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Friday, 10 August 2012

My Current Hair Care Routine



I've stepped my hair care routine up a notch since I had it cut about a month ago. I've been growing my hair for about three years now, taking hair growth vitamins and using hair encouragement hair masks and my hair has ever so slowly been growing. However, I know the one thing I've missed out in this routine is stability. I never paid too much attention to what shampoo and conditioner I was picking up, would sprits a bit of heat protection on and that was it. Being a student, I'd just pick up whatever shampoo/conditioner combos were on offer and that was it. To be honest, I don't understand now how I was confused that my hair was barely budging!

I've been reading up a lot about Argan oil recently and the wonders of this amazing oil, and now from experiencing it on my own hair I can tell you it is definitely the best thing you can put on your hair. With my current routine, I'm feeling a definite difference in the feel of my hair, the look of my hair and the growth of my hair. The ends look thicker, it feels so, so soft and I've definitely gained back the length I got cut off last month already.

So, here's a run through of what I'm using at the moment, and yes, they all contain Argan oil!



I've been looking for a new shampoo for a while and was prepared to spend a bit of money on a decent one that was going to make a visible difference. However, on a trip to Morrisons I was perusing the toiletries isle and came across this beauty, for only £3.80 if I remember correctly. As soon as I saw those magic words: 'Argan oil' on the back, I nabbed it straight away! 

Its a big 400ml bottle, so great value for money for starters. On the bottle it claims to nourish and tame last smoothness for dry, frizzy and rebellious hair. Its anti-humidity (great for if you're going on holiday, which I'm not wah) and claims up to 48hrs of anti-frizz! However, above all this probably the two most important factors for myself are the Argan oil contend and the thermo protect, as I'm a major heat whore! 

This shampoo smells amazing, really luxurious and lathers up a treat! In the shower I can instantly feel the smoothing effects as I'm washing it out which I find really impressive. Its consistency fairly oily, indicating to me that the Argan oil is very present, as well as this it is that ominous golden colour that we associate with Argan. Its so smooth, I can actually rub it into my dry skin and it absorbs in very easily, leaving quite a smooth finish! I mention this as Argan is also known for its skin smoothing benefits.


Conditioner: Moroccan Oil Restorative Hair Mask (c/o Hair Trade)

I think everyone knows that Moroccan Oil is the must have hair product at the moment. I've been desperate to try their hair mask out for myself for months and months, after reading amazing reviews and watching YouTubers raving about the incredible effects of the Moroccan Oil treatments. 

Moroccan Oil's range include everything from glimmer spray to luminous hair spray, all containing the magical ingredient of Argan oil! The restorative mask is designed to help reconstruct and rebuild, r
everses damage done by chemicals, restores hair from environmental elements like sun and wind, penetrate deep into the hair with a unique formula brings out hairs inner health and leaves hair shiny and moisturised. 

The conditioner itself has a very rich and smooth feel to it. I scoop a small amount into my hand and smooth it through my mids and ends of my hair and leave it in while I shave my legs and wash my face. I would presume for a more intense effect you could leave it in for about half an hour and wash out. I really think it does the job in depositing the Argan into my hair and I've definitely noticed my ends look thicker after I've used it, so it must be helping with my split and dead ends. The smell is very distinct and smells fresh and revitalising, plus I feel the Argan does remain in my hair after I've washed it out.

I use this every other time I was my hair, using the
Boots Coconut and Almond Hair Mask in between, as I don't want my hair to become resistant to it as I've heard can happen with intensive conditioners (don't know if this is true?). Overall, a very impressive conditioning mask, worth the money.



This was an exciting discovery for me. My mum always goes on about the K√©rastase Elixr Ultime Versatile Beautifying Oil and what a difference it has made to her hair (baring in mind she has long, regularly coloured hair) and I wanted to try something similar to this but wasn't keen on the price tag.

