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!
Ta-da! What a change. This post was meant to be a video because I have quite a lot to get through but it just didn’t work out – so it’s a blog post instead. As you can see I’ve come back to the dark side, but not really by choice. I suppose it’s quite a surprise because I never seemed like I would ever give up my light locks but here we go – a story for y’all.
To start at the beginning, lately I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather and just generally feeling too exhausted to do anything. One of the things I noticed (apart from ALL of the weight ever going to my already chubby face!) was that my hair was shedding a lot, grim I know. I’ve never been one to lose a lot of hair, I never find it collects in my brushes that often or find my hair everywhere like other people do, but in recent weeks my brushes have been full with hair. Still. So. Grim.
Someone kindly pointed out to me on YouTube that my hair was thinning (YouTube ain’t good for the soul!) and I started to really worry about it, so naturally a doctors appointment was booked and blood was taken. I was away at my parent’s house for a couple of weeks while they were on holiday and when I came back to Glasgow I just didn’t feel right. I didn’t feel like me at all and my hair just looked awful, it look lanky and unhealthy and never looked clean – a problem I’ve never had before. I tried everything, build-up removing shampoos, skipping conditioner and going easy on the brushing but nothing worked.
I got up one day last week and I’d had enough, I felt so, so down about it and everything else that was going on with me and I literally hit the bottle. The hair dye bottle. Going back to brown seemed like the only option! I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either… it certainly looks fuller and healthier so I’m happy with that for now.
I guess when I get results back I will find out what’s up but I can’t really go back to blonde as my hair will be RUINED.
Anyway, that’s basically it. I did it myself because I’m pretty good at these things, I went for a red/brown shade first to put some warmth back in my hair and then went over it with a medium ash brown as the first shade was too light for me. It’s quite dark at the moment but it’s fading a lot, but I always have my hair a medium ash brown so I can always recolour it.
I need a little bit chopped off, which is the reason I didn’t go to the hairdresser’s – I’m just delaying the inevitable but I really don’t want to get a haircut ha. I’m hoping my hair grows out a lot as it’s getting pretty long now. I also cut my curtains back in, and I’m enjoying them for now.
Hopefully there’s nothing wrong, I don’t want to scare anyone. I’m probably just a bit under the weather and need to chug some vitamins. In the mean time, please don’t diagnose me! I know you guys mean well but I’d rather we talk about my hair rather than my health – I just wanted to let you know as I’ve mentioned it a couple of times and haven’t had any videos up, I just don’t feel very happy with myself at the moment and need a couple of weeks to get myself together! I’m finding it hard to feel like myself at the moment and I think I just need to have a break for a bit, which is lucky as I’m going away on Monday.
So there we go, a hair update! Hopefully I’ve answered all the questions you guys had….
Oh, how I do love me a Bumble and bumble release. Approximately 90% of my haircare and styling routine is made up of Bumble products, I have been using them for as long as I remember and I can even recall the first time I bought one of their products! Getting a little soppy there, but I probably would ask the new Prêt-à-Powder to be my Valentine…
Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder (£21.50) combines a trio of properties to create a product that may well be all you need to use post-blowdry; it’s a style extender, dry shampoo and volumising powder all in one – see? I wasn’t lying. I’ve tried many a volumising powder in my time, most I’ve loved for their plumping ways but they’ve always, always left my hair with that clumped, dirty feeling. I can honestly say that Pret-A-Powder leaves the hair feeling fresh, light and plumped without any of the side effects.
The small bottle has a tiny hole in the top which allows only a sprinkle of the product to escape, so you get all the volume and body but without lots of powder – and absolutely no grey tinge to the hair! It instantly revives dull, lank hair and leaves it looking cleansed and lovely.
It has a subtle smell and is so easy to use, just sprinkle in and massage a little to create the ultimate ‘do. I love using it on freshly washed and day old hair, it works so well on both and you can apply it to the roots and the lengths for full hair in seconds.
The bottle really finishes it off, I’m not sure if I have captured its beauty in full in the above snap but lemme tell ya – it’s a dressing table staple! The pink, pearlescent bottle is just gorgeous, my pastel-loving self gives it the thumbs up.
If you’re a fan of big, bold hair and lots of body, this is for you – in fact, I urge you all to pick up a bottle immediately. It’s amazing stuff, and I expect it will last some time as you really only need a pinch for bold locks.
The purchase of my new Herbal Essences products (see this post) means I’m pretty much set for the basics for now, but I’ve recently extended my (overflowing) haircare and styling stash to accommodate a few new products that aren’t so much essentials in my daily routine, but more products that I can switch up to channel whatever ‘do I’m feeling at that moment.
The first product is the Lush Big Sea Salt Shampoo (£11.50), something I’ve heard a lot about over the years but never tried. This uses sea salt to volumise and create that wavy, beachy look I think just about everyone adores – this uses actual course sea salt rocks in it which are suspended in a kind of gel – the other ingredients include citrus and coconut oil – which you massage in to your hair, it lathers up and rinses away easily enough and you’re left with lovely beachy, big locks once dry. I find the tub really awkward, I tend to avoid tubs of products in the shower as they get water in them and are basically ruined – but I’m persevering. This is really great stuff, I have to use conditioner afterwards as it really tangles my hair, but I do get quite a wave in my hair after use. Don’t use this on coloured hair, though – it’s pretty stripping!
Another shampoo I bought recently is the Bleach Silver Shampoo (£5), purely because I wanted to try something else. I’ve heard this achieves more of a silver shade in your hair, I tend to leave silver shampoo on for about an hour to achieve my ashy locks but I’m yet to try this – I’ve been waiting for the lavender shade to leave my hair first. Has anyone tried this yet? I think I’ll use it today.
Another Bleach addition is the Reincarnation Mask (£6), I had tried this already as you get a good sized sample tube in the toner kit to use after you have treated your hair. This is absolutely incredible stuff and I highly recommend it, it’s forever sorting my hair out and detangling it, and my locks feel incredibly soft after using. I think it’s a must have whether you have bleached hair or not.
Last on my list are a couple of products I use for cleansing day-old hair and for adding volume on freshly washed hair – first up is the Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo (£4.59), I adore Dove haircare and this is no exception – I’ve mentioned before that I’m forever on the hunt for good dry shampoos and this has come out on top, it smells beautiful and really truly cleans the hair – as well as adding volume. I can’t detect it so much in my hair and it doesn’t make my ends look all dry. Definitely one to stock up on!
Also here is the brilliant Bumble and bumble Pret-a-Powder (£21.50), an all-round winner which is being released on 27th January. This is a lightweight hair powder that works like dry shampoo to cleanse and lift the hair, adding life and body. It also acts as a style extender and volumising powder in one, and I can confirm that it is completely amazing! I haven’t stopped using it since it arrived, it provides so much body and texture in seconds and it’s completely undetectable in the hair.