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The Best Vegan Dry Shampoos Under £11

Hey Lovelies!

Upgrading your beauty routine to include vegan products has never been easier. Dry shampoos are an absolute Godsend and can save your look (and smell) on the days the alarm breaks (ahem), forcing you to leave the house looking less than your best. Quick question: Why is it those days that we bump into the hot guy we haven’t seen for weeks?

Thus, I have reviewed and compiled a list of my favourite vegan dry shampoos. Read on:

1.Naturtint Dry Shampoo, £9.99 (20g), www.hollandandbarrett.com

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I LOVE this vegan and cruelty-free dry shampoo. Naturtint has combined natural ingredients such as rice and barley starch that absorb any excess oil, whilst really making it look and feel silky soft. My hair frizz is greatly reduced, making it easily manageable.

Better yet, this product also contains oat extract which offers moisturising properties for the hair and scalp! Naturtint achieves a lovely fresh scent that is not overpowering, and you will be pleased to know you won’t be discovering any nasty white flaky residue. Phew.

2.Love Beauty And Planet Volume And Bounty Dry Shampoo, £6.99, www.ocado.com

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This has to be one of the best vegan dry shampoos. Not only does it tick all the vital boxes (no white residue, absorbs oil, freshens and softens), but this super-light formula seems to instantly vanish into the hair with minimal effort required. One of the best things about this dry shampoo is that it transforms fine hair, giving some much-appreciated volume. Expect to breathe in a gorgeously uplifting citrus scent for added boost! Also available is their Green Tea Dry Shampoo for particularly greasy locks.

3.Bleach London Too Posh To Wash Dry Shampoo, £6, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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There’s no need to wish for your fairy Godmother to appear and magic your hair woes away when you have this cruelty-free and vegan dry shampoo. The formula instantly transforms your hair into beautiful locks that smell super-clean and fresh. Prepare to feel pampered.

4.Zabana Essentials Dry Shampoo, £13.95, www.zabanaessentials.com

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Zabana Essentials provide 3 beautiful vegan dry shampoos: Dry Glow Shimmery,  Lavender Citrus Mint and Sage Blood Orange. My personal favourite has to be the Dry Glow Shimmery as it gives some serious shine. This product combines superior natural ingredients such as essential oils, minerals and plant extracts, to further strengthen and protect your transformed tresses. I am totally smitten with its irresistible coconut scent (to the point where I haven’t washed my hair for 3 days – gross, I know).

Have you tried any of these vegan dry shampoos and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below – and happy Friday people xx

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The Best 5 Hair Serums That Are Worth Their Weight In Gold

Hey Lovelies!

The weather may be far milder than it ought to be – but can someone tell that to my hair? Between savagely cold winds and a six-weekly dose of hair bleach, my locks seem to get no respite. Should this sound familiar, don’t let your tresses suffer. Check out the best 5 hair serums that are actually worth their weight in gold.

1.TIGI Bed Head Control Freak Serum, £9.95 (250ml), www.allbeauty.com

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This super-lightweight product is literally amazing! With a concoction of bleach and frizzy curls, I need a serum with serious pizzazz and TIGI’s Bed Head truly delivers. Expect frizz-free, glossy locks we all dream of achieving. Yippee!

2.Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oleo Complex Versatile Beautifying Oil, £29.77 (100ml), www.amazon.co.uk

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I can’t state enough, just how good Kerastase products are and whilst this serum is a tad pricey, it is totally worth it. Combining 4 awesome oils (argan, camelia, corn and pracaxi), the precious formula not only fully protects, but also provides undeniably sleek and shiny hair. Note to self: NEVER RUN OUT! This product is suitable for all hair types.

3.The Body Shop Grapeseed Hair Serum, £7 (75ml), www.thebodyshop.com

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This awesome hair serum works little miracles for frizz-prone and lacklustre hair. Instantly smoothing and creating a gorgeous glossy finish, The Body Shop’s Grapeseed Serum is definitely one of the best products around – and priced at £7, you can’t go wrong!

4.Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine, £22 (50ml), www.bumbleandbumble.co.uk

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Check out the award-winning oil-based styling crème by Bumble and Bumble. Basically, if you are looking for an incredible serum that offers polish, perfect separation and shiny tresses, this little gem will not disappoint. #Hairgoals!

