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The Power of Charcoal: Novex’s tips for healthier hair

We were intrigued by Novex’s new Powerful Charcoal Range. We’ve seen activated charcoal make a grand entrance into the teeth whitening category, and wanted to know more about how it can be used to improve our hair. We caught up with Novex to find out exactly how it works…

Why do I need to detox my hair?

On a daily basis, our hair comes in contact with all the impurities and toxins present in the atmosphere, especially in urban areas where there is more pollution. These toxins and pollutant impurities, such as particles, are deposited in the hair and scalp. They accumulate and end up clogging the root and capillary fiber, which impairs the absorption of nutrients and the growth of the strands.

These polluting impurities need to be removed effectively and without harming the strands as well as leaving them protected against external aggressions caused by pollution.

What do the charcoal products look like? Are they black?

All the products from Novex The Powerful Charcoal line have a standard white look and feel. The mask and the conditioner have a creamy and consistent appearance, which allows the strands to be well coated. The shampoo has a liquid consistency so that the product spreads well through the scalp. The spray also has a creamy consistency, so as to protect the conditioned strands.

Where does the charcoal come from?

Activated charcoal, rather than ordinary charcoal, is charcoal especially obtained from the burning of certain woods, cork or fruit peels (e.g. coconut) under very specific conditions. Burning must be at high temperatures (8000 °C – 10000 °C) and low in oxygen. This specific firing gives activated charcoal unique properties such antipollution and detoxification.

How often do I need to use them?

The Powerful Charcoal products are a daily care range and have been developed specifically to be part of the daily routine of capillary care (regular use).

What are the three biggest mistakes people make in hair care and how can they be avoided?

  1. Blow-drying your hair without heat protection
    •  Spraying a heat protector on your hair proactively protects hair from heat damage, plus it seals in shine, calms frizz, and keeps hair from becoming dry.
  2. Not using a conditioner
    • If you’re avoiding using conditioner for fear that your hair will become too flat, think again, you can achieve volume with the right conditioner. Just like your face, your scalp needs moisture too.
  3. Forgetting to moisturize and nourish your hair
    • Hair loses moisture quickly. You can use special hair masks according to your hair type to address this problem. Even if you think your hair is relatively healthy, the change of seasons can be hard on your strands, so it’s good to get in the habit of using a mask weekly to make sure you’re giving your hair the moisture it needs.

Like the rest of our body, our hair reacts to the world around us which is why detoxing, protecting, conditioning and nourishing your hair is important if it’s going to look its best.

Shop the Powerful Charcoal range now on the allbeauty website

 

*Information correct at the time of publishing

 

Summer Strand Struggles: Our Guide To Heatwave Hair

Summer ushers in the promise of long hazy nights and sunny days languishing on sandy shores with perfect mermaid hair.

However, we all know that the summer sun can bring in a whole new wave of issues when it comes to taking your hair from the beach to the club, dealing with humidity on the commute or even the joys of office air con.

From frizzy hair problems to dry ends and lack of volume, our cheat guide to Heatwave Hair is going to unpack the main ways in which you can combat summer strand struggles and maintain a tousled je ne sais quoi about your coiffure. Move over swamp monster from the deep and hello Brigitte Bardot!

Hair Mists, Sprays & Perfumes

There’s such a wide range of hair mists, sprays and perfumes on the market that it can be hard to know where to begin. We’ve picked a few of our favourites for the season below.

Looking for bounce and volume?

Reach for a Hair Mist! Hair mists contain a variety of different minerals and vitamins designed to strengthen and enrich your hair. Italian brand Davines uses turnip extract in it’s Volu mist to provide hair with vitamins A, B and C.
Davines - Volu Hair MistTo use, spray Davines Volu (RRP £25.15 Our Price £22.45) onto towel dried hair to add volume and shine. This product can be used on all hair types but is especially effective on fine or limp hair

Looking to add texture?

Maybe you should try a hair salt spray! Salt Sprays are great for adding waves and movement to your hair for that tousled beach siren look.

Alterna Caviar Style  Sea Salt Spray  (RRP £29.50 Our Price £17.95) can be used when air drying your hair and helps to protect hair from heat.
Alterna Caviar Style Sea Salt SprayDead Sea Salt adds body and waves whilst Caviar extracts help to add shine and prevent dryness. Use on damp hair.

Looking to scent your hair?

