Cooling Off Sore Heads | Navratna Hair Oil Review

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If you’ve grown up in an Indian household, chances are you know all too well about Mum’s weekly head oil massages. If you haven’t, don’t be fooled by the glamorous name. In fact, in my youth, I remember it being somewhat of a torturous punishment. 9 times out of 10 my Mum would apply the most pungent smelling oils she could possibly find. My hair would become disheveled and my head somewhat scarred from all the vigorous rubbing. Of course, now that I’m older, I realise what an ungrateful kid I was. There’s nothing more soothing than the feeling of someone running their fingers through your hair (smelly oil or not).

I decided to embark on a trip down memory lane during a recent ‘Indian shopping’ trip with my Mum. I’ve always been more of a coconut oil/hair mask kinda girl rather than the traditional ‘Indian’ oils that you see strewn across the shelves in many Indian grocers, but one bottle, in particular, caught my eye and I couldn’t resist the purchase.

The Himani Navratna oil had been highly recommended to me by my sister-in-law as a great remedy for relieving heavy heads. I don’t often suffer with head aches or migraines, but after a long working week I would never say no to a ‘stress-relieving’ treatment.

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Infused with Amla (Indian Gooseberry), menthol, Ylang Ylang, rosemary oil and a long list of other ingredients – this oil is one of the best ‘head reliving’ methods I’ve ever tried. The smell isn’t that great, if I’m honest – a crossbreed between TCP and mustard oil (both gross). A little too strong in my opinion (much like the colour), but it doesn’t linger like most ‘Indian’ hair oils do. In fact, the smell near enough disappears after 10 minutes. What I do love is the fact that it’s not overly thick like some that I’ve used; which makes it fairly easy to wash out.

The core ingredient of this oil is Brahmi herb; which is a combination of centella asiatica, also known as gotu kola and bacopa. Brahmi oil is a core ingredient in many mainstream hair products due to its nourishing and strengthening properties. Amla oil (Indian Gooseberry) also plays an important role in the ingredients list. Used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, Amla oil is a fantastic natural remedy for dandruff, hair loss, grey hair prevention and loss of shine. The ‘head-reliving’ part of the ingredients list is induced by the inclusion of menthol and camphor. The cooling sensation can relieve the deepest of headaches and leave your head feeling as light as a feather. This also works great as a sleep-treatment. I’ve had some of the best night’s sleep with this oil; which is rare for an insomniac like myself.

Along with its cooling, head-reliving capabilities, the Navratna oil works fantastically at creating hair density. The concoction of ingredients encourage blood circulation in your scalp; which in turn promotes hair growth. I’ve been using this oil for a little over a month now and I can certainly feel a difference in my hair.

Of course, with any hair oil, this works best when massaged in by someone else. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of having this super-cooling oil gently worked into your scalp (and shoulders) by another set of hands. If you’re not lucky enough to have someone give you a head massage, you can of course apply this yourself, particularly after a bath/shower.

You can find bottles of the Navratna Hair Oil on the shelves of most Indian grocers around the Uk for the mere price of £5.99; which, let’s be honest – isn’t bad at all. If you don’t fancy bracing the mean aisles of Indian grocers (don’t blame you), my wonderland (Amazon) have plenty of links for it.

10 Hair Hacks For Fabulous Hair

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With every ounce of my body I can profoundly declare that I am completely shit at doing my hair. Makeup I know…hair is a completely different story. I have three hairstyles in my life – straight, curly and homeless. 9 times out of 10 I opt for the latter. I won’t pretend to be a hair guru. Hell I won’t pretend to care. I wash my hair about once a week. I do aim for twice a week, but even once is enough to put me into trauma.

It’s not that I don’t like doing my hair. Actually…scratch that…I really don’t like doing my hair. I have so much of it you see that the prospect of washing, drying and styling my hair seems as enjoyable as a hot bikini wax with a metal spatula. This is why I enlist the help of genius hair hacks to ensure that my hair doesn’t look like a complete disaster (all the time).

