I have a dream. A dream of having Blake Lively’s hair.
Not her actual hair because that would be weird, creepy and stalker-y. But an identical version attached to my own head. Thick, lush, long blonde hair that screams for a shampoo advert and lots of hair swooshing. Her hair is the stuff of dreams. Oh, wait. I’ve already said that. The sad thing is that’s exactly where it’s going to stay. I’ve done my best to emulate this hair and have failed on so many levels. I even resorted to VASTLY overpriced hair extensions which resulted in my graduation photos featuring a Malibu Barbie version of myself and a very stressful camping experience, and ended in Momma P and I pulling them out with pliers. Really. Don’t judge me too harshly. It was a long time ago, ok?
I’ve now finally resigned myself to the fact that I will never have the hair of my dreams, but I can still work with the hair that I have. And to do that, I need products. Really good products.
In the past I’ve used Bumble & bumble’s Thickening Spray, and actually it was pretty good, although perhaps it added more texture than volume, but I feel that’s half the battle, however, it’s not cheap so I was looking for a more affordable option.
My beauty guru, Sali Hughes, recommended L’Oreal Elvive’s Fibrology Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner. They also do a masque and a serum. And they’re easily purchased from Boots and aren’t too expensive. Excellent. And from first use, they appeared to have good results. Not Dolly Parton-esque poofy hair. Not crispy bouffant hairsprayed hair. But bouncy, soft, bigger hair. But then I noticed that after a few washes, when I brushed my wet hair, quite a few strands were being left on my comb. In fact, more strands than usual. I did some googling, and apparently I wasn’t the only one. So that was the end of that. I’m not saying that it will make your hair fall out. I’m not even saying that it was making my hair fall out. Maybe it was a coincidence. But that’s not a risk I’m willing to take.
Another recommendation came in the form of Swell Advanced Volumising Shampoo, Conditioner and Root Complex Spray. I was lucky enough to be gifted a travel size set and I confidently toddled into the shower clutching my booty (no, not that booty!). But yet again, I was doomed to failure. The products smelled delicious, but you’re advised to use very little, and I found I wasn’t getting the lather that I like from my shampoo. I’m sure lather is actually caused by chemicals that are terribly bad for you, but hey, I like a lather, ok? Also, I can’t say I noticed a great difference. Not really.
And so on to another ‘drugstore’ (what is the English equivalent to this? Pharmacy? High street?) buy – John Frieda’s range of Luxurious Volume. Take your pick from shampoo, conditioner, mousse, hairspray and blow dry lotion. I know. That’s a lot of products. I plumped for shampoo, conditioner and the lotion. The result? I got the lather I wanted. And I guess I got a bit of volume, but nothing to write about (except, wait, oh…).
I was chatting to my hairdresser, and she recommended L’Oreal Professionnel’s new range – Serioxyl Fuller Hair. It’s actually formulated for hair that’s thinning or even dropping out which I don’t actually need (no thanks to you, Elvive!) but obviously thinning hair needs volume, and so fine hair can benefit too. I bought the kit which had a shampoo, conditioner and mousse, and let me tell you, they smell AMAZING!!! Like seriously super duper amazing. And they have an option for coloured hair. And they lather. And they seem to work. Again not intense insane 80s power volume hair; not a really dramatic effect but a noticeably thicker swishier effect. And did I mention they smell amazing? So far, I’ve been using them for a week, and I’ve not been picking any more hair from my comb either, so that’s a win. It might not be the holy grail, but I’m happy to stick with it for now.
But let me just say that nothing, and I do mean nothing, beats good old fashioned drugstore cheap-y mousse. Formulas have changed a lot since the 80s, so you’re not going to get a crispy look, I promise. Well, not unless you use a whole can in a single session. So don’t do that. But a single pump into one palm, a gentle clap of the hands to distribute the mousse between the two, and then run your fingers through at the roots. Avoid the ends. It’s not a permanent fix. And it’s not necessarily a glamorous fix, but it is an effective fix. I’m currently using TRESemme 24 Hour Body Amplifying Mousse.
When I want even more texture, I use VO5’s seriously good Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray. Another great smelling product, I suppose it sort of acts like dry shampoo texture-wise. It gives me (and you too probably) that really sexy bedhead look, without looking like you’ve actually only just woken up.
Other notable products include the Beauty Editor favourite – Bumble and bumble’s Surf Spray – however, I find if I use this every day my hair gets a bit crispy. Not a fan of that look. So it’s a once in while whenever I fancy it and see it nestling in the back of my drawer sort of product.
So while my quest for permanent glossy thick locks continues, in the meantime, on a day to day basis I’ll continue using my Serioxyl shampoo and conditioner, and finish with a dollop of bog standard mousse. How do you get the hair of your dreams?