My Top 5 Hair Styling Products

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Hey guys! I don’t know about you but I was not ready for this morning, I swear I need another day after the weekend, to recover from the weekend ūüôā

This post is going to be about my favourite hair styling products. I’ve got long, frizzy hair so I need to use a lot of products to tame my mane. Now this is just a small percentage of the products that I use, but these are the best of the best in my opinion, so let’s get right into it…

1) Batiste Dry Shampoo (Oriental).¬†Who doesn’t love a dry shampoo? Batiste were probably one of the first brands to introduce this product onto the market and they are one of the best affordable brands out there. This product it my go-to for day 3 hair or when I need a bit of volume at the roots as it absorbs extra oil and gives some root lift. Oh and it smells amazing too!

2)¬†K√©rastase Resistance Ciment Thermique Resurfacing Reinforcing Milk. This is an amazing product to use when I’m straightening my hair. It makes my hair so much more manageable, soft and shiny without weighing it down. It contains a polymer which coats the hair strands and protects it from split ends and breakage. Kerastase is widely used in hair salons so it is a great brand, although pricey. Also when I use this¬†my hair smells like it does after I visit the salon, now who doesn’t want that!?

3)¬†It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner. This product has a cult following and for good reason too.¬†I use this when using curling tongs on my hair. It repairs dry damaged hair, adds shine, smooths & controls frizz, protects hair colour, heat protector, detangles, stops hair breakage, creates silkiness, adds volume and prevents split ends.¬†My hair looks and feels¬†stronger when using this product and I am¬†confident that my hair is protected when using this. The only downside is that it is very expensive and you have to use a lot of product to coat the hair.

4)¬†L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil UV Filter. This is the product I go through the most. There are two versions, the one pictured is for coloured hair but I prefer the version for all hair types. ¬†On a day to day basis when I wear heat-free curls I need a product to¬†de-frizz, add moisture and shine without destroying the curl. This product¬†does just that and costs under ¬£10. I use it before and after styling too, it is such a versatile product and one I shall keep repurchasing.

5)¬†Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray. ¬†As my hair is long it can feel very weighed down and especially when I straighten my hair it can look quite flat. This product is amazing at giving my hair a lot of thickness and tonnes of volume. I spray it in my hair before blow-drying and after styling. I don’t use it very often, but when I do I am guaranteed big, sexy, voluminous hair, I love it!

I hope you enjoyed this post, now it’s time to tell me what your favourite hair styling products are! Comment below and let me know ūüôā

Jay x

 

Heat Free Curls Tutorial

Untitled A few months ago I decided that I was going to cut down on using heat styling tools on my hair. However, I wasn’t prepared to bare my¬†wild, frizzy mane just like that, I wanted to find an easy style that looks polished but also without heat. It’s been 2 months since I discovered how to do this style and I haven’t used heat on my hair since which has dramatically reduced the amount of split ends I’m getting. For this tutorial I used these foam twist bun makers.¬†I bought 4 from an Ebay seller in China and they cost no more than ¬£1 each! There are loads of different shapes available from hundreds of different sellers so you’re sure to find some.

Step 1) Wash and condition hair. I use the Body Shop Rainforest Shine Shampoo (sulphate-free) and Aussie 3 minute miracle leave in conditioner. Towel dry.

Step 2) Apply hold styling product¬†like gel or mousse. I then use around 6 pumps of the L’Or√©al Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil through the bottom half of my hair to reduce frizz.

Step 3) Let hair air dry until it’s 80% dry. If you’re in a rush use a hairdryer on cool setting and lowest speed.

Step 4) Comb through hair. Start from the bottom and work up to the roots. Section hair into 4 equal parts.

IMG_2962 Step 5) I have long hair so I hold the foam halfway down my hair and wrap the section around. Fold the ends to secure. For this look curl hair away from the face. I twist my hair around 4-5 times around the foam. Untitled Step 6) Leave in for at least 8 hours. I usually do this overnight. IMG_2968 Step 7) Unfold foam and take out of hair. IMG_2971 Step 8) Style hair. Take a medium paddle brush and start brushing out from the bottom. Brush each section from the underneath. Use your fingers to separate curls. Set style with hairspray, I use the Bumble & Bumble Thickening Hairspray. Untitled IMG_2976 IMG_2979 Tips:

1) The more wet your hair is and the longer you leave the foam in the longer the curls are going to last. Usually with the above method the style will last a whole day. You can put the foams in again overnight to refresh the style.

2) The more twists you do around the foam makes tighter curls.¬†If you want retro 40/50’s curls try twisting the curls towards your face and brushing towards the face. You can achieve a number of different styles so just play around with it and see what suits you.

3) If you have fine hair skip the hair oil and maybe just use a volumising hair mousse/spray.

I hope you found this tutorial interesting! It takes a few tries to perfect the method when using these foam curlers but once you get the hang of it it really does the trick.

Jay x

Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo Mega Instant – Review

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It’s Wednesday today, I last washed my hair on Sunday. This morning my hair was looking a little bit greasy so I tried this dry shampoo from Aussie. I bought a massive 180ml can from Boots for ¬£4.99.

This dry shampoo is different to others I’ve used. When I spray it, it doesn’t coat my hair with the powdery white stuff that dry shampoo normally does. Instead¬†it comes out exactly like a hairspray. In fact it makes my hair a little bit wet. Once brushed through it does a good job of absorbing extra oil and giving a bit of life back to my hair. Also the smell is really nice just like all Aussie products.

On one hand I like this dry shampoo as it smells good and does the job of absorbing oil. On the other hand I’m not a fan of the hairspray feel to this, some may feel it is has too much silicone/ stickiness to it. It’s a decent product for sure but I think I’ll try a different one next time.

What’s your favourite drugstore dry shampoo? Comment below and let me know ūüôā

Jay x