One of the complaints I have about my hair is I can never create that glossy finish unless it’s the hairdresser. Mind you, living in London I suffer from dull, lifeless hair from the hard water so it’s a massive shock when I get shiny locks outside of the city.
To alleviate dreary looking hair, I have been using a serum and an instant shine top-coat spray from Kérastase’s heaving Couture Styling collection. Couture for the hair…well, it was only a matter of time someone would come up with that concept.
In eye-catching purple packaging, these two products give shine and sleekness to tiresome locks without a greasy residue whilst padding on protection from styling tools, etc.
The purple pair smell amazing of course. I use the high-shine polishing serum - Kérastase Touche Finale (which is anti-frizz) sparingly because with my hair a little bit definitely goes a long way.
Kérastase Gloss Appeal is an instant shine top coat spray and does exactly what it says – a top coat to give a gloss finish to your hair. I’m not comfortable spritzing it liberally as the instructions say because even though this claims to be a lightweight formula, it feels like there is something sticky on my hair if I overdo it. That stickiness is more likely to be one of the key ingredients which is silicone and it’s why I reserve using this product for occasional use.
Both items are available from various online retailers with the serum priced at £19.50 (30ml) and the spray at £21 (for 150ml).
I’m awash with new shampoos and conditioners to review lately, which means my tresses are super shiny and clean. John Frieda’s Full Repair range is new and very affordable, addressing the common concerns of overworked, damaged hair from styling tools and such.
It boasts a strengthening formula with the exotic sounding Inca Inchi Oil and it’s rich in omega-3, which apparently reverses the look and feel of damaged hair to give bouncy, shiny locks and…oh, you get the picture.
Full Repair is on my carousel of hair stuff that I have on rotation and I admit it’s taken me by surprise. There is always that hesitation of using shampoos that promise the world for a few quid. Fortunately Full Repair has left my hair feeling nourished, very soft and shiny to run my fingers through and without that awful feeling of hair suffocating at the roots. It’s quite rich for my fine hair which is why I reserve use of it once a week. I am also trying not to become too dependent on sulphate and sodium chloride filled products.
I don’t believe there is any shampoo out there that magically repairs split ends though. Any brand that makes such claims is being plain silly. Only a regular trim will keep them at a low.
The John Frieda Full Repair Repairing Oil Elixir is something I use sparingly because I am nervous of adding hair oils when my hair goes greasy every other day. It’s basically a product to give a boost to shine and smoothness. It’s not a product I am likely to repurchase (unlike the shampoo and conditioner) because I don’t think I would get much use out of it. Besides, I am not Rapunzel.
The shampoo and conditioner are priced at £5.89 with the oil at £9.99 and are available at such retailers as Boots.
I’ve got a few pressing things on my wish list. One of them is the Tefal Actifry. The other is this beast I caved into at Christmas when it was on half price plus an additional 10% off in Boots.
I’ve been yearning for an electric toothbrush to replace my Oral-B for some time and resorted to using a manual one for the last 7-8 months. Up until now, I’ve had a mediocre experience with a couple of electric toothbrushes. Dentists harp on about how beneficial they are but I wasn’t noticing a difference.
Then the great enabler that is Twitter brought Philips’ Sonicare to my attention and after exchanging views with some of the folks I follow, it was concluded the Sonicare was the Godfather of electric toothbrushes…notably the FlexCare Platinum with the UV Sanitiser. The recommended retail price of something like £250 did bring a tear to my eye but good things come to those who wait and at £101 I bagged this baby.
Well I didn’t bother to read the manual (who doesn’t?). It’s a rechargeable toothbrush for crying out loud. You plug it in, you charge it and away you go. I will consult it at some point but my initial opinion on this is, everyone who has one was right. My previous brushes were bulky, ugly to hold and to operate and to be honest, I’ve never tried Philips before. The Sonicare is pretty sexy and slick looking. There are two controls – the ‘switch’ which operates on 3 levels depending on how you like it, and a second button to select the appropriate process – cleaning, whitening and gums. In total you are looking at 9 unique brushing options.
I almost jumped out of my skin when I turned it on for the first time. Clearly my Oral-B was rubbish. There isn’t anything that could prepare you for this because it is a party in your mouth – you’ve just got to adjust to doing the samba with it. It’s also a brush that requires no effort other than moving it around your mouth. If you apply too much force, the built-in pressure sensor will sound a warning.
The narrow head is easy to manoeuvre into the most hard to reach places a manual brush can’t get to and the sensation after is just like a thorough clean from the dentist. I found myself running my tongue over my gnashers repeatedly after – couldn’t believe how squeaky clean they were!
A noticeable feature is how the brush operates. While my Oral-B had a round brush head that rotated, the Sonicare FlexCare brush is shaped like a normal toothbrush (only smaller) and moves rapidly up and down. Apparently this is why dentists recommend the Sonicare range because this is the correct way a brush should work on removing plaque. I now realise my teeth didn’t feel super clean from the Oral-B electric brush.
And what about the UV Sanitiser? When you rinse your brush under the tap, you prop it up in the pot to dry in the bathroom, unbeknown to the fact it is attracting bacteria…and then you use it over and over again. It’s not really clean, is it? Imagine the risk your teeth and gums are at. The UV Sanitiser is brilliant – take off the brush head, pop it in the compartment and press the button. It takes 10 minutes for the brush to be sanitised and once done, it will switch off automatically.
According to the manufacturer’s instructions, this brush when fully charged will last up to 3 weeks, so it’s ideal to take on travels and it comes with a robust and secure case.
Has the Sonicare changed my life? Why, yes. The feeling of having clean teeth is long-lasting with a Sonicare, I no longer feel the er, furriness that starts to creep up after a manual toothbrush. It’s worth every penny and better than buying shoes I can’t walk in.