29 December 2013

Best of 2013: Hair care

Yesterday I shared my favourite skincare products of the year, now it's time to share the stand out hair care products of 2013! This year my hair care curiosity calmed down for a while, and I didn't try many new products; sticking to firm favourites and products that deliver. But there's a few new roducts which now feature regularly in my hair care routine, and they deserved an end of year mention! 
Best of 2013: Hair care

VO5 Plump it Up Amplifying Blow Dry Lotion (Superdrug, 200ml, £3.69): The only budget-friendly product in my picks, but one which actually beats a high-end product of the same kind, hands down. The VO5 Plump it Up Amplifying Blow Dry Lotion is easily comparable to the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray, which is a real favourite. But I actually find the VO5 offering to be lighter in consistency which is kinder to my fine, limp hair and holds the root boosting effect for longer. VO5 in general is a really fantastic brand for hair care, specifically their Plump it Up range.
Read my comparison post between the VO5 Plump it Up Amplifying Blow Dry Lotion and the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray (link)

Ojon Rare Blend Oil (Ojon, 45ml, £30): The product everyone raved about, the product I was determined was not going to live up to the hype. It was no surprise when I tried this coveted oil myself, that I understand why everyone loves this hair oil and proclaims it is the best there is. Created with incredible ingredients from some of the most remote, natural areas of the world, natural oils are selected for their ability to heal, strengthen and protect the hair. Not necessarily a product I use everyday, as I find once every few days a couple of drops massaged into my mid-lengths to ends, is enough to keep my hair happy for a few days. It's such a wonderful product, a beautiful oil that leaves my hair unbelievably soft, looking and feeling healthy. It also smells amazing and looks fun too! A smidgen of product is enough; I use mine at least once a week and have for most of the year, yet it still looks full! 
Read my review of the Ojon Rare Blend Oil (link)
Ojon Volume Advance Volumizing Shampoo (Ojon, 250ml, £18.50) and Volume Advance Volumizing Conditioner (Ojon, 250ml, £20.50): I'll be honest, it actually pains me that my favourite shampoo and conditioner duo happen to cost almost £40 to repurchase, because that is a lot of money. But nothing comes close to how the Ojon Volume Advance range makes my hair feel. The most gentle yet effective shampoo I have ever used, it's perfect for my fine hair and doesn't damage my hair nor strip it of essential natural oils. It also easily adds a bit of oomph to my root area, which is much needed. The conditioner works as the perfect partner to the shampoo and takes that roof lift and does something magical, almost a natural, airy volume that I could only lust of having naturally. My hair always feels perfect when I've used this duo, so although I couldn't repurchase them frequently enough to be my regular choices, I will definitely repurchase again. 
Read my review of the Ojon Volume Advance Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner (link)
Macadamia Natural Oil Control Hairspray (Beautybay, 100ml, £5.95): Hairspray has never been a constant product in my hair care routine. Only once trying the Macadamia Natural Oil Control Hairspray, did I see how beneficial a hairspray can be in my routine. The difference between Control and other hairsprays, is that control is infused with Glycerin, Anti-Ageing Aminoethyl Propanol and Soy Proteins, which allow an almost invisible, fine consistency that sprays evenly and just the right amount. It does of course, contain Macadamia Natural Oil, which means this medium-hold hairspray doubles up as a pampering treat for your hair. I also love that this doesn't leave a firm, hard feel to my hair, nor does it feel ill-textured or oily after a few hours wear; this will last you all day, and with a quick touch up, all night too.
Read my review of the Macadamia Natural Oil Control Hairspray (link)

Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Masque (Bumble and Bumble, 150ml, £22.50): Another high-end price tag but for a product which is set to last. Hair masques and treatments are usually advised to be used once a week, so investing in a good hair masque, full of beneficial ingredients, a masque that really delivers, it's worth it. I've had this one tube over a year, just one more use is left. But I've used it once a week, once a fortnight sometimes, for a year and it has lasted wonderfully. A tiny 20p sized amount of product is enough, which I evenly apply though my mid-lengths and ends. I avoid the root area as my hair is naturally oily so there's no need for extra moisture. With a delicious and completely addicted scent of coconuts, this smells like holiday in a tube and leaves my hair feeling brand new and incredibly soft (plus the scent lingers!) 
Read my review of the Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Masque (link

What are your top hair care products of 2013?



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  1. I really want to try some of the Bumble and Bumble products, especially the Creme de Coco range. It actually does smell like holiday in a tube, every time I'm in work I want to buy it just for the smell! I'll definitely have a read of your review and make my mind up! Have you tried the shampoo and conditioner and are they as good as the masque? Good hair is definitely an investment, haha!

    Hope you've had a great Christmas honey.
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    1. I haven't tried the shampoo and conditioner, no, as my hair is in fairly good condition so I don't need anything too moisturising. I'm hoping to try the Surf shampoo and conditioner when I'm next looking to purchase some, though! :) I did, thank you so much, I hope you're Christmas was lovely too xo

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  2. I love the VO5 plump it up range, there's nothing I've tried from there that I haven't liked yet. I also really need to get my hands on the ojon hair oil! It sounds amazing!

    Jamie-Lee | Glitter Infatuation | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog!

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    1. It is - They have a couple of different varieties out now, and if I didn't have so much of mine left I would give one a go! One for me to pop on the wishlist though! xo

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  3. I really do love Ojon and tried the shampoo and conditioner. I do have thick hair so I want to try something other than the volumizing ones from the same brand. Recommend any?

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    1. I've only tried the volume range from Ojon where shampoo and conditioner is concerned I am afraid! What kind of thing are you looking for, from a shampoo and conditioner? xo

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  4. I love the Ojon rare blend oil, it makes my hair look super shiny and healthy (even when it's in dire need of a cut!) I'd love to try more Bumble and Bumble products as I haven't tried anything from the band yet...that mask sounds up my street I love anything coconut scented x

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    1. Yes! It makes my hair look brand new every time I use it, and I get so many compliments when I have applied some - it's a miracle worker! Creme de Coco is delicious, such a gorgeous scent xo

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  5. All look lovely and I really want to try the Macadamia hair spray because it seems perfect for my hair.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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    1. Let me know if you do decide to give Macadamia Control Haispray a go, I would love to hear how you get on with it :) xo

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  6. I'm even more tempted to give Ojon Rare Blend Oil a go now. Have you ever tried L’Oreal Ever Riche Perfect Elixir Spray Masque? It's meant to work wonders too.

    Bex

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    1. I haven't - but I'll definitely keep an eye out for it next time I'm in Boots! xo

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