Some of you are looking at the above bottles and thinking, those don’t look quite like the pictures on the Function of Beauty website. And you’d be right. For those of you who have never heard of the brand before, Function of Beauty is a fully customizable hair care brand. You go onto their website, take a quiz about your hair and your hair’s needs. You then get to choose your hair goals, scent and color and they make up a personalized batch of shampoo and conditioner for you. I believe they also have body care elements as well. I have seen a lot of people who are over the moon with the products and they have been on my list to try out for a while.
However, this is not that.
Oh, it is the same brand, just a little different.
I ran out of shampoo and conditioner and went to Target. Usually I have a shampoo and conditioner waiting in the wings for when I finish my current bottle. It isn’t that i am stockpiling it, I just tend to not remember I am almost out until I go to dispense some product and find the bottle empty. It is easier to reach into the linen closet for the spare pair then to wail fruitless ly at the shower head and hope that a simple rinsing will keep me from looking like a grease ball until i can pick up a new set. so usually I have the back up waiting and then on my next store run I replace the back up.
It’s my system.
Except that my system took a knock somewhere and I didn’t have a back up. I did have a small hotel shampoo (my babydoll takes them from every hotel he visits, puts them in a basket in the closet and then forgets them. I use them when I run out or the basket gets full.
which is a long way to say i went to target and was surprised to find the Function of Beauty products sitting on the shelf. They had three varieties: Strait, Wavy and curly hair. I went for the wavy option. It clearly isn’t as wide a range in the store as I suspect it would be if you went through the full customization on line, but i liked the three categories. The Shampoo has fermented rice water in it to help with elasticity and the conditioner has argan oil which helps with shine. The scent is fresh and lightly floral for both.
Quite honestly I like being able to try the brand in the less expensive store format before going in for the fully customizable option. It lets me know if their formula works well for my hair. and you know? It did. My hair felt clean, bit not stripped and I had a great healthy shine to it. During the course of this shampoo and conditioner use, I didn’t need to use a detangler at all and my hair was full of body. (I still used a heat protectant spray, and yes I use the Mane Club’s One hit wonder which is technically both a heat protectant and a detangler, but when I let my hair dry naturally I didn’t use it so i could see if i did need it, which I didn’t.)
I was actually quite pleased with this shampoo and conditioner set. At Target each of the shampoos and conditioners are $9.99. When I went to look up the price on line i saw that there are now other Function of Beauty products available as well. They have hair boosters that can help with strengthening, fighting frizz or simply growing longer healthier hair. I love the fact that you can try these out in such an easy way before committing to a reorderable regime from the brand. I will certainly be repurchasing this set again, trying out the boosters and when I do get around to trying the individualized formula, I will feel more comfortable with the shampoo and the brand. And yes, I definitely want to try out the individualized one and see how it compares tot the version available at target. It will be interesting to see how the store formula varies. But that is a test for another day. As for this test, Function of Beauty functioned impressively.
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.
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.
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.
I picked up a deluxe sample size of this mask because I’d heard good things about the company and wanted to give it a go. While skin care requires a couple of weeks for me to tell if I like using it, most hair masks I can tell after one use if I ever want to use it again.
Don’t get me wrong there are some products that work well out of the gate, but lose effectiveness after repeated use. I generally find it takes a few months for that cycle to run its course with my hair.
At that point I have probably already used a lot of the product, so it isn’t a big deal. I can trade it out for something else and then come back to it after a little while and usually it works well enough at that point for me to finish out the mask, emptying the container. Then I can decide if I want to repurchase it based on the entire run of the product.
At least that is my usual way with most hair products.
The trick is finding a product that can effectively go through this cycle. This is one of the many reasons I tend to pick up hair product samples. The samples tend to be relatively inexpensive (or occasionally free as a gift with purchase) and if the product isn’t going to work for me, I can tell pretty quickly. While most will work initially, some don’t work at all and those I know to avoid.
(I should warn you I picked up several sample hair products recently and I’ve been spacing out trying them trying to come up with a list of full sizes I want to order and try for a longer trial so there may be more hair themed posts in the next few months.)
