After almost 18 months of growing my hair (that’s what lockdown’ll do and I know lots of you will relate), I got a proper chop from Christian in Brown Sugar. And since this cut back in around July, I’ve been enjoying not sporting a hun bun every day. I’ve been busy trying out new products and have some incredible hair care must-haves to share with you today!
As someone with perpetually flat hair, this had me at “Volume Injection”. The team at Redken sent me two bottles of their Volume Injection Shampoo and it’s the first time every that I finished a bottle of shampoo and went on to use the new bottle right away. And when this one is almost done, I’ll be stocking up because this does a fantastic job at giving my hair a great boost. I’ve tried some volumising shampoos over the years and a lot of them dried the lengths of my hair out, but this gives me the perfect balance of sleek, shiny, yet oomphy hair. A little goes a long way and it gives lots of suds, leaves my hair squeaky clean, but full of body.
When I use the Volume Injection Shampoo, I don’t use a regular cream conditioner in the shower. Instead, I use the Redken 25 Benefits One United, which is a leave-in conditioner, a heat protectant, protects colour, primes the hair for heat and has 21 other benefits too. This is a must-have hair care product for me and is something I’m loving using. It helps tame my flyaways and frizz and I can spritz as little or as much as my hair needs and it doesn’t weigh my hair down. This is a staple in my haircare routine.
Tangle Teezer The Scalp Exfoliator & Massager AF link- €10.95
I would legitimately pay someone to scratch my head on a daily basis… I’m a huge fan of the regular Tangle Teezer brushes and was tres intrigued when the Tangle Teezer Scalp Exfoliator & Massager (af link) arrived in the post. The plastic teeth do a stellar job of massaging the scalp while clearing away any product build up. You can use it in circular motions all over the scalp, or my favourite way is to start at the top of my head and bring it down to my neck. And if you’re feeling fancy, you can press it down on certain parts of your scalp to stimulate the pressure points. This never fails to relax me!
Batiste Dry Shampoo & Volume – €5.23
This stuff has gotten me out of more pickles than any other hair product! I’ve repurchased it over and over because it’s the perfect pick me up for my flat hair when I need oomph, body and volume. There’s a small bit of white residue with this, but it’s minimal. Lads, this gives a really decent amount of volume to my hair, but without leaving it feeling dirty or sticky. Yes, some volumising products have left my hair sticky like a mickey and that’s never fun times. It’s a hair care must-have for those of us who have fine, limp hair and who want a bit of bounce in the roots. It’s also great for adding texture to my hair after I’ve curled it and is a hair care must have when I get a request for a quick Zoom and I need to jujj my hair!
I first heard about this from my friend Mags who has the most beautiful hair, and if she says something’s good, then it is. We have very different hair types, but when she made this one of her hair care must haves, I had to pick one up too. The L’Oreal Elvive Dream Lengths 8 Second Hair Treatment works on the hair in just 8 seconds, resurfacing hair fibres to make them 10 times smoother. If silky, swooshy hair is your jam, then you’re going to love this. The lamellar water technology gives the hair intense shine and if you have dry, damaged or hair that’s prone to frizz, it’s worth checking out.
The only issue I have with it is the applicator. You use the twisty nozzle to apply the product directly to the lengths of your hair, and because it’s a water, you have to be precise as to where you apply it, or else it’ll go everywhere. It was a bit easier to use when my hair was longer, but with it being shorter, even flipping my hair over in the shower doesn’t help me apply it any easier. I’d love if they had a spritz mechanism, so we could have more control over where we were applying it and how much.
A few seconds after applying it, it starts to heat up a bit and I make sure to massage it all over the lengths and get any sections of hair that I might have missed. They say it can be rinsed out after 8 seconds, but I usually leave it in longer until right before getting out of the shower. And the swish and shine speaks for itself. While the applicator isn’t my favourite, it’s still a hair care must-have for me.
What hair care products are on your must-have list?