Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Upping My Hair Game


Something I'm forever telling myself is that I need to make more effort with my hair. I think carefully about my outfit everyday, I have a full skincare routine that I stick to religiously and I spend about fifteen minutes each morning applying makeup in an attempt to make me look more awake than I actually am. But my hair? That's where the effort stops. It's the last thing I consider so is often the one thing that I run out of time for. I buy whichever shampoo and conditioner is on offer at the supermarket and more often that not will just leave my hair down without doing anything to it, which I sometimes likes to think gives me a cool 'just got out of bed' look, when in reality it gives me a 'just got dragged through a hedge' look, which I most definitely do not rock.

One thing that I've come to realise is that my hair gets used to products and after using the same shampoo a few times the effects wear off and I'm left with dull, flat, unmanageable hair. In an attempt to stop this from happening I've been switching between two shampoos that do completely different things to my hair and I've seen a real improvement in its general condition.



A couple of months ago I was kindly sent the Coconut Water range* from Natural World, which is formulated to add hydration and shine to dull and dry hair, which I am most definitely prone to having. I've been using both the shampoo and conditioner, which smell absolutely divine - anyone else obsessed with anything coconut scented as soon as the weather starts to get nicer? The range is made up of 95% natural ingredients, which is always a plus for me as I find that natural products tend to be kinder to my hair and after using these my hair is so soft. You know the kind of soft you only usually get after leaving the hairdressers? Unfortunately I have caught myself stroking my own hair on occasion because of this so if anyone has seen that and thinks I'm a weirdo, I'm not, I just have soft hair OK? As well as the soft hair benefit, the range is also super affordable. It's available in Tesco and these one litre bottles are only £6 so I'll definitely be trying out a few of their other ranges too. 

The second shampoo I've been using is the Salt Crystals from New Look, which was a total on a whim purchase, but I'd spied it on Ellie's blog and thought it might be similar to the Big shampoo from Lush, which I love, but this was half the price and I've been absolutely loving using it. It feels so cleansing, it's really good for my sensitive scalp and it adds that extra bit of volume that flat haired girls like me need without adding frizz. I could bang on all day about how much I love, but I'll leave it at that to spare you from getting bored (if you aren't already). 



After washing I tend to have quite tangled unmanageable hair so I've been using the Coconut Water Hair Oil*, again from Natural World, which not only leaves my hair smelling amazing, but makes it easier to brush through and leaves the ends smooth and manageable. I've also been using this as a hair mask once a week by applying it to my whole hair and leaving for half an hour before washing. The R&B Hair Moisturiser from Lush has been a long time favourite of mine and I carry a little sample pot of this around in my bag with me for on the go tidying of flyaways - just running a little of this through my hair instantly takes me from 'dragged through a hedge' to vaguely acceptable.

So that's my new haircare routine that I'm hopefully going to stick to. Have you ever tried any of these?

Amy x

*Some of the products in this post were kindly gifted to me, however all views are my own.

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  1. I am exactly the same as you, Amy! I put very little thought or effort into my haircare routine, I just buy whatever shampoo is on offer! I definitely need to start considering what I'm using more! The coconut product sounds absolutely divine, I too adore the smell of coconut so I definitely need to check that brand out! Your hair looks really beautiful, I'm growing mine out of a bob at the minute - your long hair really suits you!

    Abbey πŸ’• www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Thanks so much lovely, I'll get it cut at some point but I love it long! xx

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  2. Oooh, thanks for the tips, the salt crystals sound really good! I love the Lush hair moisturiser and it smells amazing too!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. They are so good - so clarifying! It does smell amazing doesn't it xx

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  3. I'm really happy that the Lush product worked for you as I'm not really a fan personally of Lush hair products as they make my hair feel really greasy and unclean. However, I'm a massive fan of coconut oil for hair, skin and whatever else. Love this blog post doll, thanks for sharing. πŸŒΈπŸ’—✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x
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    1. I find their products tend to suit my hair quite well, it's a shame they didn't for yours! Yes coconut oil is amazing! xx

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  4. Ahhh Amy your hair is GORGEOUS! Wish I could grow mine that long and have it still look so glossy and beaut but it just gets ratty as soon as it's past my shoulders so I'm focusing on a healthy mane for now. I think I'm going to have to try that Lush R&B Hair Moisturiser, it sounds dreamy :)
    Sophie xxx | Sophar So Good

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    1. It really is, I'd definitely recommend it! Thanks so much hun, it definitely doesn't look this healthy all the time believe me, it's only because I've just had it cut haha! xx

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  5. Wow that looks so good, would love to try the coconut water range once my shampoo and conditioner run out. I have coloured hair and always looking for nourishment. xxxxxx

    by the way your hair is always gorgeous xxxxxx

    lucylovesbeautyxo.com

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    1. They make my hair so soft! Thanks so much lovely :) xx

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  6. Such a good idea to carry a sample size moisturizer in your purse
    Kate || KATE KOUTURES

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    1. Yeah, it really comes in handy on the go! xx

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  7. OH HELLO FIT HAIR! Babes I'm completely with you on this though, I just hope that my bed-head look carries me throughout the day haha! It's so nice when I work from home as I just put it in a messy bun; I always like to leave it a few days before washing it to give it a break! P.s that salt crystals shampoo looks/sounds really good! Going to pick some up next time I'm in store!

