Starting a Haircare Routine

Hello everyone!

Confession. I'm rubbish with hair.

I've never really strayed from the same few styles and I've never paid a whole lot of attention to looking after it. 

That's all changed recently as I've decided to put in the effort and start a haircare routine. Wanna know what it involves?

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For reference, my hair is fine & naturally wavy/curly. Oh, and fly aways are a pain in the butt.

Shampoo & Conditioner
Aussie Miracle Shine Shampoo // L'Oreal Ever Riche Conditioner
I never really thought the shampoo & conditioner I used would be all that important but since trying this combination, I'm sold! I've definitely noticed more shine in my hair since bringing the Aussie shampoo into my routine & this conditioner is such a gift. It's texture feels more like a lotion than a regular conditioner which is why it feels so nourishing and really makes a difference. My hair has never felt so healthy and I'm putting it down to using this, plus it has a really nice apricot scent!

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Knowing I was trying to whip my haircare routine into shape, The Hut kindly sent over two goodies from KMS California - I wasn't previously familar with them but I love discovering new brands!

Leave-in Conditioner
KMS California Moist Repair Revival Creme
After I've showered, I've been working this leave-in conditioner through my towel dried hair as instructed and leaving it to dry naturally. This claims to moisturise hair and help with manageability which are two things I'm definitely on board for! Having a natural curl in my hair means the tendency for knots is high but since using this I've noticed a massive improvement. Once my hair is dry I'll brush it and I won't say there are no knots, but it's a lot easier and less painful! Looking at the ingredients I'm quite pleased to see aloe & vanilla extracts as well as avocado oil - it's not a scent combination I'd ever think to put together but it's surprising lovely. Revival creme is a very apt name as this really has brought life back into my hair!

Heat Protection/Styling Spray
KMS California Free Shape 2 in 1 Styling + Finishing
Now, I've been really trying to cut back on using heat on my hair (as you'll read in the etc. paragraph below) but for those days I'm wanting sleek, no frizz hair I'll go for the straighteners. Trapping your hair between two super heated plates isn't gonna do it any good so a heat protection spray is an essential. This KMS California spray has become an essential because not only does is protect, it holds my hair in shape. My natural curls are notorious for trying to unravel themselves so anything that can keep my straightened hair straight instantly goes in my good books. Even when I haven't applied heat, I like to spray some through my hair - I'm not sure how but it just adds some kind of magic that makes my fine hair able to do what thick hair can - i.e. get some volume and shape in it. It has a strong cucumber scent which might not be up everyone's street but I really like the freshness of it. 

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L'Oreal Elvive Full Restore 5 Extreme Double Serum
These days if I'm leaving my hair natural, I struggle to go without a serum. My one of choice is this from L'Oreal which actually went into my January Favourites but it's still going strong - impressive for such a little bottle! You really only need one pumps worth rubbed between your palms then you comb your hands through and your hair is left looking like you've made an effort (when you really haven't).

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Limit the amount of heat used
Like I mentioned, I barely use heat on my hair anymore in an attempt to stop breakage, split ends and all that jazz. I'll only straighten or curl once in a blue moon and if I'm in a rush and my hair needs drying quickly, I'll use the hairdryer on the coldest setting.

Don't wash everyday
When it comes to washing my hair, I used to struggle to go a day without doing so. However, that's really not a good thing to do so I'm in the process of training my hair to go a few days before it needs shampooed again. It's not easy when you're used to fresh, clean hair everyday but it's important to let the natural oils work their magic!

Brush gently
This may sound a bit odd but it's something my hairdresser mentioned last time I saw her and it stuck. If you're brushing too vigorously you might be breaking your hair and that's obviously not ideal if you want it to grow healthily! I was definitely guilty of this and it's something that I'm very conscious of now and try my best not to do.

Coconut oil
Since I first discovered coconut oil I've tried using it in lots of different ways, but for hair my favourite way to use it is as a pre-wash hair mask. A few times a week, I let it work it's benefits for about 10 minutes on my hair before I wash & condition to lock in and secure moisture & softness which is exactly what I need! 

So there you have it, my current haircare routine! It's nothing too extensive but it's a definite step up and in the right direction from what I was doing before. Using this combination of products & techniques, my hair feels much more healthy which makes me happy!

What are your favourite haircare products?

Thanks for reading,

♫ Would I lie to you baby, would I lie to you? 
No, I wouldn't.
The KMS California products were sent to me for reviewing but all opinions are honest and my own.