Percy & Reed Volumising No Oil Oil 30ml

A sample of Percy & Reed Volumising No Oil Oil arrived with Elle Magazine June edition. I do love a tester that’s worth testing…hopefully this is one of them.

IMG_9409.JPGThe Promise:
A lifesaver for fine/limp hair types leaving your hair smooth, sleek and shiny while adding volume.

The science Bit:
Contains violet extract which is nourishing/repairing plus added pro vitamin B5 which helps strengthen your hair and protect it from heat damage.

My Verdict:
I’m intrigued, an oil that’s not oily? Well the consistency looks/feels like water and when rubbed onto the back of my hand it’s clear and non sticky and quickly kind of evaporates! Now I’n definitely excited to try it out on my fine flat hair. The smell is like that of old lady talk (sorry guys! I usually love flowery smells) luckily once dry in your hair you don’t smell it anymore.

Two pumps applied on damp clean hair from root to tip, then I styled as normal. Wow! I can see the results instantly. My hair is noticeably shiny and bouncy and very bright and sparkly looking. It’s by no means weighed down and had managed to tame my flyaways. It feels like I don’t have any product in my hair which is a big YES FAT for me.

I’m pleasantly surprised how much I really like this product, it suits my hair type well and is so easy to use.

Thanks for the freebie ELLE magazine! Hurry if you wanna get yours, it’s the UK June Edition.

Have you tried it yet? Or have any other Percy & Reed products become your staple hair products, I’d love to hear from you.

Secondblonde x

Pureology COLOR FANATIC Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier 200ml

This new “magic in a bottle” product was launched in the salon at work last month and has been flying off the shelves! I’ve just gotten round to testing it out after Graham our lovely rep from Pureology dropped me off my own to try out!

IMG_9151.PNGThe Promise:
A first of it’s kind multi-tasking hair treatment spray to prime and protect being being for colour treated hair.

The Science Bit:
Combining the exclusive AntiFadeComplex with Fennel Seed extract and a natural blend of camelina, coconut and olive oil, this leave-in hair treatment protects and strengthens for longer-lasting, perfect-looking colour everyday.

COLOUR FANATIC 21 ESSENTIAL BENEFITS PRIME
Hair Color Protection
Leave In Conditioner
Hair Detangler Spray
Blow Dry Spray for Quick Drying
Moisturizer for Dry Hair
Low Porosity Hair Care
Weightless Conditioner
Hair Cutting Lotion

PROTECT
Split End Treatment & Prevention
Hair Breakage Treatment from Daily Brushing & Combing
Hair Fiber Product
Repair and Protect Heat Damaged Hair
Shields Hair Against Environmental Damage

PERFECT
Hair Smoothing Treatment
Silky Hair Treatment
Seals Hair Cuticle
Hair Moisturizer Spray for Reduced Dryness
Anti Frizz Hair Spray
Reduces Hair Static
Hair Refresher Spray for Restyling
Hair Shine Treatment

My Verdict:
It goes on damp hair before styling. Spray a few spritz, comb through and go about your normal styling routine. It smells nice, perhaps a bit too floral/fruity for some. The smell kinda takes me back to my early teens reminding me of the scents of The Body Shop, like Dewberry!!!

It feels really good in the hair and not like you have any product at all. The smell is nice not overly strong , it fades a to a subtle scent when your hair is dry. When my hair is dry this blonde fine hair of mine isn’t fluffy and it feels silky and looks shiny with no static! So far so good! I’ve only used it a couple of times so will need to use over a longer period to see the full results such as the Antifade Complex®

Summary:
I think this is a genius product and as all Pureology products the quality of ingredients are high and the results speak for themselves! All Pureology ingredients are 100% Vegan.

This will definitely become a holiday “must have” for me this year as it’s an all in one multi tasking hair Beautifier you can’t go wrong with this thrown in your beach bag along with your SPF and Tangle Teezer!

At £19 I think it’s a brilliant find, purchase yours here

What Pureology products have become your must have hair care routine?

Secondblonde x

Wella SP LUXE OIL 30ml – A Reconstructive Elixir For Hair

I was so happy when my lovely friends at Wella Uk sent me this little bottle of hair magic to try! It smells deliciously sweet and reminds me of summer. The consistency is light and non-greasy, perfect for my fine one length straight bob which is coloured and tends to become static at times due to lack of moisture…

IMG_8327.JPGI apply two small pumps (for my short hair it’s plenty) in the palm of my hands, rub together then apply evenly to my pre-washed damp hair from mid-length to ends taking care not to touch the roots. Then blow dry/style as normal and voilà…

My hair is easier to manage, it looks luxuriously healthy and shiny without looking like I’ve got product in it. My hair feels natural to touch (which I like) and not oily, it doesn’t weigh my hair down.

