Sunday, 10 February 2013

The Weekend Edit #6: The Hair Mask Showdown

When it comes to my twice weekly pamper, I love nothing more than popping on a hair mask while I soak in the bath.  I say twice weekly because I've got my routine down to such a timely art that I can afford to set aside 45 minutes or so to relax and pamper myself mid week and of course, on a Sunday evening.  I'll show you all that routine in another Weekend Edit if you would like but for this weekend, I thought I'd stick with hair masks.

Now my hair is very fine, flat and lacks any sort of volume but I have a lot of it to work with.  The ends are dry, the underneath of my hair is pretty brittle and my roots are ridiculously oily.  When I buy a mask, I'm looking for something that is going to smooth the ends of my hair and the brittle parts, promote follicle health to help it grow, leave my hair manageable, looking and feeling soft and healthy all while not adding to my problem of oily roots.  Now there's a task.  Some of the masks I've picked out to show you here are ones that I've used up fully so you'll be seeing them in an empties post shortly and there's some that I've just started using.  I'll be giving you a quick snapshot of their effectiveness now and I'll also review them fully in their own post soon if I haven't done so already.  So without further ado, lets hop right in!

Frizz Ease Miraculous Recover Intensive Masque
John Frieda

The one I rave about- perfect for dry, brittle hair

So the first hair mask I want to tell you all about is the Frizz Ease Miraculous Recover Intensive Masque by John Frieda.  Believe it or not, this is the first product I've tried from the Frizz Ease range as up until the summer of last year, I didn't have dry, brittle ends but now I do.  This hair mask is absolutely fantastic and if there was one mask out of all of these that I'll talk about today that I would recommend buying then it's this one.  I've never felt such instant gratification from using a product as I have done when popping this on my hair.  I shampoo my hair as normal, then pop this creamy mask through my whole hair, concentrating on the ends and the hair at the nape of my neck where it is the most brittle, leave it on for 5 minutes and then I rinse it out with warm water.  The mask rinses off really easily and doesn't leave an oily coating on my hair.  It leaves it incredibly smooth, very manageable and looking healthy with a nice shine.  It doesn't add to my already oily roots and it certainly doesn't weigh my hair down either.  It doesn't just work on my hair either.  My really good friends who are twins have very thick, dry hair and they both used this when they came to stay at mine last year.  They couldn't believe how smooth it made their hair and raved about how much they loved it.

Oh and I'm not great with scents but I think this smells like Parma Violets which is always a good thing... they're sweets, in case you don't know what I'm talking about.  This masque is available for around £5.89 for a 150ml tub from Boots, Asda (where I got them on 3 for £10 so look out for that offer) and other supermarkets and pharmacies.

Another mask which works in a similar way to this one is the Herbal Essences Breakage Defender Mask which I have reviewed in full here.  I don't have a photo to show you as I haven't repurchased this one yet after discovering the John Frieda offering.  As a bit of a comparison  the HE one is great for all round brittle hair.  It doesn't a great job of making the hair feel soft and smooth, just not as intensively as the JF.  I've used the HE over and over again and would definitely buy it again but the JF is the better product.  It's a couple of pounds more expensive but does everything the HE does and more.

Cucumber Aloe Re Moist Intensive Hair Treatment
Wen by Chaz Dean

The one I wouldn't recommend

Going from one extreme to another, here's the product that I would not recommend; the Wen by Chaz Dean Cucumber Aloe Re Moist Intensive Hair Treatment.  One thing that I will say about this product is that it certainly lives up to what it states on the pot- it is intensive... but too much so for my hair at least.  I hated the incredibly thick, toffee like texture and it was very oily which in turn, felt greasy on my hair.  I liked it in that it did smooth the ends of my hair when it was at it's frizziest but the product itself was awful.  I wouldn't recommend this one I'm afraid!

If you did want to try this product out for yourself, as what doesn't work for me may work for you, then it is available direct from the Wen Website.

Coconut Oil
Mia Flora at Holland and Barrett

The one that's au naturale

If you've been reading my blog for quite a while now, you might remember this post where I talk about using Coconut Oil as a hair mask.  Well, the Mia Flora Coconut Oil works in exactly the same way.  Arrives solid in a pot, needs to be scooped out, warmed in the microwave (or under the hot tap if you're already in the bath by the time you remember you're going to be using it!) and then smoothed through the hair.  It can be left on for as long as you like- 15 minutes or over night, depending on how much nourishment you think your hair needs and how much time you have.  This one leaves your hair feeling soft, smooth and very healthy.  Providing it is all washed out, it doesn't leave the hair feeling greasy and in need of another wash!  Coconut oil is widely available in health food shops like Holland and Barrett.  I won't be repurchasing it myself as there are so many other masks that I want to try but I would recommend giving it a go if you're looking for an intense hit of nourishment for your hair that you can make at home.  It's great for your skin and nails too.

