Hey hey she’s back with another beauty esque post. We’ve talked makeup & skincare and today we’re talking hair. Most comments I get are about my hair, and either about how they like the curls (which, sadly I must inform aren’t natural. I’m my own catfish.) or how bloomin’ long it is. And I really appreciate the ego boosts I get. And as much as I love my long hair, good lord is it a pain to look after. I can’t walk down the street without my hair going all in my face or somehow tangling at the back. But recently I’ve found myself in more of a routine and happy place with my hair. So of course thought I’d share my hair care for long hair. So here goes.
THE CHOP OF THE MOP
It’s kind of lucky I like long hair, as it’s really not out of choice. My hair grows so quickly I swear I’d need a haircut every 3 weeks. And at nearly £50/£60 a time, that’s a big no no. But honestly, as nasty as it sounds, I don’t get my hair cut as often as it’s recommended. Instead I just cut my own hair.
*gasps from all angles*
I know I know, this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But when you have longer hair, especially quick growing long hair, you don’t want to be spending money just to have an inch cut off. Only for it to grow back in what seems like 5 minutes. So just do it yourself, it’s not as scary as it sounds. I just do it little by little so there’s less chance of a slip up. And I find cutting it dry works best for precision! Also do your research if you want to do this, watch your videos, look at your Pinterest tutorials. Unless of course you have experience.
POWER OF THE SHOWER
The subheading just had a ring to it. Here for all your copywriting needs lol.
So, like everyone, I shower. And I’ve never really stuck to a shampoo or conditioner, I just use whats there. But more recently I’ve been doing my own testing to find products that really work with my hair. As I one day used a volumising shampoo which made my hair feel like sticky straw. And I think I’ve found my go-to hair army.
Basically, for me, it’s moisture moisture moisture. I have very fine hair, but a lot of it. So anything volumising can be too heavy on my hair and makes it look greasy. So I always opt for a moisture product. Currently, I am using the Herbal Essences Hello Hydration shampoo which I larv. Firstly, because I smell like a walking coconut. Secondly, because this is a bloody miracle. My hair feels soft and healthy, which I felt I had already established with other shampoos. But this leaves my hair so smooth it doesn’t tangle. As in I went to sleep with my hair down and it didn’t tangle smooth. Insane.
The other recruits in my shower army are the OGX shampoos, more specifically the argan oil one and the coconut one. And, believe it or not, Co-op’s own apple shampoo. Yup.
BUT NOT CONDITIONER??
So about 6 months ago now I cut off conditioner from my hair care routine. Not completely, just mostly. Simply because I found conditioner weighed down my hair and kind of did the opposite to what it’s supposed to do. So instead I have a little treat yo-self sesh every week or two weeks and either pop a bit of conditioner on the ends, just the ends. Or I use a hair mask. And for that I always use the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Mask, it does wonders and doesn’t mean waiting around for ages.
On more of a frequent basis, I use oils in my hair post shower. They’re so so much lighter on my hair and makes my ends feel a lot healthier. For this I use the OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan oil for this. It’s a bit on the pricier side but 100% worth it. It lasts forever and a day, mainly because you really don’t need much and makes you hair feel and smell great. But of course you can get some great cheap alternatives (I highly rate the ones you get in Primark). Just pop a bit on your hand, run through your towel dried hair and you can either let it air dry or use a blow dryer whichever floats your goat.
IT’S GETTING HOT IN HERE
No, it’s not.
This isn’t particularly important, it’s just personal taste. But I don’t really use heat on my hair. Only when I’ve got to get somewhere and the look of wet dog isn’t particularly fitting, then I’ll quickly dry it over with some heat. But as for styling products I really don’t use much, honestly because having long hair means sadly curls fall out pretty instantly. But we’ll get onto styling in a minute. If you do use heat I’d just recommend the obvious, use oils or heat protectors so you can keep you hair as healthy as possible.
GETTING YOUR HAIR DID
I’m really not a hair stylist. Like really not a hair stylist. So when it comes to making my hair more exciting I either make it curly or a lil ‘beachy’ or I stick it in some sort of low bun. But I do have a little mob of go-tos for my mop. Firstly, shall we discuss the curls? So as we’ve discussed, I don’t use heat. So instead I do the classic french/dutch plait technique. I just stick my hair up in two plaits before bed with semi wet hair (but not too wet, gotta get that perfect spot.) And if I’m shooting I won’t take them out until like 2 minutes before so they’re as fresh as they can be. My tip is just to get them as high on your head as you can and as tight as you can, which takes practice. If you want more bouncy waves, I also do like rachet space buns (I have no clue what they’re called but here’s a video of them.) However I do feel like this is pretty bad for you hair. So maybe just do regular plaits or a bun.
Right, onto the styling products…
As for products I only use a few to reinforce my hair a bit. Firstly, a little bit of hair spray, just a little bit. Whilst I was doing dance college I went through so much of this. And as you have to have rock solid buns, I definitely found products that worked well. If I want to keep a bit of bounce and hold I’ll add a bit of the Tresemme Extra Hold hairspray. However I try not to use too much as the feel cringes me out a bit. But it’s really good for that hold and comes out pretty easily with a brush or in the shower so can’t complain. I also use a bit of texturising spray so I can pretend I spend 90% of my time in a bikini by my Maldives villa. One can dream. Anyway, I do really like the messy/beachy/textured look. But with long hair it’s hard to find one that works, and I’m still looking out. But currently I’m using the Fudge Urban Sea Salt Spray which I really like for an everyday messy look.
And thus concludes how I care for my long hair. I hope this helped, whether you have long hair or you’re trying to grow your hair out a bit more. For which I’d just recommend keeping it as healthy as possible and trimming the dead ends every so often.
Until next time,
Thank you to the lovely Brooke for helping me take these photos!