Are you a classic beauty who is fond of spritzing your favourite fragrance on your hair? You could be doing yourself a disservice due to the higher alcohol content in perfumes which have the potential to dry out your hair. Hair perfumes, sometimes also referred to as mists, are especially formulated for hair, meaning that you can protect and hydrate your hair whilst also smelling fabulous – something to consider if you suffer from dehydrated locks. Sachajuan’s protective hair perfume 50ml helps protect against static and uses ocean silk technology to provide UV protection. It’s also great for when you want to freshen up your hair without reaching for the dry shampoo. Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Mugler have also formulated hair-friendly versions of some of their cult scents.

allbeauty loves:

Aquolina Pink Sugar Hair Perfume 100mlAquolina Pink Sugar Hair Perfume 100ml
RRP £34.00
Our Price £9.95
Sachajuan Protective Hair Perfume 50ml

Sachajuan Protective Hair Perfume 50ml
Our Price: £40.00

Dior J’Adore Hair Mist 40ml

Dior J’Adore Hair Mist 40ml
RRP £41.00
Our Price £36.90

YSL Mon Paris Hair Mist 30m

YSL Mon Paris Hair Mist 30ml
RRP £35.00
Our Price £31.50

Hair Oils

Hair oils are great for hydrating dry strands, controlling frizz and preventing split ends from forming. Kérastase’s new Soleil Huile Sirene (literally translated as sunshine mermaid oil) is a beach bi-phase oil mist which offers softness, subtle scent and shine for hair exposed to sun, salt and UV rays. Been on a speedboat or on a summer hike? Use hair oil sparingly to smooth over any stray hairs to refine your look and add a bit of shine.

allbeauty loves:

Kérastase Soleil Huile Sirene 150ml

Kérastase Soleil
Huile Sirene 150ml
RRP: £23.80
Our Price: £17.85

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Purpose Dry Oil Spray 100ml

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse
Multi Purpose Dry Oil Spray 100ml
RRP: £29.50
Our Price: £18.40

Leonor Greyl Huile Secret de Beauté Natural Beautifying Oil 95ml

Leonor Greyl Huile Secret de Beauté
Natural Beautifying Oil 95ml
RRP: £42.20
Our Price £31.65

Kérastase Ultime Rose Hair Oil 100ml

Kérastase  Ultime Rose Hair Oil 100ml
RRP: £43.00
Our Price: £29.95

Dry Shampoo

Of course, there are some moments in life when you need to get rid of excess oil in a hurry. Dry Shampoo is a key product to pack with you for festivals and glamping or even when you need an extra bit of volume for hair flattened by humidity . A spritz of dry shampoo at the roots goes a long way – just spray and massage into your scalp for sneaky styling on the go.

allbeauty loves:

 Bumble and bumble Dry Shampoo 40ml

Bumble and bumble Dry Shampoo 40ml
RRP: £12.00
Our Price: £10.20

Sexy Hair Big Dry Shampoo 150ml

Sexy Hair Big Dry Shampoo 150ml
RRP: £16.95
Our Price £9.95

label.m Dry Shampoo 200ml

label.m Dry Shampoo 200ml
RRP: £14.50
Our Price £6.95

A’kin Dry Shampoo 150ml

A’kin Dry Shampoo 150ml
RRP: £12.00
Our Price £9.70

Masks & Shampoos for weekend repair

Is your hair showing signs of water damage from chlorine or seawater? Deep recovery and cleansing treatments can help to replenish hydration – we recommend masks enriched with coconut (vitamin B and potassium) for hydration and cleansing the scalp of product and environmental build up.

allbeauty loves:

Kérastase Soleil Masque Après-Soleil 200mlKérastase Soleil Masque Après-Soleil 200ml
RRP: £32.99
Our Price: £24.75
Novex Coconut Oil Deep  Hair Mask 400gNovex Coconut Oil Deep  Hair Mask 400g
RRP: £8.40
Our Price: £7.25
TIGI Bed Head Totally Beachin Shampoo 250ml

TIGI Bed Head Totally Beachin Shampoo 250ml
RRP: £12.50
Our Price: £6.25

Revlon Professional Uniq One Coconut Hair Treatment 150ml & Conditioning Hair & Super 10R Hair Mask 300mlRevlon Professional Uniq One Coconut Hair Treatment 150ml & Conditioning Hair & Super 10R Hair Mask 300ml
Our Price: £14.95

Travel Sizes

Like the brands that you’ve read about but going on your holidays? Check out the following Travel Sizes for when you’re on the move:

Sachajuan Ocean Mist 50ml

Sachajuan Ocean Mist 50ml
Our Price £9.00

Kérastase Aura Botanica Travel Size Gift Set

Kérastase Aura Botanica Travel Size Gift Set 
RRP: £29.50
Our Price: £22.95

label.m Brunette Dry Shampoo 50ml

label.m Brunette Dry Shampoo 50ml
Our Price £4.95

 

Moroccanoil Treatment Light 25ml

Moroccanoil Treatment Light 25ml
Our Price £13.45

Explore our full range of Summer Beauty products at www.allbeauty.com/summer

*Details correct at time of publishing

Fresh, Fruity or Floral? The Summer fragrances which inspire us at allbeauty

May marks the start of flower show season, so what better time of year is there to explore and embrace the world of fresh, fruity and floral scents? Read on to discover more about the summer fragrances which inspire us at allbeauty.

