With Nykaa bringing new international brands to India every week, it gets a little hard to keep up with all the new products that are up for grabs. One of the recent brands that have jumped on Nykaa’s bandwagon is Aveda, and their Invati Advanced Thickening Hair Conditioner caught my attention instantly. Read on to find out if this product worked wonders on my hair or not!
If you use any kind of heat on your hair for styling then using a heat protection spray is a must. If you are not doing so, you are simply contributing towards making your hair dull and lifeless. I usually stick with my trusty Toni and Guy Heat Protection Spray, but this time I decided to try something new and purchased the Wella Thermal Image EIMI Heat Protection Spray. Read on to find out whether the gamble paid off or not!
The very first thing about this product that I need to tell you is that do not buy this product online, or at least from Amazon. The lid of this spray bottle does not click into place and almost one-eighth of the product had leaked all over by the time the package reached me. Even other buyers on Amazon have complained about the leakage in the reviews so mine was not a one-off case.
If however, you find this product in a perfectly sealed condition at a store or a salon then I think you must grab it because it is a really nice heat protectant. It leaves my hair feeling much silkier and smoother after a blow dry than they feel without using a heat protectant beforehand. This is perhaps due to the unique 2-phase formula (which you need to shake before use) which has some kind of oil to provide added smoothness and gloss to the hair. The other part of the 2-phase formula provides heat protection up to 220 degrees Celsius, which does seem effective considering that my hair doesn’t look dead or frizzy after blow drying.
Also, it provides a decent hold when I use it with styling tools, without making the hair look stiff or crispy. I usually use this product before I curl my hair and the spray extends the life of my curls by almost a day, providing a natural wavy finish. It does have a scent but nothing too overpowering, and the fragrance doesn’t linger in the hair.
Priced at INR 600 for a 150ml bottle, this product is definitely worth the investment because it not only provides heat protection but also makes the hair smoother and softer and increases the longevity of hairstyles. Just make sure that you do not get a leaky packaging and you should be good!
I have known about the COLAB Dry Shampoos ever since their launch in the UK, thanks to the brand’s association with famous YouTuber Ruth Crilly, and its fab reviews by Zoella. I was happy to notice recently that the brand is finally available in India, and at decent prices too! I picked up the Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo from the range that comes in a black spray can, because you all know, your girl can do with some volume in her hair! Here are my thoughts after using this product.
The COLAB Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo claims to provide an instant lift and body to the hair, and I am happy to report that this product actually lives up to its claims. The formula comes out in the form of a white powder that sucks up all the greasiness of the hair and provides texture and volume that lasts for at least two days. Once you work the product into your hair, it does not leave a white cast. The only downside of this product is that it provides a lot of texture to the hair, which is nice if you have fine and limp hair to begin with, but can also make your hair rough to the touch, so you may have to be careful with how much product you use in one go. It also has a strong perfumey scent that may irritate you while application, but it does not linger in the hair.
Overall, this product reminds me a lot of the Batiste XXL Volume Spray, which is one of my favourite volumizing sprays. The COLAB Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo is perfect for those with limp hair and greasy roots, if they want a ton of extra volume and a decent amount of hold in their hair. While it will take away the shine and make your hair look slightly rough, I am personally fine with it because it literally gives the illusion of double the volume at my roots. Priced at INR 629 for a 200ml can, this product is a must buy in my opinion, and you can get it for even cheaper on some online shopping sites like Myntra. Have you tried anything from COLAB yet? Let me know in the comments below!
So recently, I exhausted my supply of shampoos and conditioners and was browsing through Amazon to find something new and exciting for my hair. Some of the highest recommended suggestions were of WOW haircare products, a brand that I had been hearing a lot about but was slightly wary of due to the large number of sponsored posts floating around on the Internet. However, I decided to give their products a fair shot – so here is a completely honest, non-sponsored review of the WOW Strengthening Shampoo and the WOW Hair Conditioner, which I have been using together for a few weeks.
The WOW hair strengthening shampoo claims to restore the strength and shine of weak and thin hair while providing volume too. The formula is 100% vegetarian and contains the extracts of rosemary and tea tree to nourish the scalp. This shampoo is a clear liquid that lathers pretty well and emanates the soothing scent of tea tree oil, it gives me the feel of a clarifying shampoo, which is something that my oily scalp definitely needs. The product rinses off easily and does not seem to leave behind any residue on the hair. After drying, my hair does look voluminous and bouncy, and the sticky feeling at my roots that I usually get within a day of washing my hair stays away for an extra day or two. My hair also looks visibly shinier and slightly stronger since I started using this product, but I am not sure whether this is the result of the shampoo, the conditioner or the two in conjugation.
