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More natural hair colouring


Working as a hairdresser I developed a little bit of a sensitivity to a lot of products you use when working in a salon, actually a lot of hairdressers do, despite using rubber gloves and having good ventilation. 
One of my biggest problems to date, is hair colouring, which leaves my scalp itchy for a few weeks after and makes me break out in little red and dry bumps in my scalp and on my forehead. Not really something that I feel like I want to inflict on myself if possible, but since I don’t really feel like it is time for me to show off the few grey hairs I have now acquired, I have been searching to find a brand that works for me.
So far I have found two more natural brands that works for me personally and they are both shop brands. Despite being a big believer in salon hair colour, in these cases I will make an exception, as they are not colour heavy like most store brands. 
First is an English brand called Tint of nature, that uses Organic ingredients for their natural ingredients. This was the first one I started using and the one I find most gentle on my scalp, but this one isn’t as easy to get a hold off any more, since the place I used to get it from closed down. So I have switched to Naturtint, as pictured above, which is a Spanish brand that is available at Holland and Barrets and Whole Foods. 


They are both very similar in the end result. Both are ammonia free and have a very gentle scent to them, though I would advice still colouring your hair where there is good ventilation and to use gloves.
With both colours you get an amazing shine to your hair after colouring and the hair feels very soft and nourished, almost like after a hair treatment.
The colour stay is a bit different than normal shop brands, in that they fade a lot quicker, but this is actually a good thing in my opinion. This means the colour isn’t colour heavy in your hair, so if you ever want to go lighter or even blond, it will be a lot easier, plus it won’t weigh down your hair.
The colour starts to fade around the four week mark, which is where most hair colourist, if getting your hair coloured in a salon, suggest that you get your hair re-coloured again anyway.
And for covering greys, I will say it covers around 98%, like most salon colours.
All in all these hair colours would get full stars from me if I was rating them in that way.


On more information on both brands visit:
www.tintofnature.com
www.naturesdream.co.uk/naturtint 


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Kérastase Couture Styling products


Despite my last post also being about a Kérastase product, I decided to still split them into two post, as they are from different hair categories.
Now the Kérastase Couture Styling range is still quite a new range, so I hadn’t tried any of the products before and was therefore very excited to do so.
I have to say they did just what I had expected, and I am really happy with my purchase.
The Styling Mouse Bouffant, gives real good lasting volume to the hair, while still making the hair look natural and healthy.
The Styling Laque Couture gives a really fine mist when spraying, making it easy to control product amount in the hair, and it gives a real lasting flexible hold, perfect as a finishing spray to finish of a blow-dry or after curling the hair.


The only thing I am not the biggest fan of with these products, is the smell as it is quite musky, which is not really a favourite of mine, but I don’t seem to be able to smell it during the day.


I think what I find the best about Kérastase products, is that they always makes your hair look quite natural, kind of like your own hair on a really good hair day. They also never seem to fail to impress when ever I have tried a new product, and I have never had any reactions or damage when using any of their products. So for those reasons, I think Kérastase will always be amongst my top favourite hair brands.

For more information on the Kérastase Couture Styling range, click HERE.

Kérastase Specifique Bain Vital Dermo-Calm


I have always been a big fan of Kérastase, and the fascination goes back to when I was very young and smelling my mums Nutritive Bain Satin shampoo.
To this day, the smell of that shampoo, brings me right back to my childhood.
Later on, while working as a hairstylist I always found Kérastase one of the ranges I would recommend most often to clients, as I always knew they would get great results using it at home.
While working in a salon, I also attended quite a few training sessions with Kérastase, and one of the things you are taught is to start with looking at the scalp, when finding the perfect product for a person, as healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. This has pretty much been my philosophy ever since then, so a natural choice for me when I have periods of sensitive and dry scalp, is Kérastase Specifique Bain Vital Dermo-Calm.


Sensitive and dry scalp is quite common when you are feeling stressed, or as a reaction to new a hair products that your scalp might not like. 
So when seeing and remembering how good this shampoo is, when doing some online shopping at a very stressful time, my scalp literally did a small happy dance.


This shampoo gives a calming affect on the scalp from day one of using, and just balancing it out to normal after just a few weeks of use. It will also leave your hair shiny and nourished, and easy to manage. 
A real winner if you are suffering from sensitive or/and dry scalp.

I get mine from HQhair HERE.