Category Archives: Haircare

My Current Purifying Shampoo

DSC_1018postClarifying shampoos are something that I’m kind of crazy about. I use them once a week and I love how soft, shiny and clean my hair looks and feels after that.

I’m pretty sure I’ve tried a few Kérastase products before but I don’t remember which ones exactly. I was really looking forward to getting some of their Spécifique products which is a series that improves scalp concerns. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the shampoo for oily scalp and dry ends at the salon that day, so I got the one for oily scalp and hair. At first, I was a bit scared and wasn’t sure if it wouldn’t make my hair too dry and irritate my scalp but luckily, I was pleasantly surprised.

Kérastase Spécifique Bain Clarifiant contains Glycine and Salicylic Acid to purify the scalp and hair and Vitamin B6 that has nourishing properties. The consistency is clear and runny and the scent is very nice. I love how clean my hair gets with this shampoo but it doesn’t feel dry and my scalp isn’t irritated. Kérastase Spécifique Bain Clarifiant gives me a lot of volume and shine while I feel my hair soft and light. It’s a great choice if you want to have really clean hair but without the stripping feeling.

I like this shampoo a lot, it’s purifying but feels gentle and I’m looking forward to trying the Kérastase Spécifique Bain Divalent one, as well, to see which one works better on my hair. What’s your favourite product from Kérastase?

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Battle of the Dry Shampoos

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I don’t know what I’d do without dry shampoos. Actually, I know! I’d stay up at 4-5 am to wash my hair every morning. I’ve been doing this for years at school and then uni. Honestly, it was a torture. I just always like to have my hair clean, I get compliments on the way it looks and smells but my second day hair is actually quite flat.

Dry shampoos are good for those days when we’re in a rush and our hair starts to look not so clean anymore but with a little help, it can still have a fresh and nice appearance. I also like to use dry shampoos when I need a bit more volume and/or texture. It’s actually quite a versatile product for me.
I haven’t used hundreds of dry shampoos but it’s a product that I always have in my stash and I always try to find new ones and see which one is the best dry shampoo. Here are a few of my latest and probably best purchases and hopefully, the comparison between them will help you choose your next dry shampoo. The most important thing to remember for all of them is that you have to use it on dry hair, to shake well the can and to spray from about 15 cm distance.

Let’s begin with Batiste because there are two of them here and it’s probably the most popural dry shampoo brand. The first one, Heavenly Volume is the most powdery of all but it also works instantly. It absorbs the excess grease, it does give a good amount of volume and texture and the chalky look is gone pretty quickly. However, if you don’t like the thick feel when you run fingers through the hair, you probably won’t be a fan of this one. The second one is in their Oriental scent. Smells lovely and does a great job. It doesn’t give so much volume but it’s not supposed to. It’s a little bit lighter that the Heavenly Volume one but still works great on me.

Moving on to Dove Refresh+Care which was probably the most looked for dry shampoo. I was hearing so many good reviews on it but so far, I’ve found it only in the UK. It’s definitely worth the hype, there is almost no white residue, smells amazing (my personal favourite when it comes to scents) and refreshes the hair after a minute massaging the product into it.

The newest release is from CoLab and I randomly picked up the Tokyo scent. It reminds me of my grandmother’s favourite perfume in a good way, it’s quite sophisticated actually. It has the most invisible formula of the ones here and maybe that’s why I prefer to use it hours before I need to go out. It doesn’t work immediately, I have to spray it on the night before or in the morning, in case I’m going out in the afternoon. But hours later, the hair is refreshed, the scalp is not sticky and I’m curious to try the other scents and the Extreme Volume series, as well. However, if you’re expecting to see results a minute later, you’d be more likely to think you’re using a texturising spray. It gives you texture but not a refresh.

Last but not least, is the Garnier 7-in-1 The Silky Dry Shampoo. The idea of my hair smelling of Vanilla is really putting me off but the scent of this product is not the typical Vanilla one, it’s still quite strong and sweet but also fresh. The claims on the tin are pretty big and I don’t agree with all of them but I still think it’s not the worst dry shampoo that you can try. However, I have to say it’s my least favourite. It refreshes the hair but just not so much as the other ones and sometimes can make it look a bit lifeless and flat.

If I have to pick my most favourite, it would definitely be the Batiste Heavenly Volume Dry Shampoo because it’s a dry shampoo and texturising spray in one (I so want to try their XXL Volume one!). A runner-up would be the Dove Refresh+Care Dry Shampoo.

What’s your favourite dry shampoo?

