Part two of my summer beauty series is here and this time we're talking hair! This series was supposed to go live at the end of last month, but we know what happened there and we just don't talk about it (much like fight club).
Since having my hair cut the shortest it has been in about 15 years I've become a bit boring with styling it and either doing nothing or reaching for the straighteners just to tame flicks, and that's about it. My hair isn't particularly thick or fine, but there is a lot of it and it takes a long time to do anything with and it doesn't always react well to styling products. It's a little frustrating and I've been looking out for products that I can use to bring a little texture, volume and style into my little bob.
The first product I've been using is yet another shampoo, that's the third I've mentioned on my blog this week but they all have very different uses and results. The Khadi Amla Ayurvedic Shampoo boosts volume and shine and really does what it says on the tin. I hadn't heard of Khadi before this and was keen to have a go using an ayurvedic beauty product as they seem to be popping up all over the place recently. I do have to say I really dislike the smell of this shampoo, it's very strong and very medicinal but I can get past the smell of something if I know it works, which this does.
For styling my hair I've been combining two products, the John Masters Rose & Apricot Hair Milk (which I thought was a regular conditioner but turns out it's actually a leave in conditioner) and the Less Is More Elderflower Salt Spray.
I put a little pea sized blog of the cream into my palm and spray three or four spritzes of the salt spray into my palm too and then mix my hands together and scrunch the mixture through the ends of my hair, really working it in so as to not leave any parts particularly crispy or greasy.
I really like this method as on their own I find the hair milk to be a little too rich for my hair (it would be better if my hair was longer or damaged) and the salt spray hard to use as the spray is pretty concentrated and I just end up with chunks of crispy hair.
Together they work to keep my hair moisturised and de-frizzed (the hair milk) with a little texture and grit (the salt spray) it's a match made in heaven and my hair isn't looking quite as boring anymore. Perfect.
Also can we talk for a minute about doing something really, really crazy to my hair?? Once upon a time, a long, long time ago now I was pretty *cool* and bleached a little section of my hair and dyed it wacky colours. I LOVED IT. But after maybe a year I got bored and dyed it back to brown, or maybe red. I think I was going through my box-dye red phase for a while there. I kinda regret that phase as my hair was pretty much always a funny brown/orange shade two washes later.
My hair is in really good condition at the moment, it's completely natural without an ounce of chemical dye on it seeing as I've had it cut so short and haven't dyed it in two or so years now. I'm really itching for a change though. I went hair inspiration shopping on Instagram and found the images above. As you can see I've gone for looks that involve leaving the roots free of dye, so it already looks really grown out and you don't have to worry about re-growth as much. I really like the pastel pink and ashy grey/blonde colours the most, though the purple and peach colours are pretty beautiful too. I'm terrified I'll look ridiculous having pale hair, plus, my hair is shorter than all of these, still sitting just above my shoulders so maybe the half colour look would look strange like that to? Is my hair too short to do this?
I would love to know your opinion, should I go for it?! Peer pressure me. I'm pretty sure I need to save some pennies first too, as this ain't gonna be a cheap trip to the hairdressers ;)