Excuse the Jungle Book pun... basically this is what my hair tells my brain to buy if I am out shopping. If my hair was a living breathing entity this is what it would need to survive, the equivalent to our food and water.. And if I didn't listen to it whispering in my ear each time I went toiletry shopping it would surely leave and I would be left bald.
Sometimes you will notice if you have very long hair that it almost doesn't feel like a part of you as it stretches out across your pillow lying down, so the thought of it having a mind of it's own often springs up on my wacky imagination days!
Basically here are my hair must-haves that will always be crowded around my dressing table.
1) A decent shampoo and conditioner.
'There is more to life than hair but it is a good place to start'
Aussie is definitely my favourite hair care brand; so far I have used the Miracle Moist range and the volume range. The good thing about this range is that it does what it says on the bottle, if you want moist, you will get moist and if you want volume you will get full throttle va-va-voom volume. They aren't the cheapest hair products on the shelf but they are definitely worth the price; or you can wait till they're on offer (they're now 3 for £10 in Boots.)
For me a great conditioner is more important to me than a great shampoo (and a cheap conditioner isn't so good at getting tangles out of hair unless you use half the bottle.) With Aussie conditioner you only need about a 50p size blob and it will cover the majority of your hair. After massaging into my strands I then use my Tangle Teezer (see 5) to get rid of any knots without tearing out enough hair to make a small wig. Ouch.
2) Bobby pins AKA kirby grips AKA hairgrips or pins. AKA the little metal pins that guys always complain about standing on around the house.
According to Uber Facts on Twitter, women lose 1.73 billion bobby pins a year. Seriously though, where do they all go? I bought a pack of about 30 last year and now I am down to just 3, I think there must be bobby pin gnomes that go around house-to-house pinching them.
3) Boots Unperfumed Maximum Hold Hairspray - just £1.99 or 2 for £3
Compared to Loreal's overpriced Elnett, it is a thousand times better. I have tried both and the Boots stuff beats it hands down. I've even had people come to me and tell me that the runway shows in London actually use the Boots stuff rather than Loreal. I have tried the Elnett on one occasion and it is very very perfumed and you can smell the sickly scent wafting over you from time-to-time throughout the day, plus it just randomly disappeared into thin air leaving me with no hold - despite it being extra strength.
What I’m trying to say is don't waste your money on Elnett and get this stuff, it is brilliant, it doesn't stink and more importantly when I apply it to my hair at 5:30am it will last me all day until I go to bed and brush it out at 10pm.
4) Herbal Essences Volumising Dry Shampoo - £2.99 Boots
You're getting ready in the morning and you're just about to do your hair then BAM! Greasy roots. You have no time to wash it and you can't leave it looking like a chip pan, so what do you do? Dry shampoo.. This stuff works. I have used Batiste and I have used a James Brown branded one which cost me around £8 but this Herbal Essences one is the best for me. When you do apply this one it does make your roots a little wet so you have to keep massaging it in until it dries, but when it does there is absolutely no traces of grease! It has saved my butt on many mornings.
5) Tangle Teezer - £10.99 Boots
If you don't have one of these then you should definitely invest in one. It is great for detangling any type of hair, even Afro-Caribbean hair - however, my friend with Afro hair says she does have to replace hers ever so often. It reduces breakage, split ends and doesn't pull on your hair. I'm not sure why it works so well but I’m guessing it's down to the special design of the bristles, or magic. I only just discovered the effectiveness of Tangle Teezers recently but I’m glad I did.
6) A great heat protection spray, Lee Stafford Poker Straight Heat Protection Spray - £5.99 Boots
I very rarely heat style my hair these days, I would rather use my non-heat styling techniques for either curly or wavy hair - which I will show you guys how to do! Watch this space. But if you want straight hair when you don't already naturally do then I would definitely use Lee Stafford's Poker Straight spray. It is one of the few heat styling sprays that you can use on wet or dry hair, so it is good to use when you're in a bit of a hurry.
I did used to straighten my hair when it was shorter and more flicky and I always used this stuff - it kept my hair straight all day and it smells amazing, It has a distinctive signature scent which could be pulled off as a not too pungent perfume. It contains green tea extracts which contain anti-oxidants to fight free radicals formed from heat styling and UV as well as keeping your hair anti-static.