As you will know if you follow my blog, my instagram, my snapchat ( thelondoncurls ) or subscribe to my YouTube channel (shameless self promotion, I know!) a lot has changed in regards to my hair since my big chop on New Years Eve. Once a committed henna addict, I have bleached my hair not once, not twice, but THREE times in the past month (follow the hyperlinks to see the first two bleaching processes), and therefore the products and care I put into my hair have had to change a lot to accommodate this. Watch my latest video on how I wash and style my hair, and learn more about my new holy grail products.
Pre-pooing, or conditioning the hair prior to shampooing, has been a process I have done off and on for the past few years. However, after bleaching my hair twice, Tiff from 3Thirty Hair and Beauty recommended that I always pre-poo my hair with coconut oil to avoid stripping my hair of any more moisture as bleaching the hair can leave it excessively dry. Therefore, 30 minutes before washing, I massage coconut oil onto my hair and scalp, and leave it to sit and absorb into my hair.
Step 2: Shampoo with Bleach London Silver Shampoo
Pre-pooing my hair is particularly important, as I am now using a shampoo which contains (dare I say it…) SULPHATE in it *screams heard in the distance.*
Right, are we OK to continue?
Now we have got over the initial shock of a product containing kryptonite to curly hair, this shampoo is actually pretty good. No, scratch that… it’s amazing. My friend Emily recommended it after my first bleaching experience left my hair a lot more coppery than I had wanted, and she assured me that no other shampoo works as well at cancelling out unwanted warm tones in the hair.
Now, I haven’t tried any other silver shampoo, but this stuff does the trick. This tiny bottle is only £5, and only a pea size amount is needed (I really don’t have much hair to work with and it lathers up like crazy), so it is incredibly cost effective. It definitely gets my hair to a brighter lighter blonde with each usage – which I love – it smells delicious, and shockingly it doesn’t dry out my hair! It also contains wheat proteins which help to fight breakage, so this is most definitely a keeper while my hair remains blonde.
A bit of a mouthful I know, but when has Shea Moisture ever made their product names easy?! For months I was in love with the JBCO Shea Moisture deep conditioner, but with my hair being so prone to going yellow, I wanted to avoid any warm toned conditioners. To be honest, I think that decision was based on pure paranoia and is most likely ridiculous, but in saying goodbye to that staple product, I was able to try out this gem.
This conditioner GIVES. ME. LIFE. I’m not sure whether it meets all 10 of it’s promises, as I don’t need to age defy or revive body in my hair, but it most definitely meets all of my hair needs! This stuff leaves my hair incredibly soft (so much so that every barber or hairdresser that has touched my bleached hair has commented on it), and also leaves it feeling healthy, strong and incredibly shiny. I’m in love.
On top of that beauty, I apply my silver conditioner. I bought it at the same time as my silver shampoo (I wanted to try the whole range) and its great! Even without the Shea Moisture masque underneath, this stuff leaves my hair really soft and it smells amazing – like Parma Violets! However, the combination of this with the Shea Moisture masque is something magical, and again, at just £5 you can’t go wrong!
How could I say goodbye to this? I loved this when my hair was long and curly, and I love it just as much now it’s short and bleached. I can finally appreciate the work it puts in when caring for colour treated hair as this leaves my hair soft and manageable. Nothing more to say than this stuff is amazing.
Step 5: Styling with Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker
Well… kind of the next step. As always, I seal my hair with a little coconut oil before applying this, which has quickly become my new favourite styling product. As you may know, Kinky Curly Curling Custard was always my absolute fave, however I’m (unfortunately) not made of money, and the amount of times I have been heavy handed when scooping KCCC out of the jar and wasted what I can imagine is pounds at a time makes me want to shudder. This stuff works just as well (if not better), smells amazing, has the same texture as KCCC BUT comes with a pump! No more wastage – genius!
So there you have it – those are my new staple products and saviours to the hair I have been abusing so regularly of recent (no more bleach from now, I promise).
Let me know if you have used any of these products, or if you are going to give them a try by leaving a comment below.
With love from London,