I’ve been told countless times I have very good nails. They’re strong and they grow mighty quickly. I wish the same could be said about my hair.
It’s very fine, which in my culture is perceived as a sign of inferiority while thick locks is a thing of beauty. From a young age I had been singled out for having thin hair, which is not my fault! Unfortunately I couldn’t devote years of massaging coconut oil into the scalp to stimulate thick hair as my mum did when she was growing up in Pakistan. She has amazing hair – so jealous! Over there no one bats an eyelid if your hair is cooking in coconut oil, in fact it IS a cultural tradition and even men indulge in it (although some look slimey!) but here it’s just not easy to incorporate into everyday life.
To this day, only black castor oil has helped significantly with encouraging hair growth but it’s greasy and the process is very slow. A couple of months ago I came across Grow Gorgeous’s Hair Serum in Boots when I was actually looking for its 12-in-1 Cleansing Conditioner.
This serum costs £29.99 for a 60ml bottle which sounds like a lot when you see the size of it but with the realisation it’s a concentrated tonic, seems justifiable.
I can’t talk about the product without commenting on the packaging first. Grow Gorgeous prides itself on being kind to the hair with no sulphates so it’s cute that their packaging is resourceful and practical. The outer packaging is entirely made of recycled card (with no cellophane) and opens to reveal the bottle securely sitting inside.
Now onto the actual and all important potion. It’s an advanced formula containing a complex blend of 7 technologies to make visibly longer, thicker and fuller. It’s all listed on the back of the box with explanations in a non-geeky science way. All I want and all I hope for is that it delivers on its research.
The serum comes with a pipette and the instructions are very precise: 20 drops to be daily to the scalp either in the morning or evening and massaged evenly and thoroughly until the serum has been absorbed – and you will feel this. It is imperative to use this every day for results to show months later. Yes, it’s slow but hair growth generally is.
I use it mostly on the crown as that is the most troublesome area. The hair above my neckline is actually very healthy and thick because it doesn’t have as much pressure inflicted on it from styling tools.
The serum is very cooling on the scalp, which feels therapeutic and it’s not greasy either. It also smells gorgeous, like boiled sweets and the colour of the liquid remind me of cola cubes. The bottle claims to last two months on the basis it is used every day though it ran out for me after six weeks.
I have been using the serum daily (bar the odd off days) for almost two months. Apparently results show after four months, which makes sense since it takes 3-4 months for hair to grow significantly. Although I have just reached the half way mark, my hair does appear noticeably fuller especially in the patchy parts.
The serum is far less messy than a hair oil though an oil can also deep condition. I love the Cleansing Conditioner from Grow Gorgeous and so far, things look to be heading in the right direction with the serum. I am going to report back in two months when I’ve reached the four month mark and will see if my hairdresser notices a difference on my next appointment. Have you tried Grow Gorgeous’s Hair Serum? If so, how are you finding it?
What could be better than a cleansing balm? A cleansing balm with bits. Work with me here as I tell you about a new skincare saviour I’ve been using for a few weeks. It’s cruelty-free and it’s British.
Founded by dermatology expert Claire Vero in 2013, Aurelia is a scientifically-proven, natural, evidence-based skincare line which works by helping to manage the level of inflammation within the skin, the main cause of skin ageing.
Amongst its range is the Refine & Polish Miracle Balm, a cleansing balm that gently polishes the skin, transforming dull, rough, congested and lacklustre complexions into glowing visages. It also doubles up as an enzyme mask to deeply exfoliate.
The balm contains camomile, rosemary, bergamot and also eucalyptus which strongly stands out in the scent. You apply it to dry skin, using your fingers to massage and dislodge dry skin cells before adding a few drops of water to emulsify the balm which releases the skin-brightening BioOrganic oils (these turn the balm into a milk when it comes into contact with water). You then rinse it off though I prefer to wipe off the excess with a warm flannel.
It is safe enough to use once a day, either in the morning or evening and suitable for all skin types including sensitive. As a mask it can be used up to 3-4 times a week, leaving it on for 5 minutes. I’ve tried both methods and definitely prefer it as a daily exfoliator. I noticed my face looked radiant immediately after one use and felt so soft to touch.
The balm is luxurious, both as a product and by price. A 75ml tube will set you back by £57 so we are talking high-end skincare here. Now I have tried some expensive skincare products which have disappointed me greatly and aren’t worth the price they retail for. This one isn’t as ridiculously priced when you pay attention to the fact it’s made in England (which makes a nice change!). Realistically it’s not a product I can bring myself to buy regularly because it costs nearly £60 and to me that is somewhat excessive for a facial exfoliator. It’s more of a treat to indulge in occasionally and use sparingly.
I’ve also been using a trial size of Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s Revitalise & Glow Serum, which is nothing short of divine. It’s a lightweight, anti-ageing serum that easily absorbs into the skin, fusing Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s technology with BioOrganic plant and flower essences to revitalise the skin with a delicate blend of Jasmine, Plumeria, Tuberose and Mandarin. I won’t go into detail with all the probiotics, peptides and antioxidants it contains because like most people, it doesn’t matter greatly so long as it works.
A 30ml bottle costs £47, which funnily enough is the price point I expect a decent serum to cost. Of course there are other serums that command a much higher fee which is why £47 strikes me as pretty reasonable.
So there we have it – a luxurious British skincare that gives results but at a pretty heft price. Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Refine & Polish Miracle Balm and the Revitalise & Glow Serum are available from Space NK online and in stores and Harrods’ Urban Retreat.