My everyday haircare routine

"Hair style is the final tip-offwhether or not a woman really knows herself".
Hubert de Givenchy, Vogue, July 1985

- It has been such an eventful morning already and I haven't even thought about my plans for this evening! 
 I woke up bright and early to take myself into college for my final general studies exam
 (not worth a jot, I know) 
and there was a tiny brown mouse sat on my bathroom floor and a very smug looking Buttons sat beside it.
 The mouse was so very cute but it can't live with us so I scooped it up and put it back outside and kept the cat inside. After an hour I figuired the mouse had a good head start, I let the cat back outside and I went off to find my blazer. 
 Low and behold by the time I had come back downstairs, the mouse was back, this time sat on the landing! 
 So now I am looking at a very sulky black and white cat as I have grounded her.

 In other news this morning I was on the bus home and we suddenly ground to a halt. The streets of Wakefield were lined with people all out to see the olympic torch relay pass through our town. I literally had the best seat in the house on the top deck of the bus it was all over in a matter of seconds but it was really nice to see everybody out to celebrate the occasion.

Anyway, enough rambling from me this post is my much requested 
'Haircare Routine'

I always buy different shampoo's and conditioners, usually ones that are for coloured hair to try and salvedge any of the red that leaks out so badly when I wash my hair.
Sometime last month after work I was scooting around Bodycare (surprise surprise)
looking for some replacements for my Boots botanics 'radiant red' hair products as they had run out.
I love that Bodycare stocks so many different brands of shampoo and condioner and I was pulled over by some financial force to the 99p sticker above these products.

I have very badly damaged hair from the years of smothering it in a red goo so rather than prioritise colour protection I decided to try some products that tackled my flat, dull and lifeless mop.
As you can see in this picture, my hair was in a pretty fly away state.
I can safely say that these are the most effective products I have used on my hair in a long, long time. 
They have given my hair a new lease of life, they are both packed with Keratin and contain no silicone.
My hair now looks a little something like this since using these products instead of my previous shampoo and conditioner.
Much shinier and lush!
(This was taken yesterday, it has no product in it just washed and dried)

I use those products for 'every other day' washes, for 'special occasions' I use my Clynol 'colour and care' products. These are my all time favourites
A review of these can be found

Once a week I use a hair mask to again retain some condition within my hair.
My current favourite is the
 'For hair that never grows passed a certain length'
I adore this rather familiar smelling (Gucci Rush anyone) deep conditioner.
Again, I have a review of my thoughts on this product 
For styling I usually blow dry my hair using this heat protectant from 'Salon Chic' which also contains UV protection.
I then dry my hair until it is partially dry and then run through some product to give my hair some volume.
Depending on how long ago it was that I dyed my hair will indicate which volumising mousse I use.
for when my hair is freshly dyed I will use this 'studio 2000' styling mousse with vitamin B.

If I am waiting to dye my hair and my colour is looking a little lack lustre throughout my parting I will use this amazing product from Indola. 

I am sure you have seen me rave on about this so many times but it's just amazing for making it appear as though you've spent all afternoon in a salon having your roots touched up!
Obviously, I have the red mousse but Indola do a whole range of coloured mousses for any hair colour.
I also use the Aveda 'smoothing fluid lotion' by running a little bit of the serum through the ends of my hair, it helps to keep the frizz away, makes it look lovely and shiny and also adds a hint of lavender to my locks.


Finally, to style my hair day to day I use Elnett hairspray, I must admit I just buy this out of nostalgia as my nan used to always have a little gold bottle on her dressing table and the smell of it reminds me of her. And for the days inbetween washing my hair I use this dry shampoo from 'Glamour'.
Okay, I kid you not this is the best dry shampoo you will ever find in Bodycare for 99p.
It isn't a typical 'powerdy-leaves-your-hair-looking-90-years-old dry shampoo', instead it is like a hairpsray, you cant see it, you just spray it give your hair a ruffle and you have instant volume and hair thats ready for anything. Honestly, try this if like me you have a few qualms about powerdery dry shampoo's.

I've recently been toning down my red, red to a more mahogany, dark brown red.
I feel that the darker reds make my hair look much more shiny and healthy and a little more sophisticated.
This month I have been loving this dye inparticular 

I found it in Bodycare on offer for £1.99 and my best friend Charlotte did the application for me and she did a bloody good job! The last picture of my hair above depicts what the shade looks like on me.
It is perfect!
To me, it is the perfect red!

Love, Holl

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