hair care

HER | 300 Trecento Hair Treatment

Hello heat, hello heavy hair.

My hair is thick and pretty long and naturally curly, so in the hot weather I do tend to just rough dry it and leave it to pot luck, with hopes it behaves itself. The heat can dry my hair out, especially when I’m on holiday, so I saved the HER Hair Rituals treatment to use specifically while I was away, and for a few washes after I got home.

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The 300 Trecento treatment is designed as a pre-wash treatment, so you wet your hair and apply, then leave for 300 seconds (5 minutes) and wash out, then apply shampoo usual – I used my usual container on my first wash and found it was far too much for my hair to handle so I left it out after that and the results where much better.

I used this twice in the week I was on holidays, then once a week for a few weeks once I was home. It left my hair feeling beautifully soft and easy to manage, especially in the humid temperatures.

If you have dry/damaged hair that’s thick then it’s a perfect treatment to give your hair a nice pick me up. If you have fine or oily hair then I’d recommend using it on the ends of the hair only, and shampooing twice to make sure you’re not left with any build up whatsoever.

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HER Hair Rituals 300 Trecento Hair Treatment – £14.00 – link here

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The game changing OGX Hair duo

There’s something about the chic, but chubby bottles of OGX (formally organix) shampoos and conditioners that I just can not resist.

The blends and ingredients of their products always sounds so luxurious, and I’m always drawn in by their promises of swishy, gorgeous looking hair and amazing scents.

I went off plan and done something I don’t usually do so hair care. I bought a shampoo and conditioner that wasn’t from the same range.

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I picked up the Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil shampoo, mostly because my hair is prone to breaking off. The heat and colour that I’ve poured onto my hair over the years has not been at all helpful to the condition of it, so I thought an extra bit of TLC would be what it needed. As shampoos go, it does the job it’s needs to in terms of cleaning, however I have found that my hair is a bit softer, and a lot less knotty just after washing it out which is definitely going to help breakage.

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The conditioner I opted for was the Luxurious Moroccan Argan Crème. It’s a softly whipped Crème conditioner, so won’t weigh hair down so much, and is designed to give extra moisturising benefits. The forumla is really soft and light, I’ve never really tried a conditioner of this texture before, and thought I would have to use quite a bit of it to get any sort of results, however that’s not the case; my hair felt soft and silky, and just after three washes with it I noticed a big difference in just the texture and condition of my hair.

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Sadly I had to stop using these two combinations together as I think the Keratin oil in the shampoo and the Argan in the conditioner was too much, and was in fact weighing my hair down a bit too much. However used separately with a lighter counterpart product, they both work like a dream.

The shampoo is ideal if you have quite fine, oily hair and you don’t like to use a lot, or any conditioner on at all, as it’s quite moisturise on it’s own.

The conditioner is a good product to use after a cleansing, stripping, or product build up shampoo, as it will just inject some much needed moisture back into your locks again.

The OGX range of shampoos, conditioners and treatments are available at Boots – link here. Online can be a bit sparse sometimes, so it’s worth popping in store if you have one local.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde – go blonder

Anyone who has blonde hair (*ahem*….bleached or tinted) will know what an absolute pain it can be to keep it looking bright and healthy looking. I know there are various purple shampoos on the market, which claim to stomp out brassy, yellow tones however, there is not much around designed with lightening, brightening and nourishing qualities in mind.

Enter John Freida Go Blonder*, from the Sheer Blonde collection.
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It’s aimed at all types of blondes – naturals or fakers, to help gradually lighten hair. For natural blondes this means it helps to illuminate your already gorgeous colour, and for the fakers it helps to keep the maintenance of re-colouring a bit more manageable, which is of course going to help the condition of your hair improve if you’re visiting that bottle of bleach less.

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The Shampoo and Conditioner are branded as being the lightening duo of the range while the oil elixir is the brightening, and of course nourishing treatment.

The Shampoo is light, and easy to lather up and really get into the roots of the hair. I always worry with really lathery (is that actually a term?) products, that they’re going to be a bit of a nightmare to wash out after, however I didn’t find this a problem at all, and it left my hair feeling squeaky clean.

The Conditioner is light, creamy and easily distributed through the hair, without having to use too much product. It washes out well, and leaves my hair feeling nice and soft. It’s pretty much what I look for in a conditioner – I have thick hair that likes to hold onto product, which can often make the overall results look greasy or weighed down, however I haven’t experienced this at all.

Now for the lightening claim – I’ve had 8 washes using both of these together and I can’t say that I’ve noticed anything different about my hair – it’s a bit shinier and it smells wonderful, which to be honest gets thumbs up all round for me on it’s own. I’m going to be taking this duo on holiday with me, and using while there as they really do seem to be helping to inject some much needed moisture into my bleached locks, so I’ll update again if it notice a difference in the overall colour of my hair.

