Faith in Nature Hair Care

Posted on: Tuesday, 4 November 2014

To kick things off for November I wanted to talk about a brand called Faith in Nature, born in Edinburgh and committed to working with nature sustainably and ecologically. I was invited to trial and review a shampoo and conditioner duo from their very extensive range and decided to go for the Coconut variety as a) it was designed for normal/dry hair and b) I want to cling on to the last of the sunshine with smells that remind me of summer. I’m always intrigued these days by ‘natural’ hair care products, not least because I discovered a brand a few months ago that, quite frankly, changed my life. My regular ‘salon’ hair care was giving me the world’s itchiest scalp so I switched to an all-natural regime courtesy of Intelligent Nutrients and not only did my itchy scalp disappear, it left me with healthier, shinier, happier hair than I have had in years. I've talked more about that here.

I figured, if Faith in Nature worked, it'd be a far cheaper solution (400ml is £5.50 – that’s about twice the size of your regular bottle). And it does work. It doesn’t perform quite the same miracles as I’m now used to from my natural hair care regime, but it does a very good job.  A tiny amount of shampoo gently cleanses and the conditioner really does leave the roots shiny and healthy, without a split end in sight. My only criticism would be that it doesn’t detangle my hair as well as I’m used to; not a deal breaker, but it does mean I spend a considerably longer amount of time fighting my Tangle Teezer. I’d recommend Faith in Nature to anyone who wanted a new, natural direction with their hair care, or to anyone who regularly uses silicone-heavy hair products (read: most people) who could do with a gentle, natural cleanse.

Have you tried any of the Faith in Nature range? What did you think?

The products are available from the Faith in Nature website.

How I Keep My Long Hair Healthy

Posted on: Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Whilst I love having long hair, it can be a complete pain in the neck to keep in good condition. Coupled with the fact that my hair is incredibly fine and prone to almighty tangling issues, means it's a daily battle to prevent split ends, keep it shiny and stop it looking lank and dull. In my opinion decent hair care should be just as much of a priority as good skincare, and over the last few years and many a trial-and-error testing, I've finally found a haircare routine that really works for me.

A good brush is an investment, and luckily, this is on the lower end price wise. I'm not the first and won't be the last to sing the praises of the Tangle Teezer - I don't know what it is about these handheld plastic masterpieces that's so good, but they really are. They make brushing effortless - a word I didn't think I'd ever use to describe the often laborious, painful process of brushing through fine, tangly hair. Because it's plastic it's versatile; I take mine in the shower for brushing through with conditioner; a quick rinse and you're good to go again. A serious hero product.

Because I use a number of products to keep my hair tangle-free and shiny, I'm often left with a substantial product build up on the scalp; adding regular conditioner only worsens the problem as they generally contain silicones. Wen's Cleansing Conditioner is a multipurpose conditioner and leave in treatment - I generally apply to the roots and massage into the scalp before washing out. I use the Sweet Almond Mint variety, which smells zingy and comforting at the same time, and it works so well to remove buildup and restore volume, health and shine to the roots.

I was super skeptical about Intelligent Nutrients, who signalled my first foray into natural hair care. And by natural, I mean natural - check out the ingredients here - it's toxin-free, sulfate-free, you name it. This range is designed for damaged and colour treated hair which ticks both boxes for me and honestly, I have never known products to do so much for my hair. Who'd have thought an all-natural formula would hydrate, nourish, and prolong colour vitality so well?! One thing I would say about Intelligent Nutrients is you really have to persevere - for the first few weeks of use I hated it and my hair felt like straw. But it seemed overnight some sort of hair-barrier was broken down and suddenly I had incredibly healthy hair. Weird, but true. My ex-colleague and I had a veritable obsession with the stuff. I know that Intelligent Nutrients are slowly withdrawing from the UK market, but QVC has a pretty good deal on at the moment - both the shampoo and conditioner for £21.60.

This stuff is insanely good. I don't think I've bothered trying any other hair masques since I first bought this way back in 2011. A big, gooey, lovely concoction of macadamia oil, argan oil, chamomile oil and algae, it smells b-e-a-utiful and could repair anything my hair threw at it. I use this every Sunday night; post-shampooing I leave it on for the recommended 7 minutes and wash out, to be met by the most beautifully soft, shiny hair ever. It's unbelievably good. And apparently Kate Bosworth agrees with me.

I know Alterna are a super-luxe brand, and I'd never part with my cash for their shampoos and conditioners, but after my hairdresser used this on my locks I've been absolutely hooked. Whilst I'm rolling my eyes as hard as everyone else on the whole 'CC cream' branding, and am dubious that this does ten things, whatever it does do is great. A bi-weekly treat, I massage this into towel-dried hair, comb through with a Tangle Teezer and blow dry. Job done, hair soft and manageable. Plus it smells of lemon meringue pie. Double winner.

I've romped my way through 50ml of this in no time at all. A blend of Kenyan yangu oil, coconut oil and radish seed oil, it has a really luxurious, uplifting herbal scent and a clear, viscous formula that applies beautifully to the hair, keeping it soft, shiny and healthy round the clock. I apply this every time I wash my hair, comb through and allow my hair to naturally dry. Combined with the Intelligent Nutrients duo, my hair's a dream.

What are your tips for long hair?

Polish Picks

Posted on: Tuesday, 19 August 2014

It's been ages since I did a polish post - for no reason other than I've been super lazy at regular manicuring and more often than not have been sporting chipped - or bare - nails.

REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial

Posted on: Monday, 18 August 2014

REN Flash Rinse 1-Minute Facial | 75ml | £32 here

The latest innovation from REN comes in the form of the Flash Rinse 1-Minute Facial: a "transforming", one minute treatment that promises to revitalise and rejuvenate the skin. Containing Vitamin C (this smells just like those dissolvable Vitamin C tablets), Boswellic Acid and Glycogen Magnesium, it's designed to counteract that nasty 'urban grey' - a REN-coined term for that pallid, dull look skin suffers when exposed to day-to-day free radicals like pollution. REN says it leaves skin looking 'firm, toned and smoothed,' whilst adding in some anti photo-ageing benefits and giving skin a radiant glow.

GLAMGLOW Thirsty Mud

Posted on: Thursday, 14 August 2014

It's not often I'm keen to review anything 'miniature' sized, as I feel it doesn't always give an accurate representation of how the product works long-term. Some things I've been instantly wowed by have petered out into being, well, a bit rubbish, hence why I like to be able to use things over a considerable period of time before giving my thoughts (and why I get a bit peeved with tiny, one-use samples. And reviews of tiny, one-use samples).

Pre-Holiday Beauty Buys

Posted on: Wednesday, 9 July 2014

L'Oreal Professionnel Solar Sublime After Sun Shampoo
L'Oreal's After Sun Shampoo pumps moisture into hair that's been parched by the sun whilst cleansing it of residue from sand, salt and chlorine. It contains Vitamin E, Mexoryl S.O. and glycerol which work to nourish and hydrate the hair and scalp. Although this is a 250ml it's packaged in a small bottle so it's not going to take up too much room in your suitcase!

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