Basic Hair Care – Long Hair

I have long hair. I have had my hair this long for the last three years or so and I only go to the hairdressers to get it trimmed every sort of 6 months. Some people might find that fact horrific but that’s what I do. I first started growing my hair out to get it long enough to cut off the ends that I had dip dyed red. To concentrate on growing it out I literally tied my hair in a messy bun for about 6 months, one of the reasons I did this was because I didn’t like my hair but I also found it easier to do this so I didn’t keep checking how long my hair was!

For the past couple of years my hair has been at the length it currently is and I love it. I can’t imagine myself with any other hair. Sometimes it’s annoying on windy days or when I’m in a hurry it had been known to get stuck in the car door but generally it’s really easy for me to manage.

I wash my hair three times a week and I don’t have a fixed shampoo and conditioner product I use because I like to mix up what I use. I feel like my hair is always in better condition when I don’t use the same thing every time I wash my hair. I normally use the Superdrug own brand Coconut shampoo and conditioner. This is my every day shampoo and it’s kind of a cheap and cheerful product so you can’t really go wrong. The shampoo doesn’t foam as much as I would like but it’s not the end of the world and the conditioner always leaves my hair silky smooth and smelling amazing. I use this twice a week so every other time I wash my hair and use a different one in the middle.

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Elvive Smooth Intense Shampoo and Conditioner (sorry about how disgusting they look)

When I’m not using the Superdrug shampoo I either use the Body Shop Rainforest Brilliance Shampoo that I recently wrote about here so I’m not going to talk about that but I’ll talk about the L’Oreal Elvive smooth Intense Anit-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner.

When I first started using this Shampoo I was worried it would make my hair more greasy or that I would have to wash my hair more than usual but I actually didn’t have to change my routine at all. I tend to use these most when I know I am going to use heat on my hair because these are more nourishing for my hair and makes my hair have such a lovely shine. I love using the mask version of this too and it literally smells so divine it’s unreal. All of these products are really well priced and so easy to pick up in Boots, Superdrug or even the supermarket.

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I also use the Elvive Extraordinary Oil MaskI love using this once a week on the ends of my hair. I put it on after I have washed and conditioned and keep my hair in a bun whilst I shower. It always leaves my hair feeling extra smooth and looks in my better condition and gives off a lovely shine.

Do you have any basic hair  products that you love using?

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Empties #1

I thought it was about time that I wrote about some products empties that I have been collecting over the last couple of months. I love reading these kind of posts and watching them on Youtube because the fact that someone has finished a product suggests that it is liked and in a way the strongest recommendation you could give someone. I have a mixture of items I have been saving up, let me know if you have tried any of these bits in the comments!

The first item I have been really loving is the Whipped Clean Shower Butter by Soap & Glory. I love using this in the evenings when I have a shower because it’s so buttery and the formula of the product just leaves my skin so smooth and moisturised. The scent is pretty strong as with all Soap & Glory products but it leaves my skin smelling so nice and not at all over powering. It actually took me a little while to get through this mainly because I don’t use it every time I get a shower, only when I feel like my skin needs it.

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The next one is also a shower gel. This is something that I got in a beauty box and really enjoyed using this. It’s the Dao Foaming Shower Gel by RitualsThis smells delicious and is really lovely and calming and because it foams as it comes out it’s so soft on my skin. I used this a lot when I was in a rush but still wanted a bit more of a relaxing shower.

Now on to hair. The Umberto Giannini Frizzi Recovery MaskMy hair never feels as good when I don’t use this conditioner. This was actually given to me by my boyfriends mum because she didn’t like it… well I can’t like it enough. When I looked it up and saw that it was only £6.00 I couldn’t resist buying it for myself! I have long hair and it can often feel a bit straw-like if I don’t look after it and I find that when I use this once a week it keeps my hair in much better condition. I normally only put it on the ends of my hair and tie it up whilst I shower. It smells amazing too and even if you have good hair I would still recommend using this.

A foundation that I have finished recently is the Rimmel Match PerfectionThis is one of my all time favourite foundations and my everyday go-to. It sits really nicely on my skin and I find the Ivory 100 is such a good colour match for me. It also has SPF 20 which I always look for in base products that I’m putting on my skin especially as it’s getting closer to summer. I actually haven’t repurchased this yet but only because I have so many other ones I want to finish first because I know if I buy this I will only use this!

