There are so many haircare options on the market, and I thought I would do a blog on what is making my hair feel and look good at the moment.
I had a shower at my gym yesterday after an exercise class – and I used the provided Molton Brown ‘Kumudu Volumising’ Shampoo and Conditioner and my hair didn’t feel right all day. I re-washed it last night using my products at home and today it feels back to it’s best. That isn’t to say that that shampoo and conditioner combination wouldn’t work brilliantly on somebody else – everybody’s hair is different.
I had dinner with my girlfriends last night; my friend Lucy loves Liz Earle’s Shampoo and Conditioner – my friend Vicky doesn’t. My friend Leah isn’t a fan of Aveda’s hair products, and yet I know ‘Shampure’ is considered by some people to be the best product on the market. This inspired my ‘What My Hair Is Loving’ blog post.
Alexandra Soveral Grapefruit and Bergamot Shampoo and Conditioner
I discovered the Alexandra Soveral products in Celestine Eleven in Shoreditch. Something irrational in my head told me that a shampoo this natural is going to cause me nothing but aggravation – I was wrong. All of Alexandra’s products are made using raw ingredients that are organically produced. My friend Vicky had a facial with her, and said that in the background she could hear her whipping and preparing products. Her facials are allegedly superb, and her shampoo and conditioner leave my hair feeling healthy – clean, light and totally managable. The shampoo almost slips from my hand when i try and lift my hands to my head – that’s the only problem – so I have to move quickly!!
Frederic Fekkai Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner
I’ve been using Frederic Fekkai hair products for years – I picked the glossing set up again last year in Naimes in Los Angeles – after being reminded of its glory in a friend’s shower. The ‘Brilliant Glossing’ Shampoo and Conditioner contain olive oil but in a similar way to Alexandra Soveral’s products my hair is left feeling light and soft. There is no residue or weight left on the hair, and I find it very easy to style after using this combo. I do tend to buy the Frederic Fekkai products when I’m visiting the USA – made there and are cheaper. They are sold in every Sephora.
In the UK the Shampoo and Conditioner are each priced at £20.49
http://www.wowhd.co.uk/fredericfekkai (free postage)
Nicky Clarke Diamond Shine Hairdryer
Nicky Clarke launched his Diamond Shine hairdryer at the end of last year. It has three heat settings, and has a ceramic coated grille that is infused with real diamonds! The ionic technology battles the frizz, and smooths and protects the hair. It’s a powerful 2000 watt dryer, that I find with the use of the nozzle dries my hair quickly and evenly. Nicky wanted to create a dryer that would give salon results at home. It isn’t the smallest or lightest dryer so potentially not the best if you need one for frequent travel.
It’s priced at £60.00.
Moroccanoil Large Barrel Brush
My poor overused Moroccanoil Large Barrel Brush. It has lost its top, the bristles are a little bit twisted, but this is my go-to brush every time I style my hair. I recently took away a smaller round brush as my only brush when I was travelling to America, and bitterly regretted it. I do need to replace this brush as I have used and abused it – however I wouldn’t even consider another option. It leaves my hair feeling so smooth (its ceramic coated bristles) and leave it looking ‘finished’. It glides through the hair and never pulls or snags it. There is a medium and a small barrel brush for people with shorter hair- I would recommend the larger option for hair that is below shoulder length. The larger brush is 55ml.
Price – £16.15
Bumble and Bumble Hair Prep – I’m a long term user of this lightweight detangling spray. Spray on to towel dried hair. It is rich in nutrients, and doesn’t leave a tacky feeling on the hair or scalp. I have used Bumble and Bumble’s Styling Spray and Thickening Spray frequently over the years too, and this is my favourite of the three. You can use other styling products over it if you wish.
Price – Usually £17.00 Currently £15.30
http://www.lookfantastic.com/prep (free delivery)
L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni Art Volume Architect – I bought this L’Oreal spray after my hairdresser at Neville’s Salon – Cristian Pignatta – recently used it whilst styling my hair. My hair held perfectly until I next washed it (obviously part of that is Cristian’s skill as opposed to the product)! It’s a protective spray that helps to create volume when home styling. It’s ideal for fine hair or hair that needs a little extra lift. Apply to towel dried hair and blow dry.
Price – £13.49
http://www.lookfantastic.com/loreal (free delivery)
Seniz Alkan at Neville Hair and Beauty
Seniz is my long term colourist at Neville Hair and Beauty – my hair always loves her! I’ve been a client of Seniz’ for nearly a decade. I let her do exactly what she wants most of the time because she has such a fantastic eye for colour and current colour trends. I recently replaced my ombre with a darker look for the winter, and I am so happy with it. She is an expert hair colourist with any hair type or colour, but specialises with brunettes and with balayage.
Please let me know which products and styling tools you couldn’t be without – and of course anything that really doesn’t leave your hair feeling amazing. I am always interested to hear what works and doesn’t work for other people.