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.

Current Favourite Bronzers

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Bronzers are to makeup what hot sauce is to a chicken wing – essential. Everyone needs a good bronzer in their life to add that extra pizzazz to their overall look. Not only does it add dimension and definition to the face, but it revitalizes your complexion giving it a youthful and radient glow.

Despite all of its glory, it’s very easy to go over board with a bronzer. Finding the right brush (Morphe E59 Tapered Bronzer Brush is my jam) and application method is key to avoiding that ‘umpa lumpa’ effect. Keeping it as natural as possible, enchancing your features rather than masking them, will ensure that you slay your bronzing technique every time.

Being the self confessed hoarder that I am, I’ve recently turned my attention to my bronzer collection. After spending many years in a committed relationship with my first love NARS Casino Bronzing Powder, I decided that it was time to move on and sow my wild oats. Drugstore or high end, I don’t discriminate when it comes to bronzers and here I have put together 4 of my current obsessions that are in constant rotation in my makeup bag.

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronze in Deep £33.00

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A face and body bronzer; which adds a beautiful matte finished warmth to the skin. Available in 4 colours, Deep is the darkest of the collection. I wasn’t too impressed with the colour range as there’s clearly not an option for someone of deeper complexion, but nevertheless, the formula had me hooked!

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The powder feels super soft to the touch and blends effortlessly into the skin. I like to hit the cheekbones, hairline, neck and décolletage to achieve an even glow. There’s no glitter particles; which makes it perfect for a natural finish, but I certainly wouldn’t contour with this product as it leans more towards the orange side.

The packaging, as can be expected, is gorgeous and a little Guerlain-esque. The pan is absolutely huge (you get 21g of product) so this is guaranteed to last you a very long time even if you use it on a daily basis. However, despite the size, this is the perfect holiday product to pack as it saves space on body bronzers.

L’Oreal Glam Bronze La Terra Tribal Powder Natural Capri £12.99

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This is my favourite ‘everyday bronzer’; which requires no effort at all. The powder is so finely milled that it feels incredible upon first swipe, although, it did hurt me a little to ruin the tribal print embossed on the bronzer itself. Unlike the Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronze this bronzer does contain small particles of glitter, but it’s not overpowering. The micro-dispensed light pigments perfectly mimic the effects of a sun kissed look, giving you an instant glow. There is only one colour option to choose from, but the colour is fairly universal and would suit most skin tones.

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The packaging is fairy standard for a L’Oreal product and I could have done with a mirror in the compact, but much like the first bronzer mentioned, you get a lot more product for your penny.

MAC Bronzing Powder in Matte Bronze £22.00

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A warm-toned bronzer with a buildable finish. The formula is soft and creamy, as you can expect with most MAC products. On fairer skin tones this could provide a natural looking contour without looking overdone. On medium to tan skin tones, like my own, this gives a sheer wash of colour that provides you with the right amount of warmth to the skin without looking like you’ve been sitting directly under the sun all day.

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The size of the pan is fairly standard for MAC face products (10g); which is perfect for smaller, more precise bronzing brushes, but quite difficult if you were looking to use something on the larger side. I do wish they varied the packaging from their other face compacts other than the colour of the text as it’s quite hard to distinguish the bronzer without looking at the label (first world problems I know).

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in 06 £13.00

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For someone who likes her bling and sparkle, I’ve honestly shocked myself with the amount of matte bronzers that I’ve chosen. I discovered this bronzer when checking out the Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil on a recent shopping trip. If you haven’t done so already, check out my review of it in last week’s blog post.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of this bronzer upon first inspection. I initially purchased the shade 04 online; which turned out to be far too light for my skin tone. When I popped into the store to exchange it for the next shade up, I realised that the darkest shade (06) was still pretty light, but far more suitable for my skin tone. I found this quite strange, because it was always my misconception that The Body Shop catered for a range of skin tones. Whatever the case, I purchased 06 as I couldn’t bare walking out of that shop without a bit of makeup in tow.

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I must admit, I did expect the colour payoff to be as strong as the previous three and I was left slightly disappointed when I realised that this wasn’t the case. However, what I have discovered is that this bronzer, despite its summer-themed marketing technique, would be perfect for my skin in the winter when I need a sheer wash of colour without looking too overdone. The packaging is super cute and it smells divine, but this bronzer is certainly reserved for my ‘understated’ days.

What are your favourite bronzers at the moment? Comment below with suggestions of what I should add to my collection.