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I thought I would share my go-to hair care products in today’s post, some of which have been favourites for a long time now and a couple of them are more recent finds that have quickly become a staple in my hair care routine. Everything bar one product is unintentionally drugstore priced as well so if you’re looking for some affordable hair care products then look no further! 

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 I was sent over two products to try out from the brand The Hair Boss by Lisa Shepherd recently and I wanted to talk about how I've been getting on with both of the products and whether I would recommend them. Lisa Shepherd who created The Hair Boss is the most awarded and profiled colourist and stylist in the UK today so she obviously knows what she's talking about when it comes to hair care. The products have been made so that you can create a mix and match stepped hair regime which is tailored to your hair's needs. The range is also affordable starting from just £7.99 and available from Superdrug and ASOS.
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Lee Stafford have launched a new and improved CoCo LoCo collection with a new Coconut fragrance with added Agave essence to add shine and hydration to your hair. My hair is basically a jumble of hair types I have quite oily roots but I also get dandruff sometimes in my hairline which is weird (and no I don't use too much product, sometimes I don't even use any conditioner on my roots) and then my mid-lengths and ends are quite frizzy and dry. So the new hydrating range sounds great for my mid-lengths and ends in particular. They kindly sent over two products from the range to try which I've been using for a few weeks now and I thought it was about time I tell you what I think. 
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Lee Stafford's latest range Hair Apology has been created to deeply nourish and repair damaged, overprocessed hair. My hair is definitely in need of some TLC right now, I've also recently noticed that I've got quite a lot of breakage from when I've been having my hair up in a messy bun (which is most of the time) which isn't ideal. Obviously, there's not a lot I can do about that apart from wearing my hair in a different way but I thought the Hair Apology range might help to repair and smooth those areas. There's an array of products in the range to choose from Shampoo, Conditioner, a 10-in-1 Leave-in Treatment Spray, Power Shots Capsules and a 4-pack of Intensive Care Masks. I was kindly sent the whole range to try out and I thought it was about time to let you know my verdict.
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In today's post I'm going to be talking about my holy grail hair care products as well as some hair care tips I've picked up along the way. I've always had quite damaged hair ever since I picked up my first pair of hair straighteners when I was about 11 or 12 (RIP to my hair). After I started using a lot of heat on my hair, every time I visited my hairdresser she would tell me to put the heated hair tools down and give it a break. But because my hair has always been quite frizzy and not "perfect" I'd still attack it with the hair straighteners every day as well as the hair dryer after I'd washed it too.

This continued until I started doing a hairdressing course after I finished school and even though I didn't love doing hairdressing itself, it definitely helped me understand hair more and how to look it after it properly. From making sure you give your hair a break from heat, getting it cut often to make it look and feel healthier, using the right shampoo and conditioner and pointing the hairdryer nozzle down when blow drying to close the cuticles and make your hair feel softer and look shinier.

I also think you should treat your hair to some TLC often because making your hair look better instantly makes you feel better, right? You can do this by visiting a Top Hairdresser in Manchester, popping an intense hair mask on once or twice a week or using a silk pillowcase to try and minimise breakage and any damage. It's kind of like self love but for your hair.

I've definitely found some products that I swear by and repurchase time and time again. I'm always recommending them to my friends and family so I thought it was time I'd talk about them in a blog post as well.

First up is the Umberto Giannini "Milk" Frizz Control Miracle Styling Milk which I've been using for a while now, it must be easily over 18 months and it's honestly so good for my naturally frizzy hair. It smells nice with a light floral scent and it isn't heavy on your hair either so it doesn't weigh it down or make it get greasy quicker. Plus it's super affordable and easy to pick up from Boots. 

I really like the Mane 'n Tail Hair Strengthener* and I like that it's a leave-in conditioning treatment which also protects your hair from heat. Another thing I like about it is that I personally think it smells kind of like Love Hearts sweets and it also lasts for ages even if you use it multiple times per week. I've also been using the Cake Beauty The Mane Manager* recently which is new to the UK. It smells like cake as you've probably already figured out and I found that it works well and reduces frizz.

