My Current Hair Favourites

I feel like I haven’t written a current hair favourites post in ages, so I decided today was the day to rectify this. I’ve been switching up my hair care routine recently and I’ve been noticing some positive difference so I thought I would share some of the products I am loving. My hair is long, fine, frizzy, wavy and sometimes really frustrating to work with. It’s not very thick so can end up looking limp, and sometimes lacklustre and dull. It’s not the easiest hair to work with but it is the only hair I have so I have to make the most of what sometimes feels like a dim situation. Here are a few products that have made taming my mane a little easier.

Parlux Powelight 385

For years I have been using a Collexia hair dryer, however I finally switched it up and changed to the Parlux Powelight 385. Oh my god, had I known what I was missing, I would’ve switched earlier. I actually had the Parlux Powelight 385 sitting in a drawer for ages, and I only got it out once I was married. It is SO powerful, and dries my hair much much faster than the Collexia did. It is also really light weight, meaning I can maneuver it a lot better, and reduce some of my natural frizz. It makes washing my hair feel a little less inconvenient. It’s a little more expensive than a normal hairdryer, it retails for £89.99 [here], but I think it is worth every pretty penny. I’m starting to get used to straightening my hair simply using this, meaning I’m maintaining more body in my hair as I am skipping using my GHDs.

Tangle Teezer

I’ve heard people rave about the Tangle Teezer for years and I don’t know why I didn’t ever pick one up. I had a ‘dupe’ of a Tangle Teezer and I thought ah it is pretty much the exact same thing, no need for me to buy a real one. How wrong was I? It feels like the brush goes through my hair like a knife through soft butter. I don’t have really knotty hair, but do get the odd few knots and this takes them out so effortlessly. I also use this on wet hair, and it just combs through it without causing any damage or pulling any hair out. I also use the Blowdrying Brush as I was gifted a set containing both from my lovely friend Fee from Makeup Savvy. Again, it has made my blowdrying routine so much easier. Couldn’t recommend it enough. You can pick up the Tangle Teezer [here] for £10.60 or the set [here] for £24.95

Moroccan Oil

I would say most beauty lovers have heard of Morrocan Oil, but for the past few years I’ve been using Kerastase Beauty Elixir so didn’t see the need for this in my collection. Clearly I was stupid. This so much better in my opinion, you only need a tiny bit, and it doesn’t weigh down my already limp looking hair. It makes my hair feel softer and I’m sure it makes it look shinier too. I feel like it also makes my hair more manageable, less fly aways and frizz. It smells divine, so what is there not to love? I especially love that it comes with a pump, I think I would love it a little less if I had to pour it at every use but the packaging is perfect for me. I don’t use this as a treatment oil, but as part of my styling routine. So far, no complaints, I doubt I’ll pick up Kerastase again. It doesn’t come cheap, around £32.85 for the full size bottle (125ml) but as I use about half a pump around twice a week, I know this will last me forever. You can pick this up here.

TIGI S-FACTOR Stunning Volume Shampoo and Conditioner

I am not a huge spender when it comes to shampoos and conditioners, but I do have a soft spot for S Factor shampoos. I’ve dabbled in a few different ones from the brand, but understandably it is the volumising ones that appeal to me. These smell so amazing, I know that isn’t enough of a real to try a shampoo/conditioner, but who doesn’t love their hair smelling amazing. I’ve been trying this combo out for a couple of weeks, and even without using any additional products, when my hair dries it does feel less limp and seems to contain more body. I love the conditioner especially, it leaves my hair smelling delicious and my hair super soft. I’ve been a little naughty, I’ve been skipping hair masks because the conditioner is doing such a good job. On the topic of hair masks, please leave me your suggestion as I am on the hunt for new ones. The shampoo and conditioner are actually currently on sale if you are interested, you can pick the shampoo up [here] for £10.85 and the conditioner is [here] for £11.55. You can also actually pick up a free TIGI Bedhead Small Talk Mini if you bought these two together today on the Look Fantastic website.

