If any of you do your grocerie shopping at ASDA and you can't stop yourself from waltzing through the beauty aisle like intend to do, you may have noticed that herbal essences have introduced a new range of products. They are the Nearly Naked range and are supposedly free of harmful chemicals such as parabens or colourants. These were launchec in the US over a year ago but have made their way to the UK. Only the conditioners are CG freindly and to be perfectly honest the formulas are pretty much the same as the other Herbal Essences conditioners, the only difference is that they smell more minty because of mint/peppermint extracts. I have to warn though that if any of you plan on buying these be weary of the moisture condtitioner (middle, in purple) because it has a stong minty scent and guenuinley smells of men's aftershave (although if your buying this for a dude then I'm sure they'd appreciated it). The shine conditioner has a mild minty scent and the volume condtitioner has a very feminine fruity scent which is absolutely gorgeous!!!! These conditioners are more or less the same as any other Herbal essences conditioner in the sense that they provide lots of slip and but not much moisture.
I've recently been getting frustrated with my curls as they have managed to dry out over the summer. After evaluating the situation I came to the conclusion that skipping oil pre-proos was the problem. I did oil pre-poos religously every-week during spring and it made my hair feel fantastic. But due to laziness and intense studying I couldn't be bothered to keep doing them as often so I stopped them altogether. I detangled with conditioner before shampooing but without an oil pre-poo my hair became saturated with water during every wash thus leading to hydral fatigue.
Oh why did I honestly think I could get away with it :( ???? The hot humid summer weather didn't help either and my hair eventually lost its sleekness. I've now created a new regimen based on what i used to do when I was younger so I've esentially gon back to basics but in a more natural way. I know I'm going to be busy studying and working when I start Uni again so I've chosen to keep my hair oiled and braided. My bangs are tucked away into frech braids at the sides of my head and the bulk of my hair is kept in a braid/protective style in a detangled state. The key to maintaining this rountine is to basically never let my hair out unless it's being detangled to re-braid or to be washed.
This routine makes detangling before a wash a breeze and it also makes it so much easier to apply oil for a pre-poo. Before I would attempt apply a hot oil treatment to damp hair (previously detangled with conditioner then washed out) which turned cold eventually because my hair was so cold from being damp. I now apply room temperature oil straight onto my dry detangled hair and it works much faster and is much more efficient. I've read a tonne on hair oiling and I now think that my new method is much more effective, not to mention less time consuming. After just two washes the my hair has regained some of its sleekness.
Oh BTW I have actually been using almond oil to mend my hair. I didn't just put that picture up there for the sake of it lol. Almond oil is said to be very effective at softening hair. It doesn't penetrate the hair shaft completely but it will sink into the top layers of the cuticle. My hair is naturally soft anyway but now I just cant stop stroking it lol. I pretty much comb, seal and braid my hair every moring and night with oil so it stays lubricated which makes combing a lot easier. however I use a mixture of oil and conditioner (1:3 ratio) after washing and also on the following morning. The rest of the week I use just oil to detangle my hair.
I've also had a new face cream. It's the burts bees carrot day cream.
I love the packaging and the design, it just looks so retro and naturalesque. The cream itself, is heavy for a day cream, you have to be very sparing in order not to over-grease your face. The Cream is also yellow which kind of bothers me bacause if you do happen to use too much the cream won't sink in because of the oily texture. What you end up with is a yellow residue sitting on your face. I have a naturally yellow skin tine so I dont notice this until I wipe my face with a baby wipe at the end of the day but if you have extremely fair/pale white skin I would not reccomend this cream unless you want a tanned olive glow to your visage.
I also wouldn't reccomend this cream to those with oily skin like mine but if you have increadibly dry skin this will definitly lubricate your face :)
last but defintiely not least are the cutest little pack of wipes Ive ever owned!! Yes they are feminine wipes but they're flushable!!! This is exactly what I've been needing for a very long time and I only just found them today in body care. I've considered using the flushable wipes that toddlers use but even they have harmful ingredients. The ingredients in these wipes however are mild and gentle and the packaging is so cute!!! For £1 you get 12 wipes which to be honest isn't a lot but I only ever need them once a month so I don't need to buy many. Plus the small package size is PERFECT for my handbag.
If your ever in body care definitely pick these up!!!