I’m quite vain about my hair. I like to brush it. I like to wash it. I like having it played with and I like getting it done at the salon. It is directly linked to my self esteem no matter how hard I try. I always find that on any given day it reflects the feelings I have about myself. Whether that is a good thing or not is completely up to the individual but over the last ten years I’ve realised how strong that link is for me.
When I was 17 I lived in the Northern Territory. It was hot, dusty, humid and I felt like I was constantly sweating. My hair never got longer than shoulder length because it would get so thick and hot I’d just cut it all off. I never wore it down anyway, it was always split down the middle and then slicked up into a ponytail. You could say I was not exactly the epitome of cool. I lived at home and used Mum’s product of choice, Pantene ProV. My hair always felt like an oil slick.
When I was 19 I lived in Townsville in QLD, still a similar hot sticky climate but people actually got dressed up there. I’d never really had to dress up in more than a good pair of jeans and a singlet top. It was a whole new ball game and I went all in. I dyed my hair a light mahogany colour with blonde streaks that made my eyes pop but looking back it made my skin seem ashen and sickly. I started using L’Oreal Shampoo and Conditioner and I felt like a rock star.
When I was 21 I converted to being a brunette full time. My hair was a big deal as I was getting married and it had to be perfect. It was a dark mahogany brown, minus the foils and I started to embrace my curls. By then I’d discovered Redken and had started to “invest” in my haircare. The bottles lasted forever and it made my hair feel fantastic. After seeing such a difference I decided I wanted to go to a Redken Salon and that’s how I found Lu from LM Style in Windsor.
When I was 23 I got the confidence to let Lu give me a lovely concave bob and I felt like a brand new woman. No other hairstyle has left me feeling so posh and refined. He stuck to dark ashy browns for my colour and my I got my first few white and grey hairs. I would stick to my appointments every six weeks and lavish my hair with treatments but that was all about to change as I fell pregnant with Aidan.
When I was 25 my Redken shampoos and conditioners weren’t as great. My body had changed immensely and I no longer had time for regular appointments, every 6 months if I was lucky. I’d let myself go but I was determined to change things. I started looking into organic treatments and was introduced to Stevie English Hair and then promptly fell in love with Original Mineral. Oh and I dyed the tips of my hair pink.
When I was 26 I started using only Original Mineral products in my hair and it felt and looked AMAZING… but (there’s always a but) it was $30 a bottle. Sure it lasted ages but at the register it hurt like hell. When I was in NYC my hair was so shiny and healthy, people commented on how nice it was. When I got back I didn’t have money to splash on expensive products so I convinced myself I didn’t need it. I was introduced to a L’Oreal smoothing shampoo and conditioner that was about $7 a tube and I liked it. My hair felt soft and silky but over time the shine was gone and I had to wash my hair more regularly.
Now I’m 27 and my hair is a bit shit. The shine from O&M is well and truly gone. Having box dyed my hair for the last 6 months hasn’t done it any favours either, despite using top shelf stuff it just can’t compare to the luxurious O&M glossy colours dye jobs I got at Stevie English Hair. I feel like I’ve back tracked into my own hair history and I have to start again from scratch.
New York is just less than five months away and I have a lot of work to do to get myself back to where I want to be. I’ve changed my diet, added vitamins, upped my exercise, changed my sleep routine and reassessed my beauty products. I’m doing this for my general wellbeing not just for New York but having the goal is helpful. Great hair stems from a great body and at the moment neither are up to par.
I asked you guys on facebook how much you spend on shampoo and conditioner and the results were definitely mixed. You’re happy to spend anywhere from $50 per bottle to $3 bottles from discount stores but the average being around $20 per bottle You’re a smart lot too, stocking up on your favourites during sales or during gift pack promotions. I was poised over my shopping cart when I asked the question, was I really prepared to drop $30 per bottle on shampoo again?
The answer… yes.
What Shampoo & Conditioner do you use?