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My Hair Care Arsenal – what are you using?

I thought I would post some pictures of my favourite hair care and styling products at the moment and talk you through how I use them. I did record a video on the subject last week but I didn’t provide enough information on the products, how I use them and why I love them.

Unlike my make-up addiction I tend not to be so fickle and faddy when it comes to hair care. I find a routine that works and generally I stick to it until the day it stops providing the results I’m after.

I’m using Pureology shampoo which is organic, sulphate free and it stops colour fading. This is hands down my favourite shampoo ( I bought it at Hair Matters in Clontarf). I originally bought it for use after the 12 weeks blow-dry / keratin treatment but I fell in love and it has become a firm favourite. I don’t bother with conditioner any more. It was once a necessity but since the chop there is no need.


I have also been using Wella High Hair Soft Clay to mould flicks into my hair. I never used products like this when my hair was longer but now that it’s shorter with lots of layers this is the way forward for me. I use the tiniest amount imaginable on my finger tips and use it to texturise the ends of random pieces of hair. I apply it only to the very ends of my hair, otherwise it will look greasy the next day. Although I like this putty I wouldn’t necessarily repurchase. My mum also informed me that the green label Wella clay is better. I will probably just buy whatever putty is on offer since I have no experience with clays.



I love the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Blow Dry Lotion. I turn my head upside down and spray three pumps worth, I then work it in with my fingers. It makes my hair look thicker and healthier. It also makes my hair manageable and easy to style. This was in my Christmas stocking from my mum and I will definitely be repurchasing. It’s cheap n’ cheerful and does exactly what it says on the tin. (I’m assuming you’ve all seen the Ronseal ad!)


I have been a fan of Catwalk by Tigi Root Boost for a few years now. It’s designed to give texture and lift. I use it only at the roots. I don’t use it every time I wash my hair but usually at the weekend. It’s doesn’t make my hair greasy or sticky which is important. I do hate the nozzle. It’s supposed to be directional but it’s just annoying.I end up squirting some into my hand and using my finger tips to massage the products into the roots. I bought mine on Amazon since it was so overpriced here in Ireland. The bottle last absolutely ages though.


What hair products are you using at the moment?

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  • Lyndsey

    Hi Amy, I have recently started using the Naked range from Boots (shampoo and conditioner). I have very fine hair, so I am trying their Volume section and thus far am mightily impressed with the extra oomph it gives my normally limp locks. The smell may not be to everyones taste, but I like it as it smells so natural and not chemically fragranced like so many other hair products do.
    I have the Pureology Purifying shampoo, and have to agree with you that their products are amazing. I use it once a week, before I deep condition and it works so well.
    I use the Tresemme heat protecting spray before blow drying. With the volume the shampoo and conditioner give me I don’t need any other styling products now, so I am one happy lady!

  • Nikki

    I tend to be an ‘oh so fickle’ one when it comes to my locks – I think I might try the root boost !! @Emily, I use the John Frieda Emergency Treatment (leave in conditioner) and think it totally rocks !!

  • Emily

    I’m looking for a good leave-in conditioner or heat protectant type of product at the moment but I can’t seem to find one. I cut my hair short recently aswell because it was really damaged. So I want to make sure it doesn’t get like that again. Do you know of a good one?

    I need to check out that john frieda lotion it looks great!

  • Amy

    Hi Amy,

    Have you tried any Aveda products??

  • http://www.glossgalore.com GlossGalore

    I’ve had a bottle of the John Frieda Thickening Spray in my cupboard for ages but haven’t really perservered with it. I think the first time I used it I used too much and it felt like it made my hair stick together – awful!

    At the moment I’m having a real hair nightmare so I’ve been buying all sorts. The cold weather has played havoc with my hair and so I’m on a major deep-conditioning kick. I’ve just finished up a tub of the John Frieda Miracle Mask which is amazing (I think I bought it based on your recommendation!) and I’ve just got myself a tub of the Charles Worthington Mineral Mask to try.

    Day to day, I’m using Tigi Bed Head Superstar Shampoo and conditioner and I’ve just bought myself some Tigi S Factor Diamond Dreams Shampoo/Conditioner to try too.

    In terms of styling I’m using Schwartzkope Guardian Angel Heat Protector and Tigi Bed Head Headrush shine spray and Tigi Bed Head Masterpiece hairspray – both of which smell amazing.

    I’ve also got a very long list of other Tigi goodies I want…I’m a sucker for products that smell good!


  • Elle

    As of late i have been loving the Kerastase Nutritive line. The number 3 shampoo and Masquintense are particularly amazing. Because my hair is long I tend to be a big believer in good clean, well moisturised hair and then using very little, if any styling products. If I ever do use them, Redken’s Gutz 10 root booster and TiGi’s After Party smoothing cream have been firm favourites for many years.

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