So having heard good things about the company Verb, I decided to pick up this Hydrating mask. It seemed especially good for me at this time as I recently had a shampoo and conditioner combo I didn’t care for too much and needed to do some repair work. Plus there is the increasing time outside and in the sun, and the fact that I dyed my hair. All signs my hair might need a little TLC.
Oh and in case you look at the pics of me and think something is a little different. I finally couldn’t take it any more and whacked about four inches off my hair. It is still really long, but now I don’t feel as though I am planning to join some sort of cult. Plus it was getting to the point where it was becoming too much for my hair clips to handle and this is not the sort of weather to be wearing it down all day. And yse I was so nervous about cutting the length that I forgot to trim the bangs. That is on my upcoming to do list. So thus explains my hair.
So back to the mask. First let’s see what the claims are shall we?
A rich, restorative deep conditioning treatment designed to nourish all hair types. Use weekly to restore color treated, over-styled hair or to add shine and softness.
I will say that the fact that it was for all hair types made me question it. Generally, I find that anything that is for general use tends to have limited benefits. Its like they try too hard to be all things to all people and come across as mediocre.
Not that I am the suspicious sort.
I will say, that was not a problem with this product.
It is a thick cream that you use after washing your hair. You wash and then apply and let sit for 5-7 minutes. For me that means I wash my hair, apply the mask, and then shave my legs and lather up with my body wash along with everything else shower related. By the time I find I am ready to rinse off the soap and turn the water back on, my hair is ready to be rinsed. Its an extra step (especially if you don’t want to waste water) but it is a once a week thing so the extra time isn’t too damaging. Unless you have really damaged hair and then apparently you can use it as an extra conditioning conditioner. My hair had issues, but it wasn’t as bad as all that so I used it once a week.
The mask has a clean and fresh salon sort of scent to it. I know I really need to get a better term than, ‘salon scent’, but that is the smell I come away with.
Maybe I need to get one of those old scent boxes that wine people used to use to learn the scents for wine descriptors. Instead of herbs, berries, tobacco and leather I could get the various herbs and oils typically found in salons to determine what I think of as salon scent. That might be a fun project.
But it is in the future. Today we have a light salon scent that is clean smelling and doesn’t tend to linger over long. Once you wash out your hair, there is no scent that remains.
I will say that after I washed out my hair I was surprised that it didn’t feel weighed down. The cream is pretty thick, so I had my doubts. (I know, so suspicious) The thickness of the cream allowed it to get all through my hair and cling to the strands, but then washed free. There was no residue left on my hair, but my hair felt soft and nourished. It was fantastic and I really enjoyed using it.
In these photos, All I did after my shower and mask was to let my hair dry naturally and then run a brush though it. That’s it, no other product. and when I fixed my hair later, I had no problem with manageability. There were no tangles or snarls to work out.
I have to say, the sample sized tube of product I picked up was 0.67 ounces/ 19 g. I used it once a week and had enough product for four washes.
I should add here that this is in no way a sponsored post and the link is just a general link to their website and not an affiliate one. I just happened to pick up the product and liked it.
While I have several other hair masks to try out, I enjoyed this product far more than I thought I would and am tempted to go ahead and pick up the full sized version to have on hand. I have tried a couple of masks already that were just meh. Which makes this a little extra exciting for me.
I’m sure as I experiment with various products I will come across things that don’t do well for my hair and it might be nice to have a product like this on hand as backup. In addition, I’m walking outside more since I am not going to the gym and the summer sun really does a number on my hair each year. At $18 it is not cost prohibitive and it is a really nice product.
I suspect that I will put it on my list of products I like, but talk myself out of purchasing it until I have tried a few more things. Then I’ll try something I really don’t like and I’ll finally order it wishing I ordered it earlier. Either that or I’ll order it as part of my ‘its my birthday’ purchases at the end of the month. Regardless, at some point, I am fairly certain a full sized version of this will make its way back into my shower. I suspect that as I haven’t tried any other Verb products it will be joined by a couple other things I find to try out while poking around on the website.
