• Haircare Mythbusting: The “No Poo” Phenomenon

    You are probably familiar with the “no poo” (the “poo” as in “shampoo”) method of cleaning your hair. It’s not exactly a new phenomenon, but it is one that is surprisingly enduring. Barely a day passes without a wellness or beauty blogger commenting on how No Poo changed their hair for the better; reading through such praise, it’d be easy to think that No Poo is the hair care solution we’ve all been waiting for.

    However, the No Poo method is inherently problematic. So if you’ve wondered about trying it, here’s the counter to all those “No Poo Is Amazing!” posts that are still so common in the blogosphere.

    “No Poo” Definitions Vary

    For some, No Poo means stepping away from chemical shampoos and opting for “natural” alternatives that are sulphate, SLS, and fragrance free.

    For the most part though, when No Poo is referenced online, they’re speaking of what we’ll call “the standard method”. It’s this that’s most worrying.

    The Standard Method (And Why It’s Bad For You)

    The most common method of No Poo hair washing is fairly simple:

    • Use bicarbonate of soda as a shampoo, massaging it into the scalp and then rinsing clear.
    • Use apple cider vinegar as a conditioner, then rinsing clear.

    There’s an awful lot of problems with this technique. The first and foremost is that it’s going to damage your hair and potentially cause breakage that only tape in hair extensions will be able to make look presentable. Bicarbonate of soda is extremely abrasive. You need some abrasion when doing No Poo, as this is the only option you have for removing grime from your hair — but bicarb is far too severe to be used on a regular basis. The second issue is regarding pH, which is rather complex, but you can learn more about it here.

    Combine the pH issues together with the excessive abrasion of the bicarbonate of soda, and you could have a real hair nightmare on your hands… er, head.

    Hair Type, Body Chemistry & More

    One of the fundamentals of getting your haircare right is to understand that all hair is different. There are women who will respond well to No Poo; predominantly those with dry and curly hair. On the flip side, if your hair is thin and greasy, then it’s unlikely No Poo is going to work well for you. You also have to factor in very individual things like body chemistry and hormones, both of which vary wildly and mean there is no one thing that works for everyone.

    So if No Poo suits you and your hair seems to be handling it well, then that’s fine! If it’s not working, however, it’s not worth persisting with something that is problematic.

    Whether you’re trying it out or opting for long-term usage, it’s important to remember a few principles for safe No Poo usage. Give your hair a rest every once in awhile if you’re going to be using bicarbonate of soda. There are plenty of natural shampoos that you can use in the rest periods, so that your hair has a chance to recover from the potential breakage.

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    Review | Space NK Advent Calendar up to day 13

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    In my wildest dreams I never thought I would be getting such a luxury calendar for advent but I was really lucky to get my hands on one of these limited edition ones from Space NK. It has two drawers so I wanted to give you an in depth look of the top drawer which contained the first 13 days of advent surprises.

    There won’t be any reviews for now as I would like to use all the products before giving you my final thoughts.

    Day 1.

    £50 Space NK Voucher (redeemable up to the 24th December)

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    What a fantastic gift! £50 can get you such a decent item and with the £10 of N.Dulge points I have collected over the year I was able to purchase something I never would have purchased before. A set of mini Diptyque candles (rrp. £60).

    These are so luxurious and unbelievably expensive for what they are but they smell immense – I like every single one of them and I plane to use them very sparingly over the next 12 months.

    Day 2.

    111 Skin Space Anti-age day moisturiser

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    This moisturiser has been put together from a doctor based on Harley Street. It’s meant to be a futuristic anti-ageing moisturiser and both Claire and I used this once and both of us broke out the next day. That isn’t to say it was this product as we haven’t tried it again but it’s bizarre it happened to both of us.

    We both use quite light day moisturisers at the moment so it could be slightly too strong for our skin right now.

    Day 3.

    Smith and Cult Lip Lacquer in the Lovers

    This is possibly the teeniest sample of a lip product I have ever received which is a shame as I think this would have been much nicer if they had given a product which was half size rather than 3 applications and your done.

    The shade is a little warm but is quite sheer too so it’s something I will keep to the summer – it’s definitely not a Christmas shade.

    Day 4.

    Sunday Riley Luna sleeping Facial Oil

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    A very small sample once again but definitely enough to get a good two weeks application to try out. I am so excited about this one as I have heard great things about this product.

    I know this is not an inexpensive product so getting it at all has been lovely. In some ways I hope I don’t enjoy it too much as I won’t be able to purchase it in the future at this time.

    Day 5.

    Oribe Imperial Blowout Transformation Styling Cream

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    I have heard amazing things about Oribe but unfortunately my hair is not good with products that aren’t aimed at curly hair. this little beauty hasn’t gone to waste though as my wife has lovely straight hair and I have passed it on to her.

    Day 6.

