Showing posts with label Haircare. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Haircare. Show all posts
I don't know about you, but for me the warmer summer weather tends to be synonymous with a bit of a haircare headache. Regular readers will know that my barnet's unruly at the best of times, but factor in a combination of humidity and an even more unpredictable than usual array of temperatures, and suffice it to say that I'm left with a frizz-fest which wouldn't look out of place in the music video of an 80s power ballad (Total Eclipse of the Heart, obviously!) So, with that in mind, lately I've been test-driving some new shampoo and conditioner combinations, and have happily happened upon a real hassle-free haircare hero:


I fell in love with Argan Oil after my trip to Morocco last February, and since running out of my stash I've been eagerly looking out for some affordable alternatives. In the midst of a Boots browse a few weeks ago, I picked up this OGX Argan Oil conditioner, which is designed to instantly restore dry and damaged hair (as well as locks which, like mine, are in need of a good trim!) Infused with ingredients including avocado and coconut oils, this has definitely improved the overall condition of my hair, as well as helping to keep any humidity-induced frizz well and truly under control.  Definitely a summer essential which I'll be repurchasing!

Have you tried any new beauty products recently? 

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31.07.2015- Beauty Buys: OGX Argan Oil Conditioner

I don't know about you, but at around this time of the year I tend to find that my hair heads on rather unruly trajectory, and it tends to me more of a chore than usual to keep it under control. With the weather having been so changeable of late and with lots of humidity in the air, I've been finding that my barnet has been in need of a little bit of looking after. Whilst I'm probably due a bit of a trim, I've found that the ends of my hair have been feeling (and looking!) a lot drier than usual- and no amount of conditioning seemed to be doing the trick. So, a few weeks ago, amidst the floral frenzy of a special Chelsea in Bloom event, I snapped up the opportunity to try a new Liz Earle product, which promised to be a miracle worker in helping to rejuvenate my locks and keep them protected too:

Liz Earle Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair Oil

I have to confess that I was a little bit skeptical about this product to begin with as I'd tried the Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo and Conditioner a little while ago and really couldn't get on with it- different strokes for different folks I suppose! However, after using the Nourishing Hair Oil on my locks for only a few weeks, I'm seriously impressed. With ingredients including coconut oil (which you might remember I posted about a year or so ago), vitamin E and melon seed oil, this is definitely the perfect product for conditioning and taming unruly, difficult to style strands. Whilst it's very rare that I use heated tools, I've been combing this through the ends of wet hair and have found that it's really helped to inject a healthy finish, and is also great for helping to fight the frizz on muggier days. Definitely recommended- especially if you're heading off on your holidays over the coming months!

Do you have any favourite Liz Earle products?

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15.06.2015- Beauty Buys: Liz Earle Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair Oil

I don't know about you, but at this time of the year I tend to get more than a little bit fed up with just about everything- call it hormones, call it Seasonal Affective Disorder, call it the Winter Blues- but the arrival of cooler temperatures, evenings drawing in and grey, gloomy mornings can make it pretty tricky to get motivated and keep on trucking. Despite being born in the depths of winter, over the last few years I've found myself absolutely hating the chillier months, particularly when battling my way to and from work on inevitably weather disrupted public transport, and resembling a White Walker every time I set foot outside. Harumph indeed. It's at this time of the year that I also tend to notice my skin and hair looking a little duller than normal, particularly as sunlight exposure time is seriously depleted and the central heating gets whacked up to full blast. Anyway, not wishing to be a negative Nora, I've decided that this winter I'm going to take some serious steps to avoid looking grey around the gills, and have been planning some serious pampering to get me through the next few months. Whilst I'm still shopping around for goodies like bath salts and winter skincare staples (as well as planning little treats like getting a haircut, having a massage and a facial!), I'm pleased to report that I think I've got my winter haircare heroes sussed:


Rahua Voluminous Shampoo (via Space NK) & Bumble and bumble Thickening Conditioner (via Boots).

I picked up this dream duo for my trip to Cambridge last month, and thought that they'd be the perfect basics to take into the Travelodge shower with me, particularly as the compact size made them perfect for throwing into my backpack. Rahua is a brand which is completely new to me, and I picked up this shampoo when I ordered some REN skincare and a new brush head for my Clarisonic from Space NK. If I'm honest, I added it to my basket for the sake of convenience (lazy, I know!) and I really wasn't expecting anything special; the promise of extra volume was something which completely passed me by to begin with, particularly as my hair is quite thick anyway. However, after only a few uses I was completely converted. 

Firstly, on a surface level, it smells absolutely incredible. Almost edible in fact. Secondly, this is a product which really delivers- packing some serious punch in the volume and bounce departments. 100% natural and 100% vegan, it also feels hugely nourishing, and after only a few shampoos I noticed a massive difference in the condition of my hair- for the first time in ages, it was able to hold a proper curl, and also had a lovely, healthy shine to it too. Definitely one which I'll be snapping up again I'm sure. Conditioner wise, I'm no stranger to Bumble and bumble, but haven't used any of their products for an absolute eternity. This mini conditioning treat was something which my hair was crying out for, and is a product which I'm sure I'll be reaching for again and again as the weather gets colder and my hair feels in need of some TLC.

