Since I’ve been growing my hair out again (I’ve fluctuated between really short and rather long hair for the last five plus years!) I’ve been trying to ensure that I take good care of it, particularly as I try to avoid cutting my hair too frequently. There’s several hair products that I really love to keep my hair in tip top condition- such as elasticizer. However I wanted something quick to use for when I don’t have time to put on a hair mask and leave it for several hours, which as we get into Autumn can leave me feeling rather chilly with wet hair for that amount of time!
Due to this, I couldn’t resist picking up the Body Shop Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask when I was last in the store- sadly about a week before their half price offer started! It’s a vegan once a week treatment which is supposed to leave hair nourished and shiny- whilst helping your hair look less frizzy. As my hair is quite fine and can be liable to frizz this sounded perfect! It’s not too expensive at £12 for a decent sized pot, and not too much product is required- even in my fairly long hair.
It’s very simple and quick to use as well. After shampooing and conditioning my hair, I simply scoop it up, run it through all my hair and leave it for around five minutes (although you can leave it longer!) then rinse it out. I try to avoid washing my hair too frequently now that it is longer, and using this every 5 days or so seems to cause no ill effect or product build up in my hair.
It is super easy to rinse out, and doesn’t weigh my hair down or make it look greasy. It also smells amazing- like banana obviously! After use, it leaves my hair smelling fantastic, and feeling moisturised and shiny. I’ve used the tub three or so times already – and have barely made a dent. So I’d imagine that it’ll do at least 12 applications, so the cost per use is £1 or less! And it seems to work better than many of the single use masks I have tried which cost more!
If you suffer from dry or frizzy hair I’d definitely recommend giving this a go – although I’d check you like the smell of banana as the scent does linger in your hair! The Body Shop frequently has offers on, so you can probably pick it up cheaper than £12 (at the moment they have a £25 off £50 offer) and for that price you can’t really go wrong. I just use the hair mask with my normal shampoo and conditioner- however when I run out I’d love to give the matching banana ones a go.
Let me know any hair products you love for keeping your hair healthy!
Last Christmas I was lucky enough to receive my first large pot of Elasticizer (150ml) as part of a set that also included Shampoo, Conditioner and some hair styling products. It was Elastizer that stuck out in particular, and I used every fraction of that pot! In what I would call remarkably good value, it actually lasted me up until a couple of weeks ago- using it every few weeks, or more frequently when I had the time to let it sit on my hair! As my hair is fairly long, I found this pretty damn impressive.
Given this, when I noticed that Look Fantastic had 15% off Philip Kingsley, there was no way I could resist replenishing my stock- particularly as my Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Conditioner had also just run out (after lasting an impressive 6 or so months).
Previously I’ve only tried the original Elasticizer, but when I noticed the Geranium & Neroli version was available as a 500ml version I thought it would be interesting to try! It does smell fantastic, and is very pleasant to use (and the packaging is just gorgeous!)- but if it hadn’t been the same price as the regular elasticizer, I probably wouldn’t have paid extra for the scent, as the main thing I care about is the effects!
I picked up two items, the Geranium and Neroli Elasticizer (500ml) and the Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Conditioner– which I got in a massive 1000ml size, both should be enough to last for about a year or more, given how long the smaller bottles lasted me.
Now these two items (which I usually use with the Infuse My Colour Wash in Copper) have been a godsend for my hair, particularly as it’s been getting longer. I’ve had really long hair a couple of times in my life, and the main reason that I’ve cut it (other than being bored of it!) is how annoying it becomes to maintain. My hair tangles easily and brushing it out used to be a cause of many tears- both when I was very young, and when I got older as well.
However Elasticizer and the conditioner has made my hair so much easier to look after. Although it hasn’t turned me into a hair styling wizard (to be honest I don’t think anything could) it has given me soft, smooth and shiny hair which hardly knots or tangles and is so much simpler to brush out- and puts me in a previously unheard of state of being able to skip brushing my hair for a day, and not have to worry about losing half of it to the hairbrush the next. My hair also seems to dry quicker (although I don’t know why), and I no longer need to worry about enlisting help to brush it, or having to braid it before going to sleep and neither product weighs my hair down, or makes it feel greasy.
