Take the Heat – Aussie (style)

There’s more to life than hair, but its a good place to start!

ImageThis is a Aussie hair care slogan and it’s so true. As I have mentioned in previous posts, over the last few months I have taken to straightening my hair. This is because its so dry that it doesnt sit straight (and it is wavy too) – not sure why my lightbulb told me to straighten it because this is just making the problem worse in the long run!

I was using serum to protect it before and afterwards, until I had a conversation with my hairdresser. She told me not to use it before straightening unless it has heat defense in it because its just oil and will fry the hair. So the very thing I thought was protecting my hair was probably destroying it. Ironically, I had been using the Frizezze product but changed to a Tony and Guy one, and it was only the previous product that had heat defense.

When I mentioned this issue – needing to find a good heat defense product – to friends on Facebook, one friend recommended the Aussie Take the Heat product. I’ve used the Aussie shampoo and conditioners and I certainly have no issues with those, so I thought I would give Take the Heat a go.

Take the Heat is a leave-in spray designed “for heat-damaged hair”, so this was perfect. Not only was my hair damaged from straightening, I also dry it on the top heat and dye it regularly too (though recently I have stopped drying it unless I need it dry immediately). The product goes on to say:

Our styling formula, with Australian Jojoba seed oil, is a protective spray that helps protect your hair against the styling heat while smoothing it when using a straightening tool.”

The way I use it is this: after washing and conditioning my hair and getting excess water off with a towel, I will turn my head upside down and spray it liberally, concentrating on the ends. I probably use more than is recommended but better safe than sorry! I’ll then dry it if I am going out, or leave it to dry if I am not, and then straighten.

The first thing I notice once it is dry is that it gives me more volume than I would otherwise be blessed with. And my hair feels silky. And looks silky too. These benefits are more than enough to justify the £4.99 price tag. 

When it comes to styling my hair with straighteners I have noticed that it takes more work than usual to get my hair looking sleek. It does what it says on the bottle – helps to smooth the hair – but the heat seems to take longer to penetrate the hair follicles. This is what we want, ultimately, of course – the product to protect the hair from heat damage, and so this can only be a good thing.

I’ve been using this product a few weeks now and I have noticed a slight improvement in the quality of my hair, so its definitely worth using – and is a product I will be sticking with from here on in. 

Have you tried it? What did you think?

P.s. Keep your eye on my blog for an up and coming competition to win two signed copies of works by the prominent children’s author, Inbali Iserles.


Coconut Creme


You may be forgiven for thinking I have a coconut obsession! The recent posts on this foodstuff is purely coincidental, I can assure you!

Coconut Creme from The Little Bubble Co. is a bubble bath that I came across when browsing the bath section of my local Boots: The Chemist.

The first time I bought it there were two reasons: firstly it was on offer for 99p and secondly it smelt very strongly of coconut.

Bath products are a funny thing with their smells, don’t you find? Whatever fruit they are claiming to be, its always much more intense than the actual fruit could ever hope to be. In fact, if you smelt them together – say, coconut bath cream and the juice of a coconut – they smell nothing alike. The same for strawberries, lemons, apples, and everything else. Yet, we could smell a bubble bath and instantly know what smell it was supposed to be mimicking.

This product is no different, the smell is strong, and sweet, and really lovely. Both when you open the lid and have a sniff, and when you use it in the bath. I was not disappointed when I used it, I came out of the bath feeling like a right fruity nut!! (Do you like what I did there?!)

When you pour Coconut Creme from The Little Bubble Co. under running water it develops a lovely smelly foam in the bath. The foam isnt too volumised but there are definitely adequate bubbles. Somehow I don’t feel clean unless a product has bubbles. I feel squeeky clean after a Coconut Creme bath. It is very soft to the skin, too.

The bubble bath comes in a fairly big container, which holds 500mls. It lasted for ages so at its normal price of £2.99 you are getting really good value for money. It isnt tested on animals, is suitable for vegetarians and is allergen free.

Once I used this product it was instantly a firm favourite. I do sometimes try other products for my bath but this is one of my firm go-to products if I cannot make a decision. I currently have a bottle of it by my bath and I cannot imagine when I will not.

The Little Bubble Co. also do a range of other flavours such as Strawberry Sundae, Vanilla Biscuit and Mango Delight. I have tried them all. They are all nice and luxurious but only really loved the Coconut Creme one.

Have you tried it? What did you think?

I definitely think it is worth a go!