Tuesday, 27 January 2015

CALLING ALL BLONDES! Essential Products for Healthy Hair!

Blondes have more fun. There, I said it. HOWEVER, the fun screeches to an almighty halt when it comes to caring for our locks. E-F-F-O-R-T.

As a natural brunette myself, it took me about three years to get as blonde as I am today (bleach, oops!) because I did it the 'sensible' way. My hair has always been waist length, so the best way to fulfil my blonde ambition without it all falling out, was to get a full head of highlights every couple of months, gradually upping the 'blonde-ness' of the colour being applied. (Apologies for the lack of technicality when it comes to me describing the colour, I usually just agree with whatever the hairdresser is pointing to when she brings over the colour book and just go with whatever she suggests.)

When I was a brunette, I remember my hair being so thick and shiny and just generally amazing condition. I almost miss it. The truth is, no matter how good condition blonde hair is in, it will just NEVER get the same shine as a brunette, which sucks. And the fact bleach is so drying and damaging to the hair, means we have to take extra special care to keep it looking fresshhhhh. Over the years I have tried/tested/wasted money/wisely invested in so many products that claim to restore my blonde tresses. So today I am sharing my Holy Grail products to keep you blondes looking on fleek! Thank me later.

1. TANGLE TEEZER. If you do not already own one of these then you need to have a serious word with yourself, and realise this is why you currently only have 4 strands of hair left on your head. This little miracle product comes EVERYWHERE with me. I even take it to the hairdressers and request they brush my hair with it, instead of ragging it out with one of their little combs that has been used on every Tom, Dick and Harry's head. Ew. It provides minimal hair pulling, and decreases brushing time by huge amounts. I would especially recommend it for girls with long hair. It really is a god-send. It retails for around £10, and is sold pretty much everywhere! (I got mine from feel unique HERE)

2. REDKEN ANTI-SNAP. Apply when your hair is towel-dried, just before you blow dry it. (Or apple and then leave to dry naturally). You will soon start to notice the hair feels stronger, and there is less breakage. I got mine last year and it's still going strong! You only need a tiny bit each time. Squeeze once or twice into your hand, and just comb loosely through the ends with your fingers. RRP £12.95, again from feel unique HERE.

3. UNIQ ONE. I have always been sceptical of products that claim to be 'all-in-one'. I imagine them to be a 'jack of all trades, master of none' kind-of thing, where they claim to be amazing but actually turn out to be quite mediocre. Uniq One claims to provide:

1. Repair for dry and damaged hair.
2. Shine and frizz control.3. Heat protection.4. Silkiness and smoothness.5. Hair colour protection/with UVA and UVB filters.6. Easier brushing and ironing.7. Incredible detangling.8. Long-lasting hairstyle.9. Split ends prevention.10. Adds body.

And I must admit, so far so good! Again, use this when your hair is towel-dried, and don't use this and the anti-snap, choose one or the other. I use the Uniq One every couple of days, usually on the days when I am blowdrying or using my heated rollers, as it provides heat protection and body. It retails for around £14, but I managed to find one in TK Maxx for a tenner! Available at feel unique HERE.

4. PHILIP KINGSLEY ELASTICIZER. I bought this product after hearing Abbey Clancy raving about it on Twitter, and what's good enough for Abbey is certainly good enough for me! After doing a little research, I saw that it has previously won the 2013 InStyle award for best deep conditioning mask and the Sunday Times 2014 style award. Unlike other deep conditioning treatments, the Elasticizer is a PRE-shampoo. I usually apply a small amount to  dampened hair and then wrap in a heated towel for about an hour, whilst I'm watching the TV or messing around on my laptop. The directions don't state to leave it on this long, but I like to leave it on for as long as possible to allow as much moisture as possible to improve my bleached-to-death hair. The Elasticizer is the priciest product on my list, retailing for around £30 for 150ml. I got mine for Christmas LAST year (2013) and I still have enough left for two applications. Keep this little treasure for special occasions! Available HERE at feel unique.

5. FUDGE CLEAN BLONDE TONING SHAMPOO. The worst thing about blonde hair is that awful, yellow brassiness that crops up every now and again. Recently I tried to dye my dark brown roots back to blonde myself (biggest regret ever) and they turned bring orange. And I mean, ORANGE. Luckily my hairdressers managed to fit me in for an emergency appointment to rectify it, but there was still a slight brassiness. That is where the Fudge shampoo comes in! After researching the best products to relieve my hair or brassy tones, I came across the clean blonde toning shampoo. It is a gorgeous bright purple glossy colour, but be careful, it gets EVERYWHERE. I have been told off numerous times from my Boyfriend for all the random purple splodges scattered around my bathroom, so be sure to wash it off asap! Leave it on for about 3-5 minutes- any more and your hair will turn lilac! Follow with a moisturising conditioner specifically for colour treated/damaged hair, and voila! Beautiful fresh blonde. RRP £10. Currently sold out on feelunique.com, but google it and I'm sure it will be easy to track down a bottle.

Hope my guide manages to help anyone else going through the daily struggles of maintaining healthy blonde hair like I am! You natural blondies don't know how lucky you are...sigh!