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.



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.


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.

Pairing up the Ouai Detox Shampoo and the Luseta Biotin Collagen Hair Mask

Both the Ouai Detox Shampoo and the Luseta Biotin and Collagen Hair mask arrived in a recent Birch box and I thought why not pair them up together. well not all the time together. The Ouai Detox Shampoo had enough for three hair washes and I generally use hair masks once a week. So I tested them both together and apart.

I have actually tried other products from both of these brands. For Ouai I have the Thick shampoo and Conditioner on my in case i want to splurge list of hair care products so I was eager to see what the Detox shampoo could do. As for the Luseta, I tried the Biotin and Collagen shampoo and conditioner a while back and really enjoyed them. But while I did like them and wouldn’t mind using them again, they didn’t make my must purchase again later list. they worked well, just not super fabulously well.

So shall we see how these two performed?

First the shampoo. It is a detox shampoo and that is exactly what it does. It gets deep down and removed all of the excess product from your hair. Possibly a little too well. If used without a conditioner my hair felt a little thirsty after using this Ouai detox Shampoo. The first time I used this shampoo I used it on it’s own and had to use a leave in conditioner post shower. I also had to go in kind of hard with my detangler. (Mane Club One Hit Wonder)

When I used it with a regular conditioner, I still needed a leave in conditioner but I didn’t need to lean into the detangler. when paired with the Luseta Biotin and Collagen hair mask I didn’t need the leave in conditioner or the detangler.

This Detox shampoo from Ouai is very detoxifying. It really does take out anything excess. while there were only three uses in the tube I had, the use I had the most success with was with a hair mask. I think this is one of those shampoos that you don’t use every day, but use it once a week or even once a month and then pair it with a good hair mask.

The Luseta Biotin and collagen Hair mask was a good hair mask. I would certainly get it again and I would be willing to put it on my repeats purchase list. I actually liked it far more than I liked the shampoo and conditioner of the same line. Interestingly enough the Conditioner of Luseta’s Biotin and Collagen line is like a lighter less intense version of this.

While I wouldn’t’ want to use this hair mask as a conditioner, i wanted a little bit more from the conditioner when i tried it. This is too much to use with every hair wash but it works fantastically well as a weekly hair mask.

My hair was smooth and manageable with much of the fly aways gone. More importantly I did not need a detangler or the use of a leave in conditioner when i used this mask.

While neither the Ouai Detox shampoo or the Luseta Biotin and Collagen Hair mask make my craveables list, they are both products I would like to use again. And possibly used together. They both work well and they work fantastically well together. The Ouai desperately needs a hair mask to back it up and the Luseta paired with the Ouai just made the hair mask shine. Good apart, better together.

Using the Scalp Scrub Exfoliating Anti-Dandruff Treatment from Umberto Giannini

This Scalp Scrub Exfoliating Anti-Dandruff Treatment from Umberto Giannini came to me through a subscription box. Now you know me and scalp scrubs. Usually I love them. About once a month I will go to town exfoliating my scalp and my head feels fantastic (I think that might be the massaging aspect of it rather than the sigh of relief from product residue removal, but I love the feeling). My current two favorite scalp scrubs are (and I know I’ve mentioned this many times before.) The Christophe Robin Sea Salt Scrub and the Nature Lab Tokyo Clarifying Scalp scrub. I love using them to replace my shampoo and then I roll in a hair mask to replace the conditioner on that day and just have a fabulous hair moment.

My Current favorite Hair mask is Cha-Ching by The Mane Club. That and Cry Baby (also from The Mane Club) are standards, although there are quite a few fantastic masks I’ve tried recently. I actually can’t wait for the pre-black Friday Hair mask round up lists this year. I like to post those just before the sales go up and this year there were a lot of really good hair masks I tried that narrowing it down is really hard.

But that is a tale for another day.

