How I control my frizzy dry hair!

After lots of requests about how I tame my mane, I thought I’d dedicate a post to keeping your locks soft and smooth with minimal effort!

I don’t believe anyone is ever satisfied with their own hair.

Why oh why do we always want what we haven’t got eh?

Me, I long to have hair that looks fabulous when you wash it and leave it…instead of looking like Worzel Gummidge.

Just in case you have no idea who I’m talking about this is Worzel with Aunt Sally played by English actors John Pertwee and Una Stubbs.

How I control my frizzy wiry hair

First aired in the UK 1979 then in Australia 1987.

I’d like my hair to be thick enough not to need washing every day AND long enough to wear in lots of different styles…I don’t want much do I?

Oh and while I’m airing my wishlist –   one  no two more things – GREY HAIRS be gone and super-glossy-luciousness move in. Please and thank-you!

I can remember quite vividly as a kid, looking longingly at all of my friends hair and wishing we could swap, when in reality I should have just been learning to cope with what I had been born with.

Gosh I’ve had some hair disasters over the years though. I have tried every style imaginable.

When a new trend came out I dashed straight to the hairdressers.

When my sensible friends held back with caution – I threw that caution to the wind…Yes, it almost always ended in tears!

I’ve had perms on top of perms on top of colour – Thank the lord my hair is a tough as old boots!

I’ve left colour on my hair far too long and ended up with green hair…Only to run to the chemist and put another colour straight over the top. Geez I would collapse in tears if that happened today!

I’ve had my hair short one side and long the other – When of course I already knew that short hair didn’t suit me!

So let’s just say age has taught me a few lessons.

I now realise this hair of mine isn’t that bad really – You could say I’ve grown to like it more and more.

Here’s my two cents worth on looking after your locks:

  • Find a good hairdresser.
  • Book regular appointments.
  • Use a heat protector.
  • Buy the best products for the job.
  • The right hairdryer makes all the difference.
  • GHD are the best straighteners in my opinion!

Hairdresser 

It’s only in the last twelve months that I have started to booked regular salon appointments. Up until then I really didn’t think I needed to go that often. I made (yes made, I can be very persuasive) Mr IM cut my fringe for years between salon visits – let’s just say he is chuffed the lovely Maria (see below) has taken over the reigns 😉

I’ve now realised that my hair is part of my outfit. I put lots of effort in to how I look in regards to my clothes, skin and make-up. My hair is equally important.

Nikki from Styling You is friends with Maria from Suite Three Hair in Buderim on the Sunshine Coast. I decided to book in to see Maria purely by reading Nikki’s blog posts – because her hair ALWAYS looks incredible.

Maria has helped me to fall back in love with my hair. She has taught me how to cope with the weight of my hair, given me tips on drying and styling my hair so it fits into my lifestyle.

Tip: Don’t be afraid to change your hairdresser if you’re not happy, because salon visits are not cheap.

If you see someone with gorgeous hair, tell them and make sure you ask where they go!

Happy recommendations are always the best way.

Book Regular Appointments

Everyone’s hair grows at a different speed. Even if you are growing your hair you still need to have the ends trimmed to achieve good healthy growth. Otherwise when you do eventually get round to going you end up losing two inches of split-ends and nastiness, which counteracts all the effort you had put in to the growing!

Heat Protector

I have used a thermal protector for a while now. There are lots of products on the market that are equally as good. My favourite however is Kerastase Nectar Thermique this works like a dream on my dry hair.

After towel drying I add a small amount making sure all of my hair is coated and protected – it also smells divine too, which gets my vote!

Buy the best products for the job

You hair is no different to your skin. If you have a dry scalp, buy a shampoo and conditioner that will soothe and protect both your hair and your scalp – don’t just use a shampoo for greasy hair.

If you want your curls to stay in your hair buy a mousse or product that will enhance your curls and give said curls staying power.

Treat your hair to a mask every week…or you could try massaging some lovely coconut oil in to your hair – it soothes my Psoriasis scalp so well.

Pssssstttt. I have received lots of questions about how I get my frizzy curly hair so smooth – I swear by this product Mark Hill Smooth Shine Serum It is the only product that never makes your hair feel coated and yukky. Both Ms. May and I swear by this.

Hair Dryer

Over the years I have brought so many hairdryers…they are all now in hairdryer heaven.

Last year for Mother’s Day Ms. May made me so happy by buying me a GHD Air Dryer. Why oh why had I waited so long?

