Review: Kérastase Cristalliste Lait Cristal

Kerastase Cristallise Lait Cristal Review haircare treatment thegirlinspired

Of all the Kérastase products I’ve tried from various beauty boxes, not that I’ve tried a whole lot, I’ve not rated any of them until now.. In the last My Little Box that I received back in May the Kérastase Lait Cristal was included and I was very meh about it. Like I said, I’d not rated any I’d tried previously and didn’t hold out any hope for this one either, so it sat in my beauty cupboard for a couple of months.

Well, the shampoo and conditioner I’m currently trying to use up has been quite drying on my hair and I’ve decided to mix in deep conditioners to hopefully help improve the look and feel of my hair. With that in mind I dove into my hair stash and decided I might as well give this Kérastase one a try, and if it was no good I could get rid of it so it no longer took up valuable space on my haircare shelf.

Now I never normally blow dry my hair as typically I’ll wash my hair in the evening and let it air dry overnight. But I was feeling lazy one night so ended up washing my hair the next morning which meant I needed to blow dry it before heading off to work for the day. So I’m not sure if it was just this product, or maybe a combination of that plus the blow drying but Oh My God my hair felt so soft and silky, and with a body to it that I have missed in recent times.

Kerastase Cristallise Lait Cristal Review haircare treatment thegirlinspired

This rinse out conditioner is more on the thin side, so even whilst applying it I didn’t think it would do anything for my poor dry, damaged hair. But the thinness means it’s a really weightless formula which left my hair bouncy and, as promised on the packaging, free-flowing and silky.

I don’t know if this will be a long lasting effect or if the results are just surface level, but it’s the first time I’ve been impressed by any product from Kérastase so I will actually be using this one up rather than just getting rid of it for a change.

Have any of you tried anything from Kérastase  What did you think? Do you have a holy grail hair product you would recommend from the brand?

Available from Amazon for £8.95

Time For a Change Of Hair

Hey guys, I know I’ve been slacking on the blogging front. I’ll do a separate post letting you know why, but this post is very much of the moment..

I’m getting my hair ombréd this afternoon! Towards the end of last year I dyed my hair darker but it didn’t really look that different, and before that it was aaages since I last coloured my hair so I thought it was time for a change.

This is my hair currently..

change of hair

These are the pictures I have been looking at for inspiration on the colour and how far up I want the blonde to come..

change of hair
You can see from these pictures that I want the blonde to be fairly subtle and not really come up too high. I don’t want to look like a blonde, I still want to keep a large chunk of my natural hair colour. Then, last night whilst I was searching the internet for more pictures, I came across this one of Khila from missbudgetbeauty..
change of hair

Hmm I may be going a little bit blonder than I originally planned….. We’ll see what I decide once I actually get to the hairdressers – my appointment is at 1.30pm today. I will no doubt Instagram a picture of the end result so make sure you’re following me if you want to see how it looks once it’s done.

My hair is actually in pretty bad condition, I have a lot of split ends and my hair is terribly frizzy.. You might be shouting at me now, telling me not to ruin my hair even further by bleaching it but it’s all part of my master plan..

The plan is to ombré my hair for the Summer, then once Autumn hits I am going to chop it short. I’m not sure how short yet but you guys probably know by now that I am obsessed with Khila and Nikki Phillippi, both of whom have short hair so probably somewhere around shoulder length. I’m hoping this will cut out most of the damage and I might even have a little bit of the blonde peeking out at the bottom still.

Anyway, that’s the plan for now. If you have any thoughts on what shade of blonde might suit me then tweet me this morning and I will take it into consideration when I’m at the salon =)

Review: L’Oreal Fibrology Hair Care Range

L'Oreal Fibrology Hair Care
Hey guys, so you may have seen or heard of L’Oreal’s latest hair care range, Fibrology. My hair seems to have been getting thinner lately so when I saw that this was targeted at making your hair thicker I knew I had to give it a try. Luckily I was actually sent this to try out. It’s not a PR sample kinda deal, I am no where near big enough for company’s like L’Oreal to be sending me stuff! I think I saw something on their website where you just had to fill in your details and if you were one of the lucky people selected they would send you out some of the products from the range to try out and feedback your thoughts to them. So I have been using this exclusively for the past month or so and I really love it. The fact that I was sent this for free has no bearing on this review. If I hadn’t have been sent it I would have purchased it myself and my thoughts would be the same.
So what do I think? I really, really like this stuff and I will definitely be getting more when I run out. This is supposed to make your hair thicker and has a cumulative effect so the more you use it the thicker your hair becomes. I can actually feel a difference in my hair straight away just from the shampoo, my hair has a fullness to it if that makes any kind of sense. The secret ingredient is Filloxane which penetrates the hair and then expands to make your hair thicker.
The shampoo really lathers up so you don’t need a lot of it and it really leaves my hair feeling clean. The conditioner is a nice thick consistency which seems to add enough moisture into my hair to leave it looking and feeling healthy; it doesn’t dry it out at all. They also sent me the Thickness Booster which I was told to mix with equal amounts of the conditioner once a week to give an extra boost to the thickening process. I really feel like this has made my hair thicker – not massively so, I don’t have a bouffant now lol – just enough to where I can tell a difference. When I tie my hair back my ponytail feels thicker, like I have more hair.  Even Ben has said that I don’t seem to be losing as much hair anymore. Whether that’s from this range or not I’m not sure but I haven’t changed anything else so I can only assume it must be these products.
I would say if you’ve noticed your hair starting to get thinner give this a try. I don’t think it’s a miracle worker, so if you have severely thinning hair you might want to look into a more intensive hair care range. But for everyday run-of-the-mill thinning hair I think this is great and I would recommend it. It’s very affordable and the range also includes a Thickness Masque and a Thickness Creation Double Serum. You can pick up L’Oreal in Boots, Superdrug and most supermarkets; and I’ve listed the products and their prices below for reference.
**At the time of writing these are on offer in Superdrug**
Shampoo 400ml £3.99
Conditioner 400ml £3.99
Thickness Booster 30ml £5.99
Thickness Masque 300ml £5.09

