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Youth Boost – can it banish Hot Flush Frizz? Tresemme Hair Products Test

August 25, 2016

Shopping with my mum in Boots last week I was hunting down a shampoo/conditioner/setting lotion that would tame her flyaway hair.  On my hands and knees, bent double, on tip toes, I scanned every shelf while my mum stood leaning on her walking stick and trying not to laugh. Then Bingo! I came across a hair range that declared itself tailor made for the “first signs of aging hair” : Youth Boost by Tresemme. I love their normal conditioner so I bought some Youth Boost for myself, my mum bought some and I gave it a go… Here are the results according to me!

“Why use Youth Boost?”

“Now treat the first signs of aging hair, lack of body, dryness and dullness…This specialist solution system weightlessly …recharges your hair with youthful fullness (hair has more body – System use) softness and shine.”

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In case you’re wondering why the tube is wonky – after one use I couldn’t get the shampoo tube to straighten up!

The Packaging

This is a product that I presume is targeting …40 plus? Looks like no-one has done their homework. Most of  my friends over 40 are getting arm extensions to read text and all of my friends over 50 wear glasses to read ANYTHING.

But we don’t wear them when we’re washing our hair.

That’s the first problem. The text on the bottles is too small. Sorry Youth Boost, this is pretty sloppy design: we would like the text larger so that when our hair and faces are wet, we can squint and make out SHAMPOO or CONDITIONER. Larger text and nicely designed, thank you.

Shampoo and Conditioner

Colour coding, nice idea: shampoo white, conditioner black  – or is it the other way round?

The plastic tube is nice and soft so easy to grip and the flip top lid had a precise open and close – and not too hard to open.

Fullness Emulsion Spray

The Fullness Emulsion Spray comes in a dinky bottle with a fancy nozzle. A nozzle that fell off in my shopping basket as I walked to the till and with which I battled when I  got home. I felt that the pump action button is too small – it’s ok for an index finger, but as you ‘age’ you would probably use your thumb to pump this up.  A bigger, shallower button would have been great.

The Youth Boost Products at Home

Shampoo Road Test

I have medium length hair and I had to use a lot of this shampoo to get everything covered, at least a third of a tube. It needs a lot of shampoo for a good wash, it rinses off nicely, but hair left tangled and straw like – with the texture that any girl who owned a Sindy would recognise.

Conditioner

Lovely, creamy, didn’t need to use much product and once on, helped me detangle my hair as I worked it through. I’ve already forgotten the smell but I just checked it again and its very ‘grown up’ like a salon smell.

Fullness Emulsion Spray

I know I have a lot of hair on my head but I bought this as its part of the ‘system’ that it claims to fullness, softness and shine. I colour my hair and it’s always been fine, it’s prone to dryness, fluffiness, it’s always been prone the morning bird’s nest at the back of my head and now that I am having hot flushes – FRIZZ. But it looks great, shiny and is soft with the right products and especially after a trip to my hairdressers, Andrew Jose.

At home, day to day, I always use an emulsion product before blowdrying so I tried the Youth Boost Fullness Emulsion Spray. I’ve already had my moan about the nozzle so here’s the verdict. Once dry and styled, yes my hair was fuller and bouncy that bit definitely works, but it feels so wrong. There is no softness, each hair feels like it has a lacquer, a product, on top of it, so it’s very dry in texture. After a day, that stuff seems to brush out and leaving my hair much softer. However, I had woken up with a dry bird’s nest at the back of my head and my hair was very tangly. This next comment and this is a biggie, it stopped my hair doing the Hot Flush Frizz. I don’t like the feel of the product residue on my hair but I can see myself using this on some work days for hair volume and protection from Hot Flush Frizz. Long term, I would be concerned about it drying out my hair and breakages.

The Buildmumahouse Carer Verdict

I chose this product for myself and paid for it, so I can be totally honest:

Packaging 2 / 10

Shampoo 0/10

Conditioner 9/10

Fullness Emulsion Spray 5/10

Banish Hot Flush Frizz 9/10

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The Buildmumahouse Mum 80+ Verdict

Packaging 6 / 10 my mum loves the flip top it was much better than screw tops for her athritic hands. Would prefer the labeling to be clearer.

