I have got to be the worst kind of blogger. Waiting until the darkest part of the day to take photos, taking photos then not posting them for days.. this post is a shining example. I took the photos back on Wednesday, but honestly the way I was feeling when I woke up, I didn’t feel like doing much. So in my head even taking the photos (crammed right next to a window to try and get SOME sort of decent light) was a small victory. So anyway, I’ll get on with shall I?
The other week I got an exciting email from the people at Estee Lauder asking how I’d like to try out a range of their Smashbox, Bumble and Bumble and Ojon products. I’ve not tried Smashbox or Ojon, but what I was really excited about was the Bumble and Bumble goodies! I’ve been a fan of their thickening hair spray for a long time now and it’s done wonders for my fine hair, so honestly I was excited about trying out any new products. The fact that they included these two little beauties from their Invisible Oil range was just a bonus! Invisible Oil contains 6 featherlight oils to help soften, silken, tame, de-frizz, detangle and protect your hair. They’re also sulphate free, meaning that they’re much more nourishing for your locks. Right now, I’m a little more paranoid than usual about the products I use on my hair, so having something that protects and looks after, as well as cleansing, is really important to me. A lot of people don’t think twice about using sulphates but they can actually be pretty tough on your head, stripping your hair of both its colour and essential oils. Kinda scary when you’re shampooing your hair every other day, right?
Having already tried to start making the switch from sulphate shampoo, I was excited to try out Bumble and Bumble’s offering. So Invisible Oil started life as just a nourishing oil which was used in salons but hairdressers regularly added it to their shampoos to add a bit of nourishment as well as cleansing the hair. So naturally, it made sense for a purpose made shampoo and conditioner that was already enriched with the oil. Since I was delayed in posting this, it’s actually given me more time to try out the shampoo and conditioner and see how it is when I use it regularly. Since I took the photos I’ve been using them for almost a full week, so for me that’s about 3 washes. First impressions were that both products are nicely (but not overpoweringly scented) and have a nice thickness. From what I’ve read, some sulphate free shampoos aren’t that great for lathering and don’t foam up as much as regular shampoos. While it’s not quite as foamy as other shampoos, I could still get a decent lather and felt like although the product is gently, it’s still very cleansing.
Likewise, the conditioner is every bit as creamy and nourishing as you’d expect. Since I have really fine hair, I have to be careful about how much product I use. I try not to over condition my hair as it weighs it down and leaves it looking greasy. The Invisible Oil conditioner is great because it’s a thick conditioner that feels like it gets deep into your hair, but it doesn’t leave it feeling greasy. A couple of months back I also made the decision to stop straightening my hair, so I’m just blowdrying and styling it. Since then I’ve noticed a big difference in the general condition of my hair. And through using a more nourishing shampoo and conditioner, I’ve definitely felt like my hair looks more healthy.