Tuesday, 22 January 2013

my hair prep routine

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Full Product Reviews: Bumble & Bumble Texture Undressing Creme, Wella SP Luxe Oil*, Ellnett Heat Styling Spray Volume, Four Reasons Volume Mousse*
styling ready hair

Prepping my hair before styling is a massive step in my hair care routine. Having long, fine hair with lots of it can leave my hair either a variety of ways flat straight to my head, weighed down with the wrong sorts of products, one big lions mane or generally just not sitting right on my head. I've been testing out product combinations for a while to give me root lift while also leaving my hair in tip top condition with minimal volume loss. Prepping my hair before blow drying and styling makes sure it doesn't look like I've just wacked a load of product in it or roughly dried it while I lay down (I have actually done this before… a few times…).

First off after washing and leaving my hair for about a hour while wrapped up in a hair towel. I like to use one of those hair turbans to make sure I take all the excess moisture out before adding products and drying. Although it's adding a hour or two to my routine is does mean I can use less heat on my hair. I take a few pumps of my favourite hair oil the Wella SP Luxe Oil. This is a really lightweight product that has a gorgeous scent of almond oil and also contains Argan Oil and Jojoba Oil that leaves the hair silky smooth and soft. I work this into the very ends of my hair and then work any excess towards the roots.

I then pick my prepping product. I either use a mousse, a texurising cream or a spray depending on the looks that I want to achieve. I wear my hair normally in three different ways, straight and volumised, soft and beachy or curled. I try to prep with the right product for that look so here's my simple guide on what I use to create each look.

Messy hair is my thing and I always try to embrace it but I find it always needs a product to get it ready for styling. For a this undone look I tend go for Bumble and Bumble Texurising Creme. This was a firm favourite of mine for a while as I loved the beachy look it gave my hair without weighing it down. I would normally take about a 50p sized dollop and apply it to the mid sections of my hair, avoiding both the roots and the ends. I'd then flip my hair over and give it a good blast with a hair dryer.

I currently actually quite like wearing my hair straight and natural. If I want to go for a sleeker but volumised look I tend to reach for the L'oreal Ellnett Heat Styling Spray in Volume. This is perfect for those days when you want to wear your hair straight but also have some lift. I spray this all over my hair and then flip it over and do the same. I then comb through with a wide tooth comb to distribute product evenly and then blast it with a hair dryer. This also contains heat protectant up to 230C which is a bonus. This is one of my favourite products to use when styling my hair at the moment as I light to wear it straight with a little bit of lift.

Now mousse is a tricky one. I've tried it countless times before as a volume booster but I've been left with crispy, not very nice looking hair. However I've been using this Four Reasons Volume Mousse and it's actually been doing a pretty good job. Not to mention the super cute packaging this mousse is light and perfect for adding to the roots. I take a good dollop and flip my hair over and work it into the root area, focusing on the crown. I tend to use mousee on those days I want to style my hair with heat as I feel it gives something to my hair that makes it easier to hold a curl or a wave. It's a great product to use when prepping your hair but you do need to be careful not to overload!


  1. I really want to try the l'oreal elnett heat styling spray in volume, I also suffer from having really fine, long hair that is difficult to add volume to and this looks like it would do the job well! xxxx

  2. Was looking at the texture creme earlier in Boots- looks amazing! x


  3. I am obsessed with the b&b texturising creme, I use it all the time and I am also a fan of using a turban following washing my hair.


  4. The Wella hair oil sounds like it would smell absolutely amazing, actually think I might have to pick it up because my hair oil has just ran out and have read good things about it xx

    Charli | Secrets Behind The Closet Door

  5. I'm desperate to try the Bumble and Bumble Texturising Creme, it sounds like something I'd love x

  6. Going to have to try the l'oreal elnett heat styling spray in volume, sounds good!xx


  7. I have the l'oreal elnett heat styling spray too and I love it! It smells so nice too :)

  8. You can't go wrong with elnett, I love toni and guy deep set coniditioner as well, when my hair is really dry!



  9. The only thing I lack in is taking care of my hair.. probably because I focus on skin so much! Will definitely get some of these products to try out. xx


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  10. I really really want to have a try at the L'oreal heat protecters !


  11. Ohh I really want to try the bumble and bumble texture cream!

  12. i've heard a few good things about the bumble and bumble texture cream, i should maybe go give it a try! x


  13. i'm a big fan of bumble and bumble texture creme... except when i accidentally put it in my hair before brushing my hair, such a massive (painful) tangle!

  14. i've seen so much about bumble and bumble, must give it a try!xx

    vintage teapot//fashion, beauty & life

  15. these all look like amazing products! must try something from bumble and bumble soon

  16. Need to try some of these product
    Especially the luxe oil!
    S xx

  17. I can't live without BB Texture and the Elnett Spray, I have never heard of the Four Reasons mousse!

    Brunette in Louboutins A fashion & lifestyle blog.

  18. the Elnett sprays are so great, already have the curls and volume ones! x


  19. I think I need to try a bumble and bumble product soon. :) xo


  20. I couldnt agree more about the Bumble and Bumble Texturising Creme and the Wella Sp Luxe Oil. Theyre both gorgeous and also a firm part of my hair routine now. I need to buy the elnett spray, it really does look great.

    Victoria at In the Frow x

  21. the bumble and bumble texturizing cream is a really nice product I use it almost everyday I love your hair and so what ever product you recommend I try


  22. I'm actually looking for a new heat protector. I didn't know Loreal also make a heat protector smilar to their hairspray, so I might get it (I hope it doesn't smell as bad thought). <3 xo


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  23. I'm considering the BB texture Creme, it sounds lovely. Hair oil is an absolute must for me before drying

    Katie xo


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