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Today I wanted to run through some of the hair products I've been reaching for over the past several months. Since putting together this post, I've discovered some great new products I'll do a separate post on, however this is what I've consistently been doing as my haircare routine for a good while now!
The first thing I do as part of my washing and conditioning routine is to clear my scalp and there are two treatments I use once a week for this (I wash my hair 2-3 times a week). The first is a manual exfoliator; the Davines Solu Sea Salt Scrub Cleanser | £25. This can be used for buffing away dead skin cells and has really helped with the flakiness I often experience with my scalp. It's also not too harsh, as it's made with salt, so when you add water the scrubbing particles dissolve. It has a slightly foaming action, so also acts as a scalp cleanser. Once a week I use the Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo* | £22.50 (get 15% off with code JASMINETALKS_LF) | which is a little more on the pricey side than other shampoos on the market, but given you're only using it once a week; it really does last ages. This is amazing for clearing the scalp of product buildup and really prevents the irritation that an accumulation of dead skin cells can cause. I used to have to wash my hair every other day or my scalp would cause me real problems, however since I introduced this, I've been able to get away with washing it twice a week with no irritation or redness.
As my shampoo and conditioner, I've been using Function of Beauty | £39 | full review | for the past several months. This duo is specifically-formulated to tackle my individual hair concerns and goals which are keeping my flaky scalp at bay, nourishing my hair and ensuring it looks as shiny as possible. I've honestly been so impressed with how well this system has worked for me and I think I'm converted! The shampoo is a great, gentle option for everyday maintenance and the conditioner is nourishing without weighing down my hair.
- TREATMENTS -
Once a week, I like to use the Ordinary's 100% Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalane | £2.75 | on my scalp. Squalane is a great ingredient for sensitive or irritated skin, as it's very similar to the oils our skin naturally produces. The hemi formula is a lot lighter than the original squalane from the Ordinary and has an almost water-like texture, meaning it won't get caught in your hair and cause greasiness. I apply it before bed when I'm planning to wash my hair the following morning. It can also be used to moisturise dry ends either after blow-drying or as an overnight treatment (before you wash it out the next day).
Whenever I have a bit of time, I like to use the Philip Kingsley Elasticiser Deep Conditioning Treatment* | £34. This is a cult product that I've personally been using for years and am a big fan of. It's a pre-shampoo treatment to be applied to to dry hair and I like to leave it on for as long as I possibly can! (The instructions advise a minimum of 20 minutes.) It increases elasticity and nourishes (but never overloads) the hair. If you use heat styling, you colour your hair or your hair is just a little dry and dull; this is an essential. It just makes the hair look and feel healthier and I'll continue to use this for years to come.
A more recent discovery that I tend to reach for on weeknights when I don't have the time to do the full-on Philip Kingsley treatment for the length of time I want to, is the Olaplex No 3 Hair Perfector | £26. This treatment is designed to repair broken bonds in the hair and so is perfect for hair that's been chemically treated. It goes on after your shampoo but before your conditioner and you only need to leave it on for 10-20 minutes for noticeably smoother, shinier hair. The only downside is how expensive it is for how little product you get! I have now bought the supersized version, but it wasn't cheap, even though it is better value...
Once a week, I like to use a deep nourishing mask, which I tend to leave on for a good half an hour if I can. At the moment I have the Amika the Kure Intense Repair Mask | £28 | on the go. I bought this after I used up the Coco and Eve one, however I think I'd go back to that next time as it just left my hair that bit silkier. I do still like this mask, though; it helps dry and brittle hair feel more moisturised with borage oil and shea butter.
Before drying my hair, I always use the Philip Kingsley Itchy Flaky Scalp Toner* | £10 (travel size). This really helps calm my scalp and prevent that irritation that causes scratching and worsens flakiness. I really recommend this product if you have a red or sensitive scalp because it keeps the irritation at bay for days, meaning I don't have to religiously wash my hair all the time.
- STYLING -
One product I've used for a while and am a big fan of is IGK Expensive Alma Oil Hi-Shine Topcoat | £25. I apply this before blow-drying my hair and it really does moisturise the hair without weighing it down and gives it that lustrous sheen. If you have dull or damaged hair that doesn't naturally give off that glossy look; definitely check this out because the difference I see when I remember to use this is huge!
On dry hair to smooth and style, I really enjoy the Hersheson's Almost Everything Cream* | £10. It can also be used on wet hair, as it's designed to be a do-it-all styling product. It really helps to smooth out flyaways and moisturise the hair without the need for a heavier oil and keeps things nicely in place. It isn't anything sticky or greasy; the texture is really nice and the product very easy to use. I tend to apply it as a finishing step and it works a treat.
I don't often use dry shampoo, but when I do it's the IGK Jet Lag Dry Shampoo | £23. This has a transparent formula that's lightweight so doesn't irritate my scalp by causing product build-up. At the same time, it still does a great job of absorbing excess oil, refreshing the hair and adding some volume and texture. It isn't cheap but it's about the only formula that my scalp will tolerate!
As an all-in-one day 2 hair booster, I always reach for the R + Co Trophy Shine + Texture Spray | £24. It provides moisture with lightweight oils and also gives a bit of grip. I spray this through the lengths of my hair, give it a scrunch and this product provides instant body, as well as making it look that bit shinier. I absolutely love this multi-tasker for reviving my hair when it needs a boost.
I don't often use hairspray either, but when I do it's the Cake the Hold Out Hair Spray* | £8.99. This smells amazing and is such a nice change from that classic Elnett-eque scent I usually associate with hairspray. It provides gentle hold that's nothing too crunchy and can easily be brushed out. However, it still does the job of holding curls and waves in place.
What are your hair essentials?