Use a microfibre towel to dry your hair

We’ve all heard the cardinal rule that vigorously rubbing your hair between a bog standard bathroom towel will do more damage than good. I’m a person that needs to slightly towel dry my hair before going in with a  hairdryer to avoid standing there for 10 hours. My hair is so thick and dense that a hairdryer simply won’t suffice, but using a towel to take out excess moisture actually leaves my hair frizzy (more so than normal). I’ve tried the old trick of using a t-shirt rather than a towel, but it made zero difference in my opinion.

Microfibre towels, like the Aquas Hair Towel Lisse Luxe, may seem like an indulgent purchase, but if you suffer with hair anxiety as I do, it could be your best friend. However, there are cheaper alternatives on the market, which can be found all over Amazon. Microfibre towels are proven to reduce drying time, reduce blow-drying time which can help retain colour and tackle frizz. I use a microfibre towel that I picked up from Primark and I kid you not, by the time I finish popping on my lotions and potions after I get out of the shower, my hair is 80% dry after being wrapped up in one of these.

Wash before bed and style in the morning 

I wouldn’t necessarily call this a hack, just a simple word of advice. If you have long hair or you find doing your hair before work a chore, putting in that effort to wash your hair at night can save highly valuable sleep time. I never get time in the mornings to wash and style my hair so getting it washed the night before so that it’s all dry and ready to be styled is a life saver. One thing, however, that I definitely don’t do is go to bed with wet hair. I do put in the effort to towel dry, with my microfibre towel, and then a quick blow dry to ensure that my hair shafts are smoothed down before bed. Tossing around on your pillow at night can rough-up the hair cuticles and therefore cause frizz. After I dry my hair I like to wrap it up in a very high top knot so that I avoid any possibility of damage during my sleep.

Hot rollers for a bit of bounce

When I’m looking to get some extra body in my hair or if I’m in need of some glamorous curls, I turn to hot rollers. I know what you’re thinking. You can take the girl out of Essex, but…I haven’t got the time (or the patience) to be standing there giving myself a bouncy blow dry or perfectly formed barrel curls. I find hot rollers a life saver. Any rollers in fact. If I have a lot of time, I pop my hair into velcro rollers, like the Sleep In Rollers, and get on with my day until it’s time to take them out. My hot rollers of choice are the Babyliss Pro Ceramic Rollers; which are hands down the best roller system I’ve used and I’ve tried them all! Rollers are a great way to style your hair, without having to actually do your hair. I pop them on before I start my makeup and by the time I’ve applied my last layer of lippie it’s time to take them out. A quick spritz of hairspray and voila!

Spray hairspray on a brush/comb

I suffer with flyaway hair, thanks to all of the baby hair that I’ve got going on. A trick that I’ve learnt is to spritz some hairspray onto a brush, or comb, and run through my hair to style the style. I particularly focus on my parting where most of my baby hairs tend to run wild. It’s a nifty little trick for a frizz-haired girl like me, but don’t forget to wash your brush or comb regularly to rid it of the leftover residue.

Sparkling water as a hair rinse

The pH levels of carbonated water are lower than the water from your shower so using a bottle of sparkling (or carbonated) water on your mane as your last hair-washing step will do wonders for taming frizzy hair. Shampoo and condition as normal then pour a bottle of  sparkling water over your hair as a hair rinse. It will leave you with shiny, soft and manageable hair without any stickiness or smell.

Sugar to exfoliate your scalp

Did you know that your scalp requires as much cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising as your face does? I know what you’re thinking, how are you supposed to do that? Well our traditional shampoo and conditioner routine provides two out of three of those steps, but exfoliating the scalp seems to be missing. Product build up as well as dead skin cells and clog up your scalp leaving you with dry, itchy, flaky skin i.e. dandruff. It can also slow down cell renewal of the hair follicle and therefore prevent hair growth. Exfoliating (or clarifying) your scalp every now and then is so important, but rather than add ANOTHER product to your bathroom, why not try simple sugar? Adding a tablespoon to your shampoo once a month will provide you with a gentle exfoliation of the scalp, not to mention a lovely smell. The sugar will dissolve fairly easily under the shower so there’s no fuss about rinsing it out.

