Review: L’Oreal Paris Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer Spray

I spend quite a bit each year on disguising my grey roots.  I always joke that I’ve no idea what my true hair colour is because nobody’s seen it for years!

When I was young, it was the lovely reddy gold colour that Ieuan has now but I actually think my real colour now is a dark brown, almost black with the odd grey.

A while ago I had the chance to try L’Oreal Paris Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer Spray and I chose the brown shade to test. If I had to choose again, I’d select a colour that matches my hair dye rather than my natural hair colour for a better match.

root concealer spray - L'Oreal Paris Magic Retouch in brown

The product comes in a little spray can which promises enough contents for up to 30 applications. The product is also supposed to last until you wash it out.

The size of the can makes it ideal to slip into your makeup bag or handbag.

I got the husband to apply the spray for me down my centre parting (cue much shouting of “keep still”) and it took two good blasts of the spray to cover the roots.

The greys are also a lot less visible with just those couple of sprays.

As I’ve already mentioned, the only issue I have is that I chose the shade to match my roots but this does not blend in with my dyed hair.  I would have been better off selecting the dark blonde shade and plan to give this a try.

If the dark blonde shade gives as good a coverage as the brown one I tested then I think I could extend the time between salon colour appointments by a good couple of weeks.

My usual salon offers a root touch up service where your roots can be dyed literally down your centre parting and you have the choice of either paying for a wash and blow-dry or going home and washing it off yourself.

The charge for this is around the £10-£15 mark (the wash & blow-dry is extra of course) but you do have to find the time to get to the salon.  Not so easy with the kids in tow – and impossible now we’re still in Lockdown thanks to COVID-19!

This does, of course, hide all the roots and the greys but, aside from the expense, not everyone enjoys going to the hairdresser, do they?

The Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer Spray, on the other hand, retails at £5.99 for 75 ml in Boots or on Amazon and comes in 5 shades – Light Blonde, Dark Blonde, Brown, Dark Brown and Black. You can also buy a 150 ml bottle – the XL version for around £9.30.

And, as you can see, it does a pretty respectable job with, if not total grey/root coverage, almost total.

If you want to eek out your salon colour and possibly save yourself some money into the bargain, I think this particular root concealer product is well worth a try.  Even if you don’t get quite the right shade the first time around, even buying a second can of Magic Retouch means you’re likely to be quids in on what your hair salon would charge.

That said, I’d still rate L’Oreal Paris Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer Spray as an ’emergency’ product for those times when you want to look groomed and you just haven’t got the time or cash to go to the salon.

I’d certainly class Lockdown as an emergency scenario when it comes to hiding those grey hairs!

Review: JoJo Siwa Hair Brush Collection From Hair Secretz

In case you’re not up with the current YouTubers your kids adore, JoJo Siwa is an American YouTube superstar, who has amassed over 6 million subscribers on her channel. She even racked up over 500m views on one music video alone.

JoJo Brushes - Caitlin wearing her JoJo Bow

JoJo Brushes - Pink and Blue brush with Caitlin's blue JoJo Bow

And if your daughter is anything like Caitlin, they’ll have a drawer full of JoJo bows to add colour and glitz to their look.

Now JoJo fans can brush their hair till it is as sleek and shiny as JoJo’s because HairSecretz has partnered with Nickelodeon to release the JoJo Siwa hair brush collection.

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JoJo Brushes are unique with an ergonomic shape, innovative storage for hair clips inside the brush and dual-sided bristles; one side has bristles to detangle and to easily get rid of knots with the other side acting as a styling brush.

JoJo brushes - Caitlin using the pink JoJo Brush

The detangling side has three different heights of bristle which allow the brush to glide through hair in seconds. It’s a quick and painless way to get rid of hair whilst minimising damage and hair loss.

JoJo Brushes - pink

Once hair is detangled, the bristles can be switched using the tabs at either end – the entire brush easily flips around and clips back into place. The styling side of the brush leaves hair silky smooth in a flash.

JoJo Brushes - Caitlin showing the detangling side of the brush

JoJo Brushes - Caitlin showing the secret compartment in the brush

JoJo Brushes come in 5 colours, Pink – Sweet Life, Purple – Super Cute, Blue – Dream Crazy Big, White – Hearts & Bows, Gold – Eat, Dance, Sleep.

JoJo Brushes - blue

We were sent Pink – Sweet Life and Blue – Dream Crazy and I found the brushes sturdily made and a decent size so that they sit nicely in your palm.  The flip-over bristles idea is fun but Caitlin was quite happy with to stick with the detangling bristles side.

We did try the styling side and Caitlin proclaimed that her hair did look quite ‘sleek’.

You can use the detangling bristles on wet hair but I am always cautious about brushing wet hair due to the risk of hair breakage.

The colours of the JoJo Brushes are sure to appeal to tweens and teens and are ideal for slinging in a school rucksack, gym kit or ballet bag – and of course for taking on holiday.

The secret storage compartment for hair clips is a neat idea and the brush is really easy to clean since the bristles come apart from the brush.

JoJo Brushes are available from B&M Stores nationwide and at amazon.co.uk for £7.99.  It’s probably way too early to mention it but these would make a very nice Christmas stocking filler!

JoJo Brushes - Caitlin with pink and white tulips




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Puressentiel Anti Lice Treatment Lotion & Spray – See Off Nits The Natural Way

Well 2017 started with an itch.

