Does Your Hair Go Mad In The Winter? Five To Try From LUSH, L’Oreal, John Frieda, Ojon and, er, Head & Shoulders!

By Emma | November 21 2012 | 42 Comments

New hair heroes

Of all of the cosmetic items in the world, I tear through hair products the fastest. I must have gone through oceans of shampoo, seas of conditioner, gallons and gallons of hair oil and hairspray and serum and treatments and dry shampoo…and all in the hopes of placating my mad and messy hair. Thick, coarse, dry, bleached and colour treated, it has a definite mind of its own – and a tendency to go mental around this time of year.

Here’s what I’m currently using to tame the beast this winter!

ONE: Let’s look past the dandruff connotations and the unnatural bright green hue of this new offering from Head & Shoulders, and focus on what’s really important. It’s brilliant! It leaves hair shiny and soft and smelling fresh all day. My hair loves it and I’m willing to bet yours will too – and at €3.69, it’s a total steal. Run Beaut.ies, run!

My hair is actually looking at it’s best here as I’m in the hairdresser’s chair, but don’t let it fool you – it’s ready to rebel at any given moment!

TWO: From one end of the price spectrum to the other, this new Ojon Colour Sustain Pro Fade Fighter is a weekly glossing and conditioning treatment to help your colour stick around for longer. Sometimes I could swear that  my colour’s faded by the time I get home from the salon! Well not with this baby – I’ve noticed a definite improvement and it also smells DELICIOUS – warm and shea-buttery, though that’s not listed in the ingredients. (Oh, and neither are parabens or sulphates, if you’re interested).  It’s €32 – see what else we rate from this brand here!

THREE: I liked the other bits and bobs I tried from the new Lush haircare range but Blousey is in a league of its own. A gentle shampoo for dyed or chemically treated hair, it’s an actual wonder product – it’s intensely softening and conditioning, thanks to the bananas it’s made with. I was amazed at the difference in my hair. At €22.95 for 240g, it’s not cheap, but I’ll be buying it again. And again. And again. Ok, you get the picture.

hair products from Lush, Head & Shoulders, L'Oreal, Ojon, John Frieda

FOUR:  This 60 Second Saviour from L’Oreal Elvive came on holiday with me to Spain and protected my bleached ends from becoming even more frazzled by the sun. I love that it comes in a tube and not a tub – it saves space and is easier to use in the shower – and that it takes just a minute to work its nourishing, softening magic. Impressive results, too  –this is another one that will be on my shopping list for a very long time.

FIVE: We’re fans of the original and now I’m converted to the Thermal Protection version of John Frieda’s Frizz – Ease, too, €7.03. I don’t style my hair with heat (most days I don’t style my hair at all) but this also protects against UV exposure and helps to stop colour from fading. Plus, I have a box of heated rollers that I asked for one Christmas, but have yet to see the light of day – maybe this’ll spur me into action…

What’s currently treating your tresses? To the comments!

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42 Replies to "Does Your Hair Go Mad In The Winter? Five To Try From LUSH, L’Oreal, John Frieda, Ojon and, er, Head & Shoulders!"

  • At the moment I’m using the TresEmme Keratin Smooth Conditioner and Mask, together with Hask hot oil before shampooing, Hask argan oil on towel dried hair and Elvive Extraordinary oil once it’s dry (I attempted to ombre my hair myself with a colour stripping kit… let’s juts say that I am now a red head with extremely dry lengths)

  • LauraLou says:

    i love the elvive shampoo with the sparkley bits in it! :) I picked up osmo deep treatment conditioner in salon services for a mere €3 + VAT. Its amazing!! :)

  • Shygirl says:

    Tame the beast ha ha! Thats exactly how I feel! I often put something like coconut oil, or a pre wash masque in my hair before I wash it. I use Aussie shampoo and conditioner at the moment. Once weekly I use a deep conditioning mask. Also once weekly I use a product from Keratese called serum nuit, it comes in a version for thick hair or fine hair. I find that makes it very soft. You wash it out the next day. Every time I wash my hair I put in a hair oil. At the moment the L’Oreal one that you can get in the chemist. I’ve only started minding my hair in the past few years and it does make an awful difference doing the little things, and it takes no time at all.

  • Hellojed says:

    Great article! I also much prefer products that come in a tube rather than a tub – why do they do that? Is it because the product is often too thick for a tube? Maybe I’m weird but I just don’t like scooping product from a tub and it always looks messy…

  • LoCo says:

    I have very long, non dyed, thick, wavy but not curly dry hair.
    The winter just dries my scalp and hair out so much more so I’m using Eucerin Dry Scalp Shampoo ( my fav), and use the Aussie 3 minute conditioner as my normal conditioner (wash hair every 2/3 days).

    Then once week I use a mixture of Dove Nutri Oil Treatment and Aussie to make deep conditioning treatment.
    Then I use MorroccanOil when it’s damp and when it’s nearly dry Sebatian potion 9.

  • Shygirl says:

    Hellojed, I don’t like tubs for face products. I wouldn’t have great skin, and I’m particular about minding it. I think that when your using something all the time and its in a tub, your letting air, germs etc into the little tub.