Practice three ‘in a rush’ hairstyles 

We all have those days when we’re in a rush. Mine is pretty much every day of my life. When I don’t have time to wash, straighten or curl my hair, I enlist the help of three hairstyles which I can always rely on. Practising three hairstyles, such as a fishtail braid, a messy bun or a half-up top knot will give you that confidence on your ‘off days’ to go out into the world with perfectly presentable hair. Put some practice in during your down time to master three hairstyles and you’ll never have to worry about what to do with your hair when you’re in a rush.

Give your pony some life

In reference to my previous hack, a ponytail is one of my fail-safe ‘in a rush’ hairstyles. Not particularly adventurous I must admit, but I do love a good pony. However, a simple ponytail can look a bit…well…meh. There are two ways of giving your ponytail some life. One way is to split your ponytail into two sections, one top and one bottom and place a crocodile clip in between them. Get as close as you can to the top of the ponytail and let the top piece gently fall over it. This will give the illusion of a ‘fuller’ ponytail without having to backcomb.

Another method is to create two ponytails to give the illusion of longer hair. Split your hair as you would with a half-up half-down hairstyle. Secure a ponytail in the bottom section and secure a second ponytail in the top. The top ponytail will mask the second, but it will look like you have much longer hair.

Styling powder between curls

If, like me, you crave big voluminous curls for a special night out (think Victoria Secret models), but you struggle to keep that volume going for longer than an hour try styling powders. I must admit they don’t leave your hair feeling great the next morning, but they easily wash out. Volume powders like Big Sexy Hair Powder Play add texture and volume to lacklustre hair that needs a little oomph. Traditionally, volume powders are sprinkled into the roots and massaged in for instant volume, but try sprinkling some powder in between your waves/curls for seriously big hair. Grab random sections of your freshly curled hair and sprinkle a light dusting of the powder all over. Focus particularly on the ‘underneath’ parts of your hair and in between layers. Don’t worry about the powder showing up, volume powders very quickly dissolve into nothing, but they leave you with MASSIVE hair that will last all night.

Use eyeshadow to fill in your hairline

This hack has been tried and tested all over the online beauty community and it really works! If your hairline or parting lacks some density, grab an eyeshadow and a brush (fluffy face brush will do the trick) and use it to fill in the gaps. Be sure to use an eyeshadow that closely resembles the colour of your hair unless you want to look really silly. Filling in the gaps in your hairline and parting gives the illusion of much thicker hair.

Random Monthly Favourite | Straightener Comb

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Here we go again with another random monthly favourite. In actual fact, this isn’t really a monthly favourite as I’ve been enjoying this tool for several months now. Nevertheless, we’re approaching party season and I thought it best to share.

I’ve always struggled with my hair. Not so much the maintenance, but certainly styling. I tend to have three hairstyles in my life – straight, wavy or homeless. There’s no in between for me and as much as I love playing dress up, when it comes to my hair, I just can’t be bothered. My take on the ‘messy bun’ has proven to be my most renowned hairstyle to date. Lovingly described as ‘a bouncing Tokyo topknot’ by my husband, it gives reference to how low my ‘give a shit’ levels really are for hair styling.

Straightening has always been an arduous task for me. I have thick/naturally curly hair, however, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to straighten it. The problem relates to what happens after I step out of mt front door. The tiniest raindrop or the slightest gust of wind can turn my hair from sleek and straight to puffy and unruly. After spending, what feels like an eternity, on washing/blow drying my hair it feels like a tiresome task to then have to tame the frizz with a hair straighter when everything can turn sour pretty quick if it’s a horrible day outside (and in England that’s pretty much every day). I recently blogged about my love for the Asavea Hair Straightening Brush; which you can find here. I still love this tool, but if I want poker straight hair, I always turn back to my straighteners.

