Rehydrating my hair with Phil Smith

It sound’s a little bit cheesy but I put my hair through a lot. 

I have been enhancing my blonde for roughly 10 years now (god that makes me feel old). Yes we are talking bleach, ten long years of having bleach highlights. Ouch!

In all fairness my hair hasn’t faired too badly, I have a great hair dresser she really knows how to look after my locks and with regular trims and the right treatments it’s okay. Lately it has been a different story.

Last year you might remember me having a ‘grey phase‘. I loved my little change but anyone who has had grey hair will know it is ridiculously hard to maintain. After a while I went back blonde and I think this is where my hair started to suffer, colour changes are always harsh on the hair. That mixed with the time of year saw my hair starting to feel dryer and dryer I was noticing breakages around the front and it was really starting to get me down. It may sound silly but I have always made an effort to take care of my hair so seeing it breaking off was so frustrating.

I decided to take some action and get strict with my hair care. I’ve seen a definite improvement so I sharing some of my hair care tips with you all!


Hair prep, in my opinion, is key. Making sure your hair is washed properly and regularly, I wash my hair around 3 times a week and leave the conditioner on for a few minutes to soak in all that moisture.
Finding the products that are best for your hair can sometimes take a little it of trial and error, I can’t have any products that are too thick or they just sit on top of my hair and make it look greasy.
I recently started using the Phil Smith range and it has been perfect for my hair. The luminous smoothing conditioner with keratin proteins has been brilliant for taming my frizz, it means I spend less time trying to smooth down fly aways with heat.

Rehydrating my hair with Phil Smith


I have been trying to steer away from the heat as much as I can. So leaving my hair to dry naturally as much as I can and trying to embrace my natural waves. Of corse there are days when the hair needs taming properly so the key is protection, I use an Argan oil on my hair when it’s still damp – Argan oil is amazingggggg!!! The Phil Smith Transforming Argan oil is my current go too, it’s so nourishing but doesn’t leave a nasty greasy residue behind. I then use a heat protector and finally finish with a serum on the ends. It may sound like alot but you really just need a little bit of each product and it makes so much difference.Rehydrating my hair with Phil Smith


Okay I did just want to keep with the P’s theme here. Basically final tip is use some hair spray, I never used to use any but I was having to redo my hair throughout the day because it was getting kinks or the natural wave would come back through. A little spritz goes a long way to keeping it sleek and reducing the amount of heat I’m having to use again and again.

Final actual final tip; hair up may seem like a good idea but having it pulled tightly too often will create the breakages round the front of your hair you are best off embracing your natural waves/wearing a hat – tis the hat wearing season for at least another month in my book.

The lovely guys from Phil Smith feel our pain so have given me three of their Hello Moisture sets to give away enter via the gleam widget below to be in with the chance!

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  1. Suzanne Drummond
    March 3, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    great page lovely photos and fab competition

  2. AdelleB
    March 3, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    I try and give my hair a ‘heat’ rest by letting it dry naturally at least once a week.

  3. Harline Parkin
    March 3, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    For really dry hair put conditioner on after towel drying wrap a towel round your hair leave for 10 minutes then rinse

  4. Rachel Craig
    March 3, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    When I was younger tended to vary shampoo products, and m hair was thick, glossy and healthy in appearance. I would get asked what products I used, as people seemed to like the shine which they viewed as a healthy sign. May have been genetics, nutrition, hair colour as brunette, or a combination of influences.

    As I have aged hair has become dry in winter. Now need to use conditioner. Never needed to use conditioner when younger. As we age I would say conditioner to moisturise can become a necessity.

  5. Tracy Nixon
    March 3, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    Avoid hot showers and shampoo your scalp, not your ends x

  6. Elizabeth Smith
    March 3, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    Don’t go for squeaky clean, it means you’ve removed the natural oils

  7. Jane Allen
    March 3, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    Occasionally I like to wash hair, apply a good conditioning mask and pop on a shower cap over the top, then get on with stuff around the house for a couple of hours, or as long as I can get away with before rinsing off. It seems to give my hair a nice boost, especially in winter.

