I have a confession to make. In fact, I have several hair related confessions to make.
My first confession is this: I do not own a hair brush. There, I said it. I don’t know why I don’t, and yet still, sometimes I am surprised when I have to cut knots out of my hair.
Secondly, I only wash my hair about once a week… it’s so dry that it doesn’t tend to need much more than that.
Finally, I wash it quickly with a cheap shampoo and conditioner, haven’t had a trim in at least a year and have bleached it at least 5 times this year. I also only ever ‘style it’ by pinning it on top of my head – I sleep with it like that too – which leads to it becoming matted and much like the fur you’d expect to see on a stray cat. 🙁 It’s not unknown for me to cut chunks of matted hair out, because detangling the knots is too sore and too time consuming – when I had blue hair and cut the knows out, I ended up having what looked like little blue unicorn tails laying around everywhere, kinda cool, shame it was my *actual* hair though.
As far as crimes against hair goes, I’ve committed them all.
It got me thinking, I put so much time and effort into dressing nicely and I spend hours meticulously applying primers, foundations, shadows, highlighters, lip plumpers, eyebrow gels and whatever else, that I should probably be taking a little more care of my hair. Heaven forbid it all falls out before my 25th birthday!
You might be wondering why someone that is so obsessed with beauty and taking care of themselves, inside and out is so dire at taking care of their mop and I think it’s because I’m used to having short hair. As a teenager, I routinely had the sides shaved and have it trimmed into a boyish elfin crop. Having a hairstyle so short took very little maintenance, and I’ve never gotten into the habit of looking after it properly. So now I have shoulder length hair, it’s high time I started treating my locks with a bit of r.e.s.p.e.c.t. I might play that song now, amazing.
So, on a casual Saturday morning, after grabbing my weekly Starbucks treat (seriously trying to cut down on them but damn I just love Vanilla lattes too bloody much!), I took a stroll around humble old Boots. I did have a look on all of my favorite beauty websites but after deliberation, I decided I wanted to go into the shop and have a lil’ smell of all the products, to be able to read the bottles, and above all, not have to spend a small fortune on my new haircare range. Boots offer me the opportunity to get a feel of what I’m buying and stock effective products generally at lower price points. I also popped into Superdrug, because they have a younger market and I thought would probably offer me some tropical concoction to smooth over my hair that will have promises of Kardashian like results. I could also snoop the Lottie stand and lust over the metallic Nails Inc polishes, so off I trundled into town.
L’oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Shampoo and Conditioner, £2.89 for 200ml bottles
Before using these, I was using Herbal Essences, and as much as I love them I had definitely got stuck in a rut with them. I’d been using them for a good year or so and totally sworn by them, but I felt like they started making my hair greasy and I had loads of build up from them. “L’Oréal Paris Laboratories have combined 3 Refined Clays to create its first re-balancing range revealing perfectly balanced, beautiful hair.” Now, I’m no hair care expert but these are brilliant. Enough said.
Will I buy these again? Yes.
Toni and Guy Reconstruction Mask, £6.50
I really enjoyed using this, it smells great and leaves my ends feeling nourished. I pop it on in the bath a few times and a week and leave it whilst I’m doing my skin care routine. I prefer it to the Aussie hair mask I picked up and at £6.50 it feels like a really luxurious product without the price tag. Good works Guys, and Toni. I regret saying that.
Buying again? For sure.
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructer Conditioner, £4.99
I’ve used Aussie products before, and they are good don’t get me wrong but I feel a bit let down by this. I feel like it’s probably more of a good conditioner rather than a 3 minute miracle. It does smell gorgeous though, and if you want a intense conditioner rather than a hair mask… this is your gal.
Would I but this again? Na
Umberto Giannini Overnight Beauty Moisture Balm
I can’t find a link for this anywhere. Big sad face! It seems to have sold out on the Boots website and from the UG website! Damn. Anway, did I love this? Hmm. It’s *very* heavy, and it leaves my ends feeling very heavy and greasy, it also smells a bit ‘medical’. It has the most gorgeous packing though, so there’s that.
Would I buy this again? No, but I do really want to try other products from the range.
Fudge Urban Iced Tropical Cocktail Miracle Ends, £5.99
So. Much. Yes. I’ve long been a fan of the Fudge products, and this is no exception. It’s lightweight, smells like candyfloss and leaves my ends feeling silky and far, far less frizzy. I can’t fault it.
Buying it again? Buy it! Can I bathe in it please? Yes.
ORS Monoi Oil Anti Breakage Rejuvenating Spray, £3.99
Guys, I’ve saved the best till last. This spray, is the best out of this haul, it’s from Superdrug and it’s not a range I’ve come across before. A light spritz on my dry ends leaves them feeling so nourished and healthy, it also makes my hair shiny and I cannot even tell you how good it smells. It smells like tropical paradise because of the monoi, which is apparently “a fragrant Tahitian coconut oil with omega 3 and 6”. I really love this, I cannot recommend it enough and I will 100% be trying other products from their range.
Will I buy this again? I’m off to buy the whole range… laters!