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My straightening routine would normally consist of running a wide-toothed comb through my hair whilst I proceed with my straighteners. It was certainly a more effective method than aimlessly working on random sections of my hair, hoping for the best. This was until I discovered straightener combs; which is essentially a comb with a clip on the opposite end. Sounds simple enough and certainly not worth bragging about, but this little tool has changed my straightening game completely.

For experienced hair stylists, straightener combs are not new to the game. However, I had never discovered them until I began researching hair straightening tools on the internet. I was intrigued upon first glance and even though it’s not a huge cost factor, I was reluctant to buy something that closely resembled the comb I already had at home.

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Straightener combs work by ‘clamping’ sections of your hair between the comb and clip; which allows for your straightener (mine is the GHD Platinum Styler in white) to get right into every strand of your hair. Curly haired girls know all too well that the smallest section of un-straightened hair can cause havoc to your overall look.

I know what you’re thinking – a traditional comb can do the same thing, but unlike traditional combs, the clip attachment of this tool is what ‘locks’ your hair in place and ensures that each and every strand is catered to – something that I have struggled with for years. The manoeuvre is slightly more fiddly than using a comb, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a walk in the park. One thing I will warn you about though is that straightener combs can seriously rip hair out, so if you have quite knotty hair, it may be worth going in with a paddle brush first.

Straightener combs are widely available in many beauty supply stores and, of course, the motherland of all things random – Amazon. I picked mine up for a modest £5.50, but don’t be fooled by cheaper alternatives. I previously purchased one that I found for half the price and it broke within a week of using it.

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As you can see here, my hair achieved great results using the straightener comb. Best of all, my style lasted for days; which has never been the case for me. I found myself sectioning off my hair more so than I would if I was just using a traditional comb, but my hair came out so smooth I didn’t feel it necessary to use hair oil afterwards to lay flat the hair shafts.

You can purchase the Cool Blades Straightener Comb that I used from Amazon here.

Asavea Hair Straightening Brush | Review And First Impressions


The struggle is real – the hair vs straightener struggle that is. Curly haired girls know it all too well. Spending valuable ‘getting ready’ time trying to maintain some sort of normality to an otherwise unruly head of hair. Hair straightening doesn’t take a genius to work out, but it takes the patience of a saint for someone like me whose hair slowly but surely starts to twist and turn moments after spending my best efforts trying to straighten it.

Hair straightening has come a long way since my day. Being a teen in the late 90s/early 2000s meant that poker-straight hair could only be achieved using extreme methods. Hair straighteners didn’t exist back then…or at least weren’t available to us mere mortals. Straight hair was simply achieved with a towel behind the hair and a clothing iron directly on top. Yes you read that correctly…I once straightened my hair using an iron! Of course, I knew it was an utterly ridiculous idea back then, but what could I do?! The Jennifer Aniston look was in and I was certainly too cool (or at least I thought I was) to pass up on a trend.

Thankfully beauty lovers of today need not succumb to such extremities in order to achieve a sleek mane. From Keratin treatments to steam pods, there are so many options available on the market, we’re now spoilt for choice. However, the beauty world has welcomed a revolutionary new product; which promises to surpass any hair straightening expectations without the hassle. Enter the hair straightening brush…


With so many brands jumping onto the ‘hair straightening brush’ phenomenon, it was hard to pick just one to test out. I stumbled across the Asavea range whilst browsing the pages of Amazon (typical I know). There are hundreds of brands out there, all mimicking the same design, style and concept of each other. The difference between the brushes was not apparent, except for the DAFNI, the original OG and the one which all other hair straightening brushes acquire their design concept from. The DAFNI also comes with a hefty price tag of £140. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve spent more money on my GHDs, but considering that I have a mini collection of GHDs at home, it seemed almost pointless to invest that much money into something which will give me the same results (here’s hoping). The point of a hair straightening brush is that it delivers the same results as a straightener with less fuss, better transportation and a more affordable price tag. With that said, I decided upon one of the dupes to test out and saved my money for more important things in life (pizza and makeup).