Shampoo 9/10 Loved it

Conditioner 10/10 My mum is absolutely delighted her flyaway hair is smooth and soft and has become very manageable – it’s a hit!

 

 

I bought the Tresseme Youth Boost in Boots, there was a deal on which made it cheaper so worth trying out.

If any of you have tried Tresemme Youth Boost, let me know if it was good for you? Am I being too harsh?

Can you recommend anything that’s better at controlling Hot Flush Frizz?

Does this list of ingredients make sense to anyone? Maybe you understand what’s going on?

 

List of Ingredients for the Youth Boost Fullness Emulsion Spray
Aqua
Glycerin
Dimethiconol
VP/VA Copolymer
Tocopheryl Acetate
Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil
Menthol
Benzophenone-4
Butylene Glycol
Cetrimonium Chloride
Citric Acid
Coceth-7
Cyclopentasiloxane
Disodium EDTA
Hydroxyethylcellulose
Isopropyl Alcohol
Laureth-23
Parfum
PEG/PPG-25/25 Dimethicone
PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil
PPG-1 -PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether
Sodium Hydroxide
TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate
TEA-Sulfate
DMDM Hydantoin
Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
Laurtrimonium Chloride
Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
Benzyl Alcohol
Benzyl Salicylate
Salicylate
Butylphenyl Methylpropional
Citronellol
Geraniol
Hexyl Cinnamal
Limonene
Linalool

 

 

 

 

 

Colour is better than Prozac: Jane Cumberbatch’s Pure Colour book REVIEW

August 6, 2016

Woo Hoo! I re Tweeted @designrandb competition Tweet and won Jane Cumberbatch’s Pure Colour book. Yippee! And just like the R&B Designs blog, this is book is packed with pure inspiration …I haven’t been able to put the book down all week. Thank you Juliet and Amanda!

As soon as I set eyes on this chunky book – the front cover in bright blue, with lime green lettering and the edges of the book dipped in shocking pink – I began to get excited about colour possibilities.

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Jola Piesakowska Pure Colour buildmumahouse jane cumberbatch 003Jola Piesakowska Pure Colour buildmumahouse jane cumberbatch 007     Jane Cumberbatch, is a blogger, a designer, author and an interiors expert who has been called the Queen of Simple…but this book is a wonderful cacophony of photos, notes, ideas, information, tips and memories plus annotated swatches of paint, fabrics, wallpapers and textures. Just up my street.

 

“Pure Colour is my visual and personal notebook of ideas and inspiration showing you how to furnish your life with brilliant hues. The garden the sea and landscape are my colour charts, my paintboxes of creativity. From the green beans of the vegetable patch to the eau de Nil wash of a calm evening tide, I store these images in my head like snapshots of everyday ideas to furnish my home with freshness and simplicity. The first pink rosebud on a May morning is as perfect a shade for one of my wallpaper borders as it is a cue for my lipstick colour or the fabric for a long swirly summer skirt.” Jane

 

Interior decoration, cooking , recipes, styling, travel notes: this is the perfect English summer book. On miserable, wet days this week, I’ve snuggled down with a cup of tea and read fabulous reminiscences about sunny Mediterranean markets, and I’ve revelled in Jane’s evocative photos.

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As is usual in the English summer, today the weather has changed again and we woke up to a heatwave.  This sunny Saturday afternoon I’ve been stretched out on my sunlounger in the shade and  I have joined Jane on a journey to find cooling colour inspiration in food, places and things.

Clouds, cool patios, crisp white sheets:

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The Saturday market in Olhao Portugal,

Scandi style

Variations of white

…and how to use limewash

 

as I turn page after page I am shown how to translate this and bring the Pure Colour look and feel into my home. It’s useful to see scraps of fabric or wallpaper samples that Jane has gathered and added comments and ideas and it does help anyone starting out to see how a professional builds up a mood board and a design notebook. For people like me who are inexperienced in using colours in my home, there are paint references so you know what to buy to get the look. I found the chapter on listing supplies and suppliers very useful. Finally, to make it all easier to get an overview of the looks featured, in the last section of the book Jane has used small images of the rooms that were featured and added notes on what paint was used and what paint finish.

