Sinfully Soft Hair with Saints and Sinners Velvet

I have been using this Saints and Sinner Velvet Divine leave in conditioner for a while now. It is a spray leave in conditioner and it has a fairly fine mist. Occasionally the nozzle of the spray will get clogged and I will fine it shooting out one squirt instead of a spray. When it does that a wet cotton swab over the nozzle quickly clears up the problem and it is back to spraying a fine mist.

The scent is a high end salon scent that leans more towards slightly fruity rather than slightly floral. when smelling it, I don’t think ‘oh fruity’. I think, ‘Oh high end hair salon’. But it does lean more fruit than floral. The scent does fade though. I don’t notice it in my hair after the product dries.

For some reason I could not get the Saints and Sinners website to load, So the information was taken from the Salon Only Sales website. This Leave in conditioner is also sold at both Amazon and Walmart sites so it is readily available. I don’t know if there is some internal blocking on my system or if there is some issue on their end and will investigate that later, but I did use the info for the Salon Only Sales site for this (not an affiliate, it just had the most information.)

So according to the description…

Saints & Sinners VELVET DIVINE LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER is the best leave-in conditioner you will ever use! Ideal for all hair types. Instantly detangles, eliminates frizz, adds shine, protects color, adds moisture, increases combability, strength & manageability while protecting hair against heat and environmental damage.

it does have a fine spray as mentioned and when I sprayed it in my hair it didn’t get stiff or feel heavy. For me, I tend to spray a light coating on the top of my hair for shine and then flip my hair over and spray the bottom layer and then run my fingers though to ensure it is evenly distributed.

The top spray gives great shine and by spraying it underneath I have noticed an increased volume to my hair as well as good body. At the moment I am using an oil control shampoo. It is actually a very good shampoo, but it is a shampoo that wither needs a hair mask following it or a dose of detangler. With that shampoo I have noticed that when I use a hair mask, this leave in conditioner is nice, but mostly just adds volume. If I use a simple conditioner with the oily hair shampoo, this is amazing. It makes the hair soft and reduces the need for a detangling product. I really enjoy this leave in conditioner and because of it I find myself wanting to try out the shampoo from the line. I haven’t gotten to that yet, but it is definitely on my list of products to pick up for trial. But that is a trial for another day. For now, I am well pleased with this leave in conditioner. I am about halfway through the bottle, but looking forward to using it up and adding it to the list of items to be purchased again.

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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.



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.



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.

Trying out the Latinus Beauty (LU) Impossible Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner

My quest to work through the gathered hair care samples in my collection continues. This time I am trying out the Latinus Beauty (LU) Impossible Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner. It is the Control Version. This is my first experience with the brand but i can already tell you that I really like that it is a shampoo and conditioner set from the same line. At the moment the tubes are completely empty but the samples sizes (30 mL) lasted for a full week (I wash my hair every other day). The full size is 355 mL and costs $19.99. so you could probably get between ten to twelve weeks of use with the full size.

According to the product page…

ignore the expression and focus on the lack of humidity created poof

The Control Shampoo is ideal for when you have a big event happening, or for any given day when your look needs to be sharp from head to toe. IMPOSSIBLE KERATIN™ Our powerful, nurturing blend of natural ingredients defies frizz and minimizes the effects of humidity. Murumuru Butter: originally from the Amazon, this rare seed locks moisture in and softens hair for game-changing manageability and control. Scent: sweet almond, jasmine, tonka bean, and musk. Sicilian blood orange. Well blended with sweet and empowering top notes. Mood: you want to feel in absolute control and ready to take on whatever comes your way.

Sulfate-Free | Cruelty-Free | Paraben-Free | Phthalates-Free | Colorants-Free

In the tube the shampoo smells mostly of sweet almond. Once it lathers, the product does tend to lean into the more musky scents. The Conditioner starts off musky but fades to almost nothing once it is in use. I’ll be honest, the scent is not my favorite in the shower. The scent’s one benefit is that it fades so you don’t really smell it once your hair dries.

