I won’t lie. Sometimes it kills me to give away my go-to product secrets. Call me a vain, heartless and mean so and so if you will but there are occasions where I just want to have things for me. Bottles, tubes and pots of magic that I know make significant improvements to my beauty routine and that I selfishly want to keep to MYSELF.
One of my if-they-ever-discontinue-this-there-would-be-hysterics favourites is Michael Van Clarke’s 3 More Inches Volumising Hair Mousse.
I had never heard of Michael – apparently he’s the brother of the sandy coiffed Nicky Clarke (no, I don’t get the “van” thing either but it does sound kind of fancy) and he has a very popular salon in Marylebone.
I received his genius goop in a goody bag from a Mathew Williamson store collection launch a couple of years ago and I have never looked back. It gives my typically baby fine blonde locks that slightly beachy “textured” malleable quality that means it can be fluffed up and moved about a bit without feeling crunchy or greasy.
And I swear, the thickness is increased three fold.
I apply a generous dollop to towel dried hair every time I wash, I apply mainly to roots (up and underneath in a kind of “pushing” motion, never across the top of the hair cuticle) and then the rest pulled through the entire length. I use a wide toothed comb for even distribution.
I firmly believe the mousse also makes drying your barnet quicker (I use a Parlux hair dryer, another staple) and the condition significantly better. Considering I bleach and backcomb the living daylights out of mine as well as applying intense heat at least five days a week, my hairdresser always comments on how soft and un-damaged it appears.
I think I might be in love with Michael a bit.
Three More Inches Volumising Mousse is £12.50 at Space NK.
There we are, I’ve let the haircare cat out of the bag, sharing is caring and all that.
But be warned. This will be a long-term relationship.
And if you think you might have a mousse to rival my (now not so) secret find then I demand you include the the details in the comments section below IMMEDIATELY…..ok?