I wrote in an older post how I’ve always yearned for longer hair though I’ve never had the patience to grow it, also as my head is on the small side I look very swamped with a lengthier barnet! I appreciate my post today may have a slightly limited audience as I find myself in a minority with my short ‘do’. As the products are fairly generic, I’m hoping that those with luscious long locks won’t feel too excluded.

Herbal Essences Ignite My Colour Shampoo and Conditioner

I have to wash my hair everyday. I know, I know, I should try every other day but I look like a grease-ball if I don’t wash it every morning. I tried for several months to only wash it four times a week but my scalp itched so much and I kept getting comments about my new ‘sleeker’ hair.
I have tried many a shampoo and conditioner (both expensive and budget) and usually come back to Herbal Essences alternating with Elvive Colour Protect. Both seem to be gentle enough for everyday use and protect my colour. Thankfully it just seems to be Nicole Scherzinger who has a ‘hairgasm’ when she uses this range, otherwise with the daily washing I would be well and truly exhausted.

Organix Macademia Dry Styling Oil

Despite being in oil form, the product doesn’t make your hair greasy at all and instead leaves dull hair moisturised, soft and shiny. I don’t think it’s strictly a heat protector but I have less split ends since I started using it and my locks feel far smoother and hydrated despite every day blow-drying and straightening. The packaging is a bit cumbersome as it’s very difficult to squeeze a tiny blob, but if you can master the bottle then just rub the oil through your towel-dried tresses. I adore the smell and it lasts forever as well as helping keep frizz at bay in this horrid wet weather.

Fudge Hair Shaper

I think I have used every single paste, cream and putty on the market trying to find a match to this product.
When I had my very first crop my hairdresser used to give me Fudge Hair Shaper product to add texture, definition and firm hold. As I was a penniless schoolgirl my stylist used to send me home with a foil pouch filled with a generous sample of the product that would keep me going for a few weeks. These days I unfortunately have to buy my own.
I use this for the first three weeks of my cut and switch to TRESemme Texture Style Velvet Creme for the last next three to four.
To apply I would tell you to rub a small dollop between your fingers to warm it up first and then apply to the ends to tease your style. The Fudge website however tells you to “simply just shag it out any way you want for that totally ‘lived-in’ look.” You decide…

Schwarzkopf got2b Powder’ful Volumizing Styling Powder

I have been known to use Bastiste Dry Shampoo to add volume to my hair so I though I’d try a styling powder to get a similar effect without having to cart an aerosol around with me. I’m probably more likely to use this product in the evening when I may have some of my day styling product left in my hair.
You just shake a bit of powder on to your palms and rub together. The powder magically disappears and you’re left with a residue on your hands. You then rub through your roots for a bit of va-va-voom and walk away looking like you’ve just stepped out of a salon.

L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strength

I vividly remember when I was little being dragged to the hairdressers to sit quietly through my Mum’s hair appointments. The end of the session was always marked with her stylist reaching for the tall gold bottle to spray copious amounts of ‘lacquer’ over her new hairdo. Just one whiff of Elnett signals to me that the hair titivating is complete and it’s time to face the world.
After its more recent renaissance, Elnett has become a favourite with holders of all sorts of styles, mine included. I find this the best hairspray for hold and shine and love that it can be brushed out really easily.

So these are my hair heroes, what are yours? What styling products and shampoos are on your bathroom shelf? Tell us about your favourite products for tresses of all lengths.


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