  8. Sue McCarthy
    March 3, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    Use conditioner after every wash

  9. kim jackson
    March 3, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    Argan oil and coconut oil , a little on hair everyday. Wash every 3/4 days if you can. Avoid dry shampoo , bad for the scalp over time. Only use conditioner on the ends of your hair rather than your whole head.

  10. Peter Watson
    March 3, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    Rinse plenty of times to make sure all the soap etc is properly washed out

  11. Andrea Fletcher
    March 3, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    Try to let our hair dry naturally sometimes.

  12. Katie
    March 3, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    Put coconut oil in it overnight as a deep conditioner and wash it out the next morning. It makes it so soft!

  13. Susan Smith
    March 3, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    Rinse, condition and dry naturally,

  14. lucy higgins
    March 3, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    i use coconut oil as a treatment every now and again to give my hair moisture and a great shine

  15. Janice Dunn
    March 3, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    Try to let your hair dry naturally at least twice a week to prevent it being frazzled with the hair dryer

  16. Tee simpson
    March 3, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    Always use a heat protector when drying and styling using heat

  17. T. Brailey
    March 3, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    I only dry my fringe and let the rest of my hair dry naturally.

  18. Jo Hutchinson
    March 4, 2017 / 1:11 am

    Lovely giveaway

  19. Amanda
    March 4, 2017 / 7:51 am

    I try to have heat free days on my hair so not to use hairdryer or straighteners. Hard sometimes but my hair always thanks me for it

  20. Lorna Ledger
    March 4, 2017 / 9:37 am

    I use coconut oil now and then as a pre conditioner, It really helps to treat my hair, it’s great for long hair, and treated hair x

  21. Emma Walton
    March 4, 2017 / 11:13 am

    I use organic cold pressed coconut oil as a hair mask once a week. It’s kind to your hair and skin because it’s 100% natural and you can also use it as a moisturiser for dry skin.

  22. Laura Pritchard
    March 4, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    I rinse with cold water to get an extra shine.

  23. rebecca smith
    March 4, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    getting regular trims at the hairdressers will keep your hair growing the way it should

  24. Sheena Batey
    March 4, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    Rinse with cold water or if brave vinegar for a lovely shine

  25. Angela Boucher
    March 4, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    I try not to use straighteners so I don’t damage my hair.

  26. Emma Gibson
    March 4, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    Use heat protection products and don’t over heat the hair.

  27. rebecca
    March 4, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    I love to once a month use argon oil on my hair like a mask then rinse it off thoroughly and let my hair naturally dry and relax for a day! it really counteracts the damage i do with dye and straighteners!

  28. Stacey Carnell
    March 4, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    Coconut oil is great for your hair 🙂

  29. Alica
    March 4, 2017 / 10:42 pm

    Sleep on a silk pillow! It will help give a more slippery surface for the hair and will avoid excess friction 🙂

  30. Sarah Mackay
    March 4, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    I use apple cider vinegar as a conditioner

  31. lyn burgess
    March 5, 2017 / 1:09 am

    Rinse with coolwater, more than you think you need to

  32. Jamielee Wells
    March 5, 2017 / 9:06 am

    My hair is very dry so i coat it in conditioner after shampooing and brush it through. I leave it on for 10 minutes and it makes such a difference

  33. Hayleyj
    March 5, 2017 / 9:49 am

    condition every time and use a hair mask once a week

  34. Kim Neville
    March 5, 2017 / 9:58 am

    I always comb through conditioner and use an intensive hair mask weekly to keep hair soft

  35. laura banks
    March 5, 2017 / 11:00 am

    i let my hair dry naturally so it doesn’t dry out

  36. Sarahann
    March 5, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    I use a deep hydrating treatment once a week and always use a heat protect spray.