Yes, we succumbed to those pesky head lice and spent the days before the new term combing, spraying and basically trying to nuke the little critters with pretty much any solution we could get our hands on.

nits - Puressential Anti-Lice lotion - collage of shots showing the product in use

Even worse?  I got them.

And let me tell you if you have long-ish hair they are a nightmare.

If you have coloured hair, an additional joyous problem is that many of the chemical nit preparations on the market do a sterling job of stripping out your hair colour if you dye your hair.

This was our first time with the blight and we didn’t really know much about them.

What are the signs of head lice?

If your child comes home complaining of an itchy scalp then it’s time to start checking for “visitors” – particularly if the itchiness is behind the ears, near the nape of the neck and along the hairline.

Head lice are tiny insects that live in hair and nits are the empty egg cases attached to hair that head lice hatch from.

What does a louse look like anyway?

nits - female human head louse
Image Credit: The Female Head Louse

A head louse is a small insect, visible to the naked eye, about the size of a sesame seed (2 to 3 mm),
which lives on the scalp and feeds on human blood.

It has six legs armed with pincers used to cling to
the hair, they move very quickly, which explains why it is so hard to catch them.

The exciting life of a louse

The life cycle of a louse lasts approximately 50 days during which female lice lay 5 to 10 eggs (nits) per day.

After a week, the egg hatches and the embryo becomes a larva, which will reach adulthood in 2 weeks.

The adult lice live for about 30 days on a person’s head. The lice multiply rapidly, so you must act quickly.

Head Lice Myths

Lice are a sign of poor hygiene.

No – getting head lice has nothing to do with your family’s hygiene habits. In fact, lice are very resistant to soap and water.

You should keep your kids home from school.

No – taking time off school is not necessary.

Although the back-to-school period is an ideal time for lice to spread due to close contact between children, the transmission of the lice occurs directly through contact between two children (touching hair).

There is also a slight chance of catching them by sharing combs and brushes.

Lice cannot fly, jump or survive longer than 4 to 36 hours away from the scalp.

So how do we get rid of lice?

Basically, you can either use synthetic chemicals which can be harmful to the environment – and therefore possibly your health (such as those formulated with dimethicone and silicone derivative) or lotions formulated with vegetable oils which are natural such as the Puressentiel Anti-Lice range which is guaranteed to be 100% natural.

Both methods aim to suffocate the lice but whilst the chemical formulae are aggressive, neurotoxic and irritating to the scalp, the natural versions coat the lice with greasy substances which obstruct their respiratory openings.

Over the past 10 years, research suggests that lice have in fact become resistant to the chemical anti-lice products which, given the hefty price tag some of them carry, is very frustrating indeed.

A natural way to get rid of lice

Puressentiel Anti-Lice Treatment Lotion, on the other hand, is made from essential oils and naturally active ingredients.

It was created by the French family-owned Laboratoire Puressentiel in 2005 – a company specialising in the design of aromatherapy and plant-based organic products.

Lotions are considered to be more effective than shampoos because they are more concentrated. After all,  shampoos are diluted with water.

The lotion kills lice, larvae and nits safely and comes with a handy nit comb. You won’t find any chemicals.  Its 100% natural formula contains plant oils such as coconut, calophyllum, jojoba, sunflower, sweet almond and castor, which act mechanically by obstructing the respiratory openings of the lice, larvae and nits.

The lice are unable to develop resistance due to the asphyxiation mechanism.

There are also essential oils of lavender, clove, tea tree, geranium, which are soothing and antiseptic, ideal for relieving scalp itching.

Its formula is gentle on hair and the environment and leaves hair silky and shiny.

The applicator bottle is easy and practical to use and it has a fresh and pleasant fragrance, unlike some of the synthetic lotions.

It is suitable for use by adults and children over 3 years.

Best of all, it starts to work after only 10 minutes.

 

There is also Puressentiel Repellant Spray which offers effective protection against lice for up to 24 hours in the event of an outbreak.

It contains Citriodiol®, a 100% natural substance derived from lemon Eucalyptus essential oil which has a repellent action to rival its chemical rivals.

What did I think?

I found both products easy to use and loved that there was no harsh chemical smell.  I tested the anti-lice lotion exactly as instructed and found that it did not irritate my scalp.

Because it is an oil-based product, you may find you need a shampoo for oily hair to wash it out effectively – and possibly more than one wash.

I used my usual conditioner afterwards, although you can just treat, wash and detangle using the nit comb provided.

The comb is of good quality and built to last – which is handy!

My hair was left in good condition without any lingering scent of the product and my scalp felt soothed.

The kids tested the spray which, is easy to apply and comb through and doesn’t leave the hair greasy.

Puressentiel Anti-Lice Treatment Lotion + Comb and Puressentiel Lice Repellant Spray are available at Boots, online at Amazon and at Lloyds Pharmacy in-store and online.

Puressentiel also offers a range of other natural products including their Purifying, Respiratory, Rest & Relax and Muscles & Joints ranges, as well as a selection of diffusers.

The company is committed to respecting nature by adopting an eco-responsible attitude, from the harvesting of the raw materials to the manufacturing of each of its products.

If you are looking for a safer, natural solution to the annoying problem of head lice, Puressential is well worth a try.