I did have a little unofficial resolution at the beginning of the year that I will learn more about my hair, what works for it, what doesn’t and also how to style it better. I don’t think I’ve completed the resolution yet, but I am getting closer to the end goal which feels pretty good. Just need to learn a few more styles that work for me and start using more treatments in my hair. Let me know if you have any hair favourites I should check out. Speak soon, Tanzina x

Current Hair Favourites

I don’t often talk about my hair here, as I don’t really like my hair. I have quite long hair, I’d say around 18″ but I don’t love it as it can be dull and is really thin at the ends. My hair is quite limp, lacklustre and I’m not very good at hair so I don’t ever really do anything with it. However recently, I have been making a little more effort with it, so I thought I would share my current hair favourites with you all as they are slowly but surely changing my hair game. I’m starting to feel a little more optimistic, and have been admiring the shine my hair is now holding. Maybe practise will finally help me achieve hair I am proud of.

Hair favourites 2016

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GHD V Red

GHD V Red

Hair Tools

This is an easy one, I am still using the same hair tools I have been using for the past five years plus. I didn’t really blow dry my hair, unless I was in a rush, but recently I have been taking the time to actually blow dry my hair and wow, I have really noticed a difference. My hair is a lot more shinier and softer, and of course a lot less frizzy. I am still learning how to blow dry my hair properly, as I have really long hair it can be a bit of a pain, but I am sure if I keep doing it often I will find a way that works for me. The hairdryer I used is the Professional Hair Dryer from Collexia, it was pricey when I first bought it but it has lasted me years and is very effective. It was actually recommended to me at a salon, where they seem to know what they were talking about.

My straighteners are a necessity, I get lots of weird crimps and kinks in my hair and also nothing can provide the sleekness I get from straightening my hair. I have the GHD V in Red (which they no longer sell unfortunately) and I love it, again it has lasted me years and once they break/stop working, I will definitely pick up another pair of GHDs.

TIGI S-FACTOR HEALTH FACTOR SHAMPOO

TIGI S-FACTOR HEALTH FACTOR CONDITIONER

TIGI BED HEAD COLOUR GODDESS MIRACLE TREATMENT MASK

Shampoos, Conditioners and Masks

I’ve been trialling TIGI Health Factor Shampoo and Conditioner for a couple of months now, I am onto my second bottle of shampoo already and I have been loving it. I have noticed it increases shine in my hair even on days I don’t blow dry, and I’ll be honest I am slightly addicted to how it smells. My BF has even noticed the scent in my hair and commented on it. I’ve also been using the conditioner that goes along with it which makes my hair feel really soft and again, smells delicious.

For masks, I of course had to mention my much loved Macadamia Deep Repair Masque. This is just the best mask I’ve ever used, there is a noticeable silky difference in my hair each and every time I use it. I cannot recommend it enough. Since the TIGI Health Factor was such a hit with me I’ve recently started using their Bed Head Colour Goddess Miracle mask. I dye my hair jet black every few months so my hair can get a little dry due to that so I thought this might be quite effective as it is aimed at colour treated hair. I have noticed it makes my hair feel moisturised, and it is nice to switch up my hair masks every now and then. I’m going to keep using this to see if I reap any long time benefits.

Hair serums

Hair Oils/Serums

I struggle with a lot of fly away hairs and frizziness so I have been using hair oils and serums for years now. I find it does make a difference in reducing frizz and increasing shine. My favourite serum is the John Frieda Frizz Ease Thermal Serum, which has thermal heat protection. I don’t use a separate hair protection, I know I really should, so using this subconsciously makes me feel better as I know I’m putting some hair protection in. This is also quite thick so you only need a tiny bit, and quite good for minimising fly aways.

For hair oils, I have been using Kerastase Elixir Ultime Hair Oil for a few years now. It too does increase the shine in my hair, and makes my hair feel really soft and less frizzy. It doesn’t leave my hair feeling greasy, and it doesn’t weigh it down either. I’ve recently been trying out the Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment and this too has been really good. I know I have been using the some of these products for years so I think I will be testing new products soon. I’m really interested in trying out the Moroccan Oil Treatment, so if I do pick this up I will let you know.