  • Shygirl says:

    Locao whats Sebastian no 9? Is it a conditioning product.

  • red*razors says:

    i have been using klorane pomegranate shampoo and conditioner since i came back from france this summer. or rather, i only started using the conditioner in earnest last week and it’s brilliant. i usually use the red kerastase UV masque as conditioner, i have been using it for years and love it. the smell especially is UNREAL.

    i’m always looking for the perfect hair product though. my hair is really nice about 2 days after a wash, it has a slight wave that i like but the back of my hair is always really bitty straight after i wash it – i want defined tendrils, but i get loads of thin stringy flyaway bits. it’s such a stupid complaint like. but there you go, much wants more! :)

  • Joanne says:

    I’ve been using an Argan oil that I picked up in Boots and it’s made the world of difference. It goes into towel dried hair and just makes it super soft. Straightening is much easier also.

    I tried L’Oreal’s Extraordinary Oil, but it didn’t make an appreciable difference

  • Shygirl says:

    Yea Joanne, I have it its not as good as the other hair oils I’ve tried. I wouldn’t get it again. I saw a nice one in Holland and Barrett which I’m going to get when the other stuff is all done. Luckily I got it on special offer.

  • Karen Monoxide says:

    I’m not sure if it’s to do with Winter or hormones, but my hair has about 18 hours before it starts to look greasy. Anyone else experience this, and if so, what do you use? FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, TELL ME. Being a greaseball is a downer. :(

  • LoCo says:

    Shygirl- it is a cross between a leave in conditioner and styling product.Hairdresser recommended it to me.

    Its hard to describe it’s bright orange and bit sticky but it works wonders. Don’t need very much just small blob and rub it through the lengths/ends of my hair, when hair is damp/nearly dry.
    It just makes my hair look so moisturized and healthy . And when I let my hair dry naturally it gives my hair nice loose waves. I also find that if I heat style it after I use it that my hair holds the style better.

    This is it

    There is a light version if you have fine hair.

  • Karen Monoxide – dry shampoo is a godsend for greasy hair! xo

  • Freckles says:

    Oh Emma have to disagree with you on the H&S review, SO has some and I borrowed it when my shampoo ran out. It turned my usual very good hair into greasy lank straw. (Yes it’s possible)
    For me saviour products for longer hair in the winter would be the L’Oreal anti-static range, cannot for the life of me remember the name but it’s in a gold/bronze bottle and Hask macadamia hot oil treatments, truly soothed the static I was suffering from!
    Have to agree with you about Blousey though! Tis fab! As is their Retread conditioner just my hair is very heavy so I need something with a little bit more (silicone) in it.

  • Shygirl says:

    Thanx Loco sounds good.

    Karen theres a great product from Matrix called cooling mint oil control treatment. It comes in a spray bottle. You spray it on to your roots after washing your hair. It is also possible to use it between washes on dry hair, but when I did it I found it made my hair sticky and tacky. You should also look out for scalp masks, I found that they really helped. If you don’t already, you should let your hair dry naturally , as heat from hairdryers can make matters worse. And sorry to tell you, but I found cutting back on washing my hair as much helped, I found in the long term it made a difference in the production of oil. Have a look around various websites like feel unique etc for products, its what I do.

  • Freckles, sorry H&S didn’t work for you! It is literally doing wonders for my hair – trial and error I guess xo

  • ladymoogirl says:

    Woah there! Do not use Head & Shoulders if you have coloured hair. You’ll just be washing money down the sink every time you shampoo.

  • *Aisling* says:

    Ladymoogirl – yep agree with that – have just noticed my colour is fading – rapidly! eek

  • Shygirl says:

    That actually reminds me, the coconut oil I mentioned does fade hair colour slightly I only use it when I’m coming up to the time my hair needs to be coloured anyway.

  • ZsaZsa says:

    @ Freckles – I know what you mean about Lush’s retread conditioner – I used it after their Rehab shampoo (which is what Lush reccomends). I found that even though it did make my hair soft and smell lovely I did have to wash my hair more frequently then normal (I usually wash it every 2 or 3 days or so).

    Having said that Lush’s Rehab shampoo is great if you have a lot of product build up on your hair and you want to give it a really good clean but you do need to use a very moisturising conditioner/treatment with it. I wouldn’t use it for every wash as I could see it drying out your scalp and hair a bit too much but it works a treat as a once a fortnight detoxifying treatment!

    I’ve thick, dry and frizzy hair. I don’t dye my hair but I am a regular hair dryer and starightner user. I am currently using Kiehls Smoothing Creme for straightening which I like. I have just finished off the conditioner and shampoo that I was using so I’m on a search for a new shampoo and conditioner as I wasn’t too “wowed” with what I was using (but was being stubborn about using it up). I have some smallish bottles of VO5 Shampoo and conditioner in my stash at home that should tide me over for now until I find something new. I’ve never tried it before and purchased them on a deal a little while ago – so I’m hoping they’ll do the trick.

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