hair careI’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about my hair and hair care, it’s often something that’s a little neglected here on ALO as I don’t have the greatest hair but since you’ve got to work with what you’ve got I thought I would share the bits I have been loving.

Shampoo is something that just doesn’t excite me, their either average or bad but rarely do I fall in love but the Davines Prep shampoo and conditioner really took me by surprise. The packaging is pretty which is great as it looks nice on the bathroom shelf but more than that my hair loved this shampoo! The Davines Prep Shampoo is for ‘all hair types’ and the Prep Mild Cream Conditioner is for ‘fine to medium’ so since I have fine hair I wasn’t sure if it was going to do a lot for my hair but I found that it was great for rebalancing my hair. I usually have quite dry ends and greasy roots but I found that this kept my ends hydrated and my roots cleared for longer than any other shampoo. Day two hair is rare for me as my hair is usually super greasy by then, but with this I didn’t even need dry shampoo day two. It is quite expensive but I think really worth the money as I had to spend less time washing my hair! I’m currently trailing a different shampoo but will probably be putting in a little Cult Beauty order for some more Davines products soon!

I was also recently send the Kardashian Beauty hair range which I thought might be a bit gimmicky but I actually have fallen in love with the Volume Foam in particular, it isn’t too heavy or sticky but still adds a great amount of volume and hold to the hair. I have been using the Blow Dry Cream too, which adds a bit of shine to the hair and more importantly has heat protection.

In terms of tools theres nothing new really; I love my ghd blow dryer which is definitely worth the investment, I use to go for a blow dryer every few months but this one has lasted ages and dries my hair quickly. I rarely straighten my hair but I do always have a ghd styler too just in case, I currently have the new one from the Azores collection which is beautiful. I curl my hair quite often and for that I love the Babyliss Boutique Soft Waves, I find it to be the perfect size and my curls last all day with it too.

I also just wanted to mention that I did used Olaplex last time I had my hair coloured and I think that it helped my hair massively. I don’t know too much about Olaplex but the next time I get my hair coloured I’ll be sure to tell you all about it.

What hair products have you been loving?

hair 3 hair 1I was actually growing my hair until last Friday and I know I have had lots of comments recently from people who think my hair would look nicer longer but sometime you just need a good chop and last Friday was that day.

I had my hair done at Daniel Galvin in Kensington which such a beautiful salon! I went in for a bit of a trim and a colour refresh but after discussing the (not so good) condition of my hair we decided to take a little off the length too. Colour wise nothing has changed to much; my roots are slightly darker and although I kept the balayage, it’s a little softer. I absolutely love the colour, and although I probably will be going a little lighter in a few months, it is perfect, low maintenance and has that perfect sun-kissed look to it.

On to the cut…

As I mentioned I only went in for a trim but the truth is that my hair was pretty dry and I’m not too precious with the length of my hair. I was initially a little shocked I think but I actually love it! Although it’s short I can still tie it up if I need to and it’s surprisingly low maintenance. My hair wasn’t long to begin with but taking off just a inch or two really changed the whole overall look. I haven’t worn it straight yet but I love how easy it is to just rough dry and then add a few lose curls for an effortlessly chic look (kind of).

Although Daniel Galvin is quite a pricey salon I do think you get what you pay for and I am in love with my new hair and would highly recommend booking in for your next hair appointment.

A huge thanks to Cheryl and Sarah for the perfect cut and colour!

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fudge shampoo fudge pro oilI like to start the new year off the way I would like to go on, so typically I have a clear out (as I want to be more organised), fake tan (because I would love to be tanned all year round) and sort out my hair as I would love nice hair in 2016.

This year Fudge Professional was nice enough to help and hooked me up with a bit of a hair refresh as my hair was really in need of some TLC. They didn’t change too much but my hair was starting to look dry and unloved as it hadn’t been coloured in quite a while and the colour that was still in it had faded. The colourist added some high and low-lights, to add an expensive, sunkissed look to my hair which I love and which fits perfectly with the current blonde/brunette (bronde) trend which is about and I love it! I did get a little bit of a trim too, as my hair is so fine that any unnecessary ends can really make it look flat and lifeless.

Since the cut and colour I’ve been using some of the Fudge Professional range and loving it! I’ve used quite a lot from the Fudge Urban range before but this is the first time using the professional products and I love them just as much as love the Urban. The Colour Lock shampoo and conditioner are not only keeping my hair colour looking great but my hair feels amazing too but my favourite hair product of the month has to be Light Hed-ed Hair oil. It adds moisture and hydrates my hair without weighing it down and I must admit I am pretty addicted to this stuff already!

Not predicting a huge hair change in 2016, probably just more of the same…

At the end of last month I booked to get my hair fully dyed dark, I scheduled it for a months time and decided that I’d be ready then to face autumn and winter with darker hair. However, I was wrong!

When I got to Gro Hampstead, Serafina and I agreed that instead of going dark all over she’d instead darken my roots and blend it with my lighter ends. I’ve been getting my hair cut & coloured with Serafina at Gro Hampstead for the past year and would highly recommend her if you’re London based and looking for a hairdresser. We’ve changed it a fair bit over the last year from Balayage to dark brown and back again but she always gives me exactly what I ask for and I always leave really happy.

My hair now is a little darker on the top which I love but Serafina also used a darker and warmer toner on the ends too, it’s a little more autumnal but I’m so happy to still have the gradation in colour. The cut is really anything different but she kindly curled it too with a medium tong which I think works particularly well with any sort of balayage/ombre.

I was so worried about going dark and really though I would miss the lighter but I’m so happy with the current shade that I haven’t missed it at all. I’ve booked to go a little darker again but I’m so in love with this shade that I’m not too sure I will…

If you are looking for a London hairdresser Serafina is amazing and based in Hampstead but I’ve heard generally great things from lots of my friends about Gro London as a whole and they’re quite reasonably priced too.

Will you be going darker for the colder months?

I’ve been using Herbal Essences for a while now but decided to switch over to Dazzling Shine Shampoo and Conditioner over the last week, as it’s now autumn and I want to keep my hair as shiny as possible. I typically use a few styling products after the shower too to help with shine but I love that this shampoo leaves my hair shiny and smooth with very little effort, I can just wash, dry and go.

The Dazzling Shine Moisturising Shampoo cleanses hair and the conditioner is serum-infused meaning it leaves my hair with a silky shine that lasts the whole day.

Although it’s a great shampoo and conditioner the scent is probably my favourite thing about it! It has a really refreshing and awakening citrus scent which not only smells amazing in the shower but also throughout the day, the citrus scent leaves me awake and ready to tackle the day in the morning and adds a little bit of confidence throughout my day. In fact, Herbal Essences surveyed 1000 women and 52% of women felt more prepared for their day and 43% felt more happy- which is pretty impressive! 

I’m not sure my hair has ever smelt so good!

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