Maintaining Healthy Hair

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Maintaining Healthy Hair

Lots of people want thick or long hair or both and the best way to achieving this is by looking after your hair and ensuring that it is healthy and in its’ best condition. I have been researching ways of achieving this and have finally found products that work!

 I have added three new products to my hair care routine to help achieve thick, long hair.  These products were recommended by @naomibouncyblows. Naomi is a hairdresser at a salon myself and my sister get our nails done at, she has recently started to do live videos on her instagram page where she does step by step videos on how she does curly blows and also gives hair care tips.

Like every girl I go through stages of wanting shorter hair when my hair is long and longer hair after I’ve cut it all off. Currently I’m back wanting to grow my hair back out so when I saw Naomi recommend two of these products to help hair growth and also to maintain healthy hair I decided to purchase them.

It is hard to find the perfect products for my hair as some products can make my hair go greasy quickly as I have fine hair. However, I have loved these and they have worked well on my hair.

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Wet Brush

The Wet Brush’s IntelliFlex® bristles are super thin, strong and flexible. These bristles will glide through any hair type combing out tangles effortlessly. The bristles’ flexibility enables protective and pain-free detangling while the SofTips™ on the very top of the bristles massage the scalp to stimulate circulation at the follicle. They are firm enough to comb through knots, yet flexible enough to be gentle on the scalp. Our IntelliFlex® bristles bounce back to their original form after each stroke eliminating all the hair breakage and pain that used to be associated with brushing your hair. The Wet Brush can be used on wet or dry hair and works on extensions and wigs.

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I used to use Tangle Teezers because my hair is very knotty, especially after washing it. I then read a blog post where someone had the Wet Brush and they said it was so much better on finer hair so I bought one from Boots. I absolutely love this brush! I find that it glides easily through my hair and gets rid of all the knots and is pain-free.

Recently the ends of the brush have started to fall off and I was in need of a new brush. I thought the price was too expensive for a hair brush but then I went into Homesense with my mum last week and found this Wet Brush for only £3.99!! It is normally £11.99 in Boots and other stores! So if you like this brush as much as I do, you can find them in Homesense for a bargain!  I do not get a lot of hair falling out when using this brush and it also helps get knots out quickly and pain free!

I picked mine up from Homesense for £3.99, I can’t post the online link as they do not have one so I will post a link for Boots here.

OGX | Biotin and Collagen Shampoo

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Thick & Full + Biotin & Collagen Shampoo

An exclusive formula with Vitamin B7 biotin, collagen, and hydrolyzed wheat protein, helps to infuse nutrients into every strand and creates the appearance of thicker, fuller, healthier looking hair.
Why You Want It… Discover thicker, fuller and more abundant looking strands! Helps to thicken and texturize any hair type! Immerse your skinny strands in this super volumizing formula to help create fuller looking, shiny hair.

 

Sulfate free surfactants
Hair care system
Beauty pure and simple

Review

 

I have never used this hair care brand before but @naomibouncyblows  recommended it. I picked it up from my local Tesco and thought I would try it out. I only picked up the shampoo as I don’t use condition. Because I have fine hair so I find conditioners tend to make my hair feels finer and also I can’t do anything with my hair because it goes too soft.

I have used this for 2 weeks now and I really like it!
It smells nice, it isn’t too strong or a perfume smell but it does leave your hair smelling lovely! It also lathers up so you feel like your hair is getting a good wash. I feel like it also really cleans my hair as sometimes you can get build up from products that you use on your hair, so I feel this really cleans them all out. It leaves my hair feeling so clean and isn’t heavy on my hair.

These do cost £7 which is a little pricy but I highly recommend it!

You can find them instores or online here.

Biotin 

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I also bought Biotin tablets because they was recommended  by Naomi, you can buy these from Amazon and get a year worth of tablets which you take daily. As the dosage is high you only need to take 1 a day, which is fab if you don’t like to take tablets. They are also really small and easy to take. I take these once a day with a meal, which is recommended, and I’ve been taking them for a couple months now. I’ve actually noticed a big difference, not just with my hair but with my nails, they grow back so much faster then normal and they are not as brittle. My hair feels so much healthier and thicker too.

