First Impressions: Zents Mandarin Balancing Shampoo and Water Hydrating Conditioner

Last week I was sent a lovely package from the brand Zents.  It included a collection of samples from their Eau de Toilette collection (ten scents in all) and a set of their Mandarin Balancing Shampoo and Water Hydrating Conditioner. While I will get to the perfumes, each in their turn, it is time to begin the shampoo and conditioner trial.

I know some of you may be familiar with my shampoo and conditioner process and others are just tuning in.  If you are new welcome, if you have been here before, welcome back. While a first test of a shampoo and conditioner can tell you if it is something you want to try or if it is definitely not for you, I typically find that often as I use the product sin my hair my opinion sometimes changes.  I’ve tried several shampoos that I adored on first use, but by the time I made it midway through the bottle I was ready to chuck it. I’ve tried a couple that didn’t thrill me at first, but by the end of the bottle I was sad to see the bottle emptied.

So I tend to do multiple posts about a shampoo and conditioner set as I work my way through the bottle.  That way I am actually fair to the product. The first of the posts is the First Impression post where I am just getting to know the products, the second is posted when I am about halfway through the bottle and the third will be at the end of the bottle when there is no more product.  Sometimes I reach the end sad at the empty, other times relieved.

So this is the first of three posts on the Zents Mandarin Balancing Shampoo and Water Hydrating Conditioner.

First off, I like the pump bottles.  I really like the way they dispense the product and I like that I can tell the levels of product.  If I like and routinely use a product, then I like to reorder it before it actually runs out and bottles like this let me do exactly that. It isn’t a major thing, but it is something that I like.

I have been a big fan of Zents Bath Truffles for a while now.  Mandarin is actually my favorite scent for those actually. The products in the line from shampoo to body wash and bath truffles are designed specifically for those who are sensitive to scent. 

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While the owner and founder’s inspirational story can be found on the website, I’m not going to repeat it here, mostly because it is just very well written there.  I highly encourage you to read about the foundation of the brand.  There is one line that I have to quote because I really just loved it.

“We call our scents our “liquid memories” because they draw upon the brain’s powerful ability to connect scent to memory. With our scents we can relive our favorite moments.”

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While I absolutely love scents, a lot of the time my sense of smell will help me determine whether or not I like a product.  Just recently I tested a perfume from Kierin NYC that I had a hard time actually describing because it smelled exactly like sitting in the sunroom with my mother when I was a child.  It was actually difficult for me to sit down and break that perfume into actual scent components.

While I do like scent, when it comes to a lot of hair products I often have some issues.  My hair is long, it is thick and it traps scents.  Sometimes it is an acivity scent,  If I am working in the kitchen and slow cooking items I will often carry that scent around with me.  Sometimes I like the scents of hair products, other items I don’t but whatever they are, they will usually stick with me for a while so I do judge shampoos and conditioners first on scent and then on how they work.  I know that sounds kind of strange but If I don’t like th scent I won’t use it no matter how good the product works.  I recently tested a shampoo and conditioner set like that.  The product worked well but the scent was not only strong and not to my liking, but it overpowered everything else.  I couldn’t wear perfume or even scented lotion because it clashed with the scent of my hair.

Now because I have used the Mandarin Bath Truffle I was prepared for the scent of the mandarin Shampoo.  I was wondering how different it would be.  The result is not different.  The scent is, as one would expect, orange. However it reminds me of the frozen pops my mom would make when we were kids.  Not the store bought kind but the kind where she just poured juice into reusable plastic pops and put it into the freezer.  We had a juicer when I was growing up and for frozen treats my mom would juice whatever fruit was in season. 

When it came to oranges, even frozen, you could smell the scent of orange.  It was blunted by the cold of the frozen pop, but you could still get a whiff of it.  That was the strength of the orange. When I dispensed it into my hand.  It was there, but not over powering.  When I applied it to my hair and began lathering, the scent was a little stronger, partially because it was closer to my nose and partially because of the steam in the air. I always find heat tends to intensify scents, at least to me.

When I rinsed my hair, the suds slipped off down the drain taking most of the orange scent with them. 

Then of course, came the conditioner.

The conditioner is not Mandarin scented, so it isn’t reinforcing the orange scent, which I liked. The scent of the conditioner is called Water.  I’ll admit, when the scent of water comes to mind it is a fifty/fifty shot if my brain goes to the beach or the mountains.  Part of me thinks of the ocean and the other part thinks of the cool green scent that always lingers around swift moving streams in the mountains where  I used to hike.  I read the description to see which I should expect.  The description of Water is…

WATER: Refreshing & Renewing: blue chamomile, coriander, lemon, mint, anise

Luxurious, color-safe WATER Conditioner nourishes all types of hair, delivering intensive moisture with 100% organic shea butter. Rich jojoba extract guards against sun damage and imparts manageability. Icelandic moss and Sunflower Oil fortify the hair and protect against breakage. WATER Conditioner leaves hair full, vibrant, and lustrous.

I’ll admit, I thought those scents would make it a bit strong as those are some pretty potent scent notes.  If you do a lot of baking, you know that those scents can easily dominate. They don’t. And it isn’t the massive scent bomb I feared. It is a light delicate fragrance.  The lemon and mint I can detect a little in the freshness that is leant to the floral that I am guessing is the blue chamomile.  It is lightly floral, with fresh notes and just a hint of spice. 

I’ll admit, I didn’t get the hind of spice until I washed it out.  And once the conditioner was in, I no longer had any hint of orange.   It is like the conditioner said, ‘thank you for coming’ and sent the scent on its way.  Not that the conditioner lingered for much longer.  Most of the scent dissipated when the conditioner rinsed out. By the time I stepped out of the shower, my hair just smelled clean.  I couldn’t detect anything but clean hair.  I got my babydoll to sniff and he asked if I was trying to trick him because there was nothing in my hair. 

As this was the first impressions of the shampoo and conditioner, I towel dried my hair and let it air dry naturally.  I put no additional products in it.  Since whenever I dry my hair I use a heat protectant spray, I didn’t use my hair dryer.  I also added no leave in conditioners and even skipped this week’s hair mask.

Don’t get me wrong, I will be using those items moving forward, but for the first impression, it was the Zents Mandarin Balancing Shampoo and Water Hydrating conditioner only. I also held off dying my hair (even though my new eSalon kit had just arrived) so that the products would stand alone. 

And wow, did it stand. 

When my hair was dry I ran my fingers through it to see how tangled things were likely to become. I had no tangles and my hair felt luxuriously soft. It felt light and not weighed down and I had fewer fly aways than usual.  In the photograph in this post, my hair is air dried and brushed through.  There is no styling as both the styling and styling products might skew the first thoughts.  I have to say I was very pleased with how my hair looked and felt with just a simple brush through after air drying.  As I make my way through the bottles I will do a dive into ingredients and discuss some of the ingredients that I think my hair is responding to as well as talking about how they continue to respond to the shampoo and conditioner.  There will of course be other products used so I’ll get to see how they interact with each other. But thus far in this first impression, I am absolutely thrilled with my hair. I can’t wait to see how this plays out as I work my way through the bottle.

