It’s been almost a year now since I cut inches and inches of hair off! I used to shield behind extensions for around 7 years! They were between 18-22 inches long, so as you can probably gather they were wayyy down my back. I got to a point where I was actually a bit scared to see my natural hair, I always had super thin hair which is why I opted for extensions in the first place but I decided to just chop it all off and originally my plan was to wear clip ins while my hair grew, I just needed a break from bonds, my hair was in awful condition, it was so dry as I could never fully condition it due to the fact I had constant bonds in my hair and in all honesty I never thought there would become a day where I said goodbye to them. The thought of it would make me feel sick I remember almost crying at the thought! for somebody who’s hair never saw the light of day I never got it cut either but I realise now that is what stopped it from growing.
I have even more of my hair off now, it was just past my shoulders after chopping half of it off last June and now I can’t even tie it in a ponytail! It’s a little brighter too but I didn’t want my hair to then have a reverse effect and go back to being dry and straw-like due to bleaching it up again so, I have made a conscious effort to keep my hair in tip-top condition by trying and testing all kinds of brands and products.
I’ve tried every salt spray and texturizing spray imaginable I now feel like I have my little signature hairstyle I thought I’d share with you my favourite sprays, products and hair styling tools that I’ve tried and tested for the past year.
Okay, so I’ve been washing my hair with the L’Oreal Elvive Dream Lengths shampoo and conditioner. I am so obsessed with this range, I think it’s typically for long hair but I love the smell and feel it gives to my shorter hair and it is amazing for split ends!
I normally prep my hair before blow-drying it, the Lee Stafford’s Blow & Go which is from the Coco Loco Range is my go-to. This preps my hair and keeps it smooth and silky and heat protected while blow-drying/styling.
I then go in for the actual styling tool. I recently bought the Mark Hill Pick ‘N’ Mix interchangeable curling wand. I love the idea that you can change the barrel whenever you want which makes it easier for travelling so you don’t have to take multiple hair tools.
I opted for the Ellipse Waver Barrel which gives gorgeous beachy waves, which doesn’t look too uniform they are pretty messy beach waves which is perfect for summer and personally my favourite hairstyle on anyone. I really want the corkscrew one next I think that would look pretty cool!
Umberto Giannini Texturizing spray, you can find the exact one – here. This is essentially the glue that keeps everything together. This stuff is amazing – especially if you have shorter hair. It keeps everything in place all day and it adds that bit of texture to my hair and decent amounts of volume. I hate my hair straight but if I use just a bit of this spray it looks amazing! I did try the Oribe Texturizing spray for quite a long time but I prefer this Umberto Giannini spray and its a fraction of the price of the Oribe spray Deffo a good dupe!
That’s my current hair care routine. A little different to when I was new to the short hair but I definitely am loving this little routine that I have and I am so happy with this haircut. What do you think?
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