I do recommend these if your trying to grow your hair as it does help with the grown and health of your hair, but also helps your nails grow too! I will do another review on these when I’ve been taking them for half a year to show you the progress.

You can find these on Amazon and they are £16.97 and find it here.

Floral Scrunchie 

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I picked up a floral scruchie because I have to tie my hair up for work and with some bobbles they can snap your hair. So I swapped bobbles for a scrunchie to avoid any unnecessary damage. Also If you follow Naomi you know that she wears these nightly to hold in her curly blows.

I picked mine up from Matalan and it was £4.00, you can find it instore on online here.

Have you tried out any of these products?
What are your favourite hair care products?

Also follow the lovely Naomi for hair care tips and hair videos!
You can find her instagram page here.

 

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L’Oréal Elvive Colour Protect Caring Shampoo & Conditioner | Review

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The science of coloured hair

Repeated washing, sun exposure, pollution and external aggressions can make coloured hair more sensitive. With time colour fades, losing its shine and intensity.

The secret to colour protection

The L’Oréal laboratories have created a formula which acts on 3 Dimensions of colour – Intensity, Luminosity, Reflection:

1 Maintains Colour Intensity: The new Colour-Seal Elixir™ has been developed to intensively condition, to help protect colour from fading and preserve its intensity.

2 Protects Hair: The formula enriched with UVA/UVB Filters protects coloured hair from external aggressions. Hair looks full of life.

3 Prolongs Radiance: The formula with Concentrated Nourishment intensely nourishes the hair and smoothes its surface. Shine is revived and radiance is prolonged.

Proven results

Intense, radiant colour: 80% of colour radiance maintained after 28 washes*

*Instrumental test after application of shampoo, conditioner and Extraordinary oil for coloured hair.

How to Use

Work through the lengths of your hair, right to the tips, and then rinse. Follow with Colour Protect Conditioner, or for even more care and protection, try Colour Protect Masque.

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I get my hair dyed and I always want to try and keep the colour vibrant and shiny as long as I can.

I love the L’Oreal Elvive range and did not know that they had a colour protect caring range.I came across this colour protect caring shampoo and conditioner in superdrug on offer. I do not normally use conditioner but decided to give both ago.

I have been using this for around a month now I wanted to make sure I used it for a while before I blogged about it so I could see if it actually does what it says it will. After using it every time I washed my hair, it made my hair always looks nice and shiny and still looks freshly dyed. My hair does not look dull which is amazing as when you dye your hair you do not want it to look dull after a month or more.

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This shampoo does not weigh my hair down and and using the conditioner only on my ends help to keep my hair looking nice and shiny without looking weighed down.

I am impressed with this as some shampoos can pull the colour out of your hair and because this is for colour protection it helps lock the colour in and keep it nice before you dye your hair again.

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I would highly recomend this shampoo and conditioner to anyone who wants to keep their hair colour looking fresh for as long as possible!

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The first picture is when I got my hair dyed and the second picture was taken around a month later and you can see how it helps keep my colour looking new!

You can find this product in most shops.
L’Oréal Elvive Colour Protect Caring Shampoo
L’Oréal Elvive Colour Protect Caring Conditioner

The conditioner and shampoo are currently on offer in boots for only £1.99!

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Katie x

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Lee Stafford – My Big Fat Healthy Hair Shampoo | Review

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Lee Stafford – My Big Fat Healthy Hair

So this is another Lee Stafford review as lately I am loving his Hair Growth product range and decided to try some of his other hair products out. I have tried his Hair Growth range and you can see the review on the Hair Growth: Shampoo and Hair Mask here or the Hair Growth: Leave In Treatment here.

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Review

‘With PRO-VOLUME™ Complex for bigger, fuller fatter hair. Lee Stafford My Big Fat Healthy Hair shampoo boosts hair’s body and texture, enhances gloss and shine, and banishes dulling deposits that make hair go lank and limp. The PRO-VOLUME™ Complex is a combination of hair conditioning agents to add volume.’

You use this like normal shampoo, you massage it into your hair from roots to tip. Then rinse, repeat and use your conditioner.

