Friday 18 October 2019

[Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post but all words and thoughts are my own]

I remember the first time I dyed my hair I was 15 - Cheryl Cole had just debuted her red hair on X-Factor and suddenly every hair dye brand in Morrisons was stocking red hairdye. Obviously, I begged my mum to please let me dye it and that it was ok because it wasn't 'permanent'. She gave me the usual talk that 'my natural hair was lovely' and 'you'll get grey hairs sooner and you will have to keep dying it now'. In the end, we walked out of Morrisons with two boxes of L'Oreal Casting Creme in Mahogany and like always, mum was right. After 10 years of dying my hair 50 shades of red (and black, and pink ombre, and a failed attempt of going blonde) I finally booked into a hair salon, stripped my hair dye and finally jumped onto the balayage trend. If you're someone who colours your hair often, this is my advice for making sure it stays looking bright, healthy and glossy! 

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1. Use products for coloured hair. 

I'm going to start this list with a *duh*. I've been using XXXX for ages and it does the job and its inexpensive. Now that my hair is lighter I've obviously had to switch to the holy grail for blonde hair, Pro-Voke Touch of Silver. It's also pretty good to stick to the same brand for both your shampoo and conditioner, as it will have a similar formulation and will target specific hair concerns. 

2. Limit the use of hot appliances.

I think the last time I straightened my hair was two years ago, I wish I had the energy and patience to curl my hair everyday but alas, I don't. Your hair probably looks a lot nicer natural than you think it does, it just might take some getting used to! 

3. Try and wash your hair only once or twice a week. 

I know people who wash their hair everyday and I just think, how do you have the energy? I know some people get greasier hair than others, especially if your hair is finer. Washing your hair too often will remove healthy oils and can leave your hair looking more dry and damaged, and it's just so much effort

4. Use a detangling hairbrush.

Just the thought of brushing my hair with a tooth comb sounds painful, my hair used to get so knotty but having short hair has definitely helped a lot (admittedly I don't brush my hair very often). A detangling brush isn't as harsh on your hair and will help prevent split ends. 

5. Choose satin pillow covers. 

Not only will you feel like Princess Jasmine, and make your bed look even more aesthetically pleasing. But you'll also help smooth frizzy hair and minimise static. You can get some inexpensive ones on amazon

6. Book into a hair salon. 

I think I've had a fringe (or a variation of one) pretty much all my life. I've become so attached to it that it's rare that I let anyone cut it for me. That being said, I try to visit a salon at least once a year to cut my split ends. I know letting someone else touch your hair can be a scary thing, so just make sure you do your research on the best salons in the area and read the reviews! I've collaborated with a top hairdresser in Manchester on this post so if you're in the North of England make sure you check them out!


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