Update April 2018: Since our initial bottle we have bought this product several times and I like it because it is a non-chemical solution to those annoying little critters.  The smell of the lotion is rather pungent and lingers a while after treatment but that is a small price to pay.

You do have to repeat the treatment after 3 days and, if you have long hair, you’ll need one bottle per treatment which doesn’t work out the cheapest option.  That said, anything that gets rid of the blighters is a godsend and if you have coloured hair like me, using anything with strong chemicals tends to strip the colour  – yet more expense of having your highlights redone.

I wish that, when the “head lice alert” letter came out from school, everyone was equally as diligent to remove the pests – I strongly suspect that some parents don’t worry about headlice and don’t bother to treat them.  Given the amount of scratching the kids do when they get them, I’m not sure I could ignore it!

Find out more at www.puressentiel.com.  You can also find them on Twitter and Facebook.

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Here’s What You Need For Healthier Skin, Hair & Nails

The health of our hair, skin and nails is extremely important as these are a reflection of the natural balance within our bodies – a barometer of our health.

Eating for healthy hair; hair loss; skin health

You can always tell someone who is less than healthy.  Their hair is lank, their skin is dull or spotty and their nails are discoloured, ridged or broken.

For great skin, hair and nails, we need to eat foods that are rich in antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, B vitamins, water, healthy fats, and naturally low in sugar. These foods will enhance our blood flow, reduce inflammation, and aid in healthy blood sugar levels.

We all know that sugary foods do little for the overall health of our bodies but a diet too full of the sweet stuff can take its toll on our hair, skin and nails.

Did you know for example that too much sugar can affect your collagen -important for my age group and especially so for mine (50+).  Collagen and elastin are the protein fibres that keep skin firm and elastic.  Besides damaging collagen, a high sugar diet affects the type of collagen you have – and how prone you are to wrinkling.

Whilst we should all be trying to retain our natural good looks with a vitamin and nutrient rich diet, life tends to get in the way and we end up indulging in high fat, high salt takeaways or, my particular vices tea and coffee.

So as well as eating a vitamin rich diet, we should make sure that we have sufficient amounts of the following vitamins and minerals which have a particular benefit for glowing skin, strong nails and glossy hair.

These include Riboflavin (vit.B2), Niacin (vit. B3) and biotin which contribute to the maintenance of normal skin, and the minerals selenium and zinc which contribute to the maintenance of normal hair and nails.

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

This water-soluble vitamin helps the body to use the other B-vitamins, all of which assist with helping our body use energy from food and may also help protect cells from oxidative damage.

If you are deficient in this vitamin, you may have symptoms such as cracks at the corners of the mouth, sore throat, hypersensitivity to light and migraine headaches.

A deficiency in riboflavin also effects the formation of collagen, needed to maintain healthy skin.

You can find vitamin B2 in meats such as beef and lamb, milk and yoghurt, mushrooms, spinach, almonds and eggs.

Niacin (vitamin B3)

Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, is a water-soluble vitamin that is a part of the coenzymes that assist with energy metabolism.


If you consume a diet of mostly processed and sugary foods, processed grains, white bread, white flour, wheat products and corn syrup you risk becoming deficient in this vitamin.

 A niacin deficiency will lead to symptoms such as diarrhea, dementia, dermatitis, poor concentration, anxiety and depression.

Good sources of Niacin include turkey, chicken breast, peanuts, mushrooms, liver, tuna, sunflower seeds and avocado.

woman's hands on pink flowers showing off white manicure and diamond rings

Biotin


Biotin (or vitamin H) is one of the B complex vitamins that help the body convert food into energy.

B vitamins, and particularly biotin, help keep your skin, hair, eyes, liver, and nervous system healthy and it’s also a important nutrient during pregnancy as it aids the growth of your baby.

Generally we can get the biotin we need from eating a healthy diet, but there are now claims that getting more biotin can regulate your blood sugar, promote healthy hair, skin and nails, and help pregnant mums have healthier babies.

Biotin deficiencies are rare but symptoms include hair loss or a scaly red rash, anemia and fungal infections.


Good sources of Biotin include seafood, meat, whole wheat bread, eggs, dairy products and soya.

Selenium

Selenium is an essential trace mineral important for cognitive function, a healthy immune system and fertility for both men and women. 

Selenium works in close conjunction with vitamin E as an antioxidant to prevent the formation of free radicals and in turn, may reduce the risk of skin cancer and prevent sunburn.

Selenium is found in a variety of foods, the richest sources being Brazil nuts, seafood and organ meats.

Zinc

Zinc is another essential trace element and it is needed in small amounts every day to maintain our health.  For example, zinc helps with hormone production, growth and repair, improves immunity and aids digestion.

Although it is actually present within all bodily tissue, if you don’t have enough zinc in your diet you may find you are frequently falling ill, feeling constantly tired with poor concentration and wounds that take ages to heal.


Zinc has numerous benefits for your skin, particularly if you are prone to acne or spots which may actually be a sign of a zinc deficiency.

Other signs that you are deficient in this trace element include white spots on your fingernails, dry skin, frequent colds, hair loss, diarrhea and low sex drive.

Good sources of zinc include spinach, beef, kidney beans, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and oysters.

