Let’s talk about the Scalp Massager

I have seen a multitude of videos touting the benefits of these toothy scalp massager tools. I’ll admit I was intrigued. When I saw that there was one for sale on the Shop Miss A site, I went ahead and bought it. Like most things on the Shop Miss A site it was $1. I figured that for a $1.88 cost I could try it out and see how I liked it. If I didn’t or if it proved to be something I wasn’t going to use, then, well, I only spent a $1.88.

The bristles are bendy silicone spikes. They are the same length, but the width varies. The thicker spikes are on the outside and the thinner ones inside the ring of spikes. The handle fits well around my hand and has grooves for my fingers. This is especially important as it is used in the shower with shampoo in the hair,. Soap and water make things a bit slick. This is easy to hold onto in the shower with shampoo lathered in my locks.

Over all it is a well designed tool.

But does it have a point or is it just another pointless bit of kit taking up space in the shower?

While the description on the Shop Miss A site was limited to Scalp Massager, it is identical to the Vegamour GRO Revitalizing scalp massager ($16) at least in the photos so I went with their description as to what I might expect from this tool.

Give your scalp the love and care it deserves! The GRO Scalp Revitalizing Massager features a series of bristles that stimulate the scalp and boost scalp health, providing both an exhilarating scalp massage and relaxing experience. Ideal for all hair types, this hand-held massager can be used on a dry scalp, or to work in your Vegamour hair growth serums, foams, or shampoos. Safe for color-treated, bleached or chemically treated hair, Suitable for all hair types, Can be used on both wet or dry hair

Vegamour

I’ll admit I have no way to really test scalp health but I do know that after I use a scalp scrub my scalp does feel good and my hair feels healthier and logically it makes sense to keep your scalp in good health. So I had high hopes going into this.

First I tried it with dry hair. I made certain to try it after I had several events where i did things to my hair (hot tools, heat protection spray, styling cream, etc) There was nothing in my hair at the time, product-wise, but my hair had been through a lot in the week of the dry scalp trial. I do not have an overly dry scalp and I have never had a problem with dandruff but I did notice that after I used it, there were tiny little bits of stuff. As I was using it to massage my scalp and I didn’t have anything in my hair at the time, I am guessing that it was knocked loose from my scalp.

As gross as that sounds.

I did try to take a picture, but the little bits were more things felt rather than seen. If I pulled my hair up to my eyes I could see little bumps of stuff on my hair (not a lot but enough that I could feel it with my fingers). I simply couldn’t get the camera close enough to pick up anything. it kept fuzzing the photo out. I will need a more intense lens. And to be fair it was something more felt than seen.

I did really enjoy the feeling of the bristles on my scalp though. It really was a very nice massage. It did tangle up my hair a bit on the ends. And the bits freaked me out so I went immediately into the shower.

while it clearly did something on dry hair, and I think if I was messaging a scalp serum into my hair, dry hair would be a fine use for this massager. For me however it was better on wet hair. Perhaps because I would use the teeth to comb through my hair periodically under the spray, I didn’t get a much tangling when I used it in the shower. The shape of the handle kept oit from shifting about too much and I didn’t slip or slide with it in the shower.

With shampoo it worked beautifully well. The lather was intensified in the shampoo and because I have thick hair, the action of the brush allowed both the shampoo to get right down to the roots of the hair and the water to actually get in and rinse out the shampoo more efficiently. It also felt amazing on the scalp.

It did nothing for me with conditioner or a conditioning hair mask, however paired with a scalp mask it was fantastic. I used it with my favorite Christophe Robin Sea Salt Scalp Scrub and it was utterly fantastic. I needed less product because the scalp massager helped get the scalp scrub deeper through the forest of my hair. It also drastically increased the foam. It was lather-tastic.

