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.

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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.


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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Dream Cocktail from Color Wow

I know some of you saw the word cocktail and are suddenly wondering if it is Friday afternoon and not Monday morning. Rest assured, your days have not been confused. It is most decidedly Monday morning.

The Coconut infused Dream Cocktail from Color Wow was gifted to me to try out and review. I am so grateful for them for sending this over. I have to say that while I have friends who rave about the Dream Coat and I have long been interested in the Color Security Shampoo and conditioner, I knew nothing about the dream cocktail line.

So of course I did some research. According to the website this Coconut Infused Dream Cocktail

Healthy hair strands have a natural outer lipid layer that locks in moisture. When heat and chemical treatments damage this barrier, hair becomes dehydrated. Coconut Cocktail is a leave-in treatment formulated to replace and mimic this essential lipid layer with a proprietary complex of 18-MEA and coconut oil. When you blow dry, this formula is activated and instantly bonds a healthy layer of hydration to your hair’s surface. As a result you get hair that’s in optimal healthy, supple, “swing-y” condition.

Paraben-free, cruelty-free, sulfate-free, gluten-free, vegan

Great for curly and textured hair, or anyone with dull, dry, dehydrated hair. Color-treated hair, keratin-treated hair. Over-processed or damaged hair.

Three pumps of product

I have to say that sounds promising. In the winter my hair is dry and I get so many fly aways that I look like i am constantly carrying a static charge. In addition I do dye my hair, actually I just dyed it this weekend and will be posting about it tomorrow in fact. I actually tried this Dream Cocktail before I dyed my hair and then I used it again after dying my hair.

My hair prior to dying it (again) was dull and faded. And a perk up was not a bad thing to try. For those of you who have read my posts in the past, you know that while I like Coconut, the scent isn’t one of my absolute favorites. I know some people adore it. I was mostly ambivalent to the scent of coconut before this summer, and then everything seemed to have a coconut scent to it. I don’t know if someone wanted to make me feel like it was the tropics because I wasn’t going on any trips but it felt like every product that entered my house was scented with coconut.

I will say that while this product comes out smelling very coconutty, the scent fades very quickly so I am not surrounded by a coconut scented cloud. I was slightly worried when I first dispensed it. But the worry very quickly faded along with the scent.

Before

And despite the overuse of the scent, coconut is in general good for the hair. Coconut oil helps prevent hair breakage and can help hair grow longer. It promotes shine and it even gives a boost to the proteins in your hair. There is actually a whole lot of science behind its use in hair care. This Helathline Article goes into much greater detail than I will go into here, but the end result is that even though I am not a huge fan of the scent of coconut, I am a huge fan of the use of coconut in hair care products.

No to use this product I first washed my hair, not the fabulous wet do I am sporting in the photo. So tangled and messy. To see how well this worked I set the Color Wow Color Security Shampoo to the side for the first test. I really like the way my hair performs with the shampoo but I wanted to make certain I was seeing the Dream Cocktail for what it was rather than just seeing the fabulous shampoo.

wet hair

So I chose a shampoo that I have currently at the house that I simply don’t like. (For reference it is an Acure Shampoo. Back in April when we were panic stocking the cabinets with staples several bottles of different varieties were on sale so I picked them up. I do not like the way they work with my hair. My hair always feels slightly stripped when I use them. They do make great products to test hair care products on but once I run out of my stash I will not be repurchasing.)

So I used the not so fabulous shampoo and instead of going in with masks and leave in conditioners I just used the matching conditioner and then sat down for my hair’s cocktail hour. It is recommended that you use two to three pumps of the product. The image with the product in my hand shows three pumps. The first time I used this product I used just the three pumps and combed it through my hair. While it worked well I found that using the two pumps in my hair was better and then after using the two pumps on my hair I dispensed a third pump and put it directly onto the ends of my hair. As my hair is likely to break at the ends, I wanted to give it a little extra product, and for me that worked really well.

After

To apply to my hair I rubbed my hands together, then turned my head upside down to run my hands through my hair. After I applied it to the ends and began to dry.

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I then broke out my hair dryer, and dried my hair. For the purpose of this test, I only dried it and then once dry ran a comb through. I did no other styling. I was a bit nervous because I didn’t use a detangler in my hair and the Acure Shampoo really needs to be followed with a detangler, but the Dream cocktail did a good enough job detangling on it’s own. After the first time using this, I did end up using a light spritz of detangler (the Mane Club’s One Hit Wonder) and the slight tangle problem I had was gone.

Even without the detangler in my hair, this product didn’t snag too much so it is more of an extra insurance rather than an absolute necessity.

So how did the product perform?