This product is simply perfect for my hair type and the smell is very subtle when it’s in your hair. You will experience a little hint of it when you swish your hair!
(LOVE IT)

IMG_8326.JPGHere’s the science bit:

Enriched with a blend of 3 precious and luxurious oils, Luxe Oil leaves the hair up to 10 times smoother with triple the amount of Keratin protection than a regular conditioning treatment.

Argan Oil, often referred to as Èliquid goldÉ, is renowned for its nutritive, cosmetic and medicinal qualities on hair, Almond Oil offers superior hydrating and lightweight properties to the hair and Jojoba Oil works wonders on fragile and dry ends. Using a reconstructive Transform Technology, Luxe Oil benefits the hair from the inside out whilst protecting the natural Keratin.

The small molecules of Luxe OilÉs nourishing formula penetrate deeply into the hair to lock in moisture and strengthen from the inner cuticle, whilst the oil forms a protective layer around each individual hair to protect against damage, repairing every strand so even damaged hair is noticeably smoother.

This multi-purpose oil elixir offers 8 amazing uses as it smoothes, softens, protects, defines, illuminates, repairs and reconditions the hair whilst preparing it for colour treatments or styling.

I receive lots of compliments on how soft and shiny my hair is when I’ve applied Luxe Oil Keratin boost. It can also be applied to dry hair if preferred.

Summary
I’ve enjoyed the results of this product it has delivered all of its promises instantly on first application. I will definitely repurchase this product it’s available in 100ml, you can buy at hair salons stocking Wella Professional or online here

Omega-3 Beauty Benefits

The best kept beauty secrets (though there are many magical potions) may not only be found at the cosmetic counter.

When it comes to healthy hair and skin, you should also be perusing the supermarket and supplement aisles.

IMG_2618.JPGOily fish, nuts and leafy green vegetables are high in fatty acids and protein, both crucial nutrients needed to help stimulate the production of healthy skin.

IMG_2619.JPGWe have all heard about good and healthy fats these days such as good olive oil, avocados and foods rich in omega-3s top the list as “good” fats that we should be incorporating into our daily diets. The foods we put into our body are as vital as the beauty products we put on it, it’s no wonder our friends in the Mediterranean always look so young and healthy!

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IMG_2615.JPGOmega-3s benefits include heart health, eye health and joint health, DHA contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function and vision.

What is less well known is the role these essential fatty acids play on hair and skin;

1. Healthy, shiny, lustrous hair: we all lust after shiny hair don’t we? To get your hair in optimum condition you need proper nutrition. Omega-3 fatty acids nourish your hair follicles for stronger, shinier hair.

IMG_2617.JPG2. Glowing, hydrated skin: everyone wants healthy looking skin. Omega-3s support a healthy skin inflammatory response which is greatly a positive aspect for clearer skin. Fatty acids can act as natural moisturisers that revitalise dry skin from the inside out.

IMG_2616.JPGIf you’d like to reap the benefits of fish oil but don’t fancy incorporating oily fish into your diet twice a week you can take them in supplement form – like Omega-3 fish oil supplement in capsules from most health food shops.

IMG_2613.JPGOr choose fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as some of the following:
• Sardines
• Anchovies
• Albacore tuna
• Wild caught Salmon

Avoid eating the larger species of fish, such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish, as these varieties are very high in mercury.

Try to eat mostly those fish that are lower in mercury, such as those listed above, and eat a wide variety of fish to make sure you’re getting proper nutrition.

Secondblonde x

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

My weekly hair ritual is Philip Kingsley’s hair Elasticizer treatment. Philip is a trichologist with clinics in London and New York. He developed this treatment in the early 1960’s for Audrey Hepburn. Having met Philip in person and listened to his stories makes it even more special.

This is a cult product that WORKS and continues to win awards. You can buy the retail version and use it at home or book yourself in to a salon for it with a relaxing head massage and blow dry.

Try Hari’s Salon for your Philip Kingsleyhair treatment.

At home, apply to wet dirty (unwashed) hair, leave on for a min of 20 mins or how ever long you wish. Apply a plastic cap. Rinse off, wash and condition hair as usual, and voila! Glossy, bouncy healthy hair. Continue to use weekly to prevent any further hair damage.

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