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.

Review

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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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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Ombre At Home | September 2015

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Ombre At Home

So I know the ‘Ombre’ Hair trend isn’t as huge as it was, but I personally still love the hair style and so does my sister.

My sister has had ombre hair for a while now and her hair was down to her hips, she recently got it cut to just below her shoulders and only an inch was showing of her ombre. So she asked me to re-do it for her and I took the opportunity to also blog about it incase you want to do this to your hair without forking out to have it do in a hairdressers.

Ombre is such an easy thing to do.

Here is my tips on how to Ombre your hair at home!

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Before You Begin

Please note that your hair will dye better if its ‘Virgin hair’ meaning you haven’t dyed it before.
If you have dyed your hair it might take a little longer and another application before it turns out perfect.
Make sure you test the bleach on your skin 48 hours before you use it to make sure you are not allergic to it.

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Lee Stafford – Hair Growth Review

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Lee Stafford have a range of hair treatments that are aimed at people who’s hair doesn’t grow past a certain length. I used to have hip length hair then chopped it all off to my shoulders, I regretted this weeks after and my hair now is taking ages to grow. So i’ve decided to try these products out and see if they work.

There’s a lot of products out there that claim to help ‘grow your hair’ but most of these are expensive and don’t work, I’ve tried my fair share of these products and most end up making me feel disappointed.

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What i love about Lee Stafford products are the smell! They smell so divine and the smell actually stays in your hair throughout the day. My mum years back used one of these products and i always remember sneaking into her room and spraying it in my hair as it smelt so nice, so it kind of brought back memories when i got these the other day.

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Lee Stafford – Hair Growth Shampoo

At £7.49 this  is a bit expensive to me for a shampoo that s only 200ml but i decided to bite the bullet and see if it would work for me as the reviews on the Boot’s website were all positive feedback.

I love the smell of this and i love how even a day after using it i could still smell it in my hair. Ive been using it for a few washes now and haven’t noticed a difference but i don’t think i will until I’ve used it for about a month or more. Even if it helps my hair grow a tiny bit i will be happy as my hair seems to be not growing at all.

How it works;

‘A protein based shampoo to fertilise your follicles, creating a healthy environment on the scalp, giving bed body and fullness, whilst strengthening the hair and helping it to reach id maximum potential length.’

So basically this product helps fertilise your hair follicles which help the hair grow, it also strengthens and gives your hair body. All this is great as i have very fine hair and i try to use products that help thicken my hair.

After using this on my hair i then half dry it and leave the rest to air dry, it made my hair feel and look amazing, i sometimes get dry ends and it made my dry ends go and give my hair a nice shine and feel to it. This shampoo has already got my vote as it just makes my hair smell and feel lush. This shampoo does not dry your hair out so thats also a plus.

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Lee Stafford – Hair Growth Treatment 

How It Works;

“If the earth’s not nourished, you’ll never grow beautiful flowers” is the philosophy behind Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment. Its vital hair and scalp complex helps to reduce hair loss. It improves follicle health which in turn increases the ability of the hair to anchor to the scalp. The soothing formulation reduces irritation and moisturises the scalp. It addresses hair and scalp ageing at a cellular level whilst providing an improvement in tensile strength to give body and texture by penetrating the hair reaching the inner cortex. Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment also improves the volume and feel of the hair.

You use this hair treatment after using the shampoo, you take an egg size portion and massage it into the scalp and then you leave it on your hair 5 minutes. Then you rinse it off and apply the conditioner, you only use this once a week. I found this easy to use, it’s non sticky and was to apply to your hair and roots.

This also smells lush and does not weigh your hair down or leave it feeling too soft. It’s a nice treatment to use on your hair once a week as this also helps strengthen your hair and its kind of a two in one treatment for your hair which is amazing.

I’ve been keeping track of my hair length while using these so another review will be coming up in a couple of weeks/months about this product to see if it does help.

If you have hair that does not seem to be growing and your willing to spend a bit more money for a shampoo and treatment i recommend this brand as i don’t think it will let you down.

What help’s you grow your hair?

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L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Review

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L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil 

This product aims to;

1 Hair has a glowing shine

2 Feels intensely nourished

3 Flows with silky softness

4 Seems sumptuously smooth

5 Looks beautifully perfected

This product is amazing! My sister lent it to me last weekend as my hair was so dry and damaged at the ends and just horrible. I used two pumps after washing my hair and evenly put it throughout the ends of my hair, I then blow dried and wow let me just say my hair was soft and looked so much nicer! I didn’t think it was going to even make a difference but it even last’s till I next wash my hair! I’m so amazed at this product and how well its made my hair look and feel, my hair still snaps off at the ends but not as much as it did and you can hardly see my spilt ends!

I’ve never put anything into my hair especially things that have ‘oil’ in the name as I feel like it’s just going to make my hair greasy and weight it down, but this has made me think twice about those products now. It’s for coloured hair which is also as plus as I dye my hair a lot and it can get damaged by me constantly dying my hair. This product has done wonders to my hair and it will last ages as two pumps go a long way!

I rarely rave about products but i thought i needed to put my own review on this product as it’s actually a life saver for my dry ends and I’m so amazed at how well its made my hair look and feel after only one use! Big thanks to my sister for recommending it me as my hair is finally going back to its nice soft ends rather than frizzy breaking off ends!

You can pick this product up from boots for £8.49 or click here to look at the product online and the reviews.

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