I don’t know whether it is my age or my hormones (or maybe a combination of the two? ) but my hair has become a flat mess of late and in serious need of a pick-me-up. So when the lovely people at Percy & Reed* got in touch asking if I would like to try out some of their products to review, it really couldn’t have come at a better time. I let them know my concerns and they put together a bespoke prescription for me to try. I have tried quite a few Percy & Reed products before via my Birchbox subscription over the last couple of years so I was really interested to see if they could help me put a bit of oomph back into my lank locks. Anyone with fine hair will tell you just how frustrating it is to style. Achieving any volume can be a real challenge but I put my trust in Percy & Reed to see what they could come up with.
Percy & Reed believe that great hair comes from a great foundation so I started with the Percy & Reed Bountifully Bouncy Volumising Shampoo (£16) and Conditioner (£16) Each of the shampoo and conditioners from the next generation hair range is colour coded so you can easily identify the right one for you. If like me you have fine, limp hair prone to oiliness then the Bountifully Bouncy is the one for you. I love the look of the packaging it looks great in my bathroom but I also love how practical they are to use with the twist lock caps plus the shampoo has a white lid and the conditioner has a black one so there is no picking up of the wrong bottle in the shower. If you are as blind as a bat like me then this is particularly helpful to be able to see at a glance which is which.
The amplifying formula contains blackcurrant extract to deeply cleanse your hair and leave it with more body while the pro vitamin B5 combats split ends and add strength while the wheat protein helps to protect, smooth and enhance gloss. The shampoo has a rich lather and it is worth taking your time to really use your fingertips to stimulate the scalp to encourage healthy hair. The conditioner detangles in an instant and for extra conditioning simply leave for an extra minute or two after working through your hair from roots to tip. They both smell gorgeous too but without being overpowering. My hair was left feeling clean, light and full of volume from the very first wash. The result really is big and beautifully bouncy hair.
As well as the shampoo and conditioner, I was also sent a couple of extra products to try. First up was the Percy & Reed Smoothed & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil for Fine Hair (£15). I usually avoid hair oils because they can weigh my hair down and make it feel limp bu this No Oil Oil I love! It is specially formulated for fine hair and nourishes and repairs to give smooth, sleek, silky locks whilst adding volume. It is a bit of a multi-tasker to say the least. You just apply the ultra lightweight formula from the roots to the tips of your hair to add volume but without creating that horrible build-up or making your hair feel greasy like some oils can. You only need a couple of pumps and you apply to towel-dried hair then blow dry and style as usual. It has given my hair a really deep shine I love it.
And last but by no means least was the Percy & Reed Abundantly Bouncy Volumising Mousse (£12.50) Now I have to admit to being a bit wary of trying out the mousse, having lived through the nineties I had horrible flashbacks to the crunchy hair of my youth! Ha! But the lovely team at Percy & Reed made me promise to leave my preconceived ideas at the bathroom door and give it a whirl so of course I did and I am so glad I did. This truly is a wonder product for fine hair. The rich, creamy foam contains styling polymers that add body and volume whilst smoothing, moisturising and protecting against the elements. With a non-crispy, non-drying and medium hold, it gives bouncy, natural movement. So supersized in all the right ways basically! You just pull the mousse all the way through your hair starting at the roots then dry and style as usual. This really has transformed my hair. (Plus excuse my tired face but just look at that b o u n c e!)
I have seen such a huge difference in my hair and have found that all of the products that I was sent compliment each other beautifully. I saw instant results from the very first wash but in the interests of a full and fair review I’ve been using them for some time now and can confirm that the big bouncy hair just keeps on coming. I am seriously impressed. I tend to swap between the No Oil Oil and mousse products depending on whether I want more shine or more bounce that day but the shampoo and conditioner I have been using exclusively for some weeks now and my hair has never felt or looked so strong and healthy. If you are a regular reader then you will know that I am a complete sucker for pretty packaging and haircare doesn’t get much prettier than this which is always a bonus but actually it is what is inside these beautiful bottles that I am really interested in. My hair has been transformed from a limp mess into something much more big and dare I say it, beautiful.
I struggle to find products that don’t add weight to my fine hair and if you are in the same boat then I can’t recommend these enough. Of course, Percy & Reed do a whole host of other haircare products too so whether your hair is fine, dry, damaged, thick or colour treated or whether you are looking for volume, moisture or shine, there will be perfect prescription for you. The products I was sent were picked out by the team for me but I love that on the Percy & Reed website you can shop not only by product type but also by hair type or benefits making it super duper easy to find your perfect combination.
*For the purpose of this review I was kindly provided with the selection of hair products shown in this review from Percy & Reed but all opinions are entirely my own (as is the bouncy new do!) I would only ever recommend a product that I hand on heart truly love (and I hand on heart truly love these Percy & Reed products!)