My New Hair BFF

Confession: I hate washing my hair. I have a lot of very thick hair and it’s a major effort to wash, dry and style it so any product I can find that gives me an extra day’s reprieve is very much welcome. I’ve been an advocate of dry shampoo since it first arrived on the hair care scene so when Bristol based online beauty retailer Bath and Unwind got in touch offering the chance to try out a newly launched dry shampoo from Moroccanoil I was eager to give it a whirl.
I’ve tried many a brand over the years with varying degrees of success. A creature of habit I often end up returning to Batiste as I find it doesn’t usually leave the powdery grey roots that some brands have done. The Moroccanoil product comes in two tones- light and dark and semi-unsure which category mine fell in to I opted to go for the light tones.

The first thing I need to mention about this product is the scent, it’s AMAZING! I find some of the dry shampoos quite sickly smelling but this has a light, fresh fragrance. Perfect for covering up hair that could kind of do with a wash without being overbearing.

The spray itself is a lovely product to use and having tried it out several times now I have not once noticed a residue left behind. It makes my hair feel light and fresh without being weighed down and easily gave an extra day between washes- it could even be stretched to two at a push!

The Moroccanoil dry shampoo also provides UV protection and volumising properties so it’s a really good all round product for people like me! The light tone spray is designed to enhance blonde hair and reduce brassiness but I found it was the perfect match for my coppery hair as well.

This is 100% a product I’ll be re-purchasing when this can runs out. It might be pricier than my usual brand but it also offers a lot more and leaves me feeling confident that people aren’t going to notice how lazy I can be when it comes to washing my hair!


New Year Hair Army with #BootsBeautyBox*

I have mentioned many a time on the blog that I am more than a little bit clueless when it comes to styling my hair. The biggest decision I tend to make when it comes to style is whether to spend time trying to tame it with straighteners or let it dry naturally and embrace the madness. It’s not that I’m not bothered about how my hair looks, far from it in fact! I’ve just never found the right array of hair styling products that help me achieve a look that lasts more than five minutes. obviously knew of my troubles as before Christmas they sent over their #BootsBeautyBox which was packed full of their favourite styling products to help me look half decent over the festive period.

Inside the box of tricks included lots of new to me products such as the Bastiste Stylist Oompy My Locks XXL volume spray for creating and caring for a big “do”. There was also a bottle of L’oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil , TRESemme Make Waves Creation Hairspray, Umberto Giannini Curl Friends scrunching jelly, Toni and Guy Creative Style Spray Wax and finally (what a box eh?) L’Oreal Elnett Precious Oil Hairspray.

I did let Mum pick out and keep a couple of products from the box. She is a bit of a volume fiend and has been delighted with both the Batiste XXL volume spray and the Elnett Precious Oil Hairspray- a nourishing upgrade to her long time favourite.

With what was left I decided to create a quick and easy tousled look for Christmas Day. I used a good spritz of the creature style spray wax all over before using my straightener to create loose waves. I set the style with the Tresemme make waves spray and was pleased to see my style last through from present opening, a post dinner nap all the way through to eventually calling it a day.

Obviously this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to these product’s potential so do let me know how you’d use each one and if you’ve given any of them a go before…I’ll post results of any further experimentation on here and my social media (assuming I have any degree of success that is.)


Curl Friends

As a naturally curly haired girl I go through phases of wearing my hair straight and embracing my natural texture. I’ve tended to go more for the straight look lately, finding my waves hard to tame and struggling to find the right products to prevent frizz and fly-aways. Thankfully Umberto Gianni came to my rescue and sent over some products from their Curl Friends range.
I’ve used some of the Curl Friends range before with great success, they just suit my hair so well and help keep my waves frizz free and controlled between washes. The create a curl scrunching jelly* is a long term favourite of mine (and just so happens to be a best seller) and I’ve found that pairing it with the Ultimate Curls Nourishing Oil* creates a killer double act for healthy, shiny hair. I took both of these products away with me and even the 30 degree heat couldn’t create it’s usual havoc with my locks- to me this is the ultimate testament to a products success.

