29 September 2015

My 5 Top Hair Care and Styling Products

"People always ask me how long it takes to do my hair. I don't know, I'm never there" - Dolly Parton
When it comes to hair, I can write a dissertation on the topic. I've done it all: grew it out, had it hideously cut, got highlights (what in the world was I thinking), had it bleached, got it laminated, got it dyed nicely and got it trimmed over and over again. Right now I am trying to grow it out but because I still want to remain a blonde, my hair refuses to grow past current 14-15 inches. More on that later in this post before I get into the whole hair growth rant :) So today I would like to introduce my favourite and essential hair care and basic styling products that I use either every single day or very often. It wasn't easy to pick only a few (I left out my shampoo though I will link you to it because it's amazing and super affordable). Ok, let's go wash, spray & take care of those strands together ;)

I've always had very fine hair. My mom always believed it was her fault because she didn't start giving me haircuts early when I was a little baby. In Ukraine for some reason (I honestly don't know if it's true) people think that getting your hair cut a lot when you are a kid, helps it to be thick and long later on in life. Well, I personally think my case has to do with genetics (though both of my parents have lovely hair: mom's bob is super shiny and thick and dad still has all his hair with just a touch of grey which looks amazing). Anyway, I've learned to live and work with it and to be honest, I do like my hair. I just wish it was a bit longer. If you have any great tips for fast growth, shoot away! 
Now let's jump it to the review. First, my favourite 4 every day products for hair care are:
1. Dove Colour Radiance Shampoo (not featured in the photo): I can't rave enough about this shampoo and how much I love it. I've tried so many: cheap and expensive, salon and drugstore but it's such an amazing feeling to finally find that special one which gives you everything you need from a shampoo. In my case with my Dove one, my hair is soft (yet not too fluffy or light), silky and smooth (but doesn't fall flat) and fresh and clean (some shampoos seem to be doing the opposite for me). So yeah, it's tried and tested and I'm extremely happy with it. Retail price: £2.69 here or $ 3.28 here.
2. TRESemmé Luxurious Moisture Conditionerthis conditioner was an amazing find for me as I thought my hair did get dry and dull after winter (I started using it in spring). Having it applied only on the bottom half of my hair, especially working it into the roots, I noticed how it added that extra moisture to my ends and made my hair softer. This conditioner also acts as a great detangler. My thin hair gets badly tangled after being washed - it goes against the logic, I know haha. I never skip conditioning now. Retail price: £4.99 here or $10.03 here.
3. OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum: I've been thinking of giving this one a go for a while and I decided to try it, well because my split ends were screaming for it. First of all, I love the soft coconut'y scent. Secondly, I definitely support good oil-based products and this OGX serum didn't disappoint. I apply it daily by squeezing a few drops into my hands, rubbing them together and then just slightly touching the ends and fly-aways and frizz. It definitely makes my hair more silky and less frizzy, and not heavy or greasy. Perfetto! Retail price: £7.35 here or $7.99 here.
4. Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur Oil Nutritive Express Repair Conditioner Spray: hands-down my number one favourite hair product EVER! I will not be able to count the number of bottles I've gone through. A friend recommended it to me probably 3 years ago or more and I've never stopped using it since. It is a perfect detangler and an amazing oil-based moisturizing spray. The scent is just wonderful and as much as I sometimes don't like/want washing my hair (we all have those days), I always look forward to using this spray. I use it right after getting my hair dried a bit with a towel (I know some people recommend a t-shirt) by spraying it all over and then I let my hair dry a bit before brushing it carefully. Retail price: (couldn't find a UK-based website that sells it - anyone can help?) EUR 12.37 here or $13.49 here.
I have to tell you right off the bat that when it comes to styling, I use the basics. My hairdresser recommended me to do my best and skip blow drying my hair when possible + put that hair straightener down (as much as I would love to use it on a daily basis). However, there are products that prevent heat-caused damage. But without going too deep into those, I will share my two go-to products I use for quick everyday styling. 
1. Schwarzkopf got2b Beach Matt Texturizing Salt Spray: ok, so who wouldn't want mermaid waves?! :) I really love this texturizing spray and use it for those days when I feel like I want to look like Ariel (no, erase that, Ariel's hair was a little less wavy lol). I apply it on my hands and run them through slightly wet hair, squeeze my locks gently and push them up (if this makes sense). The smell is lovely and the result is always the "mermaid waves". However, if you apply too much, it will give hair that slightly 'wet' look and might make your locks feel heavy. So moderate amount and the right application will help you achieve the look. Retail price: £4.19 here or $10.18 here.
2. Tigi Bed Head SuperStar Queen For A Day: this little treat has been absolutely incredible and works wonders for me! I was looking for a perfect thickening spray for a while and I definitely found the one :) This spray is made for thin/fine hair! I apply it while my hair is just towel-dried and it adds a lot of volume and gives me A LOT more hair to work with when I blow dry it. It doesn't weigh hair down but adds texture and it definitely makes it voluminous. My thin hair is big like no ones business when I use this spray! :) Retail price: £8.40 here or $17.94 here (both discounted).

