Current Hair Care Routine For Dry Hair & Scalp

Friday, May 19, 2017

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Since I dyed my hair, I've noticed a drastic change in the health of my head and hair. Don't get me wrong - I love my coloured hair (it makes me feel so rock and roll without looking it...haha!) but my scalp has been super dry, itchy and flaky which I've never experienced before and my hair is frizzy now and drier than usual. So in order to remedy the adverse effects of colouring my hair, I have switched up my routine a little and it's helping a lot, leaving my locks looking healthier and more manageable without an irritated scalp!


My usual weekly hair mask consists of combining coconut oil, almond oil, neem oil, castor oil and black seed oil which is an all natural, super boost for my scalp and hair. I've always wanted to try those DIY banana, mayonnaise, egg or avocado hair masks I see online but in all honesty I am far too lazy to bother. Oils are easy; you just mix them up or use them alone and that's that. Half an hour to an hour later I just thoroughly wash it out and I always feel like my hair looks and feels stronger and more hydrated.

Recently I've introduced two additional treatments to my routine - a scalp treatment and a hair treatment - a pre-wash combination I've been using twice a week. For my hair, I've been using Phillip Kingsley Elasticizer* which is a strengthening and hydrating treatment made with a blend of natural oils. This is meant to boost elasticity and prevent breakage and I find it helps with frizz and shine. I simply work some into my hair from the mid-lengths to the ends and leave in for a few minutes before washing out.

I've been using it alongside Grow Gorgeous Scalp Detox* which is a scalp exfoliator made with natural castor oil beads and pomegranate enzymes to get rid of any product build up, impurities and dry skin from the scalp. This helps to keep the skin beneath the hair healthy and subsequent products used to perform more effectively while also providing anti-oxidant protection. I take a scoop of this and massage it all over my scalp in circular motions for a few minutes. I then leave it there for a few more minutes and although the cooling sensation was odd at first, I find it quite relaxing now. Then I simple rinse it out and continue to wash my hair as usual. I've used this a handful of times now and I am so impressed with the results. I no longer have dry flakes or an itchy scalp anymore. The best thing about this treatment is that it will be helpful and effective if you have a dry, irritated scalp or if you have a greasy scalp too.

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After hearing about the issues I was facing with my newly coloured hair, the lovely team at Salon Science reached out to me to offer some help and I have to say their products have been giving my hair that hydrating help it so desperately needed. Salon Science Hydraluxe Shampoo* and Salon Science Hydraluxe Conditioner* both contain water-retaining compounds of AquaCacteen Organic Cactus which provides high levels of hydration to the hair and scalp. Using these leaves my hair so soft and smooth and I really enjoy the clean scent of them. Once a week I swap out the conditioner for Salon Science Hydrasorb Intensive Masque* which is a soothing and hydrating mask that my hair is loving at the moment. Its a wonderful blend of nourishing and soothing aloe vera, cactus, allantoin and menthol that I highly recommend if you need a hydration boost for your locks.

The only thing to note is that the shampoo does contain SLS (or Sodium Laurel Sulphate), a commonly used surfectant which foams and cuts through grease, that can cause dryness or irritation. I haven't found it to be harmful or detrimental to my hair especially as I am using it within a routine that is focused on exfoliation and hydration.

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After washing I find my hair becomes unruly, frizzy and I struggle to tame it. I usually take a small amount of OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil and run it through my damp hair and find this helps to keep some level of control and adds shine while I let my hair air dry. When I know I will need to blow-dry my hair, I've been using Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer. This super light mist not only provides that all important heat protection when using a hair dryer/straightener, it also contains 6 oils and helps to soften hair, keep it frizz-free, prevent hair from breakages and acts as a detangler. I got this in a Latest In Beauty box and used it up so quickly I had to get another. I love how it feels like nothing in my hair, no stickiness, no crispiness and makes my hair feel so good while protecting it. After drying/styling I use a bit of Josh Wood Radiant Shine Hair Treatment Oil to give my hair that professional looking shine and sleekness.

To finish off my routine, I've been using Grow Gorgeous Strengthening Oil* everyday (I don't even know if you should be using it that often) which is a super light-weight blend of nourishing amino acids, protective beet extract, cartenoids for UV protection and Amazonian oils which nourish and hydrate the hair. I take a few drops between my fingers and run it through my dry hair, from the mid-lengths to the ends and find that this oil not only helps the appearance of my hair but really is strengthening. I have had little to no breakages since using this and find that my hair looks naturally healthier now.

I am so impressed with the results I am seeing with these products and this whole routine. Even though it seems like a lot, I appreciate how beneficial it has been overall and so the extra effort is worth it.

What hair care products do you suggest for a dry/irritated scalp? Do you prefer a long haircare routine or are you super low maintenance when it comes to your hair? I'd love to know...

Sal xxx
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