March 25, 2014

Operation Healthy Hair: 1 MONTH UPDATE

Do you remember I posted a month ago that I've embarked on a bit of a journey to get my hair to healthy conditions? All the styling, teasing, playing with it and twisting it had taken their toll on my poor hair which had ended up dry, dull and full of split ends. I decided to use plain and simple coconut oil to get it healthy again. I also stopped washing it every day and instead wash it every 2nd day to give my hair a bit of a break.

Results
One month in I'm pleased to say there is a noticeable difference! I had my hair cut just before I took the photo on the left to get rid of some of the split ends. A month later my hair definitely looks shinier, fuller and less scraggly at the ends. It also feels thicker, and smoother to touch as you can see from the curled hair photo on the bottom. It's far from healthy yet, but it's definitely getting there!

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Hair Products I'm using now


TREATMENT: Coconut Oil
This is a new jar that I'm using as I finished up my old one. I bought it from my local chemist for around $8, and as I mentioned in the previous post it doesn't matter what brand of coconut oil you get as long as it's extra virgin. I apply this to my hair about an hour or so before washing it 2 nights a week. As it is an oil I need to shampoo my hair twice to get it all off my hair, so if you are going to try coconut oil then make sure you wash it off well.

SHAMPOO/CONDITIONER: L'Oreal Mythic Oil Shampoo & Conditioner
I got this because the hairdresser recommended it, but to be quite honest it's a bit average for me. I don't feel like they're moisturising enough so I won't be repurchasing it. Maybe for someone with normal hair this would work better, but it's not for me.

DRY SHAMPOO: Cedel Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair*
Since I'm trying to not wash my hair every day, on some days a dry shampoo is a must. Unfortunately I'm yet to find the perfect dry shampoo that doesn't make my roots feel gross. This one is pretty good as it's formulated for dark hair (bye bye white powdery roots!), but after a few hours of applying this my roots feel quite heavy, so this isn't the perfect one for me either.

HAIRSPRAY: L'Oreal Elnett Satin hairspray
I've been using this for quite a few years now. I keep on repurchasing it because it brushes out easily and doesn't make my hair feel crunchy, but gives me the hold that I need.

LEAVE IN TREATMENT/STYLING: L'Oreal Mythic Oil and David Babaii Miracle Elixir spray*
Whenever I'm wearing my hair straight I apply a bit of the L'Oreal Mythic Oil in my palms then rub over my hair to give it shine. This is quite potent, so the tiniest bit is needed as otherwise it makes my hair into an oil slick! Whenever I curl my hair I spray a bit of the David Babbai spray for shine and a bit of definition, as the spray makes it easier to apply without messing up my curls.

So there you have it, a month of using coconut oil and a more simplified hair care routine and I'm already seeing results. I can't wait to see how my hair will feel during the next month's update.


*PR Sample

19 comments :

  1. I have yet to try the coconut oil treatment...do you ever leave yours on overnight?

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    1. I have left it overnight in the past and it's been great, but not this time around. My toddler son sleeps in our bed at night and I don't want him to get oil all over him :)

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  2. I REALLY need to do something to my hair before it all falls out!

    xxx | daisydaisyxxo

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    1. OOoh I hope you find something that works for you. xx

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  3. My hair was so dry from swimming. I'm having great success with Wella SP Hydrate shampoo, conditioner and mask.

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    1. I've actually tried the SP Hydrate range in the past and been really happy with it, you just reminded me to give them a try again!

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  4. Coconut oil work wonders! :) Nice post..

    www.beautyfrontline.com

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    1. It is such a miracle product isn't it? And so cheap!

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  5. Great hair! I've recently done the same as you and cut my long hair off. I want a fresh start, and I am taking care of my hair this time as much as possible. I have curly hair, so this is harder to do at times (especially when I have to straighten it).
    Bright and Shiny

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    1. I hope you find some great products for you, I do imagine curly hair would be harder to manage so good luck! xx

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  6. I wash my hair everyday too as I can't stand greasy roots. I wonder whether it really exists a miracle dry shampoo?

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    1. Haha, probably not! I have tried so many dry shampoos now and yet to find one that I'm completely happy with.

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  7. You can see a huge difference! It's amazing what a few changes can do :)

    Sarah | More Than Adored

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    1. Thanks hun, I have no one to blame but me for the unhealthy condition of my hair so I'm glad I'm finally doing something about it.

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  8. Your hair looks lovely! I've been playing with the idea of cutting mine for months now but eek, I can't.
    I too swear by coconut oil, works wonders. I have to shampoo 3 times to get it all out but it's totally worth it!

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    1. Your hair is amazing hun, don't cut it! It looks soooo healthy and I love the ombre on you. xx

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  9. Lilit, your hair looks fab! Definitely a difference even in pictures. And that hairstyle frames your face perfectly. I quite ike the macadamia nut repair masque, I think you had a post on it somewhere in your blog. I guess you grew less impressed by it. For a fantastic dry shampoo I highly recommend Oribe's Dry Texturizing spray. It is phenomenal! The smell, the texture, the volume... everything is like symphony...except for the price. It's pretty astronomical.

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    1. I've heard so many good things about the Oribe spray, but unfortunately it's not available in Australia so I'll have to find a stockist that ships here. Oh and I did really love the macadamia repair masque but since I've finished my tub I decided to give the much cheaper coconut oil a try instead of investing in another tub. :)

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  10. Lilit, you should try Argan oil. I felt and saw a huge different almost instantly!

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