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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

My Haircare Routine | How I colour, cut and style my hair

One of my most requested videos is for a hair care routine, so today I'm bringing you an in-depth overview of how I currently get my hair done at the salon, the products I use along with how I style my hair. If you haven't already watched my 'Come to the Salon With Me' Vlog then I'd recommend you do so first. If however you have come to this blogpost having seen the video and want further details about the products and techniques used then please read on!


In general I feel like I have been very lucky with my hair type. It's naturally fair, long and strong. Over time I have seen a slight decline with the condition of my hair but I put it down to age, hormones and years of salon visits. It's normal for hair to deteriorate over time, but for me to keep it light and long, it's important that I have regular trims, use less heat (twice a week) and use protective products to do my best to try to keep my hair in tip top condition. With my Dad having thinned at a young age and my Mum with long thick blond locks today, there's only one parent I can really thank for my hair genes...


As you will have seen in the vlog, my hairdresser is Ben, who manages the Regis store located in House of Fraser along Deansgate, Manchester. With over 80 salons across the UK, the Manchester City Centre Regis Salon is not the first I've ever visited. In order to find your local Regis salon, you can visit The professionalism goes above and beyond any other salon I have visited, right from the patch test and in depth consultation through to the salon experience with the most comfortable hair basins, the prosecco or coffee on arrival, all the way to walking out of the salon feeling fabulous. No detail is spared. They provide great service in a friendly environment and you really can trust them to know what you want.


For several years now I have been having alternating full and half head of highlights 3-4 times a year. However the last 6 months or so, we've been stripping it back a little and going more natural. With a full head of babylights, my hair still feels bright and light without the root maintenance. The subtle, thin highlights near the root make growing out almost impossible to see. Where needed, a few of the ends are lightened in an almost balayage like way to keep the hair nice and light which is just what I like. This works on my hair type as I'm naturally blond so to create a similar look on someone else's hair who might be naturally darker, a different process may be necessary. That's why the initial consultation and hair plan talk through is so important for you to convey your desired look as well as your stylist to understand your hair type and what it is you want to achieve. On my hair, we used Wella Blondor Granules a low level developer followed with Smartbond bonding system. When ready, after around 50 minutes, we removed the foils over the sink, applyed a toner then washed with Regis products.


Generally I always have a trim on every salon visit to help keep my ends in good condition. In technical terms, I have shattered layers, a point cut base line and sometimes a razor to take off any split ends. As I like to keep my hair very long, I'd say once a year to every 18 months, I will have a little more than a trim and instead have a few inches off to get back that healthy hair and to remove all the split ends.


On the last couple of occasions, we've changed up the styling process and opted for what we like to call the Manchester Blow Dry; suitable for all weather conditions, we create a beachy tousled natural looking wave. I feel like the big bouncy blow drys are now starting to become a little dated, and the preferred finished look, now tends to be a more natural wave. I've also noticed corkscrew curls are coming back and I'd love to give this a go on my hair! What do you think? A tutorial perhaps...?

For all the stylist products that were used on my hair which you saw in the video, Regis have their own online store making it even easier to stock up on the products you love. With brands including GHD, Redken, TIGI, Kerastase, Moroccanoil, Elemis and more, there's plenty of good quality products to keep your hair in it's best condition. Below are some of my favourites:


If you haven't already, don't forget to watch my Come to the Salon With Me Vlog to meet Ben and the team at the Regis Salon in House of Fraser in Manchester! 

*Disclaimer. This blogpost is in partnership with Regis Salons but as always all thoughts and opinions are of my own.