Bottles of Alterna shampoo and conditioner

Brand: Alterna My Hair My Canvas
Product: Me Time Everyday Shampoo and Conditioner
Category: Haircare
Price: £££
Rating: 9/10

Haircare might not be on my 2022 vision board but it is something I'd like to improve on this year. In the lead up to Christmas, I had quite a few rounds with various questionable bottles of shampoo and conditioner. In fact, it all started to go wrong sometime in August when my beloved bottles of Percy & Reed Shampoo and Conditioner ran out. Since then, it’s been a downward hill. But it’s okay, I’ve found an even more expensive solution.

The Alterna Me Time Everyday Shampoo and Conditioner set was a Christmas gift from my mum who was also on her own downward spiral and thought we both needed to embark on a hair journey. The products can be bought separately (shampoo £26.49, conditioner £26.49) or together in a set.

They are a little on the pricey side but a little goes a long way with this product. For best results, I’d definitely recommend double cleansing. A couple of pumps to remove the grease and oil buildup and a couple more to clean the scalp properly. I use the same amount of pumps to condition my hair — to help keep the bottle levels equal (and because my hair is quite long). At first, my hair did feel a little dry even with leaving the conditioner in for a couple of minutes but that could be a winter thing as it feels a lot more softer and hydrated recently matched with the slightly warmer we're seeing.

I have quite an oily scalp and some shampoos can accentuate that. However, I’ve not noticed this one does the opposite and I’m pretty sure with consistent use, I could make it a full 48 hours without the excessive greasiness darkening my roots. I currently wash my hair every other day but this shampoo is designed for everyday use if you wanted to use it more often.

Final Thoughts

Overall, my hair does feel a lot healthier than it has been. The Alterna Me Time Everyday shampoo and conditioner has not significantly reduced hair breakage but it has improved it a lot- remember it's normal to shed hair! My hair feels a lot lighter and softer which is a great feeling. I'd also pair it with a bi-weekly hair mask to give it an added boost of moisture.

The only thing holding me back is the price. It is quite expensive especially as almost a month later, I'm almost halfway through so it's not a sustainable purchase for a lot of people, including myself. If I had the funds, I'd probably repurchase it. I'm holding out hope that there's a cheaper alternative out there, but having a clean scalp that feels clean all day is a feeling that's hard to come by.

Love, Aoife xo

Image of white roses in front of a Vogue magazine cover

We’ve all read the Glamour, Marie Claire, Vogue, and Refinery29 articles on the best products for self care and top tips on how to love yourself. I’ve read them all and to be honest, the older I get, the more some of feel like they're all just repeating each other. There are so many different ways and opinions on how someone can practice self care. So, with that, what does self care mean to you, and how do you know which works best for you?

A couple of years ago, I was really fascinated by love languages and looked into what mine were. I took a quiz and found my primary love language is acts of service and my second is physical touch. This year, another year of being gloriously single, got me thinking about ways we can practice self love based on our love language. After all, what better way to practice self care when it's perfectly suited to our love language...

Ways to practice self care based on your love language

One // Acts of Service | I LOVE to cook and I love those occasions when you have a relaxing evening and can take your time with making a delicious meal. The other night, I decided to make homemade pasta, with homemade pesto and lightly fried tender stem broccoli with warm ciabatta and olive oil on the side. I shared it over on my Instagram (@aoifecaitrionaxo) and it was a heavenly meal, made even better knowing I had taken the time to make it.

Two // Receiving Gifts | Regardless of whether you have someone there to give you a gift or not, buy yourself something. That thing you’ve been eyeing up for a while? It’s Valentine’s Day, you deserve it. Treat yourself to some flowers or sexy lingerie or a new bag, or even a sauté pan. Trust me, it doesn’t even have to be what mainstream considers “sexy”, a Le Creuset cast iron casserole dish has my heart pounding. You can tell I really like cooking!

