Earlier this year I had beautifully rich Auburn hair and I loved it. Like seriously, it was the most beautiful colour and it made my eyes sparkle, as hazel eyes tend to do against Auburn hair.
However, after a whirlwind trip to Paris for my Birthday, I wanted to try something a little bit different, a little bit more coppery, a little bit more vivacious.
And I quickly ruined my hair.
It was a silly mistake, and I should have known better. In my defence, I was incredibly sick at the time (thanks, Paris) and so wasn’t thinking very clearly.
Because I ruined my hair, colour wise, I had to quickly apply a cover-up dye to hide the disaster zone. Easy, right?
Well, what should have been a light ashy brown turned black.
After this disaster though, I decided to go to a hairdresser and have it fixed professionally, and go back to blonde which I absolutely adore on me. I informed them exactly what I wanted, let them know all the dyes and processes my hair had undergone over the previous few months, had about 2 inches of regrowth to work with and…
Well, if you have read this post, you know exactly what happened – i.e. another disaster.
Thankfully, because I’m lil’ miss fixit, I corrected that disaster over a period of a few weeks til it was a pleasant ashy blonde, i.e. what I had paid the hairdresser for in the first place.
Finally, my hair was looking pretty, although now not in the best condition.
So, over the past month, I have spent a lot of time in the shower, cooing and oohing over my hair, repairing and treating it to improve its condition and restore it to the health it once knew prior to the first hair disaster.
See, just like I’m always slathering on creams and concoctions on my face to ensure aging remains at an arm’s length, my hair undergoes a similar treatment.
I wash my hair once a week, and it’s a relatively lengthy process. I apply hair masks to improve condition, and massage my scalp thoroughly to increase blood circulation. I’ve learned the hard way that there is no quick fix for hair, and patience really is the secret to luscious locks.
I honestly don’t believe you need to visit a hairdresser for perfect hair, it’s all just a little bit of time, patience, and the right products for you.
Below are my three holy-grail products for my hair – from the worlds best hair treatment, an amazing hair oil for shine and health, and the hair dye I trust to give me exactly what I want, every time.
The best products for repairing damaged hair
Olaplex No 3 (the ultimate in hair care)
If you have coloured or damaged hair and you’re not using this – why not? It is a little bit pricey, yes, but that price is more than worth it. Olaplex is a treatment that helps repair your hair in a way that no other product on the market can. Guys, this product actual helps rebuild broken bonds and repair, not just smooth damaged strands like most “repairing” treatments do.
Now, it’s not a conditioner, and using it as one will not give you pleasant results. To use Olaplex No 3 properly, you need to shampoo your hair, rinse, towel dry, and then apply a small amount of the treatment to still-damp hair. Leave the treatment on for at least 10 minutes (the longer the better though), before rinsing thoroughly and then conditioning your hair as usual.
I typically leave it on my hair for several hours – as I said, there’s no quick fix for healthy hair.
After first use your hair will be visibly improved, and each and every time you use it (I use it once a week) your hair will grow stronger and healthier. No matter how damaged your hair is, this little fella will bring back your hairs youth and beauty like no other product can.
My hair is that crazy wavy-curly-doesn’t know what it’s doing type of hair, which of course means it’s also that type of hair that likes to frizz up. If you have frizzed up hair, or wavy hair, or dry hair, or curly hair, then you’ll know the important of hair oils.
I was first introduced to hair oils by my mother actually – she has that crazy tight, Middle Eastern curl to her hair that is absolutely beautiful when grown long. She always used straight up Vitamin E on her curls to create her hair halo, and so I learned the importance of hair oils from a young age.
However, I don’t have insanely curly hair like her, and not all hair oils are made equal. I have a few too many times in my life walked around with greasy hair due to bad hair oil choices, trying to find the right hair oil for me.
However, when I found this beauty I never looked back, never had to look for hair oils again, because:
- It absorbs into your hair quickly, making it soft and shiny
- It doesn’t make your hair oily, just soft and shiny
- You can’t actually buy this brand in Australia, and I’m an Aussie, and it just makes sense to me, and I like soft and shiny things.
Although I rely on Olaplex to strengthen and repair my hair, Aussie Miracle Oil gives it a helping hand throughout the week between treatments. It smooths and defrizzes my hair, smells lovely, and a little bit goes a long way which is one of those things that I consider to be quite important.
Also, it makes my hair soft and shiny.
This is my favourite hair mask, other than Olaplex obviously. But whereas Olaplex restores the bonds within your hair, this mask helps restore the protein and the moisture. Both protein and moisture are essential for healthy hair and necessary for repairing any damaged that's been done.
This mask also helps repair the hair's internal bonds which means it can be used in conjunction with Olaplex to double dose the repair work within each strand, or used instead of Olaplex as this is definitely a more affordable option.
Whenever I have used this mask my hair is always left feeling smoother, stronger, and in much better condition than many of the other masks I've tried that promise the same results.
So, what are your hair holy-grail items? Have you used Olaplex before?
xx Bry Jaimea