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Drugstore Hair Care Routine


I hope you're all having a great week so far. For today's post in this weeks Drugstore Week I am talking all about my hair care and styling products. This is a full routine that I use that won't break the bank. In fact the only high end/luxury hair product I own is stuff I've got in beauty boxes and the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray which I can live without so these are what I use to keep my hair soft and healthy, I've also included my hair dye and shade in case you were wondering what I use.

Starting with washing my hair, I don't wash my hair every day, it's just not what's right for my hair type, but I use two different shampoos and two different conditioners. First is the L'Oreal PureColour Sulphate Free Shampoo £5.99 which is one I used to use a lot but have recently got back in to the whole Sulphate Free shizz again. This is a great colour protecting and nourishing shampoo, that doesn't irritate my scalp which I really appreciate as I have a very dry scalp already that gets flakey and itchy so I have to be really careful with the products I use. Which brings me on to the next shampoo which I have been using for a couple months and have really noticed a difference in my scalp condition. The Head & Shoulders Clinical Solutions Scalp Relief Treatment Shampoo £4.99 is a gentle treatment that fights flakes and itchy scalp and provides up to 7 days protection. This has really changed the game for me and I use it every other wash to ensure that it's not drying out or damaging my skin because the premise behind Head & Shoulders is that it removes the top layer of your scalp, I don't believe in that, but I do find their products can be a bit harsh and stripping on my damaged hair so I ensure I only use it in rotation with another nourishing colour protecting shampoo.
After that rather lengthy ramble about shampoo I also rotate between two different conditioners. First the L'Oreal PureRiche Sulphate Free Conditioner £5.99  which used to be my favourite conditioner a couple years ago but I rediscovered it and remembered why I love it. The scent is just amazing and I love it, but my hair is so soft and shiny whenever I use this. But the classic treatment I have used for years is the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Treatment £4.99 (not shown in photo's) which is an amazing 3 minute treatment. You can get a colour safe version along with others depending on what you're looking for but I really like this to help repair and restore my damaged hair. 

Okay now for after care, and I first I wanted to mention that I always use The Wet Brush £11.99 whether my hair is wet or dry because I find my hair is much healthier, it doesn't break or split when I use this and I prefer how quick and easy it de-tangles my hair. As for products I start off with spraying in some of the Schwarzkopf Got2Be Express Dry Styling Spray £4.19 - currently £3 at Boots which is a great drugstore all in one kind of product as it speeds up drying time, protects against heat, de-tangles and conditions the hair. So everything I want that first step to do, this does it all.
Then I go in with my hair oil and I switch between either the L'Oreal Mythic Oil £14.00 or the Aussie 3 Miracle Oil Reconstructor for Damaged Hair Oil £9.99 - currently £6.66, they both nourish my hair, but the L'Oreal one makes my hair shiny and soft and smoothes my hair, whilst the Aussie offering actually repairs damaged hair as well as nourishing, smoothing and leaving my hair looking shiny. So I swap between the two depending on which is closer to hand. Then I leave my hair for as long as possible for it to air dry and the products to soak in and do their job. I normally wash my hair at night so I leave it for an hour or two and before I go to bed I will then finish off my routine and dry my hair with a hair dryer. So before I go in with the dryer, I apply the Tresemme Beauty-Full Volume Touchable Bounce Mousse - £5.50 - currently £3 which is great for weightless bouncy hair and with my hair being short it is a really great light product. Once this is in I will probably put a bit more hair oil in, and then go in with my hair dryer until my hair is completely dry. I tend to flip my hair upside down and dry it that way first, then go in and tousle my hair until it's dry. There's no rhyme or reason to it I just flip it around until it's done. 

On to the styling part now and first I start out with dry shampoo, and my favourite at the moment is the Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo Jumbo Size - £4.99 400ml I purchase the jumbo size because I go through the smaller sizes pretty quick, and don't get me wrong this is by no means a perfect dry shampoo, it's just the most accessible and I don't want to spend £20+ on a dry shampoo because although I love the Amika one, I just don't want to spend that much. This absorbs oil, gives volume to my hair and adds a little grit so I even spray a bit of this in at the roots to add a little hold and extra zhush to my flat hair.
As for texturizing spray, like I mentioned at the beginning I do use the Oribe one but it's so pricey I don't really think it's worth it, it's nice but the Fudge Urban Texturizing Spray £6.99 is just as good and still offers texture and a little bit of hold just like the Oribe.
Finally for styling is the Schwarzkopf Got2be 2 Sexy Volumizing Hairspray £4.19 - currently £3 and this is again nothing special, by no means the best hair spray in the world but it does what I need and it doesn't make my hair crunchy or sticky or anything.  

I've never spoken about my hair colour on my blog before I don't think, but I must admit I am partial to the L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss Hair Dye in 5.13 Iced Truffle £6.79 (Shown in photo is shade 500 as I had ran out of 5.13, but 500 isn't quite as cool and dark as I want) I really like the colour of this as it's a cool ashy kind of brown which cancels out the red in my hair really well. I had red/mahogany hair for a long time and I am naturally red as well, but I really like the tone of this particular hair dye and it's easy, doesn't irritate my scalp and my hair doesn't feel dry or damaged after using it. I dye my hair every 6-8 weeks depending on when I can be bothered to be honest. But this is the one I go to. I have used Garnier's Olia and Nice N Easy but this is just the one I prefer.

I hope you have enjoyed this Drugstore Hair Care Routine. If you miss Monday's post on the Best & Worst Drugstore Makeup then be sure to check that out.

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