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Attacking tangles

27 Nov

Anyone who has read my Christmas wishlist post will know that I was lusting after a Tangle Teezer. I was browsing the beauty aisles in my local Pound Stretcher looking for a bargain when I came across a dupe – Tangle Attack.

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I like big buns and I cannot lie

10 Jan

Possibly the most popular hair style at the moment is a bun.
Once reserved only for old ladies, the bun is back and it’s bigger than ever.
I am a huge fan of this look, it looks good and it is achieved within five minutes, perfect if I’m in a rush.
As I’ve mentioned before, my hair is very fine so I need a helping hand with this style.
My saviour is a Superdrug large brown hair doughnut (£5.09) and it is so easy to use – other colours are available to suit other shades.

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Really Good Hair Oil

4 Feb

Fushi’s Really Good Hair Oil

Just before Christmas I did something that I thought I would never do – I binned my hair extensions.

I have always had really fine hair that refuses to grow beyond my shoulders so back in 2006 I purchased some clip-in hair extensions.

Instantly my hair was transformed, it was thick, long and I loved it.

I was NEVER seen without them again, I only took them out to sleep in and put them straight back in as soon as I woke up.

Surprisingly it didn’t take me long to start getting them glued in.

However that came at a price and my real hair suffered. It was thinner than ever before and I developed two bald patches just above my ears.

Instead of giving up my long tresses I switched back to clip-in extensions but it was becoming pricey due to my habit of changing my hair colour every month and buying new extensions to match.

As many of you know hair extensions are not always a good look. Mine did look very ratty at times but I didn’t care, at least I had long hair.

Five years later, just before a night out my friend had trimmed my hair. He begged me not to put my extensions back in and it took a lot of persuasion from my other friends before I agreed.

I felt naked without them and it was only when it had been backcombed and had volume that I started to believe that it didn’t look too bad shorter.

From that day I didn’t look back, I’d stepped into a brave new extension-less world.

I must admit that it was a lot less hassle getting ready in the mornings and as I was paying more attention to my real hair it soon became healthier.

It was still very fine though so when I heard Fushi had released Really Good Hair Oil, which promises to strengthen and thicken hair and stimulate growth at the scalp, I had to give it a whirl.

Fushi are an ethical beauty brand and this blend of natural oils promise to rejuvenate lifeless hair and give you fuller, healthier locks in no time.

The company believe that the body shouldn’t be overexposed to chemicals and unnatural elements and only uses natural and organic ingreedients where possible.

The product contains Moroccan argan oil and virgin coconut oil to strenghen and smooth the hair, vitamin E rich avacado oil and sweet almond oil to replenish shine and restore moisture and Indian jasmine oil for what is claimed to be “a beautiful sweet aroma”- but more about that later.

The formula is then triple infused with antitoxidant rich Brahmi, which nourishes the hair from the root to promote growth and Neem works to promote a healthier scalp and help thicken hair.

So what do you do with it? Well there are two options:

Regular conditioning

Slowly massage the oil into your scalp, leave overnight and wash out the next morning.

or..

Weekly deep conditioning treatment

Massage the oil into your scalp and then wrap hair in a steaming towel for at least half an hour and wash out.

I’ve tried both options and had equally good results.

The smell however isn’t for me but I’ve been told the aroma of jasmine gets a mixed reaction, some like it, some don’t and I fall into the latter category.

For the results I got though I’m willing to overlook the smell.

When I first got the product I covered my hair in the oil and it did look greasy (ok, I looked like I’d dipped my head in chip fat) but I wanted to make sure I had enough on for it to do something.

I tied my hair up in a loose bun and off to bed I went. The next morning I washed it off and I was seriously impressed. My hair felt softer than ever before and it was unbelievably shiny.

A couple of days later, before I went in the shower I massaged a few drops into my scalp and wrapped my hair in a towel for around 45 minutes.

When I washed it out and dried my hair again it was really soft and shiny.

I’m yet to notice a difference in the thickness of my hair but it is early days and I will keep you updated.

Although the packaging isn’t anything special and the smell is less than desirable (in my opinion) I would recommend the Really Good Hair Oil to anyone who has dull, dry hair as it really does deliver.

The product retails at £15.95 and is available from

www.fushi.co.uk , selected Waitrose, Ocado and Daylesford Organic.

Because he’s worth it?

25 Feb

Dry shampoo is a complete lifesaver for most women, especially on those greasy days between washes. Now Batiste is extending it’s helping hand to men – with a unisex range – but will he realise it’s worth it?

The lovely people at Batiste were kind enough to send me the three products from it’s unisex range – Original, Brit and Fresh – to see if they really are man-friendly.

The products (left-right) Original, Brit, Fresh

I was already familiar with the Original product as I have used it myself and although it isn’t my favourite scent (I prefer Diva or the specialised product for brunettes) it certainly does the job – but would men agree?

The mens verdict:

Dan:  The smell of Original  is akin to a mixture of perfume and hairspray but that doesn’t matter because, unlike many other products, it does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s perfect for those ‘in-between’ days when you haven’t got time to wash your hair, you get an extra few hours of clean-feeling, managable hair after just a few minutes work. On first inspection, it does appear to be marketed towards females but as with most other male beauty regimes (and the ever-present ‘metrosexual culture’), their girlfriend’s paraphinalia is up for grabs for use on their own skin/hair/nails. If they like it, they then buy it too.

