Keeping your hair looking healthy and feeling happy can be difficult, especially when you’re a girl and your best friends are the hairdryer, straighteners and curlers. I am guilty of this, and I’ve become all too aware of the consequences it can have on your hair. My once fresh, bouncy and free-from-split-ends hair has taken a drastic turn for the worse a few months ago. Since having it cut, I have vowed to keep my hair in good condition and not neglect it.
I have recently been gifted some wonderful hair products from various brands which I have been trialing for a few months in order to try and tame my limp, dry and lion-like mane. I have tried four products from the brands Philip Kingsley, Swell and NUXE. I have been so excited to try these and see how they transform my hair. Read on to hear my thoughts about the products…
Philip Kingsley is known by many as the world’s leading expert in hair and scalp care. He has been branded the ‘Hair Guru’ by the New York Times, the ‘Hair Wizard’ by Vogue, the ‘Hair Doctor’ by the Sunday Times after the successful unique, award-winning product range that helps to bridge the gap between science and hairdressing.
From Kingsley’s range, I tried the Citrus Sunshine Swimcap and Instant Beach serum:
Citrus Sunshine Swimcap, £15
Sadly this product is no longer in stock as it was limited edition, however they have a normal Swimcap serum which works the same – without the citrus fragrance – so if you’re interested – there’s an option for you.
This cap intends to guard against discolouration and damage for all hair types due to the sun, chlorine, salt water and wind. It aims to freshen hair, giving it an energising ultra-conditioning treatment, with a fruity and floral fragrance, to protect hair from the summer elements and keep coloured hair in tact.
Although I haven’t been on holiday to reap the benefits of using the Swimcap whilst swimming in the pool and sea water, I have been wearing it on my hair whilst sunbathing during the mini heatwave we’ve had in London over the last few weeks. For the week that I used it, I noticed a stark difference in the condition of my hair. Usually after sun exposure, my hair tends to feel dry and dull, however after using this serum, my hair has been soft and silky not only immediately, but for 2-3 days afterwards too.
I would definitely recommend this product. 5/5
Instant Beach, £22
This product aims to give you beachy, tousled waves without drying your hair out and causing breakage. The salt-free texturising spray is said to give you effortlessly cool, texturised waves with incredible volume and hold.
At first glance, I was skeptical about this product as I’ve used a number of texturising sprays over the years to achieve the ‘beachy waves’ look, but nothing seems to work perfectly on my hair. However I was highly impressed with this. It nourishes the hair and conditions it, leaving it soft and healthy, as well as creating effortless beachy waves without the problematic knotty hair either.
I was very happy with this product. Philip Kingsley definitely knows his stuff! 5/5
(The only downside to these products is that they’re slightly on the pricier side, but a little goes a long way so you won’t have to purchase these products often.)
Many hair products give temporary, cosmetic results and often damage hair in the bid for more body. However Swell is all about protecting hair and finding a long-term solution for fine, limp and thinning hair using their unique all-natural formula, giving you immediate and sustained volume (even with difficult to manage baby-fine hair) from day one. Swell crucially nourishes the follicles, resulting in increased hair growth and reduced hair loss when used regularly.
Ultimate Protect & Renew Serum, £20
This product claims to banish frizz and give you a sleek, hydrated and healthy appearance in order to create a professional finish.
This serum is easy to apply and just one pump of serum to the middle and ends of your hair keeps it protected from heat and styling products. I blow dry my hair every few days which creates dry hair and gives me split ends from the heat damage, but this product I have found creates an immediate difference. The ends of my hair after blow drying look healthy, soft and bouncy, creating a shinier, thicker and sleeker blow dry – a girl’s dream!
I will definitely be purchasing this again. 5/5
NUXE was founded by Aliza Jabès who wanted to create a natural cosmetics brand inspired from the pharmaceutical approach and adapted to cosmetics. NUXE uses natural ingredients, and guarantees you will be blown away by the ability of their products.
Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse, £29
NUXE’s Huile Prodigieuse is the iconic dry oil, branded No. 1 in the Oils category in French pharmacies, is made using seven ,Precious Plant Oils, and claims to nourish, repair and soften skin and hair. Its fast absorbing silicone-free formula is said to leave skin satin-soft and adds gloss and suppleness to hair in a single step.
This product works wonders. This is a multi-use product that can be used on your face, body and hair to help get rid of dryness, reduce the appearance of stretch marks and to strengthen and condition hair. I have tried this on all areas, but I find it’s most effective on hair as it instantly reduces the dryness and leaves it looking fresh and conditioned like I’ve just walked out of the hairdressers. It also smells divine!
I really do like this product. I’m not sure I’d pay £29 for it but if it’s ever on sale I’d definitely stock up! 4.5/5
Do you have any hair products you can’t live without?