New In: Hair (Kérastase, Moronccanoil, Philip Kingsley)

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For those who follow me on social media, you may be aware that I recently got my hair re-highlighted. The process of bleaching ones hair can really strip it of life and hydration so I immediately needed to invest in some new hair care products. I bought all of these products from Feel Unique but they can also be found in many high street salons. My hair is medium thick, wavy, frizzy, unruly and the ends are very dry and damaged.

Kérastase always deliver on their claims and so I chose the Kérastase Resistance Sérum Thérapiste. This is a hair serum to be applied to wet or dry hair which claims to protect against heat damage and seal split ends to improve smoothness of the hair shaft. The product dispenses from a dual pump, one with a cream and the other is an oil which you mix in your palms and apply through the mid-lengths and ends of the hair. I use around 3 pumps for the whole of my hair before blow drying and straightening it. I’ve found that this product improves the appearance of my split ends and gives my hair a lot of shine without weighing it down. It is a great product to use when I’m straightening my hair as it works with the heat to smooth the hair shaft giving very professional results, however because of the price I’m less inclined to use it day-t0-day. Also, like all Kérastase products, it leaves my hair smelling like I just like the hair salon.

A day-to-day option for me is the Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence. I use the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer regularly so I really trust this brand. The Daily Damage Defence spray is your classic leave in conditioner spray that adds elasticity and provides defence from daily heat styling, breakage and environmental effects. It is designed for all hair types for use on wet hair after washing or into dry hair to remove frizz and static. This is probably one of the best heat defense sprays I’ve used to date. I spray a few pumps of this through wet hair before blow drying and it reduces frizz, adds shine whilst adding bounce and bounce. It makes my hair really manageable for day-to-day styling.

For when I’m wearing my hair in a curlier style or when the weather is particularly humid I always need a bit more frizz control. I’ve had my eye on this brand for a long time so I thought to pick up two of their products. Firstly the Moroccanoil Frizz Control Spray is a fantastic product for doing exactly what it says on the packaging. When I spray my hair with this product it immediately removes all frizz and it prevents it from forming again in adverse weather conditions. It doesn’t provide any heat protection so I use it in conjunction with a heat-spray. The formula also contains argan oil and vitamin E to deeply condition the hair.

The product I want to rave about however is the Moroccanoil treatment.  This is a hair treatment oil containing argan oil and vitamins which can be used in wet hair for conditioning and for styling after it has been dried. This hair oil is INCREDIBLE for giving me smooth, luscious locks. I will say that if you have thin hair you should probably avoid this because it’s quite a heavy, thick oil. I’m aware that a light version is available too but I can’t attest to whether it works as well. Nonetheless, due to this product alone I have been able to wear my hair completely naturally which is something I haven’t done in years. It helps define curls and waves, removes all fly-away and frizz and gives you that hair you just want to run your fingers through!

Have you tried any of these products before? What new hair care or styling products have you tried recently? Comment below and let me know 🙂

Jay x

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Balayage + Green Eyeliner

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It’s official, I’m a coloured eyeliner convert!

I went out for drinks for my brothers birthday last night and had an excuse to try a different make-up look with some new products that I’ve bought, specifically the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in black (Perversion) and a beautiful aqua called Deep-End. These pencils are really soft to apply and DO NOT SMUDGE so I really recommend them.

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Eyeshadow: Mary Lou Manizer, MAC Embark, MAC Carbon. Eyeliner: Urban Decay Deep-End & Perversion. Lips: Gerard Cosmetics 1995

If you look at any picture of me you’ll notice that I never wear black eyeliner on my bottom lashes because it just doesn’t suit my eye shape. Trust me, I’ve tried it every single way and I find it closes up my eyes and ruins the look. Even when I was experimenting with this colour I was so close to giving up, but after much practice I think I’ve got it down. I find that I need to put a highlight on the inner third, I used the Mary Lou Manizer by theBalm, the coloured eyeliner in the middle of the lashline and black just on the corners. I’m really happy with the way it turned out and I’m looking to try out more colours, what do you guys think?

I also got my hair highlighted (balayage) earlier in the day at Taylor Taylor who have previously won “Best Hairdressers in London”. After I saw the results with my own hair I knew exactly why. Black hair is notoriously difficult to colour but my stylist managed to lift the dark pigment in my hair and give it some sunkissed caramel highlights.

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DSC01013_editedI know this was a super short post but unfortunately I’ve got a lot of studying to do (I’ll explain in a later post). Any questions, comment below!

Jay x

Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo Mega Instant – Review

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It’s Wednesday today, I last washed my hair on Sunday. This morning my hair was looking a little bit greasy so I tried this dry shampoo from Aussie. I bought a massive 180ml can from Boots for £4.99.

This dry shampoo is different to others I’ve used. When I spray it, it doesn’t coat my hair with the powdery white stuff that dry shampoo normally does. Instead it comes out exactly like a hairspray. In fact it makes my hair a little bit wet. Once brushed through it does a good job of absorbing extra oil and giving a bit of life back to my hair. Also the smell is really nice just like all Aussie products.

On one hand I like this dry shampoo as it smells good and does the job of absorbing oil. On the other hand I’m not a fan of the hairspray feel to this, some may feel it is has too much silicone/ stickiness to it. It’s a decent product for sure but I think I’ll try a different one next time.

What’s your favourite drugstore dry shampoo? Comment below and let me know 🙂

Jay x

Thinking of going SLS-free? Read this first…

Around 6 months ago I decided to take the plunge and go SLS free. So what is SLS? Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) works as a surfactant, it creates the rich lather which most of us experience when washing our hair with commercial shampoos. It is a detergent and can strip the scalp of many of our natural oils.

Here are a few things I learnt when using SLS free shampoo…

1) You will go through the transition period. For the first few weeks of using an SLS free shampoo my scalp got oilier much quicker, I was having to wash my hair every other day (usually I have a 2 day gap in between washing). This is because your scalp is so used to being stripped of the oils. Don’t worry though, your scalp will eventually calibrate itself and you can reduce the frequency of washing.

2) Your fingers are your best friend. Now this is a bit gross but it’s quite important to know. Between months 2 and 4 I experienced extreme itchiness and scabs on my scalp. I mean I would itch my scalp and would be able to peel bits of my scalp off (I did warn you). I did some research online and it seems a lot of people get this scalp build up because the shampoo isn’t lifting the dirt and grime away. This is where your fingers come into play. As SLS-free shampoo doesn’t foam or lather as well as normal shampoo you really have to work the product into your scalp for a few minutes by physically massaging and scrubbing your scalp. Since changing the way I wash my hair I have not experienced the scabby-scalp issue.  If you have long hair (below your shoulders), or if you use a lot of product, you may also need to double rinse your hair to make sure all the dirt is lifted out.

3) Your hair colour will last longer. I dyed the ends of my hair with semi-permanent dye 3 months ago. The colour was supposed to last 6 weeks but it still hasn’t washed out. This is great news if you dye your hair often.

4) It will cost you more money. SLS-free shampoos are way more expensive than SLS shampoos at this current point in time. Also you will be using a greater quantity of it if you are double rinsing.

5) Your scalp will be happier in the long run. 6 months after going SLS-free I can happily say that my scalp has adjusted to the new shampoo, it feels healthier, my hair and scalp aren’t as dry, my hair is falling out less and my colour has lasted longer.

Jay x