Lastly is basically just a shout out my all-time fave hair masks which are the Lee Stafford ones. They're affordable, they smell lovely and there's something for everyone. I'm currently using the Keep It Clean Replenishing Mask and I think it's my favourite one out of all of the ones I've tried. The range is aimed at hair that gets oily at the roots quickly. The whole range smells absolutely gorgeous and the mask just makes my hair so much more softer and more manageable, especially when I pair it up with the UG Milk product. I cannot recommend it enough! I tend to apply it to my mid lengths and ends as that's where my hair is most damaged and frizzy and let it work its magic for around 10 minutes.

What are your fave hair care products or tips?

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A Haircare Round-Up

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I thought I'd talk about hair care on my blog today because I wanted to share some of my current favourite hair products. Some have been faves for a while and a couple are pretty new to me. My hair is a bit of everything, it get's greasy at the roots pretty quickly but it's also quite dry and frizzy on the mid lengths and ends. So I'm not going to lie, I do own a lot of hair products but it's just so that I can cater for the different hair situations I have to deal with day-to-day.

First up I'm talking about my three favourites from Umberto Giannini who are one of my go-to brands for affordable hair care. I've been using their 60 Second Smooth Pre Shampoo Treatment for about 18 months now and it's honestly amazing. It makes your hair feel like you've just come out of a salon. You put it through your mid lengths and ends before you shampoo and it smooths everything out as the name suggests. I can't be without it and a little goes a long way! Another products from UG which I've been using religiously for a while is their "Milk" Frizz Control Miracle Styling Milk which smells really nice and floral. I pop it on damp hair before blow drying and it really helps to protect your hair from the heat and smooth out your hair and the packaging is super cute too! The last product from Umberto Giannini which I've got to talk about is their Flowerology Rose Drops Miracle Mist... I'm not usually a big fan of mist type of products that you put on before blowing drying your hair but this is so good! It smells nice and it really does help to settle my hair down as well as protecting the colour when I've recently dyed my hair.

Two products from LUSH that I love are BIG Shampoo which is a great product if you get a lot of product build up in your hair. It can feel a bit scratchy on your hair as it contains chunks of sea salt but it helps to get rid of build up as well as helping to add volume to your hair. It also smells bloody gorgeous too. I tend to only use it when my hair needs to be dyed because I have noticed that it does seem to pull hair dye out of my hair quite easily. The second product I love from LUSH is their American Cream Conditioner. It's probably one of my favourite scents ever and I've tried to find something similar at a cheaper price and haven't found anything like it. It's a product I use when I'm having a pamper or self-care kind of day/evening because it is quite pricey. The 100g bottle which I tend to pick up is £7. But it does make my hair feels nice and the lovely uplifting scent sticks around until your next hair wash.

My current favourite dry shampoo is the new Lee Stafford Keep it Clean Dry Shampoo* because it smells like the rest of the range which I ~love~ and it doesn't make your hair feel like it's filled with powder like Batiste does. It's a lot lighter on the hair aswell if that makes sense. Will definitely be sticking to this dry shampoo from now on!

Talking of Lee Stafford I've got to talk about my favourite hair masks which are the ChocoLocks Butter Cream and Keep It Clean with Pink Clay* hair masks. They both smell amazing, make my hair feel silky smooth and easier to manage and you don't have to use tons of product each time you use them (depending on your hair length) so they last a good amount of time. Another hair mask which is new to me this year is the Josh Wood Colour Everything Mask which is so good! It really helps to lock in your hair colour when it's freshly dyed as well as making it look glossy and healthy. Another must have!

My go to shampoo and conditioner over the past month or so has been the Palmers Olive Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. The range smells nice and fresh and leaves my hair looking and feeling less frizzy which they claim the range will do. I've even turned my mum who is basically a die-hard fan of John Frieda products into a massive Palmers fan.

Another problem with my hair, especially since I've been put on different medication for my chronic pain is that it's quite flat at the roots. So to help lift and add volume to my roots I use the Design.Me Puff.Me Powder Mist which is a quick way to give your hair volume and some oomph. Less is definitely more with this product because if you put too much on, it goes all sticky and feels horrible so you do have to be careful. But when it's used right it's a great product.

