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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Lee Stafford 'Fix It' Hair Care.

I'm back, and I'm back with some awesome products to show you. As I mentioned a little while ago now, I've been trying to go cruelty-free with my beauty products as much as I can. When it came to shampoo and conditioner, I was still rather stocked up on stuff that wasn't CF but I also didn't want to waste it, so up until a couple of weeks ago I didn't have an excuse to buy any more products. Until my conditioner and hair mask ran out - yes! And I think I may have stumbled across something that is right up my street when it comes to looking after damaged, dry and dyed hair. Does this sound a little like you? If that's just caught your attention, let me explain a little more to you about this dynamic duo.

 I've been looking at CF products for months now and eyeing up the different ranges and companies that are out there, but as for now I didn't want to spend too much money and splurge... I wanted to dip my toes and test the waters, if you know what I mean. There are so many different cruelty-free brands out there if you know where to look. Paul Mitchell, Lee Stafford, Maria Nila, JASON, Superdrug's own... Take your pick. But I was going for something a little bit more budget friendly for my first CF purchase regarding shampoo and conditioner, but I still wanted it to have that high-end feel and look to it. That's the reason why I decided to try out some of Lee Stafford's range. They have quite a wide range of products available depending on what you want targeting, be it hair growth, hair repair, blonde hair care... You name it, Lee Stafford has it. You can easily pick these goodies up in your local Boots or order it online, and it isn't too expensive. When I stumbled across these, Boots was having a 2 for £10 sale, which was really convenient because the conditioner was only just under £10 itself, whereas the hair mask was over £11 on its own! So I basically got one product completely free. I don't know if it was a fault on the website, but I'm sure as hell not complaining at that save!

As I'd ran out of conditioner, I knew this was what I was obviously going to buy. As I've been dying my hair for the last 9-10 years (yikes!) and I went through the stage of obsessively straightening my hair with no heat protection in my little 'emo kid' days, then following that up by compulsively bleaching the shit out of my hair a couple of years ago, my hair was definitely due some TLC. So I set my eyes on the Fix It Conditioner which is specifically for hair that is breaking and dry because it's been a little bit roasted and over-processed from heated products and dying/bleaching and general torture from our younger not-as-wise selves. As you can see on the bottle - hopefully - it is meant to ''fix, build and repair'', so this is going to be a win-win anyway. It comes in a 250ml bottle and costs £9.49. I've also noticed that a little of this goes a long way as the formula is quite thin compared to other conditioners that I've used previously.

Since becoming more aware of hair care products and what they target, and taking into consideration the problem areas with my own hair, I've added a few more steps in my hair care routine in the last half a year or so. One of these steps being a hair mask/deep hair conditioner. Some people use it once a week or a handful of times a month, but I use it religiously and use it every single time that I wash my hair in conjunction with normal conditioner. Ever since I've been doing this my hair has been so much easier to manage as it hasn't been as dehydrated and damaged and I will always swear by hair masks for the rest of my life. This is why I also picked up the Fix It Treatment. It comes in a 200ml tub and is priced at £11.49 (they like the random 49p don't they?) so it is a little bit pricier than some other brands of deep conditioners, but I'm willing to pay this price for the extra TLC my hair needs. It has a thick formula which I'd expect from this kind of product, but it feels like such a high-end name. It's smooth and really nice to apply to the hair, and it's also easy enough to rinse out at the end.

I thought I'd explain and conclude the two products together in this segment, as I have pretty much the same exact words to define both of them. I honestly love these two products and I'm so glad that I took the chance to buy them and try them out. As they are a fixing and hydrating product, this is the main thing I've been looking out for; has it helped my hair, has it made it less damaged, has it hydrated it, and has it been worth it. To all of the above and beyond, yes. Absolutely. They have both made my hair shiny, conditioned, cared for and generally less broken. Besides the fact that I need a hair cut to get rid of the dead ends that there's no hope for, these two conditioners have managed to tame the other damage quite a considerable amount. The normal conditioner does cling to the hair and scalp a little bit, even though it is rather watery in consistency, so it does take a little bit of extra rinsing to get it all out. But I think about it in terms of it working by clinging to the hair and doing what it's meant to, so it's hard to get out. So this is no big deal for me. They are both worth the money and I would recommend them to anyone in the same hair situation as me, as they have made a great deal of difference to my hair in the last two months that I've been using them. A little goes a long way with both of these, so they should last quite a while if you use them sparingly. They both share the same scent, which is hard to pinpoint exactly. All I can say is it's not a sweet scent, but it's also not bland or bitter. It's quite a nice balance between the two. Either way, it's a nice smell to get a random whiff of when your hair blows in the wind, and it also reminds me of high end products and that salon smell they have. It makes me feel like I'm using a really good product that should cost more than it actually does. After my experiences with these two, I can see myself buying more from this range but also buying more from the Lee Stafford range. Perhaps I'll try the hair growth next time? Not that my hair needs to be any thicker or longer really... We'll see.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that is has given you some insight into these two fabulous products. If you've got any thoughts or questions, ask me in the comments below! :)

Nicole x

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