Today felt noticeably autumnal – and it seems like its happening really quickly – I got up to walk Roxy and my little Fiat 500 was almost completely covered in a blanket of red and gold leaves, as if the tree I had parked under had been clinging onto its leaves only to abandon them in one swift dump.
I hadn’t really noticed Autumn happening – I’ve been writing a lot about autumn photo techniques at work – but my seasons always feel out of whack thanks to the nature of publishing, but along with the umber tones and crispy leaves under foot I also noticed one other aspect to the new season upon us – crazy hair!
Now, I’m lucky to normally be blessed with pretty easy hair, but in Autumn I get awful split ends and flyaways. A combination of probably abusing my hair over summer and the introduction of heating, colder weather results in horribly static hair that’s in need of a bit of TLC.
Here are a few of my must-haves for looking after your autumn locks – without scrimping on your hairstyle.
Colour Wow Raise the Root Thicken & Lift Spray, £16.50, feel unique.com
I was introduced to this product in the summer and have come back to after frazzling my poor hair by not using a heat defence spray when using my hair dryer (they do work, so do use one!) it doesn’t sell itself as a defense spray but I’ve found it keeps my hair soft and bouncy when drying, and gives impressive lift for a non-sticky product. I have heavy hair and find it hard to get volume, and this stuff really does the trick.
TRESemme Texture Style Devine Definition Spray, £5.75, Boots
I just bought this recently in a bit of a Boots haul as another product that promises volume. This lightweight spray acts as an alternative to back combing and I feel is like a PG version of hair powder – it also gives nice definition to long hair – but if your crop is short should work really well for lift at the crown.
Lee Stafford Messed Up Spray Wax, £5.99, Boots
I’m a bit obsessed with Lee Stafford products – and having done a mini-haul at boots recently with their tempting 3-for-2 offers – many of the products in this post are by them. The smell is an amazing vanilla, floral tang – people often ask what perfume I’m wearing when I use their hair products – and I find them to be hard working too. This spray wax offers definition without gunking up like a traditional wax
Lee Stafford Breaking Hair Split Ends Serum, £9.99, Boots
Continuing my obsession I was keen to try this serum when I saw it in the shops, but was a little out off by the tenner price tag. After I found myself absent-mindedly pulling at my split ends stuck in a recent traffic jam my thoughts turned to a more practical solution and so I dug deep and purchased the product that promised to please. I’ve been using it about a week and it does instantly give that kind of nourished feel to my hair comparable to applying hand cream to needy hands.
Lee Stafford Shine Serum, £7.99, Boots
Another serum and again from Lee Stafford, this doesn’t work like the split ends version, but instead offers high-shine which helps smooth any flyaways and gives your colour a real boost for vibrant tone. I like to use this on the ends of my hair if I’m using a surf spray, just to give a softer, less crispy look.
Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, £21.50, Boots
The original – in my opinion (any Good Wife viewers out there?) – and still the best surf spray out there, Bumble and Bumble offer pro-quality products that really do what they say on the tin. This surf spray gives a true-to-life look of beach hair without having to take a dip (handy when my nearest beach is a good few hours away). It’s also great sprayed into the roots before blow drying your hair with your head tipped upside down for extra oomph.
Lee Stafford Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray, £7.99, Boots
Never did I think I’d use any other beach spray than Bumble and Bumble but I tired this one in the middle of summer and fell in love. Trust me, I’ve tried most of the surf sprays out there and haven’t found any two better (please comment if you can recommend a good one!) while I love the aforementioned for crunch and scrunch, I love this one for defined sleek locks that can be tousled into place. A little trick I like to do is to separate my hair into about 5 little buns over my head (one at the back, and two each on the side) after spraying this in, and when the buns are released you get amazing tousled hair. I leave the buns about 30 mins – which is my drive to work – easy.
V05 Give Me Texture Instant Oomph Powder, £4.19, Boots
I have about 3 bottles of this on the go at one time, so I can keep them in various handbags and locations. This product is amazing – I just don’t know what I did before hair powders. Great for root lift it doubles as a dry shampoo too for banishing light grease or reworking day (or two) old hair. But the best bit? I have an annoying cow-lick in my fringe which often threatens a ‘Something about Mary’ look – especially if I leave my hair drying it it’s towel turban too long. But this powder is great for taming the lick, and rough-closing any fringe gaps.
Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Pink Sizzle, £12.49, Boots
My friend Hannah convinced me to buy a tangle teaser earlier this year. She was adamant that they were AMAZING, and after not being too convinced for a while I finally bought one with my Boots points. I ought to have taken Hannah’s advice even sooner – these brushes are awesome. I get quite tangled hair which would often break leaving a worrying amount of bits and loose hairs in the bath if I brushed it over, but the teaser more easily moves through the hair with significantly less breakage – how, how?! I don’t know, but I’m happy it does.
L’Oreal Casting Creme Gloss, Berry Red, £6.79 Boots
Yeah, I love this colour – and I have write about it before. Click here for my full review. But if there’s ever been a good time to try a red shade, Autumn is it, so what are you waiting for? I find this dye to be conditioning and it also smells great – as well as offering rich shimmering tones.