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Finally the last product it the No7 Beautiful skin Day Cream. I love all things No7 and this is my everyday moisturiser for my face. It never leaves my skin feeling greasy or sticky and I can just apply my makeup straight after putting this on which no problems. This has SPF 15 and 5*UVA protection. This little pot literally lasts months! I bought a few things when there was a 3 for 2 and I feel like it could potentially be a lifetime supply! For me this is something I know I can rely on even when I have problems with my skin it’s always gentle.

Let me know if you have tried any of these and what you thought about them! Have you repurchased any?

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Growing your Hair – My Tips

I have had long hair for around 3 years now and I have actually grown it out from shoulder length which took me about 2 years to get to so I wanted to share with you some of the tips and tricks that I used to help me grow out my hair. These aren’t scientifically proven or anything and some of them might not have even contributed to my hair growth but I feel like these 5 tips really helped me.

Tip Number One

I tied my hair my hair up in a messy bun for about the first 6 months I started to grow my hair out. I feel like this helped because I wasn’t checking my hair every five minutes so I feel like because it wasn’t on my mind constantly I was like ‘wow my hairs actually grown’.

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This is awful but reality. Messy buns work.

Tip Number Two 

Don’t wash your hair everyday. By washing you hair all the time it washes out the natural oils which keep your hair in nice condition which therefore helps keep your hair lovely and helps your hair grow. I mean, I’m not sure how much this actually works but I found this worked for me.

Tip Number Three 

Get your ends trimmed semi-regularly. Obviously getting your hair cut isn’t going to make it longer but I think the whole point of this is that you have your split ends chopped off which keeps your hair in nice condition and stops your ends breaking off. When I was growing my hair out I got mine done every 2-3 months but only about an inch off the ends.

Tip Number Four 

As hard as this might be, try not to use too much heat your hair. If your someone who is used to styling your hair with heat every day this one might be a little bit difficult. Heat causes damage and damage means more split ends which makes your ends break off. I really just let my hair to it’s own hair for about a year. That seems a little bit terrifying but it wasn’t actually too bad. I got an extra 20 minutes in bed and I really believe that when I stopped straightening my hair every day it enabled my hair to grow faster and in better condition than if I hadn’t stopped straightening it.

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Try not to use heat to style your hair.

Tip Number Five

Just be patient. This might seem like a crap tip and I’m sorry but it’s true. If you really want to grow your hair out try not to get bored with it and cut it or dye it or just give up. Like I already said mine has taken a good 3 years to get to how it is now and I went through so many phases of wanted to have it cut, getting layers, dying it and all sorts but I just carried on and it was so worth it because now I really love my hair.

Do you have any tips or tricks for people wanting to grow out there hair? Share them below in the comments 🙂

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The Body Shop Shine Shampoo & Conditioner

Before purchasing the Rainforest Shine Shampoo and Conditioner I had never actually tried any of The Body Shop’s hair care range. I decided to pick these up when I was doing a massive shopping spree on their website during one of their huge sales! Whoever says they can resist a Body Shop sale is lying.

Admittedly the main reason I picked these up is because they were in the sale but I’m so glad I tried them. As with all Body Shop products the shampoo and conditioner are eco-responsible and free from silicones, sulphates, colourants and parabens. I’m not an expert on these kind of things but know what when a product is free from these things they are meant to be better for you.It might not feel healthier but it is. I have used this a few times and it doesn’t make my hair feel nice at all and it is frizzier after using these two products but that’s mainly because my hair’s not coated in silicone.

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After using The Body Shop Shampoo and Conditioner and blown dry

For me the packaging is a bit of a let down just because of how hard the bottles are it’s quite hard to squeeze when you’re in the shower. The cap is also hard to get off for me. These are probably only issues that I have but they exist all the same. I don’t mind too much but I just have to loosen the caps before I get in the shower so then it’s not too much of a problem.

I wish I had read the instructions on these before I started using them because I would probably have a higher opinion of the shampoo than I do but it wasn’t until after a couple of times I thought about looking at the back! There it says to mix the shampoo in wet hands to foam up first before you put it on your hair as opposed to what I normally do which is to put a blob in my hand and whack it straight onto my head! After using it (right way or no right way) it does leave my hair feeling lovely and clean which is obviously why you use shampoo but it doesn’t cling or anything like that.

