For those of you new to my blog I’ll give you a little background in to my hair woes. I recently melted several inches off the length by using an at home straightening kit (read more on that here). I subsequently had to have a big chunk cut off and am now left with a still damaged asymmetric bob. Another issue I’ve had lately is hair loss.. since I had Milo (now 8 months) my hair has been falling out at a rate of knots – get it? It’s very common, as a rule you don’t shed the hair you usually would while you’re pregnant which is why expectant mothers often have much thicker hair than they’re used to. Unfortunately all that hair has to come out sometime and around 4 months after birth you will start to shed the excess. Some women don’t even notice it while others, like me, have full on bald patches. My temples still have little tufts of short hair but Alpecin definitely helped it to grow faster. So without further ado here are my current hair care loves..
Alpecin – Double Effect Shampoo – £7.19
For a full YouTube review of this check this link. This is my second bottle, I switched from the regular formula to the anti-dandruff range because it’s formulated for men and I found it super drying. It states on the bottle that it contains no conditioning ingredients and it is not fibbing, it really stripped my hair of moisture so I figured the anti-dandruff version may be less drying. I’m not sure it’s any different in truth and because I don’t suffer from dandruff I don’t know how effective it is in that respect but it grows my hair like no other! If you’re looking to boost your hair growth I would definitely give this a try. It’s a drugstore item and it’s more effective that any other treatment I’ve tried.
Naked Rescue – Intensive Care Shampoo & Conditioner – £3.99 each
I have put off trying this for so long and I am kicking myself now because it’s amazing! I’ve tried other ‘natural’ sulphate free shampoo’s before and I hated them. My hair never felt clean and it just totally put me off trying any others but this stuff is totally different. My hair felt so soft after only one application and just as clean as any chemically foaming formula so why would I not rather use something more gentle on my stressed tresses? There are several versions targeted at different hair issues and I encourage you to try one out, especially as they’re currently only £6 for 2 in Boots!
Naked Rescue – Repairing Hair Treatment – £1.28
While we’re on the Naked subject.. this hair treatment is incredible! It includes Argan Oil and Meadowfoam.. anyone know what that is? No, me either. Regardless of ingredients I put this on my hair and left it for 10 minutes and my ends felt completely restored. I cannot tell you how many hair treatments I have tried over the years and this is hands down the best thing I’ve ever used. As far as I know it’s only available in sachet form but if they bring out a litre tub I will be first in line to pick it up.
It is available in tub form on their website for £7.99
My last two loves were sent to me by Schwarzkopf because it was their Got2B Blow Dry Kit that ruined my hair and by way of a “goodwill gesture” they sent me a huge bag full of goodies targeted at damaged hair. I did want to mention first I received a lot of BC hairtherapy products and having used the repair rescue shampoo and conditioner for 2 weeks I really don’t like it. I might do a review of the range separately but I thought it was worth mentioning in case you took my love of these two products as a recommendation for the entire line.. it’s not.
BC Hairtherapy – Repair Rescue Treatment – £9.73
This is designed to be used on towel dried hair and left to process for 10 minutes. I usually like to leave a treatment on for at least an hour, if not overnight, but as with the Naked sachet this works quickly which means I can apply it and rinse it out all in one bath time, which is nice. It’s thick, creamy and luxurious and as with the other products from the hairtherapy line it smells like a salon treatment. I believe the range is ‘salon exclusive’ in fact but as with everything else that fits that description you can pick it up online. It’s a great moisture hit that I personally use before shampooing (there are no directions otherwise) and even if I skip conditioner my hair still looks and feels smooth. The difference between this and the Naked treatment for me is I think the Naked is doing something good for my hair where as this is just improving the look and feel.. I don’t think it’s making any long lasting repairs but I could be wrong.
BC Hairtherapy – Oil Miracle (light) – £22.45
When I first opened this I though, Oh great, another oil I can’t use! Since my hair is so short now it’s tough to use my favourite Macadamia/Moroccan oils without looking greasy and unwashed. It’s hard to target just the ends when they’re now so close to my roots so I had given up on them all together until my hair grows out a little. The beauty of this little miracle in a bottle is that it’s actually formulated to be a finishing oil which means it’s super light and I can apply it pretty liberally to my wet hair without having to jump back in the tub and wash it again. It’s definitely filled the void in my hair care routine and I’m happy to have a useable oil back in my life.
That’s it for my current favourites. I know I would usually wait until the end of the month to rave about my product loves but so often hair and skin care basics are left out because they aren’t exciting or new but they are absolutely worth sharing with the world!