First Impressions: Rahua Shampoo and Conditioner

Recently I finished a shampoo and conditioner set from Color Wow. It was the Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner for Normal to Thick Hair. I adored the set and will be purchasing them again. However while I was using the set, I accumulated several sample/travel sized containers of shampoo and conditioner.

So I figured that before I started a new full sized bottle (and trial) I would work my way through the sample sets and see if any of them were ones I wanted to try out in the full size. The first set I pulled from the collection is the rahua Classic Shampoo and Conditioner. I have seen this brand around and I have to say I do find the bottles and their look appealing. I am also taken in by their descriptions and ingredients.

According to the rahua site the Classic Shampoo is…

Formulated with rare, sustainably sourced ingredients, this rich, restorative shampoo leaves hair soft, silky, and luminous, and scalp soothed. Made with omega-9 rich Rahua oil and naturally scented with the fresh, woodsy aroma of Palo Santo oil, this cult-favorite formula is concentrated and will keep scalp in balance—not too oily, and not too dry.

Best for all hair types. 

This shampoo retails for $34 and looks golden in the bottle. It is lovely to look at. It is golden in the sample size as well, but it is hard to tell through the white plastic. The Conditioner is the classic white conditioner and has the exact same description as the shampoo so I won’t copy it out a second time. It retails for $36.

Both of the products feature rahua (ungurahua) which is pretty much where the name comes from. It is supposed to strengthen hair and promote follicle growth. The signature scent of the product comes from the palo santo oil also known as holy wood. According to the rahua website this holy wood was…”prized by Amazonian shamans since the Incan era for its spiritual purifying properties, the essence of this wild tree is Rahua’s signature scent. Its sophisticated, earthy aroma offers a soothing aromatherapy experience.”

There are other ingredients, each sustainably sourced and each claiming to do wonderful things for the hair, but i will stop there because it is the signature scent that is most memorable.

Don’t get me wrong, the shampoo and conditioner are really nice. The shampoo lathers nicely and feels luxurious in the hair. It rinses out cleanly. The Conditioner leaves hair silky soft and when using it I did not need a detangler spray at all. I just let my hair dry naturally and it was quite easy to comb through. i used a bit of MoroccanOil to tame some fly aways and i was good to go. (I use the light Moroccanoil even though I have thick hair as I find it is lighter on my hair and prefer it even though it is targeted for fine hair. At $15 it is a product well worth keeping around, just as an aside.)

The products worked well.

Better than well in fact.

I just can’t get past the scent. It is a very pungent scent that lingers. It is spicy but somehow bitter. If it was just something that I could use in the shower and wash away with the suds I would be okay with it, but the scent lingers in the hair and you get a whiff of it every time you move your head, or at least I did. There was enough shampoo and conditioner in the tubes for three washes, which is about a week’s worth of shampooing and conditioner for me as i wash my hair every other day. I lived with the shampoo last week and now the tubes are empty. While I love the feel of my hair, I am more than ready for the scent to go away. It is a fine product and I love the sustainable growth and harvesting practices. I even love that they have a sustainability set so you can buy refills and just reuse the same bottle.

I love all of the benefits both to my hair and scalp and to the environment and local populations, but I just can’t take the scent of this shampoo and conditioner. This is one of those products that I really wanted to like because I love the thought behind it, but I just can’t deal with an entire bottle of this. One week with the scent of the palo santo oil was more than enough. Because I really like their ethos I may look into other products rahua offers that do not contain the oil but a full sized version of this will not be coming home with me anytime soon.


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Hiding the Grays in the Camo Mist (from eSalon)

As many of you know from previous posts, I routinely dye my hair. After losing my stylist (she moved, nothing untoward happened to her) I tried box dyes and then tried eSalon. They very kindly gifted me a selection of their products and I absolutely adored not only their hair dye but the well thought out way they arranged things.

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You can read my full review of the dying process by clicking this link, if you are interested. The short version is that their system takes into account how your hair color works with your hair from root to tips and provides you with easy to follow instructions on every step of the process. It seems like a lot of steps when you first see it but it is really easy to follow and I ended up with great results. I also like that their profile was details and their color selection was something I could play with so that I could get exactly the shade I wanted. If you are looking for at home custom color, I very much recommend them.

I actually reordered my color and will very shortly be eliminating my roots with a shipment that I paid for this time from eSalon. I think it is going to be my go to hair color for a while. I was thrilled with how it worked out and how long it has lasted without fading. Admittedly, part of that may be due to the Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner from Color Wow that I used throughout.

However, if you notice in the pictures below I really should have re dyed my hair quite a while ago. While my still dyed hair looks nice, the roots do not. It is, surprisingly intentional. I deliberately let the roots grow because I wanted to test out the Camo Mist from eSalon. I ordered it when I placed my hair dye order and it is in the same color as the hair dye that I ordered. I have to say I was a little hesitant about the concept of the Camo mist. I figured it would be like spray painting my head (and in a way it is) and I had bad images from baldness cures running through my head.

I was also intrigued by the product. I figured that if it worked then I could keep my roots touched up and extend the length of my dye so that I wouldn’t have to dye it that often. While the eSalon dye was gentle and i didn’t have a lot of breakage, in fact my hair is actually quite healthy at the moment, I still like to stretch the time between hair dyes because I feel the less I dye it the healthier my hair will remain. So I had my fingers crossed when I tried this product.

I have to say I was very impressed. I did run a comb through my hair just to see if the spray would flake off in case you are wondering why one side looks combed and the other didn’t.

When i sprayed it I kind of worked it into the hair as well. The nozzle for the spray is perfect for that. It has a small tip to direct the spray to exactly where you need it. The spray is light and has a sort of hairdresser’s scent to it. It smells like a salon. And it made my bathroom smell like a salon, which was kind of nice. I went rather light on the spray because I didn’t want to overload my hair with product. I think if I went a little heavier there would be no seam showing between my roots and the rest of my hair.

targeted nozzle

The product matched well because it was the same color as my hair dye and I think it is a very good way to extend the life of your dye. When you spray it, the product does go in wet. The label says to leave it to sit for a minute or two, which I did. After two minutes I touched the top of my head and my hair was dry. It has a slightly odd texture to the hair. While it feels weightless, when you touch it, you can tell your hair has something in it.

The texture feels a bit like you sprayed heavy duty hair spray into your hair and then brushed it out. You know where you’ve brushed out the spray so that the hair isn’t stiff any more, but you can still tell that there was a product in your hair? That is the same feeling.

Because of that, I think there is a practical limit to how long you can let your roots grow while using this to disguise it. I don’t mind using it on the top of my head, but once it got past the crown and extended down the sides of my head I don’t think I’d want to use the spray. I think it is definitely a product to use on the top of your head. For me it hid the grays and blended in with the hair. I think it is also very good for those sneaky grays that just sort of wait until I’ve dyed my hair to pop out of my scalp and laugh at me. Their taunting time is now at an end.

