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Thursday, 8 August 2013

Growing My Hair & My Haircare Routine

Over the years I've been good with my hair but I've also been VERY bad with my hair! I'm the sort of girl who gets bored with it easily and loves having a change, whether it being a colour or a cut I love having a revamp at least once a year!

Throughout the last 10 years I have tried ALOT of different colours, cuts and styles which hasn't always been the best thing for the condition of my locks! (Especially the time I was dying my hair red weekly so it wouldn't fade.... oh dear!)
2009-2011 was probably my most drastic changes ( and not just my hair.... ) here's me as a blonde, a redhead and a brunette with a variety of fringes, yes this all probably happened within a 18 month period! (2010 and 2011 are with extensions)
BUT over the last 18 months I have realised that, for me, doing my hair myself was just NOT the thing to be doing and have been religiously heading to my hairdresser to get my hair done! 
Back in Spring 2012 I thought I'd get rid of my extensions (RIP) and have my hair cut alot shorter but after a while it had grown a bit and was still feeling a bit pants so in November 2012 I decided that the only way for me to get my long thick hair from when I was 17 back I was going to have to go for the chop and get a  proper bob - it was time to start a fresh and look after it well!
I have to say this was the best decision I have ever had for my hair and I actually loved having my hair in a bob, it was so easy and fun but.... I did start to get bored of the one straightened look I went for 24/7 after a few months!

In February for my birthday I received the whole Lee Stafford hair growth set and the Lee Stafford Argan oil and from this moment I have been on a mission to grow my hair out!
Since using the Lee Stafford products ( and a few others ) I have noticed such a difference in the condition of my hair and it HAS been growing alot faster in my opinion.

Aswell as using these products I have drastically cut down on using heat on my hair. Since February I have probably used heat on my hair less than 25 times - that is SIX months people, I think I'm doing well!
Unless I am going on a night out I will just let my hair air dry and either put it up in bun or in a french plait style! It may not look as good but my hair feels soooo much better from it all and it's actually a treat now when I decide to straighten or curl my hair.... I can also always notice a massive growth difference each time where I only straighten it every couple of weeks or so!
Here's my hair from the big chop until now  ....
 I go to hairdressers for a trim and a whole head of highlights every 12-16 weeks or so, leaving it this long does give me some major roots but it is so much better for my hair then going every 8 weeks, I love getting a bit blonder each time I go!

So..... I thought I'd share with you my hair routine and the products that I use! 
Number one is that I use a Tangle Teezer. (eww SO sorry about the strands of hair in the photo!)
I literally do not remember life before using these. I got my first one back in 2010 for Christmas and immediately fell in love!
If you haven't used these before I seriously urge that you do, they are so much better for your hair than a normal hairbrush, they don't pull, they keep your hair strong and they also help keep it shiny, I honestly haven't used an ordinary hairbrush to brush my hair in nearly 3 years!
I wash my hair probably 3 times a week and I near enough always use these, the Lee Stafford Hair Growth shampoo and conditioner. Like I said before I have been using them since February and I jut love the results they have. I know they are a little expensive for the size of the bottle you get (£6.99) but if you are sensible with the amount you are using you can make these last for weeks and weeks. (it is great if Boots have offers, it really helps save the pennies) I love love love the smell aswell!
Everytime I wash my hair and it is towel dry/damp I always use either the Lee Stafford Argan oil or my NEW favourite hair product the Moroccanoil Treatment from the mid lengths of my hair to the roots , both these products work so so well and I don't know how I lived before using oils on my hair! They are so amazing for keeping my hair thick, strong and healthy and they last for so so long, the Lee Stafford one is the same one since February!
Also if I am going to be using any form of heat on my hair I always spray in the Lee Stafford Heat Protection Spray for Straightening (even if I'm curling it... I'm crazy like that!)
Each Sunday (yes I have a set day!) I like to use the Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment along with my shampoo and conditioner. I put this on after my shampoo and leave for around 5 minutes and then wash out and use my conditioner as normal.
This stuff makes my hair feel so so amazing and I highly recommend it to anyone who it trying to repair or grow their hair or anyone has really dry hair.  (obviously it has the lovely Lee Stafford smell aswell!)
It is £7.99 and this normally lasts me about 8 weeks or so as I only use a egg sized amount once a week. As you can see I've stocked up (3 for £12 at the moment in Boots!) so this is likely to see me through until the end of the year!
If you have been following my blog then you know a good few weeks ago now I bought the Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes shampoo and conditioner to try. 
These products are toning products to help you loose any brassy or yellowy tones in your blonde hair (like the "touch of silver" shampoo that alot of people seem to be using). Originally I started using this once a week but I did find that it made my hair a little drier than usual so I have cut down to just using it once every 10 days or so! So far I think they have worked great and have definitely had a positive effect on the colour of my hair!
Now down to something that I only do once a month/ every 6 weeks!
 If I have a day off when I know that I'm just going to be at home for the day (and not be seen by any members of the public!)  I love to cover my whole hair in coconut oil..... in fact I am doing it right now!
Coconut oil is great for so so many things and it mainly used for dry skin (that's even what it says on the label) but I'd heard by quite a few different sources say it is also great for hair aswell, so i tried it! I've been doing this for the past few months and each time it has left me with lovely soft, thick hair!
Coconut oil is a hard substance (a bit like the Palmers coco butter original formula) but when a little heat is added it immediately turns to an oil, so all you have to do is rub it between your hands and you have pure coconut oil to slap on your hair! 
This stuff is super cheap aswell, I got this from Superdrug and it was 2 for £3 -  what a bargain for a product which has multiple uses!


