Friday, 5 May 2017

Elvive Low Shampoo

After a few weeks of using the Elvive Colour Protect Low Shampoo, I've decided to write a review about this unique product. At first I wasn't sure about it and if would clean my hair properly with no lather. To my surprise, the shampoo turned out to be a little revolution in my hair care routine...

Let's start with the bottle,its bright red package, 400ml and a pump to help distribute enough amount are great. I'm not a fan of big bottles as you can't really have them on the shelf in the shower as they would take up too much space but this bottle is slim and fits perfect on my little shower shelf. I find the pump very useful as it helps you to make sure you have the right amount of product.

Elvive Low Shampoo does not lather, it is more like a thick(ish) conditioner which makes is so good. It is very gentle on our hair with its non-foaming formula delicately removes impurities and does not strip the hair off its colour/natural oil. What is more, the product nourishes the fibre with conditioning ingredients to leave it feeling smoother with a silky-touch finish. 

It is recommended to use between 10-15 pumps starting from roots to the ends, depending on your hair. However, I've got quite thick hair with brittle ends and I only use between 3-5 pumps but I always wash my hair twice. First to soften the build up and second time to clean it properly.



Cetearyl Alcohol

Behentrimonium Chloride


Potato Starch Modified

Guar Hydrocypropyltrimonium Chloride


Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil

Sodium Chloride

Sodium Benzoate


Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate



Poly(Linseed Oil)

Fumaric Acid

Benzyl Alcohol

Benzyl Salicylate




Isopropyl Alcohol

Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone


Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose

Butylphenyl Methylpropional


Cetrimonium Chloride

Citric Acid


Hexyl Cinnamal



All in all, I can't see any flaws and I would definitely recommend the product. After use my hair definitely feels smoother and softer, there is not much frizz either which is a blessing as my weave has tendency to it. Have a look for yourself.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Shampoo Ingredients

Sometimes it can be a bit confusing working out which ingredients in our shampoos are ok for our hair and scalp. That is why I decided to list a few main ones. And hopefully knowing their purpose can be useful for you while choosing a new shampoo. Below is a list of key ingredients that can be found in most shampoos but remember that even the natural ones can cause irritation as we are all individuals.

These can sometimes be misleading as some of us might think that they do a lot of damage but it all depends on the type. We have two main types that can be found in our products.
First would be Short Chain Alcohols like Ethanol, Propanol and Alcohol Denat that evaporate very quickly and are great for speeding up drying process. However, they are not recommended for dry, brittle hair as they might dry it even more.
Second would be Fatty Alcohols like Cetyl and Stearyl that smooth the hair shaft so great for unruly, curly and thick hair but not as good for fine as they might weigh it down.
This ingredient is well known to everybody as it forms a fundamental part of our hair, nearly 90% of it. Keratin gives our strands more elasticity and strength. Used in styling products can make it easier to style and make it more supple and full of life. Natural Keratin is being lost by using heated styling tools as well as colouring/bleaching our weave.
The most common ones are Sodium Laureth Solfate, Sodium Lauryl Solfate and Ammonium Laureth Solfate which surfactants and they role is to attract the dirt and oil from our scalp and hair and also are responsible for lathering of the shampoo. We have to be careful choosing products containing the above as they can strip the colour and natural oils off. However, now and again it is good to clean our hair from the build up not only of dirt but hairsprays, etc.
Also known as Glycerol or Glycerine and its job is to keep the moisture in the hair but dry climate can change its application which means it can actually pull out the moisture.
These are lipids that can naturally be found in our hair. Their job is to smooth and strengthen hair cuticle and in effect protects it against damage. There are natural and synthetic Ceramides and both work exactly the same.
Most of us avoid them and that's good as many can produce a build up and make our hair heavy, they also put a fake shine on our strands, it is an illusion as silicones are like rubber/plastic and they seal not only water but air as well which with time will prevent the moisture to penetrate into the hair shaft. Silicones are easily found as they always end with -cone, least damaging will be Cyclomethicone which evaporates easily and second Dimethicone Copoloyl is water soluble. 
Silk Protein:
The above is derived from silk worms and very often we can see it in Hydrolised Silk Protein form which means the proteins are small enough to penetrate and bind the hair. It makes our strands more manageable and shiny. 
Wheat Protein:
Hydrolysed Wheat Protein is the best form as it it built of small molecules that easily penetrates into the hair shaft leaving it more hydrated and help rebuild the hair structure. 

The above are only a few ingredients that you can find in shampoos but I think they worth knowing as you can then be aware what you're putting on your head and how it works.

Are you familiar with those factors? Do you pay any attention to the label on the products? What are you thoughts? 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Oils, the whole truth

We hear a lot about the incredible goodness of oils, especially used as a hair treatment. There's quite a lot of different types of oils that are good for our weave. However, it all depends on your hair type.

Hair with low porosity should be using:
* coconut oil
* babassu oil
* shea butter

Hair with high to medium porosity would benefit from:
* argain oil
* sweet almond
* olive oil

Coconut oil is the most common of all,its rich in vitamins, fatty acids that help keep the moisture not only in hair but scalp. It can help fight such problems as dandruff, itchy scalp and split ends.

Argan oil which is filled with Vitamin E and fatty acids works great to add shininess and softness while also keeps brittle, frizzy hair silky and smooth. 

Olive oil not only can be found and used in the kitchen, its content of essential nutrients and mono saturated fatty acids makes our strands strong, soft and more manageable while new growing hair becomes thicker and denser. 

These are only a few different types of oils, if your hair is thin or flat you can add couple of drops to your conditioner or mask. I used to mix oil with the mask and leave it under a shower cap/towel for a couple of hours, every other wash. Nowadays, I do the oil treatment less frequent, once a month as my hair's condition has improved since I stopped bleaching it too often and added regular olaplex/nourishing treatments.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Wedding shoes...a bit different

When it comes to wedding shoes I'm not a traditional picker. I'd like to add a bit of a twist to my lovely wedding dress ;)

That's why I've decided to go for Rome60 in champagne glitter by Jimmy Choo's. I've also added a personalised bit with our wedding date. I don't wear very high heels so I was very pleasantly surprised when I could choose the heel size, as I've always thought that Jimmy Choo's shoes have very, high heels. The height of my heel is 60mm which is perfect as I will be wearing them all day on my wedding day and after as I am totally in love with them. I must say that I cannot wait for them to come but with a personalised bit it takes 10 weeks, so if you consider getting a pair, bear that in mind ;)

  Here are my little beauties:        

Above is the shoe that they advertise on Jimmy Choo website, as you can see the colour in real light is a bit darker but still sparkle is lovely and subtle. 

What would be your choice? Would you go for a classic white shoe or go even more wild than me and choose something that stands out even more, like red or converse trainers?