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Haircare / Styling

Major holiday hair issues…

I’ll get straight to the point. My hair is a holy state.

I blame the humidity, the sea, the chlorine, the sun and the fact that I haven’t allowed my mam to trim my hair since it was last cut – an attempt to cling to every millimetre of hair. Whatever the reason, my gruaig has been so unruly that I have resorted to slinging it in a knot at the top of my head.

I know I shouldn’t complain.  This time last year I had about a third of the hair I have now. I should be thankful for my crazy mop of hair.

As far as packing went I decided to leave the usual mammoth size bag of hair products behind and be ‘sensible’- this is not a word one uses often in relation to Amy Dillon let me tell you. Anyway, I settled on a bottle of Redken shampoo and a mini pot of Wella hair mask. The Redken Colour Extend Sun is great. It contains a UV filter to protect your hair and your colour. It also smells yummy – the main attraction I must. The Wella Brilliance mask is great at home but not intense enough for the sun.

Problem one, where is the conditioner? Problem two, where is the humidity spray? Problem three, where is the sea salt spray for nights when I just can’t be bothered? Problem four, where is the heat protection spray to use with the crapest hair straighteners on the plane? On the shelf at home in the name of sensible that’s where!

I also brought one of those rubbish travel hair dryers that blow your hair in every direction except down. The Corioliss Pro straighteners was lobbed in my suitcase with the aim of using it to both straighten and create waves. It was a bit much to expect from it apparently, it just drags through my hair instead and leads to breakage.

I was on the hunt for a miracle.

I stumbled across a bottle of Palmolive hair conditioner and a small bottle of Frizz Ease yesterday. They seem to have tamed the beast for now. My hair isn’t exactly silky or anything but at least I doesn’t look insane.

Note to self – don’t be sensible next time you travel, be realistic. Oh, and buy a new hair straighteners for the love of god!

What hair products do you like at the moment?

Haircare / Styling, Organic / Natural

Organic Irish Shampoo & Conditioner from Voya

Tis no secret that I’m a fan of Voya – it’s Irish, it’s organic, it’s made from hand harvested seaweed but most of all it’s just top notch.So I was excited to hear that they now have a shampoo and conditioner.

I have had a mare of a time finding a shampoo and conditioner that are organic and work well with my hair. I have had more success with conditioners but for some reason I have yet to find a decent shampoo.

I love the names of these products. The shampoo is called Silky by Nature and the condition is Forget Me Knot – I love it. The smell lovely – natural without a hint of essential oil.

I took a break from my usual hair care routine and decided to give them a bash last night. Today my hair is soft and manageable.

As I mentioned, the products are made from seaweed. One would expect that there is a tiny amount in each tube but it is in fact listed second in the ingredients after water. I’m impressed.

Some of you were asking me where you can buy Voya products. They’re available from the Voya website.

Have you tried any decent organic shampoo’s and conditioners?


Haircare / Styling, Skin Care

Lush Goodies

I recently blogged about my interest in Lush’s Little Green Bag for St Patrick’s Day and I promised when I received the goodies I would post some photos and my initial thoughts.

So here I go :)

Lush Little Green Bag


Inside the little green bag…


Each Peach Massage Bar (20g)

I am in love! This just might be my favourite product from Lush. It smells absolutely amazing. I have found myself picking up the bag on occasion just for a quite whiff. I also managed to wangle a back massage using the bar. The bar itself is solid but when it comes in contact with the skin it starts to melt. All I did was rub the bar on an area until it was coated it massage oil and then I popped it back in the bag. This will last for ages!


Sea Vegetable Soap (100g)

I mentioned in my previous post that this is my favourite Lush soap fragrance. I have bought Sea Vegetable at least 3 times in the past. Although it’s gentle enough to use on sensitive skin I think this one would be best enjoyed by someone with normal, normal to dry or oily skin – very dry skinned ladies may take issue. It smells like the ocean with a hint of lime, lavender and seaweed. It’s quite refreshing – I usually bring a bar on holiday. refreshing splash in the ocean. It has a crust of  sea salt to give your body a good scrub. Loves.


Sugar Scrub (50g)

Sugar Scrub is vegan friendly and has a herbal lavender scent. Lush says it’s good for scrubbing away dead skin cells, tackling cellulite, and and invigorating sluggish skin – I hope so. This will be a great product for getting my skin ready for Summer.


Squeeky Green Shampoo Bar

This bar is meant to refresh and revive your hair and scalp. It  is made with ‘noodles’ of shampoo that are pressed together into a mould shape. Squeeky Clean contains peppermint, fresh rosemary and tea tree, as well as chamomile essential oil and nettle, to help stimulate your scalp and battle dandruff. I would describe the scent as masculine, earthy and green. I’ll be testing this one this evening.


Jungle Conditioner (55g)

Jungle Conditioner contains cocoa butter which slides on to your hair to make it softer, it then dissolves in water to leave it shiny and smooth. It contains five fruits, detangles and gives hair a shine. I read that I should smooth it along my hair from root to tip, leave for one minute and then rinse out. I shall also be testing this one out this evening.


Shampoo Bar Tin

The set costs €19.95 which I think is a pretty good deal considering all of the products you get. I look forward to trying the shampoo and conditioner.

DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, Haircare / Styling

Make Your Own: Antidandruff Herbal Shampoo

As a hair stylist, my Dad has always grumbled about the promises made on anti-dandruff shampoo advertisements. His best friend, a trichologist (hair scientist) also agrees that using anti-dandruff shampoo is a viscous cycle that will lead to you buying hundreds of bottles of the stuff in your life time.

Now, I’m not going to pretend that I understand the science because I don’t but I trust their judgement! I suppose it makes sense – Using harsh shampoo chemicals on your sensitive scalp every time you wash your hair will keep your poor head sensitive long term – even if you do get a few days relief. Maybe a long term approach to scalp health could alleviate the problem.

If you are interested in trying a natural herbal solution then this recipe might be of use to you. The shampoo contains eucalyptus and tea tree which both have microbial properties that control fungus. They help to clean the scalp and facilitate healing.

A note on packaging – I always keep an eye out for pretty or usual bottles and jars so that I can make a batch for friends and family. I usually store my own in pretty containers, it feels more luxurious.


  • 50ml Water
  • 8 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 12 drops lavender essential oil
  • 12 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 50ml mild natural shampoo (I bought an organic version on ebay – or try your local health shop)

Mix the apple cider vinegar with the essential oils. Shake well to disperse. Add the natural shampoo and the water and shake once more.

I hope that this was helpful!

Haircare / Styling, Reviews

Victoria Secret Love Spell Shampoo & Conditioner

PIC_0553If you have seen my latest video you know that I bought Victoria Secret Love Spell Shampoo and Conditioner last week. It came highly recommended so I had to get my hands on it.

Victoria Secret had a 3 for 2 offer on so I bought two shampoos and one conditioner, since I use so much less of it.

Most of my haircare purchases are bought to enhance my hair in one way or another, plumping roots, smoothing split ends, volumising etc etc This purchase however was purely based on scent. I love when a breeze catches your hair and the fragrance of your shampoo escapes. This shampoo smells like peach, cherry blossom and jasmine. It’s very pretty but very sweet.

I gave them a whirl this evening and I have to say, my hair does smell good. I did my usual to washes and one conditioning session. Performance wise I’d say it’s the same as most of the other shampoos I have tried. No better but no worse.

My one concern, as I mentioned in my video, is for my highlights. This shampoo is for all hair types. I am a little concerned that this won’t do my few highlights any favours.

I have the Love Spell body spray so I think I shall be layering my scent this afternoon. If I smell like a teen, so be it!