    Radical Skincare Anti-ageing Moisturiser

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    I love the size of this – perfect for going away (if you saw my post here you’ll know I love this style of product to put in my overnight bag or holiday makeup case). I have tried this once so far and it’s lovely. I really really am impressed on the first try but I would like to continue trying it to see if it makes any differences to my skin.

    Day 7.

    Byredo Bal D’Afrique Perfume – handbag size

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    It’s so risky putting a scent in the calendar but for me this is gorgeous! I was pleasantly surprised. It smells sweet initially but has a really lovely depth to it. Perfect handbag size. If you don’t like it though it would also make a beautiful gift for someone. Especially as Byredo perfumes are £90 for 50mls normally! Definitely a little slice of luxury.

    Day 8.

    WEI Five Sacred Grains Rapid Glow Liquid Milk

     

    Yes this is a video but this is how I popped it on Instagram, which if you’re not following me please do as I just hit 3k followers!

    I have tried this once and I LOVE it so far – more of a review will come. As you can see I first thought it was a drink but realised quite quickly that it was a beauty milk. You use it after cleansing and before serum, moisturiser and facial oils.

    Day 9.

    Chantecaille Mascara

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    If you watch Tati on YouTube this was in one of her WTF videos and she loved it so I am so so excited to try this. I have a number of mascaras to get through before this though so I reckon I will be trying this in the summertime but as soon as I do there will be a review again.

    Day 10.

    Kat Burki Vitamin C Moisturiser

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    The only disappointing product in the box so far simply because of the way it arrived. It came in a 5ml pot unbranded and was dry as it hadn’t been screwed on properly. It was like it was scraped out of a bigger pot and given to a few different advent calendars.

    The good thing is after putting this on instagram I was contacted by their customer service and offered a better sample (at the time of posting this it hasn’t yet arrived as it was only recent but I will update in a review).

    Day 11.

    Lipstick Queen – Frog Prince Blush

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    A cult classic – this is a green cream blush which transforms to your skin tone. I believe the first product was the lipstick that changes to your lip colour so I am excited to give this a try. Again though a cream blush is a summer product for me so look out for that review in the spring/summer.

    Day 12.

    Nuxe Dry Body Oil

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    I have had countless samples of this product and truth be told I do use it. I actually rather like this product straight out of the shower and it’s great in the winter so happy to have this. This size will probably last my whole body 3 times, maybe 2.5.

    I think I will do a review on this as I have used it a number of times now and it’s ok.

    Day 13.

    Eve Lom Radiance Lift Cream

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    I only opened this today and I used it straight away.

    I am a huge fan of the cleansing balm (besides the scent, full review coming soon) so I was excited for this product.

    It’s a great deluxe sample size and the cream is gorgeous..I put it on straight away and it really is just so beautiful. I will definitely be using this once my Khiels ultra facial cream finishes.

    Final thoughts

    So far I have been really impressed with the selection, 11 out of 13 are new to me or I can use so I am really really excited to get the next drawer open.

    Have you had an advent calendar this year? What have been your favourites so far?

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    My Autumn 2016 Favourites

    I don’t do monthly favourites anymore as I have been trying to do seasonal favourites. As the winter months draw in I thought it would be good to share my Autumn favourites.

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    Review | Umberto Giannini Curl Control Cream

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    Over the last 12 months I have been following the Curly Girl Method* and have been on the quest to find products that work with my hair. Recently I purchased the Créme de Curl, Curl Control Cream from Umberto Giannini and have been using it quite a lot so thought it was time for a review.

    My current hair routine is to co-wash my hair (using only conditioner) and to pop in one product only – usually a cream – and  put it in a t-shirt turban (known as plopping).

    Previous to this cream I had used a different product from Umberto Giannini which seems to have been discontinued (even though it only launched a few months earlier) and had enjoyed it and hoped this would be the same but it is slightly different.

    Application

    I use a 10 pence piece size and rub it in to my hands then rub on to wet hair.

    Consistency

    It is a thick-ish cream consistency and has a slight pink colour to it.

    Scent

    It does have a nice scent but isn’t too overpowering, although it does linger so I’m constantly getting compliments on the smell of my hair.

    So what do I think?

    This does work! This keeps the curls curly but not frizzy and soft and bouncy. There is no crispiness and doesn’t seem to leave a residue on the hair.

    Any downsides?

    There is one downside and it’s a big one… this product contains silicones which through the curly girl method you should avoid. It does appear low on the ingredients list though so not sure how bad it is for my hair and I do think it works.

    Final thoughts

    I still miss my all time favourite which was the Naked Hair curl cream as that was silicone free but it’s a good replacement. There is still a long way to go for highstreet shops to sell appropriate hair products for curly/mixed hair but this will have to do in the meantime.

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    *The Curly Girl method is found here. I will be doing a post in the future about what I do with my curls.

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