 

Thickness Creation Double Serum 2x15ml £6.99

Going Darker For Fall #thefallinspired

Going Darker For Fall

Hey guys, throughout October I have been doing a series called #thefallinspired. To kick the series off I dyed my hair darker for the fall/autumn season, my friend Jenny helped me and I filmed the process. I used the Clairol Nice and Easy dye in 120 Natural Dark Brown and I loved how the colour turned out. I think next time I will go a shade darker as the intensity didn’t hold so I’m hoping by going a bit darker it will hold the colour a bit longer.


Make sure you check out all of the other #thefallinspired videos, it’s been really fun having a theme for this month and I hope you like this fun little video.


~x Jenna

Hair Reviving Combo

Anyone that feels like their hair is so damaged it will never feel nice again, I have a quick fix hair reviving combo to share with you.

With moving into my first house with my partner, Ben, and decorating and cleaning the place I found I just didnt have the time or energy to properly take care of myself and my hair really suffered because of it.
A month after the move my hair was so dry and brittle, the ends were so crunchy they actually felt like straw. I was sure the only way to get rid of that feeling was to have my hair chopped really short, something I’m trying to avoid doing. A couple of weeks back I had a rare, free evening and decided to pamper myself. In went the bubble bath and on went the face mask, and I figured whilst I was at it I might as well attempt to get some life back into my hair. Here’s what I used:
Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque

Hair Reviving Combo
I washed and towel dried my hair first then slathered a generous amount of this all over my hair, focusing on those dry ends. I then proceeded to relax in the bath for about half an hour before rinsing it off. This has argan and macadamia oils for intense hydration. That was the first step and I felt a noticeable improvement immediately. My hair felt much silkier so I figured I might be able to fix it, albeit temporarily, afterall. So I moved on to step 2:
Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave In Treatment

Hair Reviving Combo
 
 
This is a lightweight leave-in protein treatment. It adds strength to your hair – something that your hair needs if you are constantly heat styling it or colouring it. A little less than one pump went onto my towel dried hair followed swiftly by:
Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment

Hair Reviving Combo
 
 
These oils help to put back a lot of moisture into your hair. Sometimes you can use too much of a protein treatment that it actually makes your hair more brittle and the ends break off. So to counteract that it’s good to use a more moisturising treatment alongside it. This is the one that I love and I use it almost everyday just to help smooth down any frizziness or flyaways and add some shine and moisture.
Once those products were in I combed through my hair with a wide toothed comb – wide toothed combs cause less damage as they won’t snag your hair the way a regular brush would. I then went to bed and let my hair air dry over night. Since I need to straighten my hair every morning and I’m trying to avoid heat damaging my hair too much I don’t blow dry my hair – I know I’ll have to straighten it in the morning regardless so why not just skip the unnecessary heat at night?!
 
The next morning before I straightened my hair (for reference I use GHDs) I used this product:
Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Leave In Conditioning Spray

Hair Reviving Combo
 
 
This is a little miracle product that I discovered in a recent Birchbox and I loved it so much I actually purchased it in full size! This does so many things. It’s a heat protector, uv protector, detangler, it seals cuticles, adds shine, smooths hair and locks in colour. It’s a lightweight product which smells incredibly good and as you go through your day you will keep getting wafts of that scent. It’s so good! A few sprays of this and some straightening later and my hair was silky, shiny and soft. It looked and felt so healthy I couldn’t quite believe it so I knew I had to share it with you guys.
Just remember though, this is a temporary fix. Unfortunately nothing will actually repair split ends other than having the damage cut off but this combo will fool anyone into thinking you have lovely, healthy hair until you can bring yourself to go to the hairdressers.
Do you have a miracle hair product? Let me know in the comments. 
 
~x Jenna


The Macadamia Healing Oil Products I got from Buyapowa
Redken available from Gorgeous Shop for £14.25
Beauty Protector available from Birchbox for £15