5.Virtue Lab Polish Un-Frizz Cream, £19 (60ml), www.spacenk.com

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Okay, so this is more like a leave-in conditioning cream than a serum, but wow! It delivers great results for straight hair and is ideal for those with unruly curls. Boasting some impressive ingredients such as Alpha Keratin 60ku, pink pomelo, gotu kola and phospholipids, this formula ensures a boost of intense nourishment, whilst enhancing curls, diminishing frizz and smoothing hair.

Have you tried any of these serums and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below. Have a fabulous weekend people xx

Keep The Romance Alive With These Irresistible Hair Perfumes

Hey Lovelies!

Nothing makes me feel happy like a spritz of Chanel. Now the beauty industry has a wide selection of hair perfume on offer – and like a crazed addict, I want them ALL. Check out the most irresistible hair perfumes that will keep the romance alive (even by the morning).

1.Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Parfum Fresh Hair Mist, £44 (35ml), www.chanel.com

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If (like me) you are utterly obsessed with this fragrance, you are going to go crazy for Chanel’s hair perfume. As I am probably the biggest Chanel fan in THE WORLD, this has to be my all-time favourite hair perfume. For those of you who aren’t in the know (shame on you), expect to fall in love with a sensual blend of orange and rose to take over your senses and then get totally blown away as the aroma of patchouli encompasses your very being.

2.Dior Miss Dior Hair Mist, £34 (30ml), www.johnlewis.com

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Perfect for that long-awaited date, this Dior hair mist is like wearing the biggest bouquet of red roses in your hair. Next to Chanel, Dior perfume is a must-have to enhance any romance in the air. This beautiful and delicate fragrance will ensure you remain breath-taking and irresistible to all who have the fortune of breathing in this scent. #Superiorhairgoals!

3.SHOW Beauty Decadence Hair Fragrance (30ml), £55, www.feelunique.com

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What can I say, other than this fragrance is incredible? Brimming with gorgeous ingredients such as caramel, Madagascan vanilla, patchouli and white musk, this aroma evokes ultimate beauty. Furthermore, the SHOW Beauty Decadence is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals to keep your hair fully protected, too! I love this!

Have you tried any hair perfumes? What are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below xx

Check Out The Best Hair Masks Of 2018 (Guaranteed To Create Irresistible Shine)

Hey Lovelies!

Our hair should be like our crown (or tiara if you prefer)). With the Christmas parties now in full swing, make sure your tresses look as stunning as you do; check out the best hair masks of 2018, that are guaranteed to create irresistible shine (and our endless love).

1.For Dry Hair Choose: Kerastase Nutritive Masquintense Cheveux Fins For Fine Hair, £23.78 (200ml), lookfantastic.com

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Should your hair concern be dry or fine hair, check out this mask by Kerastase – it is a literal game changer. Formulated with their Irisome Complex and glucose proteins, this treatment gets straight to work, nourishing all the way from root to tip, replenishing, softening and revitalising your locks. The outcome is unequivocally beautiful hair.

2.For Curly Hair Choose: Serie Expert Curl Contour Masque by L’Oréal Professionnel, £11.85 (200ml) allbeauty.com

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Fellow curly haired people, this super-gentle and gel-like mask is incredible for conditioning and detangling your locks, so they resemble beautiful bouncy curls (rather than a frizzy scarecrow-like mess). Ideally, leave the mask on for 10 minutes to allow it’s extra strengthening powers to take full effect and enjoy!

3.For That Extra Shine Choose: Professionnel Mythic Oil Masque by L’Oréal Professionnel, £19.50, feelunique.com

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I am a great believer in the benefits of argan oil for both the hair and skin – and this mask contains both argan and myrrh extract. Move over Disney princesses and anyone named Aniston as this product offers such superior TLC, your locks will be your shining glory. Hooray!

4. For Split Ends And Achieving Shine: Paul Mitchell Moisture Daily Treatment, £36.25 (1000ml),  Feel Unique.

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Ok, the best bit of advice I can offer is to achieve and maintain lustrous locks you should be applying a hair treatment almost every day. If you think that is a bind, simply swap the conditioner for a GOOD hair mask/treatment. Paul Mitchell’s Daily Treatment is one in a million and combining ingredients such as soy proteins, shea butter, panthenol and his Moisture Complex, this formula delivers outstanding nourishment and shine. You will be hard-pressed to find a split end!

