Since having my second child I have not only lost half my hair but I lost the gloss and volume I used to have. After chatting with the PR team and sharing my hair concerns I got sent the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Range. I got to test out the Touchably Full Shampoo and Conditioner, Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion (by far my fav) plus the Frizz Ease Leave in Conditioner. There’s a mousse and hair spray too will def be testing those out too. A mousse is a great way to add that extra volume if you struggle with flat hair.

So what did I think of the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Range?

My hair after using all the products as you can see in the pic looks pretty great. My hair felt super soft and looks really glossy. Plus there is volume people that the root booster really helped here.

The shampoo and conditioner (both R115.99 each) are perfect for fine and flat hair to give some much needed volume. Both have a caffine vitality complex that gives fuller looking hair. The conditioner really softens the hair which is great for me as I have to use a hair dryer to style my hair. Plus its safe for colour treated hair. Even though I wash my hair a lot during the week due to exercise and use heat my hair is still in good condition even though it’s been highlighted. The only thing negative I have to say is that my hair still gets greasy looking on the sides the next day. I do train Monday to Friday which means washing regularly which could mean my hair is now used to getting washed a lot.

Now the John Frieda Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion (R115.99) is a fav. It’s definitely added more bounce and volume to my really crap hair. The lotion was designed to amplify volume at the roots and crown of the hair. Its got a root lifting formula and triple polymer system that helps create lasting volume. I love that it’s got a heat protectant as well so it protects against my hair dryer. Plus it contains strengthing agents. I have found every time I have used the root booster my hair just looks so much better. Having flat hair is not something I want so I will definitely keep using this one again and again.

The Frizz Ease Daily Miracle Leave in Conditioner (R116) isn’t from the same range. So as well as having fine hair I also have frizzy hair (lucky me). Its basically for dry, damaged and frizzy hair. As well as frizz I also colour the tips of my hair and I use a blow dryer a lot. Sadly I can’t just wash and go I need to style my hair otherwise its flat and frizzy. This leave in conditioner really helps keep my hair hydrated and frizz free. Infused with Vitamin A, E and C as well as Green Tea Extract and moisture agents it really protects the hair. Which means the hair is less likely to break and get split ends.

If you are looking for an affordable hair care range and you struggle with all the issues I have then go check the brand out. Available at Clicks stores and online. The brand offers 5 different ranges for frizz, blonde and brunette hair, the luxurious volume and full repair. The Frizz Ease is one I have always been familiar with and always been impressed when it came to my frizzy hair.

Shahnaz x

Sadly I didn’t get to attend the launch but I did get to test out some hair products. Oway organic hair products launch in SA in May and I am excited to get my hands on some more. Its a brand that is for both women and men and not only is it shampoo and conditioners but styling products too. I love that its organic and I love how my hair feels after I wash it. I love that the brand is supoer concious to the environment while giving quality at the same time.

Introducing the Keratherapy Smoothing Hair Treatment exclusive to Carlton Hairdressers in SA. If you have heard of hair botox then you will want to know more about these treatments on offer. I have coloured frizzy hair so I tested out the Colour Lock and Smooth Treatment that takes away all the frizziness and locks in the colour into your hair. Its super quick and easy and lasts up 6 weeks and its priced pretty well.

I filmed a little video for you all just so you can see how pretty my hair is looking after using the Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. Thanks to Dove and Ruby Box I got a Dove care package to test out. As well as the hair products I got my trusty deodorant and soap as well as the spa range body moisturiser (which I absolutely love). As I mention in the video I am always so wary of drugstore hair products as my hair gets really dry. I style my hair every time I wash it. Plus its now got colour in it so I have to be really careful with what I use. I really have been truly impressed by the Dove Intensive duo and have combined the Nourishing Oil Care Treatment so the result amazing silky feeling hair.

The key to the Intensive Repair is the Nutri Keratin Actives in the duo. It helps damaged hair recover from the damage. It also repairs signs of surface damage and penetrates hair stands providing nourishment deep inside. Result is gorgeous silky feeling hair. By combining the Nourishing Oil Care my hair actually has never felt softer and with so much volume.

In the video I chat about how much I love the products however I got the prices wrong they are both R39.99 so aplologies on that. So even cheaper than I mentioned. The Nourishing care oil retails at R64.99 slightly more expensive but still super affordable.

Me having a good hair day after using the Dove products. As well as in the video you can see each time I have washed my hair it looks really healthy with absolutely no frizz (does need a trim though). Even with my coloured hair it looks amazing.

As well as the hair products Ruby Box sent me I was super impressed with with Dove Derma Spa Goodness Body Moisturiser for dry skin. The moisturiser leaves my skin feeling silky smooth and hydrated all day long. My experiece of the spa range so far has been great.

Ruby Box will be running a competition today so will be posting on my facebook page once its live so will post a link once its live.

Shahnaz x

Looking for some extra love for your hair then you need to check out the Body Shop Hair Masks and Scrubs. I have actually been featuring Body Shop quite a bit recently definitely impressed with what they are offering in terms of skincare and now haircare. My fav here is the Banana hair mask because its super hydrating and my hair needs a lot of love. I train a lot so I am forever washing my hair and then styling it and hair masks just add that extra hydration.

When it comes to hair styling there are endless brands and it really can become pretty confusing. Do I spend a lot or do I buy a drugstore brand? I always get my tips from other hairstylists I work with as they know what works best. My friend and colleague Alet always has her finger on the pulse so if she has it I will most likely take her advice. In this post I am chatting about my new hair styling hero’s that have been added into my pro kit.  New to the SA market is Not Your Mothers brand and Wella have finally introduced a drugstore range. Both are amazing and affordable and make hair styling super easy.

This year its all about change for me in how I look and how I am approaching life. My hair has always stayed the same its a safety a net I suppose. You always see people making drastic changes when things happen in their life and its usually their hair. I always felt I had to have long hair because its more girly. This year I have been feeling more adventourous so I started by choping off my hair. If you looking to change up your hair and you are based in Cape town get your self to Savas. This is my new hair look created by Savas and I love it. I totally let him do his thing and chopped off quite a bit giving me a different look to the normal long tresses I have going on. But what I can say is that it makes me feel more confident and definitley I feel like a newer version of myself.

If you haven’t heard the Balmian Hair Products have landed in SA with Glamit!!! Balmain one of the origional couture houses has launched its amazing hair care range and its just amazing. The brand has combined 40 years of backstage experience with runway trends and brings a range that truly works and is packaged so beautifully. I attended the launch last week to see some of the products in action. But as well as amazing hair products they also have hair tools that make everything else look like amateur hour. What I love about the brand is that it really has taken into account all hair types and really has a great range for ethnic hair so that you can get your curls straight and smooth in half an hour!!!

I wanted to create a shoot that highlighted the hair with a touch of quirky makeup. After all my hair training from the London Hair Academy I decided to shoot a hair editorial and Lucys Magazine decided to feature it. Happy Days. The main focus of the hair is braiding and the different braiding hair styles. I collaborated with local South African jewellery brand Matter Of Fakt to add extra dimension to the shoot plus dress the braids up a little bit. The cuffs are actual ear cuffs but you can so rock them in your hair. I tried to keep it simple with the skin, the jewellery and the nails so that all the real focus is on the hair styles.