I love this smell of this product and it does linger on the hair but not for a long time.
The one thing I do not like about this product is that it lathers a little too much, so you do not need much of the product. This may not sound like a bad thing for a shampoo, but it lathers that much I spend more time rinsing it out to make sure it all out of my hair.

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The thing that drew me into buying this shampoo was the ‘Pro Volume for Fatter Hair’.
My hair is quite thin and can sometimes look very limp and I like to use products that add that bit of volume without weighing my hair down. So when I saw that it helps to keep hair looking thicker and fuller I had to pick it up and try it out.

It does not give my hair loads of volume but I can tell it looks less thin and limp. It does not dry my hair out or weigh it down which is a great as you don’t want your shampoo doing that. It makes my hair look and feel so much nicer and also helps it feel thicker.

It has not done wonders to my hair but overall it is a good shampoo but if your looking for a shampoo to make your hair appear thicker and fuller this might not do that.

Another point for people who dye their hair, It does not strip any colour out of your hair so do not worry about it stripping the colour out.

This shampoo is £5.99 and you can find it here.

Have you tried this product out or any of the Lee Stafford Products?

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Lee Stafford – Hair Growth: Leave In Treatment | Review

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Lee Stafford – Hair Growth: Leave in Treatment 

I am a huge fan of the Lee Stafford Hair Growth range. Last year around this time I bought the Lee Stafford Hair Growth shampoo and hair mask. Since then it has been one of my go to hair products as my hair was stuck at the awkward shoulder length and did not seem to grow or want to grow. I tried a lot of other things like cutting out using heat on my hair and stopped dying it before finding the Lee Stafford range. Since using this I have noticed that my hair is finally starting to grow a lot more and it a lot more healthy looking as well as feeling!
You can find my review on those products here.

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Lee Stafford Hair Growth – Shampoo & Mask Review

 

Lee Stafford – Leave In Treatment

After using the shampoo and hair mask for a year now, I noticed they had a leave in treatment hair spray from the same range. At first I did not want to use this as I thought it would weigh my hair down or make it look greasy. As I said in a previous blog post, I am not a huge fan of putting oils and products in my hair as sometimes they make my hair go greasy and do more bad then good in my eyes.

I decided to pick it up and give it a go. I was happy when I got back home and tried it out as it smells like the other products and I am a huge fan of the smell. It lingers for ages and smells so refreshing. I have only been using this for 2 weeks so I have not noticed a huge difference in my hair growth like I have with the two other Lee Stafford products. This product is light on your hair and after applying it and drying your hair it is not even noticeable and does not look like you have not put any products in your hair.

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‘Lee Stafford Hair Growth Leave In Treatment is a follicle fuel to increase root productivity ‘for hair that never grows past a certain length’. “If the earth’s not nourished, you’ll never grow beautiful flowers”

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Get Ready With Me | Minimal Makeup, Hair Care & Skin Care

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Hello fellow bloggers & readers,
I thought I would do something a little different today. Instead of doing a post on skin care or makeup,
I decided I would make a little ‘Get Ready With Me’ video.

I’m going to go more into detail in this blog post.

I hope you liked this little video, I might start doing more blog posts like this with little videos to change things up a little.

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Hair Care

If you want to know my full hair care routine I made a blog post and a video about it a few months ago.
My Hair Care Routine

My hair care routine is pretty basic, I don’t tend to change products that often.

Shampoo – LOreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil
£3.99
This is hands down my favourite shampoo as it has helped my hair so much when it was bleached and badly damaged.
It doesn’t weigh my hair down or make it look greasy.
If you bleach your hair or have damaged hair I recommend this product.

Hair Oil – LOreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil
£9.99
If you read my blog you will know how much I talk about this product. It never lets me down, this product also saved my over dyed, damaged hair at the beginning of the year. It is a little pricey but it lasts for ages! You only need one to two pumps of the oil and it spreads though the hair. It doesn’t leave your hair greasy or weighed down.

Spilt End Treatment – Umberto Giannini Mend My Hair
£7.99

This product also saved my damaged hair and also helps reduce spilt ends. It’s a 5-1 hair oil which helps repair your hair. I only use this product at the ends of my hair as I use the LOreal product all over.

