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  • Writer's pictureJade Hiller

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Haircare roundup

As someone with fairly long, horribly dry curly hair I get through a lot of hair products. These are products that i've tried recently. Sorry, my intro is not very exciting. I'll bring balloons next time.

First up we have Lee Staffords Coco Loco balm. Gotta say I love the name. I got this on special offer, as I was looking for something to help my hair's dryness. The summer sun has not been kind to my mop. This is a solid balm that you scoop out and apply on your ends or where you're a bit frizzy. It smells divine. It's actually a decent product, it smoothed my hair down and wasn't too weighty. But it didn't do anything a decent gel wouldn't do.

Would I repuchase? No.

Next up in Umberto Giannini's Curl Jelly. Apparently this is their best selling product, which might be why they keep hiking up the price. I've been using this stuff for donkey's years. It used to be the only decent curling product on the market, but thankfully times have moved on, and there are so many other options. I do love this stuff, it curls and defines my hair like nothing else, and it smells great too. Unfortunately as I mentioned they keep raising the price. In several short years this not particulaly large tube has gone from £3.99 to an eye watering £7.25! And don't forget, with my hair length I can easily get through a tube in a week and a half. The price is the reason I have switched to Cantu products. I'm sure if I asked Umberto Giannini they would waffle something about inflation, but all my other haircare products have remained the same price.

Would I repurchase? Yes, but it deeply galls me. Damn you Umberto!

Unfortunately a combination of sunny weather and anemia have led to a lot of hair loss recently. I decided to try the fabled Mane 'N Tail shampoo to see if it would help grow my hair back. Yes, that infamous horse shampoo. The shampoo itself lathers well and smells nice. I've read several reviews that said it did neither of those. All I can conclude is those people must be nose blind. Unfortunately it is a little drying to my hair, but funnily enough after the first wash my hair did look thicker. I have experienced new hair growth recently, but I attribute this to supplements I have started taking, and not necessarily the shampoo. However it certainly hasn't hindered my hair in any way and I am going to continue using it, albeit infrequently.

Would I repurchase? Yes, and I might try the conditioner.

I don't know why I even bother trying Frizz Ease products. They're all useless. They're always useless. This is Frizz Ease's miraculous recovery repairing creme serum. It does NOT do what it says on the bottle. What does it do then I hear you cry? Fuck all. It does absolutely nothing. Plain water from the tap is more effective in styling my hair.

Would I repurchase? No.

Pantene's Repair and Protect conditioner has now taken over Herbel Essence's Bee Strong conditioner as my absolute favourite. I love it. It leaves my hair feeling like it has been brushed my angels (except I don't brush my hair and haven't for about twenty years). I've tried Pantene products a few times over the years and they were always a bit meh but this stuff is incredible. It's now become my staple, daily conditioner.

Would I repurchase? Yes.

And here we have the final Product. This is L'Oreal Elive Extraordinary Oil. It's pretty much a hair mask. I like this a lot. It left my hair soft and smooth. However, the actual product itself is shimmery for some reason. Why would you put shimmer in a hair conditioner? This is the second hair product i've used recently that was glittery. I don't need my hair to look as though it has sparkly dandruff, thanks. So, if you do use this hair mask, make sure you rinse throughly!

Would I repurchase? No, but I will probably repurchase another mask from their range.

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