On a recent short break with no hold baggage allowed, my flatmate and I invested in some mini products to comply with the laws about liquids in hand baggage. In Boots Umberto Giannini was buy one get one free so we went for these products.
It has been a while since I have used "expensive" shampoos - I find I invest £5 in them (then add on conditioner to that and it's a tenner) and then they're not that good. I was a HUGE Sunsilk fan (where did you go?????!!) and now I stick to Herbal Essences and it's about £3 and usually on offer in Tesco. (Though the new formulation is VILE - but that is another review).
Anyway in the quest for beautiful hair in a mini bottle we chose the volumising shampoo and conditioner, and spray (green) and also the shine shampoo and conditioner (yellow). Mine was the green and it was fantastic. I have fine hair but lots and lots of it, and this made my hair shiny and sleek with some bounce in it without frizz. The volumising spray was great sprayed onto the roots of my hair before blow drying. The smell was lovely without being cloying and the movement in my hair lasted all day. Most shampoos these days just overload my hair and flatten it to the point of looking greasy but this didn't. My flatmate agreed that her shine shampoo and conditioner did a brilliant job. We even used the spray as a multi purpose hairspray as we forgot the legendary Elnett in our rush to get the airport - and it did a fab job.
I would consider stringly the idea of going full size for these shampoos - even if it costs a bit more, the results are fantastic.
** This review is on three main Umberto Giannini products, the curl shampoo, conditioner and scrunching gel all from the curl friends range - the range I use!! he he **
From having naturally wavy/curly hair i find it very hard to tame my locks! Since buying a pair of ceramic straightners I've found myself straightning my curls out all the time after washing my hair but I've recently realised that by doing this I'm losing my curls which makes my hair even harder to look after when I come out of the shower! If I keep on using my straightners after washing my locks, not only will my hair become damaged, I will also loose my curls. Many people with curly hair would think this is super and that is what I thought to begin with but now i realise that I am actually quite gifted! I can have straight or curly hair whenever it suits me and curly hair is definitely more popular with me at the moment!
This leads me on to talk about a new shampoo and conditioner range I've recently experienced. The range is umberto giannini. I had never heard of this range before I bought some products from it and I have to say I've been very pleased with the products and how well they work. I bought three simple products to start with and I am yet to go back and buy some more.
The shampoo and conditioner for curly hair looked interesting so I bought them along with the scrunching gel. They were on offer at the time in Boots. (I beleive this is now finished!) I managed to buy all three products for just under ten pounds which was a bargain for how well they work. I also managed to nab a few points onto my boots advantage card ~ always handy!!!
I might as well write about all three products and how well they all work together....
The first products you use are the shampoo and conditioner in the shower/bath. The shampoo is called umberto giannini curl friends keep calm shampoo:
What first attracted me to the range itself was the packaging of the products, the bottles were bright, attractive and distinctive. The shampoo was in a reasonably tall bottle with clear plastic to see the pink shampoo in the bottle and a silver rounded lid. The writing on the product was on the clear plastic part. It included a saying, ' FOR THE GLOSSIEST FRIZZ-FREE CURLS AND WAVES' which also interested me.
The bottle was 250ml and has lasted a long time! However I only use the shampoo when I want curly hair, not when I'm going to straighten my hair. The bottle includes some directions on the back: Wet hair and gently massage shampoo throughout hair and scalp. Rinse thoroughly and repeat if you use lots of styling products. Follow with Curl Friends conditioner and styling products. The bottle also has a proffesional tip: Be careful not to over rub and tangle hair while shampooing. Be gentle and always smooth downwards through the hair.
The shampoo itself is pink in colour and really thick, much thicker than any normal shampoo. Although the bottle tells you to use quite a lot, I don't think you need that much at all. The shampoo has a distinctive smell, nothing amazing but quite pleasant and the smell will remain in your bathroom for a while after washing which I find quite nice.
Next you use the UMBERTO GIANNINI CURL FRIENDS EASY COMB SUPER RICH CONDITIONER:
The bottle is exactly the same as the shampoo but you can notice that the conditioner is a different colour. It is still pink but lighter and the conditioner is not a gel, it is more cream like. The bottle has the same saying on the front and is again 250ml. The directions say: Shampoo and remove excess moisture. Using the flats of the hands or a comb,smooth the conditioner evenly through the hair. Massage carefully by adding a little water. Rinse thoroughly and follow with curl friends styling products. The proffesional tip says: For even smoother hair, use cool water for a final rinse.
The conditioner itself is very think like the shampoo and I often squeeze out more than is needed from the bottle. You only need the tiniest of blobs even though it seems you need more!