In truth it halved the amount of product I needed to use to get the best results. While I love this hair mask, it is not an inexpensive product. Full price for it is $53. which is why i tend to buy it on sale. (Incidentally, the Christophe Robin site has this mask for 40% off right now. So it is only $31.80 and yes, I stocked up.) The fact that this massager lets me get the same results with half of the product means my jar will last a lot longer. While I may need a microscope to see what is actually going on with my scalp and some sort of photo lens to see the microscopic bits that I’m pretty sure left my scalp, only needing half of the product to achieve the same great hair is a result i can stand behind. It also makes this $1 hair tool from the Shop Miss A website, far more valuable than it seems.

I picked this up thinking it was probably going to be something I tried a few times and then forgot about. Instead it has become a part of my hair washing routine and the means of extending the life of a product i like. While i will look out for long term benefits over the next few months, in the short term I can say, my hair feels fantastic, I use less product and more of the product I use gets rinsed out as the tool helps separated things so the rinse water can get in. On top of all that, I get a really nice relaxing scalp massage every time i wash my hair. For that alone I would repurchase this Scalp massaging tool. I would also pick it up at Shop Miss A. It is a great tool of good quality and $1.88 is really hard to beat.



The Daily: November 9th, 2022

Today my darlings has not gone as planned. We had a very large windstorm roll through last night. While we did not lose electricity, several of my neighbors did. However what we had were a lot of branches come down from the trees.

It isn’t actually that unexpected really. It was the first major wind storm of the fall/winter. While that sounds strange, it is always the first one that brings down any loose or dead branches and trees. Later in the season the storms may be more intense but with this initial one taking down a lot of the loose things from the canopy, they are oddly less worrisome. Sometimes we lose power but less things fall.

Which means that todays exercise involved moving and cutting up branches.

Actually a large chunk of the day involved cutting up and moving fallen branches. So there was no makeup and quite honestly I look a mess. Everything is now settled so I am jumping in the shower and then I will be spending the rest of the day trying to catch up on all of the things I had planned to work on this morning. Not exactly how I planned my Wednesday, but that is sometimes how things go.

So alas my darlings there is no makeup for the day. I will however be treating myself to a Christophe Robin Sea Salt Scalp scrub with my shower, and possibly following up with a Paradoxx Hair mask. I know I usually reserve such treats for Saturday, but today, it feels like I deserve a little bit of a mid week treat.

And so with a short post I will leave you and hope tomorrow is a more typical work day. Oh and if you are looking to stock up on Christophe Robin products, Look Fantastic currently has them on sale for 30% off. You can follow this link or click on the banner below to take you to the site. They have a lot of sales going on right now.



Holiday Gift Sets: Kerastase

And so the Holiday gifts continue. This year Kerastase Hair Care has several holiday bundles to choose from so that you can find the perfect one to suit your hair.

Each of these bundles is designed for a specific hair type or need and includes a shampoo, a conditioner and a serum.

Personally I love anything from the Genesis line of products. I have purchased the shampoo, conditioner and serum form them in the full size. I have stocked up on travel sets when i knew I wanted my hair to look spectacular for an event and I will admit anytime that there is a Kerastase sample in anything I have actually made extra purchases simply to get the samples.

Hair care wise it is one of the items that I will treat myself to as a gift to myself. While the Genesis line is my favorite, I have tried various other types including the color saving shampoo in the Chroma Absolu bundle (Pictured to the left). If you are looking for a shampoo that will help preserve your color while giving you silk soft hair, this is it. The Chroma Absolu Holiday Gift Set includes

Color protecting shampoo, conditioner, and gloss for color treated hair ($135 value, 26% savings).

The Resistance bundle, (Pictured right) is one where I have tried the serum. It is an amazing split end repair serum and even if your hair is in good condition it is a holiday life saver as it helps keep your ends from splitting. I don’t know about you but i always end up doing more hot styling to my hair around the holidays than I do at any other time of year. Having something to help keep my hair in good health around while I am actively working with it always helps. The Resistance Holiday Gift Set includes Strengthening shampoo, conditioner, and serum for damaged hair ($117 value, 24% savings).