  37. pete c
    March 5, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    use conditioner regularly to keep your hair in great condition

  38. jo liddement
    March 5, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    I rub macadamia oil into my hair when its damp and it gives it lovely texture and shine

  39. jo ogden
    March 5, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    always use heat protection for styling

  40. Debbie W
    March 5, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    There is a real trend at the moment for backwards washing, eg putting on the conditioner first, then the shampoo. And there are just as many people giving reasons not to do this, ie it will rinse out the conditioner (which I think is good as it is supposed to be rinsed out). I find rinsing out the conditioner more thoroughly is a good thing so I wash my hair first, then condition, leaving it in for at least 2-3 minutes. Then after rinsing out the conditioner I rewash with a teeny bit of shampoo. This has the effect of a more thorough rinse as the shampoo rinses out easily and seems to take the conditioner residue with it. The result for me is hair that is less limp and brighter/shinier. It certainly doesn’t affect the conditioner’s ability to “condition”.

  41. Simone Lee
    March 5, 2017 / 3:06 pm


  42. amy bondoc
    March 5, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    cacay oil makes your hair shiny only a little though before drying 🙂

  43. Vivien Baird
    March 5, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    Puta hair conditioner on then put a plastic bag covering your hair and leave on for 30 minutes then rinse off

  44. olivia Kirby
    March 5, 2017 / 6:21 pm

    Try not to use heat stylers after every wash!

  45. March 5, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    I have natural red hair which tends to frizz . If I comb conditioner through it and leave it a good ten minutes before I rinse off with cool water it helps to calm it down.

  46. maria blythin
    March 5, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    always use a good conditioner and once a week leave a good hair mask on your hair for an hour wrapped in a warm towel then rinse off well x

  47. Alison
    March 5, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    Towel dry your hair before applying conditioner

  48. Mel Turner
    March 5, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    A good conditioner

  49. Carole E
    March 5, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    Use a detangling spray before combing hair after washing

  50. Rebecca Nisbet
    March 5, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    beat a egg up and put it in your hair, leave for 10-20 mins then wash your hair, it does wonders!!

  51. Iris W
    March 6, 2017 / 7:55 am

    I always put serum at the ends after every hair wash and avoid using to much heat when styling

  52. Helen Tovell
    March 6, 2017 / 10:06 am

    Always use conditioner right down to the tips

  53. Amanda tanner
    March 6, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    Get a tangleteezer they are amazing. Stops ripping out tangled hair.

  54. Helen Adams
    March 6, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    Always use a heat protector

  55. Kara Walker
    March 6, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    Be gentle with your hair and ‘listen’ to your hair

  56. A.E.ADKINS
    March 6, 2017 / 11:49 pm

    Shampoo your scalp & condition your ends

  57. Solange
    March 7, 2017 / 4:54 am

    Wash your hair two to three times a week, max, Avoid hot showers and shampoo your scalp, not your ends, towel-dry your hair before applying conditioner, brush your hair twice a day, from the bottom up, use a low-heat setting for hairdrying and point the nozzle down, not side-on and try castor oil, hair oil and dry shampoo.

  58. Lesley Bradley
    March 7, 2017 / 10:49 am

    Just a drop of coconut oil will leave your hair soft, silky and sleek

  59. Jo Carroll
    March 7, 2017 / 11:59 am

    For intant shine and to get that sleek hydrated look try combing a very small amount of vaseline through your hair. It adds control and protects it…but dont go overboard as it will look greasy 😉

  60. Katie Skeoch
    March 7, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    A heat protector spray is a must to keep your locks in tip top condition!

  61. Nicola Andrijauskas
    March 7, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    Try not to shampoo everyday. Go easy on heated styling products and make sure you get regular trims!

  62. Sirley Young
    March 8, 2017 / 8:04 am

    Towel dry before conditioner 😀 also, only use conditioner at the hairtips.

  63. Robert Price
    March 8, 2017 / 9:30 am

    Use a good shampoo

  64. Ruth Harwood
    March 8, 2017 / 9:37 am

    I often leave conditioner in my heair for hours to improve the condition xx

  65. March 9, 2017 / 11:33 pm

    Hi Amy, I know how you feel I also put my hair through a lot. I’m always looking for a new way to take care of my hair. I think these products that you used are great. Can you order them online? Angel

  66. Emily Clark
    March 10, 2017 / 1:45 pm

    I bleach mine too. I find sleeping with a moisture mask on really helps, and you get less of those dry flyaways!

