Let me give you a bit of a lowdown on my hair history, at least for the past year.
So, i used to have relatively short hair, just touching my shoulders, which then took me three whole years to grow to roughly the bottom of my shoulder blades, a length I was finally somewhat happy with.
I was invited by a PR company to do some work with SuperCuts on their TiGi #SquadGoals campaign and I tell you, never again will I step foot near one. They butchered my hair. After just wanting a trim/even out the blunt cut – I lost a hella lot of inches and yes, I cried. So, I was back to where it began again almost, hair just past my shoulders and a stupid thick side fringe that just hung there annoyingly.
I ranted about what had happened on Twitter and following that was kindly offered hair extensions in return for a review. They too were a nightmare. They looked lovely on the first day, fresh, styled and silky smooth. Oh but then, after a wash (even after using sulphate free shampoo as advised) did those extensions become ratty, matted, dull and down right itchy. The salon/stylist then ignored my messages and tweets and so I had no option but to go to a salon to try and have them sorted out. Turns out they were done incorrectly, removal was expensive and took a lot of my own hair with it. Hello bald patches and finer hair than I have ever known. I was devastated to say the least. This was all between August and November last year.
After months of wearing my hair up (in such a way it was unnoticeable I didn’t have much of it left) and through using no heat or chemicals on my hair whatsoever, it started to come back and I felt a bit more comfortable wearing it down again. It wasn’t until June of this year did I feel comfortable enough to dye it again because it was healthy, strong and thick again – not to mention longer than before it was chopped – now with an impending wedding and a bridal hair trial, I have been seriously looking after my locks with the following products.
John Freida Frizz Ease – Forever Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner*
I’ve always suffered with fine hair anyway which can only mean one thing… FLYAWAYS! Those pesky hairs that just won’t stay down and cause that wonderful frizz we all love so much. I have tried so many combinations of products to stop this from happening and never had I found one until these babies came into my life. The shampoo helps your hair to build immunity to frizz using a special Complex and everybody’s favourite, coconut oil. After about two weeks of using the shampoo and conditioner together, I noticed a huge difference in the amount of flyaway hairs that were visible after styling, especially on my blonde ends. The conditioner is my magic product too at the moment. The UK has been having some strange weather recently, super humid days followed by super stormy nights but this conditioner has helped me fight the frizz through the humidity – no ‘Monica from Friends’ hair hang up’s here!
John Frieda Frizz Ease – 6 Effects Serum
Following a shampoo and condition with these miracle products, I use this serum on my mid-lengths and ends whilst the hair is still wet and not only does it provide the most beautiful shine when your hair is dry – it’s a perfect heat protection product and hair hydrator too giving your hair volume. It eliminated frizz (and keeps those pesky flyaway at bay), protects your hair from the humidity in the air, provides heat protection, smoothes, hydrates and tames. Its the perfect all-rounder product and one my haircare drawer will never be without.
PRO:VOKE -Touch of Silver Shampoo & Conditioner
Having recently had my ombre/balayage put back into my hair following the disasters mentioned above, I had dyed it after the extensions were taken out using a home hair dye kit of a dark brown colour in the hope it would give the appearance I had more hair. Having done that though, I added a lot of ‘warm’ tones to my hair so trying to go blonde is a bit more difficult as the bleach picks out all of those red tones leaving you with a slightly copper tinge. These products however help draw out the redness and lighten your hair gradually and without any harm to your natural hair (win, win!) The conditioner then helps to improve the health of your hair (as the bleach does damage the composition of your follicles) using a Keratin Repair Complex.
Available from a NuSkin distributor only between £28 and £35. (try eBay too!)
Twice a week I have been using this shampoo and this genuinely seems to be ‘magic in a bottle’. I bought this from an old school friend who has recently become a NuSkin distributor and I had to see it to believe it and after months of her raving about this product and doing daily live demo’s and seeing how much her own hair had grown in such a short space of time, I was sold. I have only been using it for three weeks so far and have already seen results. My roots are now as big as they were before I had it dyed and I hadn’t dyed my hair for 4 months! I am super impressed with this product. I simply apply it and massage it into the roots and leave it on for as long as I can – I’ve had it on a the gym, out on a bike ride, overnight or just when I am at home pottering about all day and it’s worked a treat. It’s certainly helping me towards my goal of having super long princess hair for the wedding.
Olaplex – Hair Protector No. 3
Available from some hair salons and online – cheapest I have found is allbeauty.com £29.95.
It states on the bottle to use this product once a week between chemical services which I have been doing however I use it twice during the following week after having my ombre/balayage redone just because my hair is still needed a lot of repair given what it’s been through and peroxide is so harsh – I do not want/need any breakages right now! Lydia Millen introduced me to the world of Olaplex and I will never look back. Having watched her hair history YouTube video and hearing her rave about how Olaplex has helped her, I figured would help me too; and it really, really has. My hair has never been in such good condition and I am so happy to walk around flipping my hair about because I love how it looks now – it’s been a massive confidence booster if anything and thats worth its weight in gold. When I have my hair done at the salon, we add Olaplex to the dye and perform a treatment on the hair after washing.
I’d love to know if you have used any of these products and what you thought or if there is any products you want to recommend for me to try?
*I was sent the John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner and Frizz Ease 6 Effects Serum as a PR Sample in exchange for an honest review on my blog.