I know I have been on the missing list! Life has been demanding of late. But today I found myself oohing and aahing over a much-loved hair product. Yesterday I was covering myself in a new foundation thinking I really need to get back online and have a rave about this. The day previous I almost electrocuted myself with a beauty appliance and my first thought was blog rant! In short, I am missing you guys something terrible. So I’m back. Back to ranting and raving and my usual waffle. Man I’ve missed it!
Let the raving begin…
Oh holy silky hair heaven! A hair product I have obsessed with lately at the moment is the Matrix Oil Wonders Indian Amala Strengthening Oil. I needed to try it well because, well my hair was a mess of breakage and dryness. It is supposed to invigorate and renew weakened hair leaving it feel 4 times stronger and if anyone needs stronger hair it’s me *sobs into hands after removing giant wad of hair from brush*.
I won’t beat around the bush today, holy shamazingness! This stuff is just made for my hair. I was using it before I had my extensions put in and have continued using it from mid-length down with my Gold Fevers. My own hair has been falling out due to hormone imbalance and stress over the past year, it was damaged and brittle but because it was so fine most hair oils were a little heavy. My hair would look great on the day I washed and styled but then it would look a holy show the following day.
With this oil I use one tiny squirt and disperse from the mid lengths down and at the ends of the front layers, then I style my hair like normal. A lot of my hair loss was in the top and I will be following up with the products I used to disguise that thinness, by God I’ve tried mountains of them. If my hair was very parched of moisture of frizzy I might use a teeny tiny smidge after styling but just at the ends. As with any hair oil, a little goes a very long way.
It left my hair silky and soft, styling was a doddle. No greasiness, no heaviness, no limp hair. And it only costs €12.50, which I have just looked up online and can’t believe. So if you want stronger, longer hair I would highly recommend it.
I have about 6 hair oils but if I ever do run out of this I will be straight out to buy another. As for the rest of them? Dead to me, ha ha!
I thought I would post some pictures of my favourite hair care and styling products at the moment and talk you through how I use them. I did record a video on the subject last week but I didn’t provide enough information on the products, how I use them and why I love them.
Unlike my make-up addiction I tend not to be so fickle and faddy when it comes to hair care. I find a routine that works and generally I stick to it until the day it stops providing the results I’m after.
I’m using Pureology shampoo which is organic, sulphate free and it stops colour fading. This is hands down my favourite shampoo ( I bought it at Hair Matters in Clontarf). I originally bought it for use after the 12 weeks blow-dry / keratin treatment but I fell in love and it has become a firm favourite. I don’t bother with conditioner any more. It was once a necessity but since the chop there is no need.
I have also been using Wella High Hair Soft Clay to mould flicks into my hair. I never used products like this when my hair was longer but now that it’s shorter with lots of layers this is the way forward for me. I use the tiniest amount imaginable on my finger tips and use it to texturise the ends of random pieces of hair. I apply it only to the very ends of my hair, otherwise it will look greasy the next day. Although I like this putty I wouldn’t necessarily repurchase. My mum also informed me that the green label Wella clay is better. I will probably just buy whatever putty is on offer since I have no experience with clays.
I love the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Blow Dry Lotion. I turn my head upside down and spray three pumps worth, I then work it in with my fingers. It makes my hair look thicker and healthier. It also makes my hair manageable and easy to style. This was in my Christmas stocking from my mum and I will definitely be repurchasing. It’s cheap n’ cheerful and does exactly what it says on the tin. (I’m assuming you’ve all seen the Ronseal ad!)
I have been a fan of Catwalk by Tigi Root Boost for a few years now. It’s designed to give texture and lift. I use it only at the roots. I don’t use it every time I wash my hair but usually at the weekend. It’s doesn’t make my hair greasy or sticky which is important. I do hate the nozzle. It’s supposed to be directional but it’s just annoying.I end up squirting some into my hand and using my finger tips to massage the products into the roots. I bought mine on Amazon since it was so overpriced here in Ireland. The bottle last absolutely ages though.
Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray has been a favourite of mine for quite a few years. It’s about time I shared my love for it.
The spray is essentially a salt spray (yes we could make one ourselves but are we bothered?). It’s primary job is to add texture to the hair. It’s one of those products people use to create sexy beach hair.
The official line: Sexy, salty, sun-dried, windswept styles – whenever, wherever. (stolen from their website)
I use it in 3 ways:
1. I spritz my hair when it’s damp and leave it to dry naturally. I end up with a tousled, textured effect.
2. The spray can also me used to get volume at the root of the hair. I like to spray it on my roots and dry my hair upside down for tonnes of volume.
3. After wearing my hair in ghd curls or a set style the following day I might spritz some Surf Spray in to make a messier look.
I do find it a little dying on the ends of my hair if I use it too often. Everyone’s hair is different though. Although my hair looks great after applying the spray, I don’t really like the feel of it. It feels exactly like you hair feels after you get out of the sea. I realise that this is the point but I just need to point out that it doesn’t deliver silky soft hair.
A word of caution to those who colour their hair, the salt in the spray it’s great for keeping your colour vibrant!
I love the name, the packaging and the results. I don’t however like the price, €16 for 125ml’s makes for quite an expensive hair product but it does last.Would I buy again? I’m on my third bottle so yes but it’s not a product I could use every day, it would be too drying.
I bought mine from Amazon. (for those of you in Ireland Peter Mark sell their products).
I was interested in the John Masters Sea Mist spray with lavender after seeing Laura aka Lollipop26 use it in a wavy hair tutorial. It’s hard to find a good texturising spray that doesn’t leave your hair crunchy or greasy. This range is certified USDA Organic.
I looked around and couldn’t find it on sale anywhere. I eventually bought it on Amazon for £14 (& £2.35 shipping). I bought the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray for €22 six months previous to that so I decided that this was a good deal…ah the twisted reasoning of a beauty product junkie.
I love beach hair. Sexy, dishelleved locks is something I often lust after but it’s hard to achieve with poker straight hair. I have tried so many texturising and sea salt sprays but didn’t love any of them. Here’s my take on the John Masters spray:
I bought quite a few hair products this year. To be honest quite a few is a bit of an understatement. Like most girls I’m on a quest for hair perfection. I chose the best of the bunch and talk about them in this video. These are the only hair products that I would rebuy. As for the rest, what a waste!