My latest hair product review

Hair products

Have you ever tried to research the best hair products, but never made it to check out because of constant conflicting reviews? Yeah, me too. So over the past year, I bit the bullet and tried quite a few hair products to see what works for me. Some were great, others… not so much.

So, let’s jump in.

OGX Coconut Water Weightless Hydration Oil

Price: £7.35

This is a weightless watery oil spray that is perfect for detangling knotty hair. I spray it on wet hair when I get out of the shower and it makes it so soft and tangle free! It smells like summer, keeps my hair shiny and it lasts a while. It’s definitely one of my faves.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Coconut Hair Oil

Price: £9.99

I know, this is the second coconut oil I use but it’s not the same as the first. This one isn’t a spray, it’s more of an oily hair serum to rub in your hands and pull through to avoid dead, dry split ends. I like this as it’s cheap, lasts forever and you can get it anywhere.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

Price: £10 (92ml) or £18 (198ml)

I usually hate dry shampoos and always had to wash my hair daily, but the older I get, the less oily my hair is. So, to go an extra day between washes, I tried this Living Proof Dry Shampoo because it was in my Tili Box (a subscription-free beauty box with a mix of full size and travel size beauty products – £20, no shipping – it’s amazing). I LOVE it. No joke, it actually cleans your hair. You don’t need much of this product and a few hours into the day, you’ll feel like your hair was washed. It’s great. It also smells good and doesn’t leave white cast (if it does, it disappears almost immediately). I know it’s definitely more expensive than many dry shampoos but often have great discount codes, so keep an eye out.

Percy & Reed Beyond the Beach Texture Spray

Price: £16.00

I’ve been looking for a really good beachy wave spray so I tried this. At first, I didn’t like it. I tried it on dry hair and it felt super crunchy (I read in a magazine hair tutorial that it worked best on dry hair – that’s a lie). And the scent smells a bit like a cleaning product. But then one day, I gave it a second chance and I actually really liked it – and I got used to the smell!

So here’s how it worked. Wash your hair and blow dry the roots to avoid any funny kinks, but leave the rest of your hair damp. Spray in an upwards direction starting at the ends of your hair. Scrunch your hair as much as possible and then leave it to dry for a few minutes. Your hair definitely won’t be crunchy! It gives you really pretty, defined waves. If you feel like you need to scrunch it a bit more, spray upwards a few more times, scrunch and then run some of your favourite hair oil through your hair – but gently, just so it doesn’t look dry.

Would I recommend it? Yeah, just find the way it works best for you!

Amika Brooklyn Bombshell Blowout Spray

Price: £20.00

This spray came in a sample size in an old Birchbox and I loved it. It’s supposed to just add some texture before you blow dry your hair, but I used to just spray it on dry hair and I’d get this natural, laid-back gentle wave. The kind where you roll out of bed and just happen to have perfect hair so you don’t touch it. Yup. Loved it. But for ages I couldn’t find it because they changed the name but I didn’t get the memo. The price is a bit steep, but it looks like you get a lot of product. Still deciding on whether I should splurge.

Living Proof Blowout Spray

Price: £20.00

This is a simple spray that smells good, protects your hair from heat and adds a bit of grip and texture. I use it after I’ve dried my hair with a towel and right before I blow dry it. I feel like there are cheaper options for this though, but it lasts for a really long time so it’s not too bad. I was tempted to try it after falling for their dry shampoo, but there’s nothing that stands out about this.

Moroccan Oil Dry Texture Spray

Price: £8 (60ml) or £17.45 (205ml)

I picked up a travel size of this at my hair salon, because I’ve been dreaming of trying the Oribe or Ouai dry texture sprays but can’t afford them. It definitely added texture but oh my God, the smell. I can’t stand it. Used it once and haven’t used it since. If you don’t mind the smell, then yeah, get this! But if you hate it like me, try a different brand.

What are your favourite products? I’d love to hear about wave sprays, hair masks and dry texture sprays if you have any recommendations! Comment below.

P.S. If you liked this post, check out my latest review on skincare products.

My latest skincare review

Skincare brands

Self-care is so important. And one way to do that is to take care of your skin. I’ve always been into finding the perfect cleanser and creams but recently, I’ve started to indulge even more. Here are some reviews for my latest finds.

Simple Water Boost skincare line

Price: £6.99

Let me start off by saying, this review is going to be a little long. I’m not listing these in any particular order, but man, for the price, this skincare line really works and deserves a top spot. Not only is the price tag small, but my very sensitive Scandinavian skin LOVES this line.

I decided to try it last winter because I suffer from dry flaky skin in colder months. The first product I fell in love with was the Simple Water Boost Hydrating Booster. You put this on the dry spots on your face, or all over, and follow it up with your normal moisturiser. I immediately saw a difference. Most of the time I didn’t have any flaky skin, and if I did, it was way less severe than normal. Plus, it didn’t break me out and the ingredients are, well, simple and very gentle.

