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My Hair Care Arsenal – what are you using?

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.


What hair products are you using at the moment?

Haircare / Styling, Reviews

Thicker hair: Bumble & Bumble Thickening Spray


Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray is designed to help fine hair look thicker. It’s essentially a setting spray that helps you style you hair so it can be used on any hair type. This is my second bottle. The first I used intermittently over a year or so.

It smells refreshing and it’s light not oily.I spray it on my hair  and comb through when it’s damp. Then I proceed with styling. That’s it. It’s not akin to Tigi S Factor or Root Boost, it’s watery in consistency.

I wouldn’t call this an amazing hair product and it doesn’t have the same status as Surf Spray for that reason but I like it. For my fine hair it provides a little helping hand in the volume department. It doesn’t make my hair Continue Reading

Haircare / Styling, Reviews

Hair Shine sprays addiction: Avon Mirror Shine Spray

If you have seen my Spring Favourites video you know that I am currently addicted to shine sprays. This is thanks to my red/brown hair (who knows what colour it is anymore!) Being a natural blonde, shine sprays did squat for me since blonde hair absorbs light. Now with darker hair I have the luxory of light reflection. Man I cannot get enough of the shine!

I have bought plenty of shine sprays but there is one that has captured my heart, Advanced Techniques Mirror Shine Spray from Avon.

It doesn’t make my hair greasy, it doesn’t darken it and best of all it doesn’t leave it flat. Most shine sprays I have used before make volume impossible but not this one. I let my hair dry naturally and them before I style it I spray two pumps with my arm outstretched. That way a light film of the product coats my hair. I’m afraid to try anymore than this, fearing that if I apply too much there’ll be no saving it. It has a fresh apple sort of scent, like most of Avon’s haircare.It also takes down ant frizz or flyaways.

I bought this spray as part of a 3 hair care products for €7.50 deal a few months ago. Absolute bargain! I will definitely be repurchasing.

What are your thoughts on shine sprays? Have you a favourite?

Haircare / Styling, Reviews, Tutorials

Favourite Dry Hair Rescue!


My hair has been crazy lately. I’m not really sure why but 5 or 6 weeks ago my hair became very unmanageable. It is dry and hard to style. I have found that it has been getting quite matted, something I have never experienced before. As you can imagine, I have spent a small fortune on hair products lately to try and remedy this situation (despite knowing that the answer lies in my diet somewhere!) I bought lots of leave in conditioners, nourishing products etc.. For a few weeks Frizz Ease Serum was working a treat. I was delighted. After applying a little through the lengths of my hair after washing I found my hair silky and manageable.

shockwavesHowever, it wasn’t to be. For some reason the serum stopped affecting my hair in positive ways and started having negative affects. It started to make my hair course and knotty. Enter Wella Shockwaves Gloss Serum! This feels quite oily but I was desperate to have nice hair again. I applied a pea size amount through the mid lengths and ends of my hair and combed it through. I then applied my usual amount S Factor Plumping Spray to the roots and blow dried my hair using my fingers. And the results? Amazing! My hair was soft, silky and so easy to style of the coming days. I also tried this serum without heat styling. I applied a pea sized amount (taking care to keep it away from my roots) and let my hair dry naturally.

Usually I resemble Medussa if I allow my hair air dry but not so. Again my hair was silky smooth and straight without any styling. If you’re looking for volume this is not the product for you. If you have normal or greasy hair this serum will probably make your hair look flat and lifeless. But if you are looking to take down ‘big’, dry hair or a relaxing product this could be for you.

It’s available from Supermarkets and pharmacies. Have you ever tried this?

Amy x