Hair Newbies

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

I'm trying to be really nice to my hair at the moment as I want it to be in tip top condition come the wedding in September.  At my last hair appointment I went for a full head of highlights, and since then I've been trying to use products that will maintain my colour, improve the condition and prevent damage.

Here's some new products that I've been trying out recently:

Osmo Colour Radiance Mask* (link)

The first thing to say about this is that it smells delicious.  It has a proper sickly sweet scent which is probably not everyones cup of tea, but I'm a big fan of products that smell like sweeties.  I've used this a couple of times now as a conditioning treatment - leaving on for around 10 minutes in the shower after shampooing.  I'm also currently trying out the Osmo Colour Mission Colour Save Shampoo* but I feel like I need to use it for a bit longer before I decide if I like it or not.  

I find it quite easy to review styling or conditioning products after just a few uses as the results are pretty instantaneous.  For a shampoo though you really need a good few weeks or even months to see if it's making any difference to your hair.

Anyway, back to the treatment - I have been pretty happy with this so far.  It leaves my hair feeling really healthy and looking dead shiny.  Oh, and smelling great!

Wella SP Luxe Oil (link)

My hairdresser has been using this on my hair for about a year now and I bought myself a bottle on my second to last visit.  I had been using Moroccanoil for quite a while but wasn't really seeing any improvement in the condition of my hair so thought it was worth trying something new.  I can definitely see a difference when using this oil though, and again my hair just feels so much healthier whenever I use it.  I really notice a difference if I forget to use it before blow drying my hair as it just feels so straw like.  

Another big plus is that the oil smells incredible (again with the smells!).  It reminds me of a body spray that I used to have when I was in my early teens - I think it was from the Boots Natural Collection? Some sort of tropical fragrance?  It was basically my signature scent from age 12-15 (my signature scent in my mid-late teens was Ralph Lauren - the blue one - in case you're interested) so it totally takes me back every time I smell it.

I only bought a small bottle at the time as they'd run out of the regular size, but it's lasted for ages as you only need a little drop each time.  I tend to warm a small drop in the palm of my hand then rub into the ends of my hair and through the mid-lengths.  

As it's lasted so long I probably have another month or so before I need to repurchase - which I will definitely be doing

Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo - Uplifting Volume (link)

From a product that really works, to one that just….doesn't.  I'm normally strictly a Batiste girl but I noticed the new Herbal Essences range when I was in Boots a few months ago so thought I'd give it a try.  

All I really want from a dry shampoo is that it freshens up my roots without leaving my hair feeling weighed down with product.  It's not too much to ask really.  Unfortunately, the Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo fails on both counts. First of all, it feels more like a hairspray than a dry shampoo (it has a clear formula), and similar to hairspray it leaves my roots feeling sticky and my hair feeling crunchy.  The exact opposite of what I'm looking for!

It does kind of freshen up my hair, but at the expense of feeling like there's product in there.  The only positive thing I can say is that it smells great - as you'd expect from a Herbal Essences product.  

It's back to Batiste for me!

Osmo Extreme Volume Thickening Cream* (link)

I didn't want to end of a negative note with that dry shampoo review, so here's another product I've been getting on well with recently.  

I'm always quite sceptical when it comes to volumising products as I've yet to find something that actually gives my fine hair a bit of volume without having to backcomb the shit out of my roots.  

Unlike most products I've tried, this is to be used on partly dried hair, so you rub it into your roots after you've started blowdrying.  This is the one thing that frustrates me slightly with it, as I sometimes forget to use it and before I know it I've completely dried my hair.  I generally go into my own wee world when I'm drying my hair - I use the time to mentally plan blog posts, or draft work emails, or design wedding tables, or plan meals for the week - anything but actually concentrating on the task at hand.

Aside from the fact I keep forgetting to use it, the times I do actually apply the product I can see a difference in my hair - I actually have bouncy roots for once!  Amazingly it also doesn't leave my hair feeling sticky, another problem I've generally had with other volumising products.  

For me, it's a winner!

My next (and last pre-wedding) hair appointment isn't until September, so I really want to try and keep my hair in the best condition possible ahead of my next round of highlights.  As well as continuing to use the Osmo Radiance Mask and the Luxe Oil, I'll also be on the lookout for other treatments that will help keep my hair strong and encourage growth.  

I've just bought the Phillip Kingsley Elasticizer which I'll be trying out shortly, but if there are any products that you swear by please let me know in the comments!

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