Reading through the book again before reviewing it for this blog post, I was wondering what the shortcomings are and I think the only thing that’s missing for me are the aubergine and copper colours that I love – but I’ve learnt so much about Jane’s style and have been introduced to a design language that maximises the impact of pure colour and I really have learnt something new.

Yes, I’ve read the book and have decided that I agree with Jane Cumberbatch’s view that yellow is

“Brighter than Prozac”

As from today, all this week I am going to fill my Twitter @buildmumahouse1 and Instagram @buildmumahouse feeds with my own pure colour, and if you follow me I know that it’s going to cheer us all up! See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

Is Age a Dirty Word in the Bathroom? A coffee and chat with the man from HEWI.

April 19, 2016

In Waterloo, behind a busy building site, under the arches, is an Aladdin’s cave: CP Hart’s magical showroom. CP Hart is the purveyor of the most fantastic, cutting edge, elegant, high end, exclusive bathrooms. Each featured bathroom is styled and lit to exquisite perfection, you can’t help but take delight in the style, the quality and the design details. It’s the stuff of dreams, not just aspiration. CP Hart have dedicated their showrooms to allow you to delight in design… there’s even a luxurious meeting area for designers, clients and architects to meet and spin their multimillion pound dreams.

Then come the two dirty words:    AGE.     DISABLED.

Thoughts of blue and white plastic bring my luxury bathroom dreams back down to earth with a bump.

Until… I walked past the freestanding baths, glistening in the spotlights- one wrapped in copper, one in pony skin …and the myriad of heavily chromed bath taps. I’ve turned the corner and walked into a modern bathroom set up: restrained, clean lines, beautiful surfaces, quality chrome and clever design details. HEWI. Bathrooms fit for the disabled.

I’ve been intrigued by HEWI ever since I spotted them a couple of years ago at CP Hart. Who on earth is this bathroom manufacturer that no-one has heard of but features in all the best hotels and retirement homes in the world?

Last week at CP Hart’s showrooms, I met with Stephen Maley HEWI’s UK Sales Director  to find out  bit more about the thinking behind the brand. Stephen is a qualified occupational therapist who used to work with prosthetics and their design and he is typical of the HEWI ethos.

The HEWI Ethos

They are a family firm who really want to understand what people need and what they want. A German family firm established by Henry Wilke in 1900s and today employ 600 people worldwide. What started in 1969 as a company making architect designed and loved nylon coated steel core lever handles, in bright colours- green, blue, red has become a company offering accessibility bathrooms for the trade, hotels, care villages and retirement apartments. HEWI products are engineered to last, using high grade materials and finishes combined with thoughtful and considerd design developed with input from occupational therapists, users and designers.

Manufacturing

The colourful nylon door handles that were the height of fashion in the 1980s had a lot more to them than I realised. High quality materials and vibrant dyes meant that these funky items were often seen in public buildings and high traffic areas and standing up to the use.

door handles

What I didn’t realise is that these were clever designs – the door handles were easy to use for weakened grip, the smooth warm finish perfect for rheumatoid arthritis affected hands and when added to a white door had 30 point light reflective values. They could be seen in low light and environments such as in smoke filled rooms.

 

Design …‘my disabled dream bathroom’

He lost his leg but not his style, I found this You Tube video of Grenadier Guard Scott

‘its exactly what I need everything seems to be so much easier’

To design for disability you have to understand the physical  as well as the emotional needs.

