I decided I am going to mix it up and talk a little about hair. While I may not be a hairdresser by profession, I’ve had my fair share of different styles and dodgy barnets to qualify to talk about it. Have you been as harsh as I have on your hair? My mam once rationed me to using the GHD once a week only, I was strung out on it. I also tried to straighten my friends afro hair with it and this tipped Loretto over the edge when she came into the room to a plume of smoke. I was also very fond of my crimper, can’t beat a good crimp! I’d say the one godsend in life is I never took up the ”Sun-In” trend. Look at me totally rocking satin bows back in 1992, I was such a trend setter….
Having gone from having lovely, naturally light in colour, thick hair (thanks to Loretto being very anal about it), I then went to the other extreme of thin, brittle and borderline bald! For my Confirmation, I wanted layers like Rachel from Friends and after much persuasion my Mam gave in. It wasn’t until I was 16 that I was allowed to get some highlights in my hair. What came off the back of this was multiple hair colours, black with red streaks at one stage(!), fringe, side fringe, fringe, side fringe, shaved undercut and extensions. All kinds of extensions – glue, microbead and finally Great Lengths.
Having gone through some serious hair trauma, including having to pour milk on the ends of my hair as it was like chewing gum, rounds of microbead extensions, then a set of glued in ones, I got Great Lengths into my hair. While I loved the Great Lengths hair and how it looked, it was probably the wrong time to get them. My hair really just needed a break instead of more stress on top of stressed hair and all this while sporting a zero on the side of my head. The hair curled beautifully though and I would not discount trying out this brand again on healthier hair. These ones definitely did the least amount of damage and could make your average ponytail look fantastic. The downside was the hair from any set of extensions being matted into the carpet or your boyfriend finding it in his bum and even the tip of his william!!! But wasn’t it lovely?!
However, like everything, all good things must come to an end. A very nice bearded boy got me a voucher for Dylan Bradshaw and I made the decision to have my extensions taken out and my hair cut up on the same day. Coupling this with growing out my bald patch on the side of my head, I was going for some serious change. At the end of January, out came the extensions and my hair was cut up and coloured in Dylan Bradshaw. I cannot speak highly enough of this salon and it’s not just because they give you prosecco, they have literally transformed my hair along with some good home care on my part.
I began using Nioxin shampoos and conditioners, I replaced my hair dryer, got new brushes, invested in Kerstase treatment conditioners for the ends of my hair too. Aoife in Dylan Bradshaw suggested all these items to me and I took it all on board as at this stage I was thinking I don’t want to be all scalp and no hair at 50. I look like my dad enough as it is! Aoife’s been brilliant at telling me exactly what I need and when, she will always tell it to you straight and really gets to know the client and their ”hair scare”.
I have visited Dylan Bradshaw’s five times since then and with their expertise colouring, cutting and advice my hair is slowly coming back to life. I am feeling less like Gail Porter every day. My hair takes at least ten minutes less to dry too. Of course, every now and then, I think of extensions and how I loved them, but for now I will continue to be good to my hair.
Here is what is in my hair revival kit :
Nioxin Cleanser and Scalp Revitaliser in Number 4 – specially formulated for thinning coloured hair, I believe this has really helped my hair make a comeback. You can purchase this product on www.beautyfeatures.ie for €18.56 for the cleanser in a 300ml bottle and the revitaliser is €20.69. They will last you a good couple of weeks once you’re not slapping it on like there’s no tomorrow and swimming in it. The delivery is always super fast with Beauty Features too and they always have nice discounts.
Diva Rapida 3600 – A good hairdryer is always an essential, if you have an old hairdryer it could be causing my distress to your hair then you know. An older hairdryer will take longer for your hair to dry thus causing more heat damage. I love this product as it’s only €40.00 – €50.00, depending on where you purchase, has multiple heat settings and it’s available in cool colours. Always a sucker for a gimmick. You can get these in Salon Services or on Amazon.
Kerastase Resistance Ciment AntiUsure 200ML – I try to use this restorative product once a week on the ends of my hairs as a treat. A bottle of this should last you around 6 months. You only need a 5c coin amount and lather this through. You can use this after your shower on towel dried hair but I even use this on my hair for 20 mins before I wash it and find it equally brilliant. I find it smooths out any frizzy ends and protects against further breakage. It’s €22.50 on Beauty Features also.
Brushes – I work off 2 brushes now. My Denman black paddle brush, you can get these in Boots or Salon Services, that I use to take out the majority of the wet in my hair and then then Salon Services ceramic brush in medium it’s around €7.00, you can get these in Salon Services too.
Rollers – Very important. These can give you instant volume when left in for even 20 minutes. You will be doing less damage to your hair by doing this as you won’t be relying on your rolly brush and a hairdryer. I love volume, they also add texture to the hair. I use all kinds, whatever I can get my maulers on. Dot knows where it’s at…
This is how my hair looked the first time I removed the extensions and got it cut, it was brittle and uneven due to me growing out the shaved bit:
My hair as it is now, after multiple cuts and good colouring:
Yours in hair repair,
The Girl Pout Town.