How to nourish hair with the new luxe shampoo bars

Elsa McAlonan’s Beauty Upgrades: How to nourish hair with the new luxe shampoo bars

  • Elsa McAlonan reveals a selection of the best shampoo bars for washing hair
  • She also reveals the produce Alesha Dixon uses to boost colour and shine 
  • British beauty expert also rounds up tinted moisturisers to use at each age 


Elsa McAlonan picks out a selection of the best shampoo bars for leaving hair nourished and clean (file image)

Shampoo bars are not only better for the environment, the newest solid shampoos are every bit as nourishing and kind to scalps as liquid ones. 

Those with dry hair will like Percy & Reed All Lathered Up Cleansing Shampoo Bar which moisturises with avocado oil.

While the new Klorane Mango Solid Shampoo Bar is perfect if you like a shampoo that lathers well.

Aveda’s Shampure Nurturing Shampoo Bar, with soothing Abyssinian oil, cleanses gently, leaving hair beautifully shiny.


You don’t have to be a blushing bride to enjoy the new L’Oreal Paris X Elie Saab Bridal Collection. The line, by wedding dress designer Elie Saab, includes an eyeshadow palette (£15.99), mascara (£12.99), three shades of nude lipgloss (£10.99 each) and four shades of Color Riche lipstick (£9.99 each) from classic red to nude with a creamy jojoba oil formula. The lipstick bullet features embossed detail inspired by the designer’s gowns. 


Alesha Dixon (pictured) boosts the colour and shine of her hair using the new TRESemme Colour Enhancing Mask

Singer Alesha Dixon is a fan of the new TRESemme Colour Enhancing Mask (now only £2.97,

It works in just five minutes to boost colour and shine. With a semi‑permanent pigment, it comes in four shades: Warm Red, Light Blonde, Ash Blonde and the one Alesha uses, Dark Brunette. The formula contains argan oil which helps to produce gloss and enhance hair health.


Don’t be put off by the bright green colour of Rosalique 3 in 1 Anti-Redness Miracle Formula SPF 50. Once massaged into your skin it vanishes, making redness disappear like magic and calming irritation. Use underneath foundation like a primer. A little goes a long way!


No. The point of sunscreen is to protect your skin, and how much it costs generally makes no difference to that.

Consultant dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto says: ‘While expensive sunscreens may have more cosmetic elegance, sunscreen testing in the UK is standardised and a budget sunscreen will offer the same degree of protection against the sun. Using the right amount is paramount. On the face and neck, this should be at least half a teaspoon. For the body, this needs to be at least a shot glass (35ml).’ 

The new Avène Intense Protect SPF 50+ safeguards against UVB and UVA rays and is suitable for all skin types and tones.


NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF30 is an oil-free formula in 16 shades. It makes your complexion glow and also helps even out skin tone.

BOBBI BROWN Nude Finish Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15 provides just enough coverage for a fresh-faced look and has a hydrating formula. Available in nine shades.

DOLCE & GABBANA Millennialskin On-The-Glow Tinted Moisturiser SPF30. In 15 shades, this super-light formula includes fig extract, hyaluronic acid and olive oil.


Our favourite queen of glow, Charlotte Tilbury, has launched a gorgeous new rose gold palette for summer. The Look Of Love In A Palette is slim enough to slip into a pocket and comes in two variations to suit all skin tones.

Pretty Blushed Beauty has three eye colours, a bronzer, highlighter, cheek colour and face powder, all in rose-kissed shades of caramel, taupe and champagne; Glowing Beauty contains bronzed-gold shades of mauve brown, rosy-peach and golden shimmer.

Minuscule illuminating pigments in the fine powder and bronzer — what Charlotte calls her Diamond Filter Sparkle Texture — leave your skin looking lustrous and dewy. 

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