The Nutritive Holiday Gift Set includes the Hydrating shampoo, conditioner, and primer for dry hair ($122 value, 24% savings). Last year the shampoo and conditioner set were a birthday gift option for the Sephora Insiders. I specifically made a purchase just to pick that set up and try it out. To be completely honest, I have no recollection of what I actually bought but I really loved this shampoo and conditioner. For me it is a little too hydrating to use on a regular basis, especially in the summer time. However once my hair starts dealing with the drying air of the indoor heat instead of sweating through the humid summer, this shampoo and conditioner rolled into my shower once a week helps combat the dry hair of winter without being too much. If your hair is naturally really dry or you live in a really dry area with low humidity, this is great. It smells fantastic and leaves the hair feeling like silk. With my hair I can only use it when the humidity drops low or it is simply too much moisture for me.

The Blond Absolu Cicaextreme Holiday Gift Set includes Blonde Color Protecting shampoo, mask, and oil for very damaged blonde hair ($154 value, 25% savings). While I love my dark hair I know several people who love their blonde locks and I would consider this as a give for them. While this specific set I have not tried out, I have tried shampoos, masks and serums from Kerastase and I have never been disappointed by any of them. I have used Cica based products in my skincare and liked them as well. If you are blonde, or shopping for a blonde, I’m sure this kit will be well loved.

Likewise if curly hair is your thing I should first off say, I envy you your curls. I love the look of curls. It is just not my destiny. Several bad perms of the past taught me to be happy with what the curling wand gives me. However Kerastase has you covers too. The Curl Manifesto Holiday Gift Set includes Curl defining shampoo, conditioner, and cream for curly hair ($124 value, 26% savings).

Essentially they have a kit with the key items needed to maintain and care for pretty much any specific hair type. I am a big fan of this brand as any time I have used anything from them, my hair has looked good. While the shampoos and conditioners are used at a regular rate, the serums last a really long time. One of my long term favorite products form them is the Serum Fortifiant Hair Serum. It is an amazing product and you use so little with each use that it lasts a really long time.

While I haven’t tried every products from Kerastase, mostly because some are simply not designed for my hair type, I have enjoyed everything that I have tried and found it well worth the price. These gift sets are not only great for gifting, but they are an excellent way to try a line of products to find out if it is right for you, while saving just a little bit of money. In addition to the lower bundled rate for products, Kerastase has a Thanksgiving sale that runs November 24th-25th. 2022. With the code THANKS22 you can get 20% off and receive a gift pouch (pictured to the right.)

It is a great brand with great products. And it you are shopping for someone who loves good hair products, or stocking up for yourself, these are some good bundles to look into. Happy Holiday shopping!

Kerastase

Let’s Talk about the Natura Murumuru Hair Mask

I have tried a lot of hair products over the years. A lot of them have been sample sizes. I love sample sized hair products, from masks to shampoos and conditioners. I do not mind spending a little extra on hair products if i like the product. However at the same time I have found some fantastic hair products that are relatively inexpensive.

If asked hands down what my favorite hair product was I would have to say it is The One hit Wonder by The Mane Club which costs a whopping $8 per bottle and is something i almost always have on hand. If i run out, then I have an order of it coming. Admittedly my second favorite product is the Christophe Robin Sea Salt Scalp scrub which retails for $53 (They actually have some great holiday bundles and sales, which is when I usually stock up.)

The truth is, some formulas work for me and some don’t, regardless of price and I like trying them out to see how i feel abotu them before I commit to full sized versions.

and then there is Natura. Specifically the Natura Ekos Restoring Hair Mask from the Murumuru Line. It is both vegan and fair trade and costs $34. I have tried products from this Murumuru line before. In fact i have tried the shampoo and conditioner set pictured above with the hair mask that is the focus of this post. The shampoo and conditioner of this set are quite honestly fabulous. The product has a light spicy but clean scent that I love. It is a real break from the floral scents that crop up so often in hair products. They work well, lather nicely and rinse out clean. When I use them the scent faded as my hair dried and once dry my hair felt like silk. I had no tangles and could run a comb through it easily wet or dry.

