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Review : Body Shop Banana Shampoo & Conditioner

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Hello! Just wanted to do a quick review of my latest shampoo & conditioner combo as I am absolutely loving it!! So I’m currently using the Body Shop’s banana hair care range, I just picked this up on a bit of a whim really, but as soon as I smelt it I had to buy it. I have been really underwhelmed with the brands hair care in the past feeling it never delivered the results is promised. However this is a stand alone shampoo and conditioner combo, and isn’t part of the main line ‘rainforest’ range, which has had a lot of slating on the beauty blogosphere.

The two products are designed for all hair types, offering gentle and nourishing cleansing and conditioning. I find that the two together leave my hair feeling very soft and shiny without any weight.to great lengths

However I don’t think they are massively nourishing or gentle, to me they feel more like a clarifying shampoo and volumising conditioner. So if you have fine, and relatively healthy hair like me, these will work perfectly for you, if you suffer from coarse, damaged hair, I would avoid these as they will not benefit you. The best thing about these two are the smell, it’s a real pick me up in the morning, it’s so fresh and mouthwatering, I just wish the Body Shop would make more of these fruity shampoo’s and conditioner’s, I’d love a satsuma one to match my body butter!

In terms of consitincey they have a typical gel like texture, I find they lather well and you need very little product. The bottles are quite small but I reckon they will last me a good couple of months. I like to switch up my shampoo and conditioners regularly , but I’m sure they will become a staple in my bathroom and I will definitely be going back to them when I want my hair to smell like banana’s, and who doesn’t want that!!

You can check the BodyShop’s hair care range out here , the banana shampoo and conditioners are £4.50 each which I think is very reasonable for the quality. I hear Lush do a very good banana conditioner too, so I might give that a try in the near future, has anyone else tried it?

Love Ali x

Holiday Hair Care Review

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Charles Worthington Takeaway’s

If you’ve read my post from last year ‘My Holiday Hair Sins : Confession & Redemption’, you will be aware of how much damage I did to my hair on our 10 day trip to Ireland, through lack of organisation (didn’t pack any toiletries!) and a bit of a careless attitude towards my hair. I mean really, how much damage can you actually do in just a week? Well, sadly, the answer is a lot.

Me and Dec at the Atomium, Brussels.

Me and Dec at the Atomium, Brussels.

So to prove I had learnt my lesson, I made sure to go out an do a little holiday hair haul in Boots. I knew the weather would be freezing in Belgium, and that we would come home to a very warm centrally heated apartment; a combination that always leads to parched and frizzy hair. As my hair is fine, and I want it to look its best on holiday I opted for a volumising shampoo & conditioner to give it a bit of bounce, and to try and counteract the hat hair look I would undoubtedly experience. To hydrate my hair I chose the Charles Worthington mineral mask which I would use halfway through the holiday, and most importantly of all, a ‘Strength & Repair’ heat defence spray. I normally avoid any kind of heat on my hair, but if there is one time you are going to let yourself commit a small hair sin, it might as well be on holiday, just make sure to protect it!

Here’s a quick review of the products I bought:

IMG_1667[1] Charles Worthington Salon @ Home Takeaways

Volume & Bounce Shampoo and Conditioner – £1.99 each at Boots

I’ve always been a big fan of the Charles Worthington range, in terms of mid-range hair care brands like Umberto Giannini and Trevor Sorbie, this is definitely the best. The first thing I love is the packaging, it’s so simple and effective, each colour targets a specific hair so it’s easy to find what your looking for and the bottles have a sophisticated unique shape that I like to keep on my dresser.

The ‘Volume & Bounce’ range is packed full of collagen, which penetrates the hair strand and pumps it up, like a plumping lipgloss (or botox!!!). I’m always a bit worries when using volumising shampoo’s and conditioners that they will dry out my hair and I’ll end up with kind of swishy split ends than a voluminous moisturised mane. I was very pleasantly surprised by how soft my hair felt when I was beginning to dry it. The conditioner was really rich and creamy, but somehow it had left my hair feeling super lightweight and swishy! I hadn’t bothered to buy any styling products, but I didn’t miss them as my hair definitely felt thicker and  bouncier with just the shampoo & conditioner. The effects didn’t last all do, and the winds and rain did manage to batter my roots down to their lifeless selves, but I would highly recommend these products if your getting ready for a night out or date, I will definitley be buying the full sized versions next time I’m in town.

I’m planning on doing a battle of the volumising shampoo’s & conditioner’s post in the next few weeks as I have tried out so many, some much better than others, keep your eyes peeled!

Moisture Seal Mineral Hair Rescue Masque Sachet – £1.99 Boots

‘This rich, intensive spa-inspired treatment, enriched with Argan oil, marine minerals and conditioning proteins, helps to restore dry and damaged hair. It penetrates the hair deeply from root to tip for a super moisture boost. Hair is left revitalised, silky soft and with added shine.’ http://www.CharlesWorthington.com
I like to consider myself a bit of a hair masque connoisseur, I must have bought dozens of different ones over the last few years. It’s hard to find any that really ‘Wow’ me, I’m a big fan of Kerastase Nutri-Thermique and Redken’s Extreme strength builder, but they are very pricey. I felt like this Charles Worthington one was okay, it definitely made my hair a bit softer than when I was using the normal conditioner, but it didn’t give that veil like feeling you get with premium products, I also wasn’t overly keen on the scent. I don’t think I can really give this a fair review as a sachet only contains a single wash’s worth, but I doubt I will be buying the full size version. I’d always recommend either making your own with coconut oils and eggs, or splashing the cash and buying a really good quality deep conditioner.

Strength and Repair Heat Defence Spray
I’ve been using this product for a couple of years now, it’s my go-to heat defence spray and I just cannot fault it. I have the full size bottle which I keep at uni, and two travel sized ones that I keep at Dec’s and my Mum’s because I just can’t be without it. This is the only heat defence spray that I find leaves no residue or build up on my hair, and it leaves is feeling really soft once I’ve styled it. It also works fine on dry hair, whereas others can leave it feeling sticky. It smells great too! For the price, I really can’t rate it enough!

Hopefully this year me and Dec will be going on a nice sunny summer holiday, hot weather will require a completely different approach and another holiday hair care haul!
What are your travel essentials for when your away? I’d love some recommendations!
Ali xx

My holiday hair essentials….

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MY holiday hair essentials....

Off on holiday tomorrow (woohoooo) looking forward to reviewing these mini’s when I get home next week!