Cake Beauty are a brand new to the UK and I've only tried two products from them so far and I'm actually blown away at how good they are, how affordable they are and how nice the products smell too. I've been using The Gloss Boss* which is a "Dry Hair Finishing Oil" which has been designed to be used on second day hair to refresh your locks and give your hair a lovely healthy looking shine. It smells amazing! I personally think it smells like a sweet cake scent with a touch of coconut and the same goes for the The Mane Manage'r 3-in-1 Leave in Conditioner* which makes my hair feel super soft and more manageable too. I can't wait to try more from them. 

Talking about leave-in conditioning treatments, I've been using the Mane 'n Tail Hair Strengthener* for ages and it's definitely one of my all-time fave products. I think it smells like Love Hearts sweets as it smells quite fruity and I just pop it in my hair either when it's damp and about to be dried or after I've dried it. It works so well on my fine hair and doesn't weigh my hair down at all like some leave-in conditioning treatments do. 

Lastly is another oil-based product that I've picked up time and time again is the Lee Stafford Chocolate Shake. It's from the ChocoLocks range as you've probably already figured out by the name of the product and it's one of those products that you have to shake to "active" as it's split in half inside the bottle. I tend to pop it on before I blow dry my hair to give my hair a bit of protection and also so that it smells like chocolate obvs. It's more of a light weight oil, so if you have thin hair or if you're scared of oils making your hair look greasy then you'll probably love this one. 

What are your favourite hair products? 

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I thought I'd talk about hair care today on my blog and talk about which products I have been using a lot and why I've been loving using them. Some of the products I've used before and kind of rediscovered them and the others are new to me and I've either picked up myself or been sent through PR to try out.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been trying out and using the new Cactus Crush range by Lee Stafford* which has been made to hydrate your hair without weighing it down. So it's perfect for the Summer months! After using all four products in the range for the past few weeks I thought it was time to share my thoughts. 

If you've been reading my blog for a while now and come across any posts where I talk about my hair then you'll know that I can't stand my frizzy, thin hair. If I don't dry my hair and leave it to air dry then my hair will resemble a lions mane. It goes big and frizzy. My natural hair state in the morning also resembles me being pulled through a hedge, you get the picture, right? It's not good. So when I got the opportunity to try out some of the Forever Smooth range from John Frieda, I was excited to give it a try and see if it'd work for me. 

I received the John Frieda Frizz-Ease Forever Smooth Shampoo* and the John Frieda Frizz-Ease Forever Smooth Conditioner* to try out both priced at £7.99 each. According to the packaging and concept behind the Forever Smooth range is that the products build frizz immunity for smooth and manageable hair, which sounds great to me! 

The shampoo lathers up nicely and smells lovely and fresh. I noticed I did have to use a little more than I usually would with my normal go-to shampoo to get a good lather going but my hair felt squeaky clean after I'd washed it all out and ready for the conditioner. The conditioner again smells lovely and it's very lightweight and not heavy at all, which is great for my thin hair. I don't like heavy conditioners apart from hair masques a few times a week if my hair is in dire need of a deep conditioning. I tend to focus on the mid-lengths and ends of my hair and then use the remainder conditioner left on my hands on my roots like I usually would do. After rinsing out the conditioner I can already tell that my hair felt smoother, which sounds kind of weird, I know. It kind of feels like there's a serum or something left in my hair (not in a bad way). Once blow-drying blast drying my hair, my hair definitely looks a lot smoother than it usually does after I've quickly blast dried it. It's not hair-salon smooth looking but it definitely tames the frizz. 

Even when styling with my hair straighteners or curlers, it looks and seems more manageable than normal. I do personally think that the conditioner is the winner out of both of the products in my eyes, I'm going to try the conditioner alone with a different shampoo and see if I still get the same results. Overall, I like the products, I do think that they are on the pricier side for drugstore shampoo and conditioners but I do think they are worth it and would recommend giving them a try if you struggle with frizzy, natural hair like me.
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I've been styling my hair with hair tools since I was about maybe 12 or 13 years old but I've never tried a curling wand where the barrel is different sizes on either end. I tend to wear my hair curly or wavy due to the fact that my hair is quite flat and thin so I like to make it look more healthy and full of volume. Today's post is all about the super affordable, xtava Twist Curling Wand* with a 1 - 1½ inch wand which I've been using over the past few weeks. I also have a giveaway for you to enter at the end of this post too!

