Dove Refresh+Care Dry Shampoo


For me, I only really want one thing from a dry shampoo and that’s to help me avoid having to wash my hair as often as the grease would like me to. When it comes to washing my hair, most of the time I just can’t be bothered. Lazy I know, but it just always seems like such a chore. And with a full fringe, that attitude is not something I can get away with (not that I could get away with it with any other kind of fringe, but its so much more obvious when my hair is crying is be washed).

Back in my school days I used to rub talc in my hair, then I finally discovered Baptiste and never felt the need to try another brand. They do exactly what you want it to do and smell quite nice while they’re at it, especially the Tropical one. Then came along what felt like hundreds of beauty posts about the new Style+Care range from Dove. A dry shampoo that translucent you say? I couldn’t get to Boots quick enough. The thought of spraying my hair and not having the fight of rubbing it in to get rid of the white powder residue that seems to come hand in hand with any dry shampoo seemed too good to be true.

Now, first of all, I need to say that I have fallen in love with this product and I will get to the reasons why next. But, translucent it is not. Please imagine waking up at 4 am in the morning on your last day after travelling around France the whole week with 4 am starts on everyday. I can’t be bothered to wash my hair at the best of times, so my poor scalp had no chance of seeing water and shampoo this week so this dry shampoo had become my best friend. Every day I just gave my fringe a quick spray and that was that, fine until the next morning. But by the end of the week, my hair was looking a bit grubby so I decided to give it an all over spray using quite a bit more than I usually had. Cut to 11 am when I look into the mirror for the first time since I’d got ready that morning to find I had what can only be described at white roots. All over my head. Why no one had decided to tell me, I don’t know but what I found the worst thing about it was that the product I thought was the saviour to my hair care laziness had let me down.

But, a few trial and errors later, it turns out that if you’re only using a bit of the product then you’re fine. But if you’re trying to rid an entire greasy head then you will have to put a bit of elbow work into your prep time.

I do love this product though. Its a lot lighter than other dry shampoos I’ve used and my hair doesn’t feel as talcy/powdery after using it.  I’ve also been using it to add a bit of texture into my freshly washed hair (yes, I do sometimes bother), especially when I want to curl it. I’ve found that doing this helps styles stay in shape a lot longer.

I’d definitely recommend giving it a go, but just don’t expect a see through magical mist to fix your greasy head. Maybe one day.


Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment


So, about four years ago I walked into my hairdressers and asked for my hair to be cut like Frankie Sanford’s, the style where one side is cropped short and the other side is still like a bob. My hair looked great, unfortunately my face didn’t look like Frankie’s afterwards, and I loved my hair cut. A few months later I went back in and had the longer side cropped short as well. Now, I loved my hair short, but after 2 years I got a bit bored and around the time of my Graduation I decided to grow it.

Soon after commencing Operartion Grow Hair, I realised this would be one of the most awkward and hardest things I would have to do with myself, style wise. It was horrible. There wasn’t much I could do with it as it was growing out and by the time it got to the really awkward stage, I was considering getting it all chopped off again. But, my friends encouraged me to keep with it.

Around this time, I was browsing in Boots (can you tell I’m obsessed with that place), and noticed the Lee Stafford Hair Growth range. At the time there were three products on offer: shampoo, conditioner and this treatment. Recently they’ve added a leave in treatment to the range, which I bought yesterday and can’t wait to try. At the time, I decided to only purchase the treatment (available for £7.99).

Now, it’s impossible to know how my hair would have grown without using this treatment as it grows pretty quick anyway, but I’m certain that this helped to get my hair looking longer and more lovely a lot quicker. At the start I would use it every time I washed my hair and I’d also leave it on for an hour or so once a week and rinse it off. Nowadays, I prefer to use it once or twice a week as a treatment on my roots (I use Superdrugs Coconut Oil as a treatment on the ends of hair). The only way I can judge how quick my hair grows is with my handy full fringe. When I take a break from using the treatment, I need to trim it every 2-3 weeks, but as soon as I start using the treatment again it speeds this up by about a week. It’s definitely helped my hair to grow in a healthy condition as well. In two years, my hair has gone from having the clippers on the back, to being about three inches below my shoulders. I’ve had about four inches off in haircuts during this time as well.

The product smells gorgeous. Its quite strong though so may not be to everyone’s tastes. Its easy to get carried away and use a lot, that’s why I ended up just using it on my roots to save having to repurchase it so often. But this and my trusty coconut oil are the only parts of my hair care routine that I don’t change. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve repurchased this. I don’t think my hair has suffered either from not using it with the shampoo and conditioner either. I’m curious to know how fast hair would grow though if I had used all the products.

On the tub, Lee Stafford promises that the product will:

  • reduce hair loss
  • improve follicle health,
  • reduce irritation and moisturise the scalp
  • address hair ageing
  • improve the strength of hair
  • improve the volume and feel of the hair

I can’t say that I’ve experienced more volumnious hair, but I bought this treatment to encourage my hair to grow in good condition and it’s definitely done that. So if you’re considering growing out your short hair, or you just want a bit more length quicker, then buy this product. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

At the moment, Lee Staffords Hair products are on offer at Boots for 3 for £12, so stock up while you can!