Recently, I decided to take the plunge and change my hair up a bit. To be honest, I’d actually been planning this change for a while. I had a very specific style in mind – inspired in no small part by my #GirlCrush – French model Caroline de Maigret (below). I so relate to the way French women always work with their hair’s texture, never against it. The result is always effortless looking, fabulously healthy hair.
I wanted a low maintenance style – one that wash literally wash and go. Along with cutting a long, sexy fringe, my brilliant hairstylist, Shelene Shear from TANAZ HAIR, cut into my hair using a C Curvature technique. This created subtle texture in the hair, enhancing natural curls and movement. We also did some Babylights and Balayage through my hair to give it a sun kissed look and ensure the brunette colour does not look flat.
Below are the products (and a tool) I’m currently using to achieve my #FrenchGirl hair
Recently, I was sent the Vichy Dercos Ultra Soothing Sulfate Free Shampoo (R215.95 at Clicks) to review. This gentle, fragrance free shampoo (that lathers beautifully) has a formula enriched with glycerine and panthenol – two ingredients proven to soothe. It is also suitable for use on coloured hair. It reduces feelings of discomfort from the first wash, and soothes the scalp for a further 48 hours, while strengthening sensitized hair fibers. You use it like you would any shampoo, however, it’s recommended that once you’re finished with your last wash, you leave it on for a minute prior to rinsing off. I noticed an improvement in my dry scalp within a week of using this. It’s now been using this formula for almost a month, and I no longer have any dry flakes.
Because I”m a bit of a lazy girl and prefer to wash my hair every third day, I need a dry shampoo to freshen up my locks. At present I’m loving the Moroccan Oil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones R395 that contains ultra-fine, oil-absorbing rice starch that removes build up and odour, leaving my hair clean and refreshed. The formula is argan oil infused, protects hair from UV and maintains the natural richness of my dark, brunette tone. It is expensive, yes, but if you have the cash to spare, do try it as it is worth every cent.
This Magic Retouch Spray (R99.95) by L’Oreal is possibly my favourite hair launch of the year. Because I’m of the age where grey regrowth is a real issue (like really, two weeks after having my hair coloured my grey growth comes through), I need an affordable product that covers these pesky bastards. I was using a brush on powder but, to be honest, it just wasn’t that effective.
This nifty beauty has a clever pinpoint micro-diffuser that precisely targets greys, while the rich colour pigments give you perfectly blended coverage. You simply shake the product and apply to dry, styled hair holding the can about 10cm from the roots, spraying in a light stream (count 3 seconds, like in the ad and don’t be tempted to overspray, a little goes a long way). Allow it to dry before touching your hair. The result is perfectly concealed grey hair that matches with my brunette shade, lasting until I wash it out. The L’Oreal Spray Magic Retouch is available from light blonde to black (I use brown). It’s a winner! If you battle with grey re-growth, try it immediately.
This is my current go-to styling product to perfect my waves, recommended by my hairdresser Shelene. After combing my clean, wet hair, I apply a dollop of the L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni Art Bouncy & Tender Duo Creme (R330) to perfect my waves. I’ll then either allow my hair to air dry (if it’s warm enough), or use a hairdryer with a diffuser to gently dry it. This 2-in-1 gel cream is perfect for achieving smooth, sleek looking curls with a natural bounce. The cream helps smooth the look of frizz, while the gel works to enhance shine, and add movement to the hair. Can you see in the images how my waves are beautifully defined, but also naturally bouncy?
Another product from the L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni.ART range I’m loving is the Hollywood Waves Siren Waves R330. I use this innovative elasto-cream on my dry, day old, fallen curls to revive and boost them. I also smooth a bit of product on any fly-aways and frizz.
My trusty GHD Air Hairdryer (R1899) is more than just an average hairdryer. It doesn’t just dry the hair, it uses advanced ionic technology to lock in moisture for shinier results, far less frizz and a quicker drying time. Variable power and temperature controls, plus the choice of two nozzles, allow you to tailor your blow-dry to your hair type, while a cool shot button helps you set your style in place with a blast of cold air. It’s super light, so my arm doesn’t get too tired when I’m blow-drying my hair straight, and because of it’s ergonomic design, it comfortable for both left and right hand users.
These days, I’ve been using mine with a diffuser attachment (not from GHD, however theirs sells for R320 and I’m planning to get one soonest) that helps dry my hair while keeping my curls looking bouncy and buoyant.
So tell me, what do you all think of my new hairstyle??