I hope you have enjoyed this post - let me know what you think and what products you use and love!
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  1. Loved this post! I'm the same, I was putting my hair under too much stress but I've stopped it now. And I do the same thing with the coconut oil! Leaving it on all day is a god send for hair. I sometimes do it with deep conditioner too, still works! I hope you do more hair posts in the future hun xox

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    1. I'm so glad I stopped what I was doing - was so so bad for it, can't imagine doing that now! I will be doing more posts for sure :) xxx

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  2. I actually couldn't get through life without a tangle teezer!
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    x

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    1. Same! Proper brushes make me cringe now - they are so hard! x

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  3. I love my tangle teezer and adore coconut oil for my hair! Without coconut oil my hair would be a dry mess!
    http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/3292715/the-urban-umbrella xx

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    1. haha same, it the best beauty bargain! x

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  4. So helpful! I've been growing mine out from a pixie cut for the last two years and it seems to be stuck in permanent bob stage! I looove the Lee Stafford mask, I might have to re-purchase it :)

    Cat x

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    1. Aww yay glad you found it helpful! The mask is sooo good I love it! x

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  5. You know what? All of those styles suit you! So unfair haha. I do love the short blonde though, I love the texture to it. Great post, thanks for the tips :) x
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  6. Amazing post going to try almost every product you have put up. Been trying to grow my hair for the last 5 years hopefully this will do the trick ! Thanks so much !!

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  7. Your hair is looking gorgeous! I really need to get my hands on a Tangle Teezer, although I don't need my hair to grow any more haha. Great post!

    Jess xo

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    1. Aww thank you! Lucky - give me some haha! x

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  8. i love this coconut oil from superdrug! its so afordable and work wonders!
    xx
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  9. Ive gone every colour like you and finally my hair grew and wrecked it by going bleach blonde and im back to the growing stage again I dyed it brown(natural colour). I love the Lee Stadford serum and Moroccan oil!

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    xo

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    1. That's what I've been like with my hair - literally been all the colours! Going a bit blonder next week but feel like my heair is healthy enough at the moment to do it! xxx

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  10. I swear by using coconut oil, I remember the first time I used it, I just couldn't get over how soft it made my hair! Some good tips here! x

    The Little Things

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    1. Same - the best and cheapest beauty bargain! x

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  11. Brilliant post!
    We have really similar hair, I'm currently growing out my bob and I am in the horrendous in between stage where its not even in a shape or style anymore!
    I have to use clip ins if im going anywhere where I need to look remotely respectable! I'm lucky I work in a hospital theatre and need to wear a scrub hat all day so no one has to look at my dodgy barnett haha

    Xxxx
    http://thebigburd.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yes! Mine is at such an annoying stage! I really want to get clip-ins again but dont know weather I should! x

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  12. I'm definitely going to give the Lee Stafford Growth products a go! I have recently had all the unhealthy ends of my hair cut off and am determined to get it nice and long again! Thanks for the recommendations!

    Ash :-)

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  13. I've literally just found your blog and I'm so glad I did! This post is beyond amazing, I've been looking for products that will help keep my hair in tip top shape and this is definitely a life saver, especially with me having blonde highlights. How amazing are the Lee Stafford growth and toning products? I'm sure Lee Stafford is a magician!

    So happy to have found your blog, definitely going to be a keen reader!
    Beth, x
    Bethany-Marie

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