After leaving the shower, I blow dry my hair using a diffuser to bring out my curls and waves. My hair has bleach in it so sometimes I leave a little conditioner in the ends of my hair. After blow drying my hair the curls are bouncy and you can see the shampoo and conditioner has made a difference but my hair often needs to be lifted a little and so I use another Umberto Giannini product: UMBERTO GIANNINI CURL FRIENDS SCRUNCHING JELLY.
This product is brilliant, it really creates bouncier curls in seconds. The bottle is like any normal squeezy hair product and is a pink gel. It says on the front of the bottle: SUPER HOLD CURL CREATOR TO TEASE AND FORM CURLS AND WAVES. It has 200ml of gel and has lasted me also a relatively long time! I tend to blow dry the gel into my hair with my diffuser and then it acts as a hair spray for the curls. However the directions on the bottle read as follows: Apply to towel dried hair. Dispense gel into hands, rub hands together and smooth through hair section by section. Shape with fingers and scrunch dry naturally or blow dry with a diffuser for desired look. The proffesional tip reads: Use rollers, pins or braids to position hair and allow to dry naturally as an alternative look.
These three products really help to cut down on frizziness with my hair and make it look half decent although very wild! I really do reccommend the products. I bought them from BOOTS but have seen them in other well known retailers. Umberto Giannini has products for all hair types so if you're not curly, maybe you can try another of the product range! I bought all three products on offer, however at normal and individual prices the products can be a bit pricy. I think each product is around £4-5 which all adds up when you buy more than one product!!
I hope I've helped anyone and thanks for reading, here is an address or telephone number if you wish to receive anymore information on the products I have written about:
Umberto Giannini Hair Cosmetics
53, Beauchamp Place, London SW3 INY
Tel: 07000 862 3786
My hair has been quite dull recently, so my friend recommended I buy this. I was rather sceptical, as products like this haven't been of much use to me in the past, but I gave it a go. The results follow!
The can it comes in is very nice, looks more expensive than it is too! It also holds a remarkable amount for such a small container - I've had mine since New year (amout three months) and it's still not finished. Admittedly, i don't use it every day though...
*Ease of use*
Couldn't be easier really. Generally, styling my hair consists of brushing it and/or tying it up so I'm hardly the hair expert, but I found this really easy to use. You just give your hair a light spray all over onto dry hair, then smooth it with your hands to make it shiny! The spray smells a bit funny, sort of like diluted hairspray, but it's not unpleasant.
*Does it work?*
For this one, an emphatic yes! I've tried countless hair products to make my hair shiny as it lost alot of its shine when I dyed it, and to be honest, this is the only one which has had a significant effect! My hair actually looks healthy for once, and whenever I use it I'm nearly guarranteed a compliment about how great my hair's looking. The only problem is that you have to be careful not to use to much, a little really does go along way. Too much will also make your hair look greasy (but merely because it's so shiny, it obviously works TOO well!). It doesn't weigh your hair down at all which is important to me as I have very fine hair. It also helps keep my hair smooth, as often it can be rather flyaway and appear a little frizzy because of that. I expected this to be a little like hairspray, and leave my hair feeling all horrible and hard, but the result is nothing of the sort! It just coats your hair in shine, without being sticky or making it hard.
*Where to buy*
The best place is probably Boots. You can buy a mini one which is 10ml for £1.50, or a larger one which is 75ml for £2.99. They're currently on offer at 3 for 2 aswell which is quite nice if you wanna buy yourself some other bits n bobs from there while you're at it!
A magical shiny spray to make your hair look fab! I'd most certainly recommend it! I'm not sure that it would be overly suitable to people with greasy hair though, as it has at times even made my own, rather dry, hair look a little on the greasy side.