So what is a hair straightening brush I hear you ask. Well it’s exactly what it says on the tin. It’s an electronically powered hair brush; which delivers intense heat through ceramic ‘bristles’ therefore eliminating the need for a hair straightener and brush/comb. They claim to reduce hair styling time dramatically and provide you with a perfectly sleek mane without any hassle. Genius idea if I do say so myself, but definitely not original. This concept has been around for some time. Perhaps not for poker-straightening, but hot brush rollers have been around for many years promising salon-esque blow drys with minimal effort. Unfortunately they never worked for me, perhaps more suitable for someone with a shorter do.


The Asavea Straightening Brush is priced at roughly £35.00 (depending on what colour you go for). They come in a selection of black, white and baby pink. I opted for the white as I’m not a fan of baby pink. There are cheaper alternatives on the market, with prices starting from around £20.00, however, I decided to go for this one taking into consideration the positive reviews. The price point doesn’t break the bank and together with Amazon Prime, it means that you can enjoy your new tool the very next day without any delivery charges.




The brush comes complete with a travel bag, swivel cord which rotates to 360 degrees and a nifty little velcro fastener to help tie up the cord when the brush is not in use. I was a little disappointed that the box didn’t include a heat proof glove; which I think is necessary particularly when attempting the smaller baby hairs around your hairline. I purchased a separate glove from Amazon costing £4.06 so it wasn’t a big deal, but it certainly would have been a nice touch if it had been included.


The brush itself is fairly weighty. It’s heavier than a traditional GHD so it requires a bit of bicep muscle. The temperature can be adjusted much like other hair straightenerst. GHD’s traditionally operate at around 230 degrees Celsius, however the brand claims that optimal heat styling should be set at around 180 degrees to avoid hair damage. I have fairly thick hair so setting the temperature to 230 degrees on the Asavea brush seems ideal in order for it to work to its potential. The temperature is displayed on a LCD screen at the front of the brush and takes around 1 minute to reach its maximum peak.



My biggest gripe with the brush is that the operational controls are located at the side of the handle. Fairly easy in concept (there’s a button to switch it on or off, a temperature increase and a temperature decrease button). When gripping the brush, I found that my fingers would constantly get in the way and adjust the temperature or even switch the brush off completely without my knowledge. I would have preferred the buttons to be located away from the handle grip to avoid such nuisance, but I suppose there wouldn’t be anywhere else on the brush to place them.


The brush head itself feels fairly harsh against the scalp so a light hand is advised. The bristles are ceramic so definitely not soft like traditional brushes. I do appreciate the fact that the ‘bristles’ are fairly long; which means that I can run the brush against the top of my head without causing third degree burns to my scalp. If you have fairly thin hair, I would suggest, however, to avoid the scalp area completely to be safe.


Regardless of the claims, I wouldn’t forgo a brush to detangle the hair before going in with the straightener. The heated plate and bristles do run the risk of frying your hair follicles if it is left too long on the hair or gets caught in a web of knots. Detangling your hair before use will not only make the process pain-free, but will also ensure that you have a head of hair to straighten next time once you’re done.

I noticed two alarming points when using the brush for the first time. One being the smell – a hybrid of burning plastic and rubber. Not the nice kind (I actually like the smell of rubber), but the kind that leaves a horrible lingering smell on your hair. The second was the mist of smoke coming from the brush head once it was heated. I’m no stranger to hot hair tools so it didn’t really bother me much, but it can be a cause for concern for those with already damaged or brittle hair.



