23 April 2020

Keeping my Hair Healthy in Lockdown

A major first world problem I'm seeing mentioned over and over again on my socials is the inability to go and get our hair done. Don't get me wrong - I am 100% in the same boat. However, I wanted to share a haircare range I've been obsessed with lately and that's made the distance between me and my hairdresser that little bit easier.

I feel like I've come a long way with my hair in the last year. Around a year ago my poor hair was subjected to a pretty bad hairdressing session which resulted in dry, damaged lengths, brassy blonde and incredibly, a green tint after a french holiday. When I went to my now trusted hairdresser, I swore I'd never neglect it again. For me, this meant cutting a lot of the length off to start again. We made my balayage a lot more natural and we got rid of all the horrible dry bits. Since then, I've been trying to go back regularly for trims to keep the lengths healthy and subtle balayage touch-ups. Then Covid and lockdown hit... Although I ask for balayage my roots are a little bit more grown in than I'd normally like and don't get me started on my greys. Not only that but the idea of not being able to get a nice healthy trim every few weeks? Well, my split ends started a little celebratory dance with this news. But I've been pleasantly surprised at how well I've been able to maintain the overall condition of my hair - which is mainly down to one entire haircare range. No, this post is not sponsored (I wish), I would just highly recommend the range if you're struggling to keep your lengths happy and healthy during the lockdown.

So let's talk about the products. Now I'm usually very sceptical when brands tell me their products help to minimise split ends or help your hair grow, but L'Oreal appears to have countered all of my scepticism with the Dream Lengths range. The idea behind the range is that it helps you to grow your hair without the need for regular trims, as the formula within the products helps to reinforce the lengths and protect your hair from split ends - using Keratin, Vitamins and Castor Oil. I've been using a few of the products from the range for a good few months now and I would 100% agree that I've noticed a difference.

I'll start with the No Haircut Cream, which is the first product I tried from the range and have been using for almost a year now. I picked this up after my awful hair appointment as it boasted properties that help to reduce the appearance of split ends and breakage from brushing. The ends of my hair felt horrendous afterwards so I wanted a product that sounded like it'd help. From the first application, the ends of my hair felt smoother, and although they were still damaged and dry, they started to look healthier over time and less dried straw-like. Since it's been cut I've continued to use it on the lengths and ends of my hair mostly and I do feel like I haven't had as many split ends as I have in the past. The ends generally still feel really strong and although my hair hasn't been cut since January I'm not chomping at the bit to get the ends trimmed because they need it. They actually don't look or feel like they need it at all. This is 100% a hero product for me, and something I could not live without.

The next products I picked up from the range were the Restoring Shampoo and Detangling Conditioner. The idea behind these again is to reinforce any fragile lengths as your hair grows and to help keep it healthy. The detangling element of the conditioner as well is there to help reduce any breakages through brushing. To be fair, all of the L'Oreal Elvive shampoos I've used, I've liked - they all leave my hair feeling clean and fresh, yet light to the touch - although they're creamy they aren't heavy and they don't weigh the hair down. I personally haven't noticed this shampoo doing too much different from others. However, the conditioner I'm impressed with. Again, sceptical Lisa pops out with any mention of detangling products, but my hair has never been so easy to brush after washing before. I always use a tangle teezer anyway, but I feel like this conditioner just takes that to another level. Although I am pregnant so losing less hair anyway in general, I would say I have noticed a big difference in the amount of hair that breaks during brushing as well.

Last but not least, the newest product to the range - and my collection - is the Frizz Killer Serum. Again, sceptical Lisa comes out when anything says it kills frizz. The idea behind this product is that it tames frizzy long hair which can make your hair look more damaged, and shorter - so it promotes a sleek look which lasts all day. It also has 230-degree heat protection, which is always a bonus. I have fallen head over heels for this little bottle. I use it every time I wash my hair while it's damp, regardless of whether I choose to blow dry or leave it to naturally dry, and I find that my hair, in general, is a lot sleeker, there are fewer flyaways and messiness, and it keeps its sleekness even in rainy weather. I was very impressed by this, and dare I say it, it does help with any frizz I may have.

Using the entire range together I feel like my hair is quite possibly in the best condition it's been in for a very, very long time. And since I'm in lockdown and can't go to the hairdresser, it's been a godsend for me. If you get anything from the range I would recommend the No Haircut Cream, it's a holy grail for me now and it's where I've noticed the most difference. However, I'll continue to use the entire range for a while to come - it works, and it doesn't break the bank.

What's your isolation hair care routine?


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