Current Clarifying Shampoo

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My hair is pretty thick and long, it’s very soft but falls down heavily. I can say that it’s actually a happy hair because I don’t torture it so much. I don’t use too many styling products and I try to stay away from straighteners and curling wands. However, I use hair dryer every time when I wash my hair but trust me, it’s not as bad as the other tools and I have no idea why people always say that it’s much worse, no, it’s not.

Anyway, water in Norway is pretty soft and I never feel my hair super clean and perfectly washed. That’s why I use a deep cleansing shampoo once a week.

The shampoo that I’m showing you today isn’t described as clarifying one but it works as such for me. It’s by All Nature and it’s their Thyme & Rosemary Volume and Vitality Shampoo. It’s based on natural extracts and oils and it’s free from silicones, parabens, paraffins, SLES and EO. The smell reminds me of old shampoos and probably many people wouldn’t like it but I don’t mind it. It’s a pretty purple gel that foams up and you don’t need very much product to wash your hair. Yes, it does make my hair feel squeaky clean but once a week, I just want my hair to be extremely clean, that’s how I prefer it. This shampoo does it and also makes my hair soft without flyaways and gives me lots of volume. It removes all the build-up while keeping the hair in good condition.

The frequency of using a clarifying shampoo is different for every person. Some do it once a month, others two times a month, it depends on the hair type and condition.

Which clarifying shampoo would you recommend?

Summer in the Winter: Faith in Nature Coconut Haircare

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I’ve seen Faith in Nature in my local bio store but didn’t know much about the brand.

When I was sent a generous package by their Norwegian representatives LaColle with some of their products to try, I got really excited. I’ve been testing them out for more than a month and soon I’ll be writing a post on my favourite items but at the moment I’m in love with their Coconut shampoo and conditioner.

Faith in Nature doesn’t use any synthetic fragrances or colouring, SLS, SLES and parabens. There are no animal ingredients and no ingredients are tested on animals.

Now to the Natural Organic Coconut Shampoo* which as you can tell contains organic coconut. I have to say that it smells of real coconuts, it’s not like the usual artificial coconut scent added to beauty products. It’s really nice, feels like you’re on a summer holiday. The product has pearly and a little bit runny consistency. It’s pretty foamy, you need the tiniest amount of product. The shampoo is also very gentle but cleanses your hair and scalp very good and leaves my hair almost squeaky clean, shiny and soft. By soft, I mean baby soft hair that has never had any heavy products on it or experienced blow dry, air conditioner or winter air.

The Coconut Conditioner* has more watery consistency, it’s a light conditioner but it does nourish your hair and in combination with the shampoo, the results are honestly better than I expected.
The hair is shiny and manageable, smells lovely and if you have sensitive scalp, these are a shampoo and conditioner to try.

Both of these products have exceeded my expectations and I would love to try more of the haircare range.

Have you tried any Faith in Nature‘s products?

 

*PR samples

Two Shampoos for Soft Hair

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When it comes to hair, everybody wants theirs to be soft and nourished. I’m using up my shampoos super fast as if I’m drinking them (I promise I’m not) so I decided to share with you two shampoos that recently impressed me. Plus, both of them have pumps!

Vichy Dercos Mineral Soft Shampoo for Daily Use has a formula enriched with minerals and it’s alcohol-, paraben-, soap- and silicone-free. It comes clear, smells amazing and it’s very light, something like a gel. It leaves my hair shiny and soft with a wonderful scent that you can smell even on the next day. I was very excited about the pump but for me it’s not so comfortable. It’s not a bad pump, just I have super long and thick hair and I need huge amount of the shampoo. The pump is not distributing very much and I have to press many times until I get the amount I need. If you have shorter hair, though don’t worry.

I’ve been wanting to try something from Björn Axén for a very long time. It’s a Swedish brand, probably the most famous Swedish hair care brand. I got even more interested after reading about their values and goals. The Legacy 1963 is their luxurious hair line: “The Legacy 1963 is made in an uncompromising manner and contains only high-quality, caring ingredients – the perfect balance of essential oils, antioxidants in the form of organic oils from Arctic berries and our own protein complex topped with Bulgarian rose oil, also known as “liquid gold”. The last part made me melt, if you don’t know why, click here!
So I picked the Strengthening Shampoo for fine hair simply because they didn’t have the one for thick hair in the store and I really wanted to try it out. The packaging looked so chic, I absolutely fell in love. Now, this pump is something else! I need just 3-4 pumps for the right amount of creamy product. The shampoo smells of apricots. It’s giving you a deep cleanse. I always wash my hair twice and then apply mask or conditioner. This shampoo makes my hair extremely soft, almost like a baby hair, smells amazing and if the one for fine hair works so good on me, then I don’t even know what the thick hair shampoo would do.

Have you tried any of these shampoos?