I hope you liked my current hair favourites, I am definitely not a hair expert, but my hair is something I want to make more of an effort with this year. I would love to hear recommendations or products you’ve tried that works for you. Speak soon, Tanzina x

Stranded Hair Extension Review

One beauty truth I will put my hands up to is, I am truly rubbish at hair. My go to hair style is straight hair and if I am I feeling particularly fancy I do side swept curls, which itself ends up looking messy. Oh, I should add getting better at hair to my New Year’s resolutions! I have in the past used hair extensions, I have a set of human hair sitting in a drawer somewhere, but the concept of adding 6-8 hair pieces just seems a little exhausting and I quickly grew bored of that set. However when Stranded contacted me wondering if I would like to try their Curly Heat Resistant One Piece Clip in Extensions, I thought why not, a one piece set sounds a LOT more simpler and easier to use. I thought I would do a Stranded hair extensions review today and give you guys my first impression in case you to were stuck in a hair rut like me.

Stranded Hair Extension Review

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Stranded Hair Extension Review
Stranded Hair Extension Review

So the WAG in a bag arrived as expected, in a bag, and in a box that would easily slide through my letterbox. I opted for the Wag In A Bag Curly Heat Resistant One Piece Clip in Extension in 25 inches, as my hair is naturally around the 17-18 inch length, it just is quite thin meaning it doesn’t really ever look good. I went for the shade #1 as it was a perfect match for my hair, I have dark hair so it was an easy match. I was a little weary when I first opened it up, it just looked really shiny which is expected of synthetic hair. Unfortunately that also means that it doesn’t look real, and I thought there is no way I can wear this as it will just look to obvious. Cue a quick search on Google to find out how to make synthetic hair look more natural. The answer: baby powder, which unfortunately I don’t have at home, so I thought I would improvise and use  dry shampoo. And to an extent it worked! It bought down the shine and mattified the hair piece. I think I will have to buy some baby powder to help it look even more natural as I wasn’t completely happy with the shine.

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Stranded Hair Extension Review
Stranded Hair Extension Review

Clipping it into my hair was so easy, and trouble free. Once I secured it, the extensions felt tightly secured and actually the band and clips themselves felt really good quality. Considering that this piece was under £20, that really surprised me as I wasn’t expecting such good quality. I took pictures for you just clipped into my straight hair, without brushing through it to break up the curls, as I wanted to do a true first impressions on it. However I think it will look even better once the curls are combed through and I curl my own hair at the ends, I’ll definitely post pictures on my social media channels once I do that. Here are my social media links:
InstagramTwitter, Facebook.

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Stranded Hair Extension Review
Stranded Hair Extension Review
As I mentioned, my natural hair is long but thin, meaning although I can plait it, there isn’t much point as the braid looks a little pathetic. I have always longed for a really nice thick braid, but not enough to sit there for a long period of time clipping in individual hair pieces. This hair piece has been a dream when it comes to braiding. I felt like Elsa from Frozen, just a dark haired Asian version. I showed my mum and she couldn’t figure out where the extensions were clipped in as it blended in with my hair seamlessly. I created a fish tail braid and I just loved how voluminous the braid turned out. The extensions were really easy to braid and I know I will use them to experiment with different hairstyles.

Stranded Hair Extension Review

Overall I love the Wag In A Bag Curly clip ins, although it was a little too shiny to wear as natural extensions for my taste, I think I can work with this after I get hold of some baby powder. What I loved especially with this set of extensions, is that it makes voluminous hair do’s possible for me. I will carry on experimenting and see what other styles I can come up with. This set retails for £18.99 in a huge range of colours. You can pick it up here.