So the real question here is – does it actually work? Well as you can see from the results – it does! I was actually shocked myself when I saw how well the brush straightened and tamed my naturally frizzy hair. I wouldn’t go as far as saying it’s on par with GHDs, but it certainly gets the job done. The finish is slightly different to what you would get with a traditional straightener. Firstly, it leaves you with stupidly static hair and secondly, it gives you a little bounce and a little fluffiness that you wouldn’t get with a normal straightener. However, both are easily overcome with a smidgen of serum/hair oil on the ends of your hair.



I wasn’t expecting to like the brush in all honesty. Many of the adverts that I’ve seen demonstrate the straightening brush on already tamed hair. I didn’t feel like it would benefit me in any way, but I was so wrong! I quite liked the finish it gave my hair and the style lasted a lot longer than normal. Detangling my hair before straightening meant that my styling time was less than 5 minutes; which is excellent for thick hair like mine. I would normally section off my hair in parts when using a traditional straightener, but the brush aspect meant that I could run the tool over my hair like a traditional brush and get into the parts of my hair that are quite hard to reach with a traditional straightener. Running the brush underneath as well as on top of the hair ensures that all sides of the hair strands are covered and eliminates the possibility of frizz.


Many of the reviewers on Amazon felt that the brush tore at the hair strands therefore creating a collection of broken hair in the brush. I didn’t really experience much of this myself. As you can see from the image above, there was very little fall out and certainly no comparison to the kind of fall out I get when i use a traditional paddle brush. I will say, however, to wait until your brush is completely cool (about 10 minutes) until you go ahead and clean the brush. Sounds like an obvious statement to make, but it’s very easy to forget that you’re not using a normal hair brush (I have the burn marks to prove it).

Would I suggest this brush to anyone looking for a hair straightening technique? Yes I would. I found that the brush worked well with my difficult hair and virtually cut my styling time in half. I would say, however, that if you already have a perfectly good straightener and you’re comfortable with the process then you won’t need this straightener. I am (as we all know) a beauty hoarder and love anything gimmicky, so for me, this brush was a pleasant surprise. It won’t give you the versatility of a traditional hair straightener (curls,waves), but it does give you straight hair with a little oomph. It’s perfect for those looking to style their hair in a short space of time or for those looking for a great travel alternative. It fits snug into a toiletry bag and is perfect for on-the-go styling when you need a little refreshing. Overall, it’s a massive thumbs up from me and I will certainly be using my Asavea Straightening Brush on occasions to come.

You can purchase the Asavea Straightening Brush from Amazon following this link here.

Have you used a straightening brush? Comment below with your thoughts on them.

Summer Hair

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Summer is fast approaching; which brings peace of mind for us Brits. Warm breezes, long days and the hope of being able to step foot outdoors without the need of an umbrella and wooly coat are what we crave when summer is around the corner. However, despite my love for the sun, there’s nothing worse than the wrath of humidity on a head of curly hair like mine.

UV rays from the sun can break down the amino acids in your hair, therefore losing its elasticity, strength and shine. Spending a small fortune on a new summer do can prove to be pointless if maintenance is not up held. Colours fade, highlights turn brassy, hair becomes parched and harsh chemicals from activities such as swimming can cause damage and destruction. Preparation is key during the summer if you want to keep your hair in a healthy and manageable state. Choosing products which protect, hydrate and strengthen will ensure that your hair looks L’Oréal worthy.

Kérastase Styling Spray À Porter £15.75 (currently on offer)

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Designer hair is hardly achievable without the use of these iconic products. The Kérastase Couture range, as headlined by stylist Luigi Murenu, encourages the hair’s natural texture. Containing micropolymers (tiny molecules), each hair strand is individually catered to leaving your style soft, flexible and bouncy. Xylose is also included which protects the hair from heat damage along with ingredients such as vitamin E and UV filters.

Kérastase Styling Spray À Porter is a sea salt spray with a difference. Forget crunchy, unmanageable, and unruly beach hair. This elegant looking bottle promises to deliver you Giselle-esque touselled waves with no effort at all. Spritz onto damp or dry hair and scrunch with fingers. Blow dry or let nature take its course, this spray triples as a heat protectant and hairspray.