The comb didn’t dislodge the spray or eliminate the coverage, but when I washed my hair the Camo Mist rinsed right out with no residue left behind. It didn’t cover my scalp in the deep auburn hair color, but stuck to my hair which I liked. It made me feel less like i was spray painting my scalp. It is essentially not noticeable except by touch. I think that I will be using this spray until I do redye my hair. As I ordered the same color from eSalon, the Dark Auburn, I will keep the Camo Mist until the next time my roots grow out and then use it to touch up until I feel it is time to dye my hair once again. If you are ordering hair dye, I would highly recommend adding the Camo Mist to your shopping list. It isn’t very expensive ($15) but I know when I like how my hair looks, it makes me feel like a million bucks. And since the same people are creating your custom color, you know it is going to be the perfect match.

This week’s hair mask: Prenup from IGK

Have you ever had a moment where you are really excited by a product and are enjoying using it and then when you go to look it up on line you find out that it has been discontinued?

That is the feeling I feel right now. 

In March’s Boxycharm Premium box, I received the IGK Prenup Instant Spray hair mask.  IGK is a brand I have used quite a lot of.  Their Mistress leave in conditioner was, for a long time, my go to product.  It was the conditioner I compared all others to. 

I have since branched out and while I have several IGK products I am finishing out, there are other brands and products that I find I enjoy just as much if not more.  So I haven’t really looked in on IGK for a while.  When this instant spray mask came in my box I was intrigued.  I had not heard of it and thought it might be a newer product.  I was also curious about a spray in hair mask.

While I may occasionally use a hair mask during the week if I feel my hair needs a bit of help, typically I use a hair mask every saturday as part of my weekly haircare routine. I like treating my hair once a week to a little extra love and as I have has tome really good masks that I’ve tried out, I think my hair likes it.

So this weekend I I decided to use the IGK Prenup Instant Spray Hair mask

It was fantastic.

It is very fine mist that smells like a high end hair salon.  It is easy to spray in the shower with wet hands.  There is no fumbling with jars or packets.  It is the easiest to apply hair mask I have ever used. 

And when my hair was dried, it felt silky soft and like I had just had a nice treatment done to it. So I was all set to look up the details of the ingredients and see if I could figure out why my hair liked it so much.

The Prenup Instant hair mask isn’t even listed on the site anymore. To actually find a listing for it, I had to do a deep dive into the Lovely Skin website (not that I mind that, I like poking around on Lovely Skin, I almost always find something I like and a lot of my skin care purchases come from their site, and some non-skincare purchases too). However here it is where I found out that the product is discontinued. (and where the links will take you since it was the only place on line that I could find it listed.)

They were happy to recommend another product, which I’m sure is wonderful, but it was a hair mask in the traditional tube.  It was not a spray on mask and I think that is what made this one special.  It did wonderful things for my hair, but so do a lot of other masks.  The fact that I could dispense this mask with just a quick spray and that it was so light on the hair made it more of a unique piece.

And so I was sad that it was no longer available and to be honest somewhat annoyed with Boxycharm for sending discontinued products. While I love trying new things from subscription boxes, part of the reason is to try them, decide how I feel about them and then if I like them purchase the item and add it to my routine. While I am glad I got to try the product, it also makes me feel a little duped and to be honest, taunted. 

“Here’s this product to try.  Oh you like it?  Well, too bad because you can never have it again.”

I’m sure you know exactly the taunting voice and mocking laughter that needs to accompany those lines, I’ll let you add them yourself.

I know, I probably should have left off this review but it kind of irked me so I went ahead and posted it, even though it is for a discontinued product, just in case anyone is curious.  I have no idea about the full ingredients list as the list was taken off the website, and the product itself is discontinued.  However it was a really nice product and if you do come across it, maybe at TJMaxx or Marshalls, I recommend picking it up and giving it a try. It is well worth using.  Just be aware it has been discontinued and that may be your only chance to use the Prenup Instant Spray Hair Mask from IGK.

Incidentally though the Spring Renewal sale at Lovely Skin starts today and you can get up to 20% off most brands so if there is an item you’ve been stalking for a while it might be a good time to peek in and see if it is available.

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The End of the Bottle…er…Tube

Color Wow Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner

On January 12th a package from Color Wow arrived on my doorstep filled with products for me to try. I am very grateful for the company for sending them to me to try out. It was a wonderful selection of products to try.

In fact I began trying the Color Wow Color Security Shampoo and conditioner that very night. I wanted to try it on my hair as I had an only faded box dye in my hair at the time and was planning to use the e-salon dye in the near future. I wanted to see how the product worked on my faded color as well as with the new.

In case you can not tell from the photos, my hair is thick and my hair is long. I know shocking with the photos right there but sometimes my darlings, the obvious needs to be stated.

Shampoo

The first thing I noticed when using the shampoo and conditioner set was how little product I really needed to wash and condition my hair. I quarter sized amount of the clear shampoo and the same of the white and creamy conditioner were all that was needed to get my hair clean.

And my hair felt clean. It felt clean all the way down to the scalp. One of this set’s claims is that it removes buildup from other products from the scalp. I use a wide variety of styling products and I have to say I was impressed with the way this set took down the residue on my scalp. While I do use a weekly hair mask and occasional scalp masks, for the most part during my trial of the Color Wow Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner I only used hair masks and skipped the scamp themed masks.

I did use the ESPA Pink Hair and Scalp Mud mask this weekend but I had already formed my opinions about this sets ability to remove buildup.

And my opinion is that it does work really well in this capacity.

conditioner

However as you may have noticed the set’s official name is the Color Wow Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner.

So how did it do securing my color?

Really well actually. It initially perked up the faded box dye and made me feel much better about the faded color. Admittedly it also made it more evident how long my roots had grown, but the shampoo really can’t be blamed for that. Post eSalon dye, This shampoo was fantastic in maintaining the color. Now I will say that I pushed the color past the refresh by date as well.

First of all I wanted to see how the color stayed even beyond the time when I knew I should dye it. Secondly, I picked up some root touch up from eSalon that i wanted to try out. I also picked up a color enhancer designed to perk up fading dye that I have been holding off using until I finished the Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner.

excellent body and manageability

I will say that I didn’t actually feel I needed a color boost throughout this process. While my roots have grown and the grays are showing, the color has remained quite lovely throughout the use of the shampoo and conditioner.

I quite honestly just really enjoyed using it. The scent of the shampoo and conditioner was very salon-esque. A part of me wanted a little bit of scent with it, but as both products are made without extra fragrances or dyes (or sulfates or parabens or phthalates for that matter), I understood why it was a salon scent rather than a fruity or floral. After about a week or so I got used to the scent and really stopped thinking about it. It became a non-scent if that means anything to you. It just became the scent of clean hair.

Of course I have also been using the Color Wow Dream Cocktail -coconut infused (which I am now head over heels in love with) so my hair did end up with a more tropical scent to it. Incidentally, I am not the biggest fan of coconut scents in the world and while this comes on coconut forward, the coconut fades and you only occasionally get a whiff of the tropics. It makes you think longingly of warm vacations and less like you’ve dipped your hair in someone’s pina colada.

