Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Hair product picks - Winter 2013

Continuing on this series of blog posts on my product picks for the season, this post is focused on hair products which have caught my eye recently.  Again, I haven't tried all of these, so would love to hear your thoughts on these products if you have tried them.

Hair Care, Treatment & Styling Products

With my massive struggles with eczema and dermatitis on my scalp this winter, I am staying away from anything with sulfates - both SLS and SLES.  I have been alternating between two different shampoo & conditioner brands - Silk Oil of Morocco and David Babaii.

Interestingly, I have oily hair with drier ends, so I never thought that I would ever use a hydrating shampoo.  If anything, I thought that they would make my hair oilier.  However, I have been proven wrong with both of these brands - none of them left my scalp oily.  If anything, I have better volume and better control of my hair.

Silk Oil of Morocco Intense Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner
variable prices, TVSN and oilofmoroccoshop.com.au

This Australian brand is producing some great quality products, including this shampoo & conditioner, which have been a great help over winter.  Look out for my full review soon.

All the info from Silk Oil of Morocco

Silk Oil of Morocco Intense Moisture Shampoo is a gentle cleanser that leaves your hair feeling luxuriously sleek and smooth with its combination of oil balancing Argan Oil and moisture retaining Macadamia Nut Oil. Its sulphate-free formulation works in synergy with these precious oils to ensure there is no harshness, stripping or drying of the scalp. The ultimate hair treatment in your home.

Silk Oil of Morocco Intense Moisture Conditioner thoroughly softens and hydrates the hair and its natural formulation ensures maximum protection for your hair and scalp. The combination of oil balancing Argan Oil and moisture infusing Macadamia Nut Oil provides the perfect solution for soft, healthy, luxurious hair. The ultimate hair treatment in your home.

  • Doesn't leave 'Build Up' on the Hair
  • Leaves No 'Residue' on the Hair
  • Gives you 'Vibrant Shine'
  • Makes your Hair 'Silky Soft'
  • Seals in 'Shine'
  • Used regularly 'Increases Elasticity'
  • Penetrates the 'Cuticle'
  • Suitable for ALL hair types

David Babaii Absolute Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner
RRP $19.95, davidbabaii.com.au, Priceline stores nationally and TVSN

I haven't used David Babaii products for some time now, but it's always great to use them again.  I purchased a pack of products, which included the Absolute Hydration & Conditioner, and I hope to review them all down the track in more detail..  David Babaii is a world famous celebrity hairstylist, who donates a significant amount of profits from this range to WildAid.  This range is actually made in Australia (yay!), and has recently undergone a major transformation in both packaging and formulation.

All the info from David Babaii

Absolute Hydration Shampoo and Absolute Hydration ConditionerA beauty bath for thirsty hair. Formulated using Moringa and Jojoba Oil, the creamy lather works to replenish the hair’s natural moisture balance to create lustrous radiance. Aloe Vera extracts and Wheat Proteins strengthen and nourish. Phyto Stem Cell extract is incorporated to revitalize damaged tresses.


Hair Colour Products

There are few products that have been released this year to help make colouring and the period in between colouring a bit easier. 

ColorWOW Root Cover Up
RRP $49.95 at Hairhouse Warehouse.  Also available at TVSN (variable prices)

I saw this product featured on TVSN and it looks impressive.  It's a touch up product for re-growth of not only block colour, but also highlights and streaks.  I like the design of the brush in this palette - it has a dual end, and you can use the brush either along its length or width depending on the type of application you want.  It is available in 4 colours - blonde, light brown, medium brown and dark brown.  

All the info from ColorWOW

For the first time you can cover up dreaded roots and re-growth quickly and easily – with no mess – for perfect results in under a minute. Color Wow Root Cover Up not only covers roots seamlessly, but even camouflages re-growth in lightened/highlighted hair.

Keep your hair in a permanent state of perfection! This unique, professional powder styling compound adheres to hair without being sticky or oily and without dulling. Dramatically extend the time between coloring…No telltale roots means no one will ever know that you color your hair!

• Apply to dry hair 
• Camouflage roots instantly
• Color hair less often 
• Fast & easy; No mess 
• Perfect results in under a minute 
• Water-resistant 
• Lasts from shampoo to shampoo 
• Available in 4 versatile shades 
• Professional formula 
• 60 Application kit

For best results: Start with dry/styled hair. The enclosed dual-tipped brush lets you customize your Cover Up application. Apply to roots, starting at the scalp and working out. Repeat until roots disappear. Then apply to temples and any other grey hair as needed.

Root Cover Up can also be used to extend the life of highlights/streaks. Using the small side of the brush, apply to re-growth until roots are camouflaged.

Schwarzkopf Ultimate Colour 

In recent years, I have chosen to colour my hair at home rather than going to the salon.  So have always been on the lookout for a product that is easy to apply, and easy to reapply when needed for regrowth.  So when I saw the new Schwarzkopf Ultimate Colour available, I thought I would give it ago. 

It is a mousse formulation, that has 2 separate chambers - one with the colour and one with the developer.  When you press the pump, it dispenses a bit out of each chamber, which you mix in your hand.  Because the two components are separate, the product can be reused again in up to 6 months.  I have actually recently coloured my hair with it, and will post a separate detailed review soon.

All the info from Schwarzkopf

A Hair Colour Revolution

Ultimate Colour is the first ever multi-usage permanent colour foam, which can be applied without mixing and can be used more than once. This groundbreaking new product will take the stress and mess out of home hair colouring. The multiple application design means that Ultimate Colour will provide one full-head application and one regrowth application after four weeks. The remaining unused product can easily be stored until needed for an exact colour match. Not only will Schwarzkopf Ultimate Colour give you vibrant, salon standard colour, but also an intensive care conditioner with liquid keratin that regenerates the hair structure for strong and healthy looking shine.

Hair styling tools & accessories

Most of the time, I wear my hair up in some way, shape or form.  I have curly/wavy hair which I tend to straighten every time, as I find it is much easier to style and place in an up style, whether that be a ponytail or a bun.  However, having thick hair makes it frustrating sometimes to be able to get my hair up in place and have it look neat and tidy, and also get it to stay like that for a few hours.  So I am always on the lookout for styling tools and accessories which make this process easier.

A brand called Scunci have a great range of hair accessories to help create different hair looks.  One particular product that has caught my eye are the Scunci Pin Twirls (RRP $9.95), which help to create an updo (such as a bun) and keep it securely in place.  

For a full review of these Scunci products, click here

Their range also includes products such as No Slip Grip Bobby Pins (RRP $8.95) and No Damage Elastics (RRP $7.95).

Scunci products are available in Priceline, Big W, Target & selected Salons & Pharmacies Australia wide. Scunci Styling Tools are also available in David Jones.

Have you tried any of the products mentioned?  Let me know below!

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