Over the past few weeks I’ve had the chance to try the Hairy Jayne Hair Perfume with Heat Protection. It recommends using it if you don’t wash your hair every day but I always do so have mainly been using it if I am going out in the evening and haven’t washed my hair since before work. I also use it on days when my hair is frizzier than normal as it is good at calming it down. Hairy Jayne have a few different scents for their hair perfume but mine is the neroli, vetiver and patchouli. The smell is quite strong when you first apply it but it quickly fades to a more subtle scent. The hair perfume costs £11 for 50ml but is lasting me well so far as you don’t need to spray much due to the strong scent. I’d definitely recommend it and have been impressed by how good it is at minimising my frizz!
I was also sent a sample of the Treatment Conditioner in the same scent. Again, I was impressed with this as it left my hair feeling lovely and soft. I’ve tried a few treatments recently and this is the only one which seems to have had any effect on my hair! You can buy the hair perfume and a full size treatment in a gift pack for £17.50.
This is one of the most disappointing hair masks I’ve ever used. The description on the tub sounded perfect – suitable for dry, curly hair, hydrates but doesn’t weigh down hair. Exactly what I need. However, this made no difference at all to my hair, if anything it seemed to make the ends feel even drier than normal! To start with I only used a small amount which I left on for 10 minutes. That didn’t work so the next time I took a big handful of product instead. Still didn’t work. I even left the mask on overnight but it made no difference! I started to use the conditioner as a regular daily one but it still wasn’t really hydrating enough for my hair.Has anyone else used this treatment? I have read other reviews (like this one from The Sunday Girl) which have been brilliant so maybe my hair is just too dry! You can buy Indola mainly in salons and can find stockists here.
A couple of months ago I was sent a range of hair products called It’s a 10 which offer 10 haircare benefits (hence the name!) ….
- Imparts incredible softness
- Reduces frizz
- Build up free
- Preserves hair colour
- UV protection
- Hydrates hair and scalp
- Restores shine
- Infuses strength and vitality
- Thermal styling protection
I was sent the shampoo, hair mask and leave-in conditioner and I’m really impressed by how good they are. Even after I’ve used the shampoo, before I have used the hair mask, my hair feels softer and less tangled than usual which has never happened with any shampoo I’ve ever used – normally, if I don’t condition my hair, there is no way on earth I could get a comb through it!
My favourite product from the range is the hair mask. I’ve been using it every day in place of my normal conditioner and it has made a big difference to how healthy my hair looks and feels. The hair mask is very moisturising so I’m not sure everyone would need to use it daily, but even if you have normal, unfrizzy hair it would be a nice product to use maybe once or twice a week to give some extra hydration.
I use the leave in conditioner after I’ve applied a bit or serum and my hair is dry to just get rid of any last bits of frizz. It’s a handy product to have because I find that I can miss bits of my hair with the serum so it’s there as a back up! It’s also good to have when your hair needs a bit of a touch up during the day.
Using all three products leaves my hair really moisturised but even just using the mask on its own makes a massive difference to my hair. Below are some photos taken when I’d been using the range for a week or so. Most of the products I’ve used in the past haven’t been able to make my hair look that smooth and soft!
You can buy this range from Sally Express but I’ve also been offered 5 of the hair masks to giveaway to my readers. If you’d like one, just leave a comment telling me which of the ten haircare benefits would help your hair the most.
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I will randomly choose 5 winners on Monday 21st May.
I’ve not done many hair posts in the past, mainly because I have curly hair which doesn’t really like to be styled. On Friday night our boiler stopped working so we have no heating and no hot water which is horrible, especially seeing as this is pretty much the coldest weather we’ve had all winter (my hands are having trouble typing it’s so cold!)! This means we have no shower and as quite difficult to wash and condition my hair in a basin, I’ve had to try and do something with it to stop it looking as though I’ve just woken up. Most hair related posts I read on other blogs are done by people with straight-ish hair so I thought maybe this might help some of my curly haired readers (if there are any!). Anyway, I was surprised but my hair actually ended up looking all right and not as frizzy as expected –I can’t remember the last time I didn’t condition my hair in the morning!
All I did was comb it through a few times to try and get the curls to drop out a bit. – with an afro comb (upside down and then the right way up) to minimise frizz. Then I rubbed some Trevor Sorbie Beautifully Moisturised Moulding Mud into the ends to try and get rid of the majority of the frizz. I also ran some Avon Almond Oil & Avocado Conditioning Mist Spray through the bottom half of my hair to get rid of flyaways and make my hair look a bit healthier. Avon seem to have discontinued the conditioning spray (it’s really annoying, they always seem to stop selling things just after I’ve discovered them. I think this is similar though.)
I realise that it doesn’t look perfect but there’s only so much I can do with my hair – I could probably get away with saying I was going for tousled beach hair?! I really hope the plumber can fix the boiler tomorrow!
A few weeks ago Gail McJorrow, the creator of Wondercap, offered to send me the Wondercap Pamper Pack to try out. Having really curly, frizz filled hair I jumped at the chance! Wondercap is like a shower cap which you heat up in the microwave and then wrap your hair in after applying a conditioning treatment. I think this is a fantastic idea as I usually leave deep conditioning masks on for over an hour to make sure they work properly. Using the Wondercap for a few minutes has the same effect.
