Current Favourite Products for Heat-Free Hairstyling

Sunday, 22 April 2018

A few years ago I resolved to take better care of my hair, and part of that process involved investing more time and more money into it. I’ve always had thick and (according to other people) luxurious hair, but as it gets longer and with it being colour treated, it’s extremely prone to breakages and split ends. Over time, as I’ve grown more and more comfortable with my natural hair and wearing it wavier or curlier, I’ve experimented with different products and methods of caring for it and I thought I would share three of my favourite things to use lately now that I’m avoiding using any heat tools on my hair.

Currently, my hair is lightened and dyed, so is most definitely chemically damaged. Since I started getting it coloured again, I decided to kick the heat-styling and have started doing wet-set pincurls for a nice natural, loose wave instead of using my straighteners. The less damage I can do to my hair the better, especially since I want to see just how long I can get it again before I inevitably decide to chop it all off!

As well as avoiding heat-styling, I should also mention that I only wash my hair once per week. Yes, once per week! I won’t go into my shampoo, conditioner and treatments in this post, but essentially I wash my hair only on Sundays and am now at a point where I only need a little bit of dry shampoo on Friday and Saturday to keep it looking fresh. After cleansing and conditioning, I try to use products that will not only help to keep my hair healthy, but will help to soften and smooth it as my hair can occasionally be quite coarse and prone to frizz.

Giovanni has come recommended to me as a brand by a number of people now; it’s cruelty free, vegan and more on the affordable side than some of the other products I’ve been using over the past few years. The first two of my favourite items at the moment are their Frizz Be Gone Taming Cream* and Leave-in Conditioning & Styling Elixir*. Both £8.99 and from the same range, these are products designed to help control frizz, add shine and keep control of hair in humid environments. They each have a whopping 20 benefits for your hair that I won’t list in detail since you can read it on the website or on the products themselves, but together they create a perfect pair for managing my wild tresses.

I apply the Conditioning & Styling Elixir first after gently towel drying my hair, and this helps to hydrate and soften it, and smooth down the split ends that I already have. I use about two to three pumps of it, and unlike similar products I’ve tried before, it doesn’t weigh my hair down at all or add any kind of product-y texture or stickiness to it while wet or dry. My ends in particular always feel noticeably more manageable and less likely to puff up when I use Giovanni’s elixir, and it’s a super light, easy product to work through the entire length of my hair too.

The Taming Cream is more of a styling product than the elixir, and can be used on wet or dry hair. I prefer to use this after the elixir while my hair is still damp, again to help smooth it down and try to maintain some semblance of control over it as it dries. This also has a soft to medium hold, so will help to retain more natural styles but obviously isn’t suitable for anything that needs a heavy duty hold. On dry hair, it helps to control fly-aways and frizz, and adds both smoothness and texture when I work it through my ends to get them to chill the hell out.  My hair is also usually at the mercy of humidity, and while Giovanni's Taming Cream isn’t a total solution to the problem, it does make it a much easier problem to manage (but, I would imagine that people with thinner, finer hair than me will find it protects them from humidity much more than it does mine).

Both products also have added heat protection, which was actually what first peaked my interest in them in the first place. I’ve been running low on my Paul Mitchell heat protectant for a while and had been on the hunt for a more affordable option instead, and was lucky enough to find it in these far more affordable, multi-purposes beauties instead.

The third product that I thought deserved a mention is the John Masters Green Tea & Calendula Leave-in Conditioning Mist* (which unfortunately doesn’t seem to be available at the moment). This is designed as a leave-in conditioner that you spritz onto your hair while damp, and it has a beautiful, light and refreshing fragrance that I can’t get enough of. Perhaps strangely though, I much prefer to use this on dry hair than on my damp hair, as for me it’s a perfect way of adding moisture back into my hair after it starts to go a bit puffier or has dried out after being battered by the elements. After my hair has been pincurled and the curls have fallen out, spraying this on each morning helps to reshape and add shine so that my waves look more polished and put together again. It isn’t really a styling product by any means, but for some reason it works brilliantly to calm mine and refresh my curl patterns.  The scent is also just another bonus, as I find it lasts a good few hours and makes my hair smell (and feel) fresh and clean again even after it’s gone a few days between washes.

I’m always on the lookout for other new hair products, especially as I’m committed to the hair dye life these days and have been having it coloured and lightened professionally. If you decide to try any of these out, let me know!

In the meantime, what are your favourite styling products?

* This review is not sponsored and has not been paid for, however the products were sent to me free of charge. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

Say Hello to Plant Basic

Monday, 2 April 2018

You may have noticed that I disappeared for a couple of months – long story short, life got away from me for a little while there. I’ve had a few things going on in my personal life (the biggest of which being house-hunting to buy) and had been lacking inspiration and motivation to blog. I feel like everyone is a bit of a broken record about the issues within the blogging community these days, so let’s just say I didn’t have the same drive to get involved and keep producing content as I used to.

Now that I’m back to blogging again though, the biggest change is obviously my blog name: The Zombie Said is gone! I first came up with that name probably around six or more years ago, and while it’s always been a unique and eye-catching handle, I didn’t really feel like it properly reflected me or the kinds of posts I write anymore. So, after much painful deliberation, welcome to Plant Basic.

Ethical, plant-based lifestyle has been at the forefront of my content and my life for the past two years now, and my blog has slowly shifted towards one that allows me to share my voice as a positive advocate of plant-based living in a balanced, considerate way that can be lacking at times from the vegan community. I’ve been wanting to shift away from beauty and further into lifestyle for quite a while (but don’t worry, there will still be beauty posts), and sharing my thoughts and providing support and discussion for those already living or tentatively considering going vegan or living a more plant-based life is pretty much top of my blogging goals these days.

Plant Basic stems (haha plant pun) from two ideas: one being that I’m a plant-based basic bitch and fully embrace my excessive banana-eating and avocado obsession, and two being my desire to provide an approachable source for all the basics of plant-based, ethical living. I don’t live a lavish lifestyle or use a lot of weird, hard to find ingredients in my cooking. I don’t produce zero waste or have a minimal carbon footprint or never buy new clothes off the rack – I do my best, I do the basics, and I want to continue to use this blog to show everyone else those basics and remind us all that the little things can make a difference too.

I also intend to write a little more often about me and what’s going on in my life, beyond delicately curated content.  I’ve always been pretty casual and laidback, but I want Plant Basic to feel like a window into the home of a friend helping you on your own compassionate journey (I’d vlog for this same reason if only I wasn’t terribly awkward on camera).

It’ll likely take me some time to get back into the swing of blogging and really find my voice again, so please be patient with me! In the meantime, I’m really excited by the new direction I’m headed and hope you are too.

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