Granola. Yoghurt and Blueberries

But when you’re pushed for time, it isn’t always easy to make the best food choices and what if you are don’t eat meat, dairy or are wheat intolerant?  

A supplement such as Perfectil Original for Skin, Hair & Nails by Vitabiotics may be the answer as will swopping some of your usual food choices for the foods listed above. For example, swopping your sugary breakfast cereal for a healthy oaty porridge, adding extra green veggies, particularly broccoli and eating more fish such as salmon and mackerel.

If, though, you are finding you have problems with your hair, skins and nails you should see your GP to get a medical check up. For example, problems with the thyroid gland may lead to hair thinning or hair loss and dry skin.

You should also look at your lifestyle in general and make sure you are taking adequate steps to manage your stress and get enough sleep.

Meditation and the practice of Mindfulness are two easy, free ways to take control of unruly thoughts and to stay calm and centered.

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Review: Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Irons

GIFTED: Recently Caitlin had her hair straightened for the first time at the hairdresser and loved it so when we were asked to test the Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Irons, she was very keen!

My hair is now shoulder length but Caitlin’s hair is long and thick with a slight curl (how I envy her!)

Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Irons box

The straighteners are nicely designed and are a great girly colour. They are lightweight with a decent 2m length swivel cord.

Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Irons - actual product

We liked that you can lock the plates and can also vary the temperature anywhere from 120 degrees c up to 200 degrees c. The temperature is helpfully displayed on an LED screen.

The ceramic plates in the Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Irons are infused with coconut oil to keep hair shiny and smooth. I wasn’t totally sure about this addition and I was expecting a coconut fragrance which wasn’t there.  There is nothing obvious to see.

Caitin with the Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Irons

That said, the straighteners did a good job on Caitlin’s thick hair and were very easy to use. The lightness of them helps I found and they are long enough so that your hands are not too near the heated plates when you use them.

We found they heated up very quickly so you do need to be careful. I did not use any product on Caitlin’s hair and we followed Lee’s instructions by combing downwards with a tail comb and then following with the straighteners.

Lee recommends that you use a heat protection spray which we will do the next time we use the irons.

Caitlin with her hair straightened by the Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Irons

Caitlin loves her straight hair and went straight into her Instagram pose!

I think this is a great value for money straightener, ideal as a first time buy and it compared favourably to my GHDs.

I also liked that the product switches itself off automatically after 45 minutes, although you obviously have to be very careful where you leave it!

You can use these straighteners to create curls and flicks too and there’s a guide in the instruction booklet that comes in the box.

There’s also a 24-month guarantee for this product if you register your purchase with Lee Stafford.

Find Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Irons here.

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How to make your hair naturally beautiful in 6 easy steps

The cosmetic industry has seen a huge rise in hair product sales in the last 20 to 30 years as well as in the types of hair product available to buy.

Whilst this undoubtedly gives us a lot more choice, it can be really hard to tell what kind of ingredients the average products has. Some of them may even contain volatile ingredients which could put the health of our body and skin at risk.

woman with long hair wearing sunglasses

Luckily, we are more aware of the variety of chemicals that go into our products and today, more than ever, we are trying to turn to natural solutions and products.

Here are 6 great tips to keep your hair naturally beautiful from Nick Stoyanov, content strategist for  HollywoodMirrors.co.uk , an online family-run business in the UK helping to bring glamour to the home with lighted mirrors.

Start with your diet

No matter what you do, it is necessary to start with your diet. Hair receives a lot of nutrients from your food such as vitamins, minerals and proteins.

If you’re malnourished, this will affect your cells leading to loss of hair and lower quality of follicles. You can make a huge difference to the condition of your hair by eating more foods such as salmon, oranges and carrot.

Be careful when buying hair products

A lot of women make a mistake by using the wrong products for their hair type. First of all, you should always be suspicious about products making grand claims and offering instant results.

Although the product may be good for your current appearance, it may lead to long-term damage to your hair.

In fact, you should choose products that have a smaller number of ingredients. With each additional ingredient, the risk of hair damage increases. Simply put, you can never know how your hair will react to something. Try to focus on natural products instead.

Too much treatment

If you’re a neat freak, you probably comb your hair often. In fact, you probably comb it too often.

Like most other systems in our body, natural processes work to keep our hair healthy such as the secretion of sebum.

Excessive treatment (for example, too much washing) can remove natural oils from your hair making it more susceptible to damage.

Let your hair be wild from time to time. Give it a rest by avoiding combing it in the evening unless you are going out.

Avoid heat 

Similar to combing and washing, heat is something that can ruin your hair. It dries out both your scalp and the hair follicles making them rough and easy to break which can lead to split ends.

Ideally, you should wash your hair several hours before going out, then use a drier just a bit so that it remains damp. After that, it will dry out on its own while you’re still at home.

Check your scalp 

Besides your follicles, the skin on your scalp can also pose a problem. Various issues such as hair loss, hair thinning or dandruff may be caused by scalp issues.

There are numerous problems you can have with your skin. For example, it may be dehydrated or perhaps it doesn’t have enough natural oils.

Stress and malnutrition are also common causes of hair issues.

Condition your hair with natural oils

Oil is crucial for your hair but some people deplete their hair’s natural oils by over-treatment.

This is why you should add some artificially. A good choice is tea tree oil or coconut oil – the purer and more natural the oil the better.