What are your winter beauty essentials? 

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03.10.2014- Winter Haircare Heroes

Although I've just had a very overdue haircut, for the last few years I've been a member of the long lock love-in. My hair as it is at the moment is the shortest I've had it in a while, but keeping things easy to care for during this hit weather has proven to be a super-wise decision. There's no denying that looking after which falls longer than your shoulders can prove to be a bit of a nightmare, but with the right arsenal of tools at your disposal, things can prove relatively faff-free. Truth be told, I'm a bit of a lazy Lucy when it comes to haircare, so am always on the lookout for products to make life easier. So, whether you're in the process of growing your hair out, struggling to manage your barnet or just want to give your locks some TLC, here's a little peek at some of my failsafe favourites: 

Trevor Sorbie Straight Protect & Shine Spray, Sachajuan Leave In Conditioner, L'Oréal Kids Sweet Pear Tangle Tamer & Tangle Teezer Original.

If you, like me, have thicker than average hair, then you'll undoubtedly be familiar with the perils of drying. My hair takes between two to three hours to air dry completely, so if I want to style it in a hurry then the humble hairdryer is a necessity. Heat protection is a must- and this Trevor Sorbie spray (a present from Elodie!) is an absolute dream. It leaves absolutely no residue, is really light and can be used pretty sparingly, depending obviously on the intensity of the heat which you're using. The Sachajuan Leave In Conditioner is a real haircare hero in my book- and it smells absolutely heavenly! If I remember correctly, this was a discovery from a Selfridges Beauty Box a while ago- and it's a product which I usually tend to reach for when my hair is feeling a little flat and dry. Definitely worth trying if you're overdue a trip to the hairdresser or tend to scrimp on the conditioning in the shower. Choosing a product from the L'Oréal Kids Range might make me seem like the child who never grew up, but this spray is a revelation- particularly if you, like me, are pretty lazy on the hair upkeep (or should that be low maintenance..?!) It's a somewhat shameful (and up until now, little known!) fact that I can go for days without brushing my hair, so a quick spritz of this is essential to avoid the trauma of tangles. Speaking of which, was there ever a better invention than the Tangle Teezer? I think not. I've got about three stashed away and since Sarah introduced me to them a few years ago, I haven't looked back. They are seriously labour saving, and make taming unwieldy locks a whole lot easier. Thank. Goodness. 

Which products are your haircare heroes?

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20.07.2014- Long Hair, Easy Care

I don't know about you, but every so often my hair starts to look (and feel) rather sorry for itself and before I know it I'm spending a small fortune in Boots on every product under the sun which promises miracle results for split ends, wayward flyaways, fear-inducing frizz- or  indeed all of the above. A couple of weekends ago I found myself in a similarly hairy predicament, with the products I'd been using building up in my roots and leaving me looking like the long lost twin sister of a certain Severus Snape (other greasy haired icons are available..!) In short, enough was enough- with a couple of spare pennies at my disposal I took the plunge and treated myself (and my mane!) to a couple of premium products which I'd been admiring from afar for ages- step forward, Kérastase's Cristalliste Shampoo & Conditioner:


Kérastase is a brand which my beauty guru bestie (aka Sarah!) has been singing the praises of for ages, and I have to confess, until I started using these products from their Cristalliste range, I wasn't all that convinced. With an RRP of over £15 per bottle, I was pretty skeptical about how magical something which is essentially going to end up down the plughole could really be- but after trying a succession of shampoos (including the cult favourite Mane 'n Tail) I was at something of a loose (or should that be split?!) end as to how to give my barnet a much needed boost. As you might have noticed from good many outfit post, my hair is quite unmanageable- which is nine times out of ten down to the fact that I'm rather hopeless at styling it properly. I've been steadily growing it out since about 2009 after going through a late teenage phase of being a bit rebellious and chopping it all off into a pixie crop, so am terribly guilty of not getting it cut as often as I should. Lifestyle wise, my locks also tend to take something of a battering, with probably all too regular washes and plenty of good old fashioned London pollution all contributing to a pretty lank appearance of late. In short, we were screaming out for something special.

The best thing about the Cristalliste Shampoo & Conditioner is that it's specifically formulated for thick hair. My barnet's dense enough to make even Chewbacca feel envious, and in the past I've really struggled to find products which lather up enough to give all of my hair a good, deep wash- instead I've discovered that most of them just sit on the hair fibre and don't actually clean it at all. The proper balance and formulation of Cristalliste means that I need only use the tiniest squirt of both shampoo and conditioner- so is something which will probably prove more cost effective in the long run. With no silicone or parabens either, it's also lovely to know that my hair is being as nourished as possible, and post-washing it not only smells amazing but also feels really light- not at all weighed down by any residue. I'm officially a convert!

Have you tried any Kérastase products before? If so, what did you think?

