The Ghost in the Hair Mask

The more I try from the brand Verb, the more I like them. A while ago I tried the Verb Ghost shampoo and conditioner but I didn’t get around to trying out the Ghost Hair mask from Verb. And so I decided to give it a whirl.

A light-as-air deep conditioning treatment that nourishes, defrizzes and promotes shine without leaving behind any residue or added weight. Designed to be light enough for fine hair, yet nourishing enough for any hair type in need of weightless hydration.


This hair mask has a light almost but not quite floral scent to it. I have had the same scent from other products that have moringa oil in them and I think it is just the scent of the moringa. Moringa oil is made from pressing the seeds of the moringa tree. The tree is native to the Himalayas and is also called the miracle tree because virtually all parts of it can be used for something.

I know that just says that moringa oil is the oil from moringa but really that is all there is to it. Like almond oil or maybe cotton seed oil I suppose.

In general ,my hair reacts well to moringa. One of the key benefits for me is that it usually helps my hair detangle. And after using this mask I was able to pull a fine toothed comb through my hair without snarls ore the use of a detangling product. As my hair has been known to eat combs when it is an a bad mood, this is an impressive feat.

The come glided through my hair and then I let it dry. The slight scent from the Verb Ghost Hair Mask faded like a ghost in sunlight one might say. The shine remained and my hair looked healthy without looking greasy. There is sometimes a fine line between shine and greasy for me. This stayed firmly on the healthy and shiny side for which I am grateful.

I for one am glad I finally got around to trying out this sample sized Verb Ghost hair mask and I will be putting it on my to be repurchased list. First though I do have a full size of the leave in conditioner from Verb so I will be trying that out to see if I like it as much as I like the items from the Ghost line. Thus far though, everything I have tried from Verb has been a smashing success. So hopes are high that it will continue. For that though, you will have to stay tuned.

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Trying out the Styledry Coconut anf Fig Hair Mask

You know I love my weekend hair masks and I have to say after this past week I did feel like a little bit of pampering. While I had my allergies and a really bad bout of insomnia, my babydoll spend most of the week dealing with a sinus infection. It proved worse than first thought so it was a bit of a marathon. So when I reached the weekend, I first, slept in on Saturday morning. That’s right, no alarm whatsoever. It was glorious.

Then I treated myself to a bit of pampering. I thought about reaching for one of my tried and true hair makes but I am still working on clearing out all of my samples so I can either put them on my list to repurchase in the full size so they become standards or cross them off the list. So I reached for one I had not tried before The Styledry Coconut and Fig Hair Mask.

I had high hopes for this mask actually and my hopes all stem from one word… Murumuru.

I know a strange word to make one hopeful. However Last year I received several hair care product samples from Natura’s Murumuru line and I adored them. My hair was soft with fabulous body and that scent. Oh I love that scent. It was a rich warm scent that was slightly nutty and slightly floral. At the moment I have several more samples of those products hoarded because I loved them so much. (Basically they came in and I wanted to use product samples I hadn’t tried before I looped back to ones I knew well. I will use them before I purchase the full size. )

So I was excited to see Murumuru listed on this hair mask. I didn’t expect the same scent because of the fig and coconut, but I liked the results as well as the scent so I was very hopeful. According to the Styledry website…

This super hair mask with Coconut Oil & Murumuru Butter is perfect for fabulous-looking hair. It’s the must have hair mask for the ultimate treatment at home. Your hair will look silky and shiny as never before. 

The rich scent I love is a little less rich. The coconut lightens it and the fig adds a bit of a green element to the scent of it. It is a lovely scent and I did like it. I wasn’t as in love with it as I was with just the murumuru scent, but that scent was still there and I enjoyed it.

The hair mask is a thick cream. I took it into the shower and used it as my conditioner. I used the Suave Mint and Rosemary shampoo as my base line tester. It is a good shampoo. It makes my hair clean and soft but it doesn’t really do anything extra. In general it is a good reliable shampoo. It is really great for testing new hair masks.

Since it needs to sit ten minutes I applied it then turned the water off, shaved my legs and took care of all of my other shower activities, including turning the water back on and washing myself. After ten minutes I rinsed it out and towel dried my hair. Because I use heat protecting spray (Mane Club’s One Hit Wonder – BEST hair product EVER and only $8) when I dry my hair with tools, I let it air dry and just brushed it through when dry.

