Over the last year I’ve become much more experimental with beauty, introducing new products and techniques to my daily routine. But when it comes to hair care I never stray from my favourites. This is partly because I have zero skills when it comes to hairstyling (seriously, I even struggle with ponytails), but also over time I’ve found six hair products which work well for me, and I truly don’t think I need anything else.
Before getting down to details I should probably describe what I’m working with. My hair is very fine, gets oily quickly, lacks texture and volume and is coloured every 6-8 weeks (so therefore needs regular moisturising treatments). These products won’t work for everyone, but hopefully you’ll find some of my recommendations useful…
Shampoo & Conditioner:
Since I started bleaching my hair two years ago I’ve become stringent about shampoo and conditioner, and will only use Kerastase. The Bain de Force shampoo and the Ciment Anti-Usure conditioner – both of which are made especially for chemically weakened hair. Without this washing routine my hair would be a dry, straw-like mess which terrible split ends. Spending so much money on shampoo and conditioner is a drag, but it’s definitely worth it in the long run, and Active Beauty usually has Kerastase discounts running.
In between washes I also use Batiste dry shampoo. I’ve tested a handful of premium dry shampoos in the past, and can honestly say they’re never as good as Batiste. So save your cash here and stick to the bargain buy!
Before drying my hair I’ll usually apply a small amount of Moroccanoil Oil Treatment to the ends of my hair, and comb through with a Tangle Teezer (which would be the next item on the haircare essentials list, if I were to add one). As with Kerastase it’s expensive but well worth the investment. For texture and volume I apply Bumble and bumble Surf Spray to my roots, but try to use this sparingly, as it’s drying, and therefore counter-productive to the nourishing shampoo and treatments.
I’m not very confident when it comes to styling my hair (I love the Jason Wu and DVF AW13 looks above, but would never be able to recreate them). However, I can manage a simple wavy look using the BaByliss 2285BU Hair Curling Wand, which is an affordable £24.99. I simply separate hair into four sections and work through each, wrapping about an inch-and-a-half of hair around the wand, holding it in place for 20-30 seconds. One I’ve worked my way through all four sections of hair I brush the curls out with my Tangle Teezer and spritz on some Oribe Superfine Hairspray. It’s my favourite hairspray as the hold is perfect, it smells delicious and lasts all day.
So there you have it… my six favourite hair products. Let me know if you agree with my recommendations and feel free to suggest any of your own favourites too.