When I first began The Breton Bird I wrote a little post ‘How to get Olivia Palermo hair’ which was quite well received despite the fact my hair was less Olivia Palermo more Katie Price at the time. Now, a year and a half later I’m actually (hopefully) on my way to having slightly more Olivia Palermo-esque locks. I’ve added to and updated my previous post to show you just how I managed to nurture my dyed, straightened, hacked at (etc. etc. you know the score) hair back to it’s former glory so that it now (mostly) embodies lustre, shine and general heath. Here’s my top tips…
Cut Out The Heat
I know. The one you don’t want to hear. Out of all the things I tried to change about my hair routine, this was by far the most difficult. The natural texture of my hair is monstrous. Truly hideous. Think frizzy, poofy and constantly tangled. I won’t lie, I haven’t completely ditched the straighteners and curlers, but I’ve definitely cut down. And one day I accidently discovered the ‘faux blow dry’ which basically involves wrapping your hair in a doughnut bun maker and leaving for a few hours. Upon removal, voilà. A bouncy, smooth, no-heat ‘blow-dry.’ This lil’ do saves serious time and prevents serious damage. So if you can, save the heat for the weekends. Your hair will thank you. And you’ll look extra gorgeous because your hair will look mildly cr*p the rest of the time. It’s worth it. I swear.
Go For The Chop
I’m definitely not one of these people who goes to their hairdressers every 3-4 weeks hoping that removal of my dead ends will kick-start the growing process and turn me into Rapunzel. I probably get my hair cut every three months. When my ends begin to get ratty, I cut them. It’s as simple as that. Hair looks so much more expensive if its blunt and bouncy- no matter what the length. I also emphasise ‘a nip off the ends’ which freshens my hair up yet keeps it growing long. I know for a lot of people the struggle is actually growing your hair, and believe me, I’ve been in the same boat. Drinking loads of water and a handful of nuts a day I think really, really made a difference for me. More often than not it’s the little things that work the best as opposed to all the hair growing lotions and potions on the market. But to get back to the point, do get regular(ish) trims, but don’t feel the need to go overboard.
Make Smart Choices Regarding Products and Shampoos
I try to avoid shampoos and conditioners with harsh chemicals. I’m currently adoring dreamy French Pharmacy brand Klorane who have recently released a beautiful Peony collection of haircare products. Think a soothing formula that provides hair with a light and fresh texture whilst dispersing a gentle floral fragrance with every swish. If I’m trying to get through second day hair, then Klorane’s dry shampoo with oat extract adds much needed vibrancy and lustre without the powdery residue of other dry shampoos. My hair smells sweet, is light and bouncy and isn’t at all weighed down. Finally, once or twice a week I’ll indulge in a deep conditioning treatment to keep my colour bright and vibrant. Again, I’m loving the rich texture of Klorane’s Pomegranate conditioner which is perfect for adding colour intensity and softness. I put this all over my head, including my roots. I implore you to give Klorane a go and let me know what you think- you won’t be disappointed. A brand with a real luxurious feel that gives you gorgeous French girl hair? What’s not to love?
I recently enjoyed an Olaplex treatment at the recently opened Monet Hair salon on Belfast’s Lisburn road, which could rival anywhere I’ve been in London, thanks to the incredibly talented staff. Olaplex can be described as a miracle treatment that helps rebuild the strength, structure and integrity of damaged hair. Not only is breakage dramatically reduced, but any colour lasts considerably longer. But just how does it work? Olaplex actually penetrates the shaft from the inside out, literally reconnecting the hair strand structure where it was previously broken. It’s applied no differently that a deep conditioning treatment, so time spent in the chair is minimal but at Monet, insanely relaxing. Each strand was painstakingly covered to ensure optimum results and I was talked through the process throughout. The finished look was soft, beautiful hair, restored to it’s former glory. If you want to read more about the benefits of Olaplex check out a previous blog post here. In the meantime if you’re from NI be sure to check out the guys at Monet for the silkiest most gorgeous locks. (They’re also known for their killer blowdries and have a ‘blow-dry club’- for £119 a month you’ll get unlimited bouncy blowdries and 10% off various treatments and products. Go a step further and indulge in the Platinum Blow Dry Club- for £399 per month you’ll get unlimited blowdries plus one all over colour per month and four make up appointments per month with Paddy McGurgan’s Make up team. Fab? I think so.)
Go Easy On The Highlights
A couple of years ago I was going to my hairdressers every three months to get my roots bleached a brassy blonde. Now, I prefer Balayage, a French highlighting technique that’s not as harsh on the hair and isn’t as high maintenance. This alone has improved my hair texture significantly. It’s smoother and sleeker with the colours themselves being softer and more natural providing a more beautiful, sun kissed look. When at the hairdressers I ask for subtle ashy undertones with a brighter, baby blonde to frame my face. I never have any colour starting at the root which allows my hair to grow out in the most natural way. Don’t be afraid to scream ‘NOT OMBRE!’
Despite only starting to adhere to these steps fairly recently, I believe I’ve seen drastic results. My hair is finally longer, thicker and shinier and I haven’t had to cut it as much, due to it’s improved condition. I’m interested to see how it continues to grow over the coming year as I continue to treat it with care. I’m not quite at the Olivia Palermo stage of glossy, bouncy, perfection…but I’ll keep trying! Have you any hair care recommendations?