I hope you enjoyed this post guys. I whip my hair back and forth for you ;) (Willow reference) 
By the way, two of the products I listed here were also featured in my post What's In My Travel Wash Bag 
if you would like to check it out.

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  1. I love the Got2b salt spray but definitely know what you mean about the 'wet' look if you accidentally apply too much! I'd love to try the OGX serum I'll have to look out for it next time I'm in town
    Amy x
    www.callmeamy.co.uk

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    1. I think Got2Be is perfect for thick hair but with thin hair you definitely have to be careful with application haha. You will love OGX serum, Amy! Thanks for a lovely comment, hon.
      xox

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  2. I'm not a huge "hair person" so I hardly ever spend any time or money on it. I love that these products are affordable, and seem easy to use. I'll definitely have to check them out next time I'm around the store :)

    Stephanie @ Sartorial Diner

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    1. Haha, I know exactly what you mean, Stephanie. I wouldn't spend a lot of money (or time) on my hair but I found these essentials do work for me and my thin hair issues :)
      They are definitely super affordable and I included both UK and American websites to get those products from for everyone's convenience. Glad you enjoyed this post, girlie, and lovely to see you on my blog ;)
      xox

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  3. The TRESemmé‎ conditioner is my favorite too! It's the only thing that keeps my hair moisturized all day.

    Ariana | www.labelmeluxxe.blogspot.com

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    1. So true! It is amazing and gives that moisturizing effect without making hair heavy - definitely a winner!
      Thanks for commenting, Ariana ;)
      xox

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  4. Nice product, great post

    http://www.adelaacanski.com/

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    1. Thank you, Adela. Glad you enjoyed it.
      Which product is your favourite?
      xox

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    1. Thank you Karolina :)
      Are you using any of these products?
      Welcome to my blog ;)
      xox

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  6. I love The TRESemmé‎ conditioner and the coconut milk sounds really good! I'd like to try it out x

    www.damlatuzun.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for a lovely comment, Damla :)
      You will definitely enjoy that serum. It's amazing <3
      xox

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  7. Oeh.The coconut milk serum sounds very amazing!
    WritingMonique

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    1. It is really good, Monique. I love oils of any kind, even though they are tricky/greasy to apply, but hey, the result ;) Thanks for popping in, girlie. Hope you are having a nice week!
      xox

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  8. I love the OGX Moroccan oil but I have yet to try the coconut serum. It looks and sounds amazing, I'm totally going to have to give it a go after reading your thoughts on it. Great review Nadia, hope you're having a fantastic week gorgeous! XO -Kim
    www.thethirtysomethinglife.com

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    1. I love Moroccan oil, mmm the scent is just amazing. You will love this coconut'y scent if you try it, Kim :) Thanks so much for a sweet comment and hope you are having a lovely week yourself, hon <3
      xox

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  9. Oh wow I want to try out all these products haha, I love hearing about new hair care products!
    Becky Shannon xx - Life-by-Becky

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    1. Thanks Becky :) I agree, it is super nice to discover new products, especially hair care ones. I always look for recommendation from other bloggers on what they have tried, tested and loved ;)
      xox

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  10. My sister has bleached, dyed and dry hair and she SWEARS by the Dove shampoo! I need to find myself some texturising and volumizing hair spray, honestly, so these are great suggestions!

    May | THE MAYDEN | Bloglovin'

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    1. Haha, Dove is amazing! I don't know what makes it so good but it just works! :)
      You will LOVE Bed Head Queen for a Day! It's very amazing, May.
      Thanks for a great comment hon.
      xox

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  11. I've really wanted to try a texturizing salt spray for so long, and I'm so glad you recommended one! :D
    Can't wait to try it! <3 Thank you so much for sharing!

    And as for growing out hair, ever since I've started taking multi-vitamins, I've noticed it tends to grow faster and healthier :) Oh, and my hairdresser also said that drinking soy milk or eating soy-related foods (such as tofu) really helps!

    xo, elizabeth t.

    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

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    1. You will definitely like this texturizing salt spray, Elizabeth, but make sure to apply in moderation and you will be good ;) Bed Head Queen for a Day is incredible as well.
      Thanks for much for great advice on growing out hair, girlie! I need to start taking multi-vitamins. Never even thought of soy, thanks for great advice ;)
      xox

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  12. very interesting post ! beautiful pics !

    www.madamedaria.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Daria :)
      Glad you liked it! Have your ever tried any of these products?
      Welcome to my blog :)
      xox

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  13. I just love the OGX sprays - I use the argan oil one on a daily basis. And Tresemme products are fantastic! I haven't used their shampoo or conditioner, but everything I have used has been great.

