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Thursday, 17 October 2013

quick reviews: hair

Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray, Bumble and Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil*, Pro:voke Touch of Silver Twice A Week Brightening Shampoo, Fudge Iced Raspberry and Vanilla Hairsprayreview swatch photo
Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray, Bumble and Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil*, Pro:voke Touch of Silver Twice A Week Brightening Shampoo, Fudge Iced Raspberry and Vanilla Hairspray*

I've been using and trialling quite few new haircare products recently as I've been playing around with my hair loads. Therefore, I've decided to bring back quick reviews (see more here) so I can group some reviews together to give you some thoughts on them in quick snappy bursts. As I dont have enough to say about each product to give them a full individual post review. I'm gonna condensing it down to the things you need to know about each product, rather than waffle on! (well maybe a little waffling!)

I currently have a love/hate relationship with the Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray. The Oribe (pronounced or-bay, for those like me who cant pronounce anything too fancy) spray is a light clear spray which provides serious volume. I mean next level biiiiiig hair. I cant get over the way it makes my hair look: big, bouncy with tons of volume. My biggest gripe is when it's used incorrectly I can be left with hair to rival my scene kid days or look like an 80's throwback! For example, a few pumps too many it can take your hair from big to downright unmanageable. I often find that if I don't blow dry with a brush it can make my hair look awful. But on the other hand when used correctly and in the right amounts, it's right up their with my hair care holy grails. Pretty temperamental!

I'm indifferent to a lot of hair oils, mainly because they all seem to do the same thing for my hair. While I think they are a vital step in my haircare routine and have tranformed my haircare since adding them to my routines. But I just cant say I've ever been absolutely blown away by the performance of any of them. I've recently been trialling the Bumble and Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil. It's a lightweight oil which doesn't feel heavy or greasy and feels very silky in the hair. I apply a few pumps to wet hair before blow drying and then an additional pump into the ends and then all over to smooth. I found it to be lighter than your average hair oil, and I do enjoy using it in my hair. But like I said, I think it does a similar job to most reasonably priced hair oils!

Pro:voke Touch of Silver Twice A Week Brightening Shampoo is my go to purple shampoo. It's an essential for a light blonde haired person who wants to eliminate brassy or orange tones in the hair. I've always used this when I've had blonde in my hair. Including when I just had ombre hair. Since going blonde all over I've started using it all over to keep the tone. Often brassiness comes around the roots, so I try and concentrate the product around their to knock out anything too warm with purple. I don't think it's the best purple shampoo, although admittedly I haven't tried many other brands. Pro:voke is quite old fashioned packaging wise, but it is easy to get hold of and very cheap. My biggest niggle is that it doesn't leave my hair as soft as I'd like. I usually find it slightly drying on the hair, so to counteract this I mix it with a more softening and nourishing shampoo then apply. Do let me know if you'd like to see a post on how I maintain my blonde hair.

And finally I've been using the Fudge Iced Raspberry and Vanilla Hairspray. I don't often finish my hair with hairspray as I don't like the crisp-ness and my eyes are very sensitive. I find a lot of hairsprays irritate my eyes and I end up with streaming eyes and perfect hair. Not one of my best looks. None the less, this is actually quite nice hairspray, very lightweight and has a really lovely scent to it. I'm not a big fan of scented products but this one sits quite well with my and my sensitive nostrils! I think the big selling point for this is the scent, it really sold the product to me. It's very fresh and peppy without being too synthetic. The hairspray gives a light to medium hold despite claiming to be a stronghold hairspray, yet it is good for taming frizz, finishing the hair and smoothing.
Do you like the sound of any of these?


  1. The raspberry and vanilla spray looks and sounds great - I love scented products!

    Megan x

  2. i love to see a post how you maintain your blonde hair.

  3. I have just started using the purple shampoo after years of lightening my hair. I wish I had found it sooner or someone had told me about it. I combine it with the conditioner from the same brand and that seems to work for me. I would like to see a post on maintaining blonde hair :-)

  4. I have just started using the purple shampoo after years of lightening my hair. I wish I had found it sooner or someone had told me about it. I combine it with the conditioner from the same brand and that seems to work for me. I would like to see a post on maintaining blonde hair :-)

  5. That hairspray looks so good. I love the packaging and sounds like it smells great too! xx

    Hann |

  6. I love it when a hairspray smells nice, I want to give that a try!

    It can't be another beauty blog

  7. I love the look of that hairspray, the smell sounds amazing! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

  8. The Oribe Thickening Spray does really work, but it also leaves my hair so tangled! So I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with it!

    Jen xx

  9. Love the hairspray, its amazing!

  10. i like these type of posts with short and snappy reviews on a range of products! hair care is by biggest failure and i rarely take care of my hair properly (just a shampoo and conditioner will do for me). luckily my hair is now very short and very healthy so it's not damaged in the slightest and doesn't really need that much extra care. but there are some days when i think it could do with something to make it a little softer or a little shinier and i think that oil from bumble and bumble sounds lovely! unfortunately i probably wouldn't use any of the other products but they do sound great :) X

  11. I swear by the purple shampoo and so does my sister who's a hairdresser. She says it's just as good as they higher-end brands

    abi x

    -a little dust-

  12. I've used the Pro:voke twice a week shampoo for ages and while it does do a good job, I find it so drying. I use it on my ombre, so its the ends of my hair and they're the part that really needs the most moisture! Nobody else seems to think this, so I'm glad you agree!

    I love the Ojon hair oil at the moment. Its expensive but goes such a long way, and its the favourite one I've tried.. and I've tried soo many! They give samples out in Boots stores that have an Ojon counter, and the people are all lovely!

  13. the hairspray souds really nice, I need to check it out! xx

    Martyna | NEON MIZZLE

  14. I would love to see a post on how you maintain your blonde! I have the hardest time keeping my hair from going brassy, so I love to read about how other people do it.

  15. This is the reason why your hair looks fantastic xxx


  16. Great post!

    I just go the Oribe dry shampoo and even though its sooooo much more expensive it's really dong wonders so I think I need to give that volume spray a go too :)

    Greetings from London,

  17. Loving these reviews!!
    So informative
    s xx

  18. I definitely need to try the Fudge Iced Raspberry and Vanilla Hairspray! It looks adorable and I definitely need something to tame frizz as my hair is naturally puffy and a little wavy.

    As for purple shampoo, you could always make your own! If you mix a little (very small drop) bit of purple semi-permanent hair dye in white conditioner and it will be good to go! Whenever I have friends that bleach their hair blonde I always recommend this.


  19. The thickening spray sounds great, but god forbid i ever go back to looking like a scene kid!

  20. Hairdressers oil sounds like an absolute dream!

  21. Have you tried the Charles Worthington hairspray? I find it isn'y crispy in my hair :)

  22. I would love to try that Oribe spray - it sounds like just what I need!

  23. I really want the Fudge hairspray!! Need to wait for my current hairspray to run out first though :/
    Megan x | MeganRoisinn

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