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Two New Hair Heroes

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I am always in two minds when it comes to blogging about hair products. When it’s a lipstick, I can show you the shade. When it’s a concealer, I can show you a good before and after of how it brightened my under eye area. When it’s hair care, you sort of just have to take my word for it.

Because I dye my hair a lot and am constantly switching from dark to light all while trying to get my hair to grow long (yes, hairdressers really, really hate me), I do end up using and trying a lot of hair products so today I wanted to share two of my most recent finds.

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First up is this Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk and to be completely transparent, this was sent to me. Now when the PR people emailed me and asked if I wanted to try it, they told me it was a celebrity favourite (Misha Barton, Poppy Delevigne, Margot Robbie, if you’re interested) etc. and I wondered how it would actually differ to my regular Batiste but because my hair is 90% dry shampoo 80% of the time, I decided to give it a go.

Klorane have two different types of dry shampoo available, the one with Oat Milk that I was sent and one with Nettle which is aimed at very greasy hair. Oat milk was chosen because it is rich in carbohydrates, lipids and vitamins with softening and protecting properties. This dry shampoo is a gentle formula for all hair types and can be used daily.

Now as I already mentioned, I use a lot of dry shampoo and am usually happy to stick with Batiste as it is cheap, cheerful and smells good. So one morning before work when my hair was a little greasy, I reached for the Klorane instead. It has a really strong spray which usually means it will leave that powdery white residue in your hair but it was invisible, even against my dark hair. I was also surprised by how little I needed. Usually I would spray each side of my hair, the top and underneath and then as I work it in, I would feel greasy areas and target those specifically. Yet with Klorane I did my few sprays and as I worked it in, I didn’t feel any more greasy areas.

The scent is light, inoffensive and pleasant. I was surprised to find that I liked that it wasn’t heavily perfumed. It still hid my dirty hair smell but didn’t make me stink like Arabian nights or whatever flavour of the month Batiste is doing. Sometimes the dry shampoo scent is a giveaway that you have dry shampoo in your hair!

The best part was that my hair stayed dry and fresh looking all day and it added some volume to my hair without making it sticky, gritty or obvious. I really liked the way my hair looked even though usually when I’m at the stage where I’m adding dry shampoo, I would tie it up as well. With the Klorane, I didn’t need to and somebody actually commented on how nice my hair looked! We’re talking day FOUR hair here. (I’m pretty gross.) And after using it once, the next morning I woke up to find my hair wasn’t the greasy mess I was expecting it to be. I added a few more spritzes out of paranoia but I really didn’t need them! My hair felt fresh.

Now when I was first sent this, I thought ‘oh it will probably be expensive and even though I might like it, I’ll probably still stick with cheap and cheerful Batiste’. I thought Batiste did the job and I wouldn’t be bothered spending more on a different dry shampoo but after comparing both, I can honestly say that there is a huge difference. Klorane is so much lighter, has no sticky residue, has a light scent, works for a long time, can be worn several days in a row without build up. It’s perfect! I haven’t a single bad thing to say about it. I honestly am converted.

And it isn’t even as expensive as I was expecting! It retails for €11.49 for 150ml at Boots or Meagher’s Pharmacy. It is obviously pricier than Batiste’s 200ml for €3.99 but worth it. Honestly if you rely on dry shampoo as much as I do, I cannot recommend trying this one enough!

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The other new-to-me hair product is this Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo CoConut Mask – how irritating to type! When I recently stripped the pink and purple out of my hair in an attempt to go back to the dark red I’ve had for a while, my hairdresser recommended I buy a good hair mask. Now I’m sure she meant a salon brand one like Redken or something but me, being the cheapskate that I am, popped into Boots and picked this one up instead.

I repurchased the Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment for Hair That Never Grows Past a Certain Length several times and enjoyed using it even though my hair didn’t miraculously start cascading down my back so I was happy to put my faith in the Lee Stafford brand again. I opted to try the coconut or (please don’t make me type it again, CoCo LoCo) range because I know coconut is good for nourishing your hair. They claim that this is a thick and creamy mask that repairs dry, damaged and weak hair by reducing protein loss and strengthening hair. They say it will leave you with soft, glossy, revitalised locks as it is moisturising, softening, smoothing and strengthening while enhancing shine.

Now my hair needs any miracle it can get so I was looking forward to using this. I love anything coconut scented but was surprised to find that this has a subtle natural scent as opposed to an overwhelmingly synthetic one like most coconut hair products do. Disappointing for die hard fans like me but good for those who perhaps aren’t too fond of the fragrance. Even if you hate coconut, I think you could stomach this mask!

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It is quite thick in texture so I found I really had to work it in and use quite a bit to get full coverage (I have a lot of hair) although they recommend using an egg-sized amount. You only need to leave it in for five minutes which is handy because you can pop it in while you’re in the shower and then wash your body, use a face scrub or shave your legs before rinsing it out. I’m not a fan of treatments where I need to get out of the shower for forty five minutes, freezing to death in a towel before rinsing! Then, what I thought was the weirdest part was that they recommend using a conditioner after. I would always use a hair mask instead of a conditioner but when I use this, I  follow the rules and condition too.

Immediately after use, you can feel a difference in your hair. My hair feels sleek and silky and smooth. Now, I can feel a sort of weight to my hair which I know some people may not enjoy, particularly those with fine hair! While my hair is silky and nourished, it’s as if I can feel the weight of the product too. My hair isn’t fluffy and soft afterwards, it’s definitely silkier.I hope that makes sense. Again, I’m not saying it’s a negative – just trying to give you as much information as possible in case it’s something you hate, personally.

Overall I’ve been loving it and although it doesn’t seem to be having a long term effect on my hair’s health (although I’ve only used it a handful of times!), it’s so simple to use that I’m happy to pop it in once a week for instant results.

You get a big 200ml tub for only €9.99 in Boots.

Have you tried either of these products?
What are your current hair heroes?

Disclaimer: I was sent the Klorane Dry Shampoo as a PR sample but all opinions are my own. I received no payment for this post. No affiliate links were used.

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