First of all, apologies for my disappearance over the past week. I ended up working almost 50 hours, and in the time that I wasn't sleeping, I was doing... well, nothing. I do have a few blog posts planned and have taken photos, but it's just a matter of writing them up. I think I just became a little lazy and slacked off because writing is my least favourite part of blogging. Having said that though, I think words are just as important as the photos, so when I do write, I like to put 100% of my effort in and if I don't feel like it, I'm not going to do it. I'm definitely much more of a visual person and love taking photos the most.
The last post in my haircare routine series is on the styling tools I use to tame my mane. Despite what you may see here, I only spend about 5-10 minutes styling my hair, though there may be times when I spend a little more on it when my hair just doesn't want to cooperate with me (I'm looking at you, gap fringe). Also, can you tell I really like the colour purple?
First up in my tools of the trade is the holy grail Tangle Teezer. The only time I ever brush my hair is before I wash it and while that may seem a little slobbish, I have naturally thick hair that's frizz-prone, which means my hair likes to run wild and do its own thing. It also takes out the natural wave in my hair, which I like, and makes styling a lot easier. The Tangle Teezer was a game changer for me. I couldn't believe a piece of plastic was receiving such praise, but this dramatically cut down my hair brushing time from about twenty minutes to literally two. I'd spend such an agonising time attempting to rid my hair of its knots with a wide tooth comb, but with the Tangle Teezer, it glides through my thick hair effortlessly and it's all smooth sailing.
After I've washed my hair and applied my leave-in treatments and styling products, my wide tooth comb has been down graded to simply separate my fringe from the rest of my hair and quickly run it through before I proceed onto blowdrying my fringe. To do this, I use a Brushworx boar bristle round brush and my GHD Air Professional Hairdryer. I find boar bristle brushes, as opposed to metal bristle ones, much more effective for achieving a voluminous, wind-swept fringe. Mine is pretty old, but it does the job and I'm actually a little afraid of trying something new because I love this brush. I don't normally blow dry the rest of my hair as too much heat is damaging for my already dry hair and also too much effort for my lazy self. Owning a GHD hairdryer may sound ridiculous for just a fringe, but ever since I purchased the Amethyst one from the Jewel Collection last year, my fringe is much more well behaved. It's more powerful than any other hair dryer I've used, which really helps to lift the hair for volume and it has a cool setting too. Considering how reliable GHD hair straighteners are, I'd say this is worth every cent and I know I'm definitely getting my moneys worth with this one.
Once my hair is dry, I use my GHD V Wonderland Styler to style my hair with whatever tickles my fancy for that day. If I'm in a rush, I'll quickly run the hair straightener through my hair just to iron out any kinks and weird curls, but if I have time to spare, I'll usually add in some loose curls, wrapping sections of my hair around the tongs. I used to straighten my hair fully back when I was in my teens, however, now I love volume and the slept-in look. I bought my first GHD when I was eighteen and I still have it to this very day. While the signs of wear and tear are minimal, the ceramic plates are a little loose. I'd been considering getting a new one for a while, yet I always put it off until the V Wonderland was introduced to my life. It's a purple/teal duochrome and it's just so pretty. As a limited edition straightener, I couldn't let this slip by me. I think most girls seem to have a mutual understanding of how amazing the GHD hair straightener is and how much it changed our lives for the better. I still remember the days my mum would perfectly straighten my hair for me, only to have it turn back into a giant frizz ball the second I stepped out the door. Enter the GHD, which was introduced to me by my best friend. I don't understand its superiorness or how it prevents frizz, but it just works and I'm not going to question it.
As for other hair tools I use, I have a Denman D91 Dressing Out Brush to lightly backcomb my hair wherever I need volume. My thick hair usually weighs it down, so I really only use this on my roots and fringe. I have GHD hair clips that came with my V Wonderland Styler and I love these for putting up my hair when I'm using hair masks in the shower or simply getting my hair out of my face when I'm just lounging around at home. I don't know about you, but after the end of the day, there's nothing more I love than tying my hair up and getting it away from me. I use Twistband Hair Ties to tie my hair into different styles (usually a messy bun or half up, half down as I really don't know how to do other hairstyles) and I love these as I've found they're the most gentle on my hair. They still leave a slight kink in it, but it's no where near as bad as your average hair tie. And last but not least, the bobby pin - a girl's best friend. I use these for keeping my fringe out of my face and for those times when I've put my hair up in a messy bun and need to neaten it up a little. If anyone knows where on earth they end up disappearing to, please let me know.