Right now we are talking about the Scalp Scrub Exfoliating Anti-Dandruff Treatment from Umberto Giannini. According to the product page…

Scalp problems? Show your scalp some love and transform sluggish, dry, flaky and oily scalps Scalp Scrub! Packed with natural exfoliants from super fruit enzymes and micro grains of natural walnut shell, this 97% natural formula removes dead skin cells, bacteria and excess oils to prevent flakes and restore a clear and healthy scalp. 

As part of the Scalp Restore range, this product contains Pineapple Enzymes which has multiple benefits for your hair + scalp with a refreshing pineapple scent. Say goodbye to itchy scalps, this product will be your new go-to!

the dark bits are walnut shell. They didn’t get to my scalp, they didn’t want to wash out of my hair and they collected like sand in the bottom of the shower. They don’t dissolve and in my opinion are a bad choice to use in a hair mask. At least for my type of hair.

I’ll be honest, I expected to like this product. I like most Scalp scrubs and when i opened this one it smelled like a Pina-colada which I thought would be a fun shower time scent. (Also I have been using a lot of unscented products and while I am somewhat picky about scent, I do actually like them in my bath products.

I did not like this mask at all. The walnut shell exfoliate is rather fine grit and really light. As such it was hard getting it actually through my hair to my scalp. The scalp scrub foamed up and the none exfoliate particles did make my hair soft and clean. The walnut shells I don’t think really reached my scalp. I did not feel as though my scalp was scrubbed and to be honest if anything was done it was due to the enzymes, not the hard bits.

And then I tried rinsing my hair. While the exfoliate bits didn’t want to reach my scalp to scrub, they really didn’t want to rinse out of my hair either. I rinsed my hair repeatedly and then finally ended up washing my hair again. By the time I finished with additional shampoo and conditioner I got all of the Scalp scrub out of my hair. All of the bits were on the times of the shower, like sand after a visit to the beach.

I am not opposed to walnut shell bits, in theory. I can see why they might be used. They are actually used in many other exfoliating products. I have a body scrub that I used to use that I really liked that incorporated them well. I just don’t think they work well with hair, especially not my hair. My hair is long and thick and it simply did not work. There are no hair pics in this post because I really can’t tell how this product made my hair look and feel in the end because I had to use so many other products just to get all the particulates out of my hair. If you have thinner finer hair, this might work for you. If your hair is thick or curly, I would advise giving this Scalp Scrub a pass. It smells wonderful, but it is not worth the trouble.

Peace Out Skincare

Trying out the Sachajuan Ocean Mist Volume Shampoo and the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Booster

Both of these samples came in a recent Look Fantastic Box and I thought, why not use them together. The Sachajuan Ocean Mist Shampoo had four uses worth of product in it and this sample has two uses worth of product. However i also had a foil packet with four more uses worth of product in in. This allowed me to try out the shampoo on it’s own, with the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer and with a conditioner whose effects I was familiar with. It also allowed be the same flexibility with the Elasticizer, although with it I did not use it without any shampoo. It is a conditioning product so I had to use a shampoo first to keep my hair from just looking flat out greasy. As is it designed to work on clean hair, and thus always be paired with a shampoo I thought it would be fine and I just rotated through a couple of different shampoos to see if it’s use would change.

Again i always used a product I knew the use of. For comparison (for both shampoo and conditioner) my standard is the Suave Rosemary and Mint shampoo and conditioner set from their Professionals line. To be honest if you are going for a drug store shampoo, the Suave professionals line is a really good one. I love high end shampoos and conditioners because several of them do fantastic things to my hair but as a fall back option for months where splurging isn’t an option, I am a huge fan of the Suave Rosemary and Mint.

But on to the samples I am testing out. First the Shampoo. I have only heard of Sachajuan because a styling gel came in a subscription box. Because the styling gel is a full size and i am trying to clear out samples I have not tested it yet so this is a first test of the brand for me. So the Sachajuan Ocean Mist Volumizing Shampoo product info…

Take your hair to new heights with Sachajuan Ocean Mist Volume Shampoo. Gentle, yet tough on dirt and oil, this volumizing shampoo includes antioxidants that ward off environmental damage to keep hair strong and healthy. Ocean silk technology utilizes marine algae extracts that enhance shine, softness and strength. Ocean Silk Technology: a cocktail of marine algae extracts which works to enhance strand strength, suppleness and shine.

