Ombre, balayage, highlights, pretty much the go-to techniques for ladies looking to give a little ‘lift’ to their hair colour. We love to lighten our hair – it denotes a healthy, outdoorsy lifestyle soaked in sunshine. But it can sadly have a harsh effect on our poor tresses, leaving them damaged, brittle and a bit worse for wear, especially if your colour is coming from the bleach bottle. I’ve had ombre’d hair for about three years so the very tips of my hair are definitely feeling a bit sorry for themselves now.
So when, a couple of months ago, I was invited to a consultation with Jennie Roberts, a Treatment Technician for Ojon, I knew she would have some top tips for me. Jennie recommended a number of products from Ojon for me and also addressed some of my haircare worries. As my hair is not coloured from the roots, a lot of it is ‘virgin’ hair. My hair is fine and tends towards the greasy end of the scale, especially from day two so is only dry on the bottom third and I have a sensitive scalp. Therefore I need my moisturising products to be light but effective.
I left with a few wonder products to get my locks in order. First of all, the Ojon Rare Blend Protecting Treatment*. This is a heat protecting styling spray. It’s incredibly light so I use this when I feel like cremes will weigh down my hair too much. Heat is the number one enemy for damaged hair so a heat protecting treatment is a must. Secondly I went for the Ojon Rare Blend Oil. There is a number of varieties of this oil available but Jennie recommended the Rejuvenating Therapy Lightweight Texture* one for me (seems obvious but I would have totally got sucked in my the pretty colours of the Medium and Thick Texture ones!). She also recommended using just one drop at a time and only adding more as I used the product over time and my hair started to repair its dryness. I can say that this has worked wonders!
Lastly, I picked up the Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment Plus*. This is an intense hair treatment that you use like a mask. It is a hard waxy texture in the tub that you need to scoop out with a teaspoon and warm in your hands to apply. I use this just on the coloured ends of my hair – it would be too heavy for the roots and lengths. I must admit I don’t love the smell, but it is bearable for the 15 minutes that it takes to soak into the hair and do it’s stuff. I use this once a fortnight and that’s enough for me to see a difference – I’ve had no split ends when normally they would be appearing by now.
Ojon is a premium brand so it’s expensive but you do get your money’s worth with the quality of the ingredients which include 100% natural essential oils. And as Jennie explained to me, for my hair type, less id more so these will last me a long time. If you were only able to pick up one, I’d recommend the Hair Treatment Plus which starts at £19 – it is amazing. Ojon is available at Boots so do check them out. Your ombre will thank you!
What are your essentials for colour treated hair?
To some extent, the perfect blow-dry is all in the technique. At least it is for me. On my own I can get the front section looking pretty good, then I get tired arms, or I’m not quite coordinating both hands round the back… This level of hopelessness needs some pretty fool-proof products in my arsenal.
Luckily, the Bumble and Bumble Blow Dry* range is exactly that: fool-proof. Recently, they have added two more products to the bestselling Blow Dry Straight creme, Repair for damaged hair and All-Style for fine hair.
Straight is not really designed for my already straight hair. However, a few curly haired ladies I know swear by this stuff. As it’s a blow-dry treatment, it has built in heat protection, perfect for hair that’s about to be blasted with hot air and straighteners. It’s lightweight formula smooths without weighing down and leaves hair feeling soft and healthy.
Repair is the best option for anyone with self-inflicted damage on their do – and let’s face it, that’s most of us. I like to use a bit of this on the ombre’d lengths of my hair. It adds extra protection and nourishment to the bleach-stripped tips while sealing split ends. It’s slightly heavier in consistency than Straight, but as you only use it on the lengths and ends it doesn’t leave hair lank.
My favourite of the bunch is All-Style. Designed for fine or oil-prone hair, it truly offers something different. The formula includes oil-absorbing powders to soak up grease, making your blow-dry last longer. Genius. Used from root to tip, All-Style is a do-it-all crème which simultaneously smooths, de-greases, and adds a bit of much needed texture to flat hair.
The Blow Dry range is £23 each and is available here. I definitely recommend All-Style, I wouldn’t be without it now.
Haircare experts are often warning against the perils of over-washing your hair – some recommending getting it on a three day wash cycle. Well that’s easily said, but not so great when you’re on the evening of day two and already reaching for the bobble hat to hide your tresses. Of course, there’s always dry shampoo, but on days when even that’s not cutting it, a cleansing conditioner can be the answer.
Formulated with no sulphates or glycerin, the Ojon Rare Blend Moisture-Rich Cleansing Conditioner* is a low-lather crème which gently cleans and add moisture without stripping the hair of it’s natural oils. It is specifically designed for people with curly or wavy dry hair – neither of which I have so I was a little apprehensive about how it would work on my poker-straight locks. However, it turns out that the Ojon Cleansing Conditioner is suitable for everyone. On day two hair, it was a quick refresher that meant I could go another two days before reaching for the shampoo bottle. Result! It removed greasiness from my roots and added moisture to my bleach-parched ends.
I did get a touch of fluffiness after drying my hair, but that’s where the Ojon Rare Blend Tamer* came in handy. This is a neat idea with Ojon’s unique blend of oils packaged into a tube with a mascara wand. You simply wipe off the excess and gently use to smooth down flyaways. I wouldn’t necessarily describe the tamer as an essential, but it definitely works and if flyaways are something that bug you, you might want to investigate this option.