I know, you are thinking, what’s the catch? Why isn’t this a standard set of products?

Packaging.

The shape of the bottles in the samples are, well, bottle shaped. With the shampoo it is fine but it does make the conditioner really hard to get out of the bottle. I know what you are thinking, these are only sample sizes. I have tried the full size and while there is a little more give in the bottles when they are full size, the conditioner is still a bit of a struggle to get out of the bottle.

Enter the hair mask from the line. It is, all things told, a more intense version of the conditioner. It has the same lovely scent and it made my hair soft as silk and free of tangles. It did provide a little bit of moisture, bit it wasn’t overly greasy.

Hair masks I do use only once a week and this is no exception. While the conditioner would be fine to use every time I washed my hair, the Murumuru Hair mask is a little too deeply conditioning to be used more than once a week. I am however okay with that. Fr me though it does make an interesting pair. when i used the hair mak i decided to use the Murumuru Shampoo from Natura with the hair mask as I needed a shampoo and I had this set from a subscription box. Because the Hair mask from the line comes in a squeeze tube it is much easier to apply. To be honest i really like the formula of the hair mask enough to use it on a routine basis.

While I do have several hair mask samples to work through, this is definitely a contender for reordering in a full size. However i think I will order the Hair mask and the shampoo together. I enjoy both and as the scents are the same, there is no scent clashing between products. Even though I would happily use this shampoo on a daily basis, I know i wouldn’t want to fight with the conditioner bottle. Ordering the shampoo and keeping it to use with the hair mask would give me the best of the line. The same silky easy to manage tangle free hair, and no need to fight the shape of the bottle to get the product out. It would be a nice once a week treat during use. I think it would be hard to pair this scent with anything else, but keeping the shampoo and the hair mask as partners would work. And my hair would be very happy. I just need to skip the conditioner.



Using the Living Proof Full Shampoo and Conditioner

This set of shampoo and conditioner from Living proof came to me in a Fab Fit Fun Box. Living Proof is not a new to me brand. In fact i used to use it all of the time. I have in fact used this shampoo and conditioner before. It has however been a long time. Currently my go to brand for Full and thickened hair is Grow Gorgeous and their Intense duo of Shampoo and Conditioner. I tend to stock up on them whenever there is a sale on the Look Fantastic Website actually. They are the brand I tend to use all winter when my hair just needs a little lift. I can’t use it here in the summer because the humidity and extra fullness inducing shampoo simply o not mix.

Because of the size of these bottles I packed them to go with me when i went home for two weeks. I used the shampoo and conditioner a few times before I left to make certain they still worked well, used them there and brought them home to finish out. There is only a little left in each bottle proving these small bottles lasted about six weeks.

full and shiny

Here was the interesting thing I noticed, perhaps because i used them both here and elsewhere. The fullness I got from the shampoo differed based on the water I was using. Both my house and my mom’s house have good water. I think hers is a little softer than mine is. In addition they have different showerheads though. Hers has a a large shower head with a lot of finer more direct sprays and mine has larger holes so it is a denser stream of water.

I know it sounds really strange, but it seemed to make a difference in my hair. Her this living Proof Shampoo worked well. My hair was a little more full the day of the shower. there were fewer fly aways and my hair was nice and manageable. It felt soft and clean. With the water and showerhead at my mom’s house, my hair really felt a great deal thicker and fuller. It was still soft and manageable. However with the water at my mother’s house this Living Proof Set gave me almost the same level as the Grow Gorgeous Intense that I so love. However used at my house, the result was not as dramatic. I found this a very interesting trial.

fewer flyaways

I liked the living Proof Full Shampoo and conditioner here. It did well with my hair and I would certainly use it again. But it was not the absolute best. When used with softer water and a different showerhead, I really liked this set a lot more. There was a noticeable difference based on the location of use. I had not actually expected that. Since I wasn’t anticipating testing shampoo while at my Mother’s house, i didn’t take any pictures. I will be going back for thanksgiving though and while this set will have been well and truly used up by then I will make certain to take my Grow Gorgeous Set with me and take pictures to see if it too changes in performance (I may sneak a smaller sample set down with me as well and do a second product trial as well since I will be there long enough.