I was able to run a comb through my hair fairly easily and my hair was soft. It was the soft of clean hair though, there was no extra softness that I could see. There was no additional body or shine. My hair looked nice and healthy but there was no extra. No sign that I didn’t just wash and condition my hair as normal. And a little extra is what I expect from a hair mask. I expect that my hair after a hair mask will look a little better and feel a little softer or cleaner or have more body after using a hair mask than it does with just shampoo and conditioner otherwise what is the point?

This Styledry Coconut and Fig Hair mask was a good conditioner, but as a hair mask it did leave a little something to be desired. I do have several shampoo samples without matching conditioners and i may just pair it with those to both provide them with a conditioner and to use up this mask. There is nothing wrong with this Styledry mask, it just doesn’t provide me the extra I expect from a hair mask.

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.

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It’s Hair Mask Time with Klorane

Klorane Nourishing mask with Mango

I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical when I opened the package from Klorane and saw a lot of Mango themed products. Don’t get me wrong, I love mango. It is a frequently purchased fruit in my household. I was however worried it would be either a little too tropical or too sweet or even too perfume-y.

If you’ve eaten mangos then you know mangos can fall into all of those categories. Some are ripe and delicious, some have a more pronounced vanilla flavor than others and others really do stray into the perfume section. With those, i tend to pair them with honey and yogurt in a smoothie. I find the greek yoghurt really tames down that flavor.

But this wasn’t about taste, it was about scent. Specifically the scent of the Klorane Nourishing Mask with Mango.

Still, I like Klorane products and I like mango. Perhaps it would be a good pairing. So I tried it out.

You know what? It was. The mask has a lovely tropical scent to it, but it is not overpowering. It is present, but it doesn’t dominate. And the scent dimms once it is actually on the hair. Once the product was applied to my hair I could close my eyes and feel as though a mango plant with ripe fruit was planted outside of my shower, but not feel like I was swimming in a smoothie, if that makes sense. It was just the right amount of scent. In addition the scent didn’t last past the shower. There was a light sweet scent to my hair when it was dry, but it wasn’t extra mango tastic wherever I went. which I kind of appreciate. In fact I think it is aptly named. It is a nourishing mask with mango, not a mango mask.

But although scent is a major factor to me, the product has to work. According to the website…

This 2-in-1 deep conditioning treatment provides long-lasting nourishment and hydration to dry, dehydrated hair. The plant-based mask seals in moisture and adds shine, without the weight. Can be used as an overnight mask.

  • Deeply nourishes the hair without weighing it down
  • Provides long-lasting hydration, softness and shine
  • Multi-use for an in shower treatment or overnight deep nourishment
  • Hair’s ability to lock-in moisture is strengthened
  • 8x more concentrated than conditioner
  • 98% natural origin ingredients
  • Biodegradable. Vegan
  • 100% recycled and recyclable jar

The fact that it is biodegradable and that the jar is not only 100% recycled but also recyclable, made me very happy. I’ve gotten in the habit of reusing any skin or haircare product container that can be reused but I am thrilled to see that it can be recycled if I don’t find another use for it. (A lot of my containers are now used for seed starting in the spring. Yogurt containers too, in case you were wondering.)

To test this I did first use it in the shower and then again I used it as an overnight mask. First the shower.

As I stated above, it had a pleasant but not overwhelming scent when used on wet hair.My hair was soft and shiny after using it and felt very hydrated. It has a thick consistency, like a soft butter, but it fairly melts into the hair with no harsh rubbing needed. I did find that when using this mask, you need to skip the conditioner. I know that is probably a no-brainer for most of you out there, but I get into the habit of shampoo, then conditioner followed by whatever else I am doing. When using this mask in the shower, skip the conditioner. Pair it with your favorite clarifying shampoo and then apply the mask after washing.

I tried it with my clarifying shampoo and it worked well. I also tried it with the Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying scrub with sea salt. When used the scrub replaces shampoo. Adding the Klorane nourishing mask right after in place of conditioner is just an amazing tag team duo for a little extra fabulousness.

But it pairs well with any shampoo,really, just skip your conditioner.

Trying it as an overnight mask was interesting. I have long and rather thick hair. So I applied it to the dry strands, twisted them up and put on a shower cap not only to keep the hair in place while I slept, but to keep it from getting all over my pillow (instead of staying in my hair).

The next morning I washed it out. My hair did feel nice and silky soft and well nourished. It might have felt a slight bit more nourished than when I used it in the shower, but to be honest, I couldn’t tell that much of a difference in my hair from when i just used it in the shower. The additional time did let the product sink in a little bit more so that was nice. I also needed slightly less product.