My beautiful GHD Air dries my thick and heavy hair in a fraction of the time when compared to other dryers. The best part though is just by finger drying, my hair is instantly smoother and silkier…I don’t have time to spend blowdrying my hair – this is why I love this dryer so much.

Put this one on your Christmas list my lovelies – you won’t look back!

Tip: Make sure your hair is dry. I know this sounds silly but if your hair isn’t completely dry it won’t behave itself. Hair has memory.

An example would be, my hair has a curly section at the back. If this section is not properly dry then not matter how hard I try to straighten it, it never lies flat and smooth.

GHD Straighteners

I have used a variety of hair straighteners for years and years (a must to make sure I don’t resemble the delightful Worzal above) GHD for the last 9 years (they were released 10 years ago).

Wide plate and narrow plate both cope with my hair.

Would you believe my original wide plates are still going strong!

Over the past 6 months or so though I have had my eye on the GHD Eclipse. Maria uses these babies on my hair. One swipe and my hair is straight. The Eclipse heat to a constant 185°C with 3 sensors on the plate to ensure constant temperature is maintained. They are not cheap but for my thick strong hair they will be perfect.

How I control my frizzy hair

GHD – Eclipse

Here’s what I use to tame my mane:

How I tame my mane

1. Kerastase Elixir Ultime for colour treated hair. Expensive but lasts for ever as you only need a teeny tiny pump.

2. Mark Hill Glam Goddess Frizz Serum – one of my all time favourite products. Available from Boots in the UK – I buy in bulk.

3. L’oreal Constructor – extra heat protection and a touch of staying power all in one…it also smells divine.

4. Batiste Dry Shampoo – a must for everyone…for those days when you need a little extra time in the morning.

5. Kerastase – Nectar Thermique –  I have used this for years. It’s my favourite heat protector.

So tell me lovelies, do you book regular salon appointments? What are you must have hair products?

 

 

Bev,

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  • Lisa Mckenzie

    I’m sure I commented on Monday but I can’t find my comment gorgeous anyhoo .I could not live without my straightener and my Moroccan or argan oil I just put a drop or two in after I wash my horrible fine curly hair.
    you Bev have the most amazing hair it is beautiful so thick and lush….I have hair envy,it is a stunning head of hair Xx

    • I wondered where you were on Monday gorgeous girl… I always look forward to your comments xx
      My straightener and I are joined at the hip! Although, if I wash and do my hair with a bit of care, I can get away without touching it for a few days. This is why I have started to appreciate my thick hair, instead of always wishing it was straighter/finer etc., Like you I love Moroccan oil, I used it for ages, You’ve reminded me I could do with buying some more! Your hair ALWAYS looks lovely Lisa. I really like your new style – how do you feel about it now? xx Big hugs xx

      • Lisa Mckenzie

        I was here but I don’t know where my comment went:( I am not loving my new style I think I am over my fringe already oops!!! But I don’t mind it curly now but not all the time .thank you sweetness your comments are too kind Xx

  • Kathryn

    Hi Bev, your hair always looks great. My hair is thick, and while it was straight when I was younger, it’s getting curlier as I age. Gah! I had the big chop earlier this year, about 8 inches off. Came home and my partner looked horrified and said ‘Bloody hell, you’ve had a lot cut off’ – should have kept it to glue on his solar panel 😉 Now I have a concave bob, which I either leave to dry/blowdry and wear curly/messy or my beloved GHD straight. I have two GHD’s, a hot pink one that I bought about 8 years ago and then a few years later my parents surprised me with a travel set of GHD hairdryer and straightener. I don’t think the drier is the one you mention, but I confess I haven’t used it much. I use Morrocanoil, but will try the Kerastase I think. I agree, we always want the opposite of what we have!

    • Thank you Kathryn. My hair was straight and glossy when I was at junior school but then like yours it slowly started to go curly (and grey). Love the sound of your bob now though, I bet it looks fabulous both ways! I seriously would be lost without both my GHD Air and Irons – I love them!
      Do try the Kerastase I never feel like the products leave a nasty residue on my hair.
      Ha ha ha – I might have just spat my drink out… Glue it to his solar panel. This might have just made my night! xx

  • Amanda

    Was wondering which shampoo & conditioner you use for your psoriasis?

    • I love Original Mineral products. Have you tried them Amanda? My scalp flares up when I least expect it but especially when I get stressed. These work for me. I also use organic coconut oil to sooth my scalp too:
      https://originalmineral.com/products-page/original-detox/

      • Amanda

        Yes, mine flares up more when I’m stressed or in humidity. I purchased some coconut oil a while back, but haven’t been game enough to try it. I’ll have to keep an eye out for Original Mineral, especially with winter approaching, where darker clothing and psoriasis don’t get along!!