By feeding your hair with them, you will definitely see an improvement in its condition.

Like everything else in life, you need to be moderate when it comes to hair care. Overdoing it can only endanger your cells leading to various health issues.

Make sure to use a lot of natural products and place emphasis on vitamins and minerals.

With such a strict regime, you will have beautiful hair that will last for ages.

Review: Anti-Hair Loss Products From folliOne

GIFTED: When you get to a certain age, particularly around the menopause, or perhaps after surgery or medical treatment, you may find your beloved hair starts to get thinner and that your scalp starts to make an appearance.

Woman playing with her hair whilst staring into the sun

There’s no denying that it’s hard enough for a man to lose his hair but there is a far less social stigma about male hair loss than there is for hair loss in women.

These days there’s no shame in talking about this issue and there are more and more treatments available to help cope with this distressing condition.

Did you know that nearly 40% of women experience some form of hair loss by the age of 60?  But you need to be sure of the cause.

Women’s hair loss may appear at times of hormonal change and is identified by overall thinning as opposed to a more patchy loss.

Common causes of women’s hair loss include: starting or stopping birth control, having a baby and just before and after going through the menopause.

Women rarely go completely bald but the end result is a visible decrease in the density of the hair in the affect areas.

Folione Anti Hair Loss Products

Also, there’s a difference between Alopecia and the kind of hair thinning which may be only temporary – for example after you have had a baby.

With Alopecia, the reason for the hair loss is thought to be a sensitivity of your follicles to the hormones in your scalp, in particular, the hormone DHT (Dihydro-Testosterone). This is why treatments for female alopecia include DHT blockers, and antiandrogens, just like the treatments for male hair loss.

If you are suffering from this distressing problem, you should talk to your GP for advice and support but there are products that can help with thinning hair.

I have discovered one such range of products from folliOne who offer a range of treatments including Growth Stimulators, Anti Hair-loss shampoos and liquid hair nutrition to help maximise hair growth.

I tested two of the three following products, the anti-hair loss shampoo and liquid nutrition.

folliOne Growth Stimulator for Women

Folione Growth Stimulator for Women

This non-alcohol based formula is designed to gently strengthens your scalp, allowing the ingredients to penetrate the scalp without evaporating or crystallizing.

Diaminopyrimidine Oxide, one of the main active ingredients in folliOne Growth Stimulator For Women, has been shown through clinical research to disrupt 5α-reductase activity and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) production, these two substances are linked to hair loss.

It also contains Oxothiazolidine Carboxylic Acid to stimulate new hair growth and prevents further hair loss, and it also delays the ageing of the skin in the scalp.

folliOne Shampoo for Hair Growth and Recovery

 

Folione anti hair loss shampoo

This shampoo is formulated to stimulate hair growth and prevents hair loss whilst supporting a healthy scalp, new hair follicles, and the growth of hair cells.

It reduced sebaceous secretion from the scalp (oil in the skin) and targets dandruff caused by hair loss. It is also designed to enhance the body’s ability to prevent the recurrence of scalp itching, irritation, redness, and flaking.

This is quite a runny shampoo with a strong medicinal smell and it is quite strong and rather drying. This is what it is designed to do though! You will need conditioner and possibly some conditioning hair products afterwards.  Because it is strong, I would caution against using it on coloured hair – certainly freshly coloured hair.

It does contain the magic ingredient that seems to be the latest buzz word in preventing female hair loss – caffeine and the product is not tested on animals so full marks for that.

I found that this shampoo boosted the volume of my hair and did not irritate my scalp or my skin. In fact, I found my facial skin looked smooth and had more of a glow which is an interesting side effect!

I think it is certainly worth persisting with if you can find a way of conditioning your hair afterwards.

folliOne Liquid Hair Nutrition for Hair Growth

 

Folione Liquid Hair Nutrition

folliOne Liquid Hair Nutrition is a daily dietary supplement designed to give your hair the essential vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and protein it needs for normal growth.

You can take it on its own or mix it with fruit for an easy smoothie.  It has a pleasant orange taste and the daily dose is 15ml which you can drink straight down – far easier than taking bulky pills.

As well as the usual vitamins you would expect to find, there’s biotin, iodine, folic acid and selenium. It is certainly a specific blend rather than a standard liquid nutrition supplement and it is a more powerful way of getting these vitamins and minerals than ingesting them from natural sources.

To give you an idea, you would have to contain 750mg of amino acids from your foods to get the same benefit as 15ml of folliOne Liquid Hair Nutrition.

You can find more information about the range at www.follione.co.uk.  You can also find help and advice about hair loss at www.hairlosstalk.com.

Have you tried FolliOne hair loss products?  Share your experience in the comments below.

Simple Tips For Hot Healthy Hair

All women are probably guilty of looking at another woman’s hair at some point and wishing they had it. Our hair is considered our crowning glory, and can make a huge difference to our appearance. 

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Some women are born with naturally gorgeous tresses, but others aren’t. Some have thin, lifeless hair. Some even have less than desireable hair because of the things they’ve subjected it to over the years. Good news! With these methods, you can finally have hair other women are envious of…

Don’t Wash Your Hair Too Often

Washing your hair too often strips it of the all important natural oils it’s infused with. Moisture will leave your hair, and it might even become greasy more often. Your hair will get used to not being washed as much. If you’re worried about grease, a good dry shampoo can help to combat that. There are some people who rarely wash their hair at all, and have incredible locks!

