Well, 2020 is finally over, and along with a brand new year brings a time for reflection. In true beauty blogger style, I’m recapping my best in beauty for 2020, and today’s post is all about my haircare picks.
As a professional hairstylist and hair extensions specialist by trade, I’m motivated to keep learning more and educating others when it comes to their haircare choices, so I’m pretty excited to share with you my top haircare picks for 2020!
Best Purple Shampoo for Blonde Hair
One of my favourite haircare topics and services to perform on clients is blonding. As a blondie myself, I understand the importance of a good purple shampoo and exactly what kind of difference it can make to Blonde Hair. I am forever dumbfounded by new clients that have no idea about the benefits of using purple shampoo on their blonde hair, so I’m making it my mission to spread the word! If you’re one of those people, give this post a read to become acquainted with how purple shampoo works, what it can do for your hair, and which product is perfect for you: What Is the Best Purple Shampoo for Blonde Hair?
Fudge Clean Blonde Damage Rewind Purple Shampoo
It’s probably obvious by now why I love Fudge Clean Blonde Damage Rewind so much as I’ve raved about it none stop. But, in case you’re new here, let’s recap…
This was one of the most effective toning shampoo’s for blonde hair that I tried in 2020 and I think it’s fair to say I tried quite a few.
With a combination of potent violet pigments, coupled with Optiplex technology, it isn’t only brilliant at neutralizing brassiness and yellow tones in blonde hair, but also a great restorative option that strengthens hair by 90 percent. It is also sulfate-free, so cleanses the hair gently without stripping it of its natural oils that contribute to keeping your hair hydrated and healthy, making it perfect for use with hair extensions, too.
I started using this because I was super worried about how fragile my hair had become since bleaching it. My ends were quite dry and I suffered a ‘chemical haircut’, where bleach had fried my hair so badly around my hairline that it started to break off. But Fudge Clean Blonde has been my (not-so) secret weapon this past year and has worked wonders at supporting my hair in its healing process and making it so much stronger!
Its toning power is also great at annihilating those yellow pigments that can start building up in blonde hair. I would leave it in my hair like a mask for around 10 minutes once a week to give me more of an icy, silver-tone to my hair.
After every wash, I’m greeted with smooth, glossy, strong, fresh-looking blonde hair. What’s not to love?!
Best Hairbrush for Wet Hair
Tangle Teezer Wet Brush
If you read my recent blog post, 11 Haircare Mistakes that are Damaging Your Hair, you’ll know that I recommended this hairbrush in place of those horrid little ball-tipped ones.
You’ll also know that brushing your hair when wet should be approached with caution since it is at its most vulnerable and leaves it prone to damage.
This hairbrush is the only one I have ever used that I would declare as safe to use on wet hair. I use it both on myself and on my clients!
I love something that detangles and smoothes my hair easily after washing, but I just don’t always have the patience for a tooth comb. But the soft, flexible bristles on this brush glide through wet hair and gently detangle it without damage or pain.
Oh, how amazing this would have been during our childhoods, when Mom’s were known for detaching our scalps from our skulls every time they brushed our hair for us, haha!!
Best Hair Oil
The L’oreal Oil Elixir has remained a necessity for over 4 years now and I love it just as much as I did when I first tried it.
Firstly: the price. Retailing at around £10 and lasting about a year with almost daily use, this is by far one of the best haircare products I’ve used in terms of value for money. Somehow, just one and a half pumps is all I ever need.
Its oil-in-serum type texture is so lightweight and, as someone with very fine hair, it yields incredible results without being greasy or heavy in the slightest.
It’s also super versatile and can be used on both wet or dry hair, too: On wet hair after washing to smooth and detangle; on dry hair, in between washes, to help combat frizziness, add moisture, and really polish your final hair look, making it incredibly sleek and shiny; and on both to protect from temperatures of up to 220 degrees when blowdrying and heat styling. That’s what you call a triple threat!
Best Hair Mask
Bleach London Reincarnation Mask
Back when I was at uni, I was a stickler for changing my haircolour every few weeks and it very quickly became dried out and damaged.
At the time, the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer was considered a ‘hero product’ among the haircare community, and I adored it for adding moisture and movement back into my dry hair.
As amazing as it was for my hair, I ended up paying around £30 a time for a bottle that would last me maybe a month or so… until I discovered the Bleach London Reincarnation Mask, that is.
This nourishing hair mask treatment costs just a fraction of Philip Kingley’s and I think it’s a pretty great dupe, too. I’ve repurchased it ever since for the past 5 years.
Both contain a combination of plant extracts, oils and proteins that help to increase elasticity, reduce breakage, hydrate dry hair and smooth unruly, frizzy locks.
Best Conditioner for Dry Hair
Pureology Hydrate Conditioner
Conditioner is my least favourite product within my haircare routine as I feel like they all pretty much do the same thing for my hair and I find them a little, well… boring – regardless of price. That may be a pretty ballsy statement for a pro hairstylist to make, but I also rarely purchase the accompanying conditioner for any shampoo I use.
Don’t get me wrong, I am well aware of the importance of conditioner. Closing the cuticle, restoring hair’s PH and adding smoothness to the hair is essential after it becomes unbalanced from shampooing, and I never cut corners when it comes to caring for the hair, whether it’s a clients or my own. However, the results of surface conditioners are very temporary, and I find weekly penetrating conditioners and masks, such as the Bleach London Reincarnation mask, much more helpful at helping to repair and restore the hair long term, rather than just coating it with silicones to give a synthetic shine.
On that note, the Pureology Hydrate Conditioner is one that I’ve genuinely enjoyed using this past year, and that really doesn’t happen very often.
I’ve loved everything from the fresh, invigorating scent, how it’s super lightweight and nourishing, making my hair smooth and manageable without weighing it down, and the healthy radiance it gives to my hair, rather than a silicone-ladened slick of synthetic ingredients that give a fake, plastic-like shine.
Best Scalp Treatment for Dandruff
Alterna Caviar Exfoliating Scalp Treatment
So many people forget that the health of their scalp is just as important as the hair itself and should be taken into consideration when compiling an effective haircare routine.
Like so many other’s, I experience variations in my scalp’s skin profile throughout the year, and dandruff often becomes an issue during transitional times of year when the weather may be warm and suddenly becomes colder, or vice versa.
As well as dandruff, my scalp is also prone to becoming oily and itchy (glamorous, I know!), but the Alterna Caviar Exfoliating Scalp Treatment has really worked wonders at balancing my skin and eradicating flakiness.
The product contains 12 treatments, each one containing a highly concentrated dose of active fruit enzymes, as well as exfoliating particles. Together, they dissolve the glue that binds dead skin cells and works to physically slough them away.
It’s super refreshing on the scalp and leaves it looking and feeling clean and flake-free.