Summer 2012 Favourites: Hair

Tuesday, 28 August 2012
It feels like forever ago now that I wrote my makeup and skincare favourites posts (emmm probably because it WAS ages ago....I'm so lazy), but AT LAST here is the final  part of my summer 2012 favourites series: Hair Products.

1) Aussie Dual Personality Heat Protection Spray

Aussie Dual Personality Heat Protection Spray

I spray this on my hair when I get out of the shower, before brushing and blow drying and I feel like it definitely makes a difference in terms of detangling (the times I don't use it, my hair is a right bitch to comb!) and I feel like it's doing a good job at protecting it from the heat.  My hairdresser commented the last time that my hair was in a really good condition considering it's bleached - and this was the only thing product I'd been using up until then apart from shampoo and conditioner, so it looks like it's doing the trick!

2) Bumble & Bumble Color Minded Sulfate Free Shampoo

Bumble & Bumble Color Minded Sulfate Free Shampoo

Firstly, please excuse the rubbish empty bottle photo - I really should have taken a picture when I first bought it!  

I bought this a few months ago when I was on the hunt for a new shampoo/conditioner range for my bleached hair.  The Color Minded range looked fairly new, and as I've always heard good things about B&B as a brand in general, so I thought I'd try it out.  Also, I've started paying a bit more attention to what is actually in the products I buy recently (hence why I am now a big REN fan, as you may have noticed in my skincare post!) - so I liked the fact this is marketed as "sulfate free".  The shampoo was pretty expensive by my standards, at around £23.00 for a 250ml bottle and at first I wasn't that impressed - basically because I couldn't see any immediate difference compared to other cheaper shampoos (I'm quite impatient) and for the price I expected more.  However, I'm now nearly finished the bottle and I've definitely been proved wrong!  My colour has stayed much brighter (much less yellow than normal) and it feels really clean every time I use it.  Not sure I'll repurchase, as like I said it's quite expensive, but I'll keep an eye out to see if it goes on offer anywhere!

3) Osmo Berber Oil Hair Treatment with Argan Oil

Osmo Berber Oil Hair Treatment with Argan Oil

I got this bottle in a Glossy Box a few months ago, and it was the first time I'd used an oil product on my hair.  For some reason I'd never been keen on it before - I think it's because I used to have really greasy hair when I was a teenager, so the thought of using oil on my hair just made me think I'd end up with really greasy/oily hair.  Of course that's not the case at all - and in fact, now that I've got bleached hair oil products are actually the perfect antidote for my poor dry/damaged hair.  I've been using it on my ends when wet, just before blowdrying (but after spraying with heat protective spray) and it makes such a difference, the tips feel silky smooth and my hair just looks in much better condition.  I've almost finished this bottle now, and I'm going to try out the new Avon Argan Oil next to see how that fares in comparison.

4) Tigi Bed Head Candy Fixations Sugar Shock

Tigi Bed Head Candy Fixations Sugar Shock

I picked this up in my hair salon at my last appointment in a 2 for 1 as part of their closing down sale.  My hair is quite flat and I normally can't get any volume without backcombing, so I'm always keen to try out products that claim to add volume.  Although I will admit I was mainly sold on this because of the smell.......oh my god it's AMAZING, it smells like being in a sweet shop!  I've been using this pretty much every day that I've been wearing my hair down - I normally straighten my hair and then spray this in my roots and through some of the length and then rub it with my fingers to work in the product.  It doesn't give LOADS of volume but it definitely gives my hair a boost, even if it does then go back to being flat a few hours later (a quick rub at the roots normally brings it back out again though).  One thing I would say is that you need to make sure you don't spray too close to your hair, or spray too much as it can get quite sticky if there's a lot of build up.

5) TIGI Catwalk Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo
TIGI Catwalk Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo

TIGI Catwalk Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo

Why do Tigi products have such bloody long names?!

You might remember I wrote a post last month about the Tigi Rockaholic Dirty Secrets Dry Shampoo that disappeared in the can after just a few uses.  Well, I wrote to Tigi about it and they got back in touch to say my can was part of a faulty batch that had been sent out to salons (they had recalled them, but by that point my salon had already shut down), so they sent me out a replacement which was from a new range called Session Series.  I've been using this for a few weeks now and I really like it.  It smells nice (not that usual tell-tale dry shampoo smell), doesn't leave behind a residue, and makes my hair look really refreshed on the days it hasn't been washed - job done!

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