Because of the role I play in Queenies Australia and just the general want to improve my hair, I have found myself trying to find haircare products that allow me to get the most out of my styling bow and feel confident in suggesting to our community .. and can I just say ‘Bloody hell it's overwhelming!’, there is a lot of choice out there!
So here I am, standing on my soapbox, sharing some of the products that I found over the past 12 months, that have worked for me, tested alongside Queenie and hopefully inspires you.
Lets start with shampoo and conditioner.... I had no luck finding products that successfully moisturised, protected my colour and still wash my hair so as to not feel heavy and almost greasy feeling. Enter Keven Murphy's Young Again Shampoo and Conditioner. This is like your all-rounder, anti-age, best of all worlds - Shampoo and Conditioner.
I no longer find my hair gets that frizzed look at the end of hair strand and after washing (every 2-3 days) my hair feels clean, conditioned and shiny. I really like these products.
I purchased mine from my hairdresser, but they are available through beauty retailers like Adore Beauty. They are Australian made and the company has some great environmental initiatives, such as their packaging being made from reclaimed Ocean Waste.
On the days that I don't wash my hair, I use a dry shampoo to freshen and remove any excess oil. I have tried a range of products from supermarket brands, to the fancy ones you find in hairdressers and beauty retailers and I still go back to my Batiste Dry Shampoo.... namely the one for brunettes. My pillow at night doesn't look great after a night’s sleep but.... it does the job and you can regularly find it on sale at your local supermarket or chemist.
You will always hear me suggesting a hair mousse before using Queenie. The reason being is because I noticed my hair went from a wave to full curls using it in conjunction with my Queenie.
Currently, I'm using Cake Curl Whip. I stumbled upon it probably from some social media marketing campaign and so far I quite like it. It's probably more suited to ladies with a curl in their hair already, but I still claim its pretty good for us straight and wavy ladies.
It's probably the first mousse I tried that has made my hair feel 'light'. No crunch, no stiffness, just hair that feels clean and bouncy. The mousse is a super dense foam and because of the nozzle, you want to create a massive tower of foam on your hand. Try not to… as you will end up throwing half of it away, but it is fun!
With a slight lemon scent that's not overwhelming, you can find Cake Curl Whip at Priceline 'Click and Collect'. Most other online beauty product suppliers have sold out at the time of writing this. Use in conjunction with a hairspray (at the end) to really hold those curls.
Hairspray is also an essential with using with your Queenie. It not only the holds the curl but keeps it in for the day, sometimes two.
A misting before and after, is all that is required and the hairspray that I'm currently using is Kevin Murphy’s Session.Spray Flex, this is a non-crunch, flexi holding hairspray and the bonus - it smells pretty good too.
So there we have it my love... my current list of haircare products that I'm using and find work with my Queenie. If you have a product that you think is pretty amazing, let me know. I am always up for a recommendation