What are your fave hair masks? Leave me your comments below xx

Luxury Gift Ideas For A Truly Pampered Christmas

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Well, it’s almost December and my chocolate advent calendar has survived fully intact (a first for me). To celebrate the sheer excitement of ensuing festive celebrations I have compiled some of the most luxurious gift ideas that will guarantee an unequivocally joyous and pampered Christmas, that’s nothing short of amazing. Should there be someone in your life who has gone the extra mile this year, why not show them your appreciation by treating them to one of these amazing presents?

1.Noise-Masking Sleepbuds, £229.95, www.bose.co.uk

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Oh My God – this invention is truly priceless and Bose, I can’t thank you enough. TV on so loud the floor vibrates? Neighbours music so deafening you want to go on a killing spree? Partner’s snoring so painfully ear-splitting, you regularly mistake it for a burglar smashing up the house? If you have added any of these to your list of reasons to die, hang fire. These wondrous gifts from heaven (known as Bose) will at long last, give you back your precious sleep (and sanity). Happy sleepy Christmas.

2.Dyson Airwrap Styler, £399, johnlewis.com

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Should you know someone with troublesome hair, why not gift them the ability to achieve incredible locks in minutes? Behold Dyson’s new hair tool, the Airdrop Styler. This innovative styler is a literal game-changer for anyone who struggles to smooth and tame their hair or whose tresses are on the limp side.  Using air instead of heat, the Airwrap achieves beautiful waves and curls or simply creates smooth and volumous locks without the dreaded shadow of split-ends peering over your shoulder. Dyson, you are a true genius!

3.Sony PS VR Starter Pack, £179.99, game.com

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If gaming and virtual reality is your loved one’s obsession, check out Sony’s VR Starter Pack. The PSVR pack offer everything you need to become totally immersed, enabling you to experience gaming like never before. The Pack includes:

1 x PSVR Headset

1 x PS Camera

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N.B: You need to connect this to a PS 4 to play.

4.Veuve Cliquot Brut Personalisation Tin (750ml), £56.99, selfridges.com

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This has to be my favourite champagne and the fact that Veuve Cliquot has now jumped on the personalisation train makes it that much better. Who wouldn’t love this?

 

Happy Shopping! xx

The Best New Beauty Products Of 2018

Hey Lovelies!

Happy Friday!

Since the beginning of 2018 we have seen some amazing new beauty product launches, designed to make our lives that bit better. Here is my round up of the best:

1.Bobbi Brown Skin Longwear Weightless Foundation, (SPF15) £31, www.bobbibrown.co.uk

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For anyone looking for light and long-lasting coverage, this new foundation from the fabulous Bobbi Brown brand will be a sure hit. Basically, the Longwear Foundation feels totally weightless and blends in seamlessly, providing a matte finish that looks like you are wearing no makeup. I love this foundation!

2.Clarins SOS Primer, £26.50, www.clarins.co.uk

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If like me, you suffer from dark spots, imperfections and redness, the SOS Primer will feel like a God Send. Packed with antioxidants to nurture and protect the skin, whilst providing targeted colour corrector to effectively deal with any skin concern, this SOS Primer is a must-have. The only problem is, should you need a colour corrector for more than one concern type, you may need more than one shade. There are 6 incredible shades available – bye, bye, wages!

3.Kiehls Powerful Strength-Line Reducing Concentrate, £49.50 (50ml), www.kiehls.co.uk

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Amazing beauty brand Kiehls just gave one of their key serums a makeover. I didn’t think it could get much better, but the Concentrate is now packed with even more essential anti-aging and hydrating vitamin C and hyaluronic acid – 12.5% to be exact. Take that you pesky fine lines.