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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    1. Tresemme is an amazing brand, I must explore a few more products of this company :)
      Argan oil and moroccan oil are sooo good! :)
      Thanks for a lovely comment, Mikela.
      xox

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  14. Great products! I really love the look of that coconut hair serum! Gemma xx www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. You will enjoy it if you give it a go, Gemma! It smells amazing and does wonders with those split ends :)
      xox

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  15. These are great products! Some of my favourites! I haven't tried coconut serum, I will definitely check it out :) xx

    www.elabellaworld.com

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    1. They are really amazing, aren't they, Ela :)
      You will the coconut serum, the scent is delicious and it does work so yeah, amazing product & very affordable :)
      xox

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  16. i NEED to try that texturing spray! great review!

    love the blog too, girl! if you get the chance i'd really appreciate it if you checked out mine and let me know what you think! i'm looking for some opinions from other bloggers to make mine a little better! :)

    have a great week!
    love, rach.
    www.so--hi.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey Rach, thanks for your comment :)
      I will definitely have a look at your blog. I always navigate to other bloggers' pages when they leave me comments & links - so yeah, will leave you a few comments no prob ;)
      xox

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  17. I'm in the same position as you, I want to go lighter but keep my hair healthy, I'm only using heat protectant and argan oil but I've definitely seen a difference and so has my friends, I'll try a few of these products out :)

    Gabrielle Isabella x

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    1. That's a great tip, Gaby! Thanks so much ;)
      Oils are heat protectants are important, I couldn't agree more.
      You will love these products I've listed, esp the Dove shampoo if we're talking lighter hair ;) + Tresemme conditioner = the best combo to keep the colour longer and moisturize.
      xox

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  18. Kerastase oil is really great for hair too honey :*

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    1. Thanks for letting me know, hon ;)
      Yay for making it to my blog. Massive hugs your way <3
      xox

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  19. These products looks so good. I'll have to give them a try especially the salt spray; I definitely want to try some mermaid waves!

    Vicky
    https://vickysscrapbook.wordpress.com/

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    1. This spray will do wonders on your hair, Vicky! You have lovely long locks so I'm sure it will give you something in between a mermaid and VS angel :)
      xox

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  20. I don't know these products. Thanks for sharing my dear! Have a nice day, kisses (and thank you for your visit),
    Eni

    Eniwhere Fashion
    Eniwhere Fashion Facebook

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    1. Glad you liked them hon. Make sure you give them a go, you will love them & bring them into your routine! Thanks for your sweet comments :)
      xox

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    1. Hey Kat, I completely agree, it's an amazing brand!
      Welcome to my blog, come back any time ;)
      xox

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  22. This post cracked me up. Also, what the hell is laminating your hair?? I’ve never hear of it. It’s great to see your range of products. I also love the coconut milk serum. I have a bottle under the sink (which I can never remember to use) & it smells so fuggin’ amazing! I love Schwarzkopf too. We seem to have a lot of hair products in common! Great post :)

    TFM BLOG

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    1. Haha, I am glad you asked hon! It is a load of nonsense lol. One of my former hairdressers suggested I try getting my hair laminated cos apparently it would help to set the split ends and get rid of the frizz. So yeah, after the procedure it felt like I had greasy hair for nearly 2 weeks no matter how many times I washed it!
      So yeah, not for me. It does work for fuller and curlier hair I guess.
      Schwarzkopf is such a great brand & the coconut oil is amazing :) Hair care buddies lol ;)
      xox

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  23. Невероятно интересные средства, но к сожалению у нас их не найти. В лучшем случае можно будет отыскать спрей Gliss Kur. А так бы я и остальное хотела попробовать))
    pinkrabbitbeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. Gliss Kur я и купила в Украине))
      Остальные в магазине и по интернету))
      Надеюсь, линки помогут!)) Обязательно закажи Bed Head!!! <3 ;)
      xox

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  24. Надюш, классный обзор, все очень обстоятельно и интересно))) У меня в уходе за волосами не так много любимчиков, которые бы я покупала из раза в раз, мне больше нравится пробовать все новое. Но есть одно средство, которое я всегда покупаю впрок. Это осветляющий спрей для волос от Джон Фрида. Я уже и забыла, когда в последний раз красила красками волосы, только использую этот спрей. Думаю, тебе бы он тоже понравился)) можешь поискать отзывы в сети) Я как первый раз попробовала его, с тех пор и не расстаюсь))
    Спасибо, солнышко, за интересный обзор! Давай еще!!!!

