Tuesday, 2 May 2023

The New OGX Colour Retention Collection : Review

OGX haircare brand has recently launched a new collection, the Colour Retention Collection, the products in this collection claim to leave your hair with that fresh from the salon feeling for even longer and extend the life of a salon or at home colour for up to 7 weeks (based on 3-4 washings per week using the OGX Colour Retention shampoo and conditioner) 

What OGX says about the collection:

"Brighten up with the new OGX Colour Care collection. This nourishing and protecting conditioner for coloured hair uses Colour Bond Plex technology proven to help extend your colour by up to 4 weeks.* A fortifying anti-fade formula shields from UVA & UVB rays whilst protecting your hair from future damage. You can expect super shiny smoothness and colour that will last the distance! There is a reason 9 out of 10 hairdressers recommend OGX haircare***, salon quality pH balanced tropical blends with precious oils leave hair looking healthy and feeling fantastic, whilst sulfate free surfactants gently cleanse whilst protecting your scalp and your colour. OGX puts the care into haircare, so you can do the wear & tear! *based on 3-4 washings per week when OGX Colour Retention Shampoo and Conditioner is used ** In lab tests, Johnson & Johnson. Data on File ***Tested by 113 UK hairdressers 2021"

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I have been using the products for the last few weeks, as have both of my daughters. We all have coloured hair, both myself and my youngest daughter have highlighted hair, and my eldest daughter has half and half, so half her hair is dark and the other half is bleached blonde. 

We have all used all the products, I have used the shampoo followed by conditioner, and once a week I have added the mask also. Most often I have used the shampoo and followed it using the mask instead of using conditioner. 

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I was surprised how much of a lather the shampoo had considering it is sulphate free, sometimes shampoos without sulphates don't lather much, but this feels lovely and bubbly (is that even a word?) I always wash my hair twice, and this felt lovely to use, and I didn't need to use tons of it. As you can see from the photograph above, the consistency of the shampoo is quite thick, but it isn't too thick you can't squeeze it out of the bottle, and it rinses out with ease. 

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Being someone who always had oily hair, especially at the roots, until a couple of years ago,  I still worry that using conditioner will leave my hair feeling and looking greasy almost immediately after having it washed. I used the conditioner on the mid lengths and ends of my hair avoiding my roots because of this. 

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The mask is a nice creamy consistency and is not too thick, I used it on the mid lengths and ends of my hair, leaving it for a couple of minutes before rinsing. You can use the mask on dry hair for more intensity, but I didn't feel my hair needed it so I didn't try it. I didn't need to use much of the mask, although I do have very thin hair, I found a small amount was enough for my hair.  

My Thoughts:

Using The Products:

My first thought when using the OGX Colour Retention products was how lovely the scent was. They have a mild coconut scent with a touch of vanilla, a nice sweet scent that isn't overpowering. 

The first time I used the shampoo I thought it lathered really well for a sulphate free shampoo, as they don't usually lather too well, but it did and it rinsed out with ease and my hair felt lovely and clean after 2 washes. The shampoo and conditioner have quite a thick consistency, but not too thick that you can't squeeze it out of the bottle easily like some other brands I have tried. 

The conditioner left my hair feeling soft and tangle free, when my hair is wet it is very tangled, think bird's nest, so it was nice to be able to have my hair brushed through wet without feeling like I was being tortured. When I used the mask after shampooing instead of the conditioner, my hair felt so silky and smooth when wet, and was easy to get a brush through, so both the conditioner and the mask were great for my "bird's nest when wet hair" and after using both products, my hair brushed through without difficulty when it was wet, which is unheard of for me. 

After Using The Products:

My daughter washes and dries my hair for me as I struggle due to health issues, she uses a Wet Brush Flex Dry brush to brush my hair through when it's wet, this brush is amazing, I bought mine from Just My Look and it was around half the price of every other website I have seen it, if you want to try it, you can buy it here

When my hair is brushed through, my daughter rough dries my hair using her Dyson Airwrap and then she goes over it with the smoothing brush attachment which leaves my hair looking nice and tidy without having to have it straightened. 

I was so impressed the first time my hair was washed with the OGX products, the difference in my wet hair was amazing, it wasn't like a bird's nest and brushed through much easier than usual. Once dry, my hair looked smooth and shiny and felt so soft and silky, I couldn't stop touching it!