    Hayley xo
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    1. Haha yes exactly, mine's meant to look that messy haha! Yeah I like to leave mine a couple of days too although it has to look vaguely presentable for work haha! xx

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  8. Such a great post! I had no idea New Look did hair products! I really need to experiment more with my hair

    Holly x
    www.hollysbeautybox.co.uk

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    1. I know! They had a whole beauty range last time I was in! xx

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  9. I am the worst person when it comes to looking after my hair! I really need to get myself into a routine. I love anything coconut and these products all sound so good, especially the hair oil! Anytime I do feel like putting the tiniest bit of effort into my hair I always use coconut oil as an overnight hair mask before washing it out in the morning.

    Lauren | Lauren the Daydreamer

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    1. I love using coconut oil as a hair mask - this oil is great as it's already in oil form so I don't have to mess about with melting any! xx

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  10. I like that the shampoo and conditioner you use contain coconut water. Your hair looks beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing your routine.

    www.fashionradi.com

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    1. Thanks so much, hope you found it useful! xx

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  11. Having a solid hair regime in place is a fabulous idea! Don't you find Spring is the time of year we all start looking at way of improving our hair/skincare regimes? haha, I literally just booked a hair appointment today ready for this month! Great reviews babe, have a wonderful weekend :)

    aglassofice.com
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    1. Yeah now you say it that is such a spring thing isn't it! Thanks lovely, hope you have an awesome weekend xx

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  12. Shampoo and conditioner I find I have to change as my hair gets so use to it and just doesn't do anything after a while.
    I always come back to morrocan oil though have used it for the past 5 years! xx

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    1. Yeah definitely! Haven't ever tried Morrocan oil although I think my mum has used it and loved it! xx

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  13. These products look amazing. I particularly like the look of the salt shampoo. My hair is so lifeless and flat at the moment. Speaking of which, I really need to get off the internet as it is desperate for a wash!!!

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    1. Haha! The salt shampoo really helps with that for me :) xx

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  14. I've been meaning to try the Coconut Water range from Natural World, it looks amazing and SO hydrating which is what my hair desperately craves! Also your hair is so gorgeous and long! Although you said you often go for the natural hair look, it's really good for your hair to have a break between styling and ironing it, so you're probably doing it a world of good!

    Great post, love Izzy | www.ADoseOfChatter.com

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    1. Aw thank you! Yeah you're probably right, it does mean it's healthier! xx

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  15. I'm definetely a little bit particular when it comes to hair care I find most hair products leave my hair feeling so dry and disgusting! I only really use Tresemme and coconut oil really so the coconut products sounds perfect for me!

    Kayleigh Zara
    Www.kayleighzaraa.com

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    1. They are so lovely especially the oil, it's my fave :) xx

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  16. Your hair always looks amazing, Amy! xx

    Blessings,
    Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.com

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    1. Aw thanks so much Edye that's so kind :) xx

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  17. I've been growing my hair out so it needs so much more maintenance now- will definitely be checking the Coconut water stuff out. In fact, Tesco just sent me a home delivery coupon this morning so it must be a sign! :D

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    1. Aw yeah you should definitely check it out - so hydrating! xx

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  18. I love the sample idea this is something which I think I might need to start doing because I always look like I have been dragged through a hedge backwards.

    Charlotte x
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    1. Haha well you and me both! (I'm sure you don't though) xx

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  19. Im so bad when it comes to looking after my hair, i literally just buy whatever shampoo and conditioner i see xxxx

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    1. I used to do that too, whatever was on offer! xx

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  20. You have some amazing products here which I would love to try out. I am a massive fan of Lush products, but never picked up R&B as my hair is super straight. I think I will give it a go though as a few people have been loving it recently. I love changing up my haircare routine :)

    Steph xx

    Steph’s World | Lifestyle Blog | www.stephsworld.com

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    1. My hair is straight too so I'm cheating a bit but it's still so nice! xx

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  21. I completely agree, we spend so much time, effort, and money on skincare whilst our hair gets neglected! I have never seen or heard of the salt crystals, and from New Look!? Very interesting. Great post :)

    www.lovefrommaira.co.uk

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    1. Yeah I didn't even know they did hair care! xx

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  22. Loving the look of that salt crystals shampoo from New Look; never even knew they did haircare! Like you, I'm quite lazy with haircare; shampoo, conditioner and heat protection spray and I'm good to go! I've noticed recently that my scalp is getting incredibly sensitive even though I'm careful with what products I use! I'm so glad you've found haircare that works for you!

    Sian x
    www.theenglisheverygirl.com

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    1. I didn't know either! My scalp is always sensitive, I think it's the hard water in Hull! xx

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