June 11, 2016

What do you do when you find out that all along, you've been using the wrong type of shampoo and conditioner and causing your hair more problems than help?! Change it up of course.

It's been a long time coming for me to finally discover my actual hair type but there is a reason behind this madness. For as long as I can remember, I have consistently dyed my hair. It's been a horrible I've had ever since my mum used to let me get highlights at about 10 or so to add some lighter blonde to my ever darkening blonde hair. Previous to this age my lovely blonde locks were bright, shiny and super light but sadly with age .. they just grew darker and darker. I got highlights for a few years until I decided at around 14 I dyed my hair red only then a few months later to get all my hair cut off and dyed jet black. This is where my love affair with hair dye began. So since around that age, I have always been known as the girl who dyes her hair to much. Never happy with the colour I had, I used to experiment with box dyes, bleach and professional colouring until I get to around 3 years ago and decided I wanted to be blonde again. I've flitted around with the shades of blonde and swapped it with a little temporary pastel colours but ultimately, I have remained a blonde. The only problem with dying your hair lighter blonde when your a natural 'dirty blonde' is the roots issue so when recently getting my blonde re-freshed, I've had roots painted in to help me grow them out and not make them look too 'ratchet'. Where I now have a subtle ombre going on, my actual roots are grown in now and my natural hair texture has come back. This is where my problems began as I realised I've been using shampoo and conditioners aimed at 'dry' hair when really .. I have oily/ greasy hair! 

With the summer months approaching and humidity dawning upon us, my hair has been one hot mess. Dry, frizzy ends from the bleach but oily roots from my natural hair type. My 'dry' aimed products just weren't cutting it anymore and I went to the one woman who could help me with my dilemma - my mother. My mum has always suffered with greasier hair so I don't understand why I thought I wouldn't. Mums recently dyed her hair more now in the last few years so doesn't have to tackle the issue as much as I currently am but she recommended the new Elvive Clay shampoo as it's aimed towards Dry Ends and Oily Roots. Could this be the answer to my prayers? I ran straight to boots after her recommendations and picked up the Re-balancing shampoo, Conditioner and as the products were on offer, I also picked up the pre shampoo masque treatment. 

The products are aimed towards removing the oil from our scalps that produces and builds up, causing our roots to become visibly greasy and weigh down our hair. Over-washing your hair to try and combat the problem can leave the hair feeling striped and can leave the fibres dry. It's a never ending vicious circle and finally, these products are here to save the day. By using 3 types of Refind Clays, L'Oreal have managed to create its first re-balancing range that helps to keep your scalp purified for 72 hours. 

My favourite product from the range has to be the Pre-shampoo treatment masque. You apply the product just to your roots using your fingertips and massage into your scalp. The clay masque helps to deeply absorb all the excess oils and impurities and after 5 minutes, can be washed away ready to apply the shampoo. Then follow with the Re-Balancing shampoo and conditioner and you're ready to face the day. This range has been an absolute godsend to me and I was converted originally to the Dry Shampoo from the Clay range, now with these products in my arsenal I am ready to never see Oily roots again. I can only hope that Elvive continue to produce this range forever. 

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  1. I'm hoping to try the line but have dyed purple hair - is it colour safe?