  67. Jade Adams
    March 10, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    Use conditioner before shampooing. Leaves my hair cleaner for longer.

  68. Kelly Hirst
    March 11, 2017 / 9:26 am

    Use a leave in conditioner once a week to add some extra moisture

  69. Chloe H
    March 11, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    I’ve made my own deep moisturising treatment with shea butter, argan oil & coconut oil – slather it onto dry ends, stick a shower cap on and leave it for an hour or so before you shampoo. I’ve bleached for years and it’s the only thing that stops my hair breaking constantly – best of all, it’s cheap and lasts forever, doesn’t contain nasty chemicals and is environmentally friendly as I just store it in an old jam jar!

  70. Becky Duffy
    March 11, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    Go for regular trims, every 2 months or so!

  71. Katy Malkin
    March 11, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    Don’t straighten every day! And don’t miss your hairdresser appointments, even if you’re just getting the ends trimmed. It’s so easy to do when you’re a busy mum!

  72. melissa keir
    March 12, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    really loving the site and the review. keep up the good work

  73. carole n
    March 12, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    just be kind to your hair!

  74. March 13, 2017 / 8:20 am

    Don’t wash your hair too often, don’t colour it, don’t perm it, have it trimmed regularly and love your hair.

  75. Sadiyya Maryam
    March 13, 2017 / 10:54 am

    Not to over style and to use intensive conditioning treatment once a week.

  76. March 13, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    Stay away from the heat gadgets..use them as little as possible!

  77. Paula T
    March 14, 2017 / 9:15 am

    I’m a sucker for the straighteners so I try not to use the hairdryer as well and let my hair dry naturally

  78. Mark MacDonald
    March 14, 2017 / 9:22 am

    Wife Loved the Blog thank You

  79. Victoria Prince
    March 14, 2017 / 10:45 am

    Don’t use extreme heat (either with straighteners or having the dryer too hot!) any more than you can help, it really damages hair

  80. Mary H
    March 14, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    Don’t use any shampoo with sulphates as they dry your hair out. Especially if your hair is curly.

  81. Victoria Hall
    March 14, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    A weekly deep condition

  82. Rich Tyler
    March 14, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    Keep on top of it!

  83. jodie beaumont
    March 14, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    dont brush wet hair!

  84. Anthea Holloway
    March 14, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    I learned that putting the conditioner on before the shampoo is helpful and I have been trying it and it works – my hair is much better as a result.

  85. Sheri Darby
    March 14, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    Use a good conditioner if only to detangle your hair

  86. Nikki Hayes
    March 14, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    Don’t wash your hair every day – it strips out all the essential oils :o)

  87. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)
    March 14, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    A good monthly hair oil treatment helps repair the hair.

  88. Patricia Avery
    March 15, 2017 / 10:16 am

    Wet hair, apply conditioner before showering. Shampoo at end of shower. Works much better for me this way round 🙂

  89. Heather brannan
    March 15, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    I lather a hair conditioning repair lotion on my hair and wrap my hair in a towel before I go to bed. When I get up and wash it off in the morning my hair is super smooth and glossy.

  90. Helen Gilbert
    March 15, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    A leave in spray conditioner every few days and a hot oil treatment once a month….doing this regularly I do feel a difference especially as I have highlights every 6/8 weeks

  91. Bonnie King
    March 15, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    I try to use a moisturising hair mask once a week or so and protect my hair from heat damage using specially formulated treatments and sprays.

  92. Laura Atkin
    March 16, 2017 / 5:11 am

    My hairs definitely crying out for moisture. It’s so dry at the moment due to the cold weather. Bring on Summer for shiny, silky hair

  93. donna l jones
    March 16, 2017 / 7:33 am

    l condition my hair everytime l wash it

  94. Rebecca Powell
    March 16, 2017 / 11:23 am

    Use an intensive conditioner or a mask on your hair once a week to stop it getting dry

  95. Diana
    March 16, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    Heat protective spray before straightening or drying hair

  96. Stevie
    March 16, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    I always wash my hair in the sink and use Vosene whenever I can.

