Haircare specific blog posts aren't something I tend to create all that often on my blog (or if ever) just because I think haircare can vary so much more widely between person to person than say makeup and skincare. While I do still enjoy reading about the products people use on their tresses, I feel as if my personal haircare needs are quite different to the majority of beauty bloggers. With a thick and coarse hair type, I'm always trying to get rid of the volume from my hair as opposed to adding it in! Nevertheless, I recently welcomed two haircare brands that are new to me into my routine and as they're all products I've been really enjoying lately, I thought I'd talk you through them on the blog today.
When Davines first came onto the beauty blogging scene a year or two ago, I was immediately intrigued by the brand for its minimalistic packaging, reminiscent of Philosophy. I was contacted by RY not all that long ago and asked if I'd like to pick out a couple of products from their website, so I took it as the perfect opportunity to try the haircare brand, and I can safely say that the product inside is just as dreamy as its exterior.
The Davines LOVE Smoothing Shampoo* and Conditioner* are made for frizzy and unruly hair types and formulated with Indian fig extract (moisturising action), rice protein (protection) and Minuta Olive from Sicily (rich in fatty acids and vitamins for elasticising and softening actions), these products are exactly what I'm after when it comes to hair washing. As I mentioned, my hair is very thick, dry and coarse, so I look for shampoos and conditioners that are hydrating, smoothing and nourishing. I've been loyal to my Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Shampoo and Conditioner for two years now and though I'm still absolutely in love with them, it's been nice using something new for a change. With its zesty, uplifting and refreshing scent, the shampoo lathers up nicely (nothing dramatic the way drugstore shampoos do, though it does contain SLS if that's an issue for you) and I'll often interchange it with my Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo, or even use them together; Sunday Shampoo in the roots and LOVE Smoothing Shampoo on the ends. So as not to weigh my hair down, I reserve the LOVE Smoothing Conditioner mostly for my ends too, it just depends on how parched my hair is feeling. The directions for use are to apply the conditioner to towel dried hair, but as if anyone is going to make the time to do that - I just use it as you would any other conditioner.
Along with the shampoo and conditioner, RY were kind enough to send me the Davines LOVE Hair Smoother* too. It's a leave-in treatment that doesn't weigh the hair down at all and I love using this in conjunction with my Kérastase Resistance Ciment Thermique. I've noticed a significant difference in the softness of my hair since using this, especially when I let my hair air dry. I can definitely see myself purchasing all three of these Davines products with my own money once I've used them up.
I've never suffered from dandruff before, though my scalp is prone to itchiness and sensitivity from time to time. The Kérastase Sensidote Dermo-Calm Soothing Calming Masque just wasn't cutting it for me anymore, so once I used my tub up, I did some research into other haircare brands and came across Philip Kingsley, which I know the brand has rave reviews for their Elasticizer. With a pretty affordable price point and 15% off LookFantastic, I decided to give both the Exfoliating Scalp Mask and Scalp Tonic a go, and since using them for a little under a month, I'm already very impressed. The Exfoliating Scalp Mask feels like a luxurious cream and with small exfoliating particles, it's really easy to massage and work through the hair, unlike the Kérastase hair mask, which is a hard-to-work-with runny liquid. Post hair wash, I'll apply the Scalp Tonic as a leave-in treatment and the anti-microbial and anti-flaking properties really work to calm and comfort the scalp. I just love the cooling, tingling sensation to the both of them too. Since introducing these Philip Kingsley products into my routine, my scalp and hair feel fresher, more soothed and cleaner for longer, and I'm all for anything that means more time in between washes.
Are there any products new to your haircare routine?