Hair Brush – Tangle Teezer 
£10.99
This is a lot of money for a  hairbrush, but it actually does what it says it will.
It helps get all the knots and tangles out of my hair without it hurting. If you use a normal brush and then use this, you will notice a huge difference between the two!
I highly recombined this hair brush.

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Skincare

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Deep Cleanse Your Hair | TRESemme Review

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Your hair goes through a lot. You apply numerous amounts of products to it, you wash it with shampoo and conditioner that can weigh it down.
So every once a week/month your hair deserves a deep cleanse.
Just make sure after you use these products you also use a shampoo that is moisturising and helps replenish your hair as these shampoos can strip your hair from them while you use them to strip build up of oils and products.

Also if you dye your hair this shampoo can strip some colour out of it.

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What Is A Deep Cleanse?
A deep cleanse for you hair is like a deep cleanse for your face. It helps remove all the build up and daily grime from your hair.
So all the product build up that may be weighing your hair down is washed away and your hair is left product free.

Why Use Deep Cleansing Shampoo?

Professional quality formula clarifies hair to remove build up and residues restoring your hair’s natural vitality. This multi-vitamin formula, gentle enough for daily use, intensely purifies to give that salon fresh feeling.

TRESemme Cleanse & Renew Shampoo

I spent ages looking online and in shops to try to find a good deep clean shampoo.
I came across the TRESemme shampoo in SuperDrug and decided to give it a go. It comes in this HUGE bottle which will get a lot of use out as I won’t be using it every day.
I like to use it once a month to make sure my hair gets a really good deep clean and all the product build gets removed.
After I had applied it to my hair and was rinsing it out my hair already felt so much nicer and less weight down.

When I first used this shampoo I noticed how much it lathers into your hair, so a small amount goes a long way.
It smells like the typical TRESemme product so the smell isn’t overpowering or strong.
I did google reviews on this product before using it and I found so many positive reviews.

I will be trying out other deep cleansing hair shampoos but up to know, TRESemme is my favourite as it works so well and it’s also affordable.

If you have oily hair its a good shampoo for an everyday use, just make sure you have a good conditioner to pair with it.

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Hair Products For Stronger, Healthier Hair | 2015

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After trying out a lot of different shampoo’s and hair masks I have finally found 3 products that have done wonders to my hair. These three products have made my hair look and feel stronger and more thicker.

Around 2 months ago I bleached my hair from black to a reddish brown. This took bleaching my hair 3 times, dying it once and 3 and a half hours of sitting in a chair. After all this my hair as you can imagine was damaged and weak so for the past two months I have used a hair mask once a week.

The other day I got my roots touched up and my hair dresser said how much better my hair looked and felt, this was down to these three products that I can’t live without.

Hair Mask

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Hair Mask | Aussie 3 Minute Miracle 

‘Our unique formula, with Australian Balm Mint, helps mend split ends and roughened cuticles. It helps transform dry, damaged hair into manageable and shiny locks in just 3 minutes. Australian Balm Mint.This nourishing treatment gets to work fast on damaged hair, repairing and smoothing rough cuticles, restoring manageability and shine.’

The day after I had my hair bleached and dyed I went to Asda and picked up a hair mask. I was recommended this and it has to be the best hair mask I have tried!

Let me just say it smells AMAZING!

I have used Aussie shampoo’s and I loved the smell of those too. I have never tried their hair masks so I didn’t really know what to expect from this mask. After the first use my hair already felt in a better condition and also smelt amazing! After using it for a around 5 weeks now my hair feels so much stronger and looks a lot more healthier.

I like to use it once a week. I run it through my hair making sure all my hair has the product on, then tie my hair up and leave it for a good 10-20 minutes then I rinse it all out.

The only downside of this product is the packaging. It comes in a bottle where you squeeze it to come out like many other hair products but this does not have a lid. Which means it is not ideal for traveling, I travel from my house to my dads and to uni and I like to take this mask with me but it means being extra careful where I put it incase it spills in my bag or case.

You can pick this up in most shops, you can also find it online here. 
This product is £4.99.

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