Volume Advance Volumizing 2 Minute Hair Mask
Oion Hair

The one I wish I hadn't bought

When I parted with the £28 for this hair mask, I had such high hopes.  I'd heard Ojon raved about countless times online and I thought that their Volume Advance range would be a sure fire investment.  Perhaps quite naively, I was expecting to use this along side the shampoo and conditioner and end up with volumised locks reminiscent of Cheryl Cole post L'Oreal styling but instead my hair, and ego, was left feeling noticeably deflated.  The Ojon hair mask is designed to be a heavy weight body builder mask without adding weight to the hair.  I would certainly agree that it doesn't weigh my hair down but does it add any significant body to my hair? No I don't think so.  When blow dried after using this, my hair is left volumised to some extent but it is short lived and more down to the method of round brush blow drying and the products used on my towel dried hair than the Ojon mask.  Ojon recommend using this mask for 2 minutes in order to achieve body in fine and weak hair.  Well, I've tried this for 2 minutes, 20 minutes and 2 hours and unfortunately I found that it just doesn't work in my hair in terms of leaving it full of body.  What it does do however is make my hair feel touchabley soft, smooth and healthy which is why I wouldn't say it is a complete write off, instead it makes me more inclined to try the one for dry or damaged hair- Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment.  So the next time I'm feeling a little flush, I'll buy this one, give it a go and report back to you all.  Anyway, back to the volumising mask, it is light weight but packed full of healthy hair ingredients including nine natural boosters which were chosen for their high content of essential lipids- Pure Ojon oil which is natures hair-repairing golden elixir oil, Peruvian Amaranth which is rich in protein, Brazilian Melscreen Coffee, Meadowflower and Sesame Seed oil which boost the condition of hair that is thin and lifeless without coating it with harsh silicones.  So an all round, healthy hair mix there.  If you're looking for a mask that's going to give you lots of volume then perhaps skip this one but if you're looking for one that will nourish your hair, then give this a go.

The Ojon Volumizing 2 Minute Hair Mask is available direct from the Ojon website and from Boots for £28 for a 200ml tub.  Would I recommend it? The short answer would be No as I think that there are better masks out there that do the same as this one and more with a much more purse friendly price tag, but again, what doesn't work for me may work wonders for you.

Treatment for Hair that Never Grows Past a Certain Length
Lee Stafford

The one I'm loving right now

The second latest edition to my hair mask corner of the bath is this one by Lee Stafford, For Hair That Never Grows Past A Certain Length... what a mouthful.  I'm using this together with the shampoo and conditioner from the same range and I'm loving them so far.  I used to use Lee Stafford products a lot in my mid teens so using this hair mask really takes me back to those years.  It's the signature scent that does it- sweet and perfumed, I love it.  When I saw that Lee Stafford had released this Hair Growth range I knew I had to try it.  I'll be reviewing the three products I have from the range in due course but for the time being, what I will say is that this mask leaves my hair feeling great.  To use it, I shampoo my hair with the Hair Growth Shampoo, then I apply this mask, leave it on for 5 minutes all over my hair and then I rinse it out and use the Hair Growth Conditioner.  I've only used it twice so I can't report back on any additional hair growth as of yet, unfortunately it doesn't have the Rapunzel effect I'm sure everyone would love in a hair product but it does make my hair and scalp feel clean, nourished and healthy which are the perfect conditions for healthy hair growth.  When I have blow dried my hair after using this, I've also found that it leaves my hair manageable and with increased volume which is what I wanted the Ojon mask to do!

Philip Kingsley

The new one in my bathroom

The latest edition to my hair mask troop is the infamous Elasticizer by Philip Kingsley.  It's an 'intensive, super-moisturising pre shampoo treatment for all hair hypes' that 'adds elasticity, manageability, bounce and shine.'  Sounds great, I'm going to give this one a go this week and report back with my findings...  hold onto the edge of your seat, I'm sure it'll be gripping stuff!

What are your favourite hair masks?  Which ones have you found to be most effective?

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  1. Brilliant post I suffer with the same hair type as you so this is great I was actually tempted to try the oion mask so glad I read this! I would love a post on how to get big bouncy hair yours always looks great xx

    Jenna xx

    1. Really pleased you like this post Jenna, it took me absolutely ages to write it!! Im happy it helped you too. I'll certainly do a post on how to get my hair look.

      Laura xxx

  2. I love the Lee Stafford mask! I was going to pick it up whilst it's on 3 for 2 at Boots but my local only had two pots left :(

    - Tabitha at x

    1. Aw never!! Have you not tried the shampoo too? xxx

  3. I'm highly upset that Frizz Ease Intensive Masque is not available in the US! Ugh I now want to try it!

    1. Do you have a boots in America now? Im sure I saw Miss Glamorazzi showing some boots products xxx

  4. I think I'll be trying the Frizz Ease mask. My hair is similar to yours - I have fine hair, greasy roots and two patches of hair grow a bit wild and frizzy. Thanks for the in depth reviews! xx

    Just me Leah

    1. Go for it hun, its absolutely brilliant xxx


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