I’ve been using Liz Earle’s skincare products for a few months now, so when they contacted me to ask if I’d like to try out their new haircare range, I obviously wasn’t going to say no!
Using the same principles they apply to their skin range (natural ingredients, no fuss approach, etc), the Naturally Active Haircare range keeps things simple: there’s a “one tube suits all” shampoo, which can be used regardless of your hair type, plus three conditioners – one for normal hair, one for dry or damaged hair and one for oily hair.
My hair very definitely falls into the “oily” category, so I had no problem working out which conditioner to request. Mine is the kind of hair that has to be washed every day without fail: I do occasionally skip a day if I’m planning to wear it up, but even those times where I think I’ll be able to get away without shampooing, I’ll generally find myself back in the bathroom after a few hours, with my head hanging over the bath, desperately trying to wash my hair without also washing off my makeup. Oh, and those greasy roots generally mean that I can wash my hair first thing in the morning and it’ll still be looking limp and greasy by evening: fun times!
Needless to say, then, I requested the conditioner created for oily hair, and received it and the shampoo just over a week ago. My first impressions were that this is definitely a “no nonsense” brand of product: while the squeezable tubes these come in are of a high quality, the design is simple, and there’s none of the fruity scents or bubblegum colours I’ve come to associate with so many hair products these days. Instead, you just have simple, natural ingredients: the shampoo is formulated with West African shea butter, natural source vitamin E, plus apple and orange extracts, while the conditioner contains black cohosh and yangu oil, to make the hair shiny and manageable without weighing it down.
I’ve been using these products since they arrived (in fact, I just used the last of the conditioner today) and the most obvious difference is how much bigger my hair seems when I use these. Generally flat and limp, I noticed that I have much more volume at the roots, which makes my hair look thicker and bouncier than it usually does: something of a novelty for someone with such poker-straight, flat hair! It also seems to stay clean for longer: I’ve still been shampooing every day, but there have been a few days where I felt like my hair didn’t really need to be washed, and just did it anyway out of sheer force of habit.
Overall, I’ve been impressed with this line, and have enjoyed having bigger hair than usual for the past week! This is slightly more expensive than my usual budget buy shampoo and conditioner: both shampoo and conditioner cost £7.50 for the full, 200ml bottle, but if you’d just like to try them out, you can buy the 50ml versions for £4 each.
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