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The Area H2O Healthy Hair Challenge

At the end of last year I spotted a tweet from Area H2O looking for bloggers to test out their shampoo and conditioner.  I tweeted back confirming that I live in a hard water area and have coloured hair and I was selected to take part in the #AreaH2OHealthyHairChallenge.

Area H2O shampoos and conditioners have been designed to work with the water type in your area, whether this is soft, medium or hard.  The level of hardness depends on the level of minerals in the water along with the water's PH level and temperature.  Hard and soft water cause scaling, which is where minerals deposits are formed when the water has evaporated.  Hard water won't lather well and will leave hair feeling rough, tangled and not very clean and soft water will lather but will not wash soap very away well so hair will be left feeling oily.  Area H2O shampoo is designed to work as a magnet to attract minerals so they can be washed away from the hair.  

I'd always noticed that when I was away on holiday the water felt so different and my hair always felt softer after washing, so I had wondered what effect the water at home had on my hair.  I completely forgot to take a picture of my hair before starting the challenge, so there's not much point including one of my hair now as there's no comparison, but I have noticed a difference.

Based on the information I provided I was sent the Area H2O Hard Water Shampoo* for coloured hair and the Hard Water Conditioner*.  The information sent with the products informed me that the first time I used them my hair might feel rough and a little tangled but that this was completely normal.  I have to say I didn't actually experience this at all.

I think one of the first things I noticed when I started to use this was that I stopped losing as much hair.  I was actually quite concerned by the amount of hair I was losing.  It wasn't coming out in handfuls or clumps but I seemed to be losing so much whenever I washed or combed my hair and even more when I dyed it.  I'm assuming that using this shampoo and conditioner may have strengthened my hair as I've seen a significant reduction in the amount of hair falling out.

My hair in its naturally dried state, untouched by products, hair dryer or straighteners, is a marvel of frizziness that I wouldn't dare go out in public with without tying it back.  However since taking part in the challenge I've noticed that when left to dry naturally it has dried feeling much softer and smoother than it usually would.  It's also felt softer and smoother once straightened and a few nights ago my mum commented on how shiny my hair looked, but I hadn't used anything different on it (apart from this shampoo and conditioner obviously) or dyed it recently.  I was also surprised to find that one day recently, despite my hair being straight, it actually dried curly (well more kind of wavy I guess) but good quite nice looking wavy rather than a fluff ball! 

Although the packaging of these products is not the prettiest and I probably wouldn't be attracted to them if I spotted them in store the science behind them does appear to work and I would recommend giving them a try to see how they would work for you.

All versions of the shampoo and conditioner cost £9.95 for 250ml for the shampoo and 200ml for the conditioner and are available from Debenhams Oxford Street (London), Argyll Street (Glasgow) and Bristol as well as online through Look Fantastic and the Area H2O website.

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  1. I tried these too and they are good, just a bit pricey for me to purchase regularly :)

    Danniella x |

    1. They are a little on the pricey side with both coming to just under £20 x

  2. Never heard of these products, must give them a go since they sound quite great! You have a lovely blog dear!

    xo Mélane
    Selfhelp | Inspiration | Positivity

  3. I never even think about water quality, it's just one of those things that doesn't occur to me! I'm glad you are seeing some positive results. It always annoys me how hard it is to find good shampoos that don't contain sulfates, I'm actually still searching for one I can use regularly. For some reason, I just can't tolerate spending a lot of money on shampoos! My hair went through a crazy shedding phase a little while ago, and so I started taking Hair, Skin and Nails tablets which seem to help it a little. xxx

    1. I'm the same, I'm not prepared to pay a lot for shampoo unless it really does offer great results. I might try some of those tablets actually as my nails need a bit of help as well so it's worth a try x


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