  • Sophisticated Mumma

    I wish I could spend more time on my hair and I unfortunately leave it so it’s almost dry and then my hair never behaves itself. Wish I’d known about the air dryer a few weeks ago when my hair dryer packed up, it sounds awesome! Kerastase are great hair products aren’t they? My hairdresser always mentions the heat styling protector for my nylon hair…naughty me. Great post! X

    • Thanks Lovely! Yes, totally agree Kerastase products are amazing, expensive but so good.
      Put the GHD Air on your wish list – it works like a dream! xx

  • Yvonne Duke

    Your hair always looks great ! My hair is fine and dead straight, so I keep it very short ! I’ve never had to use anti frizz serums or a straightener ! I get it cut every 6 weeks or so and colour it (blonde ) myself. My hair gets washed every day, dries off and then I put some wax in it, and it only takes a few minutes, which is as long as I had each morning with 4 children !!

    • Thanks so much Yvonne. I wished I suited short hair. Yours sounds gorgeous and super-easy and you don’t need to spend a fortune on products! My hair is just to thick and heavy to be short…I have tried and failed so many times (with drastic consequences) I’ve learnt my lesson! xx

  • I love these tips – and btw, you have the most magnificent mane of hair – thank you! I am a stickler for regular salon appointments – every 5-6 weeks without fail. My hairdresser works from home and is very reasonable, hence my regular patronage! I have the silver bullet straighteners which work for me but I think I need a heat protector – thanks for the recommendation. xx

    • Awwww thanks gorgeous girl! I get the feeling our hair is quite similar Vanessa except that I have to work hard to cover my grey hair! I need to do my research on straighteners, both you and the lovely Rachel have mentioned brands I’ve never heard off – I think I’ve been lost in my GHD bubble.
      Treat yourself to the heat protector it’s amazing. xx

  • I wish I was not too lazy to wash blowdry and straighten my hair regularly. In my defense, Because of the amount of hair I have it would take me about an hour and a Half for that whole process! I never know what products to use when straightening either, I had the GHD straightening products and they were truly awful, made my hair like straw and didn’t straighten well at all! Strange! I love my GHD straightener though, I’ve had mine for over 6 years!

    • Steph it sounds like you have lots of hair like me. If I wash and leave my hair to dry it will still be wet 4 hours later. The GHD Air Dryer completely changed my drying time. My hair is much smoother with just finger drying too. Like you I also tried the GHD Iron Oil but didn’t take to it either.
      You could also try another product from Kerastase called Oleo Relax – this works like a dream on my thick frizzy hair – and you only need a small amount unlike cheaper products! xx

  • Kelly

    I need to find a great heat protection product – everything I have tried to date I haven’t loved so I don’t end up using them. My hair needs some love in this department! Will give your recommendation a go! Thanks for sharing Bev.

    • Its a pleasure Kelly, this is by far my favourite heat protector. Yes its more expensive (look online for a deal) but it lasts for ages unlike some of the other cheaper products that I have tried, which tend to leave my hair feeling dirty! Let me know how you go xx

  • Great post! I love reading how other people do their hair. Yours always looks amazing! I had a Nova hair straightener, it was huge, expensive and awesome. It changed my world.

    • Thanks Rachel xx I must have had my head under a stone as I’ve never heard of the Nova straightener…if it changed your world though, I might just have to google it!

  • Petra

    Love the GHD – have had 2 over the years but they have both “broken” after the warranty expired so this time I bought a Vidal Sassoon which is great too. I go to the hairdresser every 2-3 months for a cut (I have a basic straight bob) and in-between times I colour my hair as I am starting to get a few little greys 🙁 I used to get every hair colour/foils, perm, style etc under the sun, but have discovered that keeping things simple is what I’m after nowadays! I’m lucky that my hair stays shiny without any extra products so I only use shampoo/conditioner every day, however it’s not thick 🙁 and yep, all my school friends had glorious thick hair!

    • Petra your hair sounds like a dream to me. A simple shiny bob that only needs cutting every 2-3 months with just a sprinkling of grey – I might have a touch of hair envy! 😉
      Gutted that your GHD’s didn’t last though, my sister had a problem with hers too, it was still under warranty so they gave her a new one. My wide plate is on its last legs after 9 years of use…just hoping it lasts until July for my birthday! xx