 I hope you liked my Stranded hair extension review, and my thoughts on a one piece clip-in. I am nowhere near a hair expert however I loved how easy the process of using this piece was. Let me know if there are any particular styles you would like me to create or if you would like to see a video tutorial. Tanzina x

Trialling New Hair Products: Vatika and Mazuri

It’s been a while since I changed up my hair products, so when I got the chance to try out some products I hadn’t used before, I jumped at the chance. I’m not a snob when it comes to hair products, I quite happily pick up products from salons to Superdrugs and I quite often stock up on shampoo and conditioner when I see them on offer at my local Tesco. Although I am happy to pick up products I’ve used before, I’ve never really perused Tesco’s aisles to see if there are brands and products I’ve never used before or to see if anything catches my eye. I usually just reach for what I know and leave it at that.

Review Hair Products

Dabur Vatika Black Seed Hair Mask

Dabur Vatika Black Seed Hair Mask

Dabur Vatika Black Seed Hair Mask

The first product I got the chance to try was the Dabur Vatika Naturals Black Seed Deep Conditioning Hair Mask. When I saw this, I got a little bit emotional, I know that sounds silly getting emotional over a hair mask, but Dabur Vatika is actually a brand I know very well. My grandma used to use their coconut hair oil religiously in Bangladesh and it just bought back memories of her. I didn’t even know you could get the brand here, I am so surprised I had to go run and show my mum straight away.

I know that Tesco’s do a world food section, but I had no clue they had world beauty items too. When I saw Black Seed in the title, I automatically thought oh no, this is going to be a rather strong smelling product. I know Black Seed very well, in Asian households like my own, black seed is very highly revered for its hair renewal qualities and there have been many occasions where my mum has drenched my hair in pure black seed oil with the promise that my hair will grow back thicker and stronger. She was right, but the smell was too strong and lingered and I haven’t even thought to use it for years. However this product pleasantly surprised me, it smells amazing! I’ve been using it for around a couple of weeks and I can’t say it has made my hair grow back thicker, as I don’t know about you but my hair does not grow that quickly. BUT I have very wavy/kinky hair and that always is frizzy after I wash it and I genuinely find that it looks and feels sleeker and less frizzy after I use it. You can pick this up from Tesco for £5.49 (here) which I think is an amazing price for such a large jar. I’m excited to see what difference it makes to my hair in the long run.

Trialling New Hair Products

Mazuri Shea Butter Naturals Untangle Detangling Spray
The second product I had the opportunity to try out was from a brand I wasn’t actually familiar with. The product is the Mazuri Shea Butter Naturals Untangle Detangling Spray, which I was really intrigued to try out especially as my hair tangles quite a lot recently as I have taken up swimming. I am tired of tugging and pulling my hair after each session, and I was interested to see if this would help alleviate that. I also know about the benefits of Shea Butter so I was hoping using this on my hair would dry it out less as chlorine is so cruel to my hair. I have used this a few times now after swimming and I would say it helps untangle my hair quicker, and when I blow dry my hair it doesn’t tangle up again like it used to. I actually spray it in before I go swimming as well as after, as I feel like it adds an extra moisture layer to stop the water from causing too much damage, I’m not sure if that actually works, but in my head it does.

I do find that my hair is softer than usual after I use this on damp hair and then blow dry, so I think it is time I start using this more often and not just after a swim session. This is actually a 3-in-1 product as it acts as a detangling spray, a leave-in conditioner and helps control frizz. This again is priced very reasonably, at £6.69.

Trialling New Hair Products

I have been pleasantly surprised by both products, I would never think to look for them or even pick them out normally, but this has taught me to stop sticking to what I know and try something different. I know that I will definitely be keeping my eyes open a little wider when I go through the Tesco beauty aisles, because I may have walked past my next Holy Grail item lots of times without realising. My favourite of the two products is definitely the Dabur Vatika hair mask, next time I will take my mum along to Tesco to see if she can spot any of her favourite products from Bangladesh on the shelves.