In September, I had my very first facial. The facialist mentioned I needed to get a more hydrating night cream because my cheeks were dry. My bank account and my super sensitive skin put their guard up as I searched the internet for night creams and saw endless high price tags. When I popped into Boots one day, I noticed the Simple Water Boost Sleeping Cream – £6.99. I tried it and – no more dry skin! No nasty breakouts! Just hydrated, supple, clear skin. And I haven’t had a single dry patch on my face all winter – even when I went back to snowy Connecticut and the temperature was well below freezing. Life saver.

Garnier Moisture Bomb Pomegranate Hydrating Face Sheet Mask

Price: £1.99

Garnier sheet masks are easy, cooling, hydrating inventions that I just can’t get enough of. My personal favourite is the Pomegranate Hydrating Face Sheet Mask which contains pomegranate extract, hyaluronic acid and plant serum. After one use, you can see a difference, and it doesn’t cause breakouts or weird rashes! There are various sheet masks to choose from depending on your skin needs. My favourite time to use them is in the summer because they stay icy cold without having to put them in the fridge – it’s a perfect way to cool down and relax.

Bioderma Micellar Water Hydrabio H2O

Price: £5.20 (100ml), £10.80 (250ml), £15.80 (500ml) or £12 (2 x 250ml)

Although the Simple Water Boost line is one of my favourite finds over the past year, this Bioderma Micellar Water is my favourite in the past couple of months. It’s so gentle yet gets every bit of make up off without irritating my skin. It doesn’t create that dry, tight feeling. It’s step one in my skincare routine every day and I love how clean and hydrated it leaves me.

I know there are knock-off brands like Garnier and Simple, but for some reason this one reacts best with my skin. A little goes a long way – it’s worth it.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

Price: £8 (60ml) or £15 (177ml)

I’m sure you’ve seen this cleanser all over social media. Let’s be honest, Glossier’s marketing is spot on and the hype over this brand is real. So when I ordered some of their makeup and got this cleanser as a sample, I fell in love.

The texture is like jelly but it never goes foamy, it smells slightly of rose, but not overpowering, and it’s super gentle. It doesn’t break me out and it leaves my skin feeling so clean and soft. Because the consistency remains jelly-like, it’s perfect for giving yourself a little facial massage in the morning or evening.

I use this in the morning and then use a salicylic acid based cleanser at night to help keep breakouts at bay. I used to use a salicylic cleanser both morning and night and had good results. However, since swapping out one wash with this gentle cleanser, my skin has been even better. It’s balanced and blemish free (except for the occasional hormonal breakout). I strongly recommend this! Plus, the price tag isn’t too bad compared to some other popular skincare lines – especially since Glossier is a cult classic right now.

Aqua Réotier Fresh Moisturising Mist

Price: £15 (50ml)

I bought this last summer to boost hydration and keep me feeling cooled and refreshed during the day. I didn’t notice any massive difference with hydration, but it definitely is refreshing.

The scent is a bit strong, so if you’re sensitive to fragrance, I’d avoid this. And to be honest, something in this broke me out. It doesn’t seem to bother my neck and chest area so I still use it there when I’m feeling over heated (can’t waste it), but considering the amount of product you get and the higher price tag, I’d say skip this one. Sorry L’Occitane!

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%

Price: £8.90 (30ml)

The Ordinary is an amazing brand that skips the over-priced marketing BS and gives you what you want for a few quid. And this particular serum was really nice! I have to say, it made my skin glow like crazy and I noticed a difference really quickly.

But annoyingly, it did break me out. Surprise, surprise.

As mentioned before, my skin is so sensitive so I don’t blame the brand or even the product for this one because it really did seem to do what it said it would. I still use it on my neck and chest as it doesn’t irritate me there. Oh how I envy those with high tolerance…

Just to note: I recently order The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane (£10.79) so I’ll follow up with a review shortly. My mom and a few friends are currently using the 2% one and love it – but if you’re new to retinol serums like I am, then I suggest starting off with the lowest percentage and working your way up.

Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Organic Hand Sanitizer

Price: Approximately £3-4 (60ml)

I know, I know, this isn’t your typical “skincare product” but I’m counting it because I love it.

The lavender scent is to die for and is a nice way to find balance when you’re busy at work and feeling a little anxious. It kills bacteria and bad vibes (wink, wink).

The spray dispenser is great because it makes the product last even longer. I use this all the time and got it in December and I’m barely below the top of the label. I carry it everywhere I go so I stay clean and calm.

You can find this at any organic store like Whole Foods, Planet Organic or online.

Do you have any skincare recommendations? Comment below!