My Hair Care Routine: Every Single Product I Use on my Coloured Hair

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For the most part, my hair is generally healthy and manageable. It’s thick, naturally wavy and until recently, I adopted a light touch approach when it came to paying visits to the hairdresser for services other than haircuts and styling my hair generally. Aside from getting my hair chemically straightened at 21 (would NOT recommend), it was only in January last year that I had proper work done to my hair and popped my hair dye cherry, prompted by the grey hairs steadily increasing their presence on my head. My hairdresser, Alisha at Almor Studio, added some lighter tones through my hair so the greys would be less obvious (as opposed to covering them completely). The result? A natural and low maintenance style. The first round of colour lasted an impressive 16 months. It was only this week that Alisha worked her magic on my hair to give my colour a refresh. 

Colouring my hair was the catalyst for upping my hair game. It was a huge confidence booster and prompted me to style my hair more often to get the most out of it. I know colouring and heat styling isn’t good for anyone’s hair, so I’ve also prioritised maintaining my hair health in light of the increased activity. Regular trims and an investment in premium hair care products have been key (as opposed to the basic $4 supermarket shampoos and conditioners I’d been using for yeeears 🫠). 

Similar to the skincare routine I’ve developed of all the lotions and potions I slap on my face in the name of youth and beauty, I’ve now developed a solid hair care routine with a suite of products at the ready depending on my hair needs, because, like your skin, your hair routine may call for tweaks as the weather changes. Personally, I’ve got a sensitive scalp and during the cooler months especially, my scalp can become flaky and irritated with its temperamental nature.  And while I don’t think I go overboard with the heat styling, I’m conscientious to use products that will protect and ensure my hair health. 

So in today’s post, I’m talking you through every single hair product in my routine – from washing, all the way through to styling – these are the products I swear by to maintain healthy, happy hair. 

This blog post is in partnership with LOOKFANTASTIC, which is a really exciting partnership for me considering I was a regular customer before this partnership. They’ve got a huge range of beauty and wellness products including haircare, skincare and makeup. I love that all of the haircare products I use from all my favourite brands are available in one place but most importantly, when they have a sale, it’s a proper sale and I stock up on all of these items that form part of my haircare routine.

From L to R: Virtue Recovery Conditioner, Virtue Recovery Shampoo*, Redken’s Acidic Bonding Concentrate Shampoo, Christophe Robin Purifying Shampoo, Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask, Christophe Robin Sea Salt Scrub, Coco & Eve scalp brush*

Hair care

Finding the perfect shampoo and conditioner combo can take some time. Keep in mind that I have long, thick hair, so what works for me might not necessarily work for you. That said, the products I use are of premium quality and suitable for lots of different hair types. 

Let me kick things off with my go-to shampoo – Redken’s Acidic Bonding Concentrate Shampoo. If you subject your hair to its fair share of styling and colour, this shampoo is formulated to repair your stressed out strands. With continued use, it promotes better hair health and decreases breakage, tangling and split ends. It even claims to enhance the hair colour you’ve spent your hard earned clams on! Huzzah! While washing my hair, I’ll use the Coco & Eve scalp brush* to gently massage my hair. With all of the scalp issues I have, I rarely skip this step as it provides much relief when my scalp is irritated. It has also been said that stimulating your scalp boosts circulation and encourages faster hair growth – so if you’re playing the long hair game, this is a step you might want to consider adding to your routine. Before I bought the scalp brush, I would use my fingers to give myself a scalp massage, but the comb makes it a lot easier to apply firm, yet gentle pressure. 

To condition, I use the Virtue Recovery Conditioner and I apply it to my hair from ear-length to the ends of my hair. This conditioner works to strengthen weak strands and promote hair growth and my hair always feels lovely and soft after this step. The conditioner contains Virtue’s patented Alpha Keratin 60ku protein, a hero ingredient which helps to minimise breakage and damage. As you make your way through this blog post, you’ll learn that I have a fair few Virtue Labs products in my routine – I love their products!

On that note, another shampoo that I enjoy using, particularly when my hair’s feeling on the drier end of the scale, is the Virtue Recovery Shampoo*. My strands are always grateful after a good wash with this shampoo, it looks and feels silky afterwards. 

Scalp care

When my scalp is playing up and becomes flaky and irritated, I’ll switch out my shampoo for the Christophe Robin Purifying Shampoo for a few weeks. This is formulated with a mineral-rich thermal mud, that helps to detoxify and cleanse the scalp while leaving your hair feeling soft. The formula differs from regular shampoos as it doesn’t lather as easily and has more of a creamy texture. It works effectively to rebalance your scalp. 

From L to R: Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Leave-In Treatment, GHD Heat Protectant, Olaplex Hair Oil, Virtue Healing Oil*, Virtue Damage Reverse Serum*, Virtue Texturising Spray

Treatments

Hair treatments and masks are essential if you want to maintain your hair health – whether your hair is coloured, dry, damaged or routinely styled – I’ve got 3 products that I use regularly. A non-negotiable after every hair wash is the Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Leave-In Treatment. After gently towel drying my hair, I’ll comb it, and apply this straight away all over my strands.

I’ll follow this up with the Virtue Damage Reverse Serum* – an essential leave-in treatment that works to repair breakage and split ends. I apply a couple of pumps to my hair, focusing on the ends, to reverse the inevitable damage from heat styling and revive my locks. 

A weekly hair mask that I apply in the shower is this Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask. It’s formulated to repair and protect your hair and boosts the intensity of your hair colour. I use this in place of my regular conditioner, and will leave it on for at least 5 minutes in the shower. A little goes a long way, the tub is generously sized and lasts many months. 

Another hero product in my hair care routine is this Christophe Robin Sea Salt Scrub, which I use once every few weeks to deep clean and exfoliate my scalp. This scrub is full of wonders and I’ll use this in place of my regular shampoo on the days I need to deep clean and sweet scalp relief. The sea salt scrub is textured with grains that provide a non-abrasive exfoliation and works to restore balance and reduce irritation. I honestly have nothing bad to say about it, and everyone raves about this product too – it’s won a suite of awards because it does what it says on the tub.

Styling and aftercare 

I try to limit my use of heat tools, but I also love when my hair is living its best styled life. So on the days where my hair is styled with my AirWrap, curler or straightener, I’ll ensure I use the right potions to keep my hair protected. The GHD Heat Protectant is excellent and provides protection up to  230°C. I spritz sections of hair a couple of times to ensure my strands are coated and protected. I’ll also apply several drops of the Olaplex Hair Oil on my hands and work it through my hair, focussing on the ends, for that added protection. Once styled, I’ll lightly spritz my hair with the Virtue Texturising Spray for hold, shine and protection.

Once my hair is styled, it lasts roughly four days before it needs a wash. On those in-between days, I’ll use the Virtue Healing Oil* to keep my ends nourished and hydrated. It absorbs so well and doesn’t leave a greasy residue like other hair oils. This oil can also be used after washing your hair to keep your strands looking shinier and healthier. It’s infused with Virtue’s signature Alpha Keratin 60ku protein.

And that’s a wrap folks – my complete haircare routine! If you have any questions, feel free to pop them in the comments below. As always, thanks for stopping by!

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