I am glad they broke out what Ocean Silk Technology was because I certainly had no idea how to describe it. As you can see in the tube, the shampoo is a lovely shade of blue green. It has a gel like consistency, which isn’t really unusual for shampoo. I think it just looks a little unusual because of the color. There is a rather strong scent to this shampoo. I can see why it is called Ocean Mist.

It has that scent that I tend to associate with anything that has marine algae extracts in it’s make up (Algenist is a big one with this scent). This is mixed with the scent that I often associate with ocean themed hand soaps, both liquid and bar. I think part of that is because it is a shampoo. It isn’t a bad scent, but it is really strong and it lasts your entire shower and leaves a bit of scent in your hair even after it dries. I don’t mind the scent, it isn’t one that I immediately say, nope not this scent in my hair, but it isn’t one that I would choose. It is one that I would tolerate if the product performs well enough.

So does it?

fewer flyaways lifted by humidity

It lathers well enough but not extravagantly. when used on it’s own, with no conditioner, I got the volume but my hair did not feel the softest and it felt a little overly clean. The thing is that when I used a conditioner, any conditioner, my hair became soft and full. even when I used a conditioner that was not known for adding softness. It is almost as if there is something in the shampoo that simply needs a conditioner to activate it. It worked well with both of the conditioners I tried it with, but it worked best with the hair mask. I think this shampoo is right on the edge. It cleans your hair, but is on the verge of going too far with the cleaning and really needs a conditioner to back it up. The better the conditioner, or conditioning mask, the better this shampoo is going to perform.

As for this Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Booster. It worked really well with this shampoo. According to it’s product page…

The Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Deep‐Conditioning Treatment is a multi award‐winning formula that leaves hair stronger and healthier looking with less breakage. Acting as a conditioning pre‐shampoo treatment, it’s packed with effective ingredients like Castor Oil and Hydrolyzed Elastin to rehydrate your hair. Especially beneficial for extremely damaged hair, including Afro‐Caribbean, coarse and fine, this super moisturizing intensive treatment delivers elasticity, manageability, bounce and shine to all hair textures. The clever ingredient combination continues to provide UV protection even after washing ‐ helping prolong the life of color treatments and protecting from brushing and heat styling. Visible results from one application will build with continued use.

Now you may notice something interesting in that description. It says it is a Pre-shampoo treatment. I saw that and I did try it. As a pre shampoo treatment, I did not care for it. The scent is lovely and it smells like a high end salon. But I simply didn’t like it as a pre-shampoo treatment. However, when I used it as a conditioner (post Shampoo) replacement. I loved it. It was amazing and I could see where all the awards came from. Perhaps if my hair were more damaged at the moment I would have seen more of a pre-shampoo effect. At the moment I have been avoiding hot tools mostly because I am surrounded by so much heat and humidity that minimal styling is best. I also use masks routinely so at the moment my hair is healthy. That might be the reason I saw so little effect from pre shampoo treatment.

I am willing to let that go though as the post shampoo look was fantastic. My hair felt like silk no matter what shampoo I paired it with when using this booster. In addition, it really helped with shine body and manageability. I also had far fewer fly aways when I used this conditioner. Humidity sometimes gives me loads of puffy hairs flying away on top of my hair, almost like I have a static charge. this Elasticiser helped cut down on that significantly. The pictures are of the two products used together. The Sachajuan gave good volume and needs to be paired with a conditioner, any conditioner. The Philip Kingsley was great with shine, manageability and fly away taming. Together they were a great pair. Individually I wouldn’t mind using the Sachajuan again, but I probably wouldn’t seek it out. The Philip Kingsley however i would not mind keeping stocked in my hair care arsenal.

Keys Soulcare