In this video Ed Warner Motion Founder sums up the use of good design

if you get the environment right for people you can improve both their cognitive and their physical health

Education

Most of the customers are architects and specifiers. These are usually youthful, energetic, enthusiastic design professionals. Quite far away from a young person facing life with an amputated limb, a stroke victim facing disability, a grandparent with reducing mobility. HEWI take it upon themselves to take part in disability awareness training for retailers, RIBA CPD core learning programmes with groups of architects or specifiers. I was fascinated to hear that HEWI have an ageing suit. At their talks one of the group is invited to step into the world of increased body weight and limited mobility and weekend grip, macular degeneration glasses or even pebbles in your shoes so that you get the idea that standing even for a short time is excruciating for some people.

Future Proof

This bit’s easy: brick walls or marine ply affixed to 2 x 2 frame, just imagine, one day you may want to bolt everything to the wall. There is no point having a wet room when you can’t hold on to anything.

Disabled and Reduced Mobility

My favourite item is the washbasin.

sink

 

Sleek and fun… the flannel rack doubles up as a grab and hand rails – sneaky! Loads of flat space around the sink for all your bits and pieces and plenty of space underneath for your knees when you sit down or pull in to the sink in your wheelchair

The shower has so many clever features too a strong grab bar disguised as a shower rail. A tip up shower seat that hooks on a rail an dcomes as a small hard seat or a padded one suitable for anyone with inflamed joints or nerves.

The HEWI shower with and without the shower seat

The HEWI shower with and without the shower seat

The grab rails are shaped so that you can comfortably pull yourself forward as well as pushing up

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I Not only are the grab rails built with a steel core but the third one down looks like chrome but has a nylon layer so that its always warm to touch- a real boon for arthritis sufferers whose hands are sensitised to the cold.

Colour and Fun

There’s a rhyme that its used by therapists that blue is for loo and a theory that blue is the last colour in the spectrum that people can distinguish. Is that why so many nasty disabled bathroom accessories are white and blue? If its contrast that we’re looking for, HEWI explore black and you can see that in the photo above,  its used with pleasing forms and looks really stylish, modern and sleek.

Colour is also used for zoning in public spaces and this year HEWI have introduced 16 co – ordinating colours in the nylon coated range, about time that accessibility products can be modern and fun.

orange colour conceept

Dementia

Red is action. Sterling University DNRC. the HEWI dementia range uses colour therapy and colour triggers for people with dementia. Using red for action they circle the bowl of the wash basin.

dementia bathroom

The dementia bathroom range has been designed to remind people of why they are there- action.

There’s an interview with architect Dr.Birgit Dietz who worked with HEWI researching this range and the use of red.

On the one hand this facilitates the dementia sufferer’s perception of the washbasin within the room and on other the other hand it helps them to understand how to use it. This promotes functional independence in the bathroom. The markings are red. Qualitative studies show that the colour read is most easily perceived by dementia sufferers. Red is also the most easily registered colour for people with age-related impaired vision or inoperable eye diseases, for example, macular degeneration. The dementia washbasin is therefore also suitable for people whose vision decreases with age.

Add to this a choice of non-reflective surfaces. As you lose perspective, the reflection of your outstretched hand can be confusing and make it harder to grab a rail or reach for the handle to flush the loo.

HEWI sales advisors are trained to explain to specifiers to think about the end users. Mirrors – open the door to the bathroom basin and get spooked by your own reflection in  the mirror. Anyone who gets up to use the bathroom in the night can image the fright that you could get from that.

 

Cross Generation- now you see it now you don’t

Designed to be rock solid when in place but with the use of superbly engineered spring loaded clips the grab bars are designed to be removed when not needed. This is a feature that works brilliantly in retirement apartments where the architect designs a future proofing bathroom but would work really well in a domestic situation – if you have anyone elderly or disabled staying over regularly. Remove the grab rail and chrome plates cover the mechanism leaving everything looking sleek modern and rail free.

PUTTING THE HANDLE ON

 

 

 

Plan Ahead

Don’t buy in haste. If you rush into buying accessibility products for the bathroom it takes time to get it right and its worth making a bathroom that you can enjoy because it serves your needs and its the sanctuary you want it to be. Have a look at my wet room suggestions as well, click this link and don’t forget to think about colour schemes as suggested by my post with Marianne Shillingford here.