Guys, I’m sorry, it happened. Casualty number 2 of the year. Between studying and attending a christening last weekend, I didn’t get a chance to post. Not that I am counting down or anything, but boy am I looking forward to my last exam!
But, in more exciting news, I’ve done a little rebranding! That’s right, welcome to AuroreBlogs.com. Check me out, I’ve even got my own domain and everything! I’m definitely moving on up in the blogging world.
This week, I’m taking you guys on the first step of the hair journey I’ve started this year. I’ve been trying to grow my hair out for ages now: I’ve stopped dying it, I use less heat on it, and I even get regular cuts to keep it healthy. But, by January, my hair was dryer and more damaged than ever before, and it had completely stopped growing. I usually only wash my hair once a week, and here’s what I was using at the end of last year:
- Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp Shampoo
- OGX Brazilian Keratin Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner
- Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment
- Argan Oil
- TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Oil & Heat Protect Spray
Now a hairdresser friend actually told me that, when used too often, the Keratin products that were supposed to prevent frizz can actually dry your hair out. Clearly it was time to completely overhaul my hair routine, and I figured, why not share each new step with you guys? So, this week, it’s out with OGX Brazilian Keratin Therapy and in with Maui Moisture’s Revive & Hydrate + Shea Butter range.
Maui Moisture’s key selling point is that they are silicone, paraben and sulfate free, whilst also being vegan. The brand’s marketing is all about tropical, natural ingredients, which sounds a lot more exciting than most brands! They have a variety of different ranges to suit everyone’s hair concerns and their FAQ is full of more information about their products. I have to say, they sound like a great brand.
I picked the Revive and Hydrate range to help my ridiculously dry hair. I was keen to go for silicone free products, as it can really exacerbate dryness. The shampoo and conditioner retail for £8.99 each at both Boots and Superdrug, but they are often on offer (and don’t forget that extra student discount at Superdrug!).
First impressions? I really like the packaging! It’s definitely in line with their whole tropical image. And how often does shampoo come in a bottle this shape? When you open them up, you’re greeted by the scent of shea butter along with coconut and macadamia oils, which isn’t overpowering, but definitely gives me exotic holiday vibes.
I also really enjoy the consistency of the products. In the bottle, they look like any other shampoo and conditioner, but they’re actually a lot thinner and less gloopy than anything else I’ve tried. Because of this, they glide really easily through the hair, and I don’t need to use as much product as I normally would, so they should last me a while. The conditioner is only started to run low because it would appear a certain someone else has been trying it out and loving it too!
One thing I had never realised is how much other products were actually weighing my hair down. I always let my hair air dry, and since using this shampoo and conditioner, it has so much more volume at the roots. It also doesn’t get oily as quick as before, so now I’m even saving money on dry shampoo!
I’ve been using these solidly for two months, but I started seeing results from the first wash. My hair feels so much softer, and my split ends are nowhere near as prominent as before, so I think using these has actually prevented further damage. Plus my hair actually started growing again, albeit slowly, which I’m super happy with! I’ve even found that when I do use heat tools, my ends don’t feel dry and fried as soon as they used to: they’re still soft three or four days into the week, which wasn’t the case before.
One downside I have noticed to this shampoo and conditioner is that if I do keep my hair natural and curly, it does go “fluffy” a lot quicker than before, although that’s probably actually down to no longer using the OGX products. Considering they actually wrecked my hair though, I’m not too fussed. Plaiting my hair at night helps reduce the frizz, and it’s also a great way to reduce breakage.
So, how about a before and after? On the left we have week old curls from New Year’s Eve; on the right, the end of February, after a good haircut and two solid months of using the Maui Moisture Revive & Hydrate + Shea Butter shampoo and conditioner. I think we can all agree there is a difference!
If you’re suffering from dry, damaged hair in need of some rescuing, I would definitely recommend giving this range a go! I’ve seen a huge improvement in the condition of my hair, so I’ll definitely be repurchasing these, and they’ll be in my suitcase this Summer to keep my hair safe from damage while we’re away. I also really want to try some of their other products further down the line.
Next up is a new hair mask which I’ve just started using (spoiler, it was included in my latest haul). I will again be testing it for two months, so we’ve got a while to go, but I want to make sure that I can truly see the results on my hair before recommending anything to you guys. So watch this space, because there is loads more coming this way.
Have you ever tried products from Maui Moisture? What’s your miracle haircare product? Don’t forget to let me know in the comments!