Beauty, Reviews

Empty Haircare Thoughts

Bit of a clunky title but hey, nobody’s perfect. Anyway, I’ve changed the format of these posts a little. Didn’t have much of a choice to be honest. I used up a LOT of products in 2020. Like, a LOT. If I stuck to my old format there would have to be about a hundred posts and each of them a mile long. Nobody wants that. Well, I don’t want that. So that’s that.

Anyway, here are my thoughts on haircare products that I used up last year. I’ve loosely divided them into three categories to hopefully have it make some sort of sense.

Haircare of 2020

Hair masks

Left to right

Palmer’s, Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Protein Pack (60g, £2.49) – I know it’s a bit of a controversial ingredient but I love coconut oil, especially on my hair (and food…). And this little guy packed a punch. It left my hair feeling soft and nourished plus smelling gorgeously coconutty.

L’Oréal Paris, Elvive Phytoclear Intensive Exfoliating Scrub (150ml) – I don’t think I entirely get the point of scalp scrubs. I mean, I get the thought behind it, but how in the world is it supposed to work on very thick and long hair? I found it mostly ended up getting tangled in my hair and it took me absolute ages to wash it out. The only up side to this product was the scent of it, which was a bit herbal and maybe even slightly medicinal which I found oddly appealing. Other than that I think I’ll stay clear of scalp scrubs in the future.

Garnier, Ultimate Blends Repairing Hair Food with Papaya & Amla (390ml, £4.65) – Absolutely loved this. In fact I’ve loved every flavour/scent/formula from this mask range so far. It has some strange magic to it that doesn’t weigh my hair down or make it go greasy even though I apply it liberally to my roots as well as lengths and ends of my hair. Also, as you can probably guess from the name of it, it smells beautifully fruity which I loooooove. Will definitely be buying this and other products from that range again.

The Body Shop, Shea Butter Richly Replenishing Hair Mask (240ml, £12) – It did leave my hair feeling nice and soft and it smells nice, but for some reason it didn’t quite do it for me. I can’t put my finger on it, but there was something… I really don’t know. Maybe it’s as simple as this – I prefer the more fruity masks/products. In any case I’m sure it’s most likely down to my personal preference and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this mask. I’d like to try out their banana one actually. That seems like it would be more up my alley.

Hask, Rose Oil & Peach Colour Protection Deep Conditioner (50ml) – I’ve raved about Hask products so much in the past it feels I’m just repeating myself but they’ve yet to do wrong by me. It had a gentle fruity floral scent which I adored and it left my hair soft and shiny.

Grow Gorgeous, Repair Strengthening Hair & Scalp Mask (30ml, £3.75*) – The most expensive hair mask I used last year and coincidentally also my most favourite one. As much as I love my Garnier fruity range, this guy one-upped it. It smells beautifully fresh and left my hair feeling beyond anything I’ve managed to achieve at home before. Soft, shiny, silky, smooth. Everything I could want from a hair mask. I will definitely be buying this in full size. *Full size 200ml, £25

Shampoos & Conditioners

Left to right

Batiste, Dry Shampoo in Coconut & Exotic Tropical (400ml, £3.74) – First of all, how did I only use up one dry shampoo last year? Although, I did finish another one in January this year, so I suppose that explains it a little. But still! Anyway, moving past my incredulity, I loved this stuff. No white residue, nice tropical scent, extended the time between hair washes, affordable, what more could you ask for from a dry shampoo?

Hask, Tea Tree Oil & Rosemary Invigorating Conditioner (355ml) – They hit the nail on the head with this description – invigorating is exactly the right word for this guy. It smells so gorgeously herbal it’s like walking through a lush herb garden just after the rain. I can’t remember specifically what results it gave me but firstly, it’s Hask, so we can all assume I loved it and secondly, if I’d had any negative feelings towards it, I’d remember it, I’m sure.

Head & Shoulders, Apple Fresh (500ml, £5) – I think pretty much everyone knows of Head & Shoulders and their anti-dandruff shampoos. I do occasionally struggle with flaky patches on my scalp so I usually have a bottle of it at hand to use every couple of weeks or so to keep it at bay. I love the fresh apple scent of this one and would and probably will buy it again in the future.

Beaver, Cherry Blossom Conditioner (40ml) – I don’t know why but I went through this one really quickly. I loved the soft flowery smell of it and it did leave my hair nice and soft, I just wish I’d had a bigger bottle of it.