  97. Susan B
    March 16, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    Only use a wide toothed comb when first combing your hair after towel drying to prevent accidentally pulling out healthy hair that may simply be knotty.

  98. Lauren Old
    March 16, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    I often use conditioner before shampoo when washing my hair as it makes it feel much cleaner

  99. Sandra Jo Siddall
    March 16, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    Always use a good leave in conditioner especially if your hair is prone to frizz or damaged!

  100. janine atkin
    March 16, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    dont wash it every day or it will get greasy too quick

  101. Michelle Ptak
    March 16, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    When on holiday apply conditioner to your hair before heading out into the sun and it helps protect it.

  102. Allan Fullarton
    March 16, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    Avoid hot showers and shampoo your scalp

  103. Hannah Smith
    March 16, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    I have very curly hair – the best tip I have is to never blow dry it. Natural drying reduces frizz so much 🙂

  104. Carrie Talbot-Ashby
    March 16, 2017 / 11:23 pm

    It might smell and feel wierd, but for two different ways to add lustre, shine and moisture to my hair, once every few weeks I wash my hair in beer, which gives it loads of shine, which is important for me as I have been dyeing my hair now for 20 years….OR if I want moisture, mayonaisse! It smells odd, but I massage it in, wrap a warm towel around it, then rinse with cool water and get lovely shiny locks for a few days without it looking greasy! x Thanks very much for the giveaway! x

  105. Jane Middleton
    March 17, 2017 / 12:23 am

    I use hair serum after washing my hair, gives my hair a really lovely shine.

  106. Hayley Colburn
    March 17, 2017 / 1:07 am

    If like me you suffer with dry hair, I find that combing through olive oil and wrapping in a hot towel and if you can leaving in overnight is great for regaining a bit of softness, you really need to wash it out well and if possible avoid blow drying it but it works wonders, my hair was previously bleach damaged and doing this once a week has helped it out so much

  107. Tracey Belcher
    March 17, 2017 / 8:20 am

    Do not dry roughly with a towel!! Pat Dry to help stop breakages!

  108. natalee gosiewski
    March 17, 2017 / 9:55 am

    i always use a good shampoo and conditioner and every 8 wks i have a conditioning treatment

  109. karen watt
    March 17, 2017 / 11:37 am

    try to use hair dryer less

  110. Danielle Graves
    March 17, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    I was always told to do a final rinse with cool water and a final blast of the hair dryer on a cool setting as it helps close hair follicles and keeps the moisture in

  111. Ursula Hunt
    March 17, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    Get it cut regularly to avoid split ends

  112. Susan Williams
    March 17, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    Make sure to towel dry your hair before brushing. Brushing wet hair can stretch the hair resulting in breakages and split ends.

  113. Irene Murdoch
    March 17, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    I am a convert to a paddle brush to achieve a smooth style

  114. Michelle Wild
    March 17, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    I have no tips except what NOT to do ha ha which is why I need to win this.

  115. Rachel Heap
    March 17, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    Let my hair have a deep nourishing conditioning mask treatment whilst i am in the bath, it makes sucha difference to my hair

  116. Victoria Allum
    March 17, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    Pour some almond oil in a bowl and heat for 40 seconds, then rub it into your hair and leave for half an hour. Then shampoo and condition as normal. This will strengthen your hair 🙂

  117. Sammie Hodges
    March 17, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    I hate my hair so much! It’s thin and flyaway so my tip would be to use dry shampoo to give it a bit of volume and means you don’t have to wash it every day!

  118. Carol Phile
    March 17, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    My mass of straw could do with this

  119. fiona jk42
    March 17, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    Unless absolutely necessary (e.g. if I am heading out), I always let my hair dry naturally rather than using a hair dryer. It’s much better for your hair.

  120. Natalie Crossan
    March 17, 2017 / 11:14 pm

    Leave coconut oil in overnight. Makes it sooo shiny xx

  121. Lynsey Buchanan
    March 17, 2017 / 11:57 pm

    Let hair dry naturally rather than blasting with a hairdryer.

  122. June 22, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    I have very curly hair – the best tip I have is to never blow dry it. Natural drying reduces frizz so much

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