I purchased my products from Feel Unique- and can't recommend them highly enough- especially as they have some amazing special offers!

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06.09.2013- Hair Today: Kérastase Cristalliste Shampoo & Conditioner

If you're anything like me, then you'll have a real love-hate relationship with your hair. One day I've got voluminous, glossy locks worthy of a shampoo advert, and the next my hair is a frizz fuelled disaster zone. It goes without saying then, that I'm always on the lookout for hero products to help me tame my unruly, inconsistent mane. As I mentioned in Saturday's post, over the weekend I was treated to an amazing afternoon of pampering at Spa at Chancery Court, courtesy of those lovely people at Aussie. Following a lovely afternoon of relaxation, myself and my fellow Angels were tasked with a very important mission- to spread the word about Aussie's amazing new range- Miracle Shine:


Comprising a shampoo, a conditioner and a deep treatment, Miracle Shine is a sister product to Aussie's much beloved 3 Minute Miracle, but designed for everyday use rather than just as an occasional treat for your hair. The essence of the range is the unique formulation of core ingredients- Australian Ginseng and Pearl powder which combine to create a beautifully shimmering finish. Infused with fruit extracts and essential oils, this is a range which really does smell good enough to eat, leaving your hair super fragrant long after you've left the shower. After being presented with the full range to test on Saturday, I was really eager to try the products out- and after only four days, I've got certifiable proof that miracles really do happen!

Given that I wash my hair every day, it's really important to know that I'm replenishing some natural goodness each time I step into the shower, and the botanical ingredients in the Miracle Shine range guarantee that my hair gets all the TLC which it deserves. As a rule, I'm also prone to lots of knots and tangles, but the Miracle Shine conditioner guarantees that a comb glides through my barnet beautifully after my hair has been washed. For me, the real hero of the range is the 3 Minute Miracle Shine Deep Treatment- after trying it out a few times since the weekend, I can safely say my hair has never felt so clean or looked so shiny. The products are all really light too, and don't leave any trace of residue behind in the roots- ideal if you're as indecisive as me about how you style your hair each day! Overall, the range is something which I know I'll be making space for on my bathroom shelf time and time again, especially as the chilly British winter dishes out a spectrum of unpredictably horrible weather (if only we could all hop off to Australia, eh?!) After only using Miracle Shine for a comparatively short period, it's transformed my mane from dull to glistening, giving it back some much needed nourishment and body- it really is sunshine in a bottle. It's also amazing how much of a difference having a good hair day every day (rather than every once in a while!) can make to your overall mood- after all, as Aussie say, there's more to life than hair but it's a good place to start!

Are you a fan of Aussie? Will you be trying Miracle Shine?

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04.10.2012- Get your shine back the Aussie way...

Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited along to Claridge's (as I briefly mentioned in this post) by John Frieda to hear all about their new range of Full Repair products. Designed as a rescue package for overworked, unloved hair, each product contains a magic ingredient- Inca Inchi oil, which originates from the Amazon, and repairs rather than coats the hair. After hearing all about the range from celebrity hair dresser and John Frieda creative consultant Harry Josh (he is honestly the most adorable man on the planet!), I was handed a goodie bag full to the brim with Full Repair goodies:

(From left to right:)
Heat Activating Styling Spray, Perfect Ends Deep Infusion, Full Body Conditioner, Deep Conditioner, Full Body Shampoo, Perfect Ends Sheer Mist, Root Lift Foam.

Whether you're a slave to your straighteners, torture your hair with tongs or are guilty of over-excessive blasting with the blow-dryer, this range is perfect for you. Even if you think your hair is damage free, the chances are it isn't; even simple things like not visiting the hairdresser regularly enough can take their toll on your tresses (see this amazing diagram for more detail). Whilst we all know that using heated products on a daily basis is a recipe for unhappy locks, we'd rather that than leave the house with an uncontrollable bouffant, and so get stuck in a cycle of ongoing damage. The beauty of these products is that they are designed to complement your existing routine, not change it, so the styling aids are heat activated with this in mind. Dry, split ends are also targeted across the range, but most notably in the Perfect Ends Sheer Mist Spray and the Deep Infusion treatment, which my hair is really benefiting from. Another star product is the Deep Conditioner, which gets rids of knots and tangles better than anything I've used to date, as well as being really nourishing (and smelling good enough to eat!) Another fantastic thing about this range is that each product is designed to be used in conjunction with each other- using seven things at once might seem like overkill, but each is so light that it leaves hair feeling weightless and really natural. And, unlike so many other products which I've used in the past, it doesn't leave a horrible residue behind after rinsing, so it's perfect for me as I wash my hair daily. I'll definitely be re-purchasing once I've used up all of my goodies!

A massive thank you to the lovely Jilly for the invite, and to the whole John Frieda team for hosting such a great event!

The full range is available in stores now. To find out more about Full Repair, visit johnfrieda.co.uk.

What do you think of Full Repair? Would you be tempted to try it?

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24.02.2012- John Frieda Full Repair