I usually shy away from serums and anything that has oil in it because even if I apply something oily on my toes, it somehow manages to reach my roots and face, both of which are oily to begin with. However, the BBlunt Intense Moisture Hair Serum is something that works quite well for me despite my greasy roots. Read on to find out more about this product.
This serum is supposed to be specifically designed for Indian hair. It can be used on dry or towel dried hair and also provides heat protection, which I really like. Also, apart from heat protection, it claims to protect the hair from environmental damage as well, which is yet another attractive feature for me because while I have greasy roots, the ends of my hair tend to get frizzy and dry quite easily. The product contains many nourishing ingredients, such as avocado, jojoba, and argan oils and Vitamin-E, therefore it tames and hydrates the hair while protecting them from damage.
I use a very small coin-sized amount of the product, rub it between my fingers and then comb it through my hair, starting at the mid-lengths and moving towards the ends. Unlike most serums, this product does not weigh down my hair or make them look oily. The serum sinks in quickly into the hair and leaves behind a very subtle shine. It makes my hair smoother and softer to the touch and reduces the frizz without making the hair look limp. I also love the sweet fragrance of the product that lingers on the hair.
Overall, I am really impressed with this hair serum and will recommend it those who want to smoothen their hair without losing out on volume. The quirky blue bottle contains 75ml of product and is priced at INR 500, which seems reasonable to me considering the efficacy of the serum. Do try out this product and I am sure that you will love it too!
My hair care is such a mish-mash of products that it often tends to confuse people. The reason for this is that I have combination hair that is oily at the roots and can be extremely dry at the ends. This is why I usually use a volumizing shampoo combined with a nourishing conditioner so that both the problems get addressed. I have currently been using the OGX Morocco Argan Oil Conditioner and will be reviewing it for you guys today.
OGX hair products usually never disappoint me and this conditioner is no exception. It contains the goodness of Argan oil that penetrates the hair and leaves them incredibly soft and smooth. However, the best thing about the conditioner is that unlike most argan oil based hair masks and conditioners, this product does not weigh my hair down at all. My hair feels glossy, but not greasy, and healthier whenever I use this conditioner. One thing I always make sure is that I only apply it to the lower halves of my hair so that the scalp remains oil free.
If you are someone with extremely dry hair then using this conditioner in conjunction with the shampoo from the same range will work very well for you. But if you have combination hair like mine then pair it with a shampoo meant for oily hair for optimal results.
Priced at INR 725 for a massive 385ml bottle, this beautifully packaged conditioner is a mid-range product that is a good alternative if you do not want to spend a fortune on higher-end products. Also, OGX has a vast range of alternatives for different hair types, so even if you do not have dry hair, you can still find something from the brand that you love. So do check out their collection and let me know how it works for you.
I promised you guys a while back that I will be reviewing a few hair products that are specifically designed for fine hair, so here I am. Today I will be reviewing the BBlunt Full On Volume Shampoo and Conditioner. BBlunt is a brand that is designed keeping the Indian climate and hair types in mind and this particular range claims to work on fine hair by providing them more volume, bounce, and life.
Both the shampoo and the conditioner contain rice protein for adding volume to the hair, glycerin for providing moisture, and provitamin B5 to repair damage and add lustre and shine to the hair. They are both white liquids that emanate a pleasant, aquatic scent that reminds me of a swimming pool. As you can see, the packaging of both the items is quite quirky, and although it is definitely not travel-friendly because of the added bulk, I do quite enjoy displaying these bottles in my bathroom. Also, the pump on the shampoo is certainly a plus.
As for the performance of the products, the shampoo lathers pretty well and a small amount of the product leaves the hair feeling fresh and clean. After following it up with the conditioner, my hair feels smooth and soft, and looks healthier too. Upon drying, my hair looks more voluminous and bouncier than usual however does not feel overly dry or stripped. BBlunt has done a good job at creating a formula that provides a right mix of hydration and cleansing, leaving limp hair looking more bouncy but not rough like a bird’s nest. Do keep in mind that these products do not make your hair thicker, but what they do is add an illusion of thickness by making the hair more bouncy and fluffy.