The lather is pretty good and the shampoo washes away clean without leaving the hair feeling stripped. The conditioner doesn’t feel heavy on the hair.

The main benefit to this shampoo is it’s smoothing effect. Where I live tends to have high humidity (which is why all volumizing hair products are put away until the weather turns).So this was the perfect time for me to try this shampoo and conditioner set and in the smoothing and defrizzing, this product did not disappoint. I had fewer fly aways and most importantly there was no need for a de tangler. I was able to comb my hair both wet and dry and had very few fly aways. My hair tents to poof in high humidity (hence my fondness for the summer twist and hair clip look). It did not poof while I used this shampoo and conditioner. If you are looking for volume go elsewhere. If you are looking for sleek and healthy looking hair that behaves well despite the humidity, this is a product you might want to take a look at.

Given the scent, it probably won’t become a standard in my shower, but it is one that I would have no problem using again and one that might be called into my shower next summer to use any time I need to attend an out door event. I can think of several barbeques this summer where this would have been a very useful pre-event product. It is recommended for Hard to Manage, Curly, Thick or Thin Frizzy hair. I would add that this Latinus Beauty (LU) Impossible Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner is useful for anyone who is attempting to wear their hair down in a high humidity zone.



Using the Seed Phytonutrients Moisture Conditioner

And so once again we dive into the drawer of forgotten hair products. Some are masks, some are sample shampoos without conditioners and then there is this Seed Phytonutrients Moisture Conditioner. It came in a subscription box a while ago and because I didn’t have a shampoo to o with it, the bottle kept being pushed to the back. It doesn’t help that shortly before I received this I did try a Seed Phytonutrients that i didn’t really care for. So it was ignored by association I suppose you could say.

But now it has been taken out of the drawer and given a good trial. Partially because it is a large conditioner and I have several unmatched sample sized shampoos. This is one of those products that going into a trial I really want to like. The outer biodegradable packaging pulls apart easily, there is no glue holding it in place just fitted tabs. Hidden inside is a packet of basil seeds.

I would really recommend that you take the outer packaging off before taking the bottle into the shower. The cardboard outer packaging is not really meant for a shower environment. However once I used the product I went on line to take a look at the details and found that this conditioner is now sold in a metal canister style bottle. However the ingredients list on the packaging I have is exactly the same as the product listed on the website. To be fair, I can see why the changes were made. The outer packaging goes to mush when faced with water, the interior bottle is plastic. It is a recyclable plastic, but still. And it has a rounded bottom without the cardboard covering so it has a tendency to tip over a lot.

All of which they fixed with a canister shape that has a flat bottom.

I will admit that even though I see the reasoning behind the change, I am inclined to like them a little less.

However it is about the product and not the packaging. So according to the company…

let to dry naturally and then combed through – nothing else done

Our vegan, silicone free Moisture Conditioner is designed to replenish dry, coarse, or damaged hair. Organic meadowfoam seed oil provides deep hydration for healthy, soft, shiny hair, while mango butter helps manage dry ends and fly-aways. With an addictive, 100% natural black tea and ginger aroma, your luscious locks will thank you. Aroma: Black tea and ginger, Top notes: Bergamot essential oil, Middle notes: Ginger, rosemary, chamomile, and thyme essential oils, Base notes: Amber essential oil and vanilla bean extractive

I’ll be honest. I really like the way it performed on my hair, but I really didn’t like the scent. It is a bergamot, black tea and rosemary blend that I just did not find appealing. Admittedly i really don’t like bergamot. And the bergamot is pretty strong.

That being said, this is a fantastically conditioning conditioner. It made my hair feel soft and nourished. It did a lot to smooth away my fly aways and was able to comb through my hair easily both when wet and when I just left it to dry naturally post shower. I was pleased with how smooth and glossy my hair looked and how soft it felt.

