Until recently I had failed to grasp the correct use of a hair mask. I know they should be used on a weekly basis in restoring hair’s moisture, softness and shine that’s been abused from excessive styling tools and products, but I could never achieve the same outcome as the salons.
Hair masks always leave my fine hair looking limp and lousy and this is despite using the smallest quantity possible. Not any more! I’ve found a special relationship with Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque and I’ve been enjoying it over the past few months.
The mask is for use on dry, damaged hair. It combines macadamia oil and argan oil along with tea tree oil, chamomile oil, aloe and algae extracts to rejuvenate and deeply nourish the hair.
Each time I use it, the mask transforms my parched tresses into shiny, soft, frizz-free manageable locks that I cannot stop touching. It’s also given my hair body and texture.
After shampooing I scoop a modest amount on my finger, rub it between my palms before applying it to my hair and combing it through. The instructions specifically say to leave it in for 7 minutes. I don’t set my alarm by it but a few minutes is more than adequate before rinsing it out with warm water. Instantly my hair feels smooth and blow-drying is amazingly easy and quick. It’s so easy that there isn’t much need to use a hairbrush to style and dry, and instead I can just blast the hairdryer straight.
I skip using a conditioner as this mask is such a rich product so it would be excessive to use it on top of a conditioner especially when my hair is fine and more penetrative than thick hair is. Thankfully the mask is light-weight with a non-greasy feel and it will serve me well in between salon visits, not to mention prolong colour and condition.
It is advised the mask isn’t used more than twice a week as it’s such an intensive treatment. Let me tell you this is hard to resist but I am following the rules. I’m so pleased with Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque that I won’t hesitate to repurchase it.
Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque comes in a 250ml tub and costs £24.25 from Feel Unique. However it’s currently on offer at Beauty Bay for £15.58.
Remember, remember, the 5th of November…well I’m not going to be lighting up any fireworks tonight. In fact all I want to do is curl up in my bed and flick through what’s on Netflix but I will be striking a match for a scented candle to make my room cosy and smelling glorious.
I’m always on the look out for new candles to try and Heyland and Whittle has brought out three wick candles especially for winter in Green Tea & Grapefruit, Orange Spice and Wild Lemongrass.
Encased in either a colourful tin or glass, the candles are made from pure soy wax which means it burns cleanly, slowly and evenly. Good for the environment and good for your walls, ceilings and wherever else smoke from candles get to.
Now I hadn’t heard of Heyland and Whittle and I would reckon a lot of you don’t know about the brand either, so I decided to do a little research and found out that Heyland and Whittle are the names of a husband and wife team (Paddy Heyland and Ursula Whittle) who formed the brand in 2003. The logo you see on the labels is the Heyland family crest which dates back to the Battle of Waterloo. It’s a British brand which also makes fragrances and handmade soaps in the traditional cold-processed method (this I would like to see!) using the very best natural ingredients sourced. Essential oils, herbs and spices are combined to create the sulphate-free and paraben-free range.
I was sent Green Tea & Grapefruit* to try, which strikes me as an usual combination for winter where it’s normally all cinnamon and brown sugar. It’s a crisp, citrusy grapefruit coupled with a light, fresh oriental green tea which fills the room with its light and uplifting fragrance.
My candle costs £24 but it’s also available in a tin for £12 and a 3-wick candle in a glass for £36. The price point is beyond reasonable for a beautifully packaged and high quality candle and pleasingly of all, it’s British. If you’re looking for inspiration for Christmas presents and are fed up of the usual suspects that throw up in your search via Google, give this homegrown name a try. I’m definitely going to be exploring more of Heyland and Whittle’s scented candles and diffusers too (my mum is a fan of those).
Heyland and Whittles candles are available directly from their website at www.heylandandwhittle.co.uk but you can also search for stockists on it too.