Keeping my hair healthy is something I only started worrying about recently! I have always been fairly lucky with my hair – I don’t dye it and I could use ANY old hair products in it and it wouldn’t make a difference. This was until around 3 years ago…

I started to notice it feeling a lot drier and more brittle. The front of my hair became extremely thin and I had so many flyaways due to my hair breaking.

I have spent the past few years experimenting with different treatments and products, and after lots of questions on my hair, I thought I would share the 4 things that I feel made the biggest impact to getting my healthier locks back.



When I started to notice my hair changing, I booked in for a good cut (I am usually that girl that has a hair cut once a year and asks for ‘just a little trim please’ – having heart palpitations  looking at my hair on the floor). I went to my hairdresser, Erminio, explained my concerns and he took off what was needed. I left with my hair just past my shoulders (shock horror at the time) but it was the best thing I could have done to get my healthier hair back.




Since then, I have been growing my hair back to its original length, it is now nearly there and feeling fuller and a lot more conditioned than before.

6 – 8 weeks maintenance trim is said to keep your hair healthy.




This I would say has had the biggest impact on my hair!! I refrain from using any heat on my hair apart from when it’s just been washed.

The undone, less polished hair trend is definitely kinder to our hair than the previous polka straight trend through my college years. I try to keep it as natural as possible throughout the week and only restyle when necessary.

I used to apply heat to my hair everyday! Whether that be straightening, curling or even just blow drying the front section. I now try to only style my hair when washed, and set with a good hairspray (I like the gold Elnett hairspray) to hold onto the style before the next wash.

I blow dry my hair after it has air dried for around half an hour. I then add rollers to the top section for a smooth, bouncy finish and tie the rest in a low bun whilst it cools. This gives a soft wave without having to use straighteners or tongs.




I wear my hair up quite a lot, whether that be a pony tail or top knot. I use a classic, elastic bobble during the day to keep my style in place (I haven’t resorted to a scrunchy in daylight YET) but switch to a scrunchy of an evening which has been a game changer!

Each night I always sleep with my hair tied up. A scrunchy is not only comfier it sleep in, it minimises pull on your hair resulting in less breakage.

Also, as I wash and style my hair of an evening before bed, using a scrunchy keeps the bounce to my hair style overnight – avoiding any unwanted kinks you get from an elastic bobble.





Although I do still keep the apple scented Herbal Essences Shampoo and Conditioner in my bathroom cupboard (ever since the desperate housewives sponsor in 04) I am now an Aveda and Bumble and Bumble hair product addict.

I go to Aveda for my core products – The ‘Brilliant’ range Shampoo and Conditioner is my all time favourite! The shampoo gets super foamy and deep cleans the hair of any product build up, and the conditioner leaves my hair so smooth, and isn’t too rich so keeps the greasiness away.

I also use the Aveda Paddle Brush post washing to detangle without breaking my hair.

I shop mainly with Bumble and Bumble for my treatment products. My favourite being their Invisible Oil range, it is well worth a purchase just for the smell alone!! I use the heat protector primer before adding heat to my hair. This is also great for protecting against UV damage around the pool during holiday season.


Talking of holiday season, they also do a great salt spray to allow your hair to dry naturally with minimal frizzing. (I am like Monica on holiday, if it can keep my hair calm I’m sure it can yours).


What are your must have hair products?! would love to know! Share below…




Ashley x





  1. Anita
    19th March 2018 / 4:20 pm

    I usually gravitate between Davines shampoos and conditioners (the Oi range being my fav) and, in a less expensive option, Ogx, which my hair really gets along, especially with the coconut oil serum that, apart from protecting my hair from breaking, also provides the most delicious “holiday” smell! For my curls, I have been using Cotril YO Curls Amplifier for 2 years now. I prefer cream formulas to sprays, that I find very drying… Because I only comb my hair when it’s wet and then use a diffuser, I use the Wet Brush and love it! My hair breaks a lot less and going through some knots doesn’t hurt at all.
    That BB primer though, seems lovely; maybe I’ll give it a go!

  2. ashley
    19th March 2018 / 6:35 pm

    Thanks for the recommendations Anita. Have been meaning to get myself a Wet Brush for ages. Need to try it out. xx

  3. 8th April 2018 / 10:21 am

    Great tips! I’m noticing the same with my hair so must start looking after it better. Anna x (one half of the Cinnamon Buns and Roses blog)

  4. Charlotte
    20th August 2018 / 8:51 pm

    Thanks for the tips Ashley. I’ve noticed a similar thing with my hair getting dry ever since I grew out my pixie cut this past year. The only thing is that my hair gets oily and needs washing every day. Do you use dry shampoo? I’ve been thinking of trying it to help my hair let in between washes but I’ve never used it before so I’m a bit anxious! Thanks

  5. ashley
    26th August 2018 / 11:49 am

    Hi Charlotte, Yes I do use Dry Shampoo! Its great… but as my hair is dark I use it of an evening before bed giving it a chance to settle overnight. xx

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