It is something to remember when testing hair care products though. Water can make the difference between a product working well and a product working excellently. For me how I feel about this Living Proof Set is very location dependent.



Balancing with the Grow Gorgeous Shine enhancing Overnight mask

I am a big fan of Grow Gorgeous. Their shampoos and leave in conditioners are some of my favorite and I tend to keep the thickening shampoo and conditioner (from the Intense Line) set in my hair care drawer for anytime i know I need my hair to look good.

that being said their scents can be a little on the strong side. Personally I love the scents. It reminds me of an upscale hair salon. I’m sure there is some sort of name for the variety of scents that make up the scent, but in the end they all merge into one and it is a high class salon scent.

This Grow Gorgeous Shine enhancing overnight mask from their Balance line has that same salon scent to it. According to the product description…

hair mask

The Grow Gorgeous Balance Shine-Enhancing Overnight Mask nourishes hair from root to tip, deeply conditioning your locks. Working overnight, this mask deeply conditions, enhancing your hair’s natural shine, leaving your hair soft and frizz-free.

Thanks to skincare ingredients, this mask targets the scalp as well as the locks, with Hyaluronic Acid to smooth and moisturise hair, giving it a shiny finish. Tung Wood fights to keep frizz under control, whilst also targeting heat damage. Finally, Blended Green Tea Extract and Fruit Acid nourish hair from the inside out, smoothing the cuticles to enhance your hair’s natural gloss and shine. If you want to nourish every inch of your precious hair, this mask is a must-have.

Free from parabens, sulphates, silicones, phthalates.

Vegan.

mask in hair, clipped up and worn for the day (inside where no one could see me)

Here is the thing. I have tried overnight masks before. I just can’t wear them. It doesn’t matter if I put a cap on so that nothing reaches the pillow case. There is something about the feel of lying down with a hair mask in my hair that I just can’t do. The last time I tried it I made it about half an hour before I got up and took a shower just to be rid of the hair mask.

However i knew this overnight mask needed overnight to work whatever magic it had. So one Saturday when i wasn’t doing anything out side of the house, I put it in my hair at nine in the morning and left it there until five that evening. I did chores around the house but I didn’t go out. (You may have noticed in the pictures this is my hair before i had it cut). There two uses of product for me in this tube. I did try it a second time and I had the same results as I did the first.

shine and body

So I did the overnight mask in the day instead of the night. Because the mask in my hair overnight kind of skeeves me out. During the day it was fine. I wrapped it up and used a clip to secure it. If I had to leave the house I could have used a head scarf i suppose, but i didn’t. It was a bit of bother but when i washed the mask out, it was worth the trouble.

My hair was soft and manageable and had amazing shine to it. Would I go through this every week? No. However once a month I would be willing to do. I would also be willing to keep this mask (full size $30) around and the day before a major event use it so that the next day my hair looked it’s best. My hair had shine, body, manageability and honestly I think it looked lovely. This mask from Grow Gorgeous was a bit of effort, but the results were definitely worth it. And if you don’t have the same over night issues I have, then it is even less work. Just remember to put on some kind of cap after you apply the mask so it doesn’t get all over your pillow and you should be fine. As for me, I’ll stick with my apply in the morning on a slow day application. And plan ahead to use this mask when i have somewhere to go where I want to look my best.

Trying out the Gloss Me Hair Serum by Design Me

This tiny little bottle of Gloss Me by Design me has been rolling around in the bottom of my hair care drawer for quite a while now. I believe it cam in an Ipsy Glam Bag a while back. While My version is only 10 mL the full size is 80 mL and costs $30. I have tried several products from Design me and they have always been decent products. I think the reason I didn’t try this one out sooner was simply that it was a smaller bottle and it just got buried.

