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Redken Thickening Lotion 06 Review

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How I get volume in my fine hair.

Redken Thickening lotion

Redken Thickening lotion

Trying to grow long hair means avoiding heat as much as possible, so I’m always on the hunt to find new ways and products to make my hair look more voluminous and styled without damaging it. Redken is by far my holy grail of hair products, if you have checked out  my ‘Top Ten’ page, you’ll know Redken’s extreme anti snap is the one product I could never live without. So last week I was browsing the lotions and potions in the salon next to my work and I was instantly drawn to this thickening lotion.  The bottle states –

 

> Builds extra body, texture, volume and shine
> Bodifying proteins help reconstruct and strengthen hair
> Hair looks and feels thicker
> Thicker consistency is easier to apply
> Won’t build-up on the hair

This sounded perfect for me! Although my hair is healthy and in good condition, as it grows I am noticing it getting thinner and I really needed something to give the illusion of more hair without whacking in some terrible clip in extensions. So at £10 I snapped it up, eager to get home to wash my hair and try it out. Here’s what I thought…

06As you can see above there is quite a dramatic difference in the volume and thickness of my hair. Both times I had used my Redken Anti-snap, Organix argan oil and some boots own-brand mousse. However in the right picture, I used the thickening lotion. I blow dried my hair in exactly the same way both times, by blowdrying to the left for 80% of the time and then flipping over to the right at the end for more volume. I noticed a huge amount more root lift, and my hair felt thicker all over, even at the tips! I went and did a night shift straight after this and by the time I got home at 6am my hair was still massive, I was very impressed!

The important thing with this product is to use the exact right amount for your hair type, length and thickness. The first time I used it my roots were a bit crispy because I had gone a little over board. Now I find one pump enough for my whole head and I run it down the length as well as the roots as it gives really lovely texture and hold. It can take a bit of trial and error to get it right, but I think this is an amazing product for faking lots of hair without extensions!

I bought mine on a whim at the salon, but you can buy it a little cheaper at http://www.lookfantastic.com/redken-thickening-lotion-06-body-builder-50ml/10451517.html they also do lots of redken promo’s so you can get it even cheaper if you keep your eyes peeled for one.

Let me know if you have any other recommendations on volumising products! I’ve also just put this blog onto bloglovin as wordpress blogs can be annoying to follow, so if your interested in hair care and hair growth follow my blog here http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/4924441 I’ll also put a button in the sidebar!

Ali x

 

Battle of the Argan Oils – Moroccan Oil vs. Organix vs. Avon

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 Argan Oil Review

 

Argan oil is really quite old news on the hair care scene. It originates from Morocco and is produced from the kernels of an Argan tree. Women from north Africa and the middle east have been using it for centuries, not just for hair but for skin and nails too due to its great moisturising properties. In the last couple of years, the west has been going crazy for this miracle oil, and since the brand ‘Moroccan Oil’ launched, it has been the number one best selling hair treatment in the UK and America. You just have to do a quick Morcoccan oil search on Youtube and you’ll find hundreds of girls claiming they cannot live without it and it’s the best thing since sliced bread.

Sometimes when things are hyped up so much it actually puts me off,  aswell as the hefty price tag, so its only been in the last month that I decided to put these claims to the test. I’m a big believer in pure coconut oil, which for me ticks all the boxes at the fraction of the price of Argan oil so I was skeptical. I decided the try out 3 different brands, high end, mid range and low end to see if it made any difference to my hair.

 

Moroccan Oil –

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£28-32 for 100ml (sample size in picture 25ml)

I decided to go for the sample size in this as I couldn’t justify spending £30 without knowing if it was worth it, I got mine of ebay for £10, this should hopefully last a month so I think that’s fairly good value. The brand states ‘Our antioxidant infused, nutrient rich, innovative formulas are unmatched and provide dramatic results’ sounds promising!

I tested this product in 2 different ways over 2 weeks, as an overnight treatment before washing, and as a leave in oil before blow drying. I did this with all 3 products so I could get fair results.

My initial reaction to Moroccan Oil was that I really didn’t like the smell which was quite disappointing, its quite strong and I think its rather masculine, but of course this is a matter of opinion and some people really love it. The first night I had the product, I saturated the ends of my hair in it, wrapped it up in a warm turby-towel and went to sleep. In the morning I was pleased to see my hair had really soaked the oil up and was almost dry. One point to Moroccan oil! However by this point I felt the smell was a bit over powering and wanted to wash it out. So after shampooing with a clarifying shampoo, conditioning and using my Redken extreme anti snap I ran a small amount of the oil through my ends and blow dried.

In all honesty I wasn’t blown away, my hair did feel soft, and my split ends did look sealed so it did its job, but i find I get the same results from L’oreals Extraordinary Oil, which is a third of the price. Credit where credit’s due though my hair did stay soft and shiny all day despite it being rained on and it combed through very easily at the end of the day. I do think this is a good product and it does what it says, however I;m not 100% sure it is worth the money.

Organix Moroccan Oil-

Organix Moroccan oil

Organix Moroccan oil

£8 for 100ml

I was really excited to try this product, I love organix as a brand, I think it’s prices are great and the products are environmentally friendly, organic, and in my experience really work. This was £22 cheaper than a bottle of Moroccan Oil and I felt much more comfortable buying it.

The first thing I thought was how much nicer the smell was, much more subtle and floral, I’m a sucker for things that smell nice and it can really impact how I feel about a product. However, I did notice the consistency was thinner and runnier than the previous brand, which means you need to use more of the product.

The morning after I used it as an overnight treatment, I saw it hadn’t soaked in quite as well as the more expensive one, my hair was still very damp. But when I rinsed it out it felt like silk, so maybe my hair just didn’t need as much moisture that night. Before blow drying, I actually found this product much easier to distribute evenly through my hair, and realised the runny texture was actually quite a good thing. After I blow dried I found my hair to be super soft, shiny and smelt amazing, I didn’t see any differences between the results from Organix and Moroccan Oil at all.

 

Avon Advance Techniques Moroccan Oil

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£2.50 for 30 ml

I’m not going to go into too much detail about this product, as I was very unimpressed. I tested it in the same way as the other 2, and found it didn’t soak into my hair overnight, left my hair greasy after blow drying, and smelt terrible. I’ve never used Avon hair products before and it has definitely put me off. I don’t like to do negative reviews. but I really wouldn’t recommend this if your looking for a Moroccan Oil alternative.

 

Overall, I think in terms of value for money and results seen, I would say Organix Moroccan Oil is by far the best of the 3. However my hair is already healthy and in good shape so there isn’t a huge amount for the oil to do, so I may not be able to see the results aswell as people with very dry, damaged hair. I will be sending the samples in unmarked bottles to a friend to do a blind test to see if she thinks the same as me and will report back in battle of the Argan Oils – Round 2!!

Love Ali x

 

 

Nisim Fast Review – Finished bottles

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DSC03128_PerfectlyClear_0001Hello! So last week I finished my first set of bottles, and I felt both pleased with my results but also relieved to be giving my hair a break.

Overall my hair grew 1.5 inches in 5 weeks, which for me is LOOOOOADS! But also I felt the condition of my deteriorated slightly from washing it much more than I was used to.

I will be starting the process over again in a month after I have let my hair have a rest, and I will report back if my hair continues at this accelerated rate now I have stopped using them.

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Please check out my youtube video for more details and info on the products, and here is a link to the boots website page where you can buy FAST.

 http://www.boots.com/en/FAST-Shampoo-Conditioner-Set-300ml_1303094/

Lots more hair growth and hair care tips coming soon!

Ali x