Tom: I have fine hair so it goes greasy quite quickly, I have to wash it everyday. Dry shampoo could be very useful, I would certainly give it a go. Brit is the most manly of the three and my favourite, I think the packaging would appeal the most to men and it has a more manly scent. The packaging of Original  isn’t too bad but the smell is a bit girly, mixture of lemon and flowers and I think Fresh smells very girly.

Paul: The packaging of Original doesn’t look very manly, the design is ok but the colours are a bit feminine. It smells of sherbert lemon, pleasant but sharp, I wouldn’t say it is manly but not overly feminine. The packaging for Brit is very feminine, although it is just the Union Jack, making it floaty makes it appear feminine. It has a lighter smell than Original, it’s not overbearing and reminds me of aftershave. The packaging of Fresh is similar to Original and smells quite feminine, it reminds me of Dove soap. If I was going to buy one in a shop it would be Original, as the packaging is bland and simple, looks the most manly.

Overall:

The male guinea pigs all agreed that they would use the products again, Original was deemed the most “manly”. Two of the men think the products need to state it is unisex as otherwise they would presume it was a woman’s product but one said that it doesn’t and would not stop him from purchasing. Another suggestion that came up was a product purely for men.

The woman’s view…

Steph: Brit smells and looks the best, but does look like a limited edition. Fresh is the next best and the one I think would appeal to men the most. Original is the most feminine and least pleasant smelling. I think Fresh and Brit style bottles would appeal to men most and look the most manly dur to the colouring. However if I was a man, I wouldn’t be attracted to this product and wouldn’t know whether it was for men, women or unisex. I think maybe Batiste should make a special male version or put unisex on the front. I think if they did this, men would be more likely to use it and I think they would. I have male friends who use talc in their hair so I think if there was a Batiste product towards men it could sell. Also advertising is directed towards women so I think they could have a campaign with a guy using it at a festival or something.

Me: Personally I love all three products. I can understand that they could seem a bit feminine but so do most shampoo brands – even those for men! All of the products in this brand do an amazing job. Brit is my favourite scent, I think it is quite a unisex product and the design on the can is fantastic. Original is my least favourite scent and the one I would not buy by choice. I’m a fan of the whole Batiste range. They rid the roots of grease, give a touch of volume and leave hair smelling fresh – all within a minute. For me, dry shampoo is the best quick-fix beauty product there is and Batiste are my favourite brand. Other brands I have tried just haven’t lived up to it (especially the Lee Stafford  one – it made my hair look greasier, avoid at all cost!).

The jury is still out as to whether the male species as a whole are ready for dry shampoo, perhaps it would be a good idea for a specialised product ? However, if you haven’t tried the product before then I strongly suggest you pop down to your nearest Boots, Superdrug, Home Bargains, B&M and pick up a can. There are so many scents to chose from you will be spoilt for choice and won’t regret it, whether you are male or female!

Glam hair for £10

2 Feb

Payday brings out the urge to shop in all of us, so when my hard earned dosh had made its way into my account yesterday I made my first beauty purchase of the month.

In this months Cosmopolitan magazine WAG Alex Curran raves about Backcomb In A Bottle, a new product by Umberto Giannini. I’m a huge fan of big hair and I’m constantly backcombing in an attempt to add some volume to my fine locks, so this product seemed like a must-have.

On my lunchbreak I popped into Boots and was pleasantly surprised to find that all Umberto Giannini products were 3 for £10. It would be rude to ignore such a generous offer so after spotting the miracle in a bottle I scanned the shelves for two more treats.

After much deliberation I settled for Pump & Sexy Volume Conditioner and Indulgent Beauty Moisture Mask and made my way to the till. I left the store triumphant that I’d saved just over £6 and gained 40 advantage points, every little helps!

3 for £10.. bargain!

Backcomb In A Bottle and Pump & Sexy Volume Conditioner are part of the same Glam Hair range. I’m a fan of the sleek and sexy packaging although it wouldn’t look out of place in the adult section of Ann Summers!

Last night after shampooing my hair I applied the Indulgent Beauty Moisture Mask. It claimed that the shea butter would replenish dry, damaged hair whilst the soothing scent would pamper the senses. My senses certainly were pampered, the mask’s lightly perfumed aroma is gorgeous and although the texture of the mask looks thick, it didn’t feel heavy, which was a good start. As with all hair masks, the longer it is left on the better the result so I waited at least 10 minutes before rinsing it off. After a quick blow dry I examined the results and was impressed, my hair looked glossy and felt very soft – it will be used on a weekly basis now to make ammends for the daily straightening!

Backcomb In A Bottle vows to create the instant texture and volume of backcomed hair without causing any damage and unbelievably, it does! As my hair is fine, I didn’t need to use too much of the product to get the full effect. After a quick spray my hair looked fuller and had the toussled look of being attacked with the comb and after a quick jujj I had plenty of volume – more so than when I backcomb! The product is very similar to hairspray and kept its hold throughout the day – very impressive!

I’m yet to try the conditioner but if the other two products are anything to go by it will be a good choice and I recommend you nip down to your nearest Boots and snap up some hair treats for yourself.

Have you found any lunchtime bargains recently?