The Cleansing Conditioner costs £18.50 and is available here. The Tamer is £20 (one tube will last you forever) and is available here.
As I’m a bit obsessed with beauty boxes, I was really intrigued to try the Latest in Beauty service that allows you to build your own box. Their menu has a mixture of make up, skin care and hair products and there are a selection of full size and deluxe samples available. Prices range from £1 – £8 depending on size and brand so you can tailor your box to your budget.
I went for a mix of face, body and hair stuff:
Sanctuary Resurface and Refine Ultra Polish (£1)
Percy & Reed Abundantly Bouncy Volumising Mousse (£2)
Dr Nick Lowe Sebum Control Cleanser (£3)
Murad Osmolyte Tonic (£3)
Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Soothing Moisturising Cream (£3.50)
When my box first arrived the Jurlique product was missing and in its place was the Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation (not totally sure what that even is). However, the LIB customer service team were very helpful and sent me my missing product within in a few days which was good. I was a bit disappointed in the state of the original box when it arrived though! Not the fault of LIB, Yodel had squished it through the letter box, completely bursting it open. Luckily, none of the contents were damaged. I really, really, really wish companies would stop using Yodel, they are simply atrocious. I’ve had nothing but bad experiences with deliveries from them and I know a lot of other people have the same complaints.
Moving on, my box came to a grand total of £12.50 plus £3.95 for delivery (a bit pricey considering the service!). There’s no minimum order so you could spend less than this is you only wanted a couple of items.
Latest in Beauty also do collection boxes such as collaborations with Glamour or British Beauty Blogger so when I’m looking at theses, I’ll definitely be checking out what’s in their BYOB section too.
This month I’ll also be getting Glossybox and my first Memebox should be arriving – exciting times! What beauty boxes do you like?
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2013 was the year that Beauty Advent Calendars went mainstream. Boots joined Benefit and the Body Shop in getting a bit of the December long action that Ciate and You have been enjoying and brought out their first Beauty Advent Calendar. Priced at £30 and with enough stock to be on sale for longer than 35 seconds (Benefit) I decided that this would be a good one to dip my toe in the waters.
I promise that I did not cheat and I opened all these doors one by one, each day like a good girl. It contained (in order of opening): Soap & Glory ‘Clean Girls’ shower gel; Balmi lip balm in Mint; Mavala ‘London’ red nail polish; Nina Ricci ‘L’eau Fraiche’ perfume; Rimmel Stay Matte foundation ‘Ivory'; Vichy ‘Idealia Life Serum'; Paco Rabanne ‘Black XS’ perfume; Umberto Giannini hair bobble; Seventeen ‘Miami’ pink ‘Supreme Shine’ nail polish; Orly rubberised base coat; Ghost perfume; Boots Salon Nail Care ‘Salon Shine Solution'; Vichy ‘Liftactiv Serum 10′ for eyes and lashes; Juicy Couture ‘Couture La La’ perfume; Seventeen ‘Tattoo Me’ liquid eyeliner; Nail file; Soap & Glory ‘Flake Away’ body scrub; Ghost ‘Moonlight’ perfume; Carmex lip balm; Mavala ‘Pure Diamond’ silver glitter nail polish; Boots Botanics Heat Protection Shine Serum; Nails Inc ‘Porchester Square’ greige nail polish; Umberto Giannini ‘Backcomb in a Bottle’ hairspray; Seventeen ‘Blow Out’ Mascara; Triple Advantage Card points voucher.
Pretty good right? These are the things I wasn’t so impressed with:It’s not too much. The hair bobble is terrible though. It was shedding threads and is now in the bin. I think even plain, no-pull bands would have been better, I can’t see anyone who would have bought this using that pom-pom bobble. The nail file was also disappointing, cheap and bent as it came out of the box. I also thought that a couple of perfume sample would have been fine but that 5 was too much. Especially since there were two from Ghost. And, the Black XS one was only half full – maybe it leaked?
That still leaves a lot of stuff I was happy with. I’ve not tried it all out yet so I can’t say if it is actually any good, but I’m happy to have them and to have a go. I’m disappointed that the Rimmel foundation is too dark for me to try, but it’s hardly Boots’ fault I’m a pasty-faced so-and-so and I’ll just pass it on to someone else.
These are the products that I was very happy about: Gotta love a bit of Soap & Glory! I can’t wait to try the Orly Rubberised base coat, I’ve heard good things about it. I’ve also never tried Mavala before and it’s good to have both a creme and a glitter to try out. I love my coconut Balmi and was hoping for a mint one so was very happy when I opened this on day two despite the fact that the box said it would be strawberry. Carmex used to be my go-to lip balm in the winter but I’ve not had it for a while. This one will be living on my desk at work. I love anything that will add volume to my hair with minimum effort so ‘Backcomb in a Bottle’ sounds good to me. Also pretty happy with the full size mascara, always happy to try out a new one.
So all in all, pretty positive. Next year I’d like to see a few less perfume samples and maybe for them to skip the accessories. I’d love to see some more variety in brands, perhaps No.7, Sanctuary or Bourjois and maybe a couple more makeup products such as an eyeshadow or a lipstick. I would buy it again next year (although I’m holding out for a Body Shop one – they looked amazing), as it’s been making getting up every morning in this cold, dark December a bit easier and I have lots of new products to play with only a few disappointments. Much better than a chocolate calendar!
Winner! Did you have the Boots calendar or another beauty one? What did you think of it?
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