Despite it’s size there was plenty to test as I only needed a few drops per use, but we’ll get to that in a moment. First let’s look at what the product is designed to do.

Weightlessly add high shine, hydration & eliminate frizz. Infused with the perfect blend of oils, vitamins & proteins for just the right amount of glossy shine, smoothness and strength. Apply small amount to damp or dry hair focusing on mid-lengths to ends, style as desired.

Design Me Web Site

There is an entire Gloss Me line. While i have tried other products from the brand they weren’t from this line so this was completely new to me.

I was actually quite impressed with this serum. It took only took a few drops to give my hair a healthy shine. To be honest, I didn’t see much difference in my hair when i put it on damp hair. It worked just like a leave in conditioner.

here this product really excels is on my hair when it is dry. We have high humidity here through out much of the year. The air dries out in December and stays pretty dry until about mid February and then the humidity rises again. What this Hair Serum from Design Me did was tame the humidity induced fly aways and gave my hair a smoother look without frizz and without weighing the hair down.

I ended up using it more like a hair oil and it worked really well for me. My one issue was the scent. The scent of this reminds me of the incense sticks my roommate freshman year of college used in our dorm room. It is not my favorite scent. It does fade back as the gloss is applied to the hair, but if I am wearing my hair down, it is still a scent that is present. I think that is one of the reasons that i would be hesitant to reach for it. I tend to be a very scent oriented person. I think though that given it has a fairly modest price and an amount of product that would last me a really long time, it is something i would pick up to keep on hand to use when I needed to have my hair look good on those high humidity days. If the scent were different, and something I liked just a little bit more I could see this Gloss Me Hair serum being a standard for every day use. With the scent, I can still see it being kept around for when it is really needed. Over all I was very impressed with this Gloss Me Hair Serum from Design Me.


Trying out the Outre by use me 2.5 Instant Repair mask with CBD

I love hair masks. I try to control my love by only using them once a week unless the hair need is great. we are entering the season of cooler weather and in this season I tend to reach for repair masks. The reason is that this is also the reason that i reach for my hair dryer and hot styling tools as well. In the summer it is simply too hot to blow dry my hair, and as I tend to wear it up and tied back I find it pointless to bother with a blow out even on a cool setting. In addition throughout most of the summer, I sweat on walks, occasionally nod to neighbors and spend the bulk of my time at the desk.

There may be the occasional barbeque but nothing that comes close to the social outings of the fall and winter. Once the weather really breaks there will be an end of the heat barbeque and then the indoor gatherings will begin. These always seem to be a little less casual than the gatherings by the grill and I tend to do more with my hair as a result.

This Outre Instant Repair Mask actually pairs with the Outra Shampoo and Conditioner I have waiting in the wings. I will save some f the mask to try on my once a week making while i am using that shampoo and conditioner, but I wanted to get a feel for it on it’s own.

According to the product page this mask…

Instantly restore moisture and hydration, improve hair elasticity and strength, and protect hair with this CBD infused Instant Repair Mask. Use after your hair color or highlighting service to instantly repair damage. May also be used to remedy a dry itchy scalp.

Outre by use me

I now that CBD infused products have come a long way from where they began but whenever I open a CBD based product, I expect a certain scent. You know the scent it is the earthy CBD scent. This doesn’t have it. I opened the jar and an entirely different scent slipped out. It is sweet and it is slightly floral but also slightly candy-esque. The candy is like the old fashioned orange candies my grandmother always kept around. You know the hard candies that always stuck together to make one mass. She liked the orange kind and that is sort of what it smells like with an odd floral note making it not entirely candy like.

Looking over the ingredient list I think the citric acid accounts for the orange candy scent although the coconut oil might play a role in that. I think the rest is just down to parfum/fragrance which is pretty high on the ingredients list.