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The conditioner for me is not really heavy duty enough. I like thick conditioners because my hair is so long and thick and gets frizzy really easily. I always leave the conditioner in my hair tied up whilst I wash my body just so it gets enough time to work its magic. When rinsing this out it doesn’t make my hair feel any different to before I put it in which is kind of disappointing for me because I really wanted to like it. I might just need to get used to it who knows?

After using these for a little while I still don’t think I am completely happy with how they leave my hair because I don’t style it too much so love being able to leave it after I’ve washed it but when I use this it just feels a bit straw-like which obviously isn’t what I’m after. I do think however, that I might try some of their moisture hair treatment to see how that works out.

Let me know if you have tried any of Body Shop’s hair products!

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Mark Hill – Straight Talking Cream

I have quite long hair so it’s important to me to at least try and attempt to keep it looking and feeling its best. A few posts ago I discussed the Superdrug own brand hair heat protectors and overall I wasn’t that impressed by them, however, a couple of days after posting I decided to start the Mark Hill Straight Talking Cream which I don’t think is actually sold now as I can only find the shampoo and conditioner version. I got this for £2.00 on sale in boots and I’m really disappointed that I can’t find it now because it seems to be the best hair heat protecting cream I have come across in a while. I think Mark Hill have a new collection out which might be why I can’t find this anywhere so when I finish the cream I will definitely be tempted to purchase those instead.

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Mark Hill Staightening Cream 

My hair is already straight but sometimes when I don’t have time to style it I like to use this solely as a heat protector for when I blow dry my hair. I rub a small amount between my fingertips and run them through the ends of my hair as that’s where mine is most damaged and it keeps any fly aways or split ends straight and not looking as shocking. The texture of the cream is quite lightweight and not sticky at all. It adds a really natural looking shine to my hair too which is always a bonus. I feel like every time I use this I can always style my hair differently for two or three days after the first wash with just this added so it’s not like others that leave your hair greasy and feeling like you want to wash it after one day.

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Mug shot of my long hair after a blow dry 

 

 

 

What heat protectors do you generally use on your hair? Have you seen this anywhere else??!

 

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Superdrug Style Expertise Hair Prodcuts

Not so long ago on a little drugstore haul I was browsing the hair section in Superdrug as you do and I came across a small range of products I hadn’t seen in there before. I usually really like Superdrug own brand products as they’re normally sensitive-skin-friendly and they are cruelty free. They all seem to be numbered I think it’s 1-11 but don’t quote me on that and they are all tailored towards different things. I picked up the number 3 which is the Blow Dry Straightening Crème and the number 6 which is the protecting heat styling spray. I decided to go for these in particular just because that’s what I was looking to replace. If I’m honest I’m not the kind of girl that puts 100% into my hair everyday and this is mainly because I can’t do hair, I really do look like a 7 year old that has just had a full on busy day at school – it’s bad. However, I still always use a heat protector when I blow dry my hair, that is since I started blow drying my hair!

Since the summer I have been loving L’orèal Paris Hot and Smooth Straight cream. I find it nice to apply and it never fails to make my hair feel better than it looks! As much as I like this I have a short attention span and get a bit bored now and then which is why I decided to mix it up a little!

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Superdrug Hair Protectors

 

I was so excited to try these out and see if these had what it takes to tame my mane I in fact washed my hair when I got in just so I could use them. My hair’s in good condition now that I haven’t dyed it for a couple of years and I get it cut around every 4 months. I don’t know if you are meant to get it done more or less often but my hair is so long I just end up feeling bad for the hairdresser when I tell her I only want the ends off and the poor woman is practically laying on the floor to get to the ends!

Getting back on track – I went for the spray as I knew I was only going to be at home for the rest of the day so wouldn’t actually be doing anything extra than drying it. I sprayed mainly to the ends and then gently ran my fingers through my hair just because I don’t like the feeling of brushing wet hair! When it was completely dry I ran my fingers through it again and I noticed not only did it look frazzled it was quite sticky and I didn’t use an excessive amount so I was a bit disappointed by this one and I haven’t used it since.

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Texture of Style Expertise Straightening Crème

I did get over the initial disappointment and move on to the Blow Dry Straightening Crème . I put a small amount into my finger tips, rubbed it together and ran it through the ends of wet hair and dried as normal. It’s quite thick and slightly tacky to touch but I feel like this worked so much better with my hair, it dried nice and kept the frizz at bay and it smells good which is always a bonus, so I will be using this one again.

What drugstore heat protectors do you recommend? Do you have problems with sticky hair products?

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