Mousse is a hit and miss product for me, I often find I end up with crunchy and sticky hair that doesn’t feel nice at all. The Shapely Curls Defining Mousse* is one of the few mousses that don’t have this effect and it’s been a constant repurchase for me since I first discovered it.

The team at Umberto Gianni are encouraging curly haired girls to take to social media and share their #GetYourCurlsOut selfie to celebrate natural, beautiful looking curls. You can be rest assured you’ll see mine pop up on my Instagram in the very near future and I’d love to see yours too, I’ll be stalking the hash tag for certain. Get uploading and leave your social media handles in the comments so I can get some major hair envy and inspiration!
The Umberto Gianni curl friends range is available to buy from and in Boots stores and is well worth stocking up on- especially when it’s on offer. Let me know if there are any other wonder products that you’d recommend.


Holiday Hair with Mark Hill

My hair and I never seem to get along in the summer months. The humidity levels in the UK, the sun and generally being outside more make me what can only be described as a walking ball of frizz and I seem to be in a constant battle to keep my hair tamed. I was lamenting this fact on twitter the other week when the friendly folk at Mark Hill offered to come to my rescue by sending me some of their “Holiday Hair” range of products, desperate to feel a bit more confident with my unruly mane I very hastily accepted their kind offer!
I’ve used a lot of sea salt sprays* in my time and was genuinely impressed with the lasting power of this one as I used it once before a weekend away in Devon and my waves stayed well, wavy until I next washed my hair which is nothing short of a miracle. The dry shampoo* was also lovely and refreshing. It’s a toss up for top spot really between this and my beloved Batiste but I know I’d definitely buy this again as the can is the perfect size for stashing in a weekend bag and I loved the smell and the fact it left behind no residue on my hair. It gets added bonus points for making me forget I was potentially carrying half a beach in my hair for most of the weekend.
The shampoo* and conditioner* come in a handy 50ml tube perfect for travelling light. I’ve used each of these once with impressive results but don’t want to comment too much on their powers until after my week in Spain later in the year which is guaranteed to put them through their paces a lot more than one day of glorious sunshine down in Devon. My hair does feel lovely and soft after using these though and they look lovely and tropical sat in the bathroom (yeah, I’m a sucker for nice packaging!)
The serum* in this range has become my new secret weapon against frizzy hair this summer. I popped some on after washing my hair on a Friday morning before heading down to the sea side and two days later there was still barely a hint of frizz whereas usually I’d be desperately searching for a hair tie and a hat in attempt to exercise damage limitation. For any frizz prone ladies out there I’d definitely recommend this and at £6.49 I think it’s a bargain as it holds it’s own far better than products I’ve used that have cost twice the price. The cover up spray* came with me to the beach and seemed to make my hair feel less straw like than usual on the one really hot day we had, again I think this is another product best tested in sunnier climes but I have high hopes for this one too.
There are still some products in the range I’m itching to try, I’ll be picking up the anti-humidity spray next time I’m in town as I think that this and the serum combined will be an un-stoppable force in the fight against frizz. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and what you thought of them, or if you have any other advice for keeping hair sleek and smooth this summer.


Summer Hair Care from Allcures *infographic*

It’s a well known fact that Summer weather can be harsh on your hair. I don’t even have to leave the country for mine to start getting dry and ratty. Add in a week away in the sun with chlorine and sea salt to contend with and I’m a walking birds nest. That’s why, when I saw this infographic from allcures featuring some new to me tips for keeping your hair in top condition I couldn’t resist sharing.
I’m not sure I can stomach oysters any time soon but I tend to forget that what you eat can have a positive impact on every part of your body…pass me the carrots and kale!

I tend to wash my hair more in the Summer than in the Winter months so it was interesting (and somewhat alarming) to read that it should be the other way around. In my defense I do use less heat styling when the weather is hotting up but I think some re-thinking of my washing regime is needed. Likewise on the oil front. For some reason my hair gets greasier from May-September so adding oil in seemed counter-productive; any recommendations for something light?

How do you care for your hair in the Summer months? My split ends are crying out for your answers.