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Blowpro Review

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Like many girls, I find the proccess of blow drying my hair to a professional standard almost impossible. How do our hairdressers make it look so effortless? The fact is, it’s always going to be easier to blowdry someone else’s hair than your own so don’t be disappointed if you can’t exactly recreate your salon look. Fortunately for us Brits, a brand new range of products have landed in from New York designed especially to make blow drying, and life, that little bit easier!

Exclusively available at Superdrug, the Blowpro range is a professional haircare and hair styling line designed to give better blow dry results at home. The brand is extremely popular over in the states, and was the first blowdry bar in the world! There are 17 products available in the UK range, but here is a quick review of my favourites. Keep an eye out for my next post which will be an easy blow drying tutorial using some of these products.

Ready Set Blow

Express Blow drying lotion £10.99, http://www.superdrug.com/hair-styling/blowpro-ready-set-blow-express-blow-dry-lotion/invt/813459

Ready Set BlowReady Set Blow is hands down my favourite product in the line. If you like to keep your hair regime simple and want a product that can multitask and save you time, then this is perfect for you.

What it does

  • Guaranteed to deliver an easier, faster blow dry every time.
  • Plumps hair, shaping body for noticeably fuller, longer lasting styles
  • Smooths the cuticle, locks out humidity, improves manageability
  • Eliminates frizz, static and flyaways.

The reason I love this product is how much it cuts down drying time. Without using this, it takes about 15-20 minutes to fully dry, but with, this is reduced to less than 10. Now I don’t know the science behind this, but it is definitely a miracle in a bottle for ladies short on time. It also has a similar consistency and texture, and gives an almost identical result, as my favourite Redken Thickening lotion, plumping the hair shaft to make it feel much thicker. I will definitely be switching to Ready Set Blow as it offers much more than the Redken Product for the same price.

 

Textstyle

Dry Texture Spray £10.99, http://www.superdrug.com/hair-styling/blowpro-textstyle-dry-texture-spray/invt/813957

TextstyleI like to wash my hair a maximum of three times a week, so for me it’s really important to use productson the ‘inbetween days’ that can keep my hair looking good without using heat. I have been using Redken’s wool shake for a while, but Textstyle is a really great, and much lighter, alternative for second day hair.

What it does

  • Versatile formula allows you to set textured style in just seconds
  • Quick dry dispense provides dramatic definition that works to not only build up desired texture but controls grease and oil build up.
  • Brushable blend of ingredients and Lasting-flex Technology with built in memory allows you to recreate your style the next day.

I spray this on my previously blown out hair, and scrunch to have a messy/beachy texture, leaving no residue or weight like many other texturising products. This is really great of you want to wear your hair sleek and smooth the day you blow dry it, but want it to look a bit more edgy and textured the day after, without having to wash it or do any lengthy restyling.

Faux Dry

Dry Shampoo £9.99, http://www.superdrug.com/shampoos/blowpro-faux-dry-dry-shampoo/invt/814357

Faux dry

I am a bit of a dry shampoo junkie, I’ve tried so many, but never loved any until now! For me the best thing about the product is the packaging and the way it dispenses. I have never seen dry shampoo like this before, and I am very impressed. Unlike products such as Batiste, Faux Dry is not an aerosol,  which means you have much more control when using it, and you wont end up with any unsightly white patches. Another thing I love, which is down to personal preference, is that it has no smell! For me, regular dry shampoos always have quite a sickly, synthetic smell which I don’t like, whereas blow pro is completely neutral.

What it does

  • Instantly removes excess oil and build up without water.
  • Re-energizes blow dry style so that it last an extra day or two.
  • Adds volume at the root of hair where it tends to retain the most oil.

Although this product is considerably more expensive than batiste, I feel it is much better quality, and will last longer as the nozzle wont clog, which is a common problem with aerosol dry shampoo’s. The little translucent ‘poufs’ that come out absorb oil instantly without a residue and you only need a tiny amount for it to be effective.

For more info on the range, check out their website here, there’s also lots of useful tips for recreating professional blow dry style at home. The range is currently on 2-for-1 offer at superdrug, which you can take advantage of here.

Ali x

 

‘Swell’ 3 Step System Hair Care Review

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Swell shampoo, conditioner  & treatment spray.

Swell shampoo, conditioner & treatment spray.

I love a 3 step system, there is something about tackling a beauty issue in 3 simple steps that seems so fool proof. I have been using the Clinique 3 step system for my oily skin for a while now, I am very regimented with these products, it must be done morning and night without fail and in the correct way, but I doubt I will ever switch my skin care brand again. So when I heard about new hair brand ‘Swell’ and their 3 step system I was instantly intrigued.

The revolutionary system is for fine and limp hair. As my hair grows longer, I worry about my hair becoming thin and flat, so this sounded like a great product for girls growing their hair with the same anxieties as me. The system boasts immediate volume, accelerated hair growth, reduced hair loss, longer lasting blow dry’s, anti-static and detangling. That’s a lot to promise for a product made from 97% natural ingredients.