The curling wand comes in a stylish geometric print box and with another presentable box inside with all of the contents inside - including the curling wand, travel case, instructions and heat resistant gloves.

You can buy the wand in different sizes depending on your hair length or desired look. The 1 - 1½ inch wand is the largest wand and I decided to choose the larger wand to try out because I tend to go for large beach waves when I do style my hair and I like quite big bouncy waves. 

There is many fab features which come with the curling wand including a 24-Month Warranty, 28 temperature setting between 90 - 210 C, an easy to read LCD digital screen, universal dual voltage, a 60 minute automatic sleep function - which is great for me because I always get that anxiety feeling miles away from home thinking "Oh god, did I turn off my straighteners/curlers?" so the automatic sleep function is really handy for forgetful people like myself.

The wand is also ceramic coated with a cool tip so you can avoid accidentally burning yourself and it also has a swivel cord and a long wire for easy use. 

I've been using this for a few weeks and I really do like it, it's lightweight and easy to hold, I also really like that it has a long 2.5-metre wire. I think because the thicker part of the wand is to be used closer to the roots, it gives my hair an instant lift and then the mid-length curls look more defined as the wand gets thinner. So it's basically a fool proof curling wand for me. It's definitely one to use if you're in a rush but want full-of-volume curly hair. The best part of this wand is that it's only £20 so it's a complete steal, a perfect treat for yourself or as a gift. it's available to buy on Amazon here.

Now for the exciting giveaway! All you have to do is follow the instructions below to enter. The giveaway is open to UK only (sorry!). Good Luck! x 

Win the xtava Twist Curling Wand #2

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Salon Science is a brand I'd never come across or heard of before but when I was asked if I would like to try out and review some of their products I was intrigued because of the science behind the products. I received three products from the Celluluxe range and also the latest product - Thickening Serum* packed with AnaGain Organic Pea Sprout Extract. I've been trying out all four of the products over the past couple of weeks and here's my verdict -

Celluluxe Shampoo*

"A luxurious cleanser enriched with nourishing phytonutrients, CELLULUXE™ Shampoo contains powerful plant stem cell extracts of a rare Swiss Apple to restore volume and rebuild fine, fragile and ageing hair. Containing a youth replenishing formulation, CELLULUXE™ Shampoo protects and rejuvenates tired looking hair for optimum health, vitality and thickness."

I really like this Shampoo, it's lightweight and foams up well and I can definitely can tell when I've used this and when I've used a different shampoo as my hair just looks more thicker and healthier. The best way to describe it is my hair looks and feels as if I've just stepped out of the hairdressers, even the scent kind of reminds me of being at the hairdressers too. I don't know if I'd buy this at the full price £12 just because it's a lot more then I'd usually spend on my daily shampoo/conditioner but if I see it on offer then I'd definitely pick it up in a heartbeat.

Celluluxe Conditioner*

"A luxurious light weight conditioner enriched with nourishing actives and shine enhancing components to repair and rebuild fine, fragile, ageing hair. A youth replenishing formula using powerful plant stem cell extracts of a rare Swiss Apple, CELLULUXE™ Conditioner hydrates and nourishes from root to tip, leaving hair silky soft and shining with health."

Obviously, I've been using this after the shampoo, again it's lightweight (as the packaging states) and thickens up my fine, thin hair. It smells lovely - it's kind of a fresh, fruity scent and it makes my hair look great, even if it's not in the best condition (basically most of the time lol). Again, I would pick this up if it was on offer just because I do get through conditioner quicker than shampoo so the amount would quickly build up if I was using it every day. But I can't fault this shampoo or conditioner at all.