 

Floral

Penhaligon’s Blasted BloomCreated as an ode to the British coast and countryside, Penhaligon’s Blasted Bloom is a unique blend of wild berries, eglantine rose, hawthorn, pink pepper, as well as some aquatic notes. It’s the perfect scent for an English rose and a topical fragrance to wear for Summer weddings, garden parties and of course, Chelsea Flower Show.

Looking for a regal floral for men? Try Penhaligon’s Esprit Du Roi for an unusual twist on a summer floral, incorporating tomato, mint and raspberry leaves with clove, jasmine and honeysuckle.

 

Fruity

Les Sorbets by Nina Ricci

The new range of limited edition Les Sorbets by Nina Ricci looks so delicious, we couldn’t pick just one to feature! These pastel confections launched earlier this year as part of a collaboration with Amorino ice cream. Each edition has been created by a different perfumer and contain sweet straplines such as Cocktail Frappé, Pear Granita, and Praline Glacé. We think they’d make the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon tea with friends (ice cream optional!)

Did you know? Amorino have released their own raspberry and jasmine sorbet to commemorate the fragrance range (available at selected Amorino ice cream locations until 30 June 2019).

Another exciting fruity launch for Summer 2019 is Paco Rabanne’s irresistible Olympéa Legend, which combines desert-flower and hot sand with salty-vanilla plum. This fragrance for women builds upon the Olympéa range of fragrances and is paired with Invictus Legend, a powerful grapefruit, sea salt and geranium fragrance for men.

Want to discover more? Take your pick of Floral & Fruity Summer fragrances here

 

Fresh

Christian Dior - Dior Addict Eau FraicheChristian Dior’s Dior Addict Eau Fraiche, is a favourite at allbeauty, featuring calabrian bergamot, freesia and lily-of-the-valley.

Lily-of-the-valley, also known as Muguet, was a treasured motif of Christian Dior. As well as featuring extensively in his fragrances and designs, he also used to give a sprig of the flower on the 1st May (as per French custom) to wish luck and happiness to all his workforce and clientele for the year ahead!

Perfect for: Paying homage to the stars of Cannes Film Festival – Kirsten Dunst wore a Christian Dior Lily-of-the-valley dress in 2016 when going up the famous Cannes steps.

 

Light & Airy

Calvin Klein Eternity AirCalvin Klein’s Eternity Air comes in two editions for men and women, both of which are light and citrus, so suitable for those who like a softer fragrance in the summer months. As you can tell by the name, these fragrances are designed to complement each other and are inspired by blue skies and fresh atmospheres. Eternity Air for Women features grapefruit oil, peony and lily of the valley, whilst Eternity Air for Men includes mandarin oil, lavender, green apple and violet.

Marc Jacob’s Daisy Dream Sunshine is a great carefree scent for summer days. Launched in January 2019 as a limited edition, this fragrance features a combination of golden raspberries, orange blossoms and solar musk, which collide together in a sparkling cocktail of whimsical happiness.

Want to float into Summer? Shop all Light & Airy Fragrances here

 

Water

 Creed Virgin Island WaterStuck at your desk and need to be transported to St Tropez, Portofino or Hawaii? The following fragrances have all been inspired by the feeling of exploration, freedom and azure waters.

The formulation of Creed’s Virgin Island Water was inspired by a sailing trip to the Caribbean – its adventurous and refreshing notes include lime, copra, hibiscus, ylang ylang and ginger. Suitable for both men and women, it really captures the essence of summer and will help you to feel like the sun is shining down on you in a tropical climate!

Moschino Forever Sailing is another ocean favourite – a fragrance designed for men; lemon, grapefruit and ice mint are combined with juniper and patchouli to emphasise fun, excitement and the power of nature.

Want to take the plunge? Shop all Water Fragrances here

 

Allbeauty’s Top Seasonal Fragrance Tips

  1. Wearing a scent that it is evocative of summer can help you get into the holiday spirit.
  2. Heat & rising temperatures can intensify the sense of smell, which is why switching heavier ‘Winter’ scents for lighter ones can help you feel more energetic
  3. Don’t leave your perfume in the sun (or near hot temperatures – this includes your bathroom), as this can shorten the perfume’s lifespan.
  4. Headed to a festival or on a summer vacation which requires travel? Take a look at allbeauty’s range of Travalo Atomisers, perfect for decanting your favourite fragrance from glass bottles and taking with you on the go.
  5. You can make new fragrance discoveries by using the allbeauty Fragrance Finder to filter perfumes by category.

*details correct at time of publishing