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I’ve been recently asked a lot about hair care tips, hair growth and my hair in general, so I thought it’s about time to share with you my secrets how I maintain my long hair. I’ve also written a post in the past about how to grow your hair when it’s shorter. You can read it here

I like my hair most when it's natural-wavy

I like my hair most when it’s natural-wavy

My natural hair colour is a medium brown and I like to lighten it up with lots of warm highlights. Because of the bleach and my thick, wavy hair texture, my hair is always very dry. So I’ve tried and tested lots of hair care products for dry hair to maintain its health. Here are my current favourites:

My current favourite products for dry/damages hair

My current favourite products for dry/damages hair

 

What I'm using on my hair when it's dry

What I’m using on my hair when it’s dry

These are my goodies from Germany- if you’re not from Germany you might find these on the internet. The pink bottle contains a moisturising treatment which is all natural and organic, with aloe vera and hibiscus. I spray it into my hair whenever it fells dry or just to give my hair a nice smell and to freshen it up throughout the day. Also from the organic brand Alverde is the moisturising butter in the front which contains avocado. I use this especially in winter when the spray treatment is just not quite moisturising enough-this definitely is ;)The clear bottle in the middle contains nettle water which I every once in a while to massage my scalp. If you want to grow your hair a good scalp massage is very important because the health of your hair starts with the roots! Last but not least the good old coconut oil which you can find in almost every supermarket. It’s perfect to moisturise your dry ends, it’s all natural, makes your hair look super shiny and smells aaamazing. I also use this as a deep conditioning hair mask every now and then.

Hair products for under the shower

Hair products for under the shower

These are more international products. I use them under the shower- oops, not the phyto 7 cream though 😉 This one is just another awesome leave-in treatment for the hair, contains 7 different plant extracts and acts as a daily moisturiser- I couldn’t live without it! Eco Awesome by TIGI is my favourite shampoo. It’s a moisturising shampoo with white tea and without any sulfates. When you want to grow your hair you must make sure that there are no sulfates in your shampoos because they are very harsh on your hair. The small bottle in the middle combined with the bottle on the right are my favourite conditioners: Tommy Guns Jasmine, wild nettle & sweet almond conditioner smells amazing and is perfect for thirsty and coloured hair. Another favourite is the Aussie 3 minute miracle reconstructor for damaged hair which contains aloe vera and mint and smells just like bubble gum- I love it! In the front you can see my favourite hair masks: The rainforest moisture butter by the bodyshop is all natural and leaves my hair feeling super soft and silky. The phytocitrus mask by Phyto is a great favourite because it contains proteins that help strengthen and rebuild brittle, dry and coloured hair.

phew this was a lot! Are you using any of these products and do you like them?  If  you want me to do an in-depth review of any of these products, please let me know 🙂

xoxo

 

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Aubrey Organics Swimmers shampoo & conditioner

Lately, I’ve been going to the gym again (applause for me!) and after swimming in the pool, my already dry hair felt even more dry and damaged from all the chlorine. I have picked up this shampoo and conditioner which promises to normalise hair that has been overexposed to the sun, salt, chlorine and perspiration.

What they say it does

Sun, salt, chlorine and perspiration can take their toll on unprotected hair. Take cover from dryness and brittleness with this protective, pH-normalizing shampoo. Naturally removes chlorine, minerals and other impurities to neutralize odours, prevent discoloration and leave hair soft, rebalanced and revitalized. Ideal for gray or blond hair. Safe for colour-treated hair.

Ingredients

Aqua, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Aloe Barbadensis, Castile Liquid Soap, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba, Rosmarinus Officinalis, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Glycerin, Chondrus Crispus, Citrus Grandis, Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit, Panthenol, Padimate O, Prunus Amara, Retinyl Palmitate, Daucus Carota Oil, Ascorbic Acid,

Price: £10.51       Size: 325ml

What I think

First, I really like that the shampoo & conditioner are made from 100% natural ingredients, are vegan and that the company doesn’t do any animal testing, which makes me feel good using it! 😀 Also, the products don’t contain sodium lauryl sulfates like many other shampoos, which can be very damaging and trying.

Because it doesn’t contain sulfates, it doesn’t lather too well, so make sure that your hair is really dropping wet before using it to get a better lather. Also, it has quite a strong, flowery smell. To me it smells like honeysuckle and roses, but I really like it as it gets me in the mood for spring/summer.  I always use it after swimming and it does its job in removing the chlorine,  meaning that my blondish hair doesn’t turn green and doesn’t dry out anymore.