In case you are wondering, this is my normal shopping experience. I tend to forget to order things and then run out of one product, or find a need a product that I ran out of a while ago and then realize I am out of a bunch of other things (if I’m ordering from a site like Alyaka or Lovely Skin, both favorites of mine for multiple brand purchases, I’ll like the sites at the bottom of the post for those interested) and then add on so it’s a large order or I’ll go on a brand website and after picking out what I came there for, I start poking around. Especially if there is a saving of shipping charges once your order reaches a certain price.
Seriously I am so easy, just promise to waive shipping charges and I’ll think – well I did want to try…- and then I’ll increase my order almost every time. Of course, I also put things off until I get around to beating the shipping charges. I have one order where I am seven dollars short of beating the $5.99 shipping fee. My baby doll has a cream that he likes that I order from them. It is a little over $8 so I’m waiting for him to want to reorder to place my order in. Mostly because I know if I don’t wait, I’ll order, pay the shipping fee and need nothing from them, then he’ll ask me to reorder his cream and I’ll have to pay another $5.99 then. I think he only has another week or so left before he reaches the level where he feels like he is running out and needs a reorder.
At least he remembers to tell me when he runs out now instead of thinking the skin care and soap fairies pay us visits in the night. I am pretty sure he thinks shampoo is magical, or at least the refillable pump I keep topped off in his shower is magical and never ending. Of course I also think he believes Dr. Squatch is a friend of mine (as in ‘I’m running low on that soap, can you get your friend to send more.’) That may be just wishful thinking on his part as he is fond of Bigfoot/sasquatch/Yeti books and occasionally films.
Okay I got a little off track there, but to sum things up, great mask, I enjoyed using it and I will be purchasing the full sized version (and probably sampling some other stuff from them).
I’ll admit, I never actually tried a salt scrub for my scalp. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever tried anything specifically for my scalp. I’ve used masks for my hair, but never anything for my scalp. When I stop to think of it, it seems surprising. After all the scalp is where the hair comes out of your head, it only makes sense to take care of it. So I was excited to see the Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt in my IPSY bag. I received a trial size but the full size retails for $55.
While I had never tried a scalp scrub, I have heard of Christophe Robin. I have several friends who rave about their Anti Frizz Rescue Milk with Shea Butter and was thrilled to try one of their products. The description they offer for the sea salt scrub is…
The cleansing purifying scrub with sea salt is ideal as a detox treatment as it cleanses, purifies and restores balance to sensitive or oily scalps. It can also be used as a post-colour treatment to sooth tingling and itching sensations.
As those who regularly read this blog know, I recently dyed my hair so it was a perfect time for me to try it. So into the shower I went. When you open it, it looks like a salt scrub. As you can see, I forgot to take a picture prior to trying it out, hence the missing product. It was full to the top when I opened it.
The scrub has a vaguely oceanic scent mixed with a vaguely medicinal scent. I know that sounds..um…vague. I apologize. I have been over and over the ingredients list trying to figure out exactly what that scent is, but I really can’t come any closer to it than that. It doesn’t smell like the ocean but it is vaguely oceanic. It doesn’t exactly smell medicinal, but it may have been stored in a cabinet with old school medicines like iodine, witch hazel and neosporin, all with faulty lids, might have been kept.
To apply I scooped out a bit and massaged it into my wet hair. I tried to get as close to the scalp as possible as it is a scalp product. The issue is that I have thick hair and the salt scrub is quite chunky. I had a hard time getting it through to the actual scalp as the wet hair almost actively resisted my attempt.
Part of it is the emollient that it mixed in with the salt. It made it want to slide off the hair rather than dive beneath the strands. I’m not entirely certain it did anything for my scalp. I will say though that my hair feels deliciously soft and light. It is extra clean and feels fresh and fabulous. I am just not certain it helped my scalp in any noticeable way. While I will continue to use the product until it is gone, I don’t think I would actually spend the $55 for the full sized container. It is good, but I have other products that I like better and that give me almost the same results. It is nice but it isn’t going to make it on my repurchase list. I think maybe I will try the anti-frizz that all my friends rave about. Perhaps I’ll like that better.
