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For those of you subscribed to my YouTube channel, you may have seen my recent Get Ready with Me, where I spoke about how much I have been loving the Nicky Clarke Supershine range. The lovely people at Nicky Clarke are kindly giving on of my blog readers the chance to win the whole Nicky Clarke Supershine range; that’s the blow dryer, hair straightener and tong!

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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?

Whilst away on holiday in August I decided to try out the new Remington PROtect Range and their Switch and PROtect challenge. Although I used products to protect my hair whilst in the sun and applied lots of masks, I wanted to ensure that my blow dryer and straightener weren’t causing damage too.

I was particularly excited to try the Remington PROtect Dryer as I use a blow dryer daily. It has thermacare technology to dry hair faster with less heat and therefore causing less damage. I usually dry my hair using the highest setting on my blow dryer but found using the second setting rather than the third was perfect for mine finer hair. I’m impressed by how light this blow dryer is which made it great to travel with but more importantly it left my hair looking really shiny.

Although I don’t often straighten my hair I think on holiday it’s a really quick and easy way to ensure your hair is styled. The Remington PROtect Straightener has hydracare technology, which combines a cool mist with the optimum heat to deliver shiny, healthy, less damaged hair. I love the slightly wider plates on this straightener as I was able to straighten my hair quickly.

I was really happy to have taken the PROtect on holiday with me and it couldn’t have come at a better time. My hair is shiny, hydrated and feels healthy despite all the time spent in the sun and using heat on it daily.

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I’ve had both my ghd Styler and Hairdryer for about two or three years now and although they are a little expensive, they last forever and are worth the investment. They release new designs and colours all the time but I fell in love with the Rose Gold Pair as they still look sleek and classic whilst being quite fun.

Like with all ghd stylers they come with a roll bag and sectioning clips. They have smoother plates which really help create a high-gloss on the hair and ceramic heated plate which glide through the hair without snagging, perfect for when you are curling. They have a long cord and although they are professional quality they still remain quite light.

I don’t straighten my hair daily, maybe not even weekly but when I do need to add a curl or de-frizz a little they are my go to tool. I also never go away without them as they are very versatile especially compared to heated rollers and curlers. Now with all the parties coming up I’m sure I’ll be using them even more to add curls and volume to my hair.

Have you tried ghd’s?

I’d recommend adding them to your Christmas wishlist or treating yourself to a pair during Black Friday tomorrow. 

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 Although I’ve been a beauty blogger/addict for many years now, one of the cult products I have never owned is a pair of ghd straighteners. I do use my ghd blow dyer on a daily basis and despite it being a little heavy (maybe that’s why I have more defined biceps now days) I do love it and it has never failed me but I’m new to the straightener.

I was invited down to the ghd studios at their head office to talk about their new candy collection stylers, talk 2013 hair trends and eat sweets- how could I say no! Ghd is launching three new candy colour shades of stylers; mint, yellow and violet which we tried out at the event.

 We were talked through three main hair trends; new grunge glamour, hello pretty and 60’s prom queen. Hello pretty goes with the current pastel trend we are seeing in fashion, pretty french braids, whimsical lilac hair and romantic fish tail plaits. New Grunge Glamour is laid back, care free hair- I think it evolved a little from ombre hair and I love it, although I do feel it works better on long hair. Probably my favourite is 60’s prom queen simply because I like big hair, it’s super chic and looks very smart!

 Although the stylers are traditionally used to achieve straight, sleek hair I think we often forget that they can be used to add volume, curls and a litre texture as shown in the looks above. For the braid, first the grunge look was done on the hair as it made it easier to hold the braid in place. The 60’s prom look was done with some root work using the straighter before teasing, I’ve tried this and it actually works!

I was then lucky enough to take one of the new stylers home and I am so excited to share it with you in a future post. Hopefully I will share some hair looks with you all soon!

The candy collection is available now and retails for £110

Can you guess what colour I got; mint, yellow or violet? Do you own a pair of ghd’s?
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