lot of shampoos that strip the colour though so I tend to get it redone often.
I also went for a middle-parted fringe but I can still wear it to the side or as a full fringe if I prefer. I’m not sure how I feel about middle parting fringes… they’re a whole lot of hassle really.
My hair is so, so much more healthy – before I got it cut it was a nightmare. It was frizzy, matted and I had actual dreadlocks. It also looked really straggly and dull, and it was impossible to make it look nice. I think because it’s so fine it’s best to have it short, and up until recently it was the longest my hair has ever been, but I don’t think it really suited my hair type. Sad but true. Sometimes you just have to face up to reality, though I think we can all agree it did take me a while!
I may have regressed with this haircut, but sometimes you have to try other things to figure out what is for you. Who knows what my next cut and colour may be…
It sometimes feels like I’m the only blogger with hair on the fine/thin side – what I wouldn’t do for lovely, thick locks! I guess this is good in some ways as at least I can test and trial the products that might save your locks. I find with my hair that it’s very flat and yet also very tangled, so I have to find products that detangle and hydrate without weighing it down or leaving it looking lank, and also thicken it up without products looking obvious in my hair. Sigh! So here’s a few ‘kit essentials’ I think make all the difference when it comes to fine, thin hair.
You may have heard me, or just about everyone else, talking about reverse washing recently; I’ve been doing it for the last week or two and haven’t looked back. It’s perfect for my fine hair, especially when it was long (I’ve just had it all cut off, eek!). The idea is to use conditioner first, massage it in and leave for a minute, rinse out and then follow with your shampoo – just massage it in and rinse out. It’s literally just your usual routine but backwards. A lot of the time when you use conditioner, especially on fine hair types, you can’t wash it all out and so hair looks greasy and weighed down even straight after washing. Not nice! I had a period of this from the last few months, and this reverse washing has completely saved me. I just use my usual shampoo and conditioner choice, which is just the Herbal Essences classics – usually the yellow one. Thank God the original formulas are back, I’ve been waiting so long for this.
I know the whole reverse washing sounds gross but it will change your life – I dare you to try it and tweet me and let me know how you got on!
Leave In Conditioner
I swear by a detangling leave-in conditioner, especially now I’m reverse washing my hair, but even before that. The fine mist of conditioner allows you to nourish, smooth and detangle the hair without weighing down the hair – I have a couple of favourites, right now the Sachajuan Leave In Conditioner (£21) is my everyday product but I will never, ever be without a bottle of the Dove Nourishing Oil Care Leave In Conditioner (£3.59) – this stuff is divine and smells like a bathtub of heaven. Yep.
These will mean hair is much easier to brush through, therefore resulting in less breakage and healthier, shinier hair.
I don’t think my life would be complete without a Tangle Teezer – I think I own four now! FOUR. I love them. My hair gets seriously tangly, I’ve actually just had it all cut because I couldn’t handle the constant dreadlocks (or as Jordan calls them, my rat tails). I use the Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash (£10) the most, it’s designed to be used on wet hair and it’s amazing for detangling after washing your hair. It’s also great for brushing through conditioning treatments in the shower too.
A Light Hair Oil
I used to think hair oils weren’t for me, I would use them lightly on my damp hair but by the time my hair was dry, the ends were completely greasy. They were just too rich for my hair type, even if I just used a pea-sized amount. I then found the L’Oreal Mythic Oil (£13.60), a product I’ve been using for YEARS. This stuff is my saviour, it really helps to smooth and hydrate the ends and it leaves my hair looking so swishy and glossy. Plus you can apply pumps and pumps of this and it’s always absorbed – I’ve never had a greasy-haired experience from using this. Plus, it smells amazing.
I wouldn’t really recommend anything else, I’ve tried so many others but they’re all designed for really dry hair and they’re far too rich. Best stick to this one, I use it every day and I’m actually embarrassed to say I still have the same bottle I got in a Glossybox four years ago. I store it well though!
A Salt Spray
I find salt sprays do wonders for my hair, they really add volume and thickness better than any other product. I discovered the Kerastase Spray A Porter (£17.25) recently and I haven’t looked back, it uses their special technology to ensure hair is tousled and textured but without the crispy feeling! Seriously, there’s no signs you have a salt spray in your hair – well, apart from your effortless beachy ‘do obviously. I get actual waves when I use this, which is AMAZING. I can’t recommend this stuff enough for adding volume and texture.
Volumising & Texture Products
In terms of adding life and body to my hair, I have an old favourite in the Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray (£25) – I use this stuff most days and a lot of people don’t even know I have quite thin hair naturally. I think it’s heat activated so I only use it when I blowdry my hair, and then use a circular brush to add body at the roots. This really delivers, I can’t believe how much volume it adds to my flat hair!
I’ve also just started using the Bumble and bumble Grooming Creme (£22) – which is a kind of ‘do all’ product that results in an effortless, tousled look to the hair. Just a little bit of product really allows you to get a bit of body in to the hair, and it gives it a nice undone, tousled finish. I used to use the Texture (Un) Dressing Creme (£22) from the brand, and while I haven’t got rid of it just yet, the Grooming Creme is less sticky and generally gets a more natural finish in my hair. I will post a full review of this if you’re interested.
Now, we all know that if you have fine, flat hair, dry shampoo is a MUST. Seriously, I own bottles of the stuff, but I have noticed that all I use now is the Bumble Pret-A-Powder (£21.50) – this stuff is my dream product. It’s a dry shampoo, style extender and volumising powder in one – you just shake it on and massage it in. I don’t just add it to the roots either, I work it in to the lengths to make my hair appear fuller – it’s amazing for working in to waves and curls for a little extra body. I know this stuff is talked about everywhere, but you really can’t live without it.