For a while now I’ve been seeing a few gray hairs pop up on my head. There never arrive at the same time I’ll get one and then a few weeks later a second will appear. I have been simply plucking them out as they arrive, thanking them for their willingness to cover my scalp but informing them their service is not needed and sending them on their way. I think that is why they started arriving in pairs.
They wanted the back up.
While I know several people who have gone gray and look lovely with it, I wasn’t too keen on the prospect. All of my grays were in one little area so I decided to try and grow them out a little bit to see if maybe I’d get a cool stripe or something.
I did not and they started to drive me crazy. Still I knew if I just plucked them and dyed the hair then as soon as I did, the gray would grow back. So I had to wait for a bit until the odd lighter spots stopped increasing. Thankfully it didn’t take all that long. I just had one weird spot of gray.
So I bought a box of hair dye.
At first I started to look up other product reviews for home hair dye but they were not encouraging. Most featured funky colors or bleaching attempts gone horribly awry. Sometimes a combination of the two. And then there were hairdressers and stylists maligning all store bought box dyes so I decided to just ignore them all for the first run through, pick a box from a company who makes other products I love and hope for the best.
So I came home from the store with L’Oreal’s Excellence Crème Triple Protection Color. I chose the shade 5RB Medium Reddish Brown because all of the straight up browns looked a little too dark for me, unless they looked a little too blonde. With the red mixed in, I thought it would give it some depth instead of looking flat.
I should point out that my experience with dying my hair oscillated between old school goth black and homemade colors involving kool-aide packets.
So I arrived home. I then set the box to the side because the world went mad.
Now I decided that a nice bit of self-care would be to actually use the dye, eliminating the grays and making me feel better when I look in the mirror. And if the dye makes me look like Ronald MacDonald then at least I am in isolation and will only traumatize my baby doll and not the outer world at large.
So into the breach.
Not exactly for God and Country, but still an attack of sorts.
So I stripped down to an old plaid shirt that I use for gardening when it is chilly or the mosquitos are out in full force. It already has holes in the elbows and along the bottom seam. I’ve never figured those out actually. I get the elbows wearing out, just not the bottom seam. Regardless I figured a little extra hair dye wouldn’t trouble it.
So dressed, I took L’Oreal into the bathroom.
The directions are quite clear and very easy to follow. The provided gloves took a moment to actually open and get on my hands. I started with the provided hair protector ant included, as per instructions. It gave me some home that my hair would not come out fried at the end of this process.
Then, feeling a bit like a mad scientist I mixed the dye with the activator, shook and applied to my head. It is thick and didn’t drip which I appreciated. It coated my hair well and even though I have rather long hair, there was enough dye to cover all of it.
I waited the recommended time and then took myself and the conditioner to the shower. They dye rinsed out well and did not stain the tiles. I used the conditioner as one does. I will say I was a bit surprised by the amount of hair that washed out with the dye and conditioner. It was more fall out then I usually see when I wash my hair and I was nervous. So when completely rinsed, I stepped from the shower toweled dry, dressed and went directly for my hair dryer.
Usually if I don’t have to go anywhere I let my hair dry naturally but I was too curious to wait. Plus I wanted to know if I was going to be bald.
I was not.
I was however very impressed.
I think the hair that came out was the older duller looking hair because my hair looked great. Perhaps I don’t brush vigorously enough to get those looser hairs out on a daily basis, perhaps they just decided it was time, I don’t know. But my hair had great color, with no grays showing. It also had excellent shine and body. I really liked how it turned out. I also want to find out if they sell the conditioner separately because it was fantastic.
My only issue was that while my hair ended up a nice brown with a slight reddish undertone, my scalp was quite red. It washed away after a day or two and was fine, but it would be something to remember for dying the hair when not in self-quarantine. In two days my scalp was back to normal and my hair still looked great. All in all, I am quite pleased. I tend to like L’Oreal products in general and I am glad I went with them on this.
