My top hair care and styling picks

various hair care products

I have been colouring my hair in one shape or form for over 15 years and it has taken a bit of a battering with many applications of bleach over the years! Hairdressers tell me I have fine hair but a lot of it. What this means is that drying my hair takes an absolute age – it’s at least 15 mins with a hairdryer. If I leave it overnight it still won’t be dry in the morning. So over the years I’ve spent a lot of money on various products trying to undo some of the damage that heat and bleach has done to my hair. And now I feel like I’ve got a good mix of products I’m really happy with that I thought I would share with you all.

Tigi shampoo and conditioner
I’ve tried so many shampoos and conditioners over the years from cheap value ones through to expensive (for me) and there’s always three brands I keep coming back to – Aussie, Tresemme and Tigi. I’m currently using the Tigi resurrection and I’m loving them. Not only does it smell great but I think it leaves my hair in great condition. If I just use the Tigi shampoo and conditioner set with no other products before blow drying my hair, it still feels very soft and in good condition.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer
I have to admit I’ve only tried this a couple of times courtesy of a sample from my Mum. However, both times I’ve used this I couldn’t stop stroking my hair afterwards! It makes it feel so, so soft. I’m waiting for this to come on the QVC TSV and then I’ll be getting myself a giant tub. I saw varying tips on how to use it, but here’s what I did – put hair under the shower to get wet but not soaking, applied to the ends for 20 minutes and rinsed in the usual way, plus an extra dose of shampoo and conditioner.

Oribe texturizing spray
I treated myself to a small can of this a couple of months ago on a shopping trip with my Mum to Space NK after seeing a few other bloggers rave about it. It really does seem to give my hair texture. I admit it leaves my hair feeling a little weird to touch but the overall effect is something I’d struggle to get otherwise. I’m trying to use it sparingly so I don’t use it up. Not sure I can quite justify the cost of a large can just yet!

Percy Reed wonder balm
Another QVC buy after getting talked into it by my Mum. (Can you sense a theme of my Mum being a bit of an enabler?) I’ve been using this a couple of times a week to give my hair a bit of extra care. I only use a small amount as a little goes a long way, and I apply to my hair just before I blow dry it. After drying the results are smooth and soft hair that I can get away without straightening if I need to.

Milkshake volume solution styling
I have been using this stuff for years! My Mum’s hairdresser got me into it and I’ve been using it ever since. I can’t believe it doesn’t get more recognition online, I absolutely love it. I spray a little all into the roots of my hair and then blow dry my hair in the opposite direction to the way it normally falls. The combined effect is massively volumised bouncy hair. Plus all milkshake products smell incredible.

Milkshake whipped cream
Another milkshake product I love. This leaves my hair feeling in really good condition and it smells great (common of all Milkshake products). I find that my hair is much easier to style and manage once I’ve used this.

Aussie miracle recharge take the heat
Another staple in my collection, I’ve been repurchasing this for many years. I use a small spray of this onto dry hair before I style it with my straighteners or curlers. Again, it smells great and makes me feel like I’m doing something kind to my hair.

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