Friday, September 19, 2014

Matrix Biolage Oilthérapie Treatment

A couple of weeks ago I was invited by Matrix Biolage with my mom to try out their new Oilthérapie range. 
Here's what they say about it: New Biolage Oiltherapie deeply nourishes hair from root-to-tip. Infused with the goodness of Olive oil + a blend of 4 natural oils, it envelops every strand of hair completely to help give it deep conditioning, exquisite shine & vitality. Hair looks brought back to life.

The range actually consists of four products - the Ultra Nourishing Rich Oil, Ultra Nourishing Shampoo, Ultra Nourishing Oil Conditioner & Ultra Nourishing Oil Masque. The range doesn't have a serum of it's own but you can use it with the Matrix Biolage Smoothing Serum. I was told that the masque is only for in-salon treatments, but the rest of the products can be purchased directly from Matrix Salons & some of them can be found online.

The shampoo & conditioner smell like bubblegum (yum!) & the treatment also includes a shoulder, arm & head massage, which in my opinion is the best reason to get the treatment (as if making damaged hair look shinier & healthier isn't reason enough).

Both my mother & I have a very similar hair texture - thick! And the ends can get dry or frizzy too. Overall not the most manageable kind of hair. And we're both not really big on home remedies or oiling. It's just usually shampoo, conditioner & serum, with a mask 2-3 times a month.

At the end of our treatment there wasn't a drastic change, but my hair did feel softer & smoother. But it's easy for your hair to look good after a blowout, right? What about later? After every subsequent wash my hair has felt soft, as well as more tame & manageable. My mothers observations were pretty much the same, too. :) I've continued using the Oilthérapie range at home.

If your hair is dry, damaged, fatigued or frizz prone I'd highly recommend the treatment & the range. And I have promised myself that I will go at least once a month for the treatment myself, because the results are totally worth it. You can see more information about Matrix Biolage & all of their products on their website.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Ten things you didn't know about Alia Bhatt + Maybelline GIVEAWAY!

Maybelline had the hugely successful Hangout with Alia activity a few months ago. It was a conversation between Mumbai, Delhi, & Alia Bhatt herself which was really well received.
In honor of that, Maybelline released a new video on 10 Things You Didn't Know about Alia Bhatt. Do watch it & then I'll let you know how you can win fabulous Maybelline hampers!     

Maybelline has kindly offered to sponsor a contest where not one but five of you will win a hamper with Maybelline goodies like the ones below. And once you've watched the video it'll take you just about five minutes to enter, so what are you waiting for?

Steps to Enter the Giveaway-
- What is Alia Bhatt's Fashion Mantra?
- What is Alia Bhatt's Favorite Color Show Glitter Mania Nail Polish Shade? (see all the shades HERE)
- Subscribe to my YouTube channel (click the button below or visit here & click the red subscribe button, you will just need a YouTube or Google account).

- (Optional Entry) Follow @magali_c & @maybellineindia on twitter & tweet:
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Leave the answers to the questions & your YouTube/Google username in the comments below. If you have done any of the optional entries please post a separate comment. Last date for entries: 30th September. Winners will be announced a week later in the comments of this post!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Himalaya Herbals Anti Hair Fall Shampoo REVIEW

I've been rigorously testing hair care products these last two months & though an old wives tale states that changing your hair products often can cause damage / hair fall etc. my hair has never felt better! Today I'm reviewing an anti hairfall shampoo from Himalaya.

Himalaya Anti Hair Fall Shampoo*  - ₹220 for 400ml

Himalaya's Anti-Hair Fall Shampoo is a breakthrough 2-in-1 formula that reduces hair fall and provides nourishment to hair shafts. It also conditions and improves your hair texture to reduce hair fall due to breakage. The herbs Butea Frondosa and Bhringaraja stimulate hair follicle growth and are effective in strengthening hair roots and controlling hair fall.
Key ingredients:
Bhringaraja is traditionally used in Ayurveda for hair growth and hair dyeing. It nourishes the hair root, improves hair texture and reduces hair fall.
Butea Frondosa or 'flame of the forest' is native to India and Southeast Asia. It strengthens hair and helps promote hair growth.
Lets take a look at the ingredients. Even though Himalaya is a herbal brand, this shampoo contains silicone & is also perfumed, so I find it a little bit misleading. The key ayurvedic ingredients that are expounded on at the back of the bottle, are present right at the bottom of the ingredient list, which means this shampoo contains very little of it. The Shampoo is, however, SLS free.
Even though I don't particularly suffer from hair fall, I gave this a whirl for a couple of weeks. Since it doesn't contain SLS it doesn't lather much, but not to worry, your hair is still getting cleansed. I usually condition at least every alternate time (with whatever conditioner I find at hand!) because if I don't my hair starts to feel rough & dry. I also make sure to use either a styling creme or oil afterwards on damp hair, just to make it easier to comb & smooth out some of the flyaways.
I haven't really noticed a big change in my hair, neither positive nor negative. But it works just as a shampoo should in keeping my hair fresh & clean. It's strong enough to cleanse my oily scalp but not harsh either, I usually use it 2-3 times a week. Overall as long as you know this shampoo is not really herbal, it's quite nice & I would recommend it!

Do you suffer from hair fall? If so, has any anti hair fall shampoo worked for you?