Today’s feature is some hair mask reviews. If you were with me way, way back at the beginning……just kidding, I haven’t been blogging that long. But I am referring to one of my earliest posts: Hibiscus for the Hair? Not Just a Fashion Statement, in which I recounted my hair saga and my attempts to remedy the situation with a little DYI hair treatment. Anyway, while I love that treatment, it can be hard to keep up with (plus Hibiscus Flowers won’t be blooming year round). Therefore, I continue to look for “store bought” options to supplement my existing routine.
Having spotted this lovely display of hair masks (or masques, which ever you prefer) at the local drugstore, I got super excited. What a splendid way to test out a huge range of products and brands! For the single packets, these cost me between $2 and $3 BSD (Bahamian Dollars). You can find them in the U.S. at Sally’s Beauty, some Walgreens and also on Amazon.com (though they can be more expensive).
So, as promised in my Instagram post, which featured the four that I had purchased, I’ve now used them all up and am ready to share my thoughts. And, yes I opened them, used them and them tapped them back up for the photographs. Bloggers will understand. 🙂 Anyway, I got about three uses out of each packet, apart from the last one which is a “one-use deal”. For reference, my hair is below shoulder length, very curly but rather fine.
#1 – Creme of Nature with Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment
According to the package, this is “an intensively deep conditioning treatment that strengthens, revitalizes and gives hair Exotic Shine. It prevents hair breakage and deeply infuses moisture from the inside out. Ideal for all hair types, including relaxed, natural and color-treated hair, this treatment can be used after every shampoo as a quick conditioner, or every week as a reconstructor”.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water) (Eau), Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-37, Lanolin Oil, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Polyquaternium-10, Amodimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Isopropyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, Isostearyl Ethylimidazolinium Ethosulfate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Panthenol, Propylene Glycol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Mel (Honey) (Miel), Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone
A fairly thick mask that looks a bit like vanilla pudding. It has a very typical generic conditioner type smell that’s nothing special. This was my least favorite of the bunch as I felt it made my scalp kind of itchy. Also, I don’t find that it moisturized very well. However, I didn’t follow the directions to a tea. While I did leave the mask on for 15 minutes as directed, it also advised you to, place a “plastic cap over the hair and sit under a warm hooded dryer”. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have one of those at home. :/
According to the package, “Hask Macadamia Oil Hydrating Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment with Keratin is an ultra restorative moisturizing treatment that will rejuvenate dry, damaged, chemically treated or over processed hair. Macadamia oil, native to Australia is known for its absorbing, deep penetrating and cuticle sealing qualities while leaving the most damaged hair soft and nourished for incredible shine”.
Ingredients: Water/Eau (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Lanolin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Quaternium-18, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Nut) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Silk Amino Acids, Juglans Nigra (Black Walnut) Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Isopropyl Palmitate, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance/Parfum (Fragancia), Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Caramel, Yellow 5, Green 5
I like that the primary feature – the Macadamia oil – is further up on the list of ingredients (if you didn’t know, ingredients are usually listed from highest concentration to lowest concentration of the ingredient in the product). The directions on this one say to leave on for up to ten minutes. Using heat is optional for better results. This one was O.K. for me, it did help with dry ends. It is an off-white colour, characterized medium thickness – as hair masks go – and the smell was again very generic.
According to the package, this is “the ultimate organic hair revitalizer that leaves hair soft, shiny and frizz free. Every Strand Argan Oil Hydrating Hair Masque enriches with the healing oil from Morocco plus therapeutic macadamia oil from Australia. A rare blend of deep penetrating ingredients that have the power of reversing all hair damage”.
Ingredients: Purifiend Water, Glycerine, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Fragrance, DImethiconol TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylchloroisothia-zolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Disodium EDTA
Although I don’t know how “organic” this really is, I did really enjoy this mask. Directions say to leave on for 5 – 10 minutes. It was more pleasant smelling than the first two (a fresh, salon-product type smell) and I think it did a better job moisturizing my curls as well as taming my frizz. The texture and colour of the mask itself are similar to the L’Oréal Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm.
According to the company, this “energizing System is fortified with tea tree oil, aloe vera gel, soy protein and vitamins E, B3, and C, which boosts follicle and scalp health leading to beautiful, soft, shiny, hair.”
Ingredients: Aqua, Polyquaternium-10, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Aloe Barbadenisis Leaf Oil, Salicylic Acid, Peg-40 Castor Oil, Polysorbate 20, Tocopheryl Acetate, Linoleic Acid And Linolenic Acid, Biotin, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Fragrance, Menthol, Menthone Glycerin Acetal, Isopulegol, Menthoxypropanediol, Allantoin, Thiamine Hcl, Pyridoxine Hcl, Panthenol, Ascorbic Acid, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Protein, Niacinamide, Cetylpyridinium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Pantothenic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
I hate to admit it because I know that it’s the menthol in this product that’s doing it, but this is my favorite of the masks because of how tingly and fresh it makes my hair feel. It’s a one-time use product which you apply to the entire scalp and hair, leaving on for up to 30 minutes. Unlike the other masks, this product is very liquidy and, therefore, you have to be careful not to get it everywhere. It has a lovely, fresh minty scent. The week after I used this product, I noticed less hair fall out. Out of all four treatments, this is the one I repurchased immediately.
So I hope you guys enjoyed this hair mask review. What are some of your favorite hair treatments?
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