The Pamper Pack includes lots of bits and bobs: a wide toothed comb for combing conditioner through your hair, a microfiber towel, a conditioning treatment and of course the Wondercap itself with some disposable shower caps which you wear underneath. I didn’t think the conditioner from the pack was really that good in itself but the great thing about the Wondercap is that you can use it with whichever conditioner works for you. The cap isn’t so hot that it hurts your head and it stays warm for a long time – ages after I’d taken it off! The first time I used the Wondercap I ran downstairs in a towel in the middle of my bath to microwave it but you don’t actually need to do that as it stays warm long enough for you to heat it up first!
Wondercap is originally from New Zealand but there are a couple of places in the UK which stock it; Michaeljohn and Victoria Health. This is a brilliant product, especially for anyone whose hair need that extra bit of conditioning!
This month I’ve been using the A’kin Avocado & Calendula conditioner for dry and long hair from MyPure. Although it is really good, I’m not as impressed with it as I have been with other A’kin products. It smells lovely and does work well but I don’t think it works any better than other, cheaper conditioners I’ve used. The only thing that I do prefer about this conditioner is that it is 100% natural with no parabens, sulphates etc.
At £10.49 it is too expensive to become my normal conditioner and although I’d like to only use chemical free products, I don’t think I can really afford it while I’m at uni! If you do only use natural products then this conditioner is worth trying out as it seems to be the same sort of price as lots of other natural conditioners.
Lush have some of the best smelling products! A few weeks ago I had a bath ballistic which I planned to give my mum for Mother’s Day (it was a limited edition, especially for Mother’s Day! – I’ve just looked online and you can still get it here) but I ended up using it myself! It was amazing though and don’t worry, I did get her another present!
Anyway, back to the point of this post, I’ve got this fantastic double strength conditioner from Lush called American Cream. It has a gorgeous vanilla smell and leaves my hair smelling lovely all day long. I was really impressed to find that I can get away with using the tiniest amount and my hair is still soft and manageable. I think this conditioner would be perfect for taking with you on holidays as one 100g bottle will easily last the same amount of time as a normal 250ml bottle of conditioner. You can also buy American Dream in bigger sizes – 250g and 500g. It is quite expensive compared to other brands but is worth it for an occasional treat!
The A’kin Ginkgo & Jojoba Intensive Moisture Hair Masque is a fantastic product. It is a nice, thick conditioning mask which can be used in a number of different ways….left in for 5 minutes, for half an hour or even overnight if you need to. I left it on overnight as my hair is so dry and frizzy and it worked miracles! I only used a small amount and it made my hair look shiny and a lot less frizzy. It smells really good but I don’t know what it smells of, Ginko and Jojoba I guess? I’ve just Googled ginko and apparently they are trees from China, Japan and Korea used in medicine to improve blood circulation and memory. I’m not entirely sure why it is used in this conditioner but I don’t really mind as it is just so good! If you have dry or uncontrollable hair then this conditioner is definitely worth a try.
Awapuhi Wild Ginger by Paul Mitchell is a set of hair products for dry or damaged hair. You can get a set containing the following products:
- Moisturising Lather Shampoo
- Keratin Cream Rinse
- Keratin Intensive Treatment
- Styling Treatment Oil
- Finishing Spray
- Texturising Sea Spray
As you can guess from the name, the products all smell quite strongly of ginger which I like but I’m not sure everyone would. The shampoo and conditioners are really good and very moisturising. When I first opened the shampoo I did a double take thinking it was the conditioner as it is so thick but lathers up loads and you hardly need to use any. I’m also impressed with the Styling Treatment Oil which absorbs really easily into my hair leaving it soft and frizz free but not greasy looking. The Finishing Spray and Sea Spray don’t really do anything at all with my hair at but they would probably work best for people with straighter hair.
I think these products would be brilliant for anyone with dry hair although I think the Paul Mitchell set I tried a few weeks ago worked better for my hair.
I think I’ve found my perfect set of hair products! The Super Skinny range by Paul Mitchell aims to smooth and soften hair and it definitely does both.
The shampoo comes in a tall, skinny, stylish bottle and smells good – I don’t think it has a specific smell but it’s kind of melon like. The conditioner comes in a matching bottle and is actually called a ‘Daily Treatment’ but basically does the same as a conditioner. I hardly needed to use any of it to make my hair lovely and soft which is practically unheard of with my hair (usually I need to use handfuls of conditioner for it to have any effect!).
There are a few other products in the range but the one I’ve been using to style my hair is the Super Skinny Serum. The bottle says to apply one pump of serum to your hair but as mine is so frizzy I decided to use two instead, which turned out to be the perfect amount for my hair. I’ve used the Frizz-Ease serum before but found that I had to use loads of it to combat the frizz and then my hair would end up looking greasy. It wasn’t really worth the money as the bottle really didn’t last very long. This Super Skinny Serum though has got rid of the frizz while leaving my hair looking like I’ve got no product on. It’s also made my hair the softest it’s ever been.
The serum costs £14.25 for 150ml, the shampoo is £9.30 for 300ml and the conditioner is £11.50 for 300ml. As I don’t need to use very much of the serum, the bottle should last me a while so I think it’s certainly worth the money. I really like the shampoo and conditioner as well but they are quite expensive so I would probably just buy them as a treat every now and again!
One last thing about the Super Skinny Range – it is supposed to reduce dry time although I haven’t noticed any difference in the time it takes for my hair to dry. This doesn’t make much difference to me though; I would still buy the products.