The Dry Hair Dilemma

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A couple of months ago I lightened my hair, going from black to a warm brown with a few highlights. This is something I’ve done before and yet I never seem to learn my lesson. Not only did I have to spend a good six hours in the hairdressers, it also cost me a small fortune! I am a self confessed dye addict. When I get the urge to dye my hair, there is no time for booking appointments I simply have to run out and buy a box from my local Boots. This is a bad idea, trust me! If you are thinking of dying your hair black then you seriously need to understand how hard it is to change it back. Don’t get me wrong I loved having black hair but it came with challenges.

So why I am I telling you all this? Well, in order to get my hair lighter I had it cleansed. This sounds lovely and nourishing but it’s not, essentially it strips the old dye out and you’re left with a bit of a patchy mess. On top of this I then had an all over colour and highlights, so as you can imagine my hair has suffered some serious damage. It wasn’t exactly in the best condition to begin with but now it’s beyond dry. With this in mind I’ve been reaching for anything that can put a bit of moisture back into my locks. I’ve been using two Kerastase products in particular for this.

Kerastase Nutritive Irisome Masqueintense (£24.20)- I apply this after shampooing focusing mostly on the ends and leave it on for around 3 minutes. This product is designed for thick hair and claims to improve manageability whilst also protecting hair from the damaging effects of heat styling. It definitely does this, I tend to blowdry my hair straight and this conditioner makes it feel smoother. I have to use this every wash not only because my hair is damaged but the water where I live (Greater London) is less than kind to hair! However, if you have more manageable hair I’d say use it once or twice a week.

Kerastase Ciment Thermique £16.47 – This is basically a leave-in milk that you apply to damp hair before styling. It claims to repair split ends and whilst I do think it helps to prevent them, I’m not convinced anything other than a pair of hairdressing scissors can truly solve that problem! I apply this to the ends of my hair and then proceed to blowdry and it definitely makes the process a whole lot easier. I’m not sold on the smell but it’s not bad enough to put me off using the product. This isn’t a cheap option but you only need a small amount and it lasts for ages.

Whilst I do love these two products they aren’t exactly cheap. I would love to know if any of you have any suggestions of deep conditioning hair masks or conditioners that are available in the UK?! Please let me know!

Sophie xoxo

Discontinued Products – The Heartbreak

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Ever found something you really love, go to repurchase it only to find it’s been discontinued?

It’s the worst. I don’t know why companies do this to us! My biggest disappointment came from Victoria’s Secret. In 2011 I went on a family holiday to Thailand. I was so excited in the airport when I found the perfect Angel Mist from Victorias Secret. I LOVED IT! A really sweet smell that is now so nostalgic to me I feel like I’ve been transported back to Bangkok every time I spray it.

So you can imagine how devastating it was when I began to look for a new bottle of Dream Angels FOREVER. I searched the New Bond Street store. Nothing. Westfield Stratford City. Nothing. And then I googled it, only to confirm my worst fears, it was gone. As it turns out, discontinued products are a bit of an online business, people are charging OVER £100 for them!! So now I am left with a dilemma, I have a few wears to get out of it but to me, this stuff is like liquid gold and I just can’t bring myself to finish the bottle. In the words of Sinead O’Connor, Nothing Compares!

Has this ever happened to any of you? How did you handle it?

Sophie xoxo