The Hair Post: A Whole Lot of Leave-In Conditioner

If you deal with frizzy hair like me, then you will know the importance of using a leave in conditioner. If I don't put one on before blow drying my hair, it's like a lions mane and that isn't a good look. I'm not saying I have found my HG product yet, but these come close and do the job. My hair is naturally curly so I do need some product to leave in my hair as once it's blow dried straight, it has a lot of fly aways.

It's A 10 Miracle Leave In Potion Plus Keratin is a product I bought as my other It's A 10 product was running out. I like it so far, the keratin should keep my hair stronger and will help my hair grow too. The downside of it so far is that I wish it was a spray, I hate putting things onto my hands and then running it through. It is an American product but I pick these products up in TK Maxx or online and they last a good few months if used often.
Dove Hair Therapy Intensive Repair Leave In Conditioning and Care Spray (what a mouth full) is something I picked up because I saw that Kate loves it a lot. This is a new product in the Dove hair care range and I am using it alongside the matching shampoo and conditioner. It helps prevent breakage and split ends and can be used on dry or damp hair. I prefer to use this on dry hair though, when my hair is maybe on second day hair and it's a little dry, I spray this on the ends just to give my hair a conditioning boost. However, I believe that this range is exactly the same as the next product...
Tresemme Platinum Strength Leave In Conditioner is another product which goes with the platinum strength range, which I reviewed here. I used the shampoo and conditioner for about a month when it first came out and I loved it. My hair grew a lot in that month and my hair felt a lot stronger too so I do think that this range works. I still have some of their other products on the side for when my hair needs a little extra strength, but for now I'm just using this as my leave in conditioner. I picked up this as my It's A 10 Leave In Product was running out and it seemed to be a good alternative as I'm rationing it out now. If it had a spray pump, I would like it a lot more!
It's A 10 Miracle Leave In Product is an American wonder product. I've reviewed this fully here when I first started blogging and I still stand by everything I say in that post. I bloody love it. It's coming to the end which upsets me greatly so I'm hunting down another one online. I spritz it all over my hair when it's towel dried before I blow dry it. Does it do the 10 things it says it does? I'm not too sure but since using it, my hair is a lot stronger and healthier, so who knows.

I use the It's A 10 products a lot more than the other two as I see more difference in my hair, but it's all down to preference as they all do the same thing in the end.

Luce x

The Hair Post: Bumble & Bumble Thickening Range

I love volume in my hair more than I should, but I'm quite fussy about which products to use for it. I only like volume when my hair is curled and only on the ends. Bumble & Bumble Thickening Full Form Mousse* and Thickening Creme Contour* came into my hands a few weeks back and I've been trying them out ever since.

When it came to the using the mousse, I got a little scared. Mousse doesn't have the best name for itself but in reality, it can be a really good product, especially for curly haired ladies. The Thickening Full Form Mousse* is to be used on damp hair, working it from the roots to the ends before blow drying. I use about a 50p size and work it through the ends of my hair only, as I use more when it's dry. There's a little trick that if you use it on dry hair and ruffle a little through the roots, because it contains alcohol, it will dry your hair out (anything to get out of washing my hair) but it'll give that bit of oomph it needs. The Thickening Creme Contour* is used on dry hair, smooth onto palms and run it through the hair. I find that running it through large sections of my bottom half of my hair works well. Unlike Bumble & Bumble Semisumo, which I'm still getting the hang of, this does all the work for you as the creme just disappears into your hair.

I'm just waiting to see what they come out with next as they have something exciting up their sleeve for the next release. What do you use to add volume to your hair?

Luce x

The Hair Post: Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray

I picked up the cult summer hair product, Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray a few weeks back, to see if I was able to add some volume into my limp locks. As you all know, I'm not blessed with naturally straight hair so after I've blow dried & straightened it, it is left a little lifeless, no matter how healthy it is. I normally add some waves into it using a curling wand but most days I can't be bothered. That's where this product comes into the mix. 

Surf Spray claims to give the locks a 'sexy, salty, sun-dried, windswept' style, so I had high expectations. As much as I would love to achieve the hair of Ivy from 90210, see here, I know that it's not in my hair genes so I needed to go for the next best thing. I've used the spray in two ways so far. The first was spraying it all over wet hair before blow drying it. Bad idea. Fast forward 30 minutes after I had blow dried it and it was crazy. But I endured it and straightened it and went with it for the next few days. By putting it on wet hair, it created some sort of grease bomb from the start, so I wouldn't suggest using it that way. However, by spraying it on dry hair, the morning after washing it, I would recommend using it that way. It normally takes me a lot of 'ruffling' with my hair to make it look acceptable in my eyes. But with this, just spray it a little all over the hair and scrunch it with your hands a few times. 

If I was heading to a beach this summer, I would test it out on my naturally curly hair, but that's not looking likely so I'll just fake it in London. Also, excuse the very little make up face, I had just sat through a dreadful exam the morning before I took these photos!

Luce x

The Hair Post: Tresemme Platinum Strength Range

As soon as I saw this popping up on blogs, I knew it was for me. I'm not one to indulge in shampoo and conditioner, I will usually just buy what ever is on special offer in Boots. My hair is naturally dark blonde, however I dyed it lighter blonde a few years ago and with various other dyes on top, I had to stop dyeing it. It finally got to a colour I was happy with and then I bleached the ends to give it the 'dip dye' feel and since then, I have been growing my hair out. Now what you see is hair natural colour on top with lighter blonde remains on the end. Through all of this, my hair is pretty damaged so teamed with heat, it is not in good condition.

Tresemme Platinum Strength range claims to visibly repair up to 2 years of damage, as it aims to put strength, manageability and softness back into the hair. They have a special technology which helps reform the hair 'lipids' which makes the follicle more smooth and strong. The range consists of 5 products, shampoo & conditioner, instant rescue shot, leave in conditioner and a deep conditioning treatment. I've been using the shampoo and conditioner for 5 weeks now and used three of the rescue shots. 

I don't usually notice that big of a difference with shampoo but this has made a massive one! My hair is left smooth and soft, plus overall when its dry, it's less frizzy. Whether this has helped or not, my hair has grown so much in the past month and I think it may be down to these products. I had my hair trimmed before I started to use these products and by now, my split ends should be coming back but so far, they've been reduced dramatically, that's something we all suffer with! Will I continue to use it? Yes I will, let's hope they're on offer in Boots.

Luce x