Monday 9 November 2020 / Norwich, UK

Maui Moisture

For the past couple of years I’ve been in the routine of bleaching my hair to allow me to follow up with a dye and achieve a vibrant pillar-box red. As much as I loved my red hair, and as much as it has been extremely forgiving toward fortnightly bleaching and colour sessions I decided to give it a bit of a break to allow it to recover a bit. I initially put dark brown colour onto my roots and brought it down to create a dark to red ombré look (which I quite liked) and then just before the first lockdown I went back to my natural colour, which is a very dark brown.


Without knowing it at the time I choose a very fortunate time to switch to a maintenance free hair colour, but it’s also given my hair the chance to have some space from harsh chemicals and gain some of its health and thickness back. On top of that, a few months break I’ve also been trying out some new products that will help my hair further recover which is where I discovered the brand Maui Moisture.


Having been eyeing it up on the shelves every time I went food shopping, on top of reading some pretty good reviews online I decided to ignore the slightly higher price point and just go for it. The shampoo and conditioner retail for around £9 a bottle, which is more than I would typically spend on hair products; although at the time of purchase I got a discount on both which made it more justifiable at the time.


So, what’s so great about this product I hear you ask. Well to start unlike most shampoos which start with deionised, chemically treated water as the main ingredient, the starting ingredient for Maui is a unique blend of 100% pure aloe juice and coconut water. Aloe being an ingredient I am typically drawn to thanks to its reputation for healing and soothing properties I was keen to give this a try.


As can be guessed from the name, Maui draws inspiration from its namesake and the beautiful tropical islands of Hawaii. The line currently has 5 shampoos and conditioners in its range to incorporate a range of different hair types and needs. As you can see I opted for ‘dry and damaged' which is as the name suggests for dry hair, but have since purchased a few others from the range as well. On top of that, Maui Moisture products are Vegan friendly and free from nasties such as sulphates, silicone, artificial colour and mineral oils.  


When I first used this shampoo I was a little taken aback. It’s an extremely thick in texture for a shampoo and with a hard plastic bottle you need to shake it and work to get product out. I can imagine it being a little difficult for those with dexterity issues in their hands, to the point that an alteration to the packaging wouldn’t be a bad shout. It doesn’t lather up in quite the same way as a typical shampoo and I found I had to use rather a lot of it to feel like I was cleaning my hair properly.


The next time I washed my hair I rubbed the shampoo between my palms to warm and disperse it a little before transferring to my hair and found that this worked to make the shampoo far more pliable and easier to use. It didn’t create many suds, but I have recently discovered that they aren’t actually essential for a shampoo, just a nice to have. The conditioner had pretty much the same texture as any other I’ve come across and was wonderful to work into my hair. Both products had a wonderful tropical scent to them, almost like the cocktails you’d be sipping on holiday, and it’s a scent that does linger a little on the hair, although it isn’t overpowering at all.


After using for the first time the first thing I noticed was how easy it was to get a brush through my wet hair. For whatever reason my hair is awful when it comes to tangles and I usually have to brush it in stages as I’m drying my hair as it is more fragile and prone to breakage when wet. This time however, the brush could glide through my hair all the way from the root which is pretty impressive for my knotty hair. Another thing I noticed was how soft my hair felt and how shiny it was. A lot of bleaching had previously left my hair looking very dull, but just one session of Maui Moisture restored a lot of shine to my hair and it looked the healthiest it has in a long time.


Continued use has helped even more, and with me having switched back to my red Ombre and no longer applying bleach  to my hair I’ve been able to restore some of its thickness and it feels a million times stronger and healthier. If all that wasn’t enough my hair is going longer between washes, meaning I’m not getting through as much product as I’d originally thought I would which does make me feel slightly better about the price point. In fact I've now managed to train my hair to the point it doesn't need washing more than twice a week. Overall I would say this brand is well worth the slightly higher price point, and as mentioned I have since purchased other shampoos, conditioners and even a hair mask from the range.


So if you have mistreated hair like me or perhaps just fancy treating yourself while in our second lockdown, I would highly recommend giving this brand a try.


Have you tried any Maui Moisture products before?


Wednesday 4 November 2020

Some Things to Remember as We Enter Lockdown 2

I’m sure that we can all agree that 2020 has been a pretty strange year, and some may even go so far as to say it’s been a bit of a write off. I know for me personally, I had so many plans and things I wanted to do this year, and pretty much all of them have had to be either cancelled or postponed. As the UK heads for its second lockdown, it’s safe to say that we are all going to be impacted in various different ways. From not being able to see family and friends in person, some may be impacted financially or be stuck in the limbo that is furlough, while others may take a knock to their mental health.


I’ve put together 10 little reminders that will hopefully help with adjusting to lockdown two point O.  



1. You’ve already done this once, you can do it again.

Doesn’t need much more expansion that that really, we’ve literally already done this. If you can do it once, you can do it again, and many of us will have hopefully learned what best works for us.


2. It may not feel like it now, but it will be worth it in the end

I know it sucks, but if it helps people in the long term and saves lives then some short term restrictions are worth it.


3. It’s okay to feel and express your emotions

All of them. Don’t bottle things up, you are allowed to be happy, sad, angry, frustrated or all of these things at once. Done before or not, we are living in a very strange and stressful time at the moment.


4. We can still socialise and see each other virtually

Remember that just because we have to distance physically doesn’t mean we can’t still keep in touch with each other. Technology today means we have a vast array of options to choose from. Do remember though, that not everyone will want to reach out, so don’t begrudge people if it feels like they’ve dropped off the grid – but do check on them.


5. Do things that make you happy

Those nice things you do for yourself to treat yourself from time to time? Do them on the regular, you deserve it.


6. It’s okay if you aren’t productive

As much as now might be a great time to learn a new skill or find a new hobby, don’t pressure yourself. Just do what you can do and celebrate the small wins. People handle things in different ways, so don’t compare yourself to others.


7. Don’t focus on what you can’t control

If you can’t change it, don’t worry about it. It uses up energy and gets you absolutely nowhere. Try to focus on what you can control and can change.

8.Try to go outside every now and then

You don’t have to do it every day, nor do you need to run a marathon or do anything strenuous, but a little time outside in the fresh air every now and then will do you good.

9.  You really don’t need that much loo roll

Yes, this is here to add a little humour! Although I have to say I was pretty perplexed in the first lockdown as to why, or all things, loo roll was what people were panic buying. Now as we enter the second lockdown, I’m even more baffled as to why people are doing the same again.


10. Enjoy the positives

Many of us spend a lot of money in rent or mortgages for homes we barely get to spend any time in. I for one intend to enjoy the extra time in my home, and hopefully I’m manage to pluck up the motivation to do the various bits around the house that I’ve been meaning to do.


That sums up my post for today. Just remember to stay safe, take care of yourselves and be kind to yourself.


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