But the post shower products aren’t the point (although I highly recommend checking out the Dream Cocktail line.)

Color maintenance is a check (and yes I very much need to trim my bangs. At the moment they are helping to conceal that I need desperately to work on my eyebrows.

While I enjoyed using the Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner and I loved how soft and manageable it made my hair feel, the thrifty center of my soul was thrilled by how long this set lasted. My first use of this set was the night of January 12th. My last use of this set was last night March 23rd. Because I needed to use so little product, this shampoo really lasted. With my hair if I can stretch a regular sized bottle to six weeks I am doing really well. I tend to wash my hair every other day and use dry shampoo in between washes. I just have a lot of hair. With the Color Wow Color Security Shampoo I managed to use it for about nine weeks.

I know that isn’t usually a part of a product review but the length of time I was able to use the product added value to me and made a great product even better. The fact is that you can get some pretty good and relatively inexpensive shampoos and conditioners at the drugstore. This Color Wow Color Security Shampoo is $23 and the Conditioner is $24. For me to spend the extra to purchase a luxury shampoo and conditioner it has to meet two main criteria.

It has to work better than the standard product I pick up at the drug store and it has to make me feel like i am getting value for my money.

This Color Wow Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner Set hits on both counts. It worked better than any product I have tried in the past from the drugstore. It met all of the claims that it made on the product page. And because I used so little of it, The product lasted long enough for me to feel that I was definitely getting really good value for the price.

But sadly the tubes are now empty. They have been moved to my empties bin and are awaiting the end of the month review. while I have several other products I need to try out, I will be circling back to this and placing an order for another set of the Color Wow Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner. This is far from the last appearance they will make in my bathtime line up.


Getting a Bad Attitude with The Mane Club

As I’ve mentioned before each Saturday I treat my hair to a hair mask.  The mask I choose generally coincides with my hair’s needs.  Too much dry shampoo that week?  Let’s look into a scalp scrub.  Hair looking a little dull?  Why not something to bulk up the shine?

While I have always indulged in hair masks when I can, it was always sort of an afterthought. In the past year I have been on my own with my hair (aka sans stylist) and as a consequence I’ve had to pay more attention to it than I usually do. While I’m not sure trimming my own bangs can be considered a plus, in fact, I am pretty sure I am getting worse at trimming them as time goes on, the hair masks are a benefit. Because I can’t just make an appointment to deal with whatever is going on with my hair, I have started evaluating it like I do my skin and treating it according to need, hence the pre hair masking self questionnaire. Hair masks have really been a lifesaver and I am now in a routine of the once a week evaluation.

This week I pulled the Bad Attitude Volumizing and deep conditioning mask from my collection of products to try because my hair was feeling a little flat.  I believe this one came to me in a Glossy Box Mystery Box a while ago. Glossy Box remains one of my favorite subscriptions and while they don’t do their mystery boxes often, they do have limited edition boxes come out routinely. The next one is the Glossy Easter Egg which looks fantastic. But more on that later, back to the mask.

It is a Mane Club Hair mask and I have generally found that my hair reacts really, really well with Mane Club Products and my frugal side loves that they are only $3 each (they sent a package to me a while ago with products to try and I have been loving all of them.  Incidentally, their One Hit Wonder Spray I repeatedly mention and adore is  also featured in the buzzfeed Article – 25 Hair Products That Come Recommended From Hairstylists – It is number thirteen, I personally think it should have been number one, but that’s just me, maybe they had to build up to its fabulousness.)

So what does this volumizing mask do? I know a very unnecessary question, but let’s see what the product information has to say anyway shall we?

Hey babe, we’ll help keep your attitude and hair in check with this volumizing hair mask.

MANE PAYOFF:

• Volumizes

• Strengthens

• Deeply Conditions

SCENT: Peaches

DIRECTIONS: Apply this goop to clean, wet hair, leave on for up to 5 minutes and rinse. Each package contains 2-3 uses.

The Mane Club

All of their hair masks that I have tried have given me three consistent uses and even though this was my first time using this mask, I know I have enough product for two more uses.  As always when faced with a packet like this, I dispense it into a separate container.  I generally find that the jar is not only easier to use, but also lets me more easily see how much product I am using so I don’t go overboard and try to use the entire packet in one sitting.

This time, I used an old Sunday Riley CEO Vitamin C Moisturizer jar.  It is a nice cream by the way, especially at night.  I’ve used it several times in the past and probably will use it again. The formula is good, the scent is like an orange creamsicle and the jar is also nice solid glass making it reusable. The mask fit perfectly inside. 

What I like to do with five minute masks is to wet my hair down with a spray bottle (this one came from my local Target.  They have them generally in the hair care or travel container sections.  I have found it is really useful  for a variety of things and rather inexpensive to boot.  I generally keep plain water in it and if nothing else spray down my comb to run through my bangs when I wake up and they are all wonky. It’s a super quick life saver.

But it is also good for hair masks. 

So I sprayed down my hair until it was wet (I put a towel on the floor first so it was not wet) and then I applied the mask to my hair, used the clip to wrap it up on top of my head and let it sit for five minutes. 

my non hair dryer drying procedure. I know, soooo high tech

Actually it took me almost exactly five minutes to gather my fresh clothes, go into the bathroom strip down and let the shower water heat up. Then I rinsed the hair mask out and let it air dry.

Because it is a volumizing mask I didn’t want to use my hair dryer to give it extra bulk it might not have.  I also didn’t want to add a heat protectorate spry over it in case it adjusted the product as well.  The first time testing a mask I like to just use the mask.

So that is what I did. 

I kept my hair in the towel for a bit to keep it from dripping, then let it air dry and ran a brush through the then dry locks.

I have to say my hair feels thicker.  It also feels silky soft.  There are a few fly aways so I will be taming them with the One Hit Wonder when I go to use my Revlon Curling Brush on my hair to actually style it. But I have to say that as always I am thoroughly impressed with The Mane Club. 

Pre mask on the left, post mask on the right. The slight curl in the left is due to holdove styling while the right side has only been dried and brushed not styled.

I was expecting volume and even with the note about deep conditioning on the label, some how that didn’t register at all. I only saw the volume. While I like the name Bad Attitude and I think it suitable, I think that because of the name I really had it in the back of my head that tangles and possible frizziness would go along with the volume. They don’t. I think it is just the word bad hat put the thoughts there. The conditioning aspect is really nice. It is also really hard to show in static photos, or in anything not in person really. It is a touch thing. My hair feels really soft and nourished.

And yes I did get volume. I also need to remember to wear light colored shirts when taking hair pics so things show up better. My hair was thicker and fuller after using the mask and to be honest, as strange as this sounds it really showed up when I wore my hair in a high ponytail. The ends didn’t look as thin and I was actually asked if I filled my hair out with anything. This mask is definitely going on my list of products to be ordered again. Which means that as far as hair masks go, I am sitting at three for three. That is a really good success rate.