Having blonde hair, it doesn't really look shiny so I was pleasantly surprised to see the shine, it also smelt lovely too, I was really impressed with the look and feel of my hair and both my daughters said their hair looked and felt lovely and smooth too, my eldest daughter said the darker half of her hair hasn't faded as much as it previously has since using the products too which is a brilliant result. 


I have been really impressed with all 3 of the OGX products and will definitely buy them in the future. They are all great products and left my hair feeling and looking lovely. Personally, I like to use the shampoo and then the mask in place of conditioner, but all 3 products are nice. My daughters have quite dry hair and they both like to use all 3 products when washing their hair, we have all been impressed with the way our hair looks and feels after using the products and my eldest daughter is really happy her darker colour hasn't faded as much since using them. 

The products would be ideal to take when travelling as the sun, sea and swimming pool water can leave the hair really dry and the sun fades the colour if you have coloured hair, and since the products have an anti fade formula to shield from UVA and UVB rays, it would be perfect for popping in your suitcase to take on holiday.

Overall I am really happy with all 3 products in the range and definitely recommend them, hopefully, I have covered any questions you may have, but if not, pop them in the comments and I'll be sure to get back to you. 

If you would like to try the OGX Colour Retention collection products, the best price I found was on Amazon, the shampoo is available here for £3.99, the conditioner here for £4.42 and the hair mask here for £5.33 which are all brilliant prices compared to other online sites I checked out, I will share the other prices I found and links below. 

I found the shampoo and conditioner on the  Superdrug website here retailing at £3.99 each, which is the most affordable price I found, but unfortunately, the mask wasn't available to purchase online. The most expensive price I found for the shampoo and conditioner was on the Boots website here retailing £7.99 each, the mask wasn't available to purchase online. 

Have you tried any of the OGX Colour Retention products? If so what are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below, and if you haven't tried the products, do you think you'll pick them up to try? 

Thank you for reading 
Zoë x



Friday, 21 April 2023

It's Been A While - An Update


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Where to start?

I feel like I have done this a few times in recent times, I have had to have a break from blogging due to health issues and then when I feel like I can come back to it slowly and in my own time, something else happens, I become sicker or life happens and before I know it, months have passed. 

My health hasn't been great in recent months, I have had numerous kidney infections, Strep A, then secondary Strep A, Strep IGAS, quite a few chest infections, plus yet more diagnoses, so it's been a lot. But surprisingly that hasn't been the worst of things, which might give you an insight into just how awful things have been. 

I am not going to go into huge detail today, as this is very private and very personal but for the last few months, well, almost a year, things have not been good, I haven't been good, and my whole family haven't been good. We've been dealing with what I can only describe as the most horrific time of my life, and my family's life too, dealing with something I never considered we would ever have to deal with, and I am so sorry if this is cryptic, but I literally cannot talk about it in detail, I possibly will be able to go into more detail one day, but at the moment I can't. 

I didn't really realise how much things have affected me until I realised I have become someone I don't really recognise. I'm not me, I don't want to do anything or go anywhere. I haven't written my blog or made videos for my Instagram account for such a long time either, something I enjoy doing when I am able to. I haven't done a lot of things, I have been quite insular and quiet, not really speaking to anyone, and not making plans, and I feel so bad for that, I didn't realise I was doing it, maybe I was just too consumed by other things, other really horrendous things. 

Moving forward...

One thing I do like doing is, writing my blog, I like to create the videos I share on Instagram and I really want to get back into doing both of those things.   There are some nice things I want to share with you, nice news, some new products I have been trying out and some things I have bought recently too. So I suppose that's a start to writing my blog again, baby steps so they say. 


I am sorry to those of you who actually do like reading my blog or enjoy my video's on Instagram, and I hope now I can get back into things at my own pace, my health and mental health have taken a battering and it's not going to be easy, but when I feel I can chat to my laptop like I'm doing now, I shall do. If you're not following my Instagram account, you can do so by clicking this link.

To my friends who may read this, I am so sorry if I have neglected you at times, I appreciate you more than you know and love you so much, you know who you are. 

Thank you for reading, I'll see you soon...



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