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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

 

 

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

 

Nisim Fast & Mane ‘n’ Tail for hair growth.

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Updated hair growth routine

 

Hello!

Thought I would give you a quick update on the products I’m using to maximize my hair growth. It’s been a couple of months since I finished up my Nisim FAST bottles, so I decided it was about time to start the regime again. However this time I have changed things up a bit, and instead of using the FAST conditioner, I have replaced it with  the Mane ‘n’ Tail conditioner, which is renowned for improving hair length.

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Mane ‘n’ tail products were originally produced for horses but in the 90’s owners starting raving about the effects it was having on their own hair, and it hit the commercial beauty market. The company’s website states :

Original Mane ‘n Tail Conditioner benefits:

  • Exclusive micro-enriched protein formula fortifies the hair shaft preventing breakage and split ends
  • Natural oils nourish and condition hair and scalp while delivering essential moisture to dry, damaged, neglected hair.
  • Keeps hair tangle free, soft, manageable, renewed and healthy while achieving longer, stronger, fuller looking and feeling hair.
  • Effective as a leave-in or rinse out conditioner based on hair type and condition.
  • Safe and gentle for all hair types.

Although there is no scientific back up that the products improve hair growth, nor does the company guarantee it, the conditioner is packed full of hyrdolized proteins which will prevent damage and keep hair stronger for longer. I bought mine of Ebay as Mane ‘n’ Tail is difficult to find in the UK.

I’m really excited about this brand because the products are so cheap and their are thousands of glowing reviews about peoples hair being transformed using them. Combined with the FAST shampoo I am hoping to get a full inch of growth a month, if not more!

Lee Stafford

I have also just purchased the brand new Lee Stafford leave-in hair growth treatment. If you have had a look around my blog, you’ll know how much I love the pre-conditioner growth treatment that’s been on the market for a while now, so I had to snap this up straight away. As it’s a leave-in treatment, it works round the clock, so  I can’t wait to see how it compares to the other products in the range. Read more here http://www.leestafford.com/en/products/hair-growth/hair-growth-leave-in-treatment .

My hair is currently about 23.5 inches, so I will be doing fortnightly updates again to let you know how my new regime is going.

Let me know if you have tried any of these products before and your experiences!

Ali x

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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