For the Elasticizer, I just wet my hair, put a couple of pumps throughout all my hair and then put it up in a shower cap (so glamorous!!) for an hour or two- or as long as I can! And the conditioner I just use on the length and ends of my hair after shampooing- easy.
To be honest, the only negative I have for these two products is the price. And I will admit that they are not cheap. I bought the big sizes as you get a ton more product for the price compared to the smaller bottles (on Look Fantastic the current price for the 1000ml Conditioner is £48.50, and for the Elasticizer is £66) and because of the handy pumps- far more convenient than sticking a wet hand into a pot of Elasticizer! I also have enough confidence in these products after using them for the last 6 months to not feel like I will want to change what I am using anytime soon-which is good given how much I have!
Overall I highly recommend these two products, particularly for people like me who have fairly fine hair, but quite a lot of it. These two products have made my hair vastly easier to deal with, and now I can actually enjoy having longer hair- without spending so much time worrying about how long it will take to get out the knots if I leave it down…
Do you have a game changing hair product which has made your life easier?
I’ve had pretty much the same colour hair all my life- with brief forays into henna (great colour, impossible to remove without growing it/cutting it out…) dyed rainbow ends (great fun, but expensive and faded fast) and temporary pink colouring (looked pretty cool, but dyed permanently in spots.) I’ve never dyed it permanently all over, and given my general dislike for spending money on haircuts etc. it seemed smart to just try stick with my natural colour for a while- as that doesn’t require as much upkeep!
However as I’ve got older, I’ve noticed that my hair is getting lighter- I’m not entirely sure why, but it’s certainly not as coppery as when I was a kid! It’s edged more into the strawberry blond category and I was starting to feel that it had lost some of it’s vibrancy and shine, and I missed the more coppery tones that it used to have.
My solution to this was twofold;
Firstly I did a rough all over dye over my natural hair with the L’Oreal Colorista Copper Blonde hair dye, which kind of worked- in that it made my hair slightly brighter and shinier, but I really couldn’t get on board with the smell (really awful, and made me feel quite anxious!) and for the limited change (other than a bit shinier, and more copper tones) I just don’t feel that in hindsight I’d particularly recommend it.
Secondly- and the subject of this post- I bought the “Infuse My. Colour Wash Copper” shampoo from Boots, after seeing it on Instagram a few times and liking the sound of it!
This I would recommend, and it seems to be as effective for me as the dye- given that it gives me brighter, shinier and more vibrant hair- which smells good (fruity and delicious!).
The shampoo comes in a reasonably small bottle (250ml) but I’ve found it very long lasting, having already used it for a few months, and only used slightly over half the bottle. I have pretty long hair, so I am quite impressed it has lasted that long and also glad as it isn’t the cheapest shampoo at £13.95 a bottle. Although I try to usually stick to washing my hair a couple of times a week, so if you use it everyday it may run out quicker.
I also like the packaging, it’s a simple label on a pretty bottle- I love the shape and the bright copper colour (which is the actual colour of the shampoo!) and it looks cute on the bath, whilst being thin enough to not take up much room on the ledge.
It’s also super simple to use- as you just use it as normal shampoo- i.e. lather rinse and repeat if necessary! One thing to note is to make sure to rinse your shower well after use, as it is a very bright shampoo, and it may leave coppery marks- although I’ve found that it does wash off easily, and I’ve never noticed any stains. It also seems to help with keeping my hair soft (although admittedly my love for Elasticizer may help with that!)
Overall I would highly recommend this for redheaded people wanting to up the brightness, and coppery tones of their hair! It’s certainly made a difference to mine, and I’m planning to replace it when it runs out. For the price I can’t fault it, and it’s actually cheaper than my previous shampoo, so to me it feels like a bargain. It’s made me feel better about my natural hair colour, and evened out the colour, both from the leftover pink dye stain, and the previous copper dye- all in all a great result! It’s also 100% Vegan, and has 0% Sulphates, Parabens and Silicone.
I’d love to hear any recommendations for good hair products for redheads- or just any particularly brilliant hair products!