According to his website, the Umberto Giannini philospophy is simple... "creating sexy, contempory catwalk looks within the Umberto Giannini salons alongside a salon performance range of hair care products to re-create that catwalk glamour at home". Sounds good eh?! But is it? I have fairly long hair, that I like to keep nice and straight. If I let it dry naturally it develops a wave, that, rather than looking nice and natural, looks more like messy and in need of a brush! When I saw the 'Sleek and Chic' range of Umberto Giannini products I thought that they may be worth a try... Within the Sleek and Chic Straightening range there is a shampoo and conditioner, as well as gloss serum, blow dry cream and miracle finisher. Not convinced whether the range would actually work, I purchased the 'mini' versions of the shampoo and conditioner. These are exactly the same as the full size product, but, as the name suggests, smaller. Instead of coming in the larger plastic bottles, these come in squeezy tubes, kind of toothpaste tube shaped, and they stand up on their lids. Priced at £1.50 (though often on a 3 for 2 promotion in Boots) they are reasonably well priced if you fancy trying a 'posher' shampoo, or alternatively they are handy for if you are travelling. The Sleek and Chic Straightening Shampoo: The shampoo itself is a clear gel like consistency with perhaps a transparent tinge of light purple/blue and has a kind of herbal smell. I can't tell you exactly what the smell is, as unfortunately I don't understand the names of all the ingredients on the back of the packaging! It's quite a nice smell, but it's unusual. It's not too strong, but I can imagine that to some people it's not nice at all. Being the sort of poor person that I am I only used a very small amount of shampoo, just to see how well it would lather up and whether I could get plenty of my money's w
orth out of the tube. After a bit of massaging into my hair, a very small amount proved that it could do the job and lather up well. Whilst rinsing out I could tell it had cleaned my hair - it had that sort of squeaky clean feeling. Whether it had helped it become straighter I couldn't tell whilst it was still wet. The packaging advised to follow the shampoo stage with the Sleek and Chic Straightening conditioner for best results, so that I did... The Sleek and Chic Straightening Conditioner: The conditioner is a much more creamier consistency as opposed to the gel like shampoo. It's more of a white colour, but again has a faint blue/purple tinge to it. It has that same herbal-ish smell of the shampoo too. I found that I needed to use a slightly larger amount on my hair than I did with the shampoo, though I think that this is because conditioner doesn't lather up like shampoo, so is easier to spread through your hair if you use a bit more. Whilst rinsing this out I could definitely feel that it had made my hair smooth and tangle free. It felt soft to the touch even though it was still wet, but, as to whether it had enhanced the straightness, again, I still couldn't tell. The Straightening! I left my hair to dry naturally after using the two products, as it's when it dries naturally that my hair tends to develop this wave. After being left to dry for a few hours, my hair definitely still had a bit of a wave to it. Whether it was any less than normal I wasn't sure... I'd like to think it was a bit straighter, but to be honest, I doubt it was. However, when I actually came to using my straighteners on it, I'm pretty certain it didn't take as long as normal. My conclusion - don't expect miracles from this product. As a shampoo and conditioner the products work excellently - as a straightening product, it's possible that they make your hair a tiny bit smoother, which is p
erhaps why it felt as though it didn't take so long when I was using my straighteners, but they certainly don't give you the 'sleek and chic' look that seems to be on offer with the name of the product. Final verdict - 3 out of 5.
I had a beautiful head of blonde and brown highlights done at Toni and Guy; but at the time I didnt really consider how the regrowth would look and what I would do when it happened. Several months later I had very dark roots coming through, as my hair is so dark brown it is nearly black. As you can imagine it didnt look good (unless you like Council Estate Chic?) and the ends were very dry from the blonde colouring. I didnt want the done highlights again I couldnt afford an expensive trip to Toni and Guy simply to get the whole head dyed back to my natural colour, so I pondered over what I could do
..go to a cheaper salon, or do it myself?
I stumbled across the hair dye aisle in Boots and the beautiful frosted silver tin had me mesmerised. Thinking it was going to be expensive then seeing it was only £9.99 I was sold. The tin contains:
45ml tube of conditioning hair colour
45ml tube of developing lotion
12ml sachet of UG Conditioner
Plastic hair clip
Plastic application brush
METHOD OF USE
I was a little nervous as I had never dyed my hair at home before, and any girl knows itd be their worst nightmare to have messed up hair. However, the instructions were very clear and there wasnt much preparation to be done: Take the lid off the hair colour tube and empty it into the developing lotion and shake very hard for 30 seconds so that its all thoroughly mixed.
I did a little strand test of hair before I embarked on the whole of my head (which you should really do to check for any allergic reactions). Ill never understand how they can say wait 48 hours when the hair dye says use immediately and throw the rest away. Well, I do know, its to cover themselves. Anyway, I didnt wait 48 hours; I started when I saw the colour was fine.
I slapped the rest on my hair using the decent sized plastic brush (with the help of my boyfriend for the back) and sat for another 20 minutes. For added effect I also tied a plastic bag around my hair to keep the heat in, and for just under 5 minutes I blow dried the bag on a low setting to warm it up. Heat is supposed to intensify the colour and the colour on the tin looked gorgeous, so I wanted it to be as strong as I could possibly make it. The bag also doubled up in keeping in any drips that might have occurred, although Ive used this several times now and it doesnt actually drip if you just clip your hair up.
After the 20 minutes (you may require slightly longer, depending on how long the strand test took) you are required to shower, and wash your hair until the water runs clear. Unsurprisingly it runs very dark for a while and then after about 5 minutes should be totally clear. It is a wonder there is any colour left if you see the amount that washes out!