Image of a rose and a bra with lace detailing

Three // Quality Time | Apple has either upgraded it’s do not disturb feature or I have been blind to the settings on my phone, but you can now customise the names of do not disturb. Why not create another setting dedicated to 'Me time', 'Mindfulness' or 'Alone time'. This Valentine’s, why not spend some quality time for yourself. You could run a bath, read a book, or watch that series or film that’s been on your list for ages but you’ve never had the time to sit down.

Four // Physical touch | If physical touch is your love language, how can you express and receive it without someone else? There is the obvious sexual touch that can release endorphins (feel-good) hormones. But —and partly linked— is the feel element to touch. How does your skin feel? I love a full-on a 'detox' shower. Mine consists of a hair mask, shaving and exfoliating until my skin is super smooth. Then applying a body oil or moisturiser with a heavenly scent; all to get me feeling sexier.

Five // Words of affirmation | This usually requires a third party to help build you up. If that’s not an option, why not create your own affirmations. I used them a lot at university to help motivate me and get keep me going when I was having skin issues. I'd have notes stuck around my mirror and above my desk. You can journal them too, which is a great way to express your feelings and thought processes. Alternatively, there’s a podcast (Affirmation Babe, Habits of a Goddess- there are tons!) that whisper affirmations in your ear. Stand in front of your mirror and repeat after me: I am beautiful. I am smart. I am sexy. I attract what I desire.

Love, Aoife

Three things in my shower, Alterna shampoo and Conditioner, Rituals foaming shower gel and exfoliator

Are you a morning or an evening person when it comes to showers? Or, are you both? I'm a morning person through and through. There is no greater way to wake up and get ready for the day than standing in the shower and feeling the water rain down on you. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy the odd shower in the evening but it's a rare occasion. The only times I tend to shower in the evening is after the gym (as I go to evening classes), I'm feeling sweaty, or I just feel like having one.

I can see the attraction of evening showers. There is something nice about slipping between the sheets freshly washed but there is no way I'm washing my hair in the evening. Firstly, it'll take forever to dry; secondly, when I wake up I'll have a very flat patch on one side of my head from where I've slept; and thirdly, I have a fringe. And that's reason enough; they're hard work!

With that said, here are some of my favourite shower products lately...

ONE // Alterna Every Day shampoo & conditioner. 

One of my New Years resolutions is to rescue my hair. It’s been looking a little sad as of late, a little limp, especially as it’s getting longer and the weight is pulling it down. I also have quite an oily scalp which means by about 36 hours later I look like I've poured oil on my roots - and not a good kind of oil. Or as my Mum likes to refer to it as, chip fat. I’ve been using this duo for a little while now and I’ve been enjoying the fresh salon feel my hair has. I don't use that phrase lightly. I double cleanse my scalp and gently massage my head, which is kind of difficult to do yourself. My hair feels a lot cleaner, lighter and importantly, healthier.

TWO // Dehlicious Black Tea body scrub.

I’ve used a lot of body scrubs over the years but I don’t think I’ve ever come across one that makes my skin feel like an actual baby’s. For some reason, rubbing dried black tea all over my body is the perfect level of exfoliation and doesn’t feel like I aggressively tried to shed a five layers of skin.  It smooths the skin around my elbows and my knees that can get a little bumpy. The only downside is it does leave my shower in a complete mess. There are brown bits of dried tea everywhere, EVERYWHERE!, so use with caution. Occasionally, I use the Santuary Spa scrub which is nice but is a little harsh on my skin.

THREE // Rituals Foaming Shower Gel.

Who says you can’t have fun in the shower? I love this foaming shower gel. It comes out as a gel that foams up within seconds and you can watch it grow in your hand. The first time I used the gel I felt like a kid having bath time. Fun aside, it smells divine. I love all the Rituals scents and there’s something so refreshing about them too. It’s surprisingly quite hydrating too which often with such fragranced products can be a second thought.

Love, Aoife xo

Alterna shampoo and conditioner and Rituals foaming shower gel on a shower shelf