Unruly, fine, wavy and frizzy (course even, before decent products were invented) were the words I would use to describe my hair. I hated my hair being combed as a child and developed a habit (that I still have to this day) of twiddling it. Knots are my nemesis.
For years I’ve used products to wash it that ‘help’ a comb or brush glide through it. I can really pack on the conditioner and I love my in-shower Tangle Teezer Hairbrush that helps me through the unpleasant task of clearing the knots post-wash.
Using over-the-counter shampoos and conditioners I didn’t care that there was a build up of ‘coating’ that never appeared to wash away. In all honesty I was just glad to get some shine and it be more manageable.
However, I noticed that the ‘coating’ was enabling my hair to become a little slick. In an oily, rather than an effortless way. It never felt clean after washing and I had to wash it every other day or it appeared to be moulded plastic rather than a gorgeous glossy mane.
In true Gail Painter-style I thought ah well that’s my lot. But it so isn’t. I must tell you about an absolutely fantastic shampoo and conditioner that has absolutely changed my hair. Really.
I didn’t go looking for it in all honesty (see above, GP settles statement). I was approached by the Josh Wood Colour team to try its range. To back up my review, a good friend of mine also tried some products. We have different hair colour/treatments – I have highlights and she has coloured dark brown hair, which is lovely and thick, where I have fine hair, but both of us have waves to be tamed.
I just want to jump straight to the punch here and tell you that since trialling the products, which was nearly a year ago, we have repeat purchased and notify each other if we ever see money-off deals so that we can stock up. In a nutshell, we’re loyal fans. I know that I and other bloggers review products all the time, but this trial has triggered a permanent purchase change for both of us and that’s why I feel so strongly about sharing it with you all these months later.
So, what do I buy? I use Josh Wood Colour Uplifting Shampoo for blonde hair prone to frizz (RRP £10), Josh Wood Colour Shade Refreshing Conditioner for fine blonde hair (RRP £10). I also have the Josh Wood Colour Everything Mask (RRP £15), but I’ve only used it a few times. I don’t need it that often. That says a lot. The range is sulphate and paraben-free so gentle on your hair and leaving it free of the synthetic feeling I had gotten used to with other products.
Just using the two main products – shampoo and conditioner – is enough for me. I also use these sparingly. I do apply two washes because the shampoo doesn’t lather up very much (no sulphate) and the old me has been trained to see a lot of bubbles. At first, I was put off because there didn’t seem to be much lather and I doubted its ability to work, but now I use a short squirt to get rid of the top layer of everyday grime and a second to give it a good clean. Then its conditioner, Tangle- Teezer and I’m done.
For the first time my hair is manageable, while also being clean. I don’t need to have lots of product on it to manage the waves. It doesn’t look frizzy. It doesn’t feel or look greasy. It’s proper hair.
I’m obsessed with it. Can you tell.
My friend absolutely loves the Everything Mask. She was really pleased with how much shine it gave her hair and that it was so soft. She also loved the pump applicator, which was easier and more manageable to use than squeezing a tube. I’m guessing the aim is to provide you with just the right amount to use, rather than overloading your palm. She also has the Josh Wood Colour Darker Brown Blending Brush (RRP £15), which really impressed her for its coverage of those annoying grey hairs.
We buy ours from Boots and I’ve spoken to my hairdresser about it several times, because she has noticed the difference in the manageability and colour of my hair. It offers a salon quality, but with a high-street price. It’s not your value brand, but it’s a great halfway house and for the results an absolute steal.
I love, love, love it and simply had to share. My crowning glory is here at last!
Have a great weekend.