If you are someone suffering from limp hair then the BBlunt Full On Volume Shampoo & Conditioner will definitely provide an oomph factor to your hair. I will recommend using both the shampoo and the conditioner together for best results. The shampoo is priced at INR 600 for a 400ml bottle while the conditioner is priced at INR 400 for a 200gm bottle. This is a pretty good deal when compared to the salon ranges of most brands. For years I have been looking for a shampoo that adds a bounce to my mane without stripping my hair completely dry, and have finally found an Indian brand which is affordable too! These products have become holy grail items for me and I am sure that if you have fine hair like mine then you too will fall in love with them.
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While many major brands have hair products that make a huge dent in our bank accounts, there are a few under dogs that perform much better at an extremely affordable price. The Biotique Mountain Ebony Vitalizing Serum for Falling Hair is one such product that is not expensive at all yet manages to work wonders. Although the brand calls this product a serum, it is actually a watery liquid that you are supposed to massage into your dry scalp. What makes this product unique is the fact that it does not have any oily ingredients in it, which makes it perfect for those with greasy roots. This elixir contains the extracts of Mountain Ebony as well as some other herbs such as Neem and Mint, and claims to stimulate hair growth and reduce scalp irritation. I have been using this product on and off for quite some time now and am pleased to report that it does live up to its claims.
I usually massage this product on my dry scalp a day after I wash my hair. It instantly provides a cooling sensation that lasts for several minutes and eliminates any itchiness that is caused by dandruff or dryness. The pleasant aroma of herbs lingers on my hair until the next wash and I do notice a visible reduction in hair fall whenever I use this product regularly. My scalp feels so healthy after using this product that I am almost certain that it encourages new hair growth as well. A combination of these results helps in making my hair look more voluminous and luscious. The best thing about this serum is that it does not cause any sort of build up on my hair or scalp and gets absorbed into the skin without leaving behind any oily residue. All those with oily hair will understand why this light weight texture of the serum is so important.
This amazing product is priced at INR 185 for a 120ml bottle and I will recommend all those suffering from scalp issues and hair loss to buy a bottle asap. While the plastic packaging is a little weak and prone to breaking, the product itself is fantastic and gets full marks from me. If you have already tried expensive scalp treatments with no luck then do give this one a shot, you may end up being pleasantly surprised.
I hope that this review was helpful, you can buy the Biotique Mountain Ebony Vitalizing Serum here.
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Have you ever fallen for the recommendations offered to you by the hair stylist at your favorite salon? The sad thing is that while some hair stylists are really professional and helpful at providing great product suggestions, others simply publicize the recent products from their sponsors regardless of the actual needs of the client in question. A few months back, the Loreal Professionnel Liss Unlimited Shampoo was recommended to me by a hair stylist, and strangely enough, the same shampoo was also recommended by that salon to a friend who has drastically different hair from mine. Unfortunately, this shampoo did not benefit either of us and proved to be a huge waste of money. So, who is this shampoo really meant for? Read on to find out.
The Liss Unlimited shampoo contains something called Keratinol Complex which is supposed to smoothen rebellious hair. Sounds great right? In a country like India, we all fight our humidity battles and need something to tame the frizziness of our hair. The downside is that while this shampoo does reduce frizziness quite effectively, it also makes the hair extremely greasy, not just at the roots but also throughout the lengths of the hair. I gave it a fair shot, tried extremely teeny tiny amounts of product, still the same result – super oily looking hair. This is one of those shampoos that does not lather much and has more of a creamy consistency, and although my hair does feel clean after using it, the product weighs down my mane in an unflattering manner. The shampoo is also not cheap (INR 575 for 250ml) and therefore I really regret buying it. Note to self – Never put blind faith in a hair stylist again.
This product can be used as a once-a-week shampoo by those with extremely dry and rough hair but if you do not have fairly voluminous and wild hair, I would recommend you to save your money and skip this one. Meanwhile, I am struggling to find a way to use up this bottle as I do not like wasting products. Any suggestions on how I can put this shampoo to use? Let me know in the comments below!
I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Loreal Professionnel Liss Unlimited Shampoo here.
