I’VE NEVER REALLY BEEN ABLE TO TALK ABOUT HAIR CARE WITH ANY SORT OF PASSION OR ENTHUSIASM.
Mainly because finding products that really work with my difficult hair is an endless struggle, but also because I’m so low maintenance that I can never be bothered to put in the effort required to have a truly fabulous hair day. I hate to complain, because I know a lot of people would love to have hair like mine; Its poker straight, which although I hate is arguably very easy to manage on a day to day basis, It’s quite long, and relatively healthy too. However, despite having a lot of hair, the individual strands are quite fine which means it still gets greasy very quickly and is easily weighed down if I plonk too many heavy products in it!
Hair rant aside… My mum has been raving about Percy & Reed products recently, and so between her purchases and a few sample products I’ve collected from various beauty boxes, I’ve been trying quite a few products from their range. And for possibly the first time ever, I am seriously impressed! So… before I go off on another hair rant again, here’s my round-up of all the bits I’ve tried so far.
Bountifully Bouncy Volumising Shampoo & Conditioner
£14 – £16
Formulated for hair that is ‘fine, flat, lank, limp and dull’ these are basically made for me! The gel-like consistency cleans and detangles hair without leaving residue or build-up, which I’ve found does give me the appearance of thicker hair without weighing it down like most other volumising products I’ve tried. Since using this range, I can get away with leaving my hair a day or two longer between washes without it feeling and looking like a complete greasy mess – which is a welcomed advantage as I usually have to wash my hair every day!
As someone who doesn’t usually spend a lot on hair care, I do think the price point is quite high for a Shampoo and Conditioner. I mean, they do deliver exactly what they say on the tube, but I’m sure you could find a cheaper alternative that delivers just as good results. I’ve just purchased the L’Oreal Paris Elvive Fibrology Air Shampoo & Conditioner, which retail at just under £3 each and promise similar results, so I will keep you updated on how I get on with these in comparison. Having said that, if the price really doesn’t bother you, then these are a good hair investment purchase!
Superstar Supersized Bodifying Cream
This styling cream promises to give body, texture and hold to blow-dries and is surprisingly one of my favourite items in the range. Most products of this nature leave my hair feeling heavy and sticky. However, despite being a cream the formulation of this is really lightweight, leaving my hair soft and voluminous without being fluffy. Supposedly it has a “Walk In The Rain” fragrance, inspired by the founders’ love of the British countryside, which is a really cute sentiment and does leave my hair smelling lovely and fresh!
Smooth Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil For Fine Hair
£14 (Featured is sample size)
A bit of a mouthful I know! But this is probably the star of the show for both my mum and I; which is no surprise seeing as it’s won numerous beauty awards. I love facial oils, but I’ve been fairly underwhelmed by any hair oils I’ve tried in the past that leave my hair feeling, well, oily! But as you may suspect from the name, this No Oil Oil doesn’t particularly resemble any oil I’ve come across before. It’s a wonderfully light water-based formula, which is great for hair like mine as it makes a noticeable difference yet feels like I have no product in at all!
I did feel a bit anxious reading that you should apply this from root to tip, as my hair does just get so greasy, but I’ve been using it as instructed on towel dried hair before blow drying, and my hair feels super soft and has amazing body and shine without even a hint of greasiness in sight! Combined with the Bodifying Cream, it gives lasting volume and texture, and tames flyaways. It’s essentially a game changer for fine flat hair and I’ll definitely be repurchasing!
No Fuss Fabulousness Dry Shampoo
This was the only real ‘meh’ product of the bunch. I’m not a huge fan of dry shampoo anyway, and although this wasn’t any worse than others I have tried, it also didn’t impress me quite like some of the other products did. It’s not at all chalky I’ll give it that, but it does make my hair feel a bit fluffy and limp, so for the price, I think I’ll be sticking to my £2 Batiste dry shampoo for now.
Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray
£12 (Featured is sample size)
Again, I’m not a huge fan of hairspray historically as it tends to just weigh my hair down. However, this one is ultra fine so you don’t get that typical crispy ‘hairspray’ feeling, yet it still holds really well. I don’t know how much I can confidently say about this product yet as I only had a sample size version that didn’t last very long, but my experience with it so far has been really positive. Much like the No Oil Oil, it’s practically traceless on my hair, yet really helps to hold my style while looking voluminous and swishy all day long.
So to summarise, here’s where I think you should spend, and where you can save your pennies:
– Supersized Bodifying Cream
– Volumising No Oil Oil
– Firm Session Hold Hairspray
– Volumising Shampoo & Conditioner
– No Fuss Fabulousness Dry Shampoo
Have you tried any products from Percy & Reed? And what hair care products do you love?