I shake a good amount in my hair before bed (without massaging it in) so I wake up with a really undone, but not greasy look. It’s amazing stuff, it really freshens up and cleanses the hair, and it smells incredible. If you buy one product, make sure it’s this!
Of course, you don’t need every product here (I wrote ‘hair’ there instead, too much hair chat) but it’s a guide to understanding what works for your hair and what doesn’t. I have made so many purchases for my hair and it just hasn’t worked out – I actually find it hard to hydrate my hair as everything is aimed at really dry hair, but I find leaving a mask in my hair overnight or even for twenty minutes and then washing it out with shampoo works a treat. It goes back to reverse shampooing, but there’s so many thick hair products (and even things like coconut oil) that won’t come out of your hair without shampooing, so I do think it’s essential.
I would say a good hair kit would contain the Dove Leave-In Conditioner, the Pret A Powder and either the salt spray or the Oribe Maximista – you can then add in anything else if you need it. Remember, the good thing about fine hair is that you only need to use a TINY bit of product each time, so it’s worth investing in premium brands where possible because they last years. Finally, something good about fine hair eh.
Remember to dry reverse washing and let me know your thoughts!
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You may remember that I mentioned this salt spray in a beauty haul last week, I was going to wait a little longer before I reviewed it but I couldn’t wait to share it with you. I guess I’ve been using it for a little over a week now, but I have to wash my hair every day so I guess that’s enough time to review a salt spray.
While on the hunt for something that would actually put waves in my straight hair, Meg recommended the Kérastase Spray A Porter (£18.40) – a salt spray that allows for natural movement in the hair, meaning you get all the benefits of a salt spray but without the crispy, dry feeling. I have to admit, I love using salt sprays but I find they either leave my hair looking a bit lank, give it a crispy, dry look or really make my hair super frizzy and out of control. Spray A Porter does none of this, the light mist smells lovely and is applied super easy – I just brush my damp hair in to style, spray a few pumps all over the length, separate the hair with my fingers and sometimes twist a few sections and then leave it to dry.
The result is, well as you can see, I have waves in my usually quite straight hair and it also looks very thick – especially my fringe. I haven’t used heat at all, which is ideal as my hair is in need of some repair! It does give hair quite a tousled look, I prefer a messier look so it’s perfect – I wouldn’t say it’s in any way frizzy though, it’s just enough of a tousled look without bordering on bird’s nest territory. My hair still looks shiny and polished, but with way more texture and wave.
I wouldn’t go a day without using this now, even just for thickening up my hair and adding a little wave. I use it in my fringe for texture and volume and the lengths for a more effortless look – my hair still has all the natural movement, it doesn’t feel stiff or dried out and it still has a shine to it. It’s definitely worth the pricetag and since you only need a couple of sprays, I can see it lasting some time. This is actually the first styling product I’ve tried from Kerastase and I’m hooked – and just in time for summer.
I have to admit, I’m pretty minimal when it comes to this old hair. I’ve never, ever been one to make much effort with my hair – it’s not entirely awful natural and I do just give it a lazy blowdry and leave it most days but when I’m actually going somewhere, I like to do this casual wavy style. It takes just minutes and so it’s ideal for rushed mornings or basically every morning if you’re like me and can’t commit to any demanding hairstyle.
To begin, I use the Unite 7 Seconds Conditioner (£14.85), this is a leave-in conditioner that makes detangling messy locks a dream! I love this stuff, it smells heavenly and also has heat protectant in there too. I then spray on my beloved Sachajuan Ocean Mist (£18), another god-send for my hair. This doesn’t do much in terms of adding waves to my hair, but then again nothing does. If I use it on my hair without using hair oil or serum and leave it to dry naturally, it does give me quite a lovely, waved finish admittedly but I don’t have time to do this every day. And I like using hair oil.
Instead I use this stuff to add some texture and body to my fine hair. My hair is too soft so it doesn’t usually stay in styles, but the Ocean Mist allows me to create waves and have a bit of grit to my fluffy locks. I then blowdry my hair as I would usually, I’m pretty casual with this too as you might have guessed.
Next, I use my straighteners – I have the ghd IV Styler (£89) – to create a lovely wave in my hair. To do this, I take a small strand of hair maybe 3cm thick and place the irons near the top (you can be quite casual with this, it’s a messy kinda style) and then gently rock and twist the straighteners as you come down the hair, one way and then the next. Just hold the straighteners against the hair, clamp down and move the irons maybe 45 degrees forwards, and twist them back 45 degrees as you move the irons down a little. Keep doing this as you move down the hair. It takes minutes to do the whole head and it’s oh so simple.
Once I’ve done my whole head with this twisty method, I shake a lot of the Bumble and bumble Pret-A-Powder (£21.50) in to the lengths and at the roots. This doesn’t dry the hair out, but it really adds lots of volume and body – plus it’s a style extender so it really holds your style in place. I adore it!
Finally, I finish off with the beautiful Bumble Cityswept Finish (£21.50) – a new release from the brand. This is another multi-tasking product but it kind of manages to give hair a lovely lived-in, tousled look. I’m not sure how else to describe it, but it’s amazing for making waves and layers look even more effortless. Serious Alexa Chung hair after using this, let me tell you.
I scrunch it through my hair and then I’m all set!