Beauty Experiences | ShampYou at Concoction Pop-Up Selfridges

IMG_4833[1]You know when you come across a genius idea and think why didn’t I come up with that? That’s exactly how I feel about Concoction. I came across the brand, founded by former Apprentice series six candidate Alex Epstein quite some time ago, but between then and now Concoction has only improved with new test tube resembling packaging, slight tweaks to fragrance and until very recently a pop-up store at a certain yellow shop called Selfridges where customers could have a shampoo whipped up for them before their very eyes by Concoction mixologists.

The concept behind Concoction is that you create and customise shampoo, or what the team at Concoction have dubbed it… ShampYou to your hair’s needs with shots of serum. So if you’ve got curly, blonde hair and like the smell of lemons then you may choose the Lemon + Verbena shampoo with the Curl Me Up and High-Definition Blonde serums. You’re never going to find products specifically for curly blondes and that’s what makes Concoction so genius.

IMG_4862Already being a fan, I had to to check out the pop-up and get me another bottle of shampoo. With their Bakhour scented shampoo being my favourite I was pretty gutted when Alex told me that they had run out as it was their best selling scent (Selfridges has a huge number of customers coming from the Gulf at this time of the year so it makes perfect sense!), so I opted for Black Pepper + Citrus* which is just as deep and musky, but with a kick to wake up the most tired of people in the morning. Then came the fun part – the serums for your ShampYou. I chose Curl Me Up and Gimme More Moisture, and they come in these cute little plastic vials which the mixologist snaps the top off, pours into the bottle and then shakes just as you would when preparing a cocktail. It’s all fun to watch and I even had a little shake myself. Shampoo is never moisturising, but the Gimme More Moisture really does help to stop my hair from feeling dry, and what’s more is the Cashmere + White Lily Crème De Concoction* isn’t your average conditioner, its super thick consistency takes it to the same level as a deep conditioning mask so this’ll come handy during the winter months.

Customising your order at Starbucks, bespoke suits and now made to measure haircare – wish granted!

The Products My Hair’s Rating Right Now #2

IMG_9954So last year I was telling you about the hair products I’d been loving, but I’ve managed to cram in a million and one products to try between a year since. However, lately I’ve been smitten with a few products:

Curl Harmony Curl Reviver* and Intensive Repair Deep Conditioner* – I usually prefer to skip conditioner and go for hair masks when washing my hair simply because I feel that they pack more of a punch in the moisture game. The Intensive Repair Deep Conditioner most definitely lives up to ‘intense’ alright; it’s super thick and filled with shea butter, coconut butter and jojoba oil so you can expect your hair to feel less damaged and dry after a few uses. It hasn’t been on my shower rack for long, and I’m already almost half way through finishing it so I’ll be practicing restraint and try to use up neglected bottles of conditioner before I’m forced to buy another! I follow the mask up with the Curl Harmony Curl Reviver and let the hair dry naturally. Avocado Butter, kokum butter and coconut butter will have frizz sorted out in no time, but this doesn’t even begin to rival the Intensive Repair Deep Conditioner.

Dove Intensive Repair Overnight Treatment – What I love about travelling are the different products you can find from the usual brands and Dove has some interesting products in the Middle East including this overnight hair treatment. The water in Saudi Arabia is hard so it can sometimes leave the hair feeling quite brittle so I popped this into my shopping trolley without a second thought when I saw this sitting on the shelf at Carrefour. By using this in the evening after washing your hair, you wake up to hair that’s lighter in weight, softer and a lot easier to manage. I consider it to be an overnight deep conditioning treatment without all the wrapping your head with a shower cap and risking getting gooey hair mask all over your pillow in the middle of the night!

Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream* – I’ve had my eye on this for a very long time, but it wasn’t until a visit to the Errol Douglas Salon in Belgravia that I was introduced to this wonderful product that is the Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream. Apply a tiny coin sized amount all over damp hair, and once it’s all dried say hello to bouncy, loose and shiny curls. Errol is the UK and Ireland’s ambassador for the brand and his salon also stocks the stuff so if you’re in need then you know where to go.

Aussie Dual Personality Anti Frizz + Conditioning Milk – I don’t really know what to say about this. Before I wrote this I was in love, now I’m not so sure. Confusing I know, but it’s up to you to make your own mind up about the Aussie Dual Personality Anti Frizz + Conditioning Milk! This bottle of confusion contains Australian sea-kelp, I’m not sure what it does exactly, but after trying this for the first time I was impressed at how frizz-free my locks were. But a while afterwards it left my hair feeling limp and a bit meh. Definitely not rating this now!

A Modern Classic

20130606-031602.jpgLet’s get something straight – in beauty you have your classics, and for me there are two types. First there are the classics that stand the test of time like Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream* and the second being modern classics – recently released products that will stand the test of time in the future. I could spend a day talking about my modern classics so I’ll save that for another time, but for now let me just sing praise for Ojon’s Rare Blend™ Oil Total Hair Therapy* which has been a game changer ever since it came into my life!

From tropical Tahiti to the Kalahari Desert in Africa, from the remote rainforests of Central America and beyond, Ojon™ gathered potent natural oils legendary for their great healing powers and infused them into three phases: Amber, Crystal, and Red. One precious drop of this multitasking wonder protects and transforms dull, dry, or damaged hair to vibrant health. Hair instantly looks glossier, shinier, silkier, and more luxurious. 

The description sounds awfully romantic and exotic, but it’s true. Hair is most definitely glossier, shinier and silkier – most top quality hair oils have that affect on your hair, however the difference I’ve found in comparing the Rare Blend Oil to other hair oils is that it has a light and almost liquid-like consistency (it’s quite runny unlike other thick and gloopy oils) and it leaves the hair feeling as though there’s no product in it at all. That’s all down to the blend of oils including Ojon oil, rouge oleifera, Tahitian monoi oil, Tahitian kukui oil, marula oil, Kalahari melon oil, kuikui oil and ximenia oil. The oil is incredibly versatile; all you do is give it a good shake to mix the phases together to reveal a gorgeous sunset hue and you’re ready to run it through your hair after a wash and go, before a blow dry to protect your locks from heat damage and post straightening to give your hair some shine.

Maybe when we’ll all old and grey this modern classic will be around to tell our granddaughters about – what am I even saying? It will be, mark my words!

The Mixstress Workshop | Avocado Hair Mask

20130213-201440.jpgI have a love/hate relationship with avocados; sometimes I love them in my salads and smoothies and other times I feel sick at the thought of an avocado passing my lips. I don’t know why, but what I do know is that I love love love avocados on my hair. They’re packed with protein which helps to strengthen the hair and treat any damage from colouring and heat. Mayonnaise is also another source of protein for your hair as it contains eggs so mixing the avocado and mayonnaise together makes it a super protein treat for your locks but it’s not quite super without honey! Honey, draws moisture to the hair so if your hair’s particularly parched because of the winter weather then this is a mask for you.


1 avocado

1 tablespoon of honey

1 tablespoon of mayonnaise


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