Biolage R.A.W. Haircare

Matrix Biolaw R.A.W.* is a range of haircare products which aims to take natural origin haircare to a whole new level by offering professional quality products that are 97% natural in origin. With R.A.W. standing for Real, Authentic, Wholesome, Biolage R.A.W. haircare products promise to be great for you and the environment, with no sulfates, silicones, parabens, or artificial colourants.

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Unwash – The New Clean

The way we wash our hair keeps making headlines recently, from co-washing to the no-poo method, whether we should shun SLS or silicones, how often we should shampoo… someone always has a different opinion and it can be pretty confusing.

Calling themselves ‘The New Clean’, Unwash is a relatively new haircare brand from the US that has taken some of these ideas and translated them into a regime that is simple to understand, with products that are gentle and fit into our busy ‘wash & go’ lifestyles. I was recently sent some products to try and I had quite different results with them, some great, some not so great.

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AA Skincare Amla and Clary Sage Rejuvenating Shampoo

Natural beauty products are becoming increasingly popular as people shun ingredients such as SLS, Parabens, and artificial colours and fragrance, and what was once only a very niche market has now become mainstream. AA Skincare is one such brand leading the way in making natural skincare affordable and accessible and now they’ve launched a range of shampoos that replace harsh stripping agents found in some shampoos with beneficial essential oils that nourish the hair and scalp. I was recently sent one to put through its paces, so how did I get on?

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The AA Skincare Amla and Clary Sage Rejuvenating Shampoo (RRP £5.94)* we are told is suitable for all hair types but is particularly good for soothing irritated scalps, and to help strengthen roots and prevent hair loss. If you have issues with thinning hair or suffer with an irritated scalp this shampoo sounds like the perfect choice.

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DGJ Organics HairJuice Range

My hair can be very temperamental when it comes to shampoos so when I decide to change hair products I approach it with some trepidation. In the past SLS-free shampoos especially have not always agreed with my hair, leaving it lank, greasy and feeling straw like, but knowing the benefits of ditching the sodium lauryl sulphates I have been determined to find a brand that suited my hair, so when I was invited to try DGJ Organics I had my fingers crossed.

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Nanokeratin System

The hairdressing world has gone crazy for the revolutionary Nanokeratin System, a scientifically proven hair repair system that uses micro size molecules which are able to penetrate even the smallest hair fibres where they activate the inner hair cortex, creating a non-soluble, long-lasting shield against environmental elements. This salon treatment smooths the hair shaft, reducing frizz and enhancing shine. Straighteners and lengthy blowdrys can become a thing of the past, even months after your treatment.

At around £150 the Nanokeratin treatment isn’t cheap, so you’ll want to maintain it at home with the right products, developed by the same experts and using the same pioneering technology, and that’s where the Nanokeratin shampoo and conditioner I’m featuring today step in.

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SheaMoisture Repair & Transition Kit

The SheaMoisture haircare range is designed to give to upmost care to dry, coarse or transitioning hair. Utilising raw Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Avocado Oil and extracts of Sea Kelp it helps restore moisture, elasticity and shine to dull and damaged hair. Until now only available in the USA, the range will be hitting Boots shelves here in the UK from October, and I’ve been lucky enough to have had a sneak peek at their Repair & Transition Kit!

The SheaMoisture Repair & Transition Kit* contains everything you need to care for your tresses naturally, with the Moisture Retention Shampoo, Restorative Conditioner, Deep Treatment Masque and Reconstructive Elixir. As my hair has been misbehaving recently – feeling rough and looking lifeless – I was excited to see if this kit would infuse my hair with some much needed vigour!

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Product Disappointment – Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Range

First let me explain; I hate writing negative reviews, very little else gives me as much angst as sitting there deciding how I should express my negative opinion in as constructive a way as possible, or whether I should even post the review. But then I had a disappointing experience with quite a high-end hair range recently and I wondered if I was the only one, so I consulted Google only to find 4 and 5 star reviews. Surely I was not alone in not getting on with this product, I wondered. Then it struck me, perhaps people aren’t posting their less than glowing reviews (this is a subject that’s come up time and time again in Twitter chats with many Bloggers stating they don’t publish negative reviews) but surely in order for shoppers to get a balanced view we owe them the bad as well as the good? So putting my reservations aside here goes with my honest review…

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