Well in the photos, you can see it is smoother with far fewer fly aways. It has a healthy shine to it as well. The real difference was in how it felt. My hair felt like silk. The dryness was gone and my hair moved easily and well. It looked an felt much healthier. There was no heavy feel to the product and no ‘crunchy’ bits from where it went into my hair. My hair was just beautifully silky and smooth. While looks are not hugely different, the feel and texture was very much improved. It is a little hard to convey with images, but in person the differences are easy to see.

For me, winter has always been a time of dull dry hair. In the summer time it isn’t as big a deal for me, not only are we not running the central heat, but in the summer I keep my hair pinned up a lot. It is just too thick and heavy to leave down in the summer heat. So in the summer I have fewer problems. In the winter, especially after a lot of styling and dying and central heating, this product really shines, and now so does my hair. I had not really heard of this product before it was sent over, but I have to say, I am very glad it was sent to me to try out. I am certainly going to keep it around for winter use and definitely look into the other cocktails in the Dream Cocktail line to see what outer treats I can find for my hair.


Hair masking with Cry Baby from The Mane Club NYC

Recently I received a package of items from the Mane Club to try out and review.  The first item I tried out was the One Hit Wonder 10-in-1 leave in spray and it was a fantastic product (and super affordable). As soon as I tried it I could not wait to try the other products. I also really like the brand in general. They only do hair products and all their products are not only vegan and cruelty free but they are affordably priced. The One Hit Wonder for example is only $8 and the bottle will last quite some time.

But this is not about the fabulous product I’ve already tried. This is about The Cry Baby Repairing Hair mask.

In the box Mane Club sent there were three hair masks (I later ended up with another two in a Glossy Box Mystery box).  So there was quite the selection to choose from when I went to do my weekly hair mask.

Before I get into the first of the masks let me tell you a little bit about my hair.  My hair (at the moment) is long enough to reach my bra strap.  While I was having it trimmed regularly at my salon, at this point I let it grow until it annoys me or looks really bad on the ends then I follow the Brad Mundo basic hair trimming method (using the rubber bands) to take off the ends so it is more reasonable in length.  I did have layers in my hair in 2019. There are no layers now.  I miss the layers.

I do not trust my hair cutting skills enough to try putting in the layers myself and so until I find a new salon, no layers. My salon closed last January and my stylist moved far far away. (They upped the rental price on the building for the salon before the world went haywire and the salon owner decided to retire instead of renewing. The building has since sat empty.)

My hair is currently dyed.  Currently I have a very faded box dye in my hair, which means I have really long roots and a strange poof ball of straggling grays on the top of my head.  Luckily, the box dye was close enough to my natural color that the roots aren’t that dramatic in real life.  They are quite apparent when the back of my head is photographed and the camera light bounces off of them. I have a kit coming from e-salon that contains custom dye so I will soon be rid of both.

Soon….Soooooon.

But then my hair will again be color treated.

The one thing that having to do things like trim my own hair has done (besides giving me a lot more respect for my stylist – don’t get me wrong, I respected her before because I knew I could not do what she did, now I just think there should be a holiday: National Stylists day) is force me to pay attention to the condition of my hair even more. 

My hair is slightly on the thicker side and while I wear it tied up for exercise, when down I tend to use a variety of heat tools on it and let’s face it, generally abuse it in the name of styling. This year, like everyone  else in the world, I went out a lot less. And so I styled my hair a lot less.  The reason that I have no more layers is that I also started trimming off more and more of the damaged ends.

I figured I might want to take the extended break from styling and use the time to get everything healthy. Then when I find a new stylist I can present them with a healthy head of hair to work with even if there is no actual identifiable cut and style left. It will be a blank slate of healthy hair. I still have some issues, and some of them will remain because even though i style less, I still love my heat tools, but I am getting my hair in shape.

One of the ways I am doing this is through hair masks. At the moment, I am doing one mask a week, generally on Saturdays. Once a week feels like I am doing a good thing for my hair and not like I am over doing it.

Because I still have some damaged ends, I decided to start with the Cry Baby Repairing Mask (retail $3). According to the Mane Club’s product page…

Hey babe, turn that frown upside down. Wash your worries away and treat yourself to this repairing hair mask

MANE PAYOFF:  Repairs, Reduces Breakage,  Deeply Conditions

SCENT: Citrus

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

I know this is going to sound strange to say, but I really like the fact that they let me know right on the package that I can get 2-3 uses out of the packet instead of it being a one use mask.   I like knowing how much I should expect to apply. I also like knowing that I shouldn’t just take the packet into the shower and attempt to use all of it in one sitting. That is a really nice thing to know.

The wide tab at the top makes it easy to grip and tear with no heartache, even with wet hands

Now I will say that tear open packets, the shower and me are not a trifecta of happiness.  However, since I know this is not a one use packet (because they told me in advance) I employed a little trick.

I opened the packet prior to my shower, took an empty jar that once held face cream and squeezed the mask into the jar.  (The jar I used once housed Volition’s Celery Green Cream. It is a fantastic moisturizer, especially in the warmer months. It also has a really tightly sealable lid and is excellent repurposed for this. A tight lid is key to this trick working).

