It took me some time to convince myself that I can write about my haircare even though I am not Rapunzel, Medusa or Draupadi who have astounding hair stories to impress with the world. I am an ordinary woman with ordinary hair dealing with ordinary problems like frizz, flyaways and white gunk on my scalp. Sounds relatable? Let’s carry on then.
I have black thick frizzy hair with a good enough volume that does not make me look bald even when I lose a lot of it due to being slightly anaemic (taking prescribed medicine for it). In fact, I have received compliments on my hair volume a few times while having haircuts. I felt chuffed but to be honest with you, I doubt if it is going to last long. So I am just going to take care of mine as long as it lasts!
One of the changes I am glad I made is avoiding SLS in my shampoo because I have dry hair. I am not fussy about any specific brand as long as the product works well and to be honest with you, I did not yet find any shampoo to rave about. A few SLS free shampoo I used are L’Oréal Hair Expertise Riche Nourishing Shampoo, which is a decent sulphate free shampoo and Vichy Dercos Ultra Soothing Sulfate-Free Shampoo that makes my hair feel cleaner than L’oreal Hair Expertise but I am not sure if this is causing tiny little bumps along my hairline. Comment below if you have any good recommendation.
I swapped my regular conditioner for deep conditioning mask. I am using L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil masque Pot 300ml, which has an insane amount of highly conditioning product that is probably going to last me a little less than my lifetime. I sometimes do a pre-shampoo oil massage which helps both by hydrating and improving blood circulation of the scalp. I use Fushi Really Good Hair Oil 100ml and aloe vera that are very rich and nourishing and makes my hair soft and luscious. I sometimes use Batiste dry shampoo when my scalp feels like a grease bomb but I do not want to wash my hair for any specific reason like sickness or being in a rush.
My most satisfying hair care product is Matrix Biolage Sugarshine Polishing Hair Scrub because it gets rid of the white gunk from my scalp. I have used scalp exfoliating mask from Philip Kingsley, which has a better review and is very lovely but the problem is while applying on wet scalp I could not be sure if I used it more or less than I should ideally use so I did not repurchase that. Scalp exfoliation is known to clean the dead skin on the surface, sebum and product build-ups, promote cell turnover, help with absorption of products and promote a healthy scalp. I have no idea if it really does all that but I love how a gunk free scalp feels like.
I usually wrap my hair with a microfibre towel or in most cases with a T-shirt to dry, rather than using a hair dryer, to avoid frizz and since heat can damage hair, I am not a big fan of heat styling. I do not think I have even used my hair straightener in the last six months. I prefer to use leave in conditioner. At the moment I am using Phyto Huile Soyeuse Lightweight Hydrating Oil (100ml). If I want a good hair day, I use Phyto Secret de Nuit Intense Hydration Regenerating Night Cream 75ml the night before. I usually make a ponytail or messy bun or at home, I just keep my hair out of the way with a claw clip. If I have a little more time and want to make an effort, I do braids like French Braid or Fishtail Braid.
I love Invisibobble as hair ties. Although I do not think it had any effect on my migraine whatsoever, it is still a fantastic hair tie that stays put without being too tight to leave a kink. Likewise, I do not think Tangle Teezer stopped my hair fall, but it is still a great hairbrush and I admire the fact that someone believed in himself and made it one of the best selling hairbrushes even when it was rejected and ridiculed in the Dragons Den(BBC).
That’s all for now. I hope the mini reviews will help you make a well-informed decision if you want to buy any of the products mentioned and give you a nudge to add or get rid of something in your haircare routine.