Stay Away From Heat

Using too much heat on your hair is a one way ticket to snap city. Unless you want split ends, frizz, and other problems, you shouldn’t use heat on your hair too often. When you do use heat on your hair, use a protectant spray to ensure you’re not damaging it too much.

Take Supplements

Supplements can be amazing for hair. There are supplements formulated especially for the skin, hair, and nails. Obviously, you should make sure you’re eating a healthy diet alongside your supplements. Getting plenty of healthy fats in your diet should improve the condition of your hair. If supplements just aren’t cutting it for you, you may want to try a medication. Looking at a price comparison of propecia hair loss tablets could help you to figure out if it’s the right route for you.

Use The Proper Type Of Brush

Make sure you’re using the right kind of brush for your hair type. You should also make sure you’re selecting the right brush depending on whether it’s wet or dry. Tangle Teezers are great brushes and can minimize damage. Never tug on your hair with your brush!

Protect It Before Bedtime 

Protecting your hair before bedtime can be a good way to nourish your hair as you sleep. Rather than tying it in a bun or plaiting it, try using a silk scarf or head wrap. Pile your hair on top of your head before putting on your head wrap. The silk will evenly distribute your hair’s natural oils, giving you a natural conditioning treatment. Not only that, you should notice an improvement in thickness, split ends, and other problems. When we toss and turn on our regular pillows all night, we can damage our hair in all kinds of ways!


Use Products That Suit Your Hair Type 

Make sure you know your hair type and you’re using products to suit it. You can find products for thin hair, fine hair, colored hair, and so on. It’ll help the condition and enhance your locks!

When You Lose Your Crowning Glory – Hair Loss & Caring For Thinning Hair

Our hair is often referred to as our crowning glory and the condition and style of our hair can really affect our confidence – either for better or worse.

As we approach menopause we find that our hair is no longer as strong and voluminous as it once was.  And our colour starts to fade as those pesky greys appear.

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There is a new school of thought that says we should celebrate having grey and white hair and I’m sure you have noticed some of your friends throwing away the hair dye and embracing the grey.

For many of us though, grey is synonymous with ‘old age’ and we’d do anything to disguise those tell tale signs of maturity.  Not only that, but many of us have to cope with thinning or falling hair.

It’s not a problem faced by men alone.

So what causes hair loss?

The most common form of hair loss is determined by our genes and hormones and it is estimated that around 30% of Caucasian women are affected before menopause.

There are three things which speed up the rate of hair shedding – advancing age, an inherited tendency to go bald early (for men), and an over-abundance of the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) within the hair follicle.

Basically changes to the hair’s growing cycle means more hairs are shed with the hairs becoming thinner and thinner until they are too fine to survive daily wear and tear.

Other physiological factors might cause hair loss. Recently, a group of Japanese researchers found a link between excessive sebum in the scalp and hair loss. This is because the excessive sebum (oil) which often accompanies thinning hair enlarges the sebaceous glands and leads to malnutrition of the hair root.

Although this condition could be hereditary, they believe diet is a more prominent cause. The researchers note that Japanese hair was thick and healthy, with a small gland and little scalp oil, until more animal fat crept into their diet after World War II.

Hair loss is often increased by stress, dieting, poor circulation, steroid use, mineral deficiency, genetics, pregnancy or moving to a new country or change of environment. These can cause a change in the body’s hormones and effect DHT  – the contributor to hair loss.

Psychological distress can also make matters worse. The more hair we lose the more we worry about it – and then the more we worry about it, the more hair we lose… It is a vicious cycle!

Caring for thinning hair can also add to your stress.

Most doctors agree that if you have an oily scalp with thinning hair, you should shampoo your hair frequently. This is because shampooing can reduce surface sebum, which contains high levels of testosterone and DHT that may reenter the skin and affect the hair follicle.

You may think that more frequent shampooing is the last thing you should be doing if you are worried about thinning hair or hair loss but there are some effective, yet gentle, shampoos for thinning and fine hair on the market.

I was recently sent a selection of shampoos to try by hair loss specialists The Harley Street Hair Clinic, who are world leaders in FUE hair transplant technology and are the only clinic in the UK to specialise in follicular transfer hair transplant technology.

They are finding that, as more high-profile patients speak candidly about their hair transplants (for example their client Wayne Rooney), more men and women are getting in touch for consultations.

Whilst I am not losing my hair, I have definitely noticed that it is getting much drier and coarser as I get older – and admittedly, colouring my hair is probably not helping!

Swopping to a gentler shampoo has definitely helped.

Shampoos for thinning and fine hair

Phytojoba Intense Hydration Brilliance Shampoo

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This one had a lovely coconut smell and left my hair with more volume. It contains Jojoba Oil, which is a genuine liquid wax to smooth and add shine, soothing Cornflower and Mallow and a washing base derived from Coconut Oil to help your hair rapidly regains an optimal level of hydration, shine and suppleness.

Sachajuan Ocean Mist Volume Shampoo

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Sachajuan’s brilliant blue Ocean Mist Volume Shampoo contains the brand’s signature ‘Ocean Silk’ technology – a cocktail of marine algae extracts which works to enhance strand-strength, suppleness and shine.  This mimics the bed-head effect of the spritz, to create texture and body without adding weight. It is suitable for all hair lengths and textures, but especially those with fine hair.

