Hair Products I Have Been Using Lately

It’s Hair Week on The Best Beauty Blog and today I’m going to tell you about the hair products I have been using lately.  But before I do that, let me tell you a bit about my hair…  I like to put my hair through chemical hell as I had my hair permanently straightened in January and I had it coloured with red tips a few months ago.  I wash and blowdry my hair every night and it’s a habit I cannot break.  I thought my hair would be completely damaged but surprisingly, the hairstylist I saw recently and mentioned yesterday, said I had strong and healthy hair and it’s probably because I am using some awesome hair products.  Allow me to introduce you to them…

1.  Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Collection

The collection comprises of Shampoo, Conditioner, Renewing Treatment and Penetrating Oil, which features fair trade argan oil, which nourishes and strengthens hair and it smells FAB!  The Shampoo and Conditioner are free of sulfates, phosphates and parabens – which was great at not stripping the red from my hair and moisturised well except the hair ends which had its tangled moments.  But the ends fared better when I used the Renewing Treatment as a weekly treat for my hair.  For me, the star product of the collection has to be the Penetrating Oil – it is weightless and my hair soaks it up like a sponge.  My hair feels so much softer and looks shinier when I use this.  There is silicone in the ingredients list so I don’t use it every day but maybe 2-3 times a week.

2.  Schwarzkopf Extra Care Nutri Protect Collection

Schwarzkopf is a well-known hair brand which is known for its affordable products.  The Extra Care Nutri Protect collection here features Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-In Conditioner and is packaged in pink – my favourite colour!  This range targets dry, stressed hair with its liquid keratin formula – which is perfect for me, my hair and I!  Smells good, washes well and detangles.  The Leave-In Conditioner tends to be neglected though as my hair is happy with simply using the Conditioner – but I foresee that I will be using it a lot more often when Summer comes.  I’ll just spritz some on my hair and chill out in the sun!

3.  muk intense muk Repair Collection

If you fancy treating your locks to extra TLC, then I would highly recommend muk.  It’s my first time trying out muk products, and I am mightily impressed with how my hair feels every time I use their Shampoo and Conditioner.  I save the Repair Treatment as a bi-monthly treat where I coat my hair with it and wrap it up in a towel and let it work wonders.  My hair looks like I’ve just stepped out of a salon!!!

4.  Pantene Aqua Light

It’s lightweight and makes hair go SWISSHY!!!  Find out more tomorrow…  *cue mystery music*

What hair products have you been using lately?  And have you entered the Herbal Essences Giveaway yet?

Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse – Review & Pictures

I am no stranger to experimenting and dyeing my own hair – in fact, one time I covered my whole head of hair in a bottle of bleach and turned it rusty orangey blonde – that was SO not a good look on me and it totally damaged my hair.  Anyway, I have been dying (pun intended – gosh, I am SO funny!) to change my hair colour for a while and I was torn between light brown or fiery red.  And in the end, I decided that I would go brown first and then later, change it to red.  So instead of seeking professional help, I headed to my local chemist and bought the cheapest hair dye on offer, which happened to be – Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse – at half price…which, unfortunately, turned out to be the only good thing about it.  What happened?  Read on for my review.

Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse in blonde

What Schwarzkopf Say

Our first permanent colouration as a foam.
Intensive, longlasting and glossy colours with perfect grey coverage.
Easy and even application thanks to mousse.

Are You Blonde?

First of all, you may be wondering why I purchased the Pearl Blonde shade from the Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse range because my hair is not at all blonde, but more of a deep dark brown black colour with subtle highlights – “Is she nuts?”  No, dear readers, I am not nuts!  I assure you that I have an extremely valid reason for this.  Like I mentioned before, I have used DIY hair dyes multiple times and I know (or at least, I think I do) which colours work on my hair.  Buying a brown shade will not make my hair go brown so I have to buy a blonde shade to go brown – trust me!


What’s In The Box?

Schwarzkopf, hair dye, mousse, Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse

It was easy to make the formula.  Pour the Colour Gel into the application bottle and screw it shut with the foam pump and turn the bottle upside down.  And we’re ready to go…

Please note :-

1) I never ever use the gloves that DIY hair dyes provide – they are shockingly bad quality and ill-fitting!!  I’m a dentist so I have a small stash of gloves which fit my hands perfectly.
2)  DIY hair dyes always recommend patch testing – but erm, I always ignore them.  I am rebellious like that!  😛

My Opinions

Application started off in a careful manner – I sectioned my hair and meticulously applied foam from root to tip – but then after 10 solid minutes of doing that, I got bored and just went batsh*t crazy with the foam – as can be seen in the above photo.  The whole process took me over 20 minutes!!

Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you will know that I am a foam-lover!  This was my first time dyeing my hair with foam but it may be my last.  It took foreverrrrr to finish the bottle of foam and my finger was getting tired from pressing down the foam pump.  I was also unsure whether my hair was evenly coated with the foam – my hair didn’t get wet but it was semi-wet and rubbery in texture.  What annoyed me the most about the foam was that towards the end, the foam started emitting tiny bubbles from the pump when I pumped it and it flew and settled around my bathroom in random places.  Not good!

Processing time was 30 minutes – but the paranoia inside me wonders if it matters that it took me 20 minutes alone to apply the foam colour…?  (From previous experience,normal liquid or gel colourants take me 5 minutes maximum to apply.)  Anyway, after washing off the foam and conditioning my hair, I looked in the mirror to find…my hair colour showing not much difference AT ALL!  There are some patchy brown hairs here and there but nothing obvious.  To add to the disappointment, my hair was not shiny nor glossy and felt dry and rubbery.

Check out the before and after pics