4.L’Oreal EverPure Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask, $3.99, www.amazon.com

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This is L’Oreal’s first hair sheet mask and I am smitten! Designed to be a shower steam and deep moisture treatment, this product includes aloe blossom to offer intense hydration and nourishing love for your locks. The result is luscious and super shiny hair that feels totally weightless. #Hairhappiness! Buy from Amazon here

5.Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, £35, www.narscosmetics.co.uk

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I am a huge fan of Nars products and given the fact that this foundation promises to stay put for up to 16 hours, and given the other fact that I ALWAYS have to reapply my product at least once during the day, I couldn’t wait to try. The new Nars Foundation is available in 33 shades and glides on to the skin with remarkable flawless results. I have fair skin so love this product in Oslo. The outcome is amazing looking skin that still looks like skin – and it lasts!

6.Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF40, £22.95, www.amazon.co.uk

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I know I go on about this A LOT, but sunscreen is probably THE most important cream you should be applying to your skin. As it turns out we should be worrying about the infrared radiation and light from our tablets and phones as well as UVA and UVB rays. Yay! Thankfully, this new product will provide you with all the protection you need and better yet, it soaks in seamlessly and feels practically weightless, too.

7.Wunder2 Super-Stay Liquid Liner, £12.95, www.wunder2.co.ukMetallic White Gold Super-Stay Liner

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It’s not just fondations that need reapplication – eyeliners, too, suffer the same fate. That’s where iconic brand Wunder2 comes in – their newly launched Super-Stay liners glide on effortlessly to enable precise application, thus creating a highly pigmented pop of beautiful colour that actually stays put! Available in 3 waterproof collections (Essential, Glitter and Metallic) these 24hour wear liners ensure you don’t need to check the mirror – even if you stay out all night! Buy here

10 Tips For Achieving A Perfect Salon-Worthy Blow-Dry At Home

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Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing like a visit to the hair salon for boosting your confidence. However, for a long time I would leave the hair salon a little grieved that I was unable to achieve that perfect and seemingly effortless blow-dry at home. A few years later (after talking to several professionals and some research) I can now acquire that gorgeous blow-dry without a visit to the salon. Here are the best tips to ensure you can get that salon-worthy blow-dry without having to part with your cash or brave the wintery trek across town.

1.Invest In a Good Hairdryer

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The choice of hairdryers is vast, but there are a few key points to remember when in search of the perfect blow-dry:

Ionic technology – gives anti-static effect and seals cuticles, creating shine.

Ceramic tourmaline – Seals in moisture and anti-static effect.

Narrow nozzles – To control heat and airflow direction (so important when creating a salon-worthy finish).

These points make all the difference. I discovered the LanaiBlo – it ticks all the boxes and creates the perfect blow-dry. Although a little pricey at £99, this product is well worth the investment. Once you think of all the money you can save visiting the salon, the LanaiBlo is a true find!

2.Shampoo and Conditioner

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Screenshot 2018-02-05 14.39.09Choose a volumising shampoo and conditioner to help boost your locks and enhance shape. I’ve said it before and I will say it again – Label.m’s Thickening Shampoo (£14.25) and Conditioner are truly incredible as they totally boost volume whilst adding a shimmering luminosity to your locks. Result!

3.Always Prepare

Before you even look at a hair dryer apply a hair mask. As we all know – heat damages hair and if your locks are looking a little worse for wear it won’t look better following a blast of heat without the proper protection. I love Philip Kingsley’s Coconut Breeze Elasticizer. This works as a great pre-shampoo treatment or overnight mask. Work through mid-length to the ends and leave on for a good 15 minutes before rinsing out. The added bonus to this is by applying a mask you will actually decrease the length of drying time considerably. Yay – no arm ache!

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Buy Philip Kingsley Pre-Shampoo Coconut Elasticizer (£31) here

4.Use A Good Heat Protection Spray.

Should you want the salon-perfect results you have to follow protocol – it’s no good skipping the odd rule – those few moments you spared aren’t worth the split ends that are bound to ensue.

5.Hair Oil

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Hair oils are an awesome invention and I literally couldn’t be without mine as split ends and frizz are instantly concealed. A good tip is to apply the oil both before and after you blow-dry. This will guarantee soft and shiny hair to die for. OGX Renewing Moroccan Oil (£6.99)is a firm favourite – but don’t overdo it – a little goes a long way.

6.Dry Shampoo or Styling Spray

Add a little of this (evenly and over your T-zone) to give fine hair some added bounce and thickness.

