Sunday, 7 July 2013

"That's Why Her Hair's So Big... It's Full of Secrets."


If you read my blog regularly, you'll know that I'm about to state the obvious here: my hair is massive, and there's rather a lot of it (FYI: all mine, no extensions... take that Cheryl). As I get a couple of questions a week asking about how I get my hair looking the way it does, I thought I'd write a little post about it... I apologise for how horribly self-indulgent this is going to seem to those of you that don't give a stuff about my tresses!

The Cut
I'm pretty rubbish with actually getting my hair cut, mainly because every hairdresser will try and thin it out to within an inch of its life - my hair is thick, and that's what makes it big and full of volume... why are they all trying to deprive me of this?! Conspiracy theory coming up: they're all plotting against me because they're jealous and want my hair. I'm onto you, hairdressers of Great Britain. Anyway, if you're interested in getting your locks styled similarly to mine, ask for it all to be one length, with feathering through the front, a sweeping fringe and a side part... this cut is surprisingly low maintenance, to the point where I haven't had a professional haircut in over a year.

The Colour
I dye my hair two or three times a year using L'Oreal Feria Color 3D in 45 French Roast

The Products

I've talked about my favourite shampoo, conditioner and treatment mask at length here.
I've used the TRESemme 24 Hour Body Root Boosting Spray for years - I spritz rather a lot of it through the roots and lengths when my hair is wet... this is key to getting your roots full of volume!
The ends of my hair can get very damaged if I'm not careful, so I usually smother an oil or oil-enriched product through the lengths... at the moment, I'm using Phil Smith Total Treat Argan Oil Hair Transforming Cream (pretty sure this was a freebie in Cosmo a few months back...). I do quite like this product, but have been unable to find it anywhere... if any of you spot it, let me know!
There's only one hairspray which holds my styling in... and that's L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray. I'm loving the limited edition Catwalk Collection cannisters at the moment - so much better than your bog standard Boots ones!

The Brushes


I invested in a Tangle Teezer a couple of months ago as my hair gets so knotted after I've washed it - I was a little sceptical about the claims that this makes brushing pain-free, but have been pleasantly surprised that it actually lives up to its hype... well worth investing in one of these bad boys!
I've talking about exactly how I blow-dry my hair here - two brushes that are key to this are a round barrel brush to create volume at the roots, and a paddle brush for a smooth finish through the lengths.

The Styling Tools


For days my fringe just isn't co-operating with me (girls, you must know exactly what I'm talking about), I whip out my ghd styler and the problem is solved. 


So how do I get those curls..? I've tried a lot of curlers, but the Babyliss 2287BU Pro Curl Curling Tong (that was a mouthful!) stand out by a mile - they heat up quickly, have a temperature control and create curls that stay in all day long.


For days when I have a little more time on my hands, I love using the Enrapture Extremity Heated Rollers - they're a little time-consuming for everyday, but I like to use them during the weekend to get my hair looking like I've just stepped out of a salon. The finished result looks so professional - I actually used them in these pictures.

Hope you found this post useful - if you have any secrets to big, bouncy hair, feel free to share them below!

26 comments

  1. Love this post! My hair is so flat, its horrendous x

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    1. Glad you like it, hope it helps give your hair a little more oomph :-) x

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  2. Your hair is just...amazing!!
    I've been growing my hair for yearsss now and it's waist length at its longest point yeyy!! I totally get what you mean about layers thinning out your hair - why hairdressers do it is beyond me!? I've been growing out ear length layers since I was 19 eugh. I'm now almost 23 and they're about 2 inches shorter than my longest point now :D my hair is much thicker, but I struggle with volume as it's quite silky.
    Man I wish I had thick, coarse textured hair! Or failing that, just more or the stuff on my head haha...

    Holly Mixtures
    xx

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    1. I'm still traumatised from a haircut I had in my first year of University where the hairdresser ignored my instruction of 'keeping it thick and natural,' left the salon £40 poorer with virtually no hair on my head... and the bit that was left was all layered. Never wanted to cry more in my life... xx

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  3. You have amazing hair! I'd love hair like that! Mines fine & short! Urgh! Xx

    Gigglesandmakeup.blogspot.com

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  4. I've debating whether or not to get my hair cut shorter well not anymore after reading you're post! I love big Voluminous hair, and you're hair is amazing :)xx

    Claire does beauty

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    1. Right choice Claire - I cut mine shorter a couple of years back and regretted it pretty quickly! xx

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  5. Wow, I was pretty sure you have extensions when I first saw the photo. I wish I had your hair!

    Sandra - The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

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  6. I love your hair!!! I wish I had hair as beautiful as yours!!

    www.petitebeautyblogger.wordpress.com/

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    1. That's very kind, thank you :) x

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  7. I miss the who hair days haha!

    You do have amazing hair - I need to sort mine!

    Muzz xxx

    thedaisymouse.blogspot.com

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    1. Currently have my hair in a pineapple and am wearing no makeup. I'm such a glam beauty blogger xx

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  8. Your hair is gorgeous! Naturally lovely :) Thank you for stopping by my blog & following me after #bbloggers, I'm so sorry but I'm only just getting around to everyone now! I've followed you back lovely :)

    C x | gymbagsandgladrags.com

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  9. I love your hair! And we have the same curling tongs - As I've now got extensions I like to curl them so they blend a bit more with my hair, and I love them! :)
    Sarah xx

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    1. Those Babyliss tongs are so good! x

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  10. Your hair is stunning. You look gorgeous <3

    Stephanie

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  11. Your hair is gorgeous, the colour, the style, everything!!
    My hair is also naturally thick and full in volume so to avoid looking like a fringed lion I keep it mid length and use GHDs and plenty of anti-frizz product otherwise. Having said that I would love to have hair like yours!
    I think I definitely need to invest in a tangle teezer!

    Tamsyn-Elizabeth
    peachpowxo

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    1. Definitely get a Tangle Teezer - my hairdresser told me the inventor of it went on Dragon's Den and got laughed at, so they found another investor now everyone is using them... bet they're kicking themselves now hey?! xx

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  12. You have amazing locks lady. My hair is so thin flat and boring.. :(
    Glad you get on with the Pro Curl Tongs, I didn't feel the love.. I stick with the wand.
    Caroline.x

    notesfromcaroline.com

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    1. Ah thank you - I've heard great things about the wand but unfortunately the curls looked a bit too 'done' on my thick hair so I wound up getting the tongs instead and love them. Glad you like the wand though! x

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  13. Loveee my Enrapture Heated Rollers :D Ahh your hair looks absolutely amazing!

    Sophia Meola | A Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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    1. Thanks Sophia - you have gorgeous hair yourself! xx

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