The smell is distinctly floral, with notes of patchouli wafting through. I’m not adversed to ‘smelly’ hair products, in fact, I quite like them – saves me money on expensive perfumes. What I love most about this product is the fact that my limp, lifeless hair is given some va va voom when left in its natural state. Don’t expect tons of shine though, you get more of a semi-matte finish, as you can expect with most salt sprays.

Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask starting from £7.65

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Natural oils have put their stamp on the beauty industry as highly sought after, multi-use, miracle workers. Morrocanoil contains an ‘argan oil-infused’ formula along with vitamin F (Omega 6), vitamin A to improve elasticity, vitamin E to protect against free-radicals along with regeneration, and Phenols to shield against environmental stressors.

The Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask is a rich and creamy mask designed to hydrate and repair damaged hair. Shine is restored, hair is left manageable and, when used once or twice a week, hair is rebuilt and reconstructed. After using my favourite hydrating shampoo, I apply a large dollop of this to the mid lengths to ends of my hair and leave to penetrate for 5-10 minutes. Using a shower comb to run through your hair once the mask is applied ensures even application and less hair pulling time when it comes to styling.

I opted for the 75ml version rather the full size as I was looking for a travel friendly hair saviour on my recent travels. This is a welcomed ‘tall drink’ for your hair when the sun dries out every last bit of moisture. The scent is very similar to the iconic Moroccanoil Treatments, but slightly less offensive.

Tangle Teezer Gold Rush Compact Styler £12.25

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Tangle Teezers are small, palm-sized tools; which have paved the way for knot free, pain free hair styling. So innovative these products have become, that even celebrities rave about their abilities (Cara Delevingne can’t live without hers). There’s not much to these brushes, the design is fairly simple, but they have certainly changed my hair game forever.

The Gold Rush Compact Styler is exactly what it says on the tin. Coated in a metallic gold finish, this is a miniature version of the original design; which fits perfectly in any handbag/travel bag. The styler also comes complete with a protective cover to shield it from any impurities and ensure it’s ready to use at any time.

The innovative teeth makes brushing through knots and tangles effortless. Since converting to Tangle Teezers I’ve noticed that my hair is less prone to breaking. I can always tell the health of my hair based on the amount that clogs up in my drain – sorry TMI. However, the sad truth about having a long mane means that hair fall is frequent and plentiful, but with the use of a Tangle Teezer, this has been minimised drastically.

Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment starting from £10.75

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Much like Moroccanoil, this amber hued elixir contains high levels of natural ingredients such as macadamia and argan oil.

Far better described as an intense leave-in conditioner, this oil promotes shine, moisture and split-end rescue for parched hair. The smallest amount is all it takes to turn unmanageable, straw-like hair into glossy tresses. The texture is definitely thicker than other brands on the market and the scent is slightly unbearable, but if it turns my mop into enviable angel hair then sign me up!

I opted for the travel version again as it’s very easy to transport, particularly on holiday. The glass bottle isn’t naturally travel friendly, but it’s light weight and holds a fair amount of product.

What are your favourite summer hair products? Comment below with suggestions of what I can try next.

Once Upon A Hair Dream | Olaplex

Is it me or did January just whiz by? I’ve been having so much fun blogging and interacting with you all about my beauty routines that I’ve not noticed the month flash before my eyes!

This week I decided to let you all in on a little hair secret of mine that I have recently discovered. Rather than going through my entire hair care routine, I wanted to focus on this little gem; which has completely transformed my locks. My hair has always been a little unruly due to its density and frizz-factor; however, I’ve discovered a product so ingenius that even I can’t believe it’s true.