I know I sound really surprised. I shouldn’t at this point, they make great products. I think that I’ve been a bit conditioned into believing that price equals quality and that expensive is always better. Truthfully with the exception of the t-shirts on their site, no product they currently offer is over $10. The masks are all $3 each (and you get three uses out of each) and their fabulous One Hit Wonder is only $8 and it leaves more expensive products in the dust. I still see the low price and am shocked by how well it works. I’ll get over it, but this is one hair care brand I am going to pay attention to even when I do finally begin the quest for a new hair stylist (my salon closed before the pandemic due to a rent increase and my stylist moved with her husband across the country – Colorado I think, but I could be wrong).So even when the world shifts back into a more regular everyday pattern I may be on my own with my hair care for a while.It is good to know what products I can trust while I search out a new stylist.

Incidentally, The One Hit Wonder is the March Product of the month for The Main Club. You might want to check it out, and maybe pick up a few hair masks while you are there. I can personally recommend Cry Baby, The Expert and Bad Attitude. I’m sure once I try more, my recommendations list will grow. It’s just that sort of company.

Oh so Shiny…

Color Wow Extra Mist-ical Shine Spray

A while ago Color Wow gifted me with several of their best selling products.  I am loving their Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner and their Dream Coat Humidity controlling spray.  Although I have to confess that as much as I like those products, the coconut infused  Dream Cocktail is now one of my favorite hair care products.

I know, something with coconut in the name is one of my faves.  Who knew? But it just leaves my hair feeling so silky soft (and the coconut scent isn’t strong at all). I think because I enjoyed it so much, I put off testing out the last product in the box because I knew I’d have to set it aside in order to use it. But set it aside I did.

And now we come to the final product that was included in the package they sent to me for review. It is the Extra Mist-ical Shine spray. I’ll be honest, I’ve never used a shine spray before.  In fact, until this arrived I didn’t know shine spray was a thing. So I had to look it up.  It is, as one would expect, a spray designed to make your hair look shiny and glossy. According to the Color Wow Website…

The Best-selling Extra Mist-ical Shine Spray makes every style look sparkling and healthy ⁠— like diamonds in a can

Breakthrough, light-weight flower-powered shine spray, Even dehydrated hair looks glossy and healthy, Non-greasy, non-drying, Won’t weigh down or flatten your style, No parabens, no sulfates, cruelty-free, gluten-free, vegan

This is for everyone who wants super glossy, healthy looking hair. Add brilliant shine to dull, dry, dehydrated hair. Give new life to over-processed or damaged hair. Perfect shine spray for color-treated hair. Give a glossy healthy boost to drab, matte blonde, make grey hair sparkle, light up brown hair with rich, dimensional radiance. Great for curly and textured hair. Makes highlights pop.

After styling, apply a light all over misting for instant, intense gloss. For deep rich luminosity, hit it with a blow dry to infuse radiance into every strand.

Color Wow

Well that does sound like something I’d like. Shiny glossy hair. So I set aside my Dream Cocktail, took out the Shine Spray and began my testing.

Like all Color Wow Products this Shine Spray is sulfate and paraben free which just makes my little heart sing. I know I have said it before but both parabens and sulfates are so bad for you.At the least those products will lead you down the path to brittle hair and possible hair loss. At the worst, you are looking at skin irritations and increased susceptibility to certain kinds of cancers. So parabens and sulfates are really just best to avoid in your products whenever possible.

To use, I washed my hair so everything was clean and looking nice in general. I didn’t use any post shower products. Since a blow dryer is suggested, but not required I didn’t use the hair dryer the first time I used the shine spray and then the next time I used it I did use the hair dryer. To be honest, I didn’t see all that much difference between the two in immediate appearance.

What I generally found was that If I sprayed a little heat protectant in my hair (only a smidge) and then dried my hair almost all the way and then added a light coat of the shine spray, then finished drying my hair, the shine seemed to set a little better and last a little longer. The last blast of heat sort of locked it into place.

The scent of the Extra Mist-ical Shine Spray is very much the scent of the salon. It is a someone is getting a hair treatment scent.  I like it and it makes me feel like I’ve turned my bathroom into a salon, but be aware it is a potent scent. You will smell it. It does however fade to nothing once it is in your hair. The scent is super strong when you spray it and tends to linger in the air, but does not really transfer to your hair. So you may be surrounded with it during application, but you won’t be smelling it every time you turn your head. Also, it is a aerosol can and when you spray it, it comes out in a super fine mist.  Which is nice for the hair and allows even application. 

Just dried with the shine spray (no post styling as I didn’t want other products interfering) I love the way the light catches.

You will want a well ventilated space though. It is not so nice to breathe in.  The first time I used this I was in the small powder room where I generally get ready.  I had the door closed and that was a big mistake.  Ventilation is your friend. At the very least, leave the door open. The scent is nice but it doesn’t taste nice when you accidentally breathe it in.

So you know what is also your friend?

Moderation.

A little spray of this makes your hair shiny and glossy. Too much and your hair can look a little wet. It was actually a strange optical illusion. I wanted to see how much was too much so one day I kind of went bonkers with the spray, just to see. My hair felt dry to the touch but looked wet. It was still oddly light, not dried out and not greasy to the touch. But my hair was so shiny it looked wet.

I found that for me the proper application was the long over head arc. I took the can in my right hand, bowed my head with my hair down my back and then moved my right hand as far left as I could. Then I brought my hand back to the right over my head while spraying until I made an arc of product. It was just enough product for me. Which quite frankly wa not a lot of product. Which means this can will last quite some time.

Close up

It also isn’t an every day product. I found that if I essentially set the product with the hair dryer after my shower than I didn’t need to use it again until after my next hair wash. I wash my hair every other day and it lasted on the days between without feeling greasy or heavy. On the days between when my workout had been rather sweaty, I did rinse my hair and then dry it again and the shine was dimmed, but still returned.

Personally, I really liked the depth it gave my hair. It made me feel like it trapped light inside the strands and I received several compliments on how nice my hair was looking while I used this Extra Mist-ical Shine Spray. I think it is definitely something I will be keeping around for that final touch before going out. I just need to remember to spray it in a well ventilated space and to use a bit of moderation in my application.


Color Wow Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner Post #2

I just wanted to check back in with you about the Color Wow Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner that I am using. It was gifted to me by Color Wow to try out and review. However, all my reviews are my personal opinion regardless of where the product came from.

I tried it just before I dyed my hair and it revived my old box color wonderfully. This link will take you to the first posting (Post 1) and initial trial. However, I then used a kit ordered from eSalon to dye my hair (love the custom color and outcome by the way and the link will take you to the full post where I go through the entire custom process from ordering to application it is a well thought out system and light years beyond the box dye – yet really easy to use), so how did the Color Security work with my newly dyed hair? And has it held up with repeated uses?