It may be a bit silly of me, but I have to say I feel a little less tired and run down now that I am not looking at the odd tuft of gray in the mirror. It was only a little boost, but still much needed. Not bad for a $7.99 product and thirty minute wait time.way to go L’Oreal.
As I’m sure I’ve mentioned a time or two, I have a lot of hair, and it is on the thick side. I actually really need to get it cut again. I tend to tie it up when I’m working out and then forget how long it is. It used to only be a problem in the summer when I tied it up to keep from sweating to death but apparently the gym knows no season. (trust me, I’ve tried to argue for a winter break but the gym has the scale on it’s side and it was two against one so winter ponytails it is.)
So when I take my hair down and actually do stuff with it I like to to look nice. So I have been trying out a variety of products. While I really like FoxyBae’s heat protectant spray, and tend to use the travel Foxybae fat iron to keep my bangs from going wonky.
It is a great tool, but given it’s size I can only really use it to curl the ends and deal with my bangs. if I tried using it on the rest of my hair it would take forever. It is however a life saver with my bangs. It heats up quickly and is the perfect size for them. I can live without having to straighten the rest of my hair, but when bangs go bad, there is no reprieve. This keeps them from going bad at least until the wind takes them. Plus I like the marbled effect and compact size.
But that was not the point, the point was the Flaminglow Leave in conditioner. The spray is a mist. it is not a super fine mist and occasionally you will get a few splotty splashes, but over all it works really well. The nozzle also doesn’t get sticky and clog, or at least it hasn’t in the past month I’ve been using it. the bottle feels comfortable in the hand as well. Surprisingly a lot of spray bottles don’t take that into account. Not to get all three bears about it but some are too thin and some to thick to fit comfortably in the hand.
This is especially important with a leave in conditioner and thick hair. To apply the conditioner I flip my head upside down and give a light spray to the underside of my hair and then flip my head up to give the top a light spray, then I use my fingers to comb through the hair and distribute it throughout. So having a bottle fit comfortable in the hand helps through the manouvering.
But what does the product do according to the website? well…
So little time, so many hair problems to solve! If only there’s a product that can fix most of them… oh wait, it’s this! The Flaminglow Leave In Conditioner is the answer to all your prayers, it can detangle your hair, tame frizz and moisturize your lovely locks all at the same time! What’s better is that it has biotin in it that helps your hair grow faster and stronger. Don’t worry because we got you, all you have to do is be-leave!!!
I use this conditioner when my hair is wet right after a shower. I towel dry it enough to keep from flinging water everywhere but that is about it. Using my fingers I can actually feel my hair tangling less as I run my fingers through it to distribute the product. Sometimes with other products my fingers snag and I have to work out tangles. This was not a problem with the Flaminglow. The detangling nature of the spray works really well and my fingers didn’t catch. it meant I was pulling out less hair when I worked.
I really like leaving my hair to dry naturally when I can as I don’t like to put excess heat on it. In these pictures I applied the conditioner and then let it dry. I then used a fine toothed comb to comb it out. There is no other styling done. there were no snags with the comb, no tangles and my hair has a nice healthy shine to it. Because I couldn’t photograph the back of my head without assistance I had my darling dearest assist me with the camera. Because he insisted, I added the sun glasses so he could get the full Cousin It effect. It was my thanks for him taking the photos, in case you were wondering.
The scent of this product is slightly sweet, like a candy with vanilla somewhere in it’s blending. I can’t identify the candy, but it is a light pleasant scent that is not overpowering. It fades to almost nothing as the hair dries. The conditioner is not heavy and it left my hair incredibly soft. When I did style my hair the conditioner worked well with the heat protector and didn’t feel at all greasy or heavy. There was no battle of the products. I have to say I also like the price. The full sized bottle is $18.95 and I have used it after every hair wash for the past month and I am only a quarter of the way through the bottle. I amy have to set it aside to try out different products, but I will be returning to this one. it is a good price for a great product.