Celluluxe Masque*

"A rejuvenating, anti-aging treatment enriched with the advanced plant stem cells of a rare Swiss Apple to protect the longevity of hair cells whilst improving the hair's health, strength and thickness. Formulated with Keratin and Wheat Protein, the CELLUTENSIVE™ Masque is a deeply nourishing treatment. Contains powerful repairing actives to prolong vibrancy and shine with lightweight, yet deep conditioning. CELLUTENSIVE™ Masque ensures hair is radiantly youthful and visibly replenished."

I am a huge fan of hair masks (or masques however you want to spell it) I literally am like a hair mask hoarder. This Celluluxe Masque, which has the same scent as the shampoo and conditioner states that you should use it in-between the shampoo and conditioner, but because my hair is so fine and kind of limp, I decided to not use it this way, just because I thought it would be too product heavy. So I've been using it just as a hair masque after I've used the shampoo. I tend to leave it on 5-10 minutes as it instructs and then wash it out and leave it at that. 

It definitely thickens up my hair and gives it lots of volume. The consistency of the masque is thick - it's that thick that you can tip the product upside down and it won't come pouring out. This is definitely a new favourite hair masque, it is on the pricier side at £19 but I think it's worth it because it works wonders for my hair and you don't have to use a lot per use so it will last longer than your usual £4-£5 hair mask.

AnaGainThickening Serum*

"A light weight Thickening Serum packed with AnaGain™ Organic Pea Sprout extract rich in restorative proteins, starch and fibres for visibly denser, thicker hair. Hair strands are plumped to give an all over fullness. This protecting formula with unique technology restores body and bounce, encourages hair growth and leaves hair stronger and healthier."

The Thickening Serum is the latest product from Salon Science. I have tried it about 4 times and it does thicken up my hair nicely but unfortunately I'm personally not a huge fan of the smell, it's not a horrible scent or anything like that but it's just not my cup of tea. But the product itself does work and I can see the difference when I use it, it is a little sticky but it gives my hair lots of volume, particularly at my roots, obviously, as I've only used it around 4 times I can't say if it's helped to make my hair grow. Overall, the product is good and does as it says but because I'm not a fan of the scent, I wouldn't pick it up again, which is a shame.


I am definitely going to try out some more products from the Salon Science range and I would recommend giving them a try if you're in the market for some new hair care products.

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I'm all for trying out new hair care products because my hair is everything you don't want, it's frizzy, pretty dry and quite thin. I was intrigued to try out the new Natural Hair and Scalp range* from Pure Potions due to the fact that it's kind to the skin and is suitable for people who are prone to allergies, eczema, itchy scalp or seborrheic dermatitis. I do have eczema flare ups on my elbows at times and it seems to flare up more when my hormones are all over the place or if I'm stressed. Obviously, you would think using your normal shampoo and conditioner on your hair during my eczema flare up wouldn't really affect it but it does. The products also contain No Parabens. No Perfumes. No Petrochemicals. No SLS. No SLES. 

Whilst trying these I didn't actually have a full on flare up, it was just very mild but I still thought I would try them out during that time. Obviously, I tried out the Shampoo first, it's lathered up quickly and was easy to rinse out. I would say it has a kind of herbal-light floral scent which is nice.

When I first tried to get the conditioner out, it did seem to had a little water/oil build up inside (the product hadn't been near the bath or shower as I had just got both the products out of the packaging they came in). I did find that to be a little odd but since the first time I used it, I now just shake the bottle up a little and I haven't experienced the water/oil build up since. The conditioner wasn't too thick nor too thin and applied nicely to my hair. After rinsing out the conditioner and the blow drying my hair, my hair did feel really soft and it looks nice and healthy with an added shine. The product hadn't irritated my mild flare up at all either so it's a thumbs up from me.

I do like both of the products I used and I think if you are someone who does problematic skin and/or flare ups regularly and you find it hard to get your hands on products which work for you and don't annoy your skin then I would recommend both the Shampoo and the Conditioner from Pure Potions. They are easy to get hold of, either on the Pure Potions website or QVC. The only thing for me personally that kind of put me off a little is the price at £18 each but I do think they do their job well, they made my hair look and feel lovely and smooth. It just depends on how much money you're willing to spend on your shampoo and conditioner.

