Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Spring Hair Care

Hey guys!
The sun has been splitting the trees the last few days here in Scotland so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get outside and take some photos! There is something about the nice weather that makes me feel very motivated to get things done!
Today I thought I would do a post on the products I've been using for my hair the last couple of months as well as a few hints and tips I've come across recently. I'm trying to grow my hair whilst improving the condition as I am planning on going blonder for the summer and want my hair to be in tip top condition.
I mentioned the Batiste dry shampoo in my empties post (here) and this has been a real saviour for me recently. I use to wash my hair every day because I find that as it's so thin, after being on the go all day and then sleeping on it, when I wake up in the morning it looks greasy. This has been my routine for years but by using the dry shampoo I have managed to cut that down to every second day most of the time. By washing your hair every day, you strip away all the protective oils making your hair very dry and more prone to breaking. I also found that washing my hair every day made it very static which was hard to work with whereas second day hair holds it's shape much better and cuts out using the hair dryer!

I was also pretty guilty of straightening my hair every day. My hair is naturally straight but flicks out at the sections with layers. As most people know using heat on your hair is very damaging and it is much more beneficial to let your hair dry naturally where possible and avoid using heated appliances on a regular basis. As I live in bonnie Scotland where we lack nice weather, my hair doesn't always dry on time before I head out and I still use my hair dryer most days. I now use the Mark Hill 'Turn Up The Heat' Protection Spray every time I'm using heat on my hair which smells so good and not only protects my hair but makes it much more manageable when drying. * Always use a wide tooth comb to tame wet hair and not a brush *

Once a week I use the Lee Stafford conditioning treatment which is for 'Hair that won't grow past a certain length'. I find the tub a slight juggling act in the shower but it has a nice consistency and it has lasted me a long time. I apply it all over my hair focusing on the roots and massaging it into my scalp before washing it off a few minutes later. As far as the length of my hair goes, I don't think it has made a huge impact but my hair always feels really soft and smooth after I've used it which means less knots in my hair and hopefully less split ends! * Massaging the product in encourages blood flow to the scalp making your hair follicles more active thus improving growth* *Comb wet hair from the bottom up as its easier to remove tangles *

Both me and my friend tried the V05 Hot Oil treatments which left a similar impact to the Lee Stafford treatment but because my hair is so thin, I didn't need the full capsule every time. My friend has thick hair and she said it made her hair much more manageable and felt really nourished so although it didn't do much for me it sounds like a great product for people with thicker hair.
I purchased the KMS California products after having them recommended to me by my hair dresser. I use the body build detangling conditioning spray on damp hair which is great if I'm in a hurry or forget to use conditioner in the shower. I'm not sure about the 'adds volume' part but it definitely helps to detangle my hair and has improved the overall condition of my locks. I also purchased the 'Hair Play Dry Touch- Up' which is meant to revive dry, overworked hair but I tend to use it once I have styled my hair just to control any fly away and almost set my hair without weighing it down.

Finally I thought I would talk about the round hair brush that I am loving at the moment and it appears Max is loving it too! I bought mine after watching this video from Pixiwoo. It not only helps my hair dry much quicker but also makes it so easy to give my hair volume at the roots. Simple but effective! Go and check out the video for a full tutorial on how to get a salon blow dry as well as a few more hints and tips!
Phew! That was a long post today! I hope you enjoyed it and find some of the tips useful. There are so many hair care products on the market right now! Comment below and let me know what works best for you.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

April Empties

I cannot believe we are now into May already! The start of the year always flies by and with the noticeable lack of sunshine it has taken me a while to get into the mood for spring. Last week I finally gave my room a spring clean and got rid of lots of things I no longer need or wear any more. I've also been trying to use up any beauty products that I have and over the last couple of months have gathered a few products that I thought would be good for an empties post!
Soap and Glory Clean Girls Body Wash - I love the Soap and Glory brand and its quirky packaging. All their products do what they say on the tin and with a very resonable price tag, you can't go far wrong! The body wash claims to be skin softening and contains a built-in moisturising matrix which leaves me skin feeling soft and without the need to moisturise after every single shower. I used this body wash almost every day with the Soap and Glory shower loofah (ooh fancy!) and it lathers up really nicely. I love the smell, I think the bottle is a good size and the fact that it has a pump is a bonus! Winner!
L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream - I don't have many products from L'Occitane although they do always look really nice but really expensive! This is one of the brands best selling products and has won awards and recommendations including being voted best hand cream for Harper's Bazaar Beauty Hot 100 list. It contains lots of natural ingredients such as coconut oil, rosemary and sweet almond. The hand cream melts into my hands without too much greasiness left over but I need to reapply throughout the day and unfortunately I don't see what all the hype is about. At £8 for 30ml I expected a really good hand cream but I'm not particularily loving the scent and I'm just not blown away by it. I actually prefer Soap and Glory's Hand Food (they are not sponsoring me for this post, honest!) because it makes me hands so soft, smells great and is only £2.50 for a 50ml tube.
Lush Tea Tree Water - I bought this toner water around Christmas time last year and this little bottle has kept me going until last month! Tea tree's antibacterial properties means its great for oily or spot prone skin. This toner smells really fresh which was great for waking me up in the morning and making my face feel really clean before bed. I like that it comes in a spray bottle as it's easier to control the amount put onto a cotton pad or it can be sprayed straight onto the face. Although it didn't make a huge difference to my skin, it was my favourite toner I've found so far. (Until I met Michael Todd's Blue Green Algae Toner. Review here!)
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser - aka the best cleanser ever! If you haven't heard about this product before then where have you been? This cleanser removes every last swipe of make-up and the creamy texture deep- cleanses and exfloiates my skin at the same time leaving it feeling soft and clean. It's great for all skin types and does a really good job whilst still being very gentle. No other cleansers I've tried to far match up to this one and a little goes a long way so a dispenser this size lasts me a few months. I'm still on the look out for a cleanser that is better but I will definitely be repurchasing this one. Again.
Batiste Blush Dry Shampoo  - Recently I've been trying to improve the condition of my hair. I'm thinking about dying it soon and so want to get it in the best condition possible before then. I am guilty of washing my hair every day which I know is terrible for your hair but as mine is so thin, it gets greasy at the roots quite quickly. This little bottle of dry shampoo is helping keep my hair refreshed inbetween washes. It's great for throwing in my bag when I'm on the go and is good for making my hair look clean whilst allowing me to style or backcomb in different ways that would only hold a day after shampoo. I'm thinking about doing a post on the hair products I've been using to improve the condition and length of my hair so if you would like to see that tweet me or leave a comment below!
So that is all the products for my April empties. I don't know how regularily I'll do this type of post as I don't go through products too quickly but will see what this month brings!