At the moment though my hair is fairly healthy. I think if I had a lot of damage from hot styling tools and other intense damage the overnight mask would have been fantastic as it would give my hair time to absorb it. I can see using this mask overnight when I did have some intense damage to take care of. However I think for me, if i am going to leave it on a longer period of time I would pick a day when I was working alone at my desk (or a weekend day) and apply it in the morning and rinse it out in the evening.

Part of that is that I just don’t like sleeping with masks on my hair. well actually it isn’t the mask I mind, it’s the shower cap. I think that the desk method would work better for me. I think I would use the mask over a longer period to deal with more damage or if it was a day or two before I was going somewhere and wanted my hair to look absolutely fabulous. As it is, I will happily use this mask in my once a week hair masking (usually Saturdays) until the mask is used up. And then I will repurchase it. The Klorane Nourishing Hair Mask with Mango worked as fantastically as every other Klorane product I’ve tried and I am now much less hesitant to try out all of the other mango scented products that were sent to me. I have a couple of shampoo samples I want to clear out, but soon, I will see how the mango shampoo stacks up to the mango mask. If it keeps pace, I will be a happy camper indeed.

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Trying out the Briogeo Be Gentle Be Kind Avocado + Kiwi Mega Moisture Superfood Mask

In my house Saturday night is hair mask night. We’ll we do other things as well. we don’t sit around thinking Oh hair mask night, highlight of the week. It is however the night that I tend to treat my hair to a little extra something special in the form of a hair mask.

With mosk skin and hair care products I generally find that it is through repeated use that I can tell how much I like them. Hair masks are sort of a special category. Because they aren’t used every day, at least not by me, I can generally tell if I like them in one use.

I generally pick a hair mask that suits my hair’s needs at the moment and then see if the mask addresses them in that moment. It is probably why I find hair masks so satisfying. There is little waiting for a cumulative effect for most of the, There are some exceptions of course, but in general, you know if you like them with one use.

It is also what makes sample sizes so perfect. This week’s sample size is the Briogeo Be Gentle Be Kind Avocado + Kiwi Mega Moisture superfood mask. It is a deluxe sample size and even though I can tell after one use how much I like it, the tube had three uses worth of product in it and this was my third use of this mask. The tube is now empty.

According to the product page…

For those with dry, dull and parched hair. This protein-free, nourishing hair mask is proven to boost moisture for softer, smoother and more manageable hair after 2 uses. 97% Naturally-Derived, Vegan & Cruelty-Free.

The first thing you notice when opening the mask is that it is green. I don’t know why I was expecting it to be white. I think it is because most maskst tend to be white or at least white-ish. But given the avocado and kiwi, the green makes sense. Given that I have been spending a lot of time in the sun, my hair does qualify as dry and parched, at least those were the concerns I went after this week.

This mask smells lovely. It actually smells a bit like candy to be honest. Very sweet and fruity. It has more of a kiwi sort of smell than anything, except the slight tartness I associate with kiwis is missing. I like the scent. It is quite delicious.

The mask applied well, it provided moisture and rinsed out easily, leaving my hair clean and hydrated. There was no heavy residue. It is a good mask. Is it my favorite mask? No. Don’t get me wrong it is a nice mask and there was nothing wrong with it. In fact if I received another tube in a subscription box I would be thrilled and I would use it. However I don’t think I would purchase it. I actually proffered the moisture in the Mane Club’s Cry Baby Mask, It made my hair soft, hydrated, silk and very manageable. To be honest, it worked a little bit better than the Briogeo. It was also $3 for a pouch that gave me between three and five uses. This mask is $38.

And it isn’t just the price. I also get better results from ESPA Pink Clay hair masks and at $72 per jar, they are more expensive than this Briogeo mask. I just find this Briogeo Mask to be very middle of the road in terms of results. It isn’t the best, but it isn’t bad. Would I use the Briogeo Be Gentle Be Kind Avocado + Kiwi Mega Moisture superfood mask again? Yes, it is a good mask. However, there are other hair masks, both more and less expensive, that I do prefer. It is simply not as stand out as some of the others and would not be my first choice when buying a hair mask. It is nice, I just probably won’t be repurchasing it anytime soon.

Bath time with Harper + Ari Blackberry Fizz

Because I don’t like to take pictures in the bath, partially because of the nudity aspect and partially because I am the sort who would drop the camera in the bathwater, I often forget to  mention bath products.

I’m trying to get better about that, especially as there are so many I enjoy.