Likes:

I don’t fear the chlorine any longer!

Makes my hair soft

Pleasant rose smell

All natural, no sulfates, no animal testing, vegan

Affordable

Dislikes:

Doesn’t lather well (because it doesn’t contain sulfates)

As you can see, I very much enjoy using the shampoo and conditioner and I’m very happy that I discovered this line. As it’s also great for hair that has been exposed to the sun and salt, this will come in very handy this summer! I’m looking forward to trying more from Aubrey Organics. Did you try any of their products? Please let me know if you have any recommendations what else I should try from them 🙂  xoxo

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 Moroccanoil treatment light

There is a reason why there is such hype about this product. I use just a dime size amount of the oil for my long, wavy hair, when it’s still dry before blow-drying and it leaves my hair feeling incredibly soft and healthy. I also noticed that the oil helped cutting down the time of blow-drying needed for my hair to dry. The light version is designed for finer and light-coloured hair and although my hair is partly beached and quite thick, it’s moisturising enough for me. It is non-greasy and doesn’t weigh my hair down at all. If you want healthy looking, smooth and shiny hair, I would definitely recommend this oil. Nevertheless, if you have really thick, coarse and/or damaged hair, you might want to try the other version as it’s a tad more moisturising.

 Hydrating styling crème

Hold, definition and hydration at the same time? Yes please! Over are the times of drying hair waxes that made the hair crunchy. This is all I need to add some definition to my hair after using the oil. I mainly use it to eliminate frizz and to give my waves a soft hold. It does the trick for me.

Extra Volume Shampoo & Conditioner

This shampoo & conditioner combo is highly moisturizing due to the fact that it contains argan oil but doesn’t weigh the hair down at all. It leaves my hair feeling incredibly soft and nourished while at the same time it also adds volume. Tilicine, derived from the buds of the Linden plant, in combination with other key ingredients penetrate the hair and plump up the cuticle from the inside out, volumising hair.At the same time, argan oil and keratin strengthen, nourish and repair to give the most lustrous looking hair. So if you want volume but don’t want to miss out on moisture, this line will be perfect for you.

All in all, I love the entire range and couldn’t recommend it enough. You can get the range from any good hair salon or online from hairtrader.co.uk.

I know it’s quite pricey for hair products but for me, it’s definitely worth it! If you can’t afford to get the entire range, I would definitely recommend buying the hair oil as a nice, nourishing leave-in treatment. 

Note:

  • All products contain silicones. If you don’t want to use silicones on your hair, don’t use this line.Click here if you want to know more about silicones in hair products.
  • All products contain argan oil. The oil is produced from the kernels of the argan tree in Morocco. It is packed with nutrients such as Vitamin E, unsaturated essential fatty acids, Sterols, Polyphenols and various naturally occurring antioxidants.

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After I dyed my hair, I am now taking really good care of it to bring back all the moisture. Lately, I have been obsessed with Macadamia hair products and I feel that they really do make a difference in the condition of my hair.

Macadamia oil infused comb

Mason Pearson brushes cost around £60, but the macadamia hair comb does the same trick for me and is only £7.50(!!) It is infused with healing macadamia oils and I use it on dry hair as well as on wet hair as a detangling comb. It glides effortlessly through my thick hair and spreads the natural oils from scalp to the ends, leaving my hair soft and shiny.

I also use Macadamia’s travel pack which includes all these products:

  • Healing oil treatment
  • Rejuvenating shampoo
  • Moisturising rinse
  • A sample of the deep repair masque
  • Macadamia nourishing leave-in cream
  • Oil infused comb

What I like about the shampoo is that it’s sulphate and paraben-free, meaning that it’s colour safe and gentle to the hair.

The moisturising rinse is a very good everyday conditioner which leaves my hair feeling soft and smelling beautifully.

I use the masque once a week and if you don’t have enough money to buy all of the products, I would recommend to at least buy this masque! It’s a true life saver for me, which deeply nourishes the hair and improves elasticity. The main ingredients are macadamia oil of course, alongside argan, tea tree and chamomile oil which all are known for their healing and moisturising properties.

After this, I always use the healing oil when I get out of the shower as a frizz and tangle-tamer. I love that it’s super light and does not feel greasy at all.

When my hair feels extra dry from the cold and windy weather outside, I would also use a tiny amount of the leave-in crème which even has UV protection.

