Hair Update

If you have been reading my blog since 2013, you'll know it is my mission this year to grow my hair. I've had my hair all shapes and colours but I've realised I love my natural curls and I would like to embrace them! I've been working hard on keeping my hair in good condition and I can really see my hair beginning to grow... finally!

The cut and colour
I made a very wise decision to stop home colouring my hair. Yes, shock horror, I was a box dye addict. I've been going grey since I was about 14 so I have been home colouring my hair for a long time. I was sick of the colour build up and how this was weighing my hair down so I went in search of a new hairdresser. I opted to go to Belfast's blogger's favourite combo: Aidan & Erin at Stafford Hairdressing, Lisburn Road. I have seen Aidan do some many amazing hair transformations so I knew I would be safe in his hands. Number 1) He is the most lovely person ever and number 2) he does not muck about! He was frank about my hair and the state of it from box dying but was positive that he could work his magic. We decided that he would hand paint balayage (think a much more subtle, natural ombre) on the ends in a warm brown and continue to fill my grey in at the roots. He did an amazing job and I've been back since to have my roots touched up and a colour "gloss" to keep the balayage looking fab. Erin did my cut and she cut it EXACTLY how I wanted it. I have very curly hair which hadn't had a good cut in a long time. She gave me some layers and chipped into my bangs to make them sit better. She also does a fantastic curly blow-dry! I feel like I'm truly converted to the world of salon colours. It has also been lovely to actually relax for a couple of hours. 

The products
I have been absolutely loving a number of things. Firstly, the Bumble & Bumble Curl Conscious Shampoo & Conditioner has been the best investment. I have tried so many shampoos targeted at curly hair and they've left my hair greasy/flat/weighed down by product. Bumble & Bumble is expensive but it is highly concentrated meaning that it last an incredibly long time. My curls have been really revitalized and I'm looking forward to investing in more products from the range. I am also a big advocate of Dove haircare and many things from the VO5 range (namely the Oomph Powder which I have put in the hair of almost everyone I know!). I've also been trying to sleep with coconut oil in my hair once a week. Not great for my pillow but my hair seems to like it! 

I have been letting my hair dry naturally at least once a week with a large dollop of Dove Pure Care Oil through the ends to eliminate frizz. However, I do love perfect hair. I blow-dry my hair at least once a week using my GHD Size 2 brush. I try to get this as salon perfect as possible. I then curl my hair with VERY old ceramic tongs and set it to cool (see the picture above!) in clips. Lots of Elnett and a bit of a shake and pulling about with my fingers follow and what I'm left with is a big blowdry which I can get 3 days out of (okay...the third day is really pushing it and requires a BIG amount of Batiste XXL dry shampoo!). At my friend's recent wedding I did a really extreme slicked back bun. I do love my hair off my face but boy, do I need to be sure my makeup is flawless! 

If you have any hair recommendations for me, let me know! Hopefully by Christmas my hair will have grown down to length I want.

That Belfast Girl