When the water is clear you should apply the whole sachet of the conditioner provided (as it is a colour maintenance conditioner) and leave it for a good 5-10 minutes and then wash it off. The conditioner smells absolutely gorgeous and really adds the finishing touch to your hair as it makes it really silky and knot-free (might have to buy some separately!)
I couldnt have been happier the dry split ends and ugly contrasting roots were getting me down (and styling the dry ends had become a nightmare). Once again my hair was beautifully shiny and chestnut brown, not dull, dry blonde - and it smelt absolutely heavenly (like that expensive salon fresh smell).
I was even happier with the dye job because I had achieved it myself AND managed to avoiding paying over the odds to have it done by Toni and Guy (because who can honestly be *that* happy after theyve forked out a load of money on achieving their natural hair colour?!)
Brilliant results at a fraction of the price - and an added bonus: That lovely salon fresh smell lasted for several washes after I had dyed my hair. Im not sure what that was, the dye or the conditioner but it was gorgeous!
I have used this three times now and would definitely use it again in the future. I'd certainly recommend this to anyone wanting to dye their hair at home, especially if its your first attempt. It was well worth the £9.99 price tag (and you could always use the pretty tin for something else!)
carly_pussycat - dooyoo UK ©
?Dazzling Shine In The Spotlight Gloss Mist? When I?m feeling down and not 100% the first thing I do is my hair. If my hair is right, I feel right. Having ?large? hair has its benefits but also has its drawbacks. I wouldn?t swap my hair, no way. Day to day I leave my hair to dry naturally, a bit of styling glaze and that?s me. Naturally curly hair isn?t like permed hair and you?re never guaranteed perfect curl definition something I aim to achieve when doing my hair for a big night out or special occasion. I always used serums or light wax in the past to achieve definite curls after diffusing my locks. Browsing in Boots The Chemist some months ago I came across this Umberto Giannini ?Dazzling Shine In The Spotlight Gloss Mist? and decided to give it a go because the bottle said it was weightless which personally I found difficult to believe but I?m a sucker and will try anything! Packaged in a slim yellow can the gloss mist comes in 2 sizes the mini 30ml will set you back approximately £1.65 whilst the 75ml can is a reasonable £2.99. I initially bought the mini size and now always have both ? the larger can is more economical whilst the smaller size is ideal for my handbag. The main problem I have is that the spay in either size only seems to be available in the larger of Boots stores which means I can only stock up whilst in the city centre rather than locally. So what is this stuff? To be honest I?m not entirely sure, on spraying on dry hair a very fine mist is sprayed leaving my hair feel soft but more importantly my curls are kept separate and shiny, something that I often cant achieve with heavy or sticky serums or waxes which often make my curls clump together or droop. The bottle claims that ?dazzling shine? is a regime that moisturises and tames to achieve lustre on even the dullest hair? All I can add is it works for me. I spray this spray before leaving the house and to be fair don?t normally have to reappl
y which again I find amazing and my hair bounces all night! Waxes tend to build up on hair and need washing out the next day this stuff doesn?t seem to have that effect whatsoever. Now don?t be mistaken, this stuff isn?t a hairspray that ?holds? it purely for dazzle and shine but for me with naturally, frizzy, dry hair this spray can only be described as a godsend but I cant say I believe that as stated on the bottle that this gloss would work on all hair types. I can spray this directly on my roots and rather than making my hair greasy seems to lift my curls and make ?em bounce but I think on straight hair or less frizzy hair (ie normal, everyday hair) this would leave you looking like you?d sprayed chip fat! So! If like me you?ve got hair that even puts the hair bear to shame give it a go otherwise approach with caution! 5out of 5 for me but can imagine not everyone would agree.