I loved the fragrance of this shampoo which really does remind you of the sea.  I didn’t find this one quite so moisturising though.

Korres Shampoo For Thin/Fine Hair with Rice Proteins and Linden

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This Korres shampoo is designed to strengthen and add volume to thin/fine hair and contains rice proteins to increase hair elasticity and density while adding natural, lasting volume. The Linden extract forms a protective film on the hair surface, improving its sheen and appearance. I loved this one. It definitely left my hair smoother and sleeker.

Kloraine Shampoo With Citrus Pulp

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Klorane Citron Pulp Shampoo with vitamins is suitable for all hair types and can be used as frequently as necessary and by the whole family. It has a fresh invigorating fragrance and it neutralises hard water to restore vitality and radiance.

Whilst I loved this one and its light citrusy scent, I found it a little too strong for me since it is for normal to oily hair.

So there you have it – a selection of great shampoos for thinning and fine hair which will help nurture your locks.  You can find out more about hair loss, both male and female on The Harley Street Hair Clinic’s website and, if you are worried, a chat with your GP may help to rule out other causes such as an underactive thyroid or vitamin / mineral deficiency.

Over 40? – Do You REALLY Need To Be Told Which Hairstyle to Have?

It’s weird, isn’t it that when you reach a certain age you are deemed incapable of choosing make-up and applying it or selecting the hairstyle that suits you best.

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To be frank, I’m a little tired of the “Fab Haircuts For The Over 40’s” articles, or the “How To Apply Make-up without looking like Dracula’s Grandmother” type pieces.

Obviously our skin and hair has changed but we know that.  Unless you’ve been wearing a potato sack over your head for the last ten years, you’ve probably been tracking every wrinkle, blemish and age spot.

So why is it that younger women and the media are quite happy to lecture us on what we should look like when we were the ones who came up with many of the trends that are still around today?

Time after time we see the old beauty tips and tricks recycled and presented in the slightly breathless tone so beloved of the few women’s print magazines still left in circulation.

I find it somewhat amusing that the ‘new’ make-up techniques such as baking actually originated in the Drag Community many years ago.

Which probably explains some of the sights I’ve seen on YouTube.

And then there’s the mystery of the ‘duck face’ selfie.

Any picture containing several teens / twenty-somethings tends to resemble a row of ducks at a funfair gallery.

I dread to think what the photos accompanying CVs look like.  How can you possibly look like a potential credible addition to a business when you look like you should be sucking a lollipop and wearing ankle socks?

See the joy of being that, shall we say, little bit older is that you can wear what you want and the World can go whistle.

But then there’s the “women over a certain age are invisible” crew.

Do we really vanish once we hit 40?  Or do we subconsciously decide to retire from the spotlight?

I’m not suggesting you need a truck load of fillers, eyebrows like landing strips and a day-glo tan to fit in but if you want to make the effort – great.

If you don’t, also great.

What you don’t need to do is absent yourself from all the things that once gave you pleasure on the basis that you have hit a certain chronological age.

The truth is many are uncomfortable with ageing (me included) and don’t know how to treat us.

We are a walking reminder of what is coming (should they be so priviliged to enjoy a long life) so there is the mocking, the teasing, the gentle gibes, the discounting and the all-out ignoring.

The Daily Mail in particular loves its articles about women who have the temerity to still want to compete and who invest in beauty treatments to rival younger women.

“Look at her” crows the Mail, “She thinks she looks half her age”.

I doubt she does.  But I wish some of these ladies would understand that maturity has its own kind of sexiness, its own power that we should not give away by lessening the beauty we have today.

We need to strive to look comfortable in our own skin – bien dans sa peau – as the French would say.

And then we can wear what we like and it will not matter in the slightest. Because we won’t care.

As Eleanor Roosevelt said “No-one can make you feel inferior without your consent”.

That’s the reminder many of us truly need.

Not another article on hairstyles.

5 Hair Accessories That Every Woman Must Have

For many women, hair is regarded as an important aspect which defines their beauty – their crowning glory. So they want to make sure that they take care of their hair in the best possible way.

Here in this article, we will discuss some of the hair accessories that every woman needs to have in their beauty kit. These accessories will make sure that your hair remains groomed despite any condition, wherever you are.

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These hair accessories will keep you smart the whole day. Some of these products may be a bit out of your budget, but you can get them for less using money saving vouchers.

So, if you manage to have these hair accessories, you will never look out of place whatever the situation.

1. Ties and clips

Whether you have straight or wavy hair, thick or thin hair, you need to have a good collection of hair clips and ties. Make sure you have clips and ties in different colours so that you can match them with your dress and other accessories. Ties and clips are good as they can be easily used when you are in a hurry. Clips help to keep your hair under control when you are busy at work. Keep hair bands of different sizes too so you can tie up your hair differently.

2. Headbands 

The second hair accessory that you need to have is a headband. These come in a variety of materials such as cloth or plastic. If you want, you can use more than a headband to get the desired look. In case you want to project a retro look, use a headband that is glittery or has stones. You can choose the colour to match your attire.