For me the only real downfall of this product is it’s scent. It is just not one I like and not one i want to keep around. If all of their hair products work this well though, I would certainly consider looking at the scent profiles of the other products and finding one that might work well with my hair that I actually enjoy the scent of. I simply have too much hair to have it filled with a scent i don’t enjoy. If you are okay with the scent of bergamot and are looking for a vegan conditioner that will smooth down flyaways and leave you with shiny , well nourished hair, I would suggest looking into this. If it weren’t for the scent I would happily keep this Seed Phytonutrients Moisture Conditioner around.

My nose just isn’t having it.

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Trying out a duo of Christophe Robin Hair masks

This weekend as I began to feel a little bit better, I decided to encourage myself towards feeling better with a little bit of pampering. I find that after I’ve felt unwell I simply need just a little bit of a pick me up and a fresh start. So the sheets went through the wash as did the blankets and then the blankets were hung out in the sun between rain storms so they would be a little extra fresh. All clothing (and indeed anything made of cloth) went through the washing machine, was dried folded and put away. All trash containers were emptied and I even opened the windows for a bit before the heat and humidity over came the freshness of the air.

Then there was the hair and skincare treatments.

For the hair I leaned into Christophe Robin. While there are several products I will purchase repeatedly from the brand (the sea salt scalp scrub top among them)I happened to have two small travel sized jars of products that I hadn’t tried. These were the Cleansing Volumizing Paste with Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts and the Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil. The Cleansing Volumizing paste can be used in place of shampoo and the Regenerating Mask can be used in place of conditioner so I thought it a fabulous chance to use them on them together. And actually I used them as a pair on Friday night and then I used the cleansing paste on it’s own on Sunday night because i wanted to double check to see what product was doing what.

the Cleansing Volumizing paste It produces buckets of fabulous lather

First to the Cleansing Volumizing Paste. It is in the white container and has the dark gray green color to the product. It is an intensely rose scented paste, but the rose does fade away fairly quickly. It is also more of a natural rose scent rather than the artificial rose scent that sticks with you and doesn’t want to let you go.

It is gritty so it does help cleanse the scalp as well, although it is a much finer grit than in the sea salt scrub. For me it was almost too fine. I have hair that is a bit thicker and it tended to stay towards the upper layers of my hair rather than going all the way through. It is however not really a scalp scrub, so that is fine, but it did take a little longer to rinse out as well. that part I minded more. The paste lathered beautifully and while i did have to take a little extra time rinsing out the finer particles, in the end my hair was beautifully clean and it did have added volume and thickness.

While I did like this, I think I would like it more if my hair were a little thinner. I enjoyed the feel of it in my hair, but I tend to get a similar feel of volume from the regular Sea Scalp Scrub and I feel that one is more targeted towards my hair and it’s needs. Plus, while the Sea Salt Scrub can stand on it’s own, with maybe a drop of leave in conditioner following it, the Cleansing Volumizing paste does need a moisturizing mask. I think it is the cleansing aspect. It doesn’t strip the hair but it is a deep down cleanse that preps the hair for a hydrating mask. For me it worked best when paired with a mask rather than without.

the regenerating mask

The mask I tried it with was the Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask. It is the black jar with the whitish paste inside. It too has a heavy scent when opened but like the cleansing paste the scent disappears very quickly. It applies like a thick conditioner and I made certain to not only work it into my roots but to concentrate on the ends as I generally find this helps me with the split ends when using a regenerating mask. I really enjoyed it actually. It rinsed out clean and left my hair shining and manageable with no tangles. It isn’t the softest my hair has been. I did find that I had fewer fly aways and my hair looked and felt healthier, but it didn’t have the silk soft feel that some other hair masks can give. That simply isn’t it’s strength. As a repairing mask, it did make my hair feel rejuvenated, which is what i was looking for when i used it.

Of the two products, I will put the Christophe Robin Regenerating mask on my list to purchase in a full size. I would love to see how this product performed over time. I think repeated use would do really well with my hair. For me I would pass on the Cleansing Volumizing Paste. It worked well, it is just not targeted for my hair type and I think there are other products from the brand that simply work better with my hair. If your hair is a little on the thinner side, this might be something for you to look into. It is a product i would recommend to the family members I have who have the finer, thinner hair that I don’t have rather than use myself. And to be honest, I would purchase this for them as a Christmas gift while keeping the Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask for myself.