As I’ve mentioned before, Saturday is usually the day I use my weekly hair mask.  This week, since I had the Harper +Ari Blackberry Fizz Bar Bath Bomb, I decided I would go with the hair mask that requires a little more time to sit and work on the hair. 

That’s right, I decided to make a mini home spa day of it.

So I took out my ESPA Pink Hair and Scalp Mud Mask.  I know I’ve talked about this Hair mask before, and I will no doubt talk about it again.  It is a fabulous mask.  It gets right down to the scalp and not only cleanses the scalp, but makes my hair feel soft and full of life.

The trick is that it needs about twenty minutes to sit and work it’s magic. 

Most of my hair masks take about five minutes.  Which is fine, I really like the five minute masks.  In fact, I just ordered several of the Bad Attitude Hair masks from The Mane Club because of the ones I’ve tried from The Main Club, they are my favorite hair masks. And yes I did order a backup of the One Hit Wonder 10 in 1 Spray even though I am only about halfway through the bottle I have. It is not a product i want to run out of.

However, I really like the ESPA mask for getting a deep scalp clean and really good hair.  Plus I kind of like the way it makes me slow down.  I wash my hair in the shower, apply the hair mask, rinse out the shower and then run the bath.  Then I soak in my bath while the hair mask does its thing.  But the time I finish with the bath, it is time to rinse off the hair mask.  It is all in the timing.  Just remember that the ESPA Pink Hair and Scalp Mud takes twenty minutes and plan accordingly.

not a clean break

And since I wanted to try out the Harper + Ari BlackBerry Fizz I was happy to apply the mask while I tried out the bath fizz. It was a good combo.

I should admit right off the bat, I adore the scent of blackberry.  It is one of my favorite summer berries and I love the scent in just about anything.  I also like fizzy bath products, so this was a big win for me when it arrived in my Macy’s Beauty Box this month. 

I was somewhat concerned that I had to break it in order to use a piece of it.  Don’t get me wrong, I love that it is a more than one time use to it, but I envisioned crumbs getting everywhere and then having to put it back into the cardboard box and well in general creating quite the mess.It is a solid bar with grooves cut into it and I hoped that this would help it break cleanly. So I washed my hair, applied the mask and ran the bathwater, hoping for a clean break.

As the tub filled I broke into the Bath bar.

I did not get a clean break.

In fact I got a lot of the crumbs I was hoping to avoid. Luckily I broke it over the towel and after moving the larger part that I wasn’t going to use off the towel and safely off to the side, I just shook the towle out over the tub.

The chunk I planned to use plopped into the water, submerged and then floated, fizzing all the while. The crumbs scattered across the surface and were soon fizzed out.

In the tub, I have to say the scent was fantastic. The fizz did it’s fun fizzy thing and I enjoyed it. In addition because there is both cocoa butter and shea butter in the mix, my skin felt quite soft and moisturized. when I went to the website to look up the details I found that you could break off a part of it or use the entire bar for a luxurious experience. The bars featured (full size $12 if you are interested) are twice the size of the mini bar that came in my subscription box.

The corner that I broke off to use was plenty for me. I think that had I tried to use more it would have been too much of that cocoa and shea butter for me. And sometimes when it gets to be too much, it gets a bit slimy. The corner was enough, more would be pushing it. To be honest I think the small sections carved into the bar are the perfect size for a single bath.

The trick is getting the bar to break that way. Since the edge is already crumbly and I am going to have to put it in a plastic bag anyway, I may set it on the work table and use a knife to try and cut it along the lines. Then I’ll put it in the bag and on the last one just use whatever crumbles remain in the bottom. It is a really good bath bomb. I adore the scent and really like the way it made my skin feel. I do not like the way it crumbled when I tried to break a piece off and in fact i really don’t like that I have to break a piece off. However it really isn’t something I want to use in its entirety in one bath. If you do use this, be aware that in order to keep the shards from going all over the bathroom floor, you need to break it over something to catch the flakes. It isn’t really much of a hardship, just something to keep in mind. The Blackberry Fizz from Harper + Ari is well worth the slight effort involved in using it.

And as always the ESPA Pink Hair and Scalp Mud Mask worked fabulously, in case you were wondering.

Verb Manage + Restore Hydrating Mask (Hair) Review

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.

close up

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. 

That gave me a month of use essentially. 

The full sized product is 6.8 ounces/195 grams and retails for $18 on the Verb site. That means the full sized product is a little over ten times the size of the sample. That means by extrapolation the full sized bottle would last about ten months. 

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).

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