Hope you’re having a good week?
I figured today I would do a personal blog post centred around hair care, as it is the one topic that I have been asked about so much lately.
Since I went for the chop a few months back, lots of you have been asking me a variety of questions about it, mainly how I maintain shine etc.
As you know, a mask I use every now and then is the Garnier Ultimate Blends 3-in-1, and while it is brilliant for making your hair feel SO soft, it’s not something that you would use every day, so I thought I would do a post about my 3 favourite brands of salon professional shampoos and conditioners. These are the ones that have made a very real difference to my hair, both in terms of how it looks and how it feels.
I’m not a hairdresser so I don’t know why these work so well on my hair, all I know is they work!
I should also point out that I rarely mix brands. I always use the shampoo and conditioner from the one brand at any one time as I just find I get a better result that way. I think I get more from them because both products are designed to work in conjunction together.
While there is absolutely nothing wrong with the shampoos and conditioners from supermarkets, I have found that over the last while the salon professional brands have been making more of a noticeable difference to my hair.
Here are the three brands I have been using for quite some time and I absolutely love!
1 – Kevin.Murphy
Price: €26 each
From the Kevin.Murphy range, I use the shampoo and conditioner from The Repair Me collection. (The Repair Me Wash is the shampoo, and The Repair Me Rinse is the conditioner.)
I first started using these back when I had a lot of blonde in my hair from the ombre effect I was going for. Naturally, when you colour your hair in any way, you are damaging it, so if you dye your hair or get highlights like I do, then you should definitely get a shampoo and conditioner to counteract the damage it causes. Personally, I love the Repair Me products and have found them very effective for taking care of my hair.
There are a good few different collections within the Kevin.Murphy brand, but the Repair Me range (the blue range) is the one I have always loved from Kevin.Murphy. Obviously, it goes without saying that hair care is such an individual thing and just because a product works for one person doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for someone else. That said, the aim of the Repair Me range is to restore brittle hair as well as strengthen, moisturise and protect hair, so if you feel that’s what you are looking for then it is definitely worth giving it a try.
The shampoo and conditioner are both on the pricier side of the spectrum but I have found that a little goes a long way so it does last longer than most shampoos and conditioners. Also, if you are really passionate about taking care of your hair and you want something that will make a noticeable improvement, then I would highly recommend these.
2 – Joico
Every time I’m in Red Velvet Hair Salon, I stock up on Joico shampoo and conditioner!
For some reason, and I have no idea why, but I always find I get the best shine in my hair when I use Joico! I don’t know what’s in it that works so well with my hair, but whatever it is, it creates an amazing shine and it also always feels super sleek and smooth!
I use the Gold range – K-Pak shampoo and conditioner where like the Kevin.Murphy Repair Me range is also aimed at repairing the damage.
The shampoo and conditioner are both very effective and very lightweight so they’re perfect for fine hair.
Price wise, they’re a little less expensive than what a lot of salon professional shampoos and conditioners would cost.
3 – Alfa Parf Milano
Price: approx €12 each
Available from salons nationwide. You can find your nearest stockist here.
I have written about this range before as it has long been a favourite of mine. I use the Semi Di Lino range (or the blue range as it’s also known) and it’s aimed at thin and flat hair. This is another brand I pick up when I’m in Red Velvet, Malahide.
Even though it’s classed as a volume range, I wouldn’t rely on this alone for injecting volume into your hair. I would still use a good volumising styling product to give my hair a nice lift.
That said, I always notice an improvement in my hair after I have used it. It always feels super soft and looks really silky.
Colouring your hair regularly will take it’s toll on your hair naturally, but I find that whenever I use any of the above, I can see and feel the massive difference in my hair after I have blow-dried it. Even Jane, my hairstylist, noticed recently how much my hair has improved. It has come on in leaps and bounds over the last 12-18 months and for me, the game changer has been the hair products I use most often i.e. the shampoos and conditioners. If I’m not using one, I’m using the other!
As I said, I’m not a hairdresser, so I honestly can’t tell you why they’re so good, I can just tell you why I love them but if you speak to a hairdresser who stocks them, they can give you more information and tell you if they are suitable for your hair type.
In terms of leave-in conditioners, I used to always use the Revlon Uniq One All In One Hair Treatment. This is the famous treatment with the 10 benefits from shine and frizz control to split ends prevention. It’s such a good product, and I know that a lot of my long-term readers will probably remember me blogging about it in the past. I loved it!
I had been using it for ages but I always think it’s nice to give your hair a break from one product so I stopped using it for a while and tried out various others. Well, I’m back using it again and I still love it!
When I get out of the shower and towel dry my hair, I spritz it in and then start blow drying. Honestly, when my hair is dry, it feels like silk. (And the scent is gorgeous too!) I’ve also heard that Lisa Jordan’s new leave-in conditioner Luna is very similar to Uniq One so I’m really looking forward to trying that out too. We have to support our fellow #GIRLBOSSES 🙂
There you have it guys, the full low down on my hair care faves!
If you have any questions, just pop them in the comment box below or send me a message on Instagram @sosueme_ie