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I don't know about you but when I go to the effort of styling my hair, I really want it to last as long as possible and particularly over the festive season, when life is even busier. My hair is dry and I really don't like to feel a lot of product in my hair, although some product is definitely necessary if I want my blow dry to last. Today I want to share the products that I rely on, especially over the next fortnight.
I always find that when I start with Olaplex No. 3, my hair is much easier to manage and style so I will wet my hair, apply this and leave it on for as long as possible ( a good few hours or preferably, overnight, but even just 30 minutes will suffice is you are short on time). I recommend using a shampoo and conditioner that will aim to smooth the hair without weighing it down. My current loves are Kérastase Elixir Ultime Bain Shampoo and Kérastase Resistance Fondant Extentioniste (both of which are currently reduced on Look Fantastic). I find that this combination leaves my hair clean, but not stripped, soft and manageable.
Now on to styling and the product that I've been loving for well over a year now is Colorwow Dream Coat (use code LYMIN at checkout to receive 20% discount). It is a silicone-free product that tames frizz, protects against heat and humidity and leaves hair really smooth. What I love most about it is that it is weightless so i don't feel like I have a lot of product in my hair. I spray liberally throughout my hair before blowdrying. This is a heat activated product so if you lie to let your hair dry naturally, it won't work for you. I find that it also helps to speed up the time it takes to try my hair.
At this point, if I am happy to leave my hair straight and sleek, I am good to go, however if I want to add some waves, I will use a wand or my GHD and then finish with some Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray. This spray adds some volume and movement, whilst also giving hold but it doesn't weigh my hair down. If I am trying to make my blow dry last, I tend to start the week with straight hair and then after maybe 2 days, add some waves and texture as it can hide any signs of tired hair.
Your best friend when trying to extend the time before you need to wash your hair again is dry shampoo I have tried so many but the very best that I have found is Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo. It is sold in light tones and dark tones, it doesn't leave a white cast on the hair, it smells amazing, adds some volume and it also makes the hair feel fresh and clean. Honestly, it's a miracle worker! I find it best to apply it at night so it can absorb any excess oils but if also works well in the morning if you suddenly find that you are short on time and don't want to wash your hair.
Finally, if by day 5 or thereabouts, hair is looking a little frizzy and dull, I recommend using a little oil on the ends of your hair but nothing too heavy as that will just make it look greasy. I highly recommend Kevin Murphy Shimmer Shine, which is a lightweight mist that not only tames frizz, but it adds a little life to dull hair, thanks to the shimmer in the oil. It isn't at all heavy so don't worry that you will be weighed down with a greasy oil. It will give some new life to your hair! At this stage, my hair is usually tied up so I just need to spray some though my lengths.
I would love to hear your tips and tricks?
Thanks for reading!