Ever since my hair has been dunked and dipped into ombré I’ve had to give it a little more TLC than I used to. Being a colouring virgin I was primed to throw in some conditioner and be done with my hair moisturising activities, but since the big dip I’ve had to embrace pre-shampoo treatments, masks, leave-in conditioners and oils by the bucketload. My hair doesn’t fall completely into the ‘dry and damaged’ category just yet but it drinks up the good stuff these days so I’ve had to add a fair few new products into my routine, but today it’s the mane moisture edit…

As a pre-shampoo treatment there’s only one product that bustles about for top place - Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer*. In all honesty it’s the only one I’ve ever tried (any recommendations do pop them below, I’ll be waiting with a pen and paper), but slathered on an hour or two, or even the night before a hairwash, when rinsed out this leaves my hair seriously silky smooth – a recurring result with all the proceeding products mentioned, surprise, surprise. For post-shampoo hairmasks the ranking isn’t so easy. I’ve spoken about the Joico K-Pak Reconstruct Deep Penetrating Reconstructor which serves its purpose perfectly well; I also recently got my mitts on Redken’s Colour Extend Rich Recovery Mask which may just win the prize for nicest smelling mask to slap on my locks. But the best I’ve given a go (and one that also smells AH-mazing), is the Label.m Therapy Age-Defying Recovery Mask*, it’s the least buttery-textured out of the three but I can’t stop my locks from swishing about after I’ve thrown it on. Things can get a little wild when it comes to my damp hair stock as there’s a nice little product conveyor belt that comes out to play when I’ve exited the bathroom. Oils aside I’m becoming rather fond of leave-in conditioners, and tend to smooth on either the good ol’ Kérastase Nectar Thermique (forgot to add it to the picture, my bad!) or the L’Oreal Expert Pro-Keratin Refill Protective Cream*. The Kérastase wins by a smidge though as it’s thermal-protective for when I whack out my straighteners. 2-in-1? I’m in.

I’m crossing my fingers, being economical with heat styling and slapping on my mane moisture, work with me hair. Who knows, if this goes well maybe I’ll have to dip in and go for the whole hair dye hog? Crazier things have happened

*PR Samples

  • BeingRaquel

    I LOVE the Kerastase Nectar Thermique! As for PRE-shampoo I use oils: I oil-up my hair like crazy either the night before or an hour before… It works wonders :) I use either the Kerastase Elixir (my fave all purpose hair oil) or, lately, I’ve been using the

    L’Oréal Professionnel Série Nature Oilixir (no silicones) :) there you have it! 😉 xx

  • Ali Rose

    Totally agree. I also like the Redken All Soft Heavy Cream – I did a review of it along with a few others http://www.ali-roseblog.blogspot.co.uk/.

  • http://twitter.com/gleepface gleepface

    I love posts like these because my hair always needs extra nourishment. I’m currently using the Lee Staffod mask for hair that never grows, and I really like it but I might check out some of these.

    • http://twitter.com/supersnoo Suzanne Martin

      I am currently trying to grow my hair does the Lee Stafford stuff help

      • http://twitter.com/gleepface gleepface

        Sorry I totally only just found this reply, it has really helped me, I find my hair grows very quickly, and not only that, it prevents it snapping so you can actually see the results, not just your roots :)

  • Ellie Smith

    Right I need to get out and buy some of these, i have just been applying morrocan oil by the bucketful! Happy New Year Anna!xx


  • http://www.facebook.com/ifyouseekamy0169 Sophie Clarke

    For a pre-shampoo treatment the Charles Worthington moisture seal intense rescue melting balm, from the secrets collection is really good, it’s a balm that melts to an oil and is especially good for dry ends. As well as the diamond shine gloss treatment from the same range (also a pre-shampoo treatment) which makes hair super shiny as the name suggests, great before a night out! Xx

  • Millie

    Great post! The Redken mask seems like an amazing product, might have to try that out! :) Hope you had a great New Year! :) ♥


  • http://Www.brusselslifebeauty.blogspot.co.uk/ brusselslifebeauty

    I love my Phyto cream for that extra locked in moisture! check it out whenever you have a chance

  • Kirsty Hill

    I love slapping on a hair mask!

    I have just started a blog and would love if you came to check it out! :)www.bloggerofbeauty96.blogspot.com

  • Francesca

    I’m a fellow ombréd girl and my trusted favourite is the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Mask! I just use it as a conditioner and also as a mask once a week, it really is a miracle!


  • http://www.kmakesithappen.blogspot.ca/ Kassandra Fairhall

    I use coconut oil before I shower. I usually run it through my hair and then go workout for about an hour, then I jump in the shower and wash it out. I color my hair every 3 months and this method seriously works for me. Apply a little extra to the ends of your hair

  • katherine.parkes

    I really need to use hair masks more often, they leave my hair so soft i’m just faaaar too lazy! x


  • Guest

    I’ve started using coconut oil as pre-shampoo treatment two years ago when I got ombré hair and to this day I still do even though I chopped my ombré strands off. Its perfect, eco-friendly and also helps with hair loss. And as far asI’m concerned the Kerastase Masquintense is THE best mask. Its really nourishing helps with detangling and smells lovely!

  • http://twitter.com/MsCarriboo Carri

    I’ve started using coconut oil as pre-shampoo treatment two years ago when I got ombré hair and to this day I still do even though I’ve chopped my ombré strands off. Its perfect, eco-friendly and also helps with hair loss. And as far asI’m concerned the Kerastase Masquintense is THE best mask. Its really nourishing helps with detangling and smells lovely!

  • http://twitter.com/niamhmacey Niamh Macey

    The (fairly inexpensive) Charles Worthington Melting Balm insert-long-name-here is my pre-shampoo treatment of choice! :) I was recommended by Fleur (of ‘de force’ fame) and it is simply incredible for my EXTREMEY, naturally dry hair! Give it a go!

  • Marlène

    I use the Christophe ROBIN cleansing mas with lemon 3 times a month : it is both a treatment and a shampoo. You apply it on dry hair for 15 to 30 minutes and then slowy lather and rince. My hair feels SO SO soft after using it and it’s not maing it greasy or oily at all.It is somewhat expensive but the smaller tub lasts me about 4 and 1/2 months (my hair is a tiny bit shorter than yours).

  • Rachel Bell

    I just got my hair ombred (well an attempt at it!) so ill be embracing these products to get the shine back! xx

  • Sophie

    Just bought a couple of Phillip Kingsley bits and on feelunique at the moment you get a free 40ml Elasticizer when you spend £30 on Phillip Kinglsey products! The 75ml Elasticizer and 100ml Minimiser are what I’ve picked up – the smaller Elasticizer will come in handy for travel! :)
    I absolutely love your blog and videos and it’s encouraged me to start my own this year; a month late new years resolution, if you will..
    Hope you’re having a nice week lovely :)