My hair has always been a bit of a talking point. At school I was often called "The Girl With The Hair", "Hairy" (no joke), "Big Hair", it really was an identity thing.
I know who's to blame, and it's my dad. He had the most thick, coarse, dark and curly hair, so I just know that he passed it on to me. The only thing he didn't pass on was structure! My hair has the texture of curly, afro hair, but without the actual curls or definition! It's just fluff when it's natural!
As a teen, it was all over the place. I would straighten it to death, throw endless serums on it, and most of the time it would just sit there dominating me, expanding throughout the day, and just ending up a weighty mess from all of the sedation I was trying to feed it.
So sure, I can have my hair thinned out, but it'll always shoot back within a few weeks of course.
Over time I eventually realised that messing with it too much by endlessly blow drying, straightening, spraying, balming, cutting, it really wasn't helping! I needed to calm down, and let it breath and rest.
LUXURY HAIR ACCESSORIES
"First and foremost, we’re hairdressers.
We’ve spent decades working with the best in the business, jet-setting around the world, tending to the locks of the famous and glamorous (and a lot of fun it’s been, too). But we wanted what we’d learned to be available to everyone, not just the A-listers and the fabulously wealthy. So we teamed up and opened a salon in London.
And then we thought, What next? What next was our own range. From Abundantly Bouncy Volumising Mousse to Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm, we’ve incorporated everything we know to give you products which really, truly work.
So now, the Percy & Reed style – modern, cutting-edge yet wearable for the everyday – can be enjoyed by anyone.
Which makes us rather proud." - About
They're hairdressers. They know what they're talking about. That's not sarcasm. They really do.
A childhood dream occurred the other week when Percy & Reed got in touch to say they'd like to collaborate! Childhood dream because I've been such a fan since my late teens. The little illustrations have always been there in the forefront of my mind when thinking about hair care packaging, as well as that genius product they call "The Wonder Balm", but we'll get to that later.
Naturally I was over the moon when a very generous amount of my favourite products landed on my doorstep, and I honestly can't thank them enough with allowing me to share my fun story so extensively!
Yes! Right?! Sounds insane! But wait!
Now don't get me wrong. I've complained at how hard it is to tame my enormo-tresses, however that isn't to say I would ever want to give up on the thickness. I love thick hair! I just don't love thick, dry, fried, fluffy hair.
With me, smoothing products weigh my hair down, it looks limp, and that's just not me. The Percy & Reed Bountiful Bouncy Volumising Shampoo somehow manages to soften, soothe, and silken my hair without adding stiffness and restraint. My hair remains thick and luxurious, but with shine, and shows no sign of greasiness until much later in the week (yes, I only wash my hair once a week. My arms would fall off if I did. Dry shampoo is a favourite!).
"This volumising shampoo has an amplifying formula with blackcurrant extract to deeply cleanse your hair and leave it with more body than Miss M. Monroe, plus pro vitamin B5 to add strength. The result is big and beautifully bouncy." - Volumising Shampoo
In addition to the shampoo, I follow it up with the conditioner for good measure.
HAIR BRUSH FAVOURITES
It's award winning for a reason. I kid you not, this is the only leave in treatment I even care for now, and that's saying a LOT had you known what my hair care routine was around 10 years ago.
Despite having a tonne of hair all over the place, I only need around two pea sized applications through the mid-lengths and ends of my hair, to ensure frizz free and ultimately healthy looking hair which dries naturally much faster! I don't know how it manages it on my hair, but The Wonder Balm actually manages to make my locks look moisture-ful. This is a RARE thing, and something I struggled with massively.
"This miracle leave-in balm preps and primes your hair in readiness for all styling products and techniques. It’s all you need for beautiful, healthy looking and flawless hair.
However you style your hair, Wonder Balm will ease and speed up the styling process, giving you more control and better results that last longer. A miracle leave-in balm, to be exact, which helps give you (deep breath): moisture, shine, smoothness, definition, softness, light hold, high humidity protection and manageability. Perfect." - Wonder Balm
Call myself a fan, however I genuinely hadn't heard of the "A Walk In The Rain Shine & Fragrance Mist", but I believe it's a special edition at the moment! Thank you, P&R for sending me some along to try!
"A bright, delicate fragrance that evokes the scent of garden flowers, freshly misted by rain. This shine and fragrance mist contains green, leafy top notes, geranium and hyacinth heart notes and woody base notes.
It creates instant shine on all hair types and colours, while reviving hair and neutralising unwanted odours.
Mist it over your locks and not only will you smell glorious, you'll have intense, dazzling shine. It's a dual-purpose jewel!" - Walk In The Rain.
What a lovely thing! Now as I say, I'm reluctant to add more than necessary to my hair in order to keep it from buckling up and turning into a sponge, however I'm thrilled to say that a gentle blast of this between washes didn't add any weight what so ever!
The fragrance lingers daily, and holds notes of my favourite scents from floral to woody.
You really don't need much to get the gloss going either. It's so fun to add some instant shine to keep you topped up until next wash.
I'm still reluctant to use it daily, so stick to reaching for it when I really do feel I need to glisten in an emergency, but I really do sound out a round of applause for this guy.
PRETTY HAIR GRIP ACCESSORIES
Percy & Reed, you know I love you, and again thank you so much for being so wonderfully kind to me with taking me under your "brand communications" wing. This hair is, for the absolute most part, entirely down to you. I'm starstruck (and shiny all over).
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