I’ve had super long hair for most of my teenage/young adult life. I last had it cut short when my Mum misinterpreted the requirement of “hair no shorter than shoulder length” as “hair MUST BE shoulder length” when I started at vocational ballet school aged 11; suffice to say it was a nightmare, as I had to use about a million grips to get the little mullety bit at the back to stay up in a bun! Since that point, my hair had just been getting longer and longer and I would very rarely get it cut… mostly because I hated going to the hairdressers as they have always complained about how thick my hair is.
I decided it was about time I did something about my mane, so I booked an appointment with a new hairdresser in town. My original intention was just to get a trim and some foils to go blonder for the Summer, but then I started seeing all these gorgeous hair inspo pictures on Pinterest of the “cool-girl lob”; the choppy, beachy, mid-length style that you’ll have seen most celebrities rocking on the red carpet in recent years. But could I pull it off? After much deliberation, my resolution was that “If it looks crap, it’ll always grow back…”. So after making my boyfriend promise he’d still fancy me if it did, off to the hairdressers I went… and one consultation and two appointments later, I was a whole new woman (or at least, one with a lot less hair).
Of course, my brand new ‘do requires a brand new routine to match. After getting rid of so much damaged hair that’d endured years of both professional highlights and box dyes (from blonde, to blonder, to platinum, through various dip-dyes, to dark brown and back to blonde!), I’m determined to keep my hair in good condition and maintain my new colour; plus, that “just-rolled-out-of-bed” look takes a bit more work and product than you’d think! These are my current affordable and natural hair care picks:
- Noughty Blondie Locks Shampoo & Conditioner: I’ve used quite a few of the Noughty products before, but their Blondie Locks range is brand new. Noughty state that their products are 97% natural; I like them because they’re available at Superdrug (win!) and are free of sulphates, silicones and parabens. The Blondie Locks shampoo and conditioner have been amazing for keeping my blonde nice and bright, as well as keeping my hair lovely and soft! The lemon and chamomile means they also leave my hair smelling great after each wash. They Blondie Locks range is not yet available in Superdrug as it’s pretty new, however they are available online, usually for £6.99 each.
- infuse My. colour Platinum Wash: Back in my platinum blonde days, I absolutely swore by the Pro:Voke Touch of Silver purple shampoo too keep the brassiness at bay; mostly because it was dirt cheap, but also because it actually worked much better than any of the more expensive ones I’d tried! Of course now, I’d much rather be using a more natural alternative, so I was pleased to see the “infuse My. colour” washes launch recently at LoveLula, with a fantastic introductory discount! Their range is sulphate-free, so a lot gentler than most alternatives, and will leave your hair in much better condition. I’ve been using this about twice a week since dyeing my hair, and have found that alongside washing with the Noughty shampoo and conditioner, it’s helped to keep my blonde bright. It’s not quite as intense as the Pro:Voke stuff (which turns your hair silvery in seconds), however works really well for what I need and smells amazing, too. It’s available for £13.95 at LoveLula.
- Noughty Intensive Care Leave-In Conditioner: I’ve been using this product for over a year now, first discovering it in a beauty box from The Vegan Kind; even with my super long and thick hair, the tube would last me so long that I’ve only had to repurchase once in that time! I love this stuff as an alternative to the various oils and serums I used before switching to greener alternatives; it smells lovely, leaves my hair super soft and reduces tangles, and is pretty affordable at an RRP of £6.99 online or at Superdrug. As I’ve been using more hot styling tools on my hair since cutting it short, this leave-in conditioner has also worked really well as a heat protectant.
- John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray with Lavender: After trawling Pinterest and watching various hair tutorials for wavy, textured hair, it seemed that salt spray was absolutely essential to achieve the kind of style I was hoping to go for with my shorter ‘do. I discovered the John Masters Sea Mist spray on LoveLula, and was pleasantly surprised that it was actually pretty affordable and a similar price to the salt sprays you’d find on the high street. It’s perfect for creating and maintaining texture in your hair, and it smells amazing (to quote my boyfriend; “Your hair smells like holiday!”). I purchased the travel sized bottle to try first, as the larger bottle was out of stock; this was very reasonably priced at £5. The full-sized bottle is priced at £16, and I’ll definitely be buying one as soon as it’s back in!
- Captain Blankenship Mermaid Dry Shampoo: I’ve had this for a little while and used on my long hair as well, however I’ve found it’s really come into its own for adding volume to my newly short hair in-between washes, helping me to achieve that “beachy” look. It smells really gorgeous and comes in highly Instagrammable packaging, which I must admit, I’m a bit of a sucker for! I purchased a 2.4oz pot from Free People for £12 back in February (and was lucky enough to get a free postage deal as well), however it’s not available on their website at the moment; if you can afford to splash out (like a mermaid – get it?), a 4.8oz version is currently available at Jolie Beauty for £20.10. Another product I’m totally desperate to try from Captain Blankenship is the Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray… I’d love to hear if anyone has any experience with it!
What are your favourite natural hair care brands and products? Let me know in the comments below!