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My tips for healthy and shiny hair

10. 2. 2019


This time around I’ll share a few thoughts about hair care. I’m lucky enough to have naturally thick and strong hair, but I still have to work on achieving that wonderful shine. Because of balayage, my ends are dry and split. This is why I like using conditioners and oils in particular, which are crucial if you ask me. I also suffered from irritated scalp, so I developed my own techniques to keep it healthy while keeping my hair in good condition. Below you will find some tips that may be useful to some of you – but keep in mind that I’m not an expert and these products may not suit you. Unfortunately, genetics play an important role and hair is also affected by your general health, so it’s sometimes best to seek a doctor’s advice.

1. If you have an irritated scalp or dandruff, I wholeheartedly advise you to invest into a high-quality shampoo you’ll only use on your scalp. I struggled with dandruff in younger years and although Head&Shoulders worked for the dandruff, my hair just didn’t agree with it. And this happened a lot, whenever I changed the shampoo, my scalp got oily and irritated. For this reason, I always use two separate products. In the last year, my staple shampoo has been the thickening Densi-Solutions shampoo by Vichy. Although it’s aimed at thinning hair, it completely calmed my scalp and I didn’t have any problems even in the summer, which is the season I most struggle in. I usually purchase it at Leposana or at a pharmacy.

2. Invest into a high quality hair oil. I’ve been using the Kérastase Elixir Ultime for colored hair for the last year and without a doubt this is the best investment ever. I apply the oil after washing my hair and continue by combing through with a detangling hair brush. Unlike some other products, this dry oil does not make hair oily (when my ends are really dry, I apply up to 2–3 pumps). I tried products from many different brands and prefer Kérastase over  Aussie or L’Occitane (although they both have a nice scent), but I have yet to test out the famous Moroccanoil. Nevertheless, this one adds some weight to the hair so they look much smoother – and if I further straighten my hair, it looks like I’ve just come out of a hair salon. It costs around EUR 40, which is not a small amount, but I’ve had this bottle for over a year and there’s still a quarter left.

3. Use of quality shampoos, conditioners and masks will not go unnoticed. Although I firmly believe that you don’t need to invest a lot of money into these items, the hair is nevertheless more smooth and shiny compared to cheaper products. For the past few months I’ve been using the shampoo and conditioner by Maria Nila, which were kindly sent to me by a Slovenian oniline store Star Beauty. This Swedish company has a sustainable approach to producing high quality hair products. Both items are part of the Heal line, have a nice fruity scent (which is why they are such a pleasure to use!) and leave my hair very sleek. Combined with the Kérastase oil, the final look of my hair is excellent! Their effect is similar to the luxurious Alterna products, which are slightly more expensive.

4. If you blow dry, straighten or curl your hair, use heat protectants. Heat really damages your hair and if you color them often, you’ll end up with split ends sooner than later (which doesn’t look good or healty). I don’t like complicating with heat protectants and just believe they get the job done. But nicely scented products surely have priority, because some smell really bad and remind me of acid. I currently use the Maria Nila Cream Heat Spray, which I received alongside the shampoo and conditioner. Not only does the spray smell like candy, it protects my hair from UV rays and further damage. I spray it on wet hair before blow dry and proceed with the Kérastase oil a few minutes later.

Do you use any other products/have any tips that may help others? You’re kindly invited to join the discussion below :)

Beauty

LOOKFANTASTIC BEAUTY BOX – JULY 2018

28. 7. 2018

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I had really good intentions to discuss the July Lookfantastic Beauty Box before the month is almost over, but my plan fell through. As I said in my previous beauty box post in June, I decided to go for a 12-month subscription this time. I feel this is the only way to try the products I would probably never buy. You never know whether the item will be suitable for your skin, so this is the perfect way to experiment with skincare. The goal of the July edition was to embody our bronze goddesses, what a claim! Now let’s go through all six products, some of them I already love, while the others are quite disappointing.

I was most interested in the Freematic Highlighter Mono in shade Sparked Ray. I’m always into new highlighters and if they create a wonderful sheen, I’m sold! I really like the champagney shade of this one, great for different skin tones. It creates a nice glow and I’ve been reaching for it all the time since I got it. It’s also versatile enough to be used on other parts of your face, collar bones or shoulders as well! Next is the Reflection Bain Chromatique Shampoo by Kerastase. I was really looking forward to this shampoo, but I have to say it doesn’t do anything in particular. It has a nice scent, but I don’t think it’s worth € 25 … I prefer investing in good hair masks or oils that will actually leave the hair really soft (I currently LOVE the Kérastase Elixir Ultime)! Another product that is interesting to try is the Filorga UV Bronze After Sun, some kind of a tan intensifier. This is supposed to be applied after tanning to intensify your tan, but I haven’t had the right opportunity to try it out. I applied it once, it has small glitter that looks so cute on the skin! It will be great for the warm evenings on my second vacation :)

And then there were three facial products. Although I’m not a huge fan of face oils, I must admit that applying the Lancer Omega Hydrating Oil after my evening skincare is rather nice. However, I do need to be careful, one drop is really enough for the entire face. The two things I’m not really keen on are the Sebiaclear Gel Moussant Cleanser and Pure Skin Face Cleanser. I don’t know why they think we’d need two cleansers, especially because there were several cleansers in previous boxes. These two will go with me on vacation as well, I really don’t need any more cleansers in my bathroom!

All in all, there are some products that I really like, but otherwise I’m not that excited about most of them. Nevertheless, I truly hope that the August one will be more breathtaking! I do have to find a silver lining, I just purchased a 12-month subscription after all :D