I came across the Avon treatment when I was researching for an article and instantly found some great reviews of it. It was a real bargain especially seeing as it contains Argan oil, so thought it was worth the risk and went for it. I pump two squirts into the palm of my hand, rub in between my hands slightly, then run through the mids and ends of my towel dried hair to absorb in as my hair dries. Spraying on some heat defence spray (I used Morrison's own as it smells of melon and mangos) and blow dry my hair as usual.

I do try to use the hair dryer on the coolest temperature on my ends now to try and minimise the heat damage as much as possible. After drying my hair it honestly feels intensely smooth. This oil treatment has literally been my saviour and really is the fitting way to end my new hair care routine. My hair definitely feels more moisturised and hydrated which I'm hoping will continue in encouraging my hair to grow!

What is your current routine? Have you made any changes which have made a significant difference? And is anyone else as obsessed with Argan oil as I am?! haha!

20 comments:

  1. Have always admired how beautiful your hair is so this is an ace blog post to read on how you get it so lovely and shiny! x

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    1. Thank you Sarah! I'm glad you like it :)

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  2. Your hair is gorgeous!! How short when you first started growing it? Could you do some sort of hair care routine post, and do some top tips or whatever that would be really fab, especially for me as I'm growing my hair myself, and it just doesn't seem to be growing! :(

    I'm using the Avon Argan Oil myself, and I have fell in love with it! :) Great post

    Sharna xo.
    Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle and Thoughts Blog.♥

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    1. It was just sitting on my shoulders when I really started trying to grow it, I had it cut into a bob a couple of times when I was 17/18. I really would recommend carrying on using the avon argan oil as well as other products like I do that are intense with argan oil. Also, getting hair trims at least every few months will encourage it to grow :)

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    2. Thank you, I love the argan oil by Avon! I will follow your tips haha! :) It's grown so much! xx

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  3. Thanks so much for sharing your hair care routin, you put me to shame! I used to have really long hair but due to illness I lost it so I know have super short hair!! I look at your hair and wish mine was as long! I'm definitely going to take your advice about the Argan Oil, when I look like Rapunzel I'll be thanking you! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Try things like massaging your scalp with olive oil to encourage growth and aloe vera is also another good one! Soon as its long enough chuck some clip in hair extensions too! It'll help maintain your patience whilst you're waiting for it to grow! X x x

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  4. Thank you for this post, I have really dry feeling and looking fairy but yours looks really glossy, so I will be purchasing these items!

    Lauren,
    Fashionswirls.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah, definitely recommend them all!

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  5. nice!


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  6. I'm loving products with argon oil in them too! Dove's shampoo and intensive conditioner with argon oil in it are really good too, they're on offer in a few places at the moment but definitely worth checking out if you're a fan. Make my hair feel SO soft.. and they smell amazing! xx

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  7. I really want to try Morrocan Oil, looks great !!

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  9. Your hair looks amazing, I am super jealous, I must try the Moroccan Oil!
    Carrie xo
    Creativegesturebeauty.blogspot.co.nz

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  10. I love Moroccan Oil, it's so good! I'd like to try 100% argan oil to see how that works. I also use Fekkai RX Treatment mask, that's an old favourite of mine :)

    Sweet Fig Tree ♥

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    1. I saw some pure Argan oil in Holland & Barrets the other day, may have to try it out!

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  11. You have such stunning hair, it looks gorgeous in every photo. I have been trying to grow my hair, like you I take the vitamins and such and I've really noticed a difference. I really love that moroccan restorative treatment, it has done wonders for my hair.

    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella

    http://www.theurbanumbrella.com/

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  12. i am looking for a hair tonic so i think i should go for this but i think in Pakistan i will not not get it ALAS

    www.mahrukhhayyat.blogspot.com

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  13. I'm right about to go buy that hair oil! :D

    Sandra from The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

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  14. I'm a fan of L'Oreal anti-frizz hair care too! How long have you been using this? Since I used it, I haven't had a bad hair day which is love! I'm used to wearing caps or flat ironing my hair every time I feel like my hair looks like a mess. HairLab.net

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