I hope you liked a look at a couple of alternative hair products, it is easy to get stuck in a rut and I’m glad I’ve experimented and tried something new, it’s inspiring me to try more new brands and see how they match up. I hope this post inspires you too, just to look around a little more and not just blindly grab what you know. You too can visit Tesco, either online or in store to see their new wider range of beauty products, including brands such as Dabur, Pak’s, Vatika and Tamese & Jackson. I actually know Tamese quite well as well as it is a halal brand, so I will be reaching for that next time.

 


This post has been kindly sponsored by ‘Beauty by Tesco’, however all opinions are my own. This post contains my honest views and I would not work with a brand that didn’t give me the freedom to be honest, nor would I work with a brand that I did not personally believe in.

Changes to Hair Care with Lee Strafford

Hi lovelies hope your okay! If you remember a while back I let you all know that in 2013 I’m changing my skincare and haircare up slightly (I spoke about day cream here) and today I thought I’d share with you a new range called Breaking Hair range that I am trying and testing out for my hair. The range is by Lee Strafford, a celebrity hair stylist, and I’ve really given myself months to fully experience the range and have already repurchased the shampoo!

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The range is all about avoiding hair breakage, and helping you grow your hair strong and healthy. It’s aptly named ‘Breaking Hair’ and consists of a hair serum, hair treatment, shampoo and conditioner. I’ve also got a Lee Strafford volumising mousse that I’ve just begun playing around with after using up all my other mousses. As you can see from above the packaging is a really bright eye catching fuchsia pink which I’ve been enjoying having in my shower as I do like bits of pink everywhere! Today I thought I’d talk you through the products I use in the shower, and devote another post to the mousse and serum.

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Before I begin I just want to make it clear that I still am a fan of SLS free shampoos and this isn’t an SLS free shampoo. My hair has improved vastly from using SLS free products, I know it’s silly to swap from something that was working for you but I really wanted to use this duo together and I think I was missing the really foamy aspect of using an SLS containing shampoo. Saying that, after I run out my second bottle of this shampoo, I will return to SLS free products just to be extra careful.

Now back to the shampoo, this is the Breaking Hair Shampoo, retailing for £8.99. It contains Vitamin A & E and is aimed at dry damaged brittle and broken hair. My hair had been breaking due to it’s brittle nature and I find that this shampoo is rather nourishing and moisturising. It foams well, cleans my hair really really well (something my SLS free Naked shampoo wasn’t doing) and smells great. Can’t really ask for more except please make an SLS free version and I will be a convert for good! But I do see myself taking a break from SLS free now and again and picking this up again in the future.

Now on to the Breaking Hair Conditioner again retailing for £8.99. This I really enjoy because it really does moisturise my hair, it contains Soy, Amino Acids to strengthen hair and after usage my hair feels really smooth. The one thing that nags me a little bit is the smell, it’s a bit funny and weird, it could just be me. I feel like I can smell the medicinal element of the ingredients? But I adore the smell of the shampoo and wish the conditioner would smell the same. But other than the smell I’m happy with it, it adds gloss and shine to my hair so I’m a happy bunny.

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Now onto the hair treatment, the Breaking Hair Treatment, this is my absolute favourite. I tend to take an egg size amount and smother it all over my hair concentrating on the ends mostly. I stick my shower cap and finish the rest of my shower routine off before returning to wash the mask/treatment off. It really is hydrating and I don’t just say ‘it leaves my hair silky smooth’ – it really does. The scent is also really nice and it contains soy and amino acids to help strengthen hair and improve the moisture balance. It’s priced at £10.99 for 200ml and I’d definitely recommend this. Sometimes you can get some really good deals on the treatment at Boots, so keep an eye out for that! Lee Stafford describe this as a ‘luxurious treatment’ and I have to agree. This to me is the winner of the bunch.

You can find Lee Strafford hair range in Boots.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post, I’ve been putting it off because I wanted to get my hair trimmed first (makes sense in my head) but I’ve postponed the hair trim to July so thought it was about time I shared my hair care changes. I hope you all have an amazing day! Tanzina x