I got this product for my birthday, but have only just got around to trying it out, mostly because I kept promising myself that I would get my hair cut first (which I still haven't got around to) and also because I found the idea of putting my own high lights in a bit intimidating (I was worried I'd either end up with streaks of green, or that the extra lightner solution would cause the bits I tried to streak to fall out). WHAT IT DOES. Umberto Giannini Lights Colours is basically a fancy permanent hair dye kit, which offers the optional extra of highlights. It advertises itself as 'salon style colouring at home' and states that it will 'allow you to create fashionable, shiny, healthy colour previously achieved in only the best hairdressing salons'. THE PACKAGING The packaging is rather attractive, and I am a sucker for good packaging! It comes in a rather nice tin, neatly packed with the usual collection of conditioning hair colour, developing lotion, Umberto Giannini conditioner and plastic gloves and easy to follow instructions. The extras, which you wouldn't find in a normal pack of hair dye, are a plastic application brush and mixing tray, 10g sachet of pre-lightener powder, and a bundle of foil. Oooo! Exciting stuff! THE APPLICATION I did have assistance for this. The first thing you do is mix the lightener powder with a spoonful of the developing lotion. This stinks. It gives off a really strong smell of ammonia, and I would advise you to make sure the room has adequate ventilation for the job, cos it really, really smells. The powder is quite hard to mix in to the lotion, and when it does you're left with a stinky, grainy blue mush, with the consistency of very thick yorkshire pudding batter. Yum. Next you separate out the bits of hair which you would like to have the highlights on, cover them in the blue gunk and wrap them in the required length of the tin
foil. This part of the process is definately a two-man job. The wrapping of the hair took about ten minutes all in all. I was a bit concerned about this, since the instructions state that you should leave the foil on for 15 minutes and by the time the wrapping part had finished the first bit of hair had already been wrapped up for ten. I did take all the bits out fifteen minutes after the last one had been put in though and there were no adverse effects. If you were worried about it you could time each bit of hair in turn and take them out according to how long each bit had been in, but I feel this would make an already complicated and time consuming operation even worse. While you're waiting for this bit to end, you can have great fun bending your foil wrapped hair into funny shapes and sniggering. The sniggering part may only work if you have help though, as there's no one to laugh at you if you don't. After the foil has been removed, you get to rinse out the stinky stuff and towel your hair dry. Next comes the main application which is much the same as with any hair dye. The colour (which comes in a pleasant paint box type of tube) gets mixed in to the bottle of developing lotion and they get shaken up to mix. The end result has quite a pleasant smell, although it does have undertones of ammonia. Slap the resulting mixture onto your scalp, or use the little application brush which is provided with the pack. The brush means that you do get more even coverage as you can get it right down to the roots, but it is really time consuming since you're applying a huge amount of colour with a tiny brush. It works quite well if you use the brush at your scalp and around your hairline, and then just squirt the mixture on the rest of your hair. That way if you do happen to miss any bits, they won't be missed in an area that shows. Next, sit around for thirty minutes and try not to dye the furniture. This stuff is permanent
dye- it can't be got rid of, unless you're willing to bleach the dyed object. After the thrity minutes the dye can be washed out and the conditioner applied. There wasn't much conditioner in the pack, so I ended up using some out of a bottle too. THE RESULTS The colour is a lot darker than I thought it would be, and the highlights are so subtle that they are really hard to spot. The colour I had was claret, and it turned out to be a dark red-brown colour. My hair does smell really nice, which considering the stink of the ammonia used the the highlihts, I'm very glad about. I found that the brush was a bit pointless, although I did use it a bit, it was pretty impractical to try to do my whole head with it, even with help. The application would be really difficult to do on your own, as it would be really hard to get the foil in evenly. Saying that though, the resulting highlights hardly show at all, unless you know they are there and stand under a really bright light ot check for them. All in all I feel it was a really complicated process which results in a hair colour you could just get out of a normal hair dye kit, without all the poncing around with bits of foil that this one requires. Nice even colour though.
I first bought umberto giannini “sleek and chic” shampoo, conditioner and hair straightening cream because it was on “3 for 2” in Boots. I’m not one to spend loads on hair products, but I was becoming increasingly irritated by my hair being half straight/half curly, and generally frizzy, and assumed that if you fork out loads of money on hair products, they will be your saviour. I was very impressed with these products. For starters, the shampoo, whilst fairly runny, smells quite pleasant, and you only need to use a tiny bit of it to get a decent lather. Out of habit, I always shampoo my hair twice, and the second application is always loads more foamier than the first. One bottle of the shampoo lasts me absolutely ages. The conditioner smells equally “clean”, but is rather difficult to dispense from the long, thin bottles as it’s rather thick. I got into the habit of when I bought a new bottle I would use it for a bit then add some water to the conditioner. Like the shampoo, you don’t need to use loads, as it lathers up too (surprisingly), and I find that diluting it a touch before you use it helps as you don’t get too much out. Again, I found that a bottle lasted ages. Slightly less than the shampoo, but still a long time. I would agree with the suggestion on the back of the bottle – do a final rinse in cold water – it smoothes out your hair and it goes really silky. My hair felt really really good after showering, and using the straightening crème really helped when I wanted to comb and blow dry my hair. My hair is really fine, and breaks easily, and the cream was easily combed through, and I felt that my hair was being well protected, both from the comb and the hairdryer. After I’d blow dried my hair, it was certainly a lot straighter, and felt really good. I have been really impressed with this range, and have used it religiously for well over a yea
r. It smells good, is easy to use, cleans the hair AND helps it to be less frizzy and straighter. I’m sure you can sense the “but” coming up here…… The bottle cost about 4 quid each. That’s 12 pounds a go (or 8 if you can find a decent offer around). Not really bad value, but when you are a student, and have sudden mad moments of “oh my goodness I have no money” when you’re wandering around ASDA, your mind plays strange tricks on you. I had such a moment about a month ago, and decided to get that bottle of vodka instead of my posh shampoo, and thinking to myself “I need to still wash my hair”, I went for the super duper cheapo 32p shampoo and conditioner, and some hair straightening serum in Boots, which was about £1.80 (I’m sure I’ll write an opinion on these in time). So my “new” crazy “I have no cash” routine was to cost me less than 3 quid rather than 12. Yes, it’s a massive risk to try different shampoos, let alone the cheapest “wouldn’t clean my toilet with this” type stuff, but I’m actually happier with this regime than I am with the other stuff. The shampoo is far cleaner, and the conditioner is great. All for 64p I can’t complain. And the serum does a better job than umberto could do purely because it’s not greasy and smells lovely. If you have the cash, go for umberto, because the bottles look nice and it is nice to treat yourself, but I’m totally happy with my new “value” lifestyle. Remember, you could always decant the cheap stuff into your old posh bottles!