Aqua (Water/Eau), Glycerin, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Proppanediol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Fragrance/Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Stearamidopropyl Dimedthylamine, Cannabis Sativa Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cinnamidoprpyltrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Limonene

Ingredients list

I’m guessing that is so that it doesn’t have the traditional CBD scent. But scent is one thing, use is another. I washed my hair and used the Outre mask in place of conditioner. The mask applies like a thick conditioner. It has the same consistency as a slightly thicker conditioner and I was able to comb it through my wet hair well. The instructions say you can leave this on for anywhere from five to thirty minutes.

My first use I went for five. The pictures are from that use. with a five minute sit time, the mask worked really well for me. My hair was shiny, not weighed down and felt soft and nourished. Ten minutes on my hair the following week was too much time on my hair. my hair still felt and looked nice, but the following day I noticed my hair getting greasier far faster than usual. As this didn’t happen the previous week and there was no noticeable difference to my routine, I suspected it was the extra time. The week after I went back to five minutes and I did not have the grease problem.

My conclusion was that five minutes was long enough to let this mask sit on my hair. My hair does tend to lean towards the oily side though. I suspect if you had really dry hair then you could leave it on longer and have better results. For m, this is actually good news. While my hair does tend to be a bit oily, in the winter, because of central heating, more time indoors and hot styling tool usage, my hair tends to be much dryer. While I did use this mask three times, I will be saving the rest of it. I not only want to try it with the shampoo and conditioner from the line, but i want to try it on my hair when my hair has become a bit more seasonally dry. I expect that then I will be able to leave it on a little longer and have the same results that i can get now with the shorter time.

To be honest, this is not my favorite hair mask. It is good, but it isn’t fantastic. The results met expectations, they didn’t exceed them. However with the timing it might redeem itself a little bit. I usually have hair products that I use in the summer and different products that I use in the winter. To have one that worked decently year round would be a reason for me to repurchase this mask. Right now as it stands the mask is okay but not exceptional. I will definitely use the rest of the mask in the jar and if it came my way again via a subscription box I would use it again. It isn’t something i would go out of my way to repurchase however. If it is able to transition and work well regardless of the season, that might change and I might be more inclined to repurchase. So for the final result, I will have to wait a few months and get back to you. As for now, I will say it is a good solid mask but nothing spectacular. It does however smell very nice in the jar.



Let’s Talk Ginger – The Body Shop Ginger Scalp Care Shampoo to be precise

This sample sized Ginger Scalp Care Shampoo from the Body Shop came in a subscription box a while back. It came without an accompanying conditioner, which for me, meant that it sort of got shifted to the bottom of the hair care drawer until I found a conditioner to test it with.

And then, quite honestly I forgot about it. As I am on a mission to clear out all of the sample sized products I have let linger in the drawer while I go on to do longer hair care tests, I dug out this bottle and took it to the shower.

According to the product page…

Our Ginger Scalp Care Shampoo gently washes away loose flakes and helps soothe scalps. If you live in fear of loose flakes, this is the best shampoo for dry scalps and smells pleasantly – well, gingery.

This shampoo has serious hype, but it works hard to earn it. We nabbed that gnarly, twisted root to formulate our bestselling anti-dandruff shampoo, whipping it up with a little birch bark extract, white willow bark extract and a dash of honey from Ethiopia.

The Body Shop

Since it had no accompanying conditioner and about three washes worth of product, I decided to test it first on it’s own (with a leave in conditioner standing by in case i got out of the shower and was a mess.) and then with a conditioner whose effects I knew.

Uncapped this shampoo has a gingery scent to it. It is spicy and has none of the sweet notes that are sometimes added to ginger. I think those are mostly when companies are going for gingerbread type holiday scents and since that is where I usually get ginger in bathing products, I expected the sweetness. It wasn’t there and I really enjoyed it. It is unabashedly Ginger.

It is not an overwhelming scent. It intensifies in water but the scent fades back as you rinse the suds out of the hair. It foams well and rinses clean.

For the first wash I did not use conditioner. The picture is after the first no conditioner wash. In the shower my hair felt clean but also nourished and I didn’t miss the conditioner. I let my hair air dry and then combed it out. I did nothing else to it. My hair was both clean and manageable without a conditioner.