I hope you enjoy reading what kind of products I use. If you have any questions, please let me know! If you are interested in purchasing any of these items,  you can get them from hairtrader.co.uk. They currently have the travel set on offer for £24.95, which is a pretty good deal!

Until next time! 🙂   xoxo

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I aways used to go to the hairdresser to get my hair coloured (high – and lowlights). This month I’m on a really tight student budget so I wanted to give at home hair dye a try!

I went to my local drugstore and stood like an hour (!) in front of the shelves and tried to figure out which brand and colour I should choose. I decided to go for L’oreal casting creme gloss as it doesn’t have ammonia which really can damage your hair. Also, on the label it said that it is a conditioning colour and gives your hair “visible shimmering tones”.

I decided to get the colour Sweet Honey because I loved the warmth of the colour.

It was very easy to use and I must say the royal jelly conditioner that comes with the hair dye really made my hair silky soft and smelling beautiful!

But here is the most important thing.. the result:

Before

After

Before, my hair colour was a dark blonde with golden undertones, now it’s a light brown with coppery undertones. I still need to get used to it and I’m not sure which colour I prefer, but I definitively like a change  in colour! What do you think? xoxo

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Today was a good day! Not only was it my sister’s birthday, also the sun was shining, the weather was lovely and I received a lovely package from a great, new hair care range: Four reasons.

Usually, I would test a product several days before I write a review, but today, I was so excited that I decided to tell you my first thoughts about these products now.

The first thing that struck me was the lovely packaging- it’s really funny- just look at it! 😀

Besides this, I have lots of high-and low-lights, so my hair always needs some TLC. Therefore, I was very excited to try the Four reasons repair shampoo and conditioner. The smell of the two products reminded me of Garnier Fructies. It’s a fresh, clean and fruity smell which I really like. I had some worries that the shampoo might be too drying because of the fact that Sodium Laureth Sulfate are a bit high in the ingredients list, but fortunately it wasn’t trying at all on my hair. It lathered really well and removed all the dirt while being super gentle to my hair.

The Conditioner was very moisturizing and it says on the label that it will even rebuild over processed hair – sounds great! I will definitely tell you if it does that job after I’ve used it a couple of weeks.

Moving on to the next two products: I used the heat styler today on a friend who straightened her hair and it did a good job in protecting her hair and left it super silky – what more do you want?

Nevertheless, my absolute hero product is the For Reasons cream mousse.  It’s a lightweight, non-sticky mousse which is just perfect for relaxing thick, frizzy or curly hair. My hair is very thick and I always have to fight with frizz. I used it today and was absolutely impressed – it defined my waves, got rid of the frizz and on top of that, it’s moisturising as well. Priced at only £5.95, I think this is going to be a new staple in my hair routine!

All products mentioned used here,except the heat style lotion

I hope this post was useful for you. If you like to learn more about this wonderful new brand, you can check out their new website here: www.fourreasonshaircare.com

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There’s no scientifically proven way to make your hair grow faster but there are several things you can do to encourage your hair to grow to its full potential.

  •  Brush Carefully

Brush your hair before you shower in the morning to reduce tangling and potential breakage. Let your hair dry naturally and do not brush it while it’s wet. A Mason Pearson is the Bentley under the hairbrushes but if you have a tight budget try the Tangle Teezer!

  •  Use Hot Tools In Moderation

Avoid over processing or heating your hair. This will cause breakage, and slow the growth process.

  • Proper Nutrition

Consider taking supplements like Vitamin B (Biotin, or non-flush Niacin.) Be sure you are eating a proper diet rich with whole grains, protein, fruits and veggies. Iron deficiencies can cause hair loss, so make sure to consult your doctor if you think that might be the case.

  •  Get your hair cut

It sounds contra-productive to get your hair cut if you want to grow it faster, but in fact getting a regular trim will help your hair to grow much healthier and stronger.

  •  Deep condition once a week

Deep conditioning is very beneficial.  It improves the strength and elasticity of hair. Once every other week can work just fine if your hair is in reasonably healthy condition.  Try Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Deep Conditioner for a cheap but very effective treatment.

  •  Relax

If you are stressing out too much your hair gets porous and tends to fall out more easily. Hair will grow about 6 inches a year and you can’t do much to speed this up even more, so just relax.

Good luck with growing your hair! For great, cheap DIY hairmasks watch out for my next post.

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