I have been naturally blessed with thick, healthy hair. So much so that I am the kind of girl that suffers with snapped hair bands, broken claw grips, you name it. Most horrific is that painful feeling in your follicles when your hair has been up all day then you take it down and massage your head :(((.
The Tangle Teaser (mine is purple and glittery and awesome) has been a firm resident of my top drawer for about a year – my first choice when it comes to sorting out my tangly mane of hair. It is perfect for travel, it’s small and works great for keeping hair smooth and knot free! However, I had heard that there was something called a Wet Brush that is even better than a Tangle Teaser and I knew I’d have to try it out!
Brushing wet hair is a dangerous game – unless you use a bloody good conditioner you will have tangly hair that needs to be sorted! I usually use my Tangle Teaser to work through the ends of my hair first so that I don’t pull and the hair doesn’t break. Then I can brush it right through without having to worry!
I felt like a bit of a traitor reaching for the Wet Brush over the Tangle Teaser, but hey needs must. So what I like about the Wet Brush is the bristles – at first when I heard someone say Wet Brush I thought it was a crazy hairbrush with like towel bits in it! The bristles on the Wet Brush are thin, bendy and get through hair pretty easy :). I wouldn’t brush right from the top of my head with a wet brush just because I’d worry about breakage, but it does just as good a job as the Tangle Teaser. I think the main benefit of the Wet Brush is that it doesn’t make you molt as much so it might be a bit less tough on your hair!
I’m trying to be more gentle with mine and taking skin/nail/hair supplements as around my temples my hair has started to feel a bit weaker and I don’t want to tug any out by accident!
I think the Wet Brush is definitely a worthwhile investment – the smooth finish of the brush handle is also very satisfying – it looks like the kind of brush you would take if you went swimming!
Having healthy, shiny and glossy hair can be down to a number of things – you might have bloody good genes, you may get your hair styled at the hairdressers everyday because you are the Queen, or you might be a Barbie (poor you, you are plastic).
I’m kidding, for most people their hair isn’t how they want it to be and people are constantly on the lookout for the newest and best products to make your hair FABALUTH.
I’m pretty lucky with my hair – I’d say good indian genes are one of the factors my hair is shiny and smooth (my friend Geri always used to tell me Asian people have flatter hair follicles…and you can trust her, her mum is a lovely hairdresser :)). Aside from this, I’d say that there are a few things that I do regularly to make sure that my hair stays soft, shiny and manageable on a day to day basis.
If you are washing your hair every day…STOP. I used to be really, really bad at this and used to hate the feeling of having unwashed hair. Washing your hair everyday with harsh shampoos can strip the hair of it’s natural oils and shine – I’d recommend washing it one evening and then skipping a day at first (this is just about what I can deal with lol).
At some point in your life, invest in a natural bristle brush! I use the Denman’s Natural Bristle Brush which is one of the best! I don’t use this EVERY day but after I’ve washed and dried my hair sometimes I use a natural bristle brush on it to smooth the hair down – it helps to calm down frizz, especially if you dry and wash your hair in the evening like I do and then sleep on it (because I’m lazy and can’t get up in the morning).
Quick note – I used to have long hair but then cut it into a bob. When you have long hair, don’t expect to brush your hair from the scalp to the root and not encounter a painful tangle. When I had long hair, I’d firmly hold my hair halfway down and brush the ends out, THEN go back to the roots and brush gently. This protects against breakage.
Every now and then, I’d recommend either sleeping in a hair mask (a decent conditioner is good enough) OR apply a hair oil. To be honest, even if you don’t sleep in a hair oil but just apply some to the ends of damp hair that’s good enough – my favourite is MorrocanOil – you can’t beat it! It’s very thick, a tad on the pricey side but it’s worth it…smells amazing too.
If you want a healthy scalp, I’d recommend massaging your scalp as much as you can when you shampoo your hair! Healthy hair starts at the root and having good blood circulation to the roots is the perfect way to encourage healthy hair growth.
On another note – I’m thinking about doing a ‘Hair History’ where I do a post with pictures of hair styles I’ve had throughout my life (however good or bad) and tell you a bit about them – is this something you’d wanna see? 😀
I have a few beauty rituals I have been loving this month so far. These involve 6 products, a few of them are things I have always loved that I’d like to talk about, and a couple are more recent finds that have made their way onto my dressing table.
A small mix of nail care, hair care and beauty, these things are part of my every day routine and if I lose any I’m running around the house shouting about them!
Here are my December favourites:
1. Not wearing foundation-
I stopped wearing foundation in summer, and started to use a really light coverage BB cream and then just concealer. This not only means my skin can breathe a bit more, but also it takes me less time to get ready in the morning! As my skin gets quite dry, I use a moisturiser first, then blob the Garnier Miracle Skin Cream onto my face and blend in using my fingers. Then, I just use the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer on blemishes and dark circles, and use my Real Techniques contour brush to blend this in! Job done 🙂
2. Looking after my locks-
This Body Shop wooden hair brush is SO GOOD. I know at the end of the day it’s just a hair brush but because it is wooden, you don’t have horrid plastic bristles that tug and pull on your hair. Now my hair is the longest it has ever been, and is also dip dyed this means that my hair is prone to breakage, particularly at the ends. Using this brush keeps my hair shiny, and in tact (which is useful!). I think I might get another one of these for travelling too, as it is an ideal size!
I bought this Morrocanoil from Feel Unique and it has lasted me AGES already! This stuff is brilliant, and it is rightly raved about all over the tinternets. I tend to use a small blob of this through the ends of my damp hair after I have used my tangle teezer on it. What I find is even better, is if you warm the oil between your palms before applying through the ends of your hair as it means it gets spread evenly and won’t make your hair greasy. I find my hair is usually really soft after it has been blow dried, and it great for coloured hair.
3. Keep up with Lipcare-
In Winter you are bombarded with artificial light, harsh heating and chilling winds which can dry your skin, hair and lips. Don’t forget about this lovely part of your face or you could end up suffering with chapped lips because of it. My favourite thing that I discovered recently is the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. I had heard ALOT about this product, as I’m sure a lot of you guys have too. This amber coloured gel cream is brilliant, it is soothing, moisturising and also acts as a great barrier to make sure your lips stay protected. It is also fragrance free, which I like. If you are looking for something to moisturise your lips before using lipstick, this is ideal! (Unless you want a matte lip that is…)
For day use I tend to reach for the Burts Bees Coconut and Pear Lip Balm, which is a travel friendly, soothing waxy lip balm. Although this isn’t AS soothing as the 8 Hour Cream and it does need topping up a lot, it smells gorgeous (quite like chocolate weirdly enough) and is not very expensive.
4. NAILED IT-
Seche Vite will ALWAYS be in my favourites unless something comes along that can apply nail polish for me, and blow on it itself (any ideas?) I buy this top coat from Amazon, and have gone through two bottles already. The only two criticisms I have is that when you get to the bottom, it is hard to use the last bit of it. Also, if you wear a lot of red polishes (like I do, usually burgundy), it tints the Seche Vite as you are applying pressure on the colour, so some of it transfers into your Seche Vite.
I use this every single time I paint my nails, it lasts forever and really does dry so so quick. I find when I start on the little finger of my left hand, by the time I get to the little finger of my right, the polish is almost dry.
(Sorry that the lighting is weird in these pictures and it looks like I have ten shades of blanket).