I’ve had long straight hair for most of my life, only with a stint at having my hair cut to shoulder length and having it permed about 7 years ago. It has since grown back to about waist length. In the hindsight, it was a very bad move as my curls did not last very long (only a couple of months) and because the perm has caused quite a lot of damage to my hair: it made it lifeless, brittle and just horrible. I am not a big fan of visiting the hairdresser salon, but occasionally I do feel like being pampered so I REALLY must make myself go sometime soon though, as my layers have pretty much disappeared. I would appreciate any recommendations of good hair salons in London, particularly in Liverpool Street area!
These pictures show the way my hair looks like today – it sure has grown long and, considering I have not had it trimmed for over a year, it appears to be quite healthy, virtually no split ends!
In the winter I tend to get more tangles though as I wear scarves or my coats have high collars so there is a lot of rubbing action going on. The key to combatting the tangles for me is applying a LOT of conditioner and hair oil when I wash my hair. I usually wash my hair twice a week, doing it more often tends to make my scalp greaser as it goes into overdrive mode producing more sebum. I do colour my hair occasionally with L’Oreal Casting Crème Gloss just to cover my grey hair – it is ammonia free and is gentle to my hair. I do the main colouring once every 3 to 4 months and touch up my grey parting every 4 to 6 weeks. I refer to myself as a badger when I have a white line appearing 🙂 Thinking about it, it is about time for me to de-badger myself, possibly this weekend.
These are my current favourites when it comes to hair care:
- Kerastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste shampoo and conditioner
- L’Occitane Repairing hair mask – it is very thick and rich
- Milk_Shake Argan glistening oil – my all time favourite hair oil
- Babyliss Pro boar bristle brush (it does look like it needs a good clean, sorry if it looks gross) – good all rounder, lightweight and comfortable to use. I have had it for a long time!
- Tangle Teazer – I use it before I wash my hair to detangle any knots, it is great for teasing the tangles out of long hair, does exactly what is says on the tin 🙂
I always carry a small boar bristle brush in my handbag just in case – I have one from Botanics cushion range.
I use snag or metal-free elastic bands to minimise the risk of tangles or split ends and I found it really made a difference too. I usually buy these in bulk as they tend to stretch after a short while, so I go through them quite quickly.
Overall, I am quite happy with the condition of my hair now, I do get a lot of compliments about it and who doesn’t like the compliments? I wish I had more patience wearing it down, I usually opt for a convenient pony tail or a plait. I will make more effort to keep it loose, I promise!
I hope you have enjoyed reading this little summary of my current hair care routine, I hope you find it useful, especially if you have fine long hair like mine. What are your favourite hair care products? Please share any tips or tricks with me in the comments here, I would love to hear from you!