I have very fine hair, which is almost always static and fly away, so when i first saw Umberto Gianninis Incredible Body Uplifting Thickening shampoo and condition i thought i should give it a go. But i didn’t buy it straight away seen, as it’s not in my usual price range for a shampoo and conditioner. I went home and wrote down the products on the list of things i want. A couple of weeks later i decided to ask my mom to buy me the product, as i didn’t really want to spend my own £9 on the shampoo and conditioner. When i got the product, i was looking forward to using it. I read that it smells nice, but mine didn't smell particularly good. But i used it anyway. I even followed the professional tips on the back of the bottle, which say to wrap the hair in a towel after washing, to allow it to partially dry naturally before using any heat on it. I did this then used my hair drier and volumising brush. The result Well at first i didn’t notice much thickness, but after a while i did think it gave my hair more shape and slightly more than usual. And it also felt softer; this was only after the first use, so I’m looking forward to using it again to see what happens then. I am also planning on buying the incredible body uplifting thickening mouse, in the hope that this will maximise its potential. I think that this product is good so far and i would recommend it to anyone.
There are very few people I know who can honestly say that, in an ideal world, they wouldn't change anything about their hair. There's only one think that I would have kept about my hair in an ideal world - and that would have been the brilliant shine and silkyness it had. And sadly, that was taken away from me when I realised that my hair was dull brown in colour and curly. Since I started dyeing, blow-drying and straightening on a regular basis, I've never really been able to get it back to it's original condition. That is, until I discovered Umberto Giannini's urgent repair intensive moisture mask. A thick, rich, subtley-scented intensive conditioner that I use every other wash (that's weekly for me), and it has restored the bounce, vitality and shine to my hair like no other conditioner I have tried. It doesn't just improve my hair when I use it, but it also enhances the overall condition - even on the other wash with an alternate conditioner, I still achieve the same results. For other curly-heads who want to go straight, it's the ultimate straightener. Although the conditioner doesn't actually actively straighten, it improves the condition so much that it's okay to use straighteners regularly, and it rectifies any damage caused. It makes no difference to the condition of my hair these days whether or not I use straighteners and how often. Since I started using it, I have received numerous compliments on how my hair resembles that of models in hair adverts. Yes, it promises to give cool catwalk shine - and it most certainly does!
I am so glad I decided to try this shampoo a couple of weeks ago, because it really is fantastic. I've never tried these products before, to be honest, my reasoning for this was that I'm not particularly into expensive hair products, and the bottles are a bit dodgy-looking. But a couple of weeks ago I found some on "buy 1 get 1 free" offer, and I was in a silly mood and wanting phallic-shaped bottles so I went for it. My hair was absolutely fine, and washing it with Organics was a pleasure until they changed the recipe and it went horrible about a year ago, and I haven't really found a decent replacement. Until now. I have just longer than shoulder lenght hair which is fairly fine, and curly at the bottoms. I like it to be straight, and use a lot of products and straighteners on it to make it straight. So, seeing "Umberto Gianni"'s "super chic and straight" shampoo and conditioner, I thought I'd give it a go. It smells funny, sort of antiseptic, but it isn't unpleasant. You really don't need to use very much to massage into your scalp too. They also recommend that you put it on dry hair to effectively get rid of build up of products, which works really really well. After shampooing, my hair feels really nice and clean. The conditioner also smells fairly clinical, but it's lovely, partly because again, you don't have to use loads, as it actually sort of "foams up" like shampoo does. I tend to comb it through my hair now as it's getring long, and it saves you using loads of product. The conditioner also rinses out nicely, so I don't feel as if my hair's weighted down at all. It's squeaky clean, but feels conditioned. Drying my hair, and combing out the tangles is also great, and my hair just feels really clean and silky. It's also helped my hair by stopping the frizzy ends and greasy roots which were getting really nast
y and uncontrollable. All in all, I'd recommend this range of products, but one word of warning: the bottles have metallic lids, and it's very unnerving to see yourself shampooing your hair in the shower. The shape of the bottles mean that the reflection isn't particularly flattering! I've had to put mine in a cupboard now, because my houseamtes complained! Other than that little gripe, I think it's great stuff. Definitely recommended.