Shampoo

Well, I am about halfway through the shampoo and conditioner so I thought it was time for an evaluation. For those that don’t know, The Color Wow Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner is…

  • 100% clean, this unique, residue-free shampoo leaves nothing behind to dull hair or to block follicles which can cause thinning or hair loss
  • Keratin-safe, extension-safe, perfect for all hair types
  • Prevents color fade
  • No sulfates, no silicones, no conditioning agents, no parabens, cruelty-free, gluten-free
Conditioner

Now I know I’ve mentioned this before but while I adore the cruelty free ethos, the two big items on that list that catch my eye are the no sulfates and no parabens. Both are bad for hair and skin and in many reports they are cited as leading to thinning hair and hair loss, clogged pores, skin irritations and (the big bug-a-boo) can make you more susceptible to certain types of cancers. I know you see ‘may lead to cancers’ and think it isn’t a done deal so it’s okay, but scientists are cautious folks (and they should be). They don’t often make absolute statements.

My take is that there are a lot of things out there that may cause or make you more susceptible to cancers and the more of those you avoid, the better off you will be. After all lots of maybes tend to combine to lead you onto a path more clearly marked definite, and why tempt fate? As I’ve seen no actual reason for either sulfates or parabens to be in my shampoo and conditioner, I very much prefer them to be without.

The two positives that I was looking for in this Color Security shampoo and conditioner set are color security and its residue clearing properties. I tend to wash my hair every other day and to keep my hair looking good I tend to use dry shampoo between washes. While my favorite dry shampoo (Klorane Nettle Infused Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair) is really good about not leaving a lot of residue on my scalp (one of the reasons it is my favorite) but i do try a lot of other products that have left more residue on my scalp. I also used a variety of masks and other styling products, all of which end up leaving something behind. Having a shampoo that helps clear some of that away is a really good thing.

When I initially tried the Color Security Shampoo and conditioner from Color Wow, I was really impressed by the way it cleared out my scalp. Generally when I have a lot of build up, my scalp gets itchy (and I reach for a scalp scrub.) After my first wash i felt a lot of that coming off. It took a couple of washes (because i skipped several planned scalp scrubs in anticipation of testing this shampoo so I could have build up) but it washed off everything without needing an additional scalp scrub. In fact I haven’t needed a scalp scrub since I have been using this shampoo, which lets me use hair masks that concentrate on other hair needs. Every layer of build up I put on, this shampoo takes off without leaving my hair feeling stripped.

After washing i allowed it to air dry with no additional products. The hair is glossy, soft and the color is still rich and fabulous with no fading

In fact, my hair feels really good. I still use a detangling spray (the One Hit Wonder from Mane Club) but I have to use less of it when using this shampoo, and to be honest, i use it mostly because it is also a heat protecting spray as well as a detangler (and eight other things). I could get by without needing a detangling spray. My hair feels nourished and soft.

I will say that using a good dye product did help keep some of the damage down. eSalon has a quality dye product that doesn’t make the hair brittle or feel overly processed, and that helped. But I am a little over a month into my hair dye and there i no fading of the color and my hair still looks glossy and nice. I haven’t gotten the dulled down look that i am used to from box dyes and regular shampoo. while I am willing to concede that some of that may be the better quality dye, I really think that the shampoo and conditioner help. I think that because they clean without stripping, the product doesn’t strip off the dye and thus aid in the dulling down.

When I looked in the mirror i could just see the start of my roots showing. (I have a root touch up product i am going to try so I am going to let them get a little longer deliberately before re dying them actually, but that’s another story). It was strange to me because usually i notice my hair looks a little dull and then I look for my roots growing out. This time I looked at the roots and saw them showing (a little) first. while not an entirely scientific test, it is a good personal one for me. It lets me know that my color is lasting longer and staying fresher.For me that is a big bonus. It may be a combination of the dye and the shampoo and conditioner set, but i’m okay with that.

I will be continuing to use the eSalon dye for a long time to come and while I will make a final decision on the shampoo once I have finished the tubes completely and send them to the empties bin, at the moment I am at the halfway point in product usage and I am leaning heavily towards repurchasing. I’ll see how I feel when the product is completely used up, but unless there is an unexpected plot twist in my future, I suspect this Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner duo to return to my shower several times in the future.

If you are interested in giving the Color Security Shampoo a go, now might be the time to jump on it. In honor of Heart Health Awareness Month 10% of Shampoo Sales will be donated to HAIRraising Benefitting Boston’s Children’s Hospital. (donation runs 2/9 -2/28). It is a very good cause and you can find out more information about the donations on the Color Wow Site.


Trying out the Expert Procrastinator Anti Frizz Hair mask from The Mane Club

As many of you may recall from previous posts, I tend to treat my hair to a mask once a week (usually on Saturdays).  Recently Mane Club sent over a lovely package with their One Hit Wonder 10-in-1 spray (which I adore) and several of their masks for me to try. 

I’ll admit, I knew very little about the brand before they gifted me items to try so I looked into them as well as their items.   The brand is a relatively new one, started in 2019, which made me feel better about not recognizing them immediately.  It also makes me glad that I didn’t spend a lifetime not knowing about the One Hit Wonder spray. That would just have been too sad.  I can live with a few years though.

The brand is located in NYC and all of their products are vegan and cruelty free.  They are also what the brand calls junk free, which means they contain no sulfates, parabens and phthalates. I know, that list is often tagged on products these days but a simple break down is this:

Sulfates: can strip hair dawn making it dry and brittle, can also cause irritation in the skin like redness dryness and itching.

Parabens: Can cause dryness and itching of the scalp, hair loss and the fading of your color.

Phthalates: Can cause reproductive issues, increase the risk for breast and lung cancer and can cause or worsen asthma (among a long list of other possible dangers.)

While that is just a simple synopsis there are hundreds of articles and research papers out there by much more scientifically minded folks than me and if interested I would highly recommend checking some of them out.  But what it basically boils down to is that Having products with none of those three ingredients isn’t just some marketing ploy, it is actually really good to see that they are eliminated from the list.

You know what else is good? The fact that all of their hair care products are offered for less than $10. (technically their t-shirts are more than ten dollars, but all of their hair care products are under $10.  Yup that One Hit Wonder spray I love and keep raving about – even in a post about a hair mask – is only $8. I don’t mind paying extra for good hair care products, but I also don’t think it is a necessity.  If I can stock my hair care with affordable products that work fantastically well, then I am all in.

This Expert Procrastinator is the second mask I have tried from the brand.  The first one I tried was the Cry Baby repairing mask (retail $3) and I really enjoyed it.  There were a few things I noticed when I used it that I will be applying to the Expert Procrastinator as well. The first this is that Like Cry Baby, Expert Procrastinator comes in a tear open pouch.  While these pouches are super easy to tear open, even with wet hands, there is enough product in each pouch to give you three masking experiences.

Yes I procrastinated taking the tape label off of the reused jar. I have since replaced it.

What I like to do is take an empty jar and empty the pouch into it before I apply the mask.  This way all of the product is secure, I don’t add too much to my hair thinking that I need to use up the pouch in one sitting and in generally it just makes everything work a lot more easily.  I generally keep old glass moisturizer jars to reuse.  Often they end up getting used in my greenhouse, but they are excellent for use here.  By design most moisturizer jars keep product out of the sunlight and air so I know the mask will be safe.

