|Top: H&M (old). Skirt: Boden Icons (sold out). Heels: Jimmy Choo (old but buy similar here). Clutch: Jigsaw (buy similar here)|
I have a fear of blowdrys.
It may be on the stranger side of the phobia spectrum but it’s just something that’s not me. I always ask to leave the hair salon with my hair wet, a blowdry is either too straight, too bouncy, too springy and put simply: too ‘done’.
Don’t get me wrong, I love them on other people (Erica Davies from The-Edited, for example, always looks amazing), I just don’t feel myself. I do, however (miraculously), still get asked what products I use on my hair, so thought I’d share a few of my faves.
|‘Precious Blonde’ shampoo: £12.50, Josh Wood at Marks & Spencer. ‘Silver’ shampoo: £6.99, Maria Nila. ‘Silver’ conditioner: £7.99, Maria Nila|
|Alchemic ‘silver’ shampoo: £15, Davines. Alchemic ‘silver’ conditioner: £19, Davines|
I always try and let my hair dry naturally, as feel that hairdryers dry out my hair too much. After I wash my hair, I use a leave-in conditioner and comb through – I love this Tigi one for curly hair but Aussie’s leave-in conditioner is just as nice and smells great. My hair’s natural curl has softened over the years but I like a bit of texture and wave.
|Leave-in conditioner: £8.95, Tigi. Candle: £42, Diptyque. Ring: £52 for a set of three, Kenzo at Cadenzza. Necklace: £85, Daisy Jewellery|
|Botanical hair shine oil: £17.25, Liz Earle. Marble side table: £279 for two, West Elm. ‘The Sleep Revolution’: £16.64, Amazon|
I use hair oil on the ends of my hair as it’s drying and then before I go to sleep to really nourish my hair as it’s quite dry. Just as my hair is almost dry, I rub a pea size amount of Kiehl’s ‘Silk Groom’ into the ends and twist my hair with my fingers.
|Silk Groom: £18, Kiehl’s at Liberty|
But for me, I do also need a bit of dryness to give my hair ‘life’ – my hair is so fine it needs that texture and ‘oomph’. I swear by dry shampoo (Batiste is great, or Ruth Crilly from A Model Recommends has launched COLAB which is also good), and I LOVE Bumble & Bumble dryspun finish, it adds body to my hair but not as sticky/matt as hairspray. The only downside is it only lasts about a month so at £22 a bottle it’s an expensive habit, but I can really recommend Superdrug’s own ‘Killer Volume’ dry shampoo for 97p!
|‘London’ dry shampoo: £3.50, COLAB. Dry shampoo killer volume: £0.97, Superdrug. Dryspun finish: £22, Bumble & Bumble|
|Dress: Boden Icons (sold out)|
I also thought I should mention hair tongs. As, after 33 years, I have just bought some – only a £25 pair as wasn’t sure I wanted to invest. I tried them for the weekend this wedding and was actually impressed! I did burn my neck whilst using them, so my technique obviously needs some work but I like how they don’t have a clamp so you don’t get any angles in the curls and they flowed more naturally than ringlets – much more beachy waves…
|Dress: £42, Asos (sold out). Sandals: £250, LK Bennett. Sunglasses: £28 in the sale, Le Specs at Very Exclusive. Clutch: Dorothy Perkins (old)|