For someone who generally despises hair washing and the palaver that comes with it, this haul might seem a bit excessive. But, I’ve recently acquired the motivation to find the products that work for me and have come to the realisation that salon brands work better. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a Brazilian blow dry, but the costs and the possible long term issues have put me off. Just a little context before you start reading: my hair naturally sits somewhere between a 3a and 3b curl (if this means nothing to you, you have probably been blessed with hair that’s a lot easier to handle), however I never wear it curly. It gets the GHD treatment after every single wash, which probably explains the split ends. It’s naturally very dry (it takes A LOT of oily product before it even begins to look greasy), prone to frizz and quite brittle. So, all in all, pretty shitty hair. I’m currently trying to grow it, and probably haven’t had a cut in around 2 years. I know I should get the ends chopped off, but I’m hoping to find a way to stop any more breakage before making a trip to the hairdresser.
So, after much research, I armed myself with a list and whipped out my credit card. I’ll be doing a review on any of these that particularly stand out (which better be all of them after the silly amount of cash I spent) or God forbid, any that are disappointing. I tried to choose something for each step of the washing/styling process, so here’s what I picked up.
The scalp and hair cleanser: Kerastase Chronologiste Revitalizing Exfoliating Care
Inspired by skincare, this golden baby contains actual beads like you’d find in a face exfoliator, which work to physically scrub the scalp and hair roots. Because of all the serums and oils I have to use, I get a lot of build up which shampoo alone doesn’t seem to completely get rid of. I’m genuinely excited about trying this.
The pre-shampoo treatment: Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme
This is the only item that I have used before, and I’m not really sure why I stopped. It’s pretty unique to anything else on the market, and aims to strengthen, soften and nourish and it genuinely does what it claims. I do however think you need to keep using it for the benefits to hang around.
The shampoo: Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Shampoo
I am a shampoo floozy and don’t really stick to one particular brand but I picked this up as it was aimed at coarse and Afro-Caribbean hair (my hair more Afro European, for reference). I always choose something moisturising, so I was pretty keen to see what Mr Kingsley has to offer.
The conditioner: Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Conditioner
Same reasons as above – I just feel like there is more scientific basis to PK products, so I have high hopes for this one.
The hair mask: Redken All Soft Heavy Cream Super Treatment
I’ve wanted to try this for years so I thought now would be a good time to try it. Like I said, nothing is too much for my hair, so the words ‘soft’, ‘heavy’ and ‘cream’ are music to my ears. It claims to target brittle hair from the inside out, so hopefully it will reduce my never-ending breakage.
The heat protector: Kerastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique
I have had a quick go with this, and I can confirm I LOVE it, and it is SO MUCH MORE than a simple heat protector. Unlike the L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Oil-in-Cream treatment that I often bang on about, this keeps my hair soft, supple, shiny and moisturised, even overnight, meaning I don’t have to faff with my frizz in the morning, which honestly buys me an extra half hour in bed. And I’ve since found out that this is Kate Middleton’s pre-blowdry cream of choice, which explains why her hair always looks bloody flawless.
The split end treatment: GHD Advanced Split End Therapy
Like I say, I have no intention of braving the hairdresser anytime soon, so this split end fixer will hopefully be my saviour. It claims to seal split ends as you straighten, while also helping to prevent any more splitting.
The hair serum: Ojon Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum
I needed to run some moisture through my hair when I was out and about the other evening, so nipped into Boots to pick this up. It’s pretty rich, and does a nice job of moisturising and softening the ends of my hair. But even for my barnet, a little goes a long way, especially when you move away from the ends.
The overnight moisturiser: Mizani H2O Intense Night-Time Treatment
I’ve noticed Mizani being used when I’ve been to hairdressers who cater for non-Caucasian hair which is why I wanted to try something for myself. As I mentioned before, my hair really dries out overnight and I usually wake up to a bit of bird’s nest requiring a lot more than a quick brush. I figured a night cream for hair would be a good option – I mean we moiturise our skin before bed so why not our hair?
So that brings us to the end of my massive high end hair haul. I feel a bit giddy and a bit sick looking at how much I’ve bought but also excited in equal measure. I’ll be sure to report back soon! And do let me know if anyone has ever tried any of these products!