The packaging tells you that this range of products actually does what I says. If this is indeed true, this is great news. This is part of the Umberto Giannini Curl Friends range. They claim to give you beautiful, frizz free, curly hair, with incredible shine and movement. Curl Friends, styles and holds curls and waves. It also states that the products are for natural, permed or heat styled hair. One thing I don't like is the instructions for use. The instructions are to: apply the mouse to towel dried hair. Ensure mouse is worked evenly through hair before styling, finger shape or scrunch dry to create maximum curl effect. It would have been more helpful to include more information. Such as, how much mouse to apply. I know that this always varies according to how long and thick your hair is, but it would be useful to have a rough guide. Should we use it generously? Sparingly? It also does not tell you to shake the bottle, and hold upright. Okay, a little obvious perhaps, but I think it should still be included. There is also no mention about how your hair should be dried. Some product work better if hair is left to dry naturally, some work better by blow-drying. It would be nice to have some guidance. Moving onto the actual product. The first time I used it, instead of mouse coming out, there was icy cold liquid, which made me wonder if I was holding it correctly. After a second attempt, the mouse was dispensed into my palm. It seems quite rich and creamy. I applied it to my hair, stopping when the it felt like there was enough on. I could feel it coating my hair. Most mouse, when you apply it to your hair, it usually make your hair easier to comb. But this did the opposite. Not necessarily a bad thing, as it's the end result which matters, but i thought it was worth mentioning. Maybe this indicates that it is quite different. One other thing I noticed was that it seemed to absorb water,
as there was no water dropping off my hair as there usually is. At the front of the bottle, it says: Define & Separate Mouser for Frizz Free Curl and Waves. I think that it does separate your hair. The curls are defined, but separate. Hair is not left sticky. However, I am wondering how well it will hold the curls. I don't think the hold is very strong, and will probably need to use a curl spray tomorrow. I will try more mouse next time, to give my hair more hold. (I don't generally like using hairspray.) With some, not very good mouses, I find that I have to use frizz cream or serum as well, but you won't need to with this product. It doesn't leave your hair feeling at all sticky, instead it still feels nice and clean, not loaded down. It also leaves your hair quite shiny. I'm not going to say that it's made my hair look the best it ever has, because it hasn't. Nevertheless, it is a good product. It does take the frizz out of your hair, but I don't think the hold is strong enough. One last thing - I like the metallic pink of the can, and this is on offer at the moment in Boots, three for two, so now would be a good time to try it out.
Apparently more relationships end in November than in any other month, and I can tell you that it's true. My love affair with Nicky Clarke, or more accurately his Colour Therapy range, had come to an end, or at least the bottles had ran out. So I found myself at the haircare counter of my local Boots. Now I could have bought the same shampoo and conditioner but that would have been a little boring wouldn't it? Not to mention that I wouldn't have something to tell you all about today. So I looked around for a new object of my affections and that's when I spotted Umberto Giannini's range. It was looking kind of slick and flash with it's shiny silver lid and it seemed that was exactly what I needed to cheer up this godforsaken month. Even better, it was on buy two get one free! Studying the range carefully I saw that there are two variations in the range. First came 'Curl friends' which was pink and really appealed to me. Unfortunately as I don't have curly hair I decided that may 'Sleek and Chic' in its lilac glory would be a better option. Cradling my prizes, I headed for the checkout and within an hour the Sleek and Chic's were waiting patiently on the windowsill for the following morning. It soon came and Sleek and Chic Straightening shampoo (£3.49) was first to the test. The shampoo is a clear blue/lilac and comes in a 250ml bottle. The front claims to smooth and add shine to all hair types. I was a little wary at this point as I usually purchase a shampoo specifically for dry hair. Nonetheless the back of the bottle promised me a frizz-free life, so it can't be bad! I unscrewed the silver bullet-shaped lid and was a little disappointed to find a standard bottle neck beneath. Mr. Clarke was clearly spoiling me with his pump action dispensers that I had become oh so accustomed to. However, as the scent hit me, all was forgiven. The shampoo has quite a strong smell somewhat remin
