How do I curl it? What products do I swear by? Who does my colour? All questions you guys ask me at least once a day. I do think a good hairdresser is the best foundation for any style, however, I want to share with you guys what you can do at home to keep your hair manageable and looking fresh.
My Hair Right Now
To begin with, my hair dresser is fabulous. Her name is Danielle Garner and she works out of Peter Mark's Style Club on South William Street here in Dublin. She has her own website where you can check out her work, she also did the hair for my wedding, best decision I ever made! I get my colour done every two months, sometimes it's just toning my existing colour if it has brightened up too much or sometimes it's to add more light. In any case, my base colour remains my natural hair colour but I currently have some lightness in the front and ends applied in a technique called "baby lights". Every time I get my colour done I get my hair cut, I never go longer than 12 weeks without a trim, 10 weeks is ideal for me. If you're trying to grow your hair but you find it's not getting any longer I bet you it's because the ends are dead and keep snapping, regular trims help your ends stay healthy and encourages growth. My hair is cut so it falls slightly longer in the front with no layers throughout apart from long bangs to frame my face.
My Favourite Products
When it comes to looking after my hair at home I love Kerastase products. Yes, you spend a little more than what you'd pay in the supermarket hair aisle however the benefits for my hair far outweigh the extra expense. As my hair gets oily quickly I currently love their shampoo designed specifically to target this, Bain Divalent. I wash my hair every third day and follow with conditioner, Discipline Fondant Fluidealiste. My hair can frizz easily so this product is great for smoothing things out without weighing it down. As a deep conditioning treatment every couple of weeks I'll heat some coconut oil in the microwave and massage it into my scalp and hair and leave it in overnight. Try it and your hair will feel amazing!
After towel drying my hair I take a pea sized amount of Kerastase's Nectar Thermique through the mid lengths and ends of my hair. This is a heat protector that also adds shine and helps smooth the hair out. The amount of heat I apply to my hair when styling it is far too intense for me to skip using a protector, I highly recommend this one. If I'm going to curl my hair I then apply the same amount of my new favourite product, L'incroyable Blowdry. This is like a reworkable hairspray in lotion form that you apply to hair before styling it. It not only helps hold styles but it combats frizz and thermo protects too. It's reactivated when heat is reapplied to the hair for example on day two. I don't have to use a hairspray once I've used this and my curls now don't budge. Best invention ever.
Texturising sprays are also a great addition to your arsenal if you like volumised modern looking hair. Two of my favourites are the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray and the Ouai Texturising Hair Spray. I spray them at my roots and
through the mid lengths of my hair then shake things up with my fingers. They make polished curls look slightly cooler and undone and are a firm favourite of mine right now. If you're like me and you get about 16 hours out of your hair before it gets dirty you probably use dry shampoo too. I love John Frieda's Luxurious Volume Refresh available in boots, as well as Herbal Essence's Uplifting Volume Dry Shampoo. Both do the job without leaving a white cast, however, the Herbal Essence one definitely leaves a bit of grit behind, almost like a volume powder if you've ever tried one of them before.
When it comes to styling tools I can't stress how important a good hairdryer is. I use the Eti Turbo Stratos 3800 dryer, a professional strength the dries my hair quickly, sealing in shine as it works. I use a tangle teaser to brush my hair out when its wet and then swap to the GHD Ceramic Vented Radial Brush in size 3 to dry my hair with. I always dry it pretty straight so I can smooth out frizz before I go in and curl it using the Instyler Max, a two-way rotating iron that can be used to straighten or curl hair. I hold the barrel down pointed away from my face and wrap 1inch sections away from my face around the barrel without clamping the brush head down on the styler. I let the curl sit and go cold before I brush them out or add product so as the wave has time to set. If I'm straightening my hair I use the GHD Platinum Straighteners, an oldie but a goodie.
I get a lot of questions about hair extensions and how to care for them but I've never had them so unfortunately I can't offer any advice! I do however hope this post has answered the majority of your questions but as always feel free to leave me any queries in the comments box below. Alternatively, you'll always get me on Instagram! Happy Sunday everyone! X