    http://fairyland111.blogspot.com/

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    1. Ксюшенька, ты, как всегда, мне самое лучшее посоветуешь)) Обязательно отыщу осветляющий спрей и попробую его! Хочеться оставаться блондинкой, но очень уж это дорого обходится волосам. Спасибо за рекомендацию и милый комментарий))) Целую!
      xox

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  25. amazing post!!!! kiss
    http://loryschannelmakeupandbeauty.blogspot.it/

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    1. Thanks Lory! :) What are you fave hair care products?
      Welcome to my blog.
      xox

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  26. Love all of these brands! I have to try the texturizing spray for sure! My favorite brand for haircare has to be L'oréal Professional. Such good and affordable products! xx

    clumsyagenda.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comments & great recommendation Maria - I love L'Oreal! Will definitely check out what it has to offer in the hair dep :) Hope you are having a fab day!
      xox

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  27. I wanna try the coconut serum!
    So nice post!
    www.agoprime.it

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    1. Thanks Laura :) I'm glad you enjoyed this post, girlie. Definitely give it a go - you will re-purchase it again :)
      xox

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  28. I need to get on my hair care game! Seriously needed! X

    Vintage fun over on-
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    1. Emmajane, I know exactly what you mean :) So easy sometimes to forget about hair care lol.
      Have you tried any of these products?
      Welcome to my blog, btw :)
      xox

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  29. What a great blog post my Dear !:) I really like all news from you :)
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    1. Thanks Kaasja :) Glad you enjoyed it!
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  30. Those two Schwarzkopf products look amazing! Schwarzkopf was never even on my radar until one day I was at the salon and they put this amazing serum in my hair....I asked them what it was and it was Schwarzkopf and it's available in Argentina..woohoo! I still haven't made it to the special beauty supply store where they sell it, but now I will be on the lookout for the products you mentioned as well!
    I have put my hair through the ringer from dying it bleach blonde to strawberry blonde to light brown to dark brown to reddish brown to bright red to lighter red-to-blonde ombre...basically everything haha. For a while my hair was pretty damaged and didn't seem to grow too long. What I have found has helped my hair to grow is only washing it about twice a week, never blow drying it, taking biotin pills and trying to space out my trips to the salon for coloring. I am still a blonde now but instead of using bleach I believe they just use color and toner and that has kept my hair from getting super damaged, and it is not nearly as knotty and tangled as it used to be! That bleach is killer! I'm actually due for another salon visit but sometimes life gets in the way!
    Hope my tips for growing your hair out help you :-)

    Oh, I almost forgot to tell you my favorite hair products---basically any shampoo that is sulfate-free (right now I am using L'Oreal Ever Clear Shampoo), my favorite conditioner (which I am out of at the moment) is the Dove Oleo Nutrition Conditioner...one of the best conditioners I have used! I also recently started using the Banana Shampoo and Conditioner from The Body Shop and I really love it! As for nourishing and styling, after the shower I use It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In for Blondes and sometimes at night I put on the Moringa Multi-Purpose Oil from The Body Shop to the ends of my hair.

    xx Chrystin
    http://amateandrottweiler.blogspot.com.ar/

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    1. Thanks so much for such amazing tips, Christin! You are a star! :)
      I will definitely be taking them on board, girl.
      I also love the sound of the products you are using, hon, and will be looking into them more. I appreciate comments like this soooo much! Thanks for sharing all the tips with me, hon.
      xox

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  31. Tresemme has always been one of the best in hair care range... also the tigi bed head superstar sounds wonderful! :)

    Chic Peachy Pink l Twitter l Instagram l BlogLovin' l Facebook

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    1. Bed Head Superstar is an amazing volumizing spray - it really gives you a lot of hair lol :)
      I agree on TreSemme, girlie ;)
      xox

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  32. Oooh I love these products and the Got2Be spray is great!!! I used it in the summer and it was great for beach waves - summer casual haha! :)

    I love Tresemme too - great products, I actually bought a really big shampoo and conditioner as they were on offer and I LOVE them, leave hair soft and smooth!

    Hope you're well!

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk
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    1. Glad we like the same products, hon :)
      Thanks for great feedback! Hope you've had a great weekend!
      I'm alright at the minute, still recovering from a migraine.. ugh!
      xox

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  33. хорошие средства, мне очень было бы интересно попробовать)

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    1. Thanks hon :) Обязательно попробуй и дай знать, понравились или нет, Наташенка :*
      xox

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  34. Эта категория ухода (для волос) одна из моих любимых, постоянно пробую новые средства, из твоих фаворитов знакома только с классной маркой Tigi.

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    1. Обязательно попробуй TreSemme и Schwarzkopf, Ами! Насколько мне известно, Schwarzkopf очень популярен в России и Украине. Люблю эту фирму))
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  35. After the skin care women are too much worried about their hair care. With the proper hair care and styling one can change his / her look. Great post beneficial for easily selecting good hair-care products.

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