3. Combs and brushes 

Many women prefer not to use a brush for combing their hair. The reason is very simple – your hair gets damaged if you brush too vigorously. So for this reason, they use combs. But, it is true that using a brush helps to spread the scalp’s natural oils through the entire length of the hair. This makes your hair look shinier and healthy. So for better results, it is good to brush your hair first and then comb it using a comb to reset it properly.

4. Curling iron 

You can use a curling iron to enhance your looks. From classic curls to wavy style for summer, everything is possible with a curling iron. Make sure you buy the one which will give you the size of curl you want.  If your hair is fine or dry, you should take extra care when using a curling iron. Make sure that you adjust the heat of the iron before using it as too much heat will damage the hair. You can find a number of hair curlers at a decent price on coupon sites. Simply use Gorgeous Shop discount code at the site and get the product for less.


5. Hair straighteners

If you are planning to achieve stylish hairstyles just like the celebrities, you should try hair straighteners. Once you’ve got the hang of them, hair straighteners can help you to create amazing looking hair at home. When it comes to choosing hair straighteners, it is very easy compared to choosing a curling iron. Just make sure that you check the temperature before using it to avoid damaging your hair.

Getting the right products will help you to take care of your hair while looking stunning every time. Some of the products may cost you a little bit but will help you to get the desired look and are certainly worth budgeting for.

High Noon For Head Lice With Vamousse Protective Shampoo

Back to school time is nearly upon us and, together with the kids’ excitement about returning to see their friends and starting a whole new academic year afresh comes the threat of a set of potential visitors who are not welcome in the slightest. Yes, it’s time to battle those nits with a head lice treatment.

 

 

Yes, when children come back together, it’s a great opportunity for head lice to thrive and just one or two lice can start an infestation off.

Sharing hats and brushes can also spread them as they can survive 8-12 hours off the body but generally, they are spread by physical contact – i.e. head to head.

I’m sure we’ve all felt our heart sink as our little ones run out of school brandishing the “slip of doom” saying that one of their classmates has been adopted by those nasty little varmints, head lice.

We’ve all heard the homespun advice about combing through conditioner before we wash our children’s hair and the theories about plaiting hair to keep head lice away.

We’ve questioned whether head lice prefer dirty hair rather than clean and given our kids’ scalps a cursory examination to see whether we can spot anything.

A Head Louse – Source:  www.nhs.uk

But once you’ve done that, what do you do?  Apart from crossing your fingers and hoping?

There is a new weapon of lice destruction on the high street from Vamousse – Vamousse Protective Shampoo which is proven to break the cycle of infestation.

You see a commonly held frustration by parents is the belief that other parents are deliberately sending their kids to school with head lice and causing the spread.

Actually, most head lice infestations are spread by undetected infestations that take over a month to discover. Head lice are the hidden enemy!

A head lice infestation takes time to develop. In its early days, an infestation consists of young lice (nymphs) that are too small to be seen by the naked eye and eggs that do not cause symptoms such as itching/a crawling sensation.

To stop an infestation taking hold both adult lice and, later hatching lice (nymphs) emerging from eggs need to be killed, thereby breaking the cycle of infestation.

Research carried out by Vamousse found that most parents are too slow to take action, often waiting for visible signs of lice before whipping out the detection comb and using a product for protection or treatment. (For more information on head lice prevention and treatment with the Vamousse range, check out their website here.)

So, you’ve received the dreaded ‘nit slip’.  How does Vamousse Protective Shampoo Work?

When used regularly as part of a family bath-­time routine Vamousse Protective Shampoo can stamp out an infestation before it takes hold, by killing the lice that have unknowingly been contracted and later killing lice as they emerge from eggs that have been laid.

It’s easy to use – simply apply a generous amount of shampoo to wet hair, work into a lather and massage into scalp. The leave the shampoo on hair for at least 3 minutes and Rinse.

For best results, it is recommended that you use the shampoo daily for at least 2 weeks.  Hair is left clean and fresh and you can use a conditioner afterwards.

Best of all it’s pesticide-free and suitable to use on children aged 2 and over.

If you do find head lice, in other words, there is a visible infestation, then you need to use Vamousse Head Lice Treatment before using this shampoo.

It is non-toxic and pesticide-free and kills 100% of the lice AND eggs within 15 minutes of contact.

So what did we think? We are not currently under threat of an infestation but I wanted to test the shampoo for ease of application, smell and its effect on a child’s scalp and hair.

The shampoo is colourless and quite runny.

It is recommended that you really massage Vamousse Protective Shampoo in well to blitz any lurking eggs or lice.

Then rinse and condition as normal.  Caitlin’s only comment was that the shampoo had a stronger smell than her usual one.

Her hair was left clean and actually had quite a nice shine to it – although that might be because I was liberal with the use of conditioner, conscious that she had had a stronger product on her hair than normal.

You are advised, by the way, to make sure that you don’t get the product in your eyes or near your mucous membranes as it may irritate or sting but that probably applies to many other shampoos.

Vamousse Protective Shampoo retails at £9.99 and contains sufficient for around 20 washes in the bottle. Vamousse Head Lice Treatment costs £14.99.

Both products are available to buy at and the products are available to buy on Amazon and at Boots, Superdrug, Ocado and your local pharmacy.

It’s nice to know that there is something definite you can do to prevent head lice taking hold and now you can really Vamousse Those Varmints™.