I know what you’re all thinking – here we go again with yet another ‘wonder product’; and to be honest, I don’t blame you. If I had a penny for every time that I’ve heard those words…well…let’s just say I wouldn’t hold back on the makeup shopping! Being skeptical about trying out a new hair product is understandable. After all, we’re all a little cautious about ruining our hair. I know that every time I’m referred to a ‘miracle product that will do wonders for your hair’ my bullshit meter goes into overdrive. It takes a lot to impress me when it comes to hair care products – I’ve tried them all! However, I felt it necessary to let you in on an incredible little beauty find.

Olaplex No.3 treatment £19.95

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I first heard about Olaplex when researching Brazilian blow-drys. I’ve never been one for chemical treatments, but with summer fast approaching I was prepared to try anything in order to tame the frizz. The winter left my hair dry and craving for nourishment. I needed something to bring my hair back to life and help me avoid that frizzy bush effect I usually get once the weather starts warming up.

Olaplex was developed in the States in 2014. The launch of this three-step programme has risen to great acclaim. Everyone from top hairdressers to celebrities have jumped on the Olaplex bandwagon. Kim Kardashian recently revealed her love for the treatment during a makeup masterclass hosted by the very talented Mario Dedivanovic (aka Makeup By Mario). She praised Olaplex as the reason her hair was able to repair itself after bleaching her hair platnium blonde. We all know the effects dyes and bleaches have on our hair. I know this all too well. I’ve been colouring my hair since I was 15. I’ve used my hair as a method of expression, going from black to blonde and even ginger! Although the reason for colouring my hair back then was very different to what it is now, my hair still requires the same amount of attention.

Olaplex works in three steps. The first two steps are treatments applied in salons by approved stylists. They are used to tone and treat the hair during the colouring process, avoiding any breakage. The third step is an ‘at-home’ treatment; which works like a deep conditioner. Although I have not had the first two steps in a salon before, I discovered that the third step is a great addition to anyone’s hair care routine. I therefore decided to give it a go.

Hailed as the ‘holy grail’ of hair treatments, the Olaplex programme works by repairing bonds within the hair shaft, known as disulphide bonds. These bonds are broken during the process of hair colouring and styling with chemicals i.e. perming and permanent straightening. This results in hair that is weakened and damaged. Unlike many deep conditioners on the market, Olaplex is able to work its magic deep beneath the surface of the hair, strengthening and elasticising individual strands.

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Prior to washing, I work a generous amount of this product into dry hair. Although the packaging advises you to leave the treatment on for around 10 minutes, I found that leaving it in over night allows for deeper penetration into the hair shaft. I massage the product into the hair in sections and braid the hair out of the way. The next morning I then shampoo and condition as normal. I tend to do this routine once a week as the bottle is fairly small and at £19.95 a piece, I’m not in a hurry to use it all up.

So the million dollar question here is, does it really work? In my opinion – hell yes! I’ve never been blessed with silky locks. Being of Indian decent and growing up in a Punjabi household, my hair was always super long, thick and never coloured. Fast forward to my teen (rebellious) years, my hair became damaged, difficult and very weak due to all the colouring. Although hair care has always been at the forefront of my mind, I never got the silky, shiny, manageable hair I always desired (blame those damn L’oreal adverts). Not to say that my mane has become Victoria Secret worthy, but I’ve certainly noticed a huge difference. My hair has become a lot stronger with just one month’s use of this treatment. I know this because when I brush my hair, I no longer get clumps of fall out. My hair is also noticeably manageable. I now get a lot of ‘bounce’ and movement; which I never got before. The thickness of my hair made it flat and lifeless, but I now seem to have more oomph!

I would definitely recommend the Olaplex no.3 treatment to someone who has dry, damaged or dull looking hair. For £19.95 Olaplex claims to take 20 years off your head; which seems like a pretty sweet deal for me! For my ladies who colour or chemically treat their hair on a regular basis I recommend researching into salons which offer the no.1 and no.2 Olaplex treatments to fight the damage as it is happening. Salon treatment prices vary, but you can expect it to cost no more than their most expensive treatment.

You can find the Olaplex no.3 treatment here.