7.Roots Go First

Always blow-dry the roots of your hair before anywhere else (especially if you have fine or thinning hair). This will keep the volume for longer.

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8.Now For The Blow-Dry              

Blow-dry the crown by keeping your brush as close as possible to the roots as you dry, pulling your hair gently upwards to create a gorgeous lift.

Dry the hair in sections, from root to tip, making sure your locks are thoroughly dry.

9.Don’t Overdo The Hairspray

Choose a lightweight hairspray and never overdo the application.

10.Rejoice

Finally, take a look in the mirror and smile!

Have you any blow-dry tips you would like to add?

Please leave a comment below. xx

 

6 Tips for Getting The Most Out Of Your Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo has long since been considered a beauty life saver. Following a heavy clubbing session and having minimal time before the working day begins, a holiday break at the campsite with your fella (and you discover the bathroom isn’t fit for rats), or you are just having a what-the-hell-I-don’t-care week. Whatever the reason, dry shampoo is on hand to save the day and your dignity.

Results, however, are not always as we’d like them. Check out these few tips to get the most out of your dry shampoo.

1.Choose The Right Dry Shampoo For Your Hair

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Some key points to remember when buying your dry shampoo:

Blondes: Powdery dry shampoos can cover darker roots.

Darker Hair Types: Choose invisible or light-tinted dry shampoos to prohibit a chalky effect showing up.

2.Prevention Not Cure

Kill the grease before it happens by applying your dry shampoo post-wash. Doing this will prohibit the build-up of grease for longer.

Technique

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Remember to apply your shampoo evenly, spraying from the same distance as you would use your hairdryer (approximately 8-10 inches from your head), from the parting and downwards. Massage into the scalp and ensure all of the product is absorbed.

4.Use The Right Brush

Try using a slim brush with tourmaline bristles to aid in effective blending.

5.Blend and Build

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Blending in is key to getting optimal results – and NEVER use too much product. Your hair will enjoy added volume from the dry shampoo, so once used keep it down rather than tying it up and risking a grease reveal!

6.When The Grease Has Already Got You…

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Should you wake up late and discover the dreaded grease has already attacked, grab your dry shampoo and spray your T-section (the top parting and along the hairline) and spraying 8-10 inches from your hair. This area is the greasiest so this is where you need to focus.

Make these few changes and your dry shampoo will be your star product! #lifegoals

Have you got a fave dry shampoo? Please let me know your thoughts.

In the meantime, have a happy Friday guys xx

 

How To Minimise And Hide Split Ends

Hey Lovelies.

We all know only too well what its like to look in the mirror each day to a scarecrow head gawking back at you. Split ends truly are a nightmare! Should your hairdresser be booked up for the next month and split ends are taking over your head like something from The Strain, do not panic: here are some quick fixes to keep them well-hid until you reach the sanctuary of the hair salon.

1.Ditch The Elastic

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Having little time in the morning and opting for a ponytail may seem like a good idea – but not if you are using elastic bands. These are the key offenders for causing frayed hair. To avoid breakage, make sure you use soft and stretchy fabric bands or Scunci hair tools.

2.Cut Down Heat

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Its better to cut down on use of heat styling, but if you are like me and simply cannot go without the straighteners or tongs, opt for heated tools with thermal heat protection to keep damage to a minimum.

3.Choose Carefully

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Are you using the right brush for your hair type? This is such an important thing to remember as the wrong brush can do endless hair harm. Should your hair be weak choose a soft bristle brush, and always, ALWAYS brush softly.

4.Shampoo and Conditioner

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Again, take some time in researching and buying the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type and condition. Should your locks be in a sorry state (again, like mine at present) invest in a good leave in conditioner such as Label.m’s Leave-in Conditioner, (Diamond Dust range) £18.25.

5.Towel Dry

I know, this is not always possible when we have overslept and have to leave the house, like twenty minutes ago!. However, try to towel dry where possible. Your hair will thank you.

 

7.Serums/Oil

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Perfect for sealing up those pesky split ends, hero hair serums and oils are an actual God send. Try Aesop’s Shine.

8.Hair Mask

Should your locks be in need of a little extra TLC, use an overnight hair mask. This will provide vital nourishment so that your hair feels thoroughly rejuvenated by the morning. Hooray!

 

 

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