Moving onto the Brightening Oil Elixir – I have nothing but praise for this product. I use it on damp hair before blow drying, as well as slicking some onto the ends as a finishing treatment, and its like someone is shining a glittery light onto my hair – actually it reflects light and just makes my hair, especially the dry ends, look (and feel) humanly acceptable! I’ve used many oils before, and this one definitely has a place within my top three favourite budget oils.

Overall, the shampoo and conditioner are really nice to combat general hair needs however, I just haven’t seen anything colour combating yet – by the time I’m away on holiday though my hair will be due its regular colouring and I may see some better results then. The oil as I’ve said above is fantastic, and really helps to keep my hair looking nice, fresh and healthy.

You can find the whole John Frieda Sheer Blonde range online and in-store in Boots – link here.

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A Trio of Treats | Umberto Giannini

I was drawn into Boots by their enticing 3 for 2 offer they have on at the moment, and ended up leaving with three Umberto Giannini products. As a brand I think their products are fantastic, and low and behold they actually do what’s promised on the packaging.

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I went for the Indulgent Beauty Moisture Mask, £5.91 which sounds very fancy. I’ve wanted a new mask for a while now, and this one just popped up at the right time. It’s a lovely thick constancy, and a little bit really goes a long way. If you have thick, dry or damaged hair then this mask will work great for you. If you have fine hair then I’d recommend this for use just on the ends of hair.

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Following on the moisture theme, I also picked up the Instant Beauty Leave In Conditioner, £6.00. I love using a leave in conditioner, especially now the weathers that bit warmer, I find it just adds and extra layer of protection to hair. This one worked well at softening my hair, and it actually made brushing and styling much better.

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And lastly, I picked up the Frizzi Miracle Worker, £8.00, because clearly I need another hair oil to add to my already growing collection. It actually a really nice, light weight oil which is easily adaptable to either fine or thick hair. It works well to combat frizz, and keeps my fly away ends and fluffiness at bay. I actually like it near on as much as my L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil, which is quite the compliment.

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I think Umberto Giannini have really stepped up the hair care game in the last year, and they’re on par with the Lee Stafford and the Charles Worthington of the hair care world.

You can find the full Umberto Giannini range at Boots in store or online at http://www.boots.com.

FAIL: Pantene Pro V | Anti Aging 7in1 BB Crème for Hair

I really don’t like posting bad reviews, but I feel that I do spend a lot of money on beauty and hair care so I may as well share the bad, as well as the good.

The bad, unfortunately comes in the form of Pantene Pro V’s BB Crème for hair. Now I really did think this was a brilliant idea, something to protect hair and give it a nice boost of wonderful things. However that was not the case.

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The BB Crème is part of the anti-aging range and is targeted at preserving youthful looking hair and tackling combing damage to leave the hair looking full and shiny.

I have quite thick, heavy hair which I know does not take well to using products too heavily towards the roots, so with this in mind, I applied to the ends of my damp hair, and worked up toward the mid section.

Everything was fine with brushing and the sectioning of my hair, the trouble came when I started to dry it. My hair became stiff and straw like, and totally rebellious, it was like someone has sprayed my hair with super strong hold hairspray, and no amount of brushing was going to help. Then came the heavy, greasy roots – this I just could not cope with so I had to rewash my hair.

Like I said, I had high hopes for this BB Crème, as I think the idea is brilliant, and as a brand I think Pantene are fabulous with their hair care, but sadly this just did not do it for me.

If you have heard good things though, and you still want to give it ago then the BB Crème is available from http://www.boots.com, or http://www.superdrug.com.

Birchbox London Fashion Week | February 2014

I’ve been waiting excitedly by the front door for my beauty box subscriptions lately. The calibre of the products and the lovely mixture of different things month to month, have really been a nice surprise.

February’s Birchbox has got to be my favourite by far, the box is themed on London Fashion Week and contains products designed to fit into your everyday routine.

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The first thing I plucked out was the Gilchrist & Soames shower gel which I’m so looking forward to trying, it just smells so rich and warming. To follow on with the bathing theme, the UrbanVeda Radiance Daily a Facial Wash is something else that caught my eye, again it smells really nice a fruity, and I have heard really good things about the brand.

Two cosmetics brands included this month was the Models Own lipstick in. Lovely nude shade and a mini version of the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner which I was so excited to get, as it’s something I’ve been meaning to try for ages now.

Lastly, something for the hair. My weakness is hair oils and serums, so having the Beauty Protector oil included was like the icing on an already yummy cake.

Keep an eye out if you’re interested in full reviews of the products, as they’ll be featured soon!

If you subscribe to Birchbox, then I’d love to hear what you received this month? If you don’t subscribe, but would like to find out more information on the Birchbox (£12.95 inc P&P) then you can find out more on http://www.birchbox.co.uk.

Price List:-
Gilchrist & Soames shower gel – £13.75
UrbanVeda face wash – £7.99
Model Co lipstick – £15.50 (for a set of 3)
Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner – £12
Beauty Protector – £16