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On this page:

1.  Biorganics Salon Secret Elixir Hair Perfecting Oil

2.  Phil Smith Bomb Shell Blonde Radiance Shampoo & Conditioner

3.  Superdrug Chocolate Brownie Dry Shampoo  

4. Superdrug Colour Performance Hair Colour

Biorganics Salon Secret Elixir Hair Perfecting Oil  £3.99 / £12.99 (Feb 2013)

It may have taken us years to cotton on, but we've finally realised that less is more when it comes to our hair. The temptation to succumb to every marketing claim leads to our team using a combination of shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, mousse, styling spray and heat protector just to try to achieve red-carpet gloss and shine. In reality, all this overload really did was leave us with weighed down, greasy hair that even a hurricane would struggle to shift!

So it was with heavy hearts and a sense of doom that we set out on a search for that elusive 'all-in-one' super product that would tame our frizz, help with styling, and give our locks mirror shine. Having read so many articles about hair oil, we decided to give one a go. Step forward Salon Secret Elixir Hair Perfecting Oil from cruelty-free hair brand, Biorganics, which contains organic argan oil and ylang ylang with no SLS, parabens, perfume or artificial colours.

The oil is available in a 12ml sample size for £3.99 or in a larger 50ml bottle for £12.99. The sample size is great if you want to give it a try or take it on your travels and, even though the bottle is tiny, it will actually last you quite a while.

As instructed, we applied a couple of drops to the mid lengths and ends of our towel-dried hair. You do only need a couple of drops so don't be tempted to use any more than this and be careful to apply only to the ends and lengths if you want avoid the greasy, caught-in-a-storm look! The 50ml bottle comes with a pump which makes dispensing the oil a doddle. The sample size, however, doesn't so be careful - a couple of drops can turn into a palmful! 

The product is pretty much odourless, which is great if you don't want it to mask or clash with the smell of your shampoo. It's also very light so you don't really feel it at all, and it claims to speed up drying time, which we assumed was just an extravagant claim, but it actually does! Our hair started to dry almost immediately and was soft and tamed rather than frizzy and unmanageable, which made styling a whole lot easier, especially as it has a built-in heat protection. Yet another bottle we can throw away - yay!

We found that the straighteners glided through easily and our hair - even the ends - looked healthy. Even the curly-haired among us were pleased with their soft curls, and no crispiness! We weren't convinced, initially, that our hair was as shiny as when we step out of a salon, but compliments assured us that it was! Anyway, it looked so silky and healthy that we'd happily forgo a little bit of shine in exchange for that any day!

We love this product and our bathroom cabinet is looking a lot less cluttered, which can only be a good thing!

Phil Smith Bomb Shell Blonde Radiance Shampoo & Conditioner £3.99 each (October 2012)
If you're not lucky enough to be a natural blonde, but you want luscious golden locks, then one of the ways to ensure your colour stays looking great is to use a shampoo and conditioner formulated especially for highlighted or bleached tresses.

Offering an extensive range for all hair types, Phil Smith has just the thing, with his Be Gorgeous Bomb Shell Blonde Radiance collection.

Containing chamomile, both products smell lovely and the shampoo lathers up nicely with just one application. The conditioner is light and will help the comb cut through your hair however tangled it is.

Once dry the finished result certainly is shiny. Be careful, though, as the first time we used it, we put a bit too much on and it looked a little greasy. Once you realise that less is more, we're sure you too will notice the difference. Go on, release your inner Bomb Shell and get those golden locks long after summer has passed.  

Superdrug Chocolate Brownie Dry Shampoo   £1.99
(October 2012)

If, like us, you think that life's too short to be washing your hair every day, you're probably a fan of dry shampoos.

This value-for-money offering from Superdrug is a standard aerosol shampoo which you spray on to the hair, massage in and then brush through and style. We tried the Chocolate Brownie version for brunettes and it smells great - we even got compliments about it in a bar!

Unlike other brands, it gives a rich colour with no grey chalkiness so it doesn't require loads of brushing - brilliant when you're in a hurry in the morning.

A word of warning though, the powder can transfer to your hands and clothes so be careful! The main problem with this product, however, is that it's just not that grease-absorbing! We hoped to be able to avoid real shampoo for a lot longer, but for one day between washes, it just about does the job. 

Superdrug Colour Performance Hair Colour   £3.49
(September 2012)

We often shun the hairdressers when it comes to hair colour, preferring to don the plastic gloves and do it ourselves. So when we discovered Superdrug's range of cruelty-free hair colours, we couldn't wait to give it a try.

The box contains all the standard items, but we were impressed that there was enough conditioner for extra applications after the initial colour and that the gloves provided were extra long - no more stained wrists! The colour itself was easy to apply (although our Black shade did take 30 minutes to develop) and covered the few pesky greys that have started to appear.

 Superdrug Hair Colour

Our only complaint was that our hair didn't seem look as shiny as it normal does immediately after a colour, but after the first wash it was back to its healthy-looking best. Plus, we noticed that we weren't losing loads of the colour in every wash - a big improvement on some of the other colouring brands.

The price of this colour makes it so attractive and Superdrug often has offers that make it even better value.


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