February 01, 2013

Hair update

A little while ago I asked you to help me decide whether to cut my fringe or grow it out.

Your opinions were divided between the heavy fringe and the no fringe looks. So I decided to cut it into a long-ish heavy fringe, long enough that if needed I could pin back but also wear it down without covering my eyes too much. (Yes, I cut it myself using how-to guides on YouTube).

Can you spot my 6 month old boy photo-bombing in the background?

Since my original post back in December I've also dyed my hair, and then re-dyed it again as the first dye was too dark for my liking, so what better time to update on the products I've been using as well.

Cleanse & Treat

1. CLEAR Total Nourishing Care Shampoo & Conditioner
I used to absolutely love the Organix Macadamia Oil shampoo and conditioner, but lately my hair has gone really oily (I'm blaming post-pregnancy hormones) so they felt too heavy for my hair. I decided to go with something lightweight and the Clear range appealed to me. Plus it had a sticker on it saying New and I'm a sucker for new things! It's a supermarket brand, and reminds me a lot of Pantene. It's ok, it does its job in that my hair doesn't feel oily or weighed down. But once my hair returns to normal (if it does!) then I'll go back to my beloved Organix range.

2. LUSH solid shampoo in "New"
I bought this shampoo because it promised to help stop post-partum hair loss (remember I wrote about it HERE?). I think it has cinammon in it as it gives a tingly sensation on my scalp whenever I use it. Did it help with the hair loss? No. That's because post-partum hair loss is normal and happens to pretty much every woman after having a baby and only stops when the baby is about a year old.

3. Organic Coconut Oil
Remember how I said my hair has become oily? Well the ends are just super dry so whenever I have the time I apply coconut oil to the ends of my hair and leave for about an hour before washing it. I bought this jar for around $10 from a health food store.


4. Schwarzkopf Shake It Up Colour Foam in Dark Espresso Kick*
This dye was quite fun to use at first, but I don't think I'll go back to it. You basically mix all the ingredients in the container and shake it up like you're mixing a cocktail. It actually had a lovely fruity smell instead of the usual chemically dye smell. It's a permanent shade and it covered my grey hair perfectly. It also did not give my scalp that burning sensation which some dyes give. It had so many good things going for it, but what I did not like about it is that it was messy to use. You're supposed to scoop up the colour foam with your hands and apply it that way. I'm used to using a pointy tipped applicator, so for me it was too messy to use.

In the December photo up top my hair is dyed with Dark Espresso Kick, but after about 3 weeks (no fading!) I decided the colour was too dark and went with L'Oreal Preference Dark Golden Brown (I did have to pre-lighten it first as the Schwarzkopf shade was permanent after all.

5. Schwarzkopf Taft Full On Styling powder
I've done an in-depth review of this in the past (HERE) so I won't go on and on about it. I use this instead of dry shampoo to soak up oil on 2nd (even 3rd day) hair. I'm onto my 3rd can of this, and will keep repurchasing it.

6. EVO Mr Fantastic Texture Spray*
Because I wear my hair up so often (my baby has a tendency to pull it otherwise), this texture spray has been great to use on newly washed hair to beef it up a bit so it has enough grip to stay in a bun. It's the first product I've tried from the Evo range and I'm quite happy with it. I'll be keeping my eye out for other product from the brand as I'm keen to explore more of them. Plus I love the tongue-in-cheek product descriptions. For example on Mr. Fantastic this is what it says:

"Trying to find a way to get that accidental look of excellence? Well, columbo no further, this is the tool for creation that’s got the fix on everything."

7. Moroccan Oil Glimmer Shine Spray*
My love for Moroccan Oil (the original) is well known but it had started becoming heavy for my hair. This is lighter than the original oil, plus the spray bottle makes it easy to apply. The only downside is that it's easy to overspray so you can end up with greasy hair. The trick is to spray less than you think you need, or just spray your palms and rub them down the ends of your hair.

Wow, this turned into a mega long post! I hope you're still with me.
Have you used any of the products I've mentioned? What's the one hair product you cannot live without?

*PR Samples


  1. OMG I love it! So chic!!
    It's sorta like mine now actually hahaha I did have the full fringe and now it's grown out so it falls on the mid face :)

    I only just started using the solid shampoo "New" as well... hmm, kind of not sure about its effect. I love love the idea of the solid shampoo, just a matter of finding which one works best for my flat, straight hair.

    Definitely interested to try the hair powder! Have only heard great things about them!

  2. You did a great job at cutting your fringe! Your hair looks so shiny and healthy in the January 2013 pic!


  3. Really curious about the schwarzkopf powder now. I tried the foam dye before and didn't like it, it was also kind of patchy

  4. I looooooove your style in the Jan photo! That's my dream hair. lol



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