For the Cry baby mask I ended up using the Volition Celery Green Moisturizer jar (excellent moisturizer by the way).  It is also the perfect size for the mask.  And as last week I finished the last of the Cry baby mask, it is freshly washed and ready to use for the Expert Procrastinator.  I just have to take my masking tape label off of it and put on a different masking tape label. Labels are key to not confusing yourself with the products. It is amazing how helpful masking tape and a sharpie can be.

But while I squeeze the mask into a new jar readying it for use, let’s look at what to expect from the Expert Procrastinator (other than expert procrastinating).

Hey babe, we all deserve a lazy day. Just relax and we’ll do the work for you with this frizz control hair mask.

MANE PAYOFF:

• Smooths Frizz

• Hydrates

• Deeply Conditions 

SCENT: Pear

DIRECTIONS: Apply this goop to clean, wet hair, leave on for up to 5 minutes and rinse. Each package contains 2-3 uses.

the mask in the jar is enough for three sessions

I love that it has a simple list of what it does.  This mask isn’t trying to do everything.  It is focused and I like that.  My hair often has different issues depending on the time of year and what horrors I have inflicted upon it in the recent past. Because of this I generally like to keep an array of hair masks (a masking library of sorts, that I can consult each week when I choose that week’s mask.  Do I feel like I have dry shampoo build up on the scalp?  Well, I have a mask for that.  Has my hair spent more time with the flat iron than usual due to an overwhelming number of meetings?  Well I have a mask for that too.

This week frizz control and deep conditioning sound like just the thing for my hair, which is why I chose this particular mask from the selection in the drawer.

The process of applying a hair mask is very simple.  You can do it in the shower or not.  I tend to like the outside the shower method.  I use a spray bottle  (picked up at Target for a dollar or so, I can’t remember the exact price as I’ve been using the same one for about 5 years at this point) to damp my hair, apply the mask, use a clip to secure the mask covered hair to the top of my head and then leave it sit for five minutes before jumping in the shower to rinse it out. 

I like this method because I don’t feel rushed.  I don’t hae to stand around in the shower, peeping out through the shower curtain to see if the timer is about to go off.  I also don’t have to risk soaking my timer from the shower.  I can apply the mask, gather my clean clothes for the shower and get everything ready.  By the time I’m ready for my shower, the five minutes have passed and I am ready to rinse the mask out continue with the rest of my shower.  I also generally apply a face mask while my hair mask is in.  I tend to avoid clay masks when I do this and stick to the more gel like masks.  Today I’m going with the Vichy Mineral Masque which is one of my favorites. Since I only have five minutes I apply a very thin layer and most of it is well absorbed before I get into the shower.

So this is what I did with the Expert Procrastinator mask. And how was the experience you ask?

Well, first off the scent is delightfully pear.  And yes the mask does say Pear scented, but I quite frankly didn’t think to look until I was applying it.  Personally I love the scent.  The pear is lightly sweet, not like sugar was added to the scent but more like the sweet scent you get when a pear is warm and ripe and just perfect to pull from the tree and eat. (we had a pear tree when I was a kid.)  It is a fantastic scent and I wish more products had the scent in it. 

The hair – no frizz, smooth soft and fabulously conditioned, although my bangs really need a trim.

The scent fades almost as soon as the mask is applied though, so it is a temporary delight.  It returns a little bit once you start rinsing it out in the shower and when dry if I press my hair to my nose I can smell a faint whiff of pears.  It is light and you really have to search to find it, so if you are bothered by lingering scents in your hair, this is not going to cause you any trouble.

In the shower it rinsed out well and even wet my hair felt that softness of conditioning.  But the proof is in the hair later.

So I finished my shower, toweled off and dressed and then went to my hair dryer.  I recently picked up the Revlon Laser Brilliance Shine Hair Dryer and I have to say I am really enjoying it.  I planned to do a bunch of research and but the fact is that while I don’t mind air drying my hair in the summer in the winter I just hair having the wet hair on my neck any longer than I have to. It just takes a really long time to dry on its own. This was the dryer Target had in stock so I figured it would do for now.  I really like it thus far. I think it was around $29 at Target and comes with both smoothing and volumizing attachments, in case anyone is looking for a decent affordable hair dryer.

And so how did the Expert Procrastinator do?

Expertly.

For this test I didn’t use any kind of other post shower product, I just blow dried my hair about 90% dry and combed it out while I did. Then I let it dry the rest of the way on its own.  While I will use a heat protecting spray in future uses (as I still have two masks worth of product sealed away in my jar) I had no issues with tangling and my hair came out soft and well-conditioned.  There is no frizz even though the heater is on in the house and I can feel the dryness of the air around me. And while my hair felt fantastic on the day I did use the mask it also felt really nice on the following day as well. 

This is definitely a mask I will be reordering and keeping in my arsenal.  I already put Cry Baby on the list to order and I will now be adding the Expert Procrastinator as well. I still have one more mask that The Mane Club sent for me to try out and that is the Cha Ching Moisturizing Hair mask (with a cherry Scent) and in addition I received the Mane Club’s Bad Attitude Volumizing hair mask that I received in a Glossy Box Mystery box to try out before I place my order. The Bad Attitude is listed as having a sweet and spicy scent so I am actually really looking forward to seeing what that scent is like. 

And no it isn’t just the scent I am curious about. I am curious about the volumizing aspect as well since sometimes volumizing products work well in my hair and sometimes they don’t.  Thus far everything I have tried from The Mane Club has worked well.  I’ve tested three items (the One Hit Wonder and two masks) and all three have made it onto my reorder list.  As all of their masks are $3 ordering a bunch of them to keep on hand is no hardship.  The trick is waiting until I’ve tried the ones I have so I know what I want to order.  I suspect that when I do order my favorites I am going to end up ordering several of their other products just to try.  With each product offered for under $10 how can I resist?


Putting on a Dream Coat with Color Wow

Have you ever stepped outside and had your good hair day turn into frizzy poof? 

Given that I live in a rather humid climate, this is not an uncommon event for me. This is one of the reasons I was so happy to try the Dream Coat from Color Wow when they sent it over to me.  I heard friends rave about it, but had not tried it before myself and so was happy to put it to the test.

I had pretty high hopes as I am currently loving the Color Wow Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner and adore the Dream Cocktail.  If Color Wow produced those items and still considered the Dream Coat to be one of their top products, you know I had to try it.

So first let’s look at what Dream Coat is.  According to the website…

This product is for: anybody who’s hair is affected by humidity. Ideal for frizzy, wavy, curly or coily hair. And coarse, dry or dehydrated hair. If you have color-treated or keratin-treated hair. Great for use on wigs, extensions and hair pieces. 

