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
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
When the staff at John Frieda salons start ordering a product that isn’t yet available in the UK from Amazon in Germany, that’s probably a clue that something pretty special is in the pipeline – and the Full Repair range really is. (And happily we can now get it here, so no need to scour cyberspace for this.) There was a real buzz in the salon before we managed to get our hands on this.
Ostensibly this range has been designed for abused hair – i.e. that’s been trashed by overstyling. But we don’t think that quite conveys its miraculous quality: the super-lightweight formula has proved literally life-transforming for quite a few British beauties of our acquaintance.
You know the type: fine-haired, who have to wash their hair every day.
Only now they don’t. Several have told us they’ve managed to get two or three days out of their style, when using the shampoo and conditioner.
So when it says ‘weightless’, it truly is. Don’t quite know how they’ve managed it, because this range is packed with omega-3 ‘micro-oils’, for that hair-repairing effect.
There’s a Shampoo, Conditioner, a fantastic Full Repair Deep Conditioner Mask and several styling products – but the product Jo is particularly taken with is Protecting Root Lift Foam. Generally her hair holds a style for a good few days but now still has oomph at the roots right through till her next salon visit, a week later.
We can’t think of a fine-, flat-haired woman who won’t love Full Repair™ too.
UK: Find John Frieda Full Repair™ at www.boots.com/£5.69 for 250 ml Full Body Shampoo and Conditioner to £6.99 for 75 ml Full Repair™ Perfect Ends Sheer Mist – click here for the whole range
US: Find the range at www.drugstore.com/$6.49-9.99 for the range; click here to find it