milk_shake Integrity review

My review first appeared on Blog Addict. Thanks so much! From the first sniff I was hooked on milk_shake. We received a couple of samples at a Blog Addict event and then I was lucky enough to win two products. I am hooked on this divinely scented hair care brand and my curls are looking fabulous. If I do say so myself.   milk_shake Integrity Nourishing Shampoo The shampoo is salt- and sulphate-free and contains organic Muru Muru butter. Muru Muru butter is rich in fatty acids that are very nourishing, soothing and moisturising for both hair and skin, and the Vitamin A repairs, nourishes and strengthens the hair. My hair feels cleansed, soft and smooth after every wash. And my hair is less frizzy. The shampoo is my favourite from the products I received and it gets two thumbs up. The shampoo retails for R250. milk_shake Integrity Intensive Treatment This treatment is suitable for all hair types and also contains nourishing Muru Muru Butter. Because my hair is extremely dry, I was worried that the treatment would be too ‘light’, but it is performing well as a daily conditioner. My hair is left soft and smooth with no build-up (which is awesome). I would really like to try the Argan Deep Treatment as I think that would work very well with these dry locks of mine. R246. I also received a sample of milk_shake’s Argan Oil treatment. The mix of silicones and nourishing organic Argan oil leaves my hair feeling soft and gives incredible shine. This frizz-busting formula is perfect for my dry hair and just a few...

Hair Lust List: OGX Coconut Milk Collection

Cara and I have been on the sulphate-free healthy hair journey for just over 6 weeks now, and the change in the condition of our hair is just amazing! I’m talking healthier, stronger and thicker hair. If you suffer from dry, damaged hair or you wash every day, I urge you to try sulphate-free shampoo. It’s really made such a difference to our hair (if you’re wondering what the hell I’m on about, read HERE). I am constantly on the look-out for more sulphate-free ranges to try, and the Coconut Milk range from OGX is next on my list. ‘OGX products contain organic active ingredients and are sulphate free, with natural, delectable scents, and are not tested on animals’… what more could one ask for?! ‘Coconut milk and ultra-whipped egg white proteins along with weightless coconut oil to hydrate and nourish your hair as gentle cleansers wash away impurities’. And the packaging is so pretty. The collection consists of a shampoo, conditioner, a slit-ends mender, an anti-breakage serum, a mousse, a repair treatment and a hydrating oil mist. The products retail for R180 and are available at Foschini. Have you tried any of these? Please let me know what you think....

INOAR BB Cream Range

The moment I saw ‘Beauty Balm’ for hair I knew I had to try it. If you follow my blog, you will know that I am really struggling with my hair and I am on a mission to go from dry and strawy to soft, shiny and healthy. The INOAR BB Cream range sounded like a perfect range to try as it contains all sorts of natural goodness (like natural oils and omega’s) and I was super excited when I received a travel kit to try. The range contains high percentages of natural emollients such as Sunflower, Sesame, Linseed, olive and Macadamia and it is rich in Omegas. The travel kit includes sample sizes of all the products in the range which consists of a shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, oil and treatment. These kits are available for purchase and it’s a great way to give the range a try before investing. This range is suitable for all hair types and is said to have the following 9 benefits: softness, instant shine, brightness, anti-frizz, easy blow dry, intense hydration, corrects imperfections in hair shaft, restores and moisturises hair naturally and it is sulphate free (therefor keeping treatment and colour for longer).       I need to add number 10: Your hair smells amazing! The shampoo is sulphate free and fabulous. I am still getting used to a shampoo that doesn’t foam that much (used to love those sulphates and foam). I used this shampoo on both my and Cara’s hair and I loved the fact that our hair felt soft and smooth when I rinsed the shampoo – not hard...

Why are sulphates in your shampoo such a big deal?

I’ve never really bothered looking at the ingredients on my shampoo bottle, and I usually just grab one off the shelf at the supermarket. But I have dry hair and I highlight regularly and I realised that I need to make a plan – my hair has become so dry and damaged and it looks and feels strawy. I always thought that conditioners and treatments were more important than the shampoo. They are just to clean, right? The cleaner, the better. As long as I take one that’s designed for dry/damaged hair, I’m sorted? Ehh… no! I’ve heard many people talking about how bad sulphates are for your hair and I know that most salon brands are sulphate free. So why are they bad? Putting it VERY simply: sulphates acts as a cleaning agent that dissolves grease and dirt and it boosts foam. ‘A sulphate is a salt of sulphuric acid (gypsum, or plaster of Paris, is probably the best-known example). With shampoo, two particular sulphates are commonly used: sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulphate (SLES)’ – The Daily Mail The problem is that they can actually ‘over clean’ and strip your hair. This is especially bad for me since my hair is already dry, I have it chemically treated and I wash my hair every day. Yes, I know it’s bad, but I just cannot style these curls if I don’t. I am also experimenting with washing just with water a couple of times a week, but that’s for another post. I still haven’t made complete peace with the fact that my face wash doesn’t have...

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