I was lucky enough to be sent the travel kit to sample, it came in a handy pouch with clear instructions on how to use the products. This was the first thing I really liked about the system, their ‘bespoke’ attitude towards washing your hair. No more ‘massage, rinse and repeat’ one size fits all instructions, but a method for each hair type – oily, normal, dry, thick and fine.  My hair is a little on the dry side and quite fine, however I use a lot of products and oil, so I tailored my usage slightly differently to what was written. I used the shampoo twice, I also used it on my ends, which it recommended I don’t do as this can make them dry but I needed to get rid of my product build up. The shampoo leaves your hair with that squeaky clean feeling I rarely experience with natural and organic products. Next, I used a small amount of conditioner, just on the very tips of my hair and left it on for just one minute, normally I leave my conditioner on for about 5.  After towel drying, I parted my hair in sections and sprayed the step 3 treatment onto my scalp. Unfortunately this is where I made a mistake, I used far too much of the product and when I dried my hair it felt greasy and flat. When using this spray, use it sparingly but massage all over your head for best results. The second time using the system I was far more successful, I realised I needed much shampoo too as it is double concentrated, making it very economical.

To test the system properly, I used no volumising or thickening products, but I did blow dry in sections with a barrel brush. I have washed my hair 6 times using swell over the last 2 weeks, and in that short amount of time I have noticed a definite change in my hair.

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  • My hair feels much thicker immediately after washing
  • Considerably less hair fall in the shower and when brushing
  • Hair feels super light weight and bouncy
  • Gives excellent volume from a blow dry without any other products
  • Hair stays clean for 3 days, haven’t needed to use dry shampoo

Now I can’t comment on whether it has improved my hair growth yet, I would need at least 6 weeks to give a fair review, I will be purchasing the full size bottles and will update you in the next few months.

One thing I really loved about these products is that they contain no silicone’s. I am planning a more detailed post on these, but to put it simply silicone’s coat your hair making it feel smooth and shiny, however they do not penetrate your hair and do nothing to increase it’s health and vitality. Silicone’s are great in heat protectants as they form a barrier between your hair and the styling tool, but used in shampoo’s and conditioners they can leave a heavy residue and build up, something you definitely want to avoid if you have fine hair like me.

It is not often I see noticeable results in just two weeks with a shampoo or conditioner, so I am extremely impressed with the ‘Swell’ range, I would highly recommend it to any girls growing their hair who want to keep it thick and healthy. Unfortunately, great hair care doesn’t come cheap. The shampoo retails for £23, the conditioner £26 and the spray £30. So that is a hefty £79 for the lot. However, the products are double concentrated, meaning they will last much longer than your regular shampoo’s, and you wont need to splash out on volumising styling products as this system works wonders all by itself. Also if you become a ‘Swell VIP’ and like their facebook page you can get discounts on their online store.

For more information about the product and the brand check out their website http://www.swellhair.co.uk/ and also take a look at their blog where you can read great informative hints and tips about using the range, written by one of the top hairdressers in the UK Andrew Bidwell http://www.swellhair.co.uk/blog/ .

Bye for now,

Ali x

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Overnight heatless waves with Redken Wool shake

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I used to love my GHD’s, I used them religiously and my favourite style to create was beachy waves. However when I converted over to a heat-free life I had to come up with alternatives!
Here’s a really simple way to get your hair from poker straight to soft curls overnight with just some bobby pins and one product.

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Step One
Apply mousse to freshly washed hair, any brand is fine I never find a difference between high-end and drugstore when it comes to mousse. Apply a volumizing spray or lotion, I use the redken thickening lotion. Blow dry fully.

Step Two
When completely dry spray lightly with redken wool shake, don’t scrunch yet. This is to give hair texture and hold overnight.

Step Three
Bobby pin your hair into a bun, if you twist the hair and wrap tightly you will get more uniformed curls. I like mine to look just wavy so I do it fairly loosely and messy so it looks natural. If you have a lot of hair you can do 2 buns to get more shape. When hair is secure spray with hairspray to set.

Step Four
In the morning take out your pins and run fingers through hair to remove any knots. For a smooth romantic wave just brush through and leave. But for a more beachy ‘just got out of bed’ look, use a liberal amount of redken wool shake and scrunch your hair like its the 90’s!
This style will last 2-3 days, and you can tie it up again each night if you feel the waves are falling.

Quick Redken Wool Shake Review

This is my latest holy grail hair product, and I feel a great sense of relief knowing I don’t have to waste my time and money trying to find a perfect sea salt spray, or texturising product anymore.
I must admit I was a little daunted by the name ‘Wool Shake’, who wants wool in their hair?? Also the bottle says its a ‘gel slush texturizer’ eww! But I did my research and lots of reviews from people with hair similar to mine persuaded me to give it a go.
I find it gives my normally flat boring hair amazing texture that no salt spray has ever come close to, it also holds that style all day without feeling sticky, hard or heavy. It also brushes out nicely if you have applied a bit too much.
It retails anywhere between £10-15, but like I’ve said in previous posts feelunique.com do regular Redken offers so keep a look out for them. Here’s a link to the official Redken Wool Shake page and the feelunique.com page

Let me know of any other heatless styles you like!
Ali x

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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