Unfortunately my hair is not what it once was and this has given me a new interest and appreciation in haircare. The right products can make a difference for any hair type but this is especially the case for hair that’s below par. This year I’ve been trying out lots of new products and these are the ones I like the most. It wasn’t until I gathered them together that I realised that the common theme amongst them was that they are either sulphate and/or sodium free and contain lots of natural ingredients. Products that have harsher ingredients (and which typically cost less) are now not an option for me.
Kevin Murphy Smooth.Again Wash & Rinse
It’s very hard to find ‘anti-frizz’ ranges that smooth hair but don’t make it look lank, weighed down and then greasy a few hours later. Smooth.Again bucks the trend and tames my somewhat course hair but still leaves it with some body so it doesn’t just fall flat. I’m trying to cut down on using heat on my hair and find that I still get the smoothing effect from these products even when I don’t blow dry.
It uses targeted ‘cationic technology’ that lets the product find specific areas of the hair strand that are damaged by heat, chemical processing or are dehydrated (very futuristic). The Wash contains monoi oil from gardena flower, sunflower seeds and murumu seed butter, olive fruit oil and the Rinse has cocoa seed butter and brazil nut oil so they really have a lot of repairing, protective and conditioning ingredients.
The Smooth.Again range is available HERE and a 40ml size for £5 and the full 250ml size is £21.
Stemm High Amino Shampoo, Black Fulvic Conditioner and Density Stimuli
The emphasis of this range is much more on caring for the scalp than the hair. The thinking is that if you look after the health of the scalp and the roots the pay off will be denser, thick and stronger hair. Obviously, this makes a ton of sense and I only wish I’d taken more preventive action to preserve the thickness and strength of my hair before it started declining.
I was given a sample of the shampoo and conditioner and I liked it so much that I went on to buy the serum as well. I use the shampoo and conditioner about twice a week and the serum about 5 days a week just along the front of the hairline where I’ve noticed the most thinning out. The range is by the reliably good Deceim who always include a detailed breakdown of the ingredients in each product and you can read what’s in Stemm by clicking on each product page from HERE. Just something else worth mentioning – though these are all about scalp health, I’m more than happy with how my hair looks and feels after I’ve used them so it’s not a case of sacrificing one benefit for another.
Rita Hazan True Colour Ultimate Shine Gloss
I first became away of Rita Hazan products after spotting them on Sephora as the customer reviews for them are so consistently good. Hazan is a trend setting colourist who’s worked with Beyonce, Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez. Her range is now available in the UK and it’s formulated primarily for those with colour treated hair.
The product I’ve been trying is the True Colour Ultimate Gloss which is a treatment that’s used between shampooing and conditioning. I’ve used it with both the above ranges and it absolutely does add some extra sheen to my hair. It’s a foam so is very easy to apply and you can either rinse it out straight away or leave it in for 3 mins. I’ve got the ‘clear’ one which can be used on any colour hair but it also comes in different shades which you match to your own colour. There’s even one called Breaking Brass that tones down orange tones on brunettes, blondes and silver hair.
Aveda Shampure Thermal Dry Conditioner
This is a very clever idea that translates well in use. While dry shampoos deal with greasy roots this Dry Conditioner revives hair from the mid-length down where it can often become a bit dry and lacklustre between washes. It’s a mist that’s so fine you can’t actually see it but you know it’s there because hair becomes softer and more conditioned again. You can also smell that amazing Shampure scent which is an instant mood lifter.
The ingredients are 97% naturally derived and include organic jojoba and sunflower seeds. It can also protect against thermal damage so it’s perfect it you want to further revive your hair with a heat tool. It’s basically one of those problem solving products that’s really useful to have on hand.
Aveda Shampure Thermal Dry Conditioner is £26 for 100ml and available HERE.
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