I thought that today instead of a review I'd do a sort-of hair post.
I henna my hair. I first coloured it in February/March time and I used to redo it every couple/three weeks however I've found that it doesn't fade or seemingly grow as fast now there's no strong sunlight, so since about September I've done my whole head once a month.
I don't think you HAVE to do you're whole head when you re-colour, but I prefer it. Generally, the only bit of my hair to have faded at all is the roots and I'm assuming that's just natural growth instead of actual fading of colour. I have just dyed the roots once or twice, but I didn't get all of my hair (god knows how) so I ended up with pretty much the same faded roots and orangey/red hair.
You can dye your hair over a three day period (or longer if you want) to achieve a darker red colour and I think with my manic dying ever few weeks at the beginning, my hair has now absorbed so much henna, it's destined to be a dark red as long as I use it now. Despite the lack of regular colouring.
I started off with hair this colour:
So for anyone that has seen the incredibly embarrassing Youtube video, then please don't ask me again.
And ended up with my current hair colour:
This was taken about 2 weeks ago.
For hair care, I use Big shampoo daily ONLY on my scalp and roots. I do not shampoo any of my hair that falls past my jawline. I don't because my hair is very brittle and prone to breakage. Instead, I use A LOT of conditioner on the rest of my hair. Obviously as I wash my roots (which get very greasy over the course of a day) the shampoo suds fall through the rest of my hair, partially cleaning them without stripping the natural 'goodness' out of it. I use any conditioner that I find whether it's on offer, or if I've been past the Pound Shop I get anything. I can get through a reasonable sized conditioner bottle in about a week/ 10 days - maybe 2 weeks. Tresemme is a good choice because for the amount you get in the bottle, the price is quite good value.
I brush my hair as soon as I come out of the shower. I rarely brush past my jawline, mainly because I use so much conditioner my hair rarely tangles and there's no need. I generally only brush the roots in order to find a parting anyway. Sometimes - most times - I just use my fingers.
I try to let my hair dry naturally. However, I like my lie ins so I try to towel dry most of the wetness out of it, have breakfast or whatever for half an hour or so then blow dry the rest of the wetness out of it. On my days off, or at least once a week, I let my hair air dry.
Again, styling wise, I used to straighten it every. single. day. Now I've put into place a routine where I may straighten it a few days a week, but I'm trying especially hard to just let it be. I have to wear my hair up for work anyway so there's no actual need to straighten or curl it much.
I usually pull it up into a band with my fingers, I never use a brush or comb. I have started to back comb a little bit by pushing a large bristle brush back up the length of my hair on the longer layery bits, but I use a lot more hairspray than I do backcombing. I either pin my fringey bits/bangs to one side or I put my hair up completely so there's not much variety there.
I use some special hair cutting scissors to trim and chop at my hair. I haven't seen a proper hairdresser for about 2 and a half years now so my split ends do need taming. I spend a little bit of time every few weeks just finding a few split ends and cutting them carefully off.
I'm seeing a gradual improvement in the state of my hair and it's A LOT softer now I'm limiting my use of heat styling. I'm still losing quite a lot of hair in the shower but it isn't half as many as I was losing earlier in the year.
I'd like to know if anyone has tried any major products for tackling either split ends/ hair loss/ dry hair/ greasy scalps/ fading colour?
I hope this post helps anyone who's petrified of the hairdresser but wants to keep their hair in good condition.