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 lookfantastic.com 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.

Review: Sunflower Yoga and Zumba at Nutmeg’s Dance Studio

Company: Nutmeg’s Dance/Sunflower Yoga

Price: $15 (Yoga drop in) & $10 (Zumba drop in)

Rating: Image result for 5 stars

Fitness is my therapy. When I’m stressed, when I’m happy, when I’m bored – it’s always there for me. And one of my favourite things to do is try a new workout.

Almost three years ago, I visited my family in Southwick, Massachusetts. Around the corner was this fun dance studio called Nutmeg’s Dance with Zumba classes run by Meg, a warm, smiley, and inspiring instructor. I boogied, dripped with sweat and smiled my way through that class. It was a blast, full of great choreography, full body toning and a fun, refreshing way to get some kick-ass cardio in. Did I mention she was four months pregnant with twins at the time? Yeah, she’s cool to say the least.

I recently returned to the US for Thanksgiving and just had to stop by one of her classes. This time, it was next door at Sunflower Yoga for a 60 minute vinyasa flow.

I started dipping my toes in the yoga pond a few years ago, but never really tried traditional styles like vinyasa – and any type of yoga was done via online subscriptions in my living room. So I was confident enough that I wasn’t going to fall on my face, but still pretty nervous for my very first live class.

“Meg made me feel completely at ease and excited to dive in.”

But that changed when welcoming Meg came into the room. She somehow recognised me from three years before which showed how much she pays attention to her students, and made me feel completely at ease and excited to dive in.

The room was warm and dark, with gentle lighting and an aromatherapy oil diffuser that gave out the most calming scent – which I sadly forgot to ask about. There was soft music and plenty of space – only about ten women in total. The mats were in great condition and clean, with blankets, blocks and straps available to use. It was very spa-like.

As soon as I said I had never used blocks or straps, Meg grinned widely and assured me she would change that.

She didn’t lie! The blocks intensified certain toning moves and the straps deepened the stretches. The flow was slow, but not too slow. The workout was relaxing and rejuvenating, but still made my muscles ache the next day. It was a perfect balance of therapy and fitness.

“The only downfall? She has set impossible standards for any future yoga class that isn’t at her studio.”

During savasana, she dimmed the lights even more and told us to use the blankets for props or to snuggle under. And as we laid there in pure bliss, she walked around to each of us, rubbing essential oils in her hands and giving us head massages – was this a dream? Luckily, no!

The only downfall? She has set impossible standards for any future yoga class that isn’t at her studio.

So guys, tell me – where is your favourite yoga studio? And do you have any recommendations for studios in Notting Hill or nearby? I’m a new addict, thanks to Meg.

Sincerely,

Sally