Thursday, 23 February 2012

Hair Heroes ~ Lee Stafford Miracle Heat Defence & Unite Blonda

This is the first in a new monthly series of Hair Heroes on Strawberry Blonde Beauty, where I share which products I’ve been loving the most, from shampoo and conditioners to styling products and tools.  I have slightly crazy, demanding hair which isn’t easily impressed, so if it’s included in Hair Heroes, you can be sure I genuinely do love it!

First up in my February Hair Heroes is something which may be a strong contender for my hero styling product of the year… high praise indeed coming from me.

Years ago I used a Tigi detangling styling spray - an amber liquid in a clear bottle which contained aromatherapy oils. I adored that stuff, but it was discontinued and I’ve never found anything that came close to it, until now!

Lee Stafford Argan Oil from Morocco Miracle Heat Defence Spray

Lee Stafford Miracle Heat Defence Spray

Hands up who else can be a bit lazy about using heat protector!  It’s something I know I should do, but for a long time I just gave my hair a quick upside down ‘whizz-dry’ and never bothered with products (largely as I couldn’t find ‘the one’). As it was subjected to so little heat, this wasn’t really an issue for me.  It was only when I started to use more electrical styling products, particularly tongs, that I really noticed the damage. I’d literally use them 2 or 3 times and be left with a whole new layer of frazzled hair.

I’m probably the last person on earth to try a hair product containing Argan Oil (Moroccan, Macadamia et al are still on my ‘to do’ list)

Celeb hairdresser, Lee Stafford’s range of hair products is available exclusively at Boots and is designed to give salon sleek hair . Heat Defence Spray is moisturising but non-greasy and is spritzed onto the hair to protect it from heated styling appliances.  It contains Moringa Seed Extract (Miracle Tree), a multi tasking ingredient which helps keep hair squeaky clean, while encouraging natural shine.

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‘The range has a subtle fragrance boosted by a sweet chocolate, caramel and raspberry fruit heart, layered with velvety vanilla that entwines with a sensual base of fine woods and musk.’       Tis true… this stuff smells sensational!

It’s a hair hero because…

  • fine spray be targeted where needed most, underneath and at ends in my case
  • protects and adds shine
  • leaves no heavy, lank feeling
  • can be used between washes to add moisture and shine
  • leaves my hair feeling exceptionally soft and smelling gorgeous!

Lee Stafford Argan Oil from Morocco Miracle Heat Defence Spray costs £12.99 for 200ml at Boots (though a little birdy told me it will soon be available on discount site, Buyapowa!)

 

UNITE Blonda

UNITE Blonda

I’ve been mega impressed with Unite products in the past, particularly the styling products (Tricky Lite is a fave), so when asked if I’d like to try the Blonda shampoo and conditioner I jumped at the chance.  Some of you will be familiar with toning shampoos… I wasn’t, so it was a bit of a shock when I poured it into my hand to discover that it’s this stunning jewel like vivid purple!

UNITE Blonda (2)

The shampoo is left in the hair for up to 1 minute, followed by the conditioner for up to 3 minutes. It smells gorgeously fresh and when rinsed out, leaves my hair feeling mega soft. You know how some hair products leave hair squeaky and tangled when rinsed out? This doesn’t…

The biggest surprise was when I dried my hair - it really did look lighter! I’ve been assured that Blonda does not continually lighten your hair; it just brightens and maintains the blonde tones. I only have a few surface foils a couple of times a year on my hair, but I still like to look after them!

Blonda is a hair hero because:

  • it left my hair feeling very soft, shiny and well conditioned
  • made my blonde highlights glisten
  • smells beautiful
  • is sulphate free
  • is fun to use! (the purple element - I’m such a child!)

I’ve been using Blonda on alternate washes for one month now and treating my hair once a week with the Smoothing Repair treatment, which leaves it feeling really nourished and exceptionally shiny.

Unite Blonda Shampoo is available online at Urban Retreat’s Beautique at £15.10 for 250ml. The site seems to be out of the conditioner and travel sizes at the moment, so I’ll get back to you with an update on those.  Unite is also stocked at Harrods Urban Retreat and selected salons nationwide - you can call 0845 034 0770 to check UK availability.

Details of the full product range are available here.

I’ll 100% repurchase these products when they run out - do you like the sound of them? What’s your hair hero? I’m open to ideas for next month!  Please leave a comment or tweet me @Strawbry_Blonde. Thanks for reading, Nic x

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