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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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I’m a chronic lid-loser!

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

Holiday Hair Care Review

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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

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.

Macadamia flawless

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

 

How to detangle hair without causing damage

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Detangler Looking after your hair whist it’s wet is so important to mantain its health and strength. Every time I’m in the gym changing rooms, I cringe to see women abusing their hair with brushes, towels and hair dryers. A single strand of dry hair can carry a load of 100g without breaking (Dr.John Gray), however when wet the natural hydrogen bonds are broken down making the hair extremely fragile, these reform during the drying process (this is why you hair will take on a different shape if you brade it when wet). After washing your hair you will notice that your hair is much more stretchy and will appear longer (so don’t trim your fringe when its wet!). This extra elasticity makes your hair much more prone to damage. So here are my golden rules to preventing hair loss, breakage and damage for wet hair.

Pre-shower preparation

It’s imporant to thorougly comb through your hair before you wash it to remove and tangles and knots. Washing tangled hair will only make it worse, this is especially important if you backcomb your hair. You could also use a tangle teaser if you prefer, just not a regular brush.

Shampooing

Treat your hair delicatley whilst washing, don’t pile it on the top of your head and scrub, instead massage the shampoo into your ends and work up to the roots. Aswell as not causing any tangles, this will reduce pull and stress on your hair, and you should notice a lot less hair fall in the shower.

Conditioning

This is common knowledge, but its important to comb your conditioner through your hair to distribute it evenly and remove any knots that might have occured during shampooing. Again start from the tips working up.

Post-shower care

When getting out of the shower, it’s most womens first instinct to wrap their hair up in a towel, although this isn’t the worst offender when it comes to hair sins, it is much more preferable to spend a few extra minutes to pat it dry. Twisting your hair into a towel will pull on your scalp and contribute to hair fall. The most important thing to not do is rub your hair vigorously with a towel, this will always cause brekage.

Detangling

So now you are at the point where you can potentially cause major damage to your hair. My first piece of advice would be to invest in a good detangling spray. I would highly reccommedJoico

the ‘Joico’ leave in detangler and heat protectant. It’s a little on the pricey side at about £10.95, but the product really delivers. It is super lightweight, leaving no residue at all, yet I can easily comb through my hair in one go without any pull. I buy mine from http://www.lookfantastic.com/joico-daily-care-leave-in-detangler-300ml/10793077.html and often get it for 15% cheaper as look fantastic give out discount codes every weekend! If your on a budget, the l’oreal kids detangling sprays work well and are only a couple of quid, they also smell yummy!

I section my hair and spray the product quite liberally all over, including the roots as this product wont weigh hair down. I leave it to get to work for a couple of minutes before grabbing my trusty GHD detangling comb. Having a good detangling wide toothed comb is crucial at this stage, they casue a lot less friction and are gentle on the hair so you wont end up just pulling straight through a knot and breaking it off. Any wide toothed comb will do, but here is mine if you are looking to buy a good quality one http://www.ghdhair.com/combs/detangling-comb. Like shampooing, it is important to work on your hair from the bottom up. A good technique is to hold a section of hair with one hand and comb with the other, moving upwards as tangles are removed, don’t just comb from the scalp as this is likely to pull hair out.

 

Drying

In an ideal world we would let our hair dry naturally and cause no damage whatsoever, but for the majority of us this just isn’t possible. As a minimum let your hair air dry to about 50%, so it just feels damp, before using any heat. Don’t blow dry with a round brush until hair is at least 80% dry, as it can’t retain any shape until this stage. Make sure to use a heat protectant if your detangling spray doesn’t contain one.

And voila, healthy, strong, tangle free hair!

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If you follow these steps, you should notice your hair feels much stronger, and that there is significantly less hair going down the drain! Has anyone tried the Aqua Tangle Teezer? I’d love to hear some reviews as I’m thinking about buying!

 

 

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!

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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