Wednesday, 26 June 2013

The June Routine | Hair

SHAMPOO: Muk Spa Argan Oil Repair Shampoo (available here) | CONDITIONER: Muk Spa Argan Oil Repair Conditioner (available here) | TREATMENT: Muk Spa Argan Oil Treatment (available here) | STYLING: O&M Atonic Thickening Spritz (available here)

My monthly favourites posts were getting kinda ridiculous, they were basically overflowing with bits and pieces I wanted to share with you all. So I thought it would be better if I categorised my favourites each month into Hair, Skin and the usual monthly picks, which will be based more on fashion and other random favourites I've been loving. 

I've also been getting plenty of questions ever since I started blogging about what hair products I use and how I style my hair (which I'll focus on in a separate post!). So here are the products I've been using all throughout June and am absolutely loving. My hair is pretty typical of someone my age; colour treated and subject to a whole lot of heat abuse, so I try my very best to minimise damage with the products I use! It's coloured blonde from black and is naturally dead straight. So I basically love products that add moisture back into the hair to keep it healthy and strong, and also anything that adds a bit of volume and fullness. I've managed to narrow down a good routine over the past couple of months which includes 2 amazing Australian brands; Muk and O&M.

I've been absolutely LOVING the Muk Spa Argan Oil range. I'm a big believer in investing in a really good shampoo and conditioner, just like you would for your foundation or skin care. They're the base products that your hair care centre around, so you might as well be using something that gets the job done well! Some key factors I look for in a good shampoo and conditioner:
- Free from sulphates and other unnecessary chemicals: sulphates are the chemicals that make your shampoo lather up like crazy, and they also heavily strip the hair of its moisture. Not only are unnecessary chemicals like sulphates and silicone harmful for your hair but they can also be quite irritating for your skin as well. 
- Protects coloured hair
- Nourishes and strengthens 
The Muk shampoo and conditioner is designed for damaged, brittle and dehydrated hair. Despite the high level of moisturisers in these products, my hair doesn't feel weighed down or look overly greasy or flat - and this is coming from someone who only washes their hair about twice a week. The argan oil and vegetable proteins leaves my hair insanely soft and tangle free and my colour looks a lot more vibrant as well (essential for anyone who has lightened their hair). This is also thanks to the zero sulphates, parabens, phosphates, alcohol and SILICONE (so so important) which aren't stripping my hair of its colour and overall health. The packaging is beautiful and the smell is a lovely light floral scent. Love love love this hardworking combo and I highly recommend them for dry and damaged hair. 

I'm a huge fan of hair oils and I WAS a huge fan of the Moroccan Oil but found it too heavy for my hair, even the light version. If you're a bit scared of hair oils making your hair look like an oil rig, this treatment is so lightweight and easily absorbed that I actually use it on dry hair as well as straight after I towel dry my hair. I've featured this oil before in a couple of my previous posts, and I'm absolutely in LOVE with it. This is probably my favourite product from the argan oil range. This stuff is killer and makes my hair look amazing. It's the perfect pre blow dry treatment to nourish the hair, add shine and also protect it from the heat. A small amount (I use about 3-4 drops - less is seriously more so don't overdo it) dispersed mostly on the ends (and then whatever's remaining can be run throughout the hair - avoiding the scalp area obviously) is all you need. The only thing I have about this product is the packaging, I would much prefer a pump bottle instead of the dropper, however the stuff inside is basically magic, so I really couldn't care less. 

Finally the O&M Atonic Spritz, which actually won the Australian Beauty Awards for best thickening spray.  Firstly, the fragrance is absolutely delicious - very citrusy but dissipates to a very faint scent once the hair is dry. Like I mentioned before my hair is quite fine so I like to add as much volume and fullness as I can. This product works brilliantly pre blow dry as the ingredients are heat activated (I wouldn't recommend using it on dry hair). Spraying at the roots gives a natural lift and I even spray it throughout the hair to add texture (but still retain the softness) as I love wearing my hair wavy (obviously because my hair is pin straight - always want what you cant have!).