iscent of a unisex perfume/aftershave. Think of Calvin Klein's Be and you're not far off. I tipped the bottle and noticed the product was very runny. In fact I had far more than I needed in my hand! Luckily the bottle neck is quite wide so it is easy to return unwanted shampoo to the bottle. The shampoo lathered easily and not overly much which I think is nice. I have heard that shows the quality of a shampoo, but I just prefer it not to lather into my (brown) eyes! After a quick all over head massage I searched for that clean squeak, but it was nowhere to be found! In fact my hair felt quite straw like and becoming increasingly worried I quickly rinsed the product out of my hair. It rinsed easily but didn't leave my hair feeling very nice. Certainly not sleek and by no means chic, in my opinion! I always use a conditioner but for those of you who don't I wouldn't recommend this shampoo at all. I would have hated to see what my hair dried like at this stage! So with funny feeling, non-squeaky hair, I headed somewhat desperately for the conditioner bottle. Sleek and Chic straightening conditioner (£3.99) comes in the same bottle with the same claims and the same scent. Unscrewing the lid, I tipped the bottle very slightly, minding the overspill incident with the shampoo. However, nothing happened. In fact even at the point when I had turned the bottle 180 degrees still nothing came out. You see the conditioner is not runny. So much so that it took a really good squeeze to get the product out! Having said that, this was somewhat a saving grace of the range. the thick conditioner applied easily to my hair and had me feeling like it was some kind of special treatment. It also rinsed easily, leaving my hair silky soft. My only question was had it merely rectified the damage it had caused with the shampoo? My hair dried well, or as well as usual as there was no noticeable reduction in frizz or the gentle wav
es in my hair. Even after two weeks of use every day, I still couldn't see a difference except for my hair seemed slightly drier than usual (although that could be put down to the weather). In fact I was wholly unimpressed by the product until it came to the finishing touch - the wax! Sleek and Chic wax (£5.49) comes in a very flash looking pot with a silver flip-top lid. To open it you squeeze the sides and the lid pops open. Inside the product itself is again lilac and wonderfully scented, but this time it's a much sweeter smell. I can't liken it to anything so I think the best bet is if you nip into Boots and pop one open for yourself...;) The wax itself is incredible! It is easy to apply, non-stick as has the most incredible results. On a good hair day it really enhances your style, on a bad hair day it's kind of like a rescue remedy. It has save my hair from the terrors of 'just-got-out-of-bed-and-visitors-arrive', 'very-bad-blow-drying-job' and even 'stupid-kinks-in-hair-from-tying-back-all-day'! I have never known a wax like it! So to sum up, my advice would be to steer clear of the shampoo, buy the conditioner as a once-a-week treat as it feels and smells wonderful and buy your local Boots out of this wonder wax! I'm sure it will keep, and I promise if you try it once, you wont be able to live without it!
This opinion is about Umberto Giannini Sleek and Chic Straightening Shampoo - the most amazing hair product i have ever used. After months of straightening my hair with straightening irons, i got fed up so looked for an alternative - Straightening shampoo. I got this shampoo and conditioner in a long line of many brands which claim to straighten and smooth hair to try to keep my frizzy locks under control. I tried every brand available, and eventually i got this one and - wow! It really does make your hair a lot straighter and sleeker, but not greasy as many other straightening shampoos do. The conditioner makes your hair soft and shiny, and after you have washed and dried it, it really is in beautiful, shiny, sleek, straight condition! But there is s price to pay for such beautiful hair. and it is not cheap. Umberto Giannini retails at roughly £4.50 a bottle, and when you buy shampoo and conditioner that is around £9 for both. But in their defense, you really dont need to use much shampoo ans it SPREADS well, notice i didnt use lather, it does not lather particularly well, although i have been told from my hairdresser that this is in fact a good thing rather than a bad thing, as more white bubbly lather means more soap bubbles in the shampoo, and this is used as a 'filler' in cheaper shampoos. And to top it all off, i makes your hair smell lovely too. A really great shampoo for those who normally use straightening irons.
Does excalty what it tells you on the tub, which is often rare with hair styling products. The clay smells great and makes your hair shiny and sleek, depending on how you style it. Create it clay says you can do anything with it, which is true. Anything is possible. I use this product to smooth out my hair, usually on the ends were my hair tends to dry out, the effect is unique. Your hair stays great all day and smells good too. The only down side is that if you dont smooth out into hair, you often find clumps of the clay remaining, which sometimes gets annoying. If you have thin hair it gives you extra volume when applied to the roots and also creates the cutest little dread knots. I may also add that this works great in boys hair, better than most waxes and gels. You also get value for money.