Haircare Routine: Leave-In Treatments & Styling Products
The basket that holds the majority of my haircare stuff mostly consists of treatments and styling products - the things I use upon the dreaded task of washing my hair. There's quite a lot here (can you tell I went through a Bumble and Bumble obsession?), but I don't use them all at once as it really just depends on my haircare needs and the style I'm going for. My hair is thick, coarse and prone to dryness and frizz, and when it comes to styling it, I go for the kind of messy, slept-in look. Here's a rundown of all the products I use to treat, protect and style my hair post-hair wash.
I don't know if many people do this, but I wrap my freshly washed damp hair in an old t-shirt. Frizzy haired girls, take note, because this is actually a lot gentler on your hair. Towel drying can create frizz and unless you want to look like Monica from Friends when the gang were in Barbados (we all know the episode!), using a cotton t-shirt is a great preventative. It looks ridiculous (more so than a towel) and my brother likes to make fun of me, but the things we do for beauty, I suppose. Depending on how much time I have, I wrap my hair up for about half an hour to an hour, then proceeding onto my leave-in treatments. First things first are Kérastase Ciment Thermique and Kérastase Elixir Ultime, which I rub in together between the palms of my hands, then it working through my hair with my fingers before smoothing it over. Ciment Thermique strengthens and repairs hair, all the while protecting it from heat styling. It's also a heat activated product, so while you're styling your hair, Ciment Thermique is working its wonders. I was pretty disappointed in myself when I let a hairdresser suck me into buying Elixir Ultime, but as soon as this entered my life, I got rid of my Moroccanoil as this is by far superior. It deeply nourishes the hair, while softening and adding shine, which I found Moroccanoil to do nothing of the sort. Together, Ciment Thermique and Elixir Ultime make the perfect pair.
I let my hair dry naturally most of the time as too much heat is extremely damaging for my already dry hair, though I always blow dry my fringe. To add further protection, I use the Ojon Rare Blend Protecting Treatment and for volume, the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray. After watching Amelia Liana's haircare routine, I decided to hunt down the Ojon treatment on eBay as Ojon isn't available in Australia, and I'm so glad I did. It's a bi-phase product, smells sweet like honey and my fringe has been in far better condition than ever. It sits a lot nicer and I swear, I think it's even helped with gap fringe. You wouldn't think someone with thick hair needs a thickening spray, but this Bumble and Bumble product is incredible at preventing a fringe from falling flat and has been a saviour after a recent visit to the hairdressers that left my bottom layers way too thin. I usually wouldn't dream of using a thickening product on the bottom half of my hair. Normally, I use this in my roots to create lift as it's quite weighed down due to the thickness. It has a really light, refreshing smell and I'm so glad I invested in the big bottle of this! When my hair is finally dry, I take the tiniest amount of Bumble and Bumble's Colour Minded UV Protective Polish, which helps to preserve the colour and add vibrance. As a serum, I find it adds incredible shine and really does help the colour last longer in between hairdresser visits.
Sometimes I can be a little too lazy to use styling products, but if I'm going out or taking blog photos, I usually make the extra effort with my array of Bumble and Bumble products. Brilliantine was one of my first forays into the brand many moons ago and this is the perfect product for achieving that slept-in look with separation. Shine On and On Finishing Spray also creates separation as well as also smelling exactly like Brilliantine. I bought this when my hair was going through its awful dry phase to add shine and life back into it. Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray more or less creates the same effect, though it holds a lot longer and has more of a windswept look. I don't reach for Surf Spray too often these days as it is on the drying side, but nevertheless it's a wonderful product deserving of its blogger hype. When I want to add soft curls into my hair using my GHD, I rely on Semisumo to define them and hold them in place. Once I've curled my hair, I run it gently through the curls, even sometimes re-curling my hair with my fingers, which have a tiny amount of product on them. I know I probably use a crazy amount of Bumble and Bumble products, but they really are such a reliable brand.
I don't think there's a hair product more hyped than the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray. It's everything I wanted a dry shampoo to be, except it doesn't smell like old lady or even leave me looking like one with a white cast in my hair. It creates a soft, messy, sometimes grungy look and boy, does it deliver volume. Lastly, to hold my style in place, I rely on Bumble and Bumble Spray de Mode, which is the best hairspray I've ever used. It doesn't leave the hair feeling stiff or crunchy, nor reeks of alcohol. Your hair remains soft and my curls stay in place even after sleeping on them. I haven't had a hairspray in my routine for years as I've never really liked it, but with my love for Bumble and Bumble, I took a chance on it again and I'm so glad I did.
What products do you use to treat and style your hair?