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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
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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!

My Holiday Hair Sins – Confession & Redemption

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Last week me and my better half went on holiday to Ireland. I managed to bag us some lovely cheap flights,  but the robbing ba****ds  at Ryanair wanted to take 50 of my hard earned English pounds to check in a suitcase. Now I don’t want to make Michael O’leary any richer than absolutely necessary, so I decided a cabin bag would suffice. However this left me with a terrible first world dilemma, as you can only take 4 100ml liquids in your hand luggage, do I take make-up, skin care or hair care?!!

After a certain amount of time I would rather not admit to, I came to the conclusion that my skin care had to take priority over my hair. That probably sounds wrong as I run a hair care blog and not a skin care one, but I feel my skin would deteriorate more rapidly and would take longer to recover. I’m a religious user of Clinique’s 3 step system and without it my face just turns into an oil slick, ew. So I packed my 3 step and a bottle of foundation, and prayed to all the gods I could think of that I wouldn’t return home looking an absolute mess.

After arriving in Galway me and Dec dropped into the local supermarket to pick up some essential toiletries. As Ireland is soooo expensive we were on an extremely tight budget and despite my devastation, I had to buy the cheapest shampoo and conditioner I could find, that me and him could share! At first he suggested a 3 in 1 body wash, shampoo and conditioner and I nearly died, however we had not taken out any travel insurance so I pulled myself together and bought the next best thing.

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Garnier fructis. I swear this stuff has been discontinued in the UK? But it was cheap and it would do. The shampoo was absolutely full of chemicals and rubbish that my hair hasn’t seen for a long time, the conditioner was only marginally better and had one of those ridiculous diagrams about how strong it will make your hair, which has no scientific backup whatsoever. Just to note, I don’t have coloured hair, but this was the cheapest. One thing that really was essential was heat protection spray, I couldn’t ever use heat on my hair without it, definitely my number 1 hair care sin.  I bought a travel Charles Worthington one which was 50% off in boots.

Now I really didn’t think using these very low-end shampoo’s and conditioners could do any damage in just a week. Now don’t get me wrong, I think you can find great hair care on a high street budget, but these just didn’t cut it. After my first wash my hair felt dry, it was difficult to comb through, flyaways were very noticeable and it felt thin and weak, and when I returned home yesterday I was shocked at the state it was in. I’m not blaming the shampoo and conditioner 100%, over the week I committed many hair care sins so this is my confession…

Windy Galway

Windy Galway

 

My hair suffered some major abuse off the Atlantic winds, making it very dry and knotted, leaving me with damaged hair and pondering why we hadn’t picked a nice hot beach holiday. I also used heat on it every day, something I am very much against, but as it was a holiday I wanted to look my best so I gave in. I also used a brush on my wet hair when I couldn’t find my comb, I didn’t deep condition, take biotin, drink enough water nor did I brush and braid my hair before bed like I normally do to prevent damage occurring from knots over night. All in all it was a terrible week for my hair. The damage is not irreversible but even though my last trim was less than 4 weeks ago, I am popping to the salon tomorrow to get the ends skimmed to neaten it up and get it back on track.

Now this is not an inspirational post, and you may be wondering why I am admitting the monstrosities that I have done to my hair this week, but there is a moral to this story. If you read my blog because your on a hair growth journey or thinking about starting one, or maybe you are looking to just get your hair healthy then you should know that it is a major commitment. Just 7 days of reverting back to my old ways from a year ago really deteriorated the quality of my hair and has left it vulnerable to future damage and now I have to go and get it trimmed, which is the last thing you want when your on a hair growth journey. A good quality shampoo and conditioner are the essential foundations to healthy hair, despite what your mother might tell you they are not all the same, you will definitely get what you pay for. When you commit to having healthy hair, you really need to stick at it, there is no point not using heat for a week, if your going to use it 4 or 5 times the following week.

So please heed my warning, and don’t take a break from your healthy hair care routine, I know I never will again!

Keep your eye out for my next post as it will be an updated Nisim FAST routine incorporating mane n tail conditioner for maximum hair growth.

Love Ali x