I found this quite impressive as there aren’t a lot of shampoos I have tried that can work on my hair without back up. I did have two more uses of product in the bottle though and so on subsequent washes I used them. It was very interesting. On the second wash I found that my hair was still nicer than i would normally expect it to be without conditioner, however I did need to apply a leave in conditioner. Even though I am trying out several leave in conditioner products, for this trial i went with one I know and love, the Christophe Robin Daily Leave in Conditioner. I have yet to write up my review for it, but it is one that I routinely use. (I can’t use it daily as they suggest but I use it on damp hair post shower).

The addition of a small amount of leave in conditioner was perfect with that second wash and on the third wash, I again used the same amount of leave in conditioner and my hair was fine. My only explanation is that as this is a scalp cleansing shampoo that when i used it the first time, I had enough product build up on my scalp that it’s removal had enough of a conditioning effect that I didn’t need anything additional.

The product page itself recommends following with a conditioner. I haven’t tried the matching conditioner, but I would recommend either a light conditioner with this shampoo or a leave in conditioner applied post shower. It needs a little help but nothing heavy. I was very impressed by this shampoo and its effects. My hair looked healthy and shiny and felt really soft and manageable. I don’t use a lot of products from The Body Shop. Most of the items i have tried have been makeup items and I didn’t always have the best luck with them. I had great luck with this Ginger Scalp care shampoo and not only would I purchase this again I would consider looking into more products in their hair care line.



Let’s talk Aveda Nutri-plenish

Aveda is a hair care brand that I have often turned to in the past. It has been around a long time and it is one of the ones that in my brain I think of as kind of a standard. It has been around since the 1970s and tends to feature good reliable products. They are products I remember my mother and Aunts using when I was a child.

However I don’t tend to purchase them for myself when i go and pick up products. As I am going through all of my hair care products to try out and use up the sample sizes I came across this Neuti-plenish Leave in conditioner from Aveda.

To be honest, I picked it up thought “Oh I know i like that,’ and set it to the side figuring that I had already tried it out. Then I thought about it and realized that i hadn’t. The fact that the bottle was still sealed was my first clue. Then i tried to figure out if I tried it at another time and this was just another sample size I planned to use. I couldn’t remember and so I rolled it into rotation.

According to the Aveda website

Lightweight leave-in conditioning spray hydrates and replenishes hair for 72 hours while detangling and protecting from thermal styling up to 450° F. Naturally derived UV filter helps protect hair from the drying effects of the sun.

A pretty simple basic description and to be honest that is what this product is. Simple and basic. Is it good? Yes. It makes my hair shiny and well nourished. Both of which I would expect from a leave in conditioner. Does it detangle? Yes, it is a fairly good detangling product. Is is the best detangler i have used? No, the Mane Club’s One Hit Wonder is a much better product in keeping my hair detangled. But it does work as a decent detangler. It is also a decent heat protecting spray.

And I think that is one of the reasons that I had a hard time with writing a review for this product. Aveda is a standard for a reason. Their products work reasonably well and all of their products work reliably well. I’ve never had one that I’ve tried that didn’t do a decent job at whatever it claimed to be designed for. At the same time I have never used an Aveda product and been blown away by how well it performed. They never fail, but they are never going to be my first choice.

The scent of this product is somewhat nostalgic for me and reminds me of large family events when i was a child and all the women were getting ready at the same time. It has that 1980s I need a good hair day scent to it. It is so much a part of my background memories I have a hard time breaking it out into anything else. It is slightly sweet but with a sort of herbal medicinal back note.

It is a mild scent and not a bad one, however it is not a scent I would choose for my own hair care. Aveda is a good solid reliable brand. I love their ethos and their reliable nature. It is a staple, like having a bag of rice in the pantry. I know when i reach for an Aveda product it will do a decent job. This Aveda Nutri-plenish leave in conditioner is no exception. It is a decent product. There are just products out there that do a better job and that I would reach for first.