You may have seen on Instagram that I’ve recently lightened my hair and gone totally blonde on the ends for a blonde-to-brunette ombre to change things up. I’ve also been changing up my style, actually blow drying daily and styling into curls to give a bit of volume to my otherwise flat and thin hair. With all of these changes, protecting my colour and finding products to boost my volume while taming frizz have been a top priority, and I’ve found these ones in particular to be really helpful.

Nexxus Color Assure Primer

When Stephanie handed me the Nexxus Color Assure Hair Primer, I was really intrigued – I guess there’s a primer for just about everything now! It’s a pre-cleanse treatment that creates a shield  between your hair and water so you can still wash and scrub your scalp, but not worry about the colour going awry. I wanted to give myself a few weeks to try it out and see how I liked using it and if it performed, and can report that my hair is looking pretty vibrant these days and the brassiness has been kept at bay (it’s coming in a bit, but it’s nowhere near as bad as I’ve experienced in the past).

To use, you simply put 1-2 pumps of product in your palm and work it through your dry hair before jumping in the shower. It’s hard to describe how it feels on your hair, but you can definitely tell it’s creating that “shield.” You carry on with your shower as usual and voila! Colour is protected.

The biggest downside to this product is actually incorporating it into a routine. I keep everything I use for my shower ritual in the shower – I need it in front of me to remember to use it. Because you have to use this on dry hair, I had been keeping it on the counter in my bathroom and on several occasions (read: most occasions) I would forget about it until I was in the shower with the water running, and it was too late to use.

Overall, when used accordingly, it does what it’s meant to do and at $20 it’s a worthwhile investment for protecting your colour in between appointments. It’s available at Shoppers Drug Mart – check it out!

Dove Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray

This product was made for people like me who have thin, flat hair that could use a good lift. On wet hair, it helps to lift the roots right up and on dry hair it adds that extra kick of moisture.

This took some getting used to – it’s easy to go one spray too far and end up with greasy roots. Once you’ve figured out the amount that works for you though, the product is a lightweight way to add some volume. At around $6.00 a bottle, it’s a totally affordalbe solution to your flat hair woes.

Disclosure: This product was sent to BlushPretty for editorial consideration.