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L’oreal Elvive Fibrology Review

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Hello!

I’ve been using this new range for about a month and have been pleasantly surprised by the results, so here’s a quick review!

 

The Fibrology range is L’oreal Elvive’s latest scientific breakthrough for hair. ’17 years of research, 8 years of testing and 1 patented technology’ has gone into creating a range of 5 products that promise to give you thicker hair by increasing the individual strands diameter, they are designed to give a cumulative effect, making your hair thicker each wash.

I was a bit sceptical as I am with any product that promises amazing results, I’m also not keen on Elvive as a brand, but I am quite concious of how fine my hair is so I thought I’d give them a go. Initially I just bought the shampoo, conditioner and ‘Double Serum’ as the thickness booster and masque had sold out within a few hours!!!

For the first week I didn’t notice any difference at all so was feeling a bit glum about wasting my money. However, the following week Boots had the remaining two products back in stock, so I gave Fibrology the benefit of the doubt and snapped them up. Next wash I combined the thickness booster with he masque, and left them on for 1o minutes so it could fully penetrate. As I was drying my hair I was surprised that my hair actually felt a bit thicker, nothing major, but definitely different.

So for the last 2 weeks I have been using the range every other day and my hair really is getting thicker! My ends aren’t looking as sparse and my ponytail feels much fuller even without any styling products. My friend that only see every few months even commented that my hair looked thick hand healthy which really proved I wasn’t imagining it!

Overall, I would recommend the range to anyone who’s not happy with their fine hair. It’s not going to deliver a miracle but it will make you hair thicker if you keep using it.

If you fancy trying it for yourself, Fibrology is currently on offer at Boots.

Has anyone else had good results with this range? I’ve seen a few bloggers criticising it so I’d love to hear your opinions!

Ali x

My Current Hair Care Routine…

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Hello!

I’ve had a couple of lovely emails off girls this week asking what my current hair routine is and the best way to start a hair growth journey, so I’m going to try and give you all the advice I can over these next couple of posts! Today I’ll start with my normal hair routine…

As a hair blogger, I hope you agree that it is understandable I have a ridiculous amount of hair products! My parents certainly don’t. However, this doesn’t mean that a good quality hair routine needs lots of different lotions and potions, quite the opposite in fact, it’s about finding the products that are right for your specific hair type. I have fine hair that is relatively healthy, so I try to stick to volumising/thickening products and balance them out with deep conditioners and oils to prevent damage. Unfortunately, this list is subject to change as there are very few hair products that I’m loyal too, but the ones I do are my holy grail products and I will use them every single week without fail; I would highly recommend everyone to add them into their routine!

1. Shampoo & Conditioner

So I’m currently using the Bodyshop Banana shampoo & conditioner, which I have reviewed on my previous post. I like them a lot, but I imagine I will be very bored of the scent by the end of the bottles so I will be switching them up when I have finished. The only shampoos & conditioners I have bought twice are the Redken Extreme range ones, when I was nursing my hair back to health from a dip dye disaster. These are fantastic products and I would recommend them to anyone with damaged hair, and if I don’t get my hair trimmed soon I’m going to need to order myself another lot!

2. Deep Conditioner

My hair mask of the moment is the new Pantene Advanced Keratin Repair  which I bought on offer from superdrug for £4.97. I am actually really impressed with this deep conditioner, it boldly claims to restore two years worth of damage in 2 minutes and although I can’t technically test this, my hair does feel stronger and my split ends just seem to disappear when I use it which is fantastic. I’m normally a bit of a snob when it comes to hair masks, opting for Kerastase or Redken but I think it’s highly likely I will buy this again.

3. Leave-Conditioner/Detangler

So I’m still using my Joico leave-in conditioner and detangler, it seems to be lasting a really long time which makes it great value for just £11. I use it each time I wash my hair after towel drying and it means I cause minimal damage during the drying process, you can read my full review and tutorial from a few months ago here.

4. Hair Strengthener (Holy Grail Product)

This is my absolute favourite hair product of all time and I must have repurchased it at least 5 times in the last 2 years. It’s the Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Treatment, a protein and ceramide lotion that penetrates the hair shaft to restore and fortify it, protecting it against any further damage, and it really works! I honestly can’t swear by this stuff enough, I hardly ever see any visible damage to my hair and I believe this is product is the reason.

5. Styling

This is probably the hardest one to write about because it changes pretty much every week dependent on what I’m doing, what new products I have found on the market, and sometimes I have a detox and don’t use any at all! I’d say my favourite styling product is Redken Thickening Lotion which really makes my actual hair strands feel plumped up and voluminous, great for nights out. If I’m using my rollers I find the Treseme Root Booster Spray is very effective and keeps the volume for a full day. If I’m curling my hair I will always use the L’oreal Techni Art Constructor as this is very effective heat protector and keeps my curls in place all day whilst adding texture, I get mine from my local salon for £10, but I’m pretty sure LookFantastic.com sell the range too.

6. Hair Oils (Holy Grail Product)

Another product I am fiercely loyal to since its launch is the L’oreal Extraordinary Oil.  This product really delivers for such a reasonable price tag and for me, is far better than the over-hyped Moroccan Oil. It leaves my hair glossy and smooth, concealing any split ends. Just make sure you use this after any heat styling or you will cook your hair like frying food in oil, ouch! It also comes in new formulations for coloured or fine hair now, very similar to the Kerastase oils range. Would highly recommend.

So yep, that’s most of the products that I’m currently using on my hair, from time to time I substitute in natural alternatives like coconut oil or rosemary water, it just depends on my mood. If I was to write this post again in 6 weeks I’m sure it will have drastically changed so I may start doing a traditional beauty bloggers ‘Monthly Favourites’ type post so I can keep a record.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and you found it informative, next post I will discuss the best way to start a hair growth journey and give you a proper update on how mine is going as I haven’t talked about it for a while.

Bye for now,

Ali x

 

 

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

Quick Review : Macadamia Oil Flawless

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Macadamia Flawless is a ‘breakthrough’ all-in-one hair product. It’s a cleansing conditioner which claims to totally replace the need for separate shampoos, conditioners, detanglers and serums. I’m a big fan of the whole Macadamia Oil line so I was really excited to try this product. I get mine from Look Fantastic for £20.60 which is currently 20% off. I’ve been using the product for over a month so here’s a quick overview of my opinion :

Pro’s

  • Very quick to use, no fussing around with different shampoos, conditioners and treatments, can be in and out of the shower in a flash.
  • Smells lovely and remains after drying.
  • Leaves my hair feeling lightweight, soft and voluminous.
  • Easy to de-tangle hair.
  • No nasty ingredients like parabens.
  • Easy to use foam-free texture.

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Cons

  • Hair becomes greasy quickly, needs washing at least every other day.
  • Never get that fully clean feeling
  • Does not reduce drying time
  • Expensive

Overall, I like this product and the way my hair feels on wash day. It can be a strange experience when you first use it as it creates no suds or foam and needs to be left in for a few minutes to work properly, but this is much healthier for your hair. However, my main issue is that my hair becomes greasy quickly and as the kind of person that is used to washing my hair only twice or three times a week, I think this isn’t something I would buy again.  Having said that, if you are a regular hair washer this would be great for you and will definitely save you money in the long run!

Ali x