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Leaving aside the fact that lovely Daniel Galvin Jr. always deserves a prize for the longest product names ever (beating even Estée Lauder into a cocked hat), this is a great ‘find’.

Remember No More Tangles?  (From Johnson’s, that was the only product which allowed a comb to glide through Jo’s hair, growing up.)  Packed with organic aloe vera, this is a contemporary spin which will make the lives of mothers all over the country easier:  just spritz on, and it’s easy-peasy to get rid of those knots.  (NB  It can be used on wet or dry hair.)  The whole Galvin & Galvin Kids range is free of parabens, SLS, mineral oil or animal ingredients.

We adore the cool-as-a-real-cucumber smell.  And applaud the fact that Daniel – who collaborated on the (late-lamented) Duchy Originals haircare range – is continuing his support of the Prince of Wales’s projects, with £25,000 of the proceeds from the range earmarked for the Prince’s Trust in the first 12 months.

We think that’s rather cool.

UK readers find Galvin & Galvin Kids Organic Dubble Trubble Detangling Conditioner Spray at Morrisons stores nationwide or www.dubbletrubble.com/£2.50 for 200 ml – buy here

 

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Bird-phobics, click away now.

Packaging junkies:  stay right here and feast your eyes on this.

We predict that Tara Smith’s haircare – which just landed in M&S Your Beauty – will be ruffling a few feathers in the hairdressing world, proving that it’s possible to get great results without resorting to harsh detergents or synthetic chemicals.  It’s vegan, and – as superstylist Tara explains – ‘is tested on film stars, not on animals’.

Featuring some of the most stop-you-in-your-tracks designs that we’ve ever seen gracing a haircare bottle, this is a capsule collection which targets specific hair issues:  frizz and wayward curls (the Working Curls range), dull hair (Shine On), sensitive scalps (Gorgeously Gentle) and flat or thin hair (Feed the Root).  There’s a small selection of stying products, too:  Shining Moment Glosser (featured here), Rock Hard Hold Gel, and what Tara describes as a ‘Base Coat Serum‘, which is a bit like a primer for hair:  it ‘preps’ hair for other styling products, or (used on its own) simply smooths the hair shaft with lightweight borage oil, for gloss and manageability.

An exciting addition to the natural haircare world that’s worth tweeting about, we’d say.

Or maybe squawking.

 

 

 

UK readers find Tara Smith at www.marksandspencer.com/£5 – 14 – buy here

 

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If we had a quid for every argan range that’s landed on our desks this year, we’d be sunbathing in Agadir ourselves right now.

Argan’s gone from being an exclusive, precious, rare beauty nourisher to having a starring role in endless skincare, bodycare and haircare launches.  Including this.

But there’s a good reason.  Argan – from a Moroccan nut harvested by the Berber tribespeople (it only grows in a very restricted geographical area) is amazingly nourishing.  Its secret:  high levels of vitamin E and essential fatty acids (including so-essential omega-6).

Jo took sachets of the Agadir Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner on a recent holiday, resulting in silkily manageable hair.  For a serious hair S.O.S., we recommend the Moisture Masque (and as with all hair masks, more is more).  And the styling mousse is irresistibly fab, with the argan counterbalancing the sometimes drying effect of the alcohol common to mousses.  (It delivers the same exotic, sweet amber-y smell as the rest of the range, so your hair gives off gorgeous wafts when you move your head.)

No doubt formulators are coming up with more clever ways to feature argan.  (Argan-enriched nail polish remover…?  Hair-growth minimiser…?  Lash conditioner…?  The possibilites are endless.)

But we hope it doesn’t become a beauty cliché.  Or that this global skin-thirst for argan oil doesn’t result in a shortage, or environmental problems with over-harvesting.

Because we are born-argan believers…

UK readers find Agadir Argan Oil Haircare at www.uk.strawberrynet.com/£14.50-38.50 – buy here

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