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Today's post is a little review about the Organic Shop Avocado & Honey Express Shine Hair Mask (£1.49), it's literally taken me weeks to get my hands on this because it's always out of stock on the Superdrug website (as well as the other available hair masks from Organic Shop). When I finally got it in my latest Superdrug order I couldn't wait to try it. The fact that it always seems to be out of stock gave me high hopes for the product.

The packaging is basically a clear pot and black lid with the labels on, but because the product is 99% natural and also parabens and silicone free, I think it suits it well. The lid being a pop on and off type of lid may not be the greatest thing for me personally, just because I'm super clumsy and forgetful and will probably pick it up by the lid and all of the product will go everywhere, yep, that's something which happens often lol. 

I think the scent doesn't really smell like honey or avocado, I think it smells more like sweet almond but that's not a bad thing at all! It's very thick and creamy but my hair didn't feel weighed down afterwards and it felt and looked really soft and shiny. My hair was much more manageable and it also gave me some added volume.

Overall I definitely recommend picking this up and even if it doesn't work for you at least it hasn't cost you an arm and leg. I am going to (try) and pick up the other hair masks and see what they are like too.

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AA Skincare kindly these samples out for me to try out and give my thoughts on. AA Skincare products are mostly vegan-friendly and none of their products are tested on animals. They sell a wide range of affordable products from hair care, skin care and bath and shower products. I have included the description of each shampoo and then I have wrote my thoughts underneath. 

Ylang Ylang, Argan & Rosemary - Conditioning
"A naturally effective, nutrient-rich conditioning shampoo which can help repair split ends and encourage softness, shine and volume."

My thoughts:

First of all, I loved the smell of this shampoo. Very floral and fresh. It lathered up really well and my hair literally squeaked as I rinsed it out. I used my usual conditioner by L'Oreal afterwards. Once I'd dried my hair, I could notice it looking a lot more fuller and healthier. It also had a nice shine. Really liked this one!

Rose & Pomegranate - For All Hair Type
 "Antioxidant and strengthening to give you gloriously glossy hair."

My thoughts:
So I didn't love the smell of this one but I didn't hate it either. I liked the fact that when I used the shampoo I could tell that it had deeply cleansed my hair and once I'd blow-dried and styled my hair as normal, my hair was so much more manageable than usual and it did give my hair a glossy finish.

Rosemary, Sage & Burdock - Lift & Repair
"An antioxidant rich shampoo with natural extracts to help repair damaged hair and promote a healthy scalp. Packed with vitamins and minerals to nourish hair, leaving it soft, shiny and strong."

My thoughts:
I really liked the smell of this one, it reminded me of products that are used at a spa, if that makes sense? My hair looked and felt very soft after using this shampoo.

Peony, Bay & Brahmi - Nurturing and Soothing
"A calming and balancing shampoo with natural Peony extract to help boost hair growth and maintain scalp health. Can help repair damaged hair and soothe irritated skin."

My thoughts:
I love peonies, so having a peony scented shampoo in these samples was a nice surprise. You can probably already guess but I loved the smell of this shampoo and it left my hair looking and feeling lovely.

Amla & Clary Sage - Rejuvenating, Balancing & Soothing

"A balancing and moisturising shampoo with vitamin C rich Amla (Indian Gooseberry) to strengthen roots. Naturally, soothes and protects against scalp irritations, leaving hair shiny 
and strong."

My thoughts:
I wasn't that keen on the smell of this one and I found it didn't lather up very well either.

Cedarwood & Peppermint - Deep Cleansing

"An invigorating, naturally antimicrobial shampoo which also adds volume and shine. Rich in calcium, Vitamin E and amino acids to protect, nourish and strengthen oily hair."

My thoughts:
I saved this shampoo until last because I knew I'd love it! Cedarwood is one of my favourite scents (I have hoarded many Cedarwood candles and so on lol) and I like fresh and minty scent, so I knew this shampoo was pretty much made for me! It made my hair feel really clean and fresh, as well as moisturised.

Overall I did really like trying out all these shampoo samples. My favourites were definitely the Cedarwood and Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage and Burdock and obviously the Peony, Bray and Brahmi ones.

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Have you/Will you be trying out AA Skincare range?

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