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29 January 2014

Hair repair kit

After many years of having blonde highlights to lighten my naturally dark blonde hair, about two years ago I started bleaching my hair platinum blonde all over via the Schwarzkopf Live Colour box dyes.  About a year later I got tired of the constant maintenance (there's nothing like a platinum blonde hair colour to really accentuate when your roots come through) I decided to go back to getting highlights again coupled with a toner at the hairdressers.  For years hairdressers have been telling me how thick and healthy my hair is, with various hairdressers over the last couple of years telling me how surprised they are it's in such great condition considering I straighten it every day and bleach it within an inch of its life.

So I couldn't help being a little surprised when I tried a new hairdresser's about a month ago and the stylist told me a few home truths about my hair.  I told her I'd been growing it for about two years but that it rarely got beyond a certain length.  She told me that the years of daily straightening and bleaching had really damaged my hair and showed me some rather concerning and quite serious split ends that were the root cause (geddit?) of the lack of hair growth.  After chopping the split ends and using a Moroccan Oil treatment she gave me a serious talking to about my haircare in future, prescribing regular haircuts, regular conditioning treatments and hugely minimising how much I straighten and blow-dry my hair.  Despite feeling a little shell-shocked at being told quite how badly damaged my hair was, I was really appreciative of her honesty and vowed to take better care of my hair so that I can grow it in time for the wedding and try and reverse some of the damage that's already been done.

After doing extensive blog reading, chatting on Twitter and reading reviews, I decided to buy a few products to help in my pursuit of healthier hair.  I wanted to get some good quality shampoo and conditioner, pick up the MoroccanOil treatment she recommended, get some heat-protecting products and some bits that would mean I could style it on a day to day basis without the aid of heat.  This was my little haul, mostly from Look Fantastic (I can't resist a website with free delivery), bought after Christmas with some Christmas money.

Hair repair kit
// l'oreal oilixir, £13.25

I've been using all of these products in various routines over the last few weeks and I can definitely notice a difference in the length and quality of my hair.  I've been washing my hair about once a week (it doesn't seem to do anything when I leave it longer between washes) and then blow-drying it and lightly straightening the ends just to tidy them up a bit.  After that I won't straighten my hair again until the next wash.  I'm trying to embrace the fact that my hair is naturally a bit wavy and use dry shampoo and hair oil to add a bit of volume and style in between washes.

I've also been reading blog posts on no-heat hairstyles and other tools you can use to style your hair with minimal damage.  Instead of blow-drying and then straightening the ends every week I also want to try curling my hair and seeing how long that lasts so I've been looking at styling tools that both dry and curl your hair at the same time, or the hair curlers from Herseshons.  I'd quite like to get a pair of curling tongs or a waving wand to vary my hairstyle and accentuate the waves - again, just once a week after washing (I don't want to swap one form of heat for another, I just want a bit of variety).

Overall I'm really hoping that the minimal heat and the new kinder hair products will really make a difference to my hair.  It feels weird not to spend ten minutes in the morning straightening my hair and I do worry that it looks more messy and unkempt but if I want to have long, flowing mermaid hair it's something I'm just going to embrace!

... Oh, and I did have a little chuckle at my photography supervisor this morning! Bodhi loves to be involved in whatever I'm doing!

Bodhi eyeing up hair products

What are your tips and star products for repairing damaged hair and avoiding heat styling?

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comments:

  1. Such a helpful post! I've been a bottle blonde for 13 years and after years of 'your hair is so thick and heathy' I've had the same thing! Definitely going to try some of these producets. Thanks Rosie, x

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  2. Great advice! My hair hasn't been great lately, as I've been bleaching it for the past few years and it's really starting to show! So far the only product for it I've been using is Charles Worthington Split End Repair, which does really work like a dream. When I went home for Christmas, I didn't use it for two weeks and it was such a massive difference! xxx

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  3. Good advice. I've just repurchased the Aussie 3 minute miracle treatment to do every other week on my hair. I always try to half-dry it in the evening and let it dry naturally before I go to bed so I don't completely blast it with the hair dryer. I can't go more than 3 days without washing it though!