The powder of the hibiscus flower is claimed to be extremely potent at fighting hair fall. It is an ingredient of various traditional hair mask recipes and hundreds of Indian women swear by its efficacy. I too decided to test out hibiscus powder to help me with my hair fall issues and here is a brief account of my experience so far.
I was meaning to purchase the hibiscus powder from Banjaras because several bloggers that I trust recommended it, however, I wasn’t able to find it in stock on any website, which is why I settled for the Indus Valley 100% Organic Hibiscus Powder instead. This powder claims to be 100% natural and comes in a 100gm plastic pouch. I am not a huge fan of the packaging because you need to transfer the contents to an air tight jar once you open the packet. I like my products to be low-maintenance, which is why this extra step irks me 😛
This powder has a slightly grainy texture and is brown in color when dry. It does not have a strong scent, just a faint herbal smell. This means that the brand has not added any artificial chemicals to this product, which is always a huge plus. There are several hair mask recipes available online but I went for the simplest one i.e. hibiscus powder, coconut oil, and water.
On the addition of coconut oil, the powder turns reddish in color. I tried to add enough oil and water to get a smooth paste like consistency. Once the paste was ready, I applied it throughout the lengths of my hair, trying to massage it into my scalp as well. This process might get a bit messy, so take the necessary precautions.
I allowed my hair to absorb the nutrients for around half an hour and then proceeded to wash them with my regular shampoo and conditioner. I faced a little difficulty in rinsing off all the tiny grains of powder from my long strands (perhaps I need to look for a more finely milled powder?) but the results of all the efforts were clearly visible once my hair was dry. My hair felt softer than usual and also looked healthier and shinier. As for the hair loss, after using the mask 2-3 times, I noticed a very slight improvement in my hair fall. Perhaps using it regularly will help eliminate the breakage of hair completely, but as of now, I am happy with my healthy looking mane.
I plan to report back after a few more weeks with my full-fledged hair care routine. Hopefully, by then, I will be able to give you a more thorough review of all the products that I have been using recently. Until then, if you wish to try out the Indus Valley 100% Organic Hibiscus Powder, you can buy it by clicking on this link.
Which hair products are you loving at the moment? Let me know in the comments below!
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Many of you might have read rave reviews of the Tangle Teezer and the Wet Brush on the internet. Both of these are favorites among the long haired lasses who want to detangle those knots while being gentle on the hair. Anyone with fine, long hair that is dry at the ends will know the pain associated with the arduous task of brushing it, especially right after shampooing or after venturing outdoors on a windy day. The Tangle Teezer and the Wet Brush are both designed to make the task easier by effectively removing the knots without tugging at the hair. However, which of the two performs better and is more suited for your hair? Read on to know my thoughts on the subject.
Starting with the Wet Brush, this one has softer bristles and comes in the form of a paddle brush. The bristles have rounded beads at the ends that help in massaging the scalp while the design is such that it effectively brushes through both wet and dry hair without any sort of pulling. The handle makes it easier to work with as compared to the Tangle Teezer, however, I feel that the Wet Brush it is not as effective at removing stubborn knots in dry hair.
The Tangle Teezer, on the other hand, is more compact, and therefore easier to travel with. However, it does not have a handle and may be difficult to hold while brushing the hair, especially if you have longer hair. It has fine bristles just like the Wet Brush but these are made of a harder plastic and do not have rounded ends. This means that the bristles can hurt the scalp if you brush too hard and do not have a massaging action. The lack of the rounded beads makes this brush easier to clean though. In terms of detangling, it works better than the Wet Brush on dry hair but I feel that it tugs more on wet hair and may pull out a few strands if your hair is knotty post-shampooing.
So, the big question is which one should you buy? The Wet Brush or the Tangle Teezer? I would say buy them both! The Wet Brush is my favorite for detangling wet hair and for touch ups throughout the day while the Tangle Teezer is perfect for working on those terrible knots on my rough, dry ends. If you do not have extremely dry hair then you might get away with only buying the Wet Brush. It comes in a few different sizes and shapes too and is in the price range of INR 700 – 1000, which is slightly more affordable than the Tangle Teezer that is priced at approximately INR 1200. It is also gentler on the scalp and hair and is better suited for multiple uses in a day.
I hope that this information is useful for those who are looking to invest in a good detangling brush. Both these brushes are available on Nykaa.com as well as Amazon.com.
Have you tried any of these brushes? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments below!