This way it is easy to use and I have an airtight container to keep the extra mask safe from either drying out or contaminants. I find this really helps as I really only use hair masks once a week.  A week in an open foil packet can seriously compromise a product. Plus, there is no wasted products since I am not tempted to use too much when opening it in the shower.

I would like to point out that I am not complaining about the mask being in a foil packet. Why?  Because it is a three dollar mask.  Hair masks can get really pricy. Mane Club is an Indie brand that is committed to making their products affordable.  I’m sure packaging like this helps.  And I am okay with that. 

Also the mask packet even though it is a foil packet has a large enough pull tab that even with wet hands it is super easy to grab and open. It’s the shampoo and conditioner ones that get me (but I will leave my rant out of this for now.

the hair mask in the jar

Plus, I have a lot of empty glass moisturizer containers and I love reusing them.  Most of them will be used to start seeds in my greenhouse this spring, but I am perfectly happy repurchasing a pretty face cream jar for a nice hair mask.  And it is glass so it can be cleaned out and reused repeatedly with no problems.  I just use masking tape to mark the product that is currently in it so there is no confusion.

And because I am taking pictures, I decided to do this hair mask at my desk instead of in the shower. I wet my hair down with a spray bottle of water, applied it in my bathroom, pinned my hair up and then watched a You Tube video for the five minutes I needed to let it sit.  Then I went to take a shower to wash it off.

my set up with mask spray with water and a hair clip

I personally love the claw style clips for when I am doing something like this with my hair.  They hold everything up and because they are almost entirely plastic you can take them directly into the shower with you, rinse product off of them and then leave them to dry and be ready for another use.  They are at almost every drug store I’ve ever been to and are relatively inexpensive.  They also last a really long time.  I think I’ve had this one about five years and it is still going strong. The spray bottle was in the travel section of target and cost about a dollar. It is good for this kind of masking application, but sometimes I wake up and my bangs are crazy so it is good for taming them in the morning too.

But back to the mask.  The mask is thick and creamy.  It claims to be citrus scented and I do smell some orange and lime in there. There is also a bit of coconut mixed in and so it smells vaguely Pina Colada –esque. As you can see from the product remaining in the jar (Picture Below), I probably have about two more uses worth of product left, so I would say two to three uses is bang on and makes it more or less a dollar per use. 

wet hair

When applying the Cry Baby Mask (or any hair mask really), I like to start off with a heavy dose of mask on the roots of my hair, then turn my head upside down and add a heavy dose to my ends.  Then I go in and add product to the rest of the hair and massage it into the roots before twisting my hair into a mass at the top of my head. I find it gets the most product in the places it needs to be.  Just lay a towel on the floor to catch water drips and possible product. You don’t want your floor tiles super slick and turning into a falling hazard.

There lies danger.

I concentrate on the ends and roots first

The mask washed out pretty easily after five minutes. No real scrubbing or rubbing needed.  I just turned on the shower spray and ran my fingers through to make certain the water washed it all out.  As I still have not replaced my hairdryer, I combed through with my detangling brush and then let it dry naturally.  I specifically did not use a detangling spray even though this is not a detangling mask, I wanted to know how my hair felt with just this mask.

mask in

The brush went through my hair well, and while there was some hair left behind on the brush. When I looked at the hairs, most of them showed some sign of damage so I am guessing that the more damaged hairs just sort of evacuated my head in the face of the mask.  And to be honest there weren’t that many hairs in the detangling brush, I just found it interesting that they were the more damaged ones.

So was there improvement in the condition of my hair?  I would say that my hair does feel healthier.  I think though that like skin care, hair care needs repeated uses in order to see a real effect.  However, my hair is nice and healthy looking with a nice shine. There is no heavy residue left and my hair does not feel weighted down.  It also smells more like lime as my hair dried and less like Pina Coladas.

easy comb through after washing and still wet

The scent is very subtle in dried hair so it isn’t overpowering, which I appreciate .  This turned out to be a really good hair mask for me and I will certainly use up the other two applications left in the jar. 

mask left over after one application

I would certainly advise that you get a container to hold the extra portions of the mask, just for convenience sake and because when you squeeze it out of the packet with clean dry hands you can make certain to get every drop of product out of the foil packet and this doesn’t seem like a mask that should go to waste.  Just make certain you have a jar with a tight fitting lid so it doesn’t dry out and that you label the jar.

It may only be $3, but quite frankly it performed as well, if not better than some of the more expensive masks I’ve tried. It is one I will definitely put on my list for repeat use and ordering.   I can tell you I am so looking forward to trying out the remaining masks.  I’m also happy I have a second Cry Baby mask from a subscription box just waiting to be used. This is a mask I don’t mind keeping multiples of around.