Monday, November 8, 2010

My Haircare Routine

Hi everyone, I thought I'd do a post about my current haircare routine. My hair was pretty dry and damaged before switching to this routine, so I wanted to share it with those who may have similar hair type to mine.

Brief breakdown of my hair type:

I know alot of oriental girls (my sister included) have beautiful, silky straight hair. I'm not one of these girls. My hair is naturally extremely thick (bushy?), wavy and can get quite coarse if I don't look after it properly. Hairdressers in Malaysia would complain about how long it takes them to dry my hair, and my dad would forbid me to buy any hair products with the words 'volumising' on it.

In the past year, I've dyed my hair a few too many time. My hair is quite long (~2 inches above the waist), and was damaged from all the colouring, so I needed changed my haircare routine in order to redeem the look of healthy hair.

Products in my current routine:

Shampoo/conditioner - Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo (for all hair types)
- Liz Earle Botanical Shine Conditioner (for dry and damaged hair)

Occasional use: serum and shine spray - Aveda Brilliant Emolliant Finishing Gloss
- Morrocanoil Glimmer Shine Spray

Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo and Conditioner

I bought these after reading numerous glowing reviews about this from British beauty bloggers.
'High performance, colour safe formulation with innovative, naturally derived cleansers for a rich, creamy lather'. It's SLES (sodium lauryl ether sulfate) free, using naturally derived gentle cleansers. (SLES has been shown to cause skin and eye irritation).

Natural active ingredients includes:
aloe vera, west African shea, sweet orange essential oil, rosemary essential oil, vitamin E and apple fruit extract

I LOVE the shampoo! It has the most heavenly, gorgeous scent that I would describe as sweet and fruity. It doesn't lather as much as traditional shampoos, so it takes a bit to get used too. Only a little amount is needed, so I get more from this 200ml tube of shampoo than other formulas.

The conditioner is really rich and moisturising. Again, only a little conditioner is needed (with other conditioners, I usually have to use a lot of it to achieve smooth hair). After using the shampoo and conditioner, my hair is very shiny, super soft and smooth, and smells delicious!

Aveda Brilliant Emmolliant Finishing Gloss
I use this on clean, towel-dried hair whenever I want my hair to look extra polished an smooth. This gloss smooths ends and imparts a great glossy shine. The gloss is very thick and can be a bit greasy, so only a very small amount is needed.

Morrocanoil Glimmer Shine Spray
I really love this product. It gives my hair an amazing shine. To limit the amount of product I use, I try to use this product as little as possible, so end up only using it on special occasions. The scent is a little overpowering, so am not too keen about that. (I was not using this shine spray in the above pics of my hair, and it makes my hair a whole lot shinier than in the photos).


  1. If only I had thick hair! You're lucky! I wish I had thicker hair. I guess I fall under "oriental"! :))

  2. i also have hair like you... it's thick, bushy, and what some of my friends like to call 'horse hair' lol. but the good point of having thick hair is that we won't be growing bald anytime soon!

  3. you look amazing - you have flawless skin.

  4. Your hair looks good. I love the full bangs. :)

  5. Whattt?! You don't think your hair is nice?! I love thick hair... probably cause my hair is thin as heck. All these products sound fabulous and some natural norishing ingrediets as well. Stuff I can understand. {*LOL}

    Your hair must smell heavenly.

    <3s Serena.

  6. RYC:

    LOL!! Your sister had a massive hole in the base of her bed frame, how big was it?
    I've messed up assembling furniture before too. I bought a TV stand and ended up drilling 8 holes on the top of it! ahhaha. I thought it was the base and just went to town putting screws through it, until I realized the base already had holes premade in them! AHAHHA

  7. Well.. I'm one of those girls with straight silky hair. But you forgot to mention flat and limp. I'm always looking for volumizing products haha, gimme some of your volume!!!

  8. I rather have your hair than fine silky hair anyday. My hair has absolutely no volume. It's bloody straight and fine and ... argh! Oh limp, lets not forget limp

    Tell me when you wanna trade XDDDD

  9. Thanks for your sweet comments girls! you've made me appreciate my thick hair more!

  10. my hair is pretty much exactly the same type as yours! but i've started using Moroccan oil lately & i think its helped with its dryness but only when i've styled it, i need to find a leave in treatment or something.


  11. Miss Penelope, I have a question regarding the hair care products? My hair is pretty much the same, however I use a color care shampoo and conditioner to keep the hold of my hair color. Will those products keep the color of my hair well?

  12. I wish I had your hair, it's beautiful! I steal some of your tips :D