Blind test* – Speaking of flaky scalps, this set worked like nothing else has ever done before. Amazing. Some (me) might even call it a miracle in a bottle. No flakes in sight. Not even the tiniest little bit. Amazing! Also, the shampoo smelled like real apples (when the apple season came, we’d always be picking them at my grandparents orchards and store them in the cellar and that’s what the scent reminded me of so vividly) and even though the conditioner didn’t smell of much, it worked its magic still. In fact, even my hairdresser complimented the state of my hair, because even though I’d pretty much bleached it to death’s door, it was somehow still in near perfect condition looking healthy with near enough no split ends. *Once I’d finished these bottles I did go on a bit of a dig to see if I could figure out what I was testing and I did. It was Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo & Conditioner. Boy do I wish I could afford to buy these on the regular, but there you go. Maybe if my scalp gets really flaky again at any point I’ll bite the bullet and go for it but for now I’ll make do with the more affordable alternatives.

Professional Sebastian, Dark Oil Shampoo & Conditioner with Jojoba and Argan Oil (50ml each) – Smelling sweet but seductively so I liked this little duo. I don’t really have much else to say about it though, the shampoo cleaned my hair and the conditioner made it feel nice.

Miscellaneous Hair Treatments

Left to right

Tony & Guy, Classic Shine Gloss Serum (30ml, £8.25) – A lightweight but potent gloss serum, did what it says on the bottle without leaving my hair looking oily or greasy. Would buy again.

Mane Club, One Hit Wonder 10-in-1 Leave-In Spray (159ml, $8) – A decent leave-in spray. Didn’t leave any long lasting impressions but it got the job done – healthy shine and easier to manage hair.

Wella, System Professional Remove 2.4 Anti Dandruff Lotion (125ml, £12) – I didn’t think much of this at first but then it started to work its little wonders and I was converted. I’ve mentioned my occasionally flaky scalp one too many times now in this post, I think, so I’ll keep it short and say that it worked.

Blind test – I can’t remember what it was supposed to do and I can’t remember if it did it, but I used it up! It had the consistency of water and little to no scent to it so it was a bit strange to use, but I didn’t have any adverse reaction to it so… Yeah.

Percy & Reed, Smoothed, Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil (30ml, £7.50) – I don’t know how volumising it was but oh my goodness did I fall in love with this little guy. It wasn’t love at first sight mind you. In fact I didn’t like it at all to begin with but then something switched in my brain and it was hearts and rainbows all the way. I ADORE the smell of it – herbal and leafy with a bit of rain mixed into it. Also, it really does not feel like an oil. It’s so lightweight and magical feeling. I have no idea why I haven’t bought another bottle of it yet. Will have to remedy that soon.

Moroccanoil, Treatment Original (25ml, £13.45) – This one’s a classic. The arguably most well-known argan oil hair treatment for smooth and shiny hair. My hair can drink this up in ridiculous amounts without looking weighed down or greasy and I’m not going to lie, I let it. Not that I have much choice because either I’m an idiot or it’s impossible to get just a tiny bit of it out at a time. It always comes out in a big gloop. Love it though.

Philip Kingsley, Finishing Touch Hairspray (100ml, £11) – I can’t believe it. I finished a hairspray! I never thought this day would come but it has. I actually finished one. Just about a hundred left to go! Before my wedding I bought about 6 different bottles, trying to find the best one (don’t ask, apparently people do all kinds of crazy things before the big day) and this wasn’t actually even one of those 6. I’ve got one that’s nearly gone but the rest are still waiting for their time. Turns out I don’t use much hairspray in my day to day life. Who knew…

L’Oréal Paris, Studio Line Hot & Straight Spray (200ml) – I used it every time before using a hair dryer or straighteners and still it lasted me for years. I guess you can tell I don’t use hot hair tools much in my everyday life either. It was fine until it got to the very end when the sprayer started to go and spit the product out in blobs rather than a mist, but that happens with near enough every spray out there in my experience so I won’t hold it against it.

Beauty Protector, Protect & Volume Spray – Not going to lie, I can’t remember anything about this one. Absolutely nothing. Well, that’s embarrassing…

Amika, Bombshell Blowout Spray with Sea Buckthorn Berry (29.6ml) – I didn’t notice much if any difference in my hair volume, but it smelled nice and I ended up using it mostly on just dry hair for a ‘light hold’ that it promised and delivered.

I must make a confession – I did actually use up more hair products, but they were all ‘naked’ or packaging free ones and I didn’t keep tabs on them. Whoops! I hope to do a better job tracking them this year. Well, I’m already doing a better job, there are spreadsheets involved and all sorts.

To sum up the ones I did write about – I used up 25 haircare products in 2020. Out of those 25 I have repurchased 3 items: Head & Shoulders Shampoo, Garnier Hair Food Mask and Batiste Dry Shampoo (although in different scents/flavours/formulas) and am very much looking forward to bringing the Grow Gorgeous Hair Mask back in my life as well in the near future.

I really did love that mask…


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