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  4. I stopped straightening my hair every day the November before last because I was trying to grow it and also because it rains a lot where I live and ruins my efforts anyway! I learnt lots of new hairstyles to do instead of wearing it loose like fishtail braids, french/dutch braids, chignons, side buns. All sorts of ideas, pintrest has plenty of inspiration. I get lots of comments now about how my hair looks which is lovely. I also put unrefined coconut oil (the kind you get in big tubs off of ebay) in my hair for a couple of hours before I wash it, while I'm at the gym. Now my hair is halfway down my back :)

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  5. Due to years of bleaching and colouring my hair,my hair very rarely grew! I've stopped using heat applicances and started using flying fox shower gel by lush on my hair (trust me it works!) and it's finally started to grow!

    Rachel |ascottishrose

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  6. Some of my absolute fave products there, love the anti snap and all soft! Would love to try the moroccanoil mask too. My hair is feeling dry at the moment. And I know I need to cut down on the blow dryer!

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  7. I think it's the James Brown hair mask that I've got, but once a week leaving that on the ends for 5 minutes has made my ends waaay nicer. That and buying my own hair cutting scissors to trim the split ends of with when I find them. Nothing worse than finding a huuuuge split end and having to wait til your hair appointment or using blunt kitchen scissors. Good luck on your hair growing mission!

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  8. The Redken anti snap is awesomeee ( I used it lots when my hair was falling out) but my all time miracle product has to be kerastase masque nutri-thermique a teeny amount does SO much good work and leaves my hair soft and silky for days after washing it- I always cringe a bit at the price but my last pot was 25 ishhh and lasted just under a year! oh and the actual morrocan oil is awesome too, 99% because it makes hair drying WAY quicker! xo

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  9. Was just going to tweet and ask about this! Had to have so much cut off on the weekend because it was damaged and want to make sure I look after it now. I've stopped tying my hair up with elastic bands in the night and I bought a scrunchie, gross I know. Way less damaging and handy when I'm going a facemask or taking my make up off.

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  10. Cute dog! I dye my hair blonde too and I find that L'Oreal Ever Strong works really well for me as well as the Total Repair Extreme Mask. I also like the Bumble & bumble Mending Mask :)

    annie | www.raspberphobia.com

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  11. Oh gosh, Bodhi is too cute!! I love hair care posts so much. I can't wait to read your updates on how your hair is doing. (Is that sad? That's a little sad isn't it...) x

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  12. It's so good when you find a hairdresser who'll be honest with you! My friends always say I have Disney princess hair and while I do have good hair genes (everyone has to have something, right?) a lot of the hair envy I get is really down to not overwashing/styling or dying. More than any product you buy it really does the best for your hair!

    Sorcha x Bright Field Notes

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  13. I can't impart much knowledge on bleach and heat damage as I am a brunette with naturally straight hair, but I have had very long hair before and that is all about the strength. I swore by whacking a mask on my hair at least once a week, at one point when my hair was super long I was actually using a mask instead of standard conditioner to keep it strong, Joico K-Pak is a good one for that. Also I found reaching for an all in one heat protector/smoother/leave in conditioner was so much easier to use, I like It's a 10 and moroccan oil personally. Just not styling it too much will make a huge difference to your hair too, give it time and you will get that strength back :) xx

    www.thelibrarian.co.uk

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  14. gorgeousshop.co.uk is also a great place to buy these products with free delivery and sale discounts! i did a little blog on my post as I was unsure to buy from there but it turned out they were exceptional good with fast delivery!

    www.laurajarvispatterndesign.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Ooh good post, I need to start investing a bit more in hair care. What did you make of the body shop coconut hair shine? Is it like a serum or more of an added extra at the end of styling?

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  16. I love the Tresemme mask for damaged hair and have my eye on some Moroccan Oil products. I've cut down on heat styling a lot in the last couple of years and its definitely made my hair look less damaged. x

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  17. This is so interesting Rosie - I've been trying very hard not to use heat as much and to get regular haircuts as I got exactly the same lecture from a hairdresser recently. It's really tough though! Dry shampoo really is our best friend in this situation isn't it?! I love Kerastase Nectar Thermique, it's a brilliant heat protector. I have the Redken Supersoft treatment which I've found to be really great, and I'd also like to try Extreme Antisnap. How are you finding it?

    Ellie | mantrapixie | x

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  18. Two months ago I was worried about my extreme hair fall problem. My friend told me to give a try to KESH KING ayurvedic hair oil.
    It was the best decision to use it. My hair fall has reduced and my hair starts growing fast. now my hair seems very beautiful silky and shiny .now i recomend my every friend to use KESH KING HAIR OIL..Now i'm really very happy..You also try kesh king hair oil for better result.for more information you may visit www.keshking.com

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