Restore Healthy Hair

I’ve always been blessed with naturally shiny, healthy hair but last summer I managed to almost completely ruin it! I’m still not sure whether it was using straighteners without enough heat protection or a new experimental Balyage technique that I got talked into at a salon but something left it as dry as straw, frizzy and breaking off in some sections.

Since then I’ve tried a lot of different products in my quest to return my hair to it’s former glory without having to resort to a drastic chop so I thought I’d share my favourite picks for healthy hair.

Kérastase ELIXIR ULTIME Beautifying Oil Cream

My Winter Favourites For Healthy Hair - Kerastase Ultime Elixir Beautifying Oil Cream

The Beautifying Oil Cream contains ingredients that are intensely nourishing and I’m not exaggerating when I say that this has transformed my hair. It’s not able to repair damage already done, but smooths out and tames them in a way that no other product I’ve tried has been able to do. The healthy bits of my hair are left extra smooth and the damaged sections are made manageable and look healthy again.

I apply a couple of pea sized blobs to my hair whilst it’s still damp, concentrating most of it on the mid lengths and ends, then style my hair as normal using my hairdryer and straighteners.

Just to mention that Kérastase hair products are really flipping expensive – this stuff goes for between £29 and £39 a bottle depending on where you shop. In my opinion though it’s worth the premium price tag and I’ll happily sacrifice a few other purchases as a result!

Kérastase Elixir Ultime Original

I use this to add extra glossy shine to my hair and keep flyaway strands at bay. I use two pumps of the oil and mix it together with the Beautifying Oil Cream in the palm of my hands, then run it through my hair as described above.

I can tell the difference in quality between this and cheaper oils that I’ve used in the past. Don’t get me wrong, I still rate the Natural World Oil (review here) but found that it wasn’t too good at coping with the really frazzled bits of my hair. The Kérastase version however, does an awesome job. It’s virtually weightless and I can’t tell it’s even in my hair once I’ve blowdried it.

Overnight To Gorgeous Hair Masque | Grow Gorgeous

My Winter Favourites For Healthy Hair -Grow Gorgeous Overnight To Gorgeous Hair Masque

I started using this after my hairdresser recommended that I should add a nourishing hair treatment to my weekly hair care routine to help hydrate and strengthen my hair. You slather it on at night, put a towel on your pillow and then sleep with it in so that it has all night to work it’s magic.

My Winter Favourites For Healthy Hair -Grow Gorgeous Overnight To Gorgeous Hair Masque

The condition of my hair always feels much better after an application of this but I do find that it takes a really thorough rinse and shampoo to get it out again since it’s such an intensive treatment.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Range*

My Winter Favourites For Healthy Hair - John Frieda Luxurious Volume

Nothing says healthy hair like a bit of bounce but my hair is fine and so can go a bit limp after blow drying and straightening. I started using the Luxurious Volume range back in November and although it’s not made with dry/damaged hair in mind I’ve found that using these in combination with my more nourishing hair treatments give my hair the best of both worlds – moisture and a volume boost.

The shampoo and conditioner are enriched with a caffeine complex and are really nice and light with a gorgeous scent, but my favourite picks from the range are the 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment and Blow Dry Lotion.

My Winter Favourites For Healthy Hair - John Frieda Luxurious Volume

The 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment is pretty much as the name suggests! You apply it to damp hair after shampoo and conditioner, leave it in for about 5 minutes and then rinse it out. It adds a bit of texture to your hair supposedly, although I don’t notice that so much, just that my hair really does feel thicker and boosted at the roots. I use it once a week which is just right for me, as extra volume gradually fades until gone on day 6.

My Winter Favourites For Healthy Hair - John Frieda Luxurious Volume

If I want to give my hair an extra bit of oomph I use the Blow Dry Lotion. Sprayed directly onto the roots, I’ve found it to be great at creating extra lift at the roots and it helps to lock in the volume for the day.

Have you suffered from dry/damaged hair? How did you get your healthy hair back?

LovedByLaura

Disclaimer: Items marked with an * are PR samples but all views expressed are honest and my own.

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Natural World Brazilian Keratin Haircare Review

I wish my hair was like Emma Watson’s… but it definitely has more in common with Hermione Granger! If left to dry naturally it corkscrews into tight curls at the front and goes wavy at the sides, whilst the merest hint of humidity results in a frizzy explosion reminiscent of Monica Gellar in Barbados. The kind folks at Natural World recently got in touch to ask if I’d like to try out their Brazilian Keratin range which is designed with just these sort of problems in mind, so I’ve been putting them through their paces over the past month.

What is Brazilian Keratin?

Keratin is the main protein structure in our hair and when the outer layer becomes damaged it results in coarse, damaged and dry hair. Brazilian Keratin has been used in straightening treatments for years as it helps to repair the damage in the hair’s cuticle layer, smoothing it out to combat frizz and restore shine.

Natural World Brazilian Keratin Smoothing Therapy Shampoo

Natural World Brazilian Keratin Haircare Review

The shampoo is almost scentless which is the only downside for me as I love a good sensory experience, but it does work up into a luxurious velvety lather. If I have time I like to give my scalp a massage with it to help increase the blood circulation and stimulate new hair growth. It rinses out really quickly and cleanly which is perfect for me as 9 times out of 10 I’m in a rush in the morning!

Natural World Brazilian Keratin Conditioner

Natural World Brazilian Keratin Haircare Review

Sometimes I find the consistency of conditioners are too thick and sticky which can be a bit of a challenge with my long thick hair. Thankfully this one is nice and creamy which makes it easy to distribute. I’ve found that it works best when I follow the instructions and leave it to soak in for 3 or 4 minutes before removing and makes it a breeze to brush my wet hair afterwards with no troublesome tangles.

Natural World Brazilian Keratin Haircare Review

Using the combination of the shampoo and conditioner over the past month has left my hair in great condition and I could swear that it feels a bit stronger too. When I leave my hair to dry naturally I haven’t had too much of a problem with frizzy bits as long as I give it a brush through whilst wet, so I’m pleased with that as I like to avoid having to tame it with heated appliances as often as possible.

Brazilian Keratin Smoothing Therapy Hair Treatment Oil

Natural World Brazilian Keratin Haircare Review

I wrote a post a couple of months back in which I tried a hair oil for the first time and enjoyed the results. The only downside of that one was that I could only use a couple of spritzes, otherwise my hair turned into an oil slick.

My favourite pick from the Brazilian Keratin range (and also the one I’m most likely to repurchase) is the Smoothing Therapy Hair Treatment Oil.

It doesn’t really feel like an oil when you use it, it’s got more of a watery consistency and almost all of the product transfers onto your hair rather than leaving your hands covered. I find this a big plus point and it means that I can really work it through my hair.

Natural World Brazilian Keratin Haircare Review

I still only use a very sparing amount on the short flyaways close to the roots of my hair to tame them, but I can apply a bit more to the mid section and ends which tames and softens the coarse frizzy bits.

Natural World Brazilian Keratin Haircare Review

Overall I’m really pleased with the results and the best part is that all of the products in the range are priced at under a fiver, leaving me with more money to spend on a good haircut!

Find the range online here or in your local Superdrug.

Have you tried any Brazilian Keratin products? What do you use to fight the frizz?

LovedByLaura

*The items in this post were kindly provided by Natural World, but as always all views expressed are completely honest and my own.

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