24 June 2013

Beauty | Summer Hair Care & Repair

The weather in New York took a toll on my hair after just a couple of days of the erratic weather here (try 32 degrees one day and a thunderstorm the next, then repeat that). I reached out to some PRs this side of the Atlantic to test out haircare products that would help tame and treat my tresses as holiday season is upon us and everyone could use a little help with what to use when their hair's under duress! 

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deeeep Conditioner

Once or twice a week I try to include a deep conditioner in my hair care routine. For those without a bath, leaving conditioner in for a few minutes without accidentally washing the product out can be a challenge but it is possible! Out here in New York we only have a shower so I simply my hair up once distributing the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle conditioner through my locks; not exactly genius but it does the trick. 

The Aussie 3 Minute Miracle conditioner deeply nourishes my hair, rehydrating the ends and leaving my hair soft to touch and smelling pleasantly tropical! The effects aren’t as long lasting as you might hope though – if you had the time and patience this conditioner could easily become part of your daily routine.

At £5 and $3, here in the States the hair care conditioner is somewhat cheaper this side of the Atlantic. 

Touché by Flavien*
Touché by Flavien 

If you’re willing to part with a little more money for something that will nourish your hair even further then Touché by Flavien is the product for you. The focus of Flavien is more up on the scalp than the hair; healthy hair must begin with a healthy scalp. A combination of the cactus fruit oils that leave my hair insanely soft and moisturised alongside the Jasmine fragrance has got me hooked to this product. 

My issue with Touché by Flavien is the cost of the treatment. I may be overly generous with the product on my hair but I can’t see the 50ml lasting me more than 7 or 8 uses and with the £17 price tag, it seems like a hefty cost for beautiful hair. I’m saving my pot for special occasions! 

Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil*
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

Bumble and bumble hairdresser’s Invisible Oil has become a daily essential for my hair since I’ve been in New York. Oil can be a difficult product to use as if you use even slightly more than you should, hair can be weighed down flat to your head. This isn’t the case with Bumble and bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil though; this product is ethereal. 

You can apply it to either damp hair or dry hair before styling. I tend to run a couple of squirts after having towel dried my hair, concentrating on the ends. I’ve also added a few drops to my Bumble and bumble Crème Rinse Conditioner as the products suggested and haven’t looked back since. I’m not a huge fan of the oily residue that’s left on your hands after using this product but it’s a small sacrifice to be made!  

A 100ml bottle costs £30/$38, which is relatively steep for a hair oil product. I’ve been using mine for almost a month now, every other day, and with the Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil only having gone down about an 1/8 of the bottle, I can’t see it running out any time soon.

Herbal Essences Honey I'm Strong Serum
Herbal Essence’s Honey I’m Strong Strengthening Serum

Herbal Essence’s Honey I’m Strong Strengthening Serum is another go to product when your hair is feeling extra frazzled from spending time in the sun. Its texture is extremely thick and creamy meaning you need more product and it’s slightly harder to work evenly through your hair than an oil might be. The serum is almost sickeningly sweet on smell but on application, most of the scent is lost, leaving your hair smelling refreshingly fruity.

Honey I’m Strong Strengthening Serum is great for easing breakages caused by lack of moisture in your hair. I imagine that the serum is best used with the shampoo and conditioner that is also available in the same range, which claims to leave your hair up to 10x stronger after just one wash. 

L'Oreal Paris Colour Vibrancy Dual Protect Spray
L’Oreal’s Colour Vibrancy Dual Protect Spray

For all you bottle blondes and brunettes, you might want to think about using a specific colour protector spray daily as well! L’Oreal’s Colour Vibrancy Dual Protect Spray has a light scent and sits light as air on my hair as well as being packed full of anti-oxidant and UV filters that protect your coloured hair from harsh sunlight. Like most protectant sprays, you can choose whether to spray the product into your hair before or after you’ve dried it; I tend to go for the latter when using a few hair products so not to overload. 

If you do use too much of this product in your hair it will end up greasy with you having to rewash it so use it sparingly to begin with until you see what suits. 

L’Oreal’s Colour Vibrancy Dual Protect Spray is a lot of product for your money – 150ml costs just $6.99. This product isn’t available as of yet in the UK though, sorry! 

Philip Hodgson said...

Thanks for sharing a very informative article, Summer can be very dangerous causing many hair problems.When women are busy and active in the summer, they often forget to take care of their hair.

So many thanks for spending some time to detail this all out for all of us.
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