Trying out Philip Kingsley’s Bond Builder

Philip Kinsley is one of those brands that I never heard of until I started subscribing to Glossy Box and Look Fantastic. It is a UK based brand and while I’m sure it is around in the US it was just never on my radar. Hair care products from the brand pop up periodically and I sometimes have mixed feelings about them. A few of the products I’ve tried have been mediocre and over priced and a couple have been out of this world fantastic. Nothing has ever been bad though which is always a plus for the brand. I just never know if I’m going to get so-so or fabulous.

Lately i have been trying out the Bond Builder. According to the website The Bond Builder is…

The ultimate hair repair treatment your over-processed strands have been waiting for – The restorative pre-shampoo hair treatment mask for damaged hair. Proven to make hair up to 3X more resistant against damage* Bond Builder Restructuring Treatment works beneath the surface of the strands at a molecular level to repair damaged and processed hair from the inside out.

Increased hair strength, Reduced breakage & splitting, Improved wet and dry combing, Visibly healthier hair, More defined curls, Sharper ends

Philip Kingsley

Now I’m sure some of you picked up on the words pre shampoo hair treatment. I did not on my first go round with this product. Mostly because while I have enough samples of this product to constitute a full bottle’s worth of product, they are all in sample sized packaging. The sample sizes only have the ingredients on the back of the package and nothing else.

and did I look to see how the product was supposed to be applied before using it in my hair? No, of course not. I thought it was a leave in conditioner that treats split ends. Mostly because the front of the package says split end remedy.

My apologies to Mr. Kingsley, I should have gone on the website.

So the first time i used this product i put it on damp hair, post shower. Like you would a leave in conditioner. And then I let it dry naturally. When I went to brush my hair, I found parts of it were a bit stiff from the product. The stiff spots brushed out well and then I forgot about them. Then when I next washed my hair I didn’t think about the product, showered and l noticed a light scent that had nothing to do with any of the products I was using. That day I forgot my detangler because things got busy and then resigned myself to hair pulling as I brushed my hair out.

Except there wasn’t any. Hair pulling that is. The brush went through my hair with no problems. Just a smooth glide. Which is when I remembered the scent, realized it came from the Bond Builder and then went and looked it up on line. My next hair wash I followed the instructions and what do you know? Using the product correctly actually helped it work better.

Who knew?

Actually I ended up really like this product. I know the pictures aren’t the best because what it does is detangle your hair and repair the split ends. so really what you see is just healthy hair. A while back I made an ill fated attempt to put layers back into my hair using a pair of scissors. I should not be allowed to take scissors to my hair. Really there should be a city ordinance or something. So I have been growing out the very bad layer attempt before i go to a stylist. That and my appointment was cancelled tice due to a quarantine moment. So it has been a long while since my last trim. My goal is to keep my hair healthy while it grows out and give whatever stylist i eventually go to the best head of hair to work with.

The ends

This is a great product to help with that. The comb snags less in my hair so there is less pulling and tearing. The ends of my hair look fantastic and I love the scent of this treatment. It smells like a good salon. But it is a light scent. i noticed it when I applied it and it gets a little stronger when wet. The scent slides down the drain though and I didn’t notice any lingering scent afterwards.

The big thing to remember is that you really need to wait ten minutes after applying before you wash your hair. It really needs time to settle in and work it’s magic. I think that might be why I got away with applying it and forgetting it it had time to absorb and I left it to settle in longer than I should. I recommend following the ten minute guideline, but at least I inadvertently found out that there is no damage if you leave it in your hair longer. Much longer in my case.

Which is also good to know.

Of the products I have tried from the brand in the last couple of years, this is one of the best. I will use every sample I have and when they are gone, I will be picking up a full sized container. I will also try to remember the lesson and actually read the instructions before using a product.

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