  • Acts like a mini Keratin treatment
  • Transforms all hair types, creating silky, glossy, frizz-free results
  • The key to Chris Appleton’s glass hair styles
  • No sulfates, no conditioning agents, no parabens, cruelty-free, gluten-free, vegan

Requires blow drying to activate. Shampoo, condition, towel dry. Divide hair into sections. Spray liberally and evenly on DAMP (not wet) hair. (Do not apply other styling products while the hair is wet, you can apply styling products after completing the Dream Coat blow dry.) For best results, use every 3-4 shampoos.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Dipropylene Glycol, Polysilicone-29, DMDM Hydantoin, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Silicone Quaternium-18, Butylene Glycol, Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, Trideceth-7, Trideceth-12, Phenoxyethanol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower, Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Potassium Benzoate, Citric Acid FORMULA #703-0

Color Wow website

Okay, I wanted to get the how to use in there as well because not all hair products require heat to activate and because of the warning that you need to forgo any other products prior to use. Which for me meant no Mane Club One Hit Wonder Spray to detangle after my shower.  I have to admit, it is getting hard for me to remember not to reach for it as it is now my standard after every hair wash.

But to test The Dream Coat I set it to the side.

So let’s look at the actual product, now that we know reasonably what to expect. First it comes in a bright silver pump container that I personally find aesthetically pleasing to have out on the counter. It is however very hard to photograph as it reflects everything around it.

with the cap on

I like the pump as it makes it very easy to dispense and I have to say, I really like the little plastic cuff that locks down around the spray nozzle.  It locks it into place so that it doesn’t spray when you put it away.  Right now I have the spray on my dressing table with my currently in use products, but periodically I have to clear the top of the dressing table off because I need more space for something that I am doing and it is good to know that if I do have to temporarily put it in a drawer I can lock down the spray and not waste product.

If there is one thing I despise it is wasted product.

the sturdy plastic cap

So I washed my hair and towel dried it so that it was damp and not wet.  Actually, I tied it up in the Glov Head Wrap while I got dressed after my shower.  The Glov Hair Wrap came in a Look Fantastic box a while ago.  I’m sure those fibers have had something unnatural done to them, but that hair wrap sucks excess water from my hair like a vacuum.

So hair damp, but not wet, I relocated to my dressing table where the Dream Coat and my hair dryer waited.  I don’t know why but I expected some sort of gel or stream to come out of the spray nozzle when I dispensed it. I think the spray top just has that look to it for some reason.  However what comes out is a fine mist. I split my hair into sections and applied the spray to my hair.  I then picked up the blow dryer and got started with the drying.

My hair is relatively thick and has some slight curl to it naturally.  The longer it gets, the less curl it has as the weight of my hair tends to pull it straight.  In high humidity, the underside of my hair tends to poof up a little as the shorter strands underneath get more curl. The top of the hair just sort of gets a lot of fly aways. If that makes sense.  The longer strands on top are pulled down by weight but propped up underneath by humidity induced curl underneath. 

In general getting my hair to lie flat when humidity is high involves a lot of product and it is usually so heavy that it makes my hair look greasy.  This is the reason I spend most of the summer time with my hair twisted up on the back of my head. Somedays fighting the poof is just not worth it.

The Dream Coat was extremely light weight.  In fact it was really hard to tell I sprayed it into my hair at all. I kept the first use light as I didn’t want to overdo it.  I figured I could always add more, but I can’t take product out unless I wash it all over again.

First day

I was very impressed with the way the Dream Coat worked.  As I blew it dry I straightened it with a comb and by the time I was done, my hair lay flat, the underside poof gone, the fly away’s tamed and my hair looking silky and smooth. As we have been sitting at 60% + humidity where I live lately, this was quite the feat.

Because of my hair I did notice that I needed the Dream Coat more on the underside of my hair than I did on the top. The top was mostly to keep the fly aways down. Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled it did that, but it did require less product to accomplish the task.

I was extremely pleased with the results. But it does not only promise one day results. Oh no my darlings, this is a product that is supposed to work for three to four shampoos. 

So I had to put it to the test. 

I wash my hair every other day.  Any more and no matter how fabulous the shampoo, my hair feels stripped and behaves badly. Because I am trying to lose weight and working out, I do rinse my hair and use dry shampoo on the days I don’t wash my hair. The dry shampoo I use is the Klorane Nettle infused shampoo for dark hair targeted for oily hair. I flirt with other dry shampoos but always end up coming back to Klorane. So it was the dry shampoo I tested with the Dream Coat as it is my standard.

I used the Klorane Dry Shampoo on the day I didn’t wash my hair.  I did my standard use:  Spray, wait two minutes and then brush out the dry shampoo. There was no issues with the two being used together.  The Klorane worked as it always did and the Dream Coat continued working as it did the first day I applied it.

On the day I first used the Dream Coat, I washed my hair shortly after lunch and then dried it. I then went through the rest of the day, had the second day where I used the dry Shampoo and then on the third day I waited to wash it until around nine o’clock at night. The fly aways were still tamed but I could tell that the underside of my hair was just starting to lose its sleek straight look.  The rise wasn’t much, but I could tell it wouldn’t take too long before it started to have the humidity curl.

And so I stepped into the shower, washed and conditioned my hair and then stepped out of the shower.  I again deployed the Glov Hair wrap.  This time however since the Dream Coat is supposed to work through 3-4 shampoos, I didn’t apply the Dream Coat when I blew my hair dry.

Do you know what, my darlings?  The heat from the dryer reactivated whatever product was still in my hair. It wasn’t as fantastic as the day I applied the Dream Coat, but it was clear the product was still holding its own against the humidity.  It again was working well the following day when I again deployed the Klorane but by the time I was ready for my next hair wash it was clear there was little product left. When I dried it after my shower, the sleek effect was gone and I needed to use my detangling spray.

The product listing says that the product will last through three to four washes.  While no details are given about that I am fairly certain that it was tested with people who wash their hair more than I do.  As it is the product kept my hair in excellent condition with one application for four, almost five days.  I’m guessing that in testing it, they washed the hair every day which would give you three to four days with one application of product.  As I managed nearly five, I can’t complain.  Applying this Dream Coat into my hair once a week is certainly no hardship.  It is a slight mist with no scent to it whatsoever and made my hair sleek, shiny and kept the humidity at bay. 

I weighed the bottle both before and after use, but only one application of the product used so little that the scale didn’t actually register any change.  I think after a month or two I would have used enough product to be able to see a change on the scale and divide the numbers up to see how much product each use actually used but my scale was not sensitive enough to register one use as having any product missing from the overall weight.  Given that I only need to use the product once a week, I’m betting this 200 ml bottle will last quite a while.  Specific math will have to wait on that.

I will definitely be keeping track of it though.  While I am certain this bottle will last me into the spring and probably well into the summer, I want to figure out how much I use now with each use so I will do the math sometime before summer humidity arises.  Then my area has long stretches where 80-90% humidity is the norm and my hair remains tied up at the back of my head.  I am hoping that with the Dream Coat I might actually be able to have a couple of days here and there where I can actually wear my hair down.  As it is, I am definitely going to continue enjoying my once a week application of the Dream Coat.


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