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A New Hair Routine, featuring Neal's Yard Remedies, Yes To Coconut, and OGX

Neal's Yard Remedies Nourishing Lavender Shampoo; Yes To Coconut Ultra Moisture Conditioner; Neal's Yard Remedies Rosemary & Cedarwood Hair Treatment; OGX Coconut Water Weightless Oil Mist

My hair frustrates me no end. Oily roots, dry ends, and a little halo of frizz mean that it never looks quite the way I want it to. I've also never been particularly skilled at styling it. I thought it was about time I showed my hair a bit more TLC, so I invested in some new products and I'm planning to cut down on heat styling.

I already use sulphate-free shampoo, so I've got a bit of a head start there, but unfortunately the one I've been using, The Body Shop Rainforest Shine Shampoo, gives me dandruff  the last thing I want. I'm hoping that the Neal's Yard Remedies Nourishing Lavender Shampoo will be a bit kinder. Unlike most shampoos for fine hair, which concentrate on creating volume (and are often quite drying), this shampoo also looks to provide moisture without weighing hair down, and it contains a lot of oils, which I'm hoping will calm any oiliness and soothe my scalp. Perhaps not surprisingly, it smells very strongly of lavender, so I imagine this is a good one to use before bed.

When it comes to conditioner, again it's difficult to find something that softens the hair without weighing it down. If I use a conditioner that's too heavy the ends get all stringy, which isn't a good look for anyone, so I have to be careful with what I choose. Luckily Yes To Coconut seem to have created the perfect blend with their Ultra Moisture Conditioner, because every time I've used this my hair has felt smooth and looked healthy, not lank. The coconut smell is divine, so do have a sniff if you spy this conditioner in Boots.

It's rare for me to remember to use a hair mask, but I just couldn't resist the Neal's Yard Remedies Rosemary & Cedarwood Hair Treatment. A mix of coconut oil, cedarwood oil, rosemary leaf oil and lavender oil, it claims to add shine, and condition all hair types. It's suitable for the hair and scalp, so I'll be using small amount all over (concentrating on the ends), popping on a towel-turban, and leaving the treatment in overnight. Fingers crossed I wake up with fabulously glossy hair and not a greaseball.

Finally I thought I'd buy a product to add a little bit more shine (and to treat my ends with if they're a bit dry). The OGX Coconut Water Weightless Hydration Oil comes in a spray bottle, so it mists over hair and means you're less likely to apply too much  ideal for thin strands like mine. 

As well as using these four products, I'll also be banning the use of heat stylers (except in a dire emergency), making sure that the temperature of the water in my shower isn't too hot, and limiting the amount of junk food I eat. I've heard that there's no scientific evidence that your diet affects your hair and skin, but whenever I eat better I look and feel better, so I'm convinced there must be some kind of link. I'm hoping to write you all an update at some point, and to review everything here in detail. 

What are your favourite pick-me-ups for your hair? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments!

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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