I wanted to do a post on my hair care routine since a really long time, but it's not until now that I'm actually happy with my routine and I've found the right products for my hair. To be honest, I never used to pay much attention to my hair in the past. Even my skin actually. I'd never use conditioner unless I felt that my hair was getting really dry. I'd just use a shampoo and some Moroccan oil and I was done. I always wanted long hair that looked perfect, but I was just too lazy to work towards it.
I don't really know why or how, but recently I just decided to start taking better care of my hair and skin, and in these past few months there have been so many noticeable changes that I just wish I'd started earlier.
To begin with, my hair has always been very dry. After taking proper care for the past few months I can see it getting better, but there are still a few days when my hair looks and feels drier than usual.
As you can see in the picture above, I have ombré hair. And no matter how much anyone may tell you that it doesn't really harm your hair, it does. You're basically bleaching the ends of your hair and stripping it off it's colour. The reason I currently like it is because I just think it looks really nice and different. So, if you have ombré hair, you need to take extremely good care of it because it's already damaged and you don't want it getting worse.
I ombré'd my hair a month back in Mumbai at the Jean-Claude Biguine salon. My hair was coloured by Nadeem, who was recommended to me by a dear friend and I was pretty happy with the results. I've never mentioned this before, but I have loads of grey hair. I don't know why that is, maybe it's genetic, but I have to keep going to the salon every 3-4 weeks to touch up the grey roots. I did my touch up and ombre on the same day using L'oreal products. For touch up, Nadeem used the colours 5 and 6.3 in equal parts with 20 volume which matches my natural hair colour. And for my ombré, he used Ombré Infinium with 20 volume again. After washing the colour off, he used a toner in 8.31. Please bear with me if I haven't used any of the terms above correctly, I just tried to understand the basics and noted the colours he used.
If you have dyed blonde, ombré or even highlighted hair, you need to take more care of it than normal. I usually switch between 2-3 different shampoos. On days when my scalp is not really greasy but I feel like it needs a cleanse, I use the Forest Essentials Honey and Vanilla hair cleanser. Other days I use the TIGI S-factor Smoothing Shampoo or the Bed Head by TIGI Urban Antidotes Recovery Level 2 shampoo. It's not very easy for me to find shampoos that work for my hair, so when I do find them, I usually stick to them. After my shampoo, I use the TIGI S-factor Smoothing conditioner. Once a week, usually on the weekends and if I'm not too lazy, I oil my hair with The Body Shop Rainforest Coconut hair oil. I also use the Kerastase Reflection Chroma Captive Shine Intensifying Masque as a deep conditioner once a week. After washing my hair, I use either Moroccan oil or the TIGI S-Factor Smoothing Lusterizer and let my hair air dry. If you're someone who uses heat styling tools on a regular basis, do not take heat protectant spray lightly. It's basically an essential. Before I use styling tools on my hair, I use the John Freida Frizz Ease Heat Defeat Protective Styling spray. Also, some days when I'm running late and don't have time to shampoo my hair, I spray on some Batiste dry shampoo in dark and deep brown and run out the door. Now I know that most of these products are not cheap, but I've tried using so many products on my hair, and these are the only ones that seem to work for me, and I don't want to compromise on my hair care since I've already neglected it way too much in the past.
Also, I've heard a lot of people recommend purple shampoos and conditioners for dyed blonde hair, and I wanted to know if any of you guys have tried them and if I should give them a shot. Do let me know in the comments! I've mentioned where you can get each of the products below. I hope this post helped you in some way. Have a great Sunday!
P.S : There's a giveaway on my Instagram account featuring Ziveg, make sure to participate! Also, the picture above is part of a fun shoot I did recently and the entire look will be up on the blog some time soon!
Forest Essentials Honey & Vanilla hair cleanser - Find it at any of the Forest essentials stores or order it online here.
TIGI S-factor Smoothing Shampoo - Can be found at Beautiful in Bandra or Andheri, or online here.
Bed Head by TIGI Urban Antidotes Recovery Level 2 shampoo - Can be found at Beautiful in Bandra or Andheri or at Beauty Palace in Mumbai, or online here.
TIGI S-factor Smoothing conditioner - Can be found at Beautiful in Bandra or Andheri, or online here.
The Body Shop Rainforest Coconut hair oil - Available at The Body Shop stores.
Kerastase Reflection Chroma Captive Shine Intensifying Masque - Bought from Jean Claude Biguine. Available at many salons in India.
Moroccan Oil - Available at most stores that sell beauty products and selected salons in India.
TIGI S-Factor Smoothing Lusterizer - Available here.
Batiste Dry Shampoo Dark and Deep Brown - Available here.
John Freida Frizz Ease Heat Defeat Protective Styling spray - Available at Beautiful, or online here.