Thursday, 29 June 2017

My current haircare routine

 Haircare is a topic rarely talked about on my blog, mostly because my routine is always very simple, shampoo, conditioner, heat protecting/styling products, that's it. As much as I do take good care of my skin I'm a bit neglecting my hair, thankfully I'm quite lucky with it so haven't felt the need to do more then the basics.
But I've noticed lately that my hair has become quite dull, un-manageable, feels a bit dry yet gets greasy as quick as always. I used to wash my hair every day for years which is not exactly the best practice but I just can't stand greasy hair and never found any dry shampoo worth the efforts.
So when I was offered to try a new range of hair products from MatrixBiolage R.A.W., formulated with up to 97% of natural ingredients, free from sulphates, silicones and parabens, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to up my hair game.
R.A.W. stands for Real. Authentic. Wholeseome. and it's a collection of natural haircare housed in packaging made up of post-consumer recycled plastic which can be used again and again.
Haircare routine for shiny hair

Biolage R.A.W. Nourish Shampoo* and Conditioner*, £18.29 each (currently on offer £15.50
Firstly, can we appreciate the cute packaging of these, which make them look like organic smoothies, not hair products?! :)
Both, shampoo and conditioner, are from the Nourish range directed at dry, dull, lifeless hair. Enriched with Coconut Oil (conditioner), Honey, Quinoa Husk, and Kaolin Clay, claim to leave hair stronger, healthier and full of shine.
I worried a bit that because of the lack of sulphates the shampoo will be difficult to use and it won't lather but I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, I do need a bit more product and it takes more effort but the shampoo certainly lathers and washes my hair really well without stripping it from moisture and natural oils.
The conditioner feels thick and luxurious, adds extra nourishment to my hair without making it greasy or weighing it down. Both products have nice, natural fragrance that it's not over powering.
Just after first use of the shampoo and conditioner I saw a difference in how much fresher my hair looked the next day. I've been using these products for a month now and I can get away with washing my hair every other day as it doesn't get greasy as fast, it feels softer and shinier.
I think switching to a sulphates free products make a big change to your hair and scalp and I wish I had done it long time ago, especially as I colour my hair regularly and the colour never stayed vibrant for too long.
The range is definitely more expensive then what I had been using before but I think it's worth the investment and I can see myself repurchasing them for sure.
Biolage RAW hair care products
Biolage R.A.W. Re-Hydrate Mask*, 400ml, £28.59 (currently £24.30)
Hair masks are not something I ever bothered with so I was excited to start using them. The Re-Hydrate Mask contains Shea Butter and Morrocan Lava Clay which condition and hydrate the hair.
You wash your hair as usual and then follow with the mask which you leave on for 5 minutes, that's enough of time for it to work its magic on your hair.
Every time I use it my hair is left incredibly soft and easy to style. The packaging is huge so I can see this mask lasting me a long time.
Biolage R.A.W. Re-Bodify Mask*, 400ml, £28.59 (currently £24.30)
This mask not only nourishes the hair but thanks to extracts of Ginger and Kaolin Clay, it improves manageability and adds volume and texture to it. I like to concentrate the mask at the roots of my hair and it definitely helps it look more bouncy and less flat.

John Frieda 7 Day Volume Treatment
Similar product to the previous mask which adds quite a bit of volume and texture to my hair with the difference that it's not nourishing nor hydrating, it works more as a styling product. I apply it as directed concentrating on the roots of my hair, leave it for up to 5 minutes, rinse it and then style my hair as usual. It definitely helps my hair look more voluminous but since getting the Biolage R.A.W. hair masks I've not been using it regularly as I used to. But it's a good product to use if you want to add some texture to your hair, and the effect lasts up to few washes.
Lee Stafford Coco Loco Heat Protection Mist
One hair product that I've been using religiously for a long time is a heat protectant so I welcomed this Coco Loco hair mist with open arms. If you like scent of coconuts you will love it, the smell is not over powering though but it lingers on the hair for some time.
The mist is very fine, it doesn't make my hair sticky or greasy, it doesn't weigh it down and it's just perfect to spray it on right before styling or drying my hair.
How does your haircare routine look like? Have you switched to sulphate and silicone free products?
*PR sample


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