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Any female in the modern world knows that there are a few inevitable facts beyond death and taxes; your favourite shoes will break before any others, your favourite earrings will be the first to get an illicit divorce so one goes missing inexplicably, and your favourite perfume is the one that will go out of production soonest. On top of this, you will also respond to any emotionally upsetting relationship breakdown by spending more time and money on the appearance of your hair.
Good hair is the ultimate confidence booster and also the flip side is true - if your locks aren't shiny and touchable, it can really knock you back when you're already at a low. And so, when I was last "in a bad place", I dutifully did the girlie thing and found myself in the haircare aisle and spotted this little beauty.
Andrew Barton was not a brand I had heard of before but, mindful of my split ends and the time between that day and my next cut appointment, the bright packaging (unlike this product photo, this treatment now comes in a black-lidded, bright red pot with black and white writing) screaming "S.O.S. HELP ME" caught my eye and I had to look further. A look at the back was enough to convince me - I know what a good butter moisturiser can do for my skin and shea butter being in the ingredients swung it when I couldn't bear to look at my dry locks in a mirror. So I took a chance, paid around £4.65 and took this intensive treatment home. I still thank the fates that I did several pots later.
The product itself is a lot lighter and less oppressively heavy than many intensive treatments. It's white, light and smells unbelievable - almost good enough to eat.
The first time I used it I stuck to the directions - didn't overload my hair as similar products in the past have been hell to wash out - and the result was great smelling, soft, shiny, touchable and smooth hair. The shea butter scent isn't overpowering but it is notable, kind of like when you've gone nuts with cocoa butter moisturiser on your skin.
Since then I have tried using a lot more of this product, leaving it on for ten minutes or more (never tried the hair-in-a-towel thing though) and the result is always the same; brilliant, soft hair. I use it twice a week and have noticed a definite improvement in the split end department - my new stylist, after missing a cut and going three months without a cut, said I had hardly any notable damage and barely took any length off at all, ideal when trying to grow your hair long. It also doesn't take three hours to wash out, doesn't make your roots look like those of an emo art student, and doesn't leave a dull build up that reduces your colour and shine.
I tend to get a good seven to ten treatments out of a pot, and if you're really giving your hair a break, using this and then allowing your hair to dry without a dryer and styling is probably the best way to get absolutely gorgeously happy, healthy hair.
I love this product and it will be part of my haircare regime for as long as they make it. Treat yourself!
So, I've been happily bleachng my hair for a good few years now. Not until recently did the consequences of my actions begin to creep in and manifest in the form of frizz, split ends, extreme dryness and the odd snappage.
I bought this product from my local supermarket, so it is readily avaible to everyone. I was desperate, and was looking for something to soothe, mend, cure, my dry and damaged hair. It cost me around £6, not the cheapest of products, but most Asda stores offer a trial sachet for £1, perfect if you'd ike to give it a test.
The first thing I noticed about this product was the incredible smell. I found myself stood in the shower saying: "I'm getting...gingerbread, vanilla ice cream, cookie dough, a hint of golden syrup..." Easily good enough to eat. Better yet, because of my heavily porous hair, the smell stuck around for most of the day.
The second thing I noticed was the viscosity. This product is lovey and thick, and even for long hair like mine, provided great coverage. I used a golf ball sized dollop, which is plenty, so the large tub will last you for a good few weeks.
After rinsing and allowing my hair to dry naturally, I noticed a little bit of shine creeping back, and the ends certianly looked less 'fried'. So, after the first use, there were results, but do not expect miracles if your hair is as dry as mine was.
I used this product as reccomended on the packaging, twice, sometimes three times a week. I must say, that I would always leave the product on longer than the 1-3 mintues it states. 3 minutes just doesn't seem to cut it, especially if your hair is very dry or very damaged. For a regular fix on more 'normal' hair, I'd follow the pack instructions exactly.
So, after using this product for a week my hair looked a significant amount better. It was healtheir looking and much less frizzy...however I soon began to notice a decline in the condition of my hair. I had not changed shampoo or diet. This phenomenon I have experienced before, with Trésemme. I believe that my hair was building up a tolerance to the ingredients in this product. It just did not seem to be performing at 100% as it used to. My solution? Use this conditioner in conjunction with another. I personally, switch between this and a John Freida rescue masque.
My hair is almost passable for 'regular' dry hair now. I have been using this product for about eight weeks, and my hair is softer, shinier and much more managable.
The smell, still has not become any less magnificent to me, but perhaps to others, may become sickly.
I bought this product after a bleaching left my hair lifeless and split, in really poor condition. I wanted something that could bring that much needed moisture back to my hair, and rescue it from the dry mess it had become.
I opted for this product as the name seemed to match exactly what I was after. The price tag wasn't the cheapest, but certainly not as expensive as comparable products that can be purchased from hair salons.
I was won after after opening the lid the first time - the smell of this is amazing. Everyone wants nice smelling hair, and one whiff of this would get anyone into a lather! It's a hard smell to describe, but I could liken it to a gingery, biscuity, cookie vanilla aroma - it smells good enough to eat.
After using the product several times, I found that it certainly had helped restore some moisture and shine to my hair, but not as much as I would have liked. However, this was probably due to the intensity of the bleaching my hair had received. I've no doubt that on normal dyed hair, this would work a charm.
I had some grievance with the packaging. The tub isn't as easy to get into with wet or 'shampoo greasy' hands as a flip top tube would be, and the whole thing requires the fiddly use of both hands, which isn't always ideal.
If your hair is in a state from chemical or heat styling, if it is naturally dry or you just love to pamper it, buy Andrew Barton's hair products; for a rescue or deep pampering for your hair, his S.O.S help me twice a week conditioning treatment is just the best.
For starters it smells great, and to be honest when something smells of ice cream why wouldn't you want to use it. There is no chemically smell in his products, in fact this conditioner makes you want to eat it smells so good [but don't it definitely is not edible though it smells amazing].
As far as how good it is, it's a really great product which really helps to moisturise and pamper your hair making it feel soft and shiny again. My hair is usually dry and brittle with tons of dry split ends, after using Andrew Barton's S.O.S help me twice a week conditioning treatment a couple of times I really saw a difference in how soft and shiny my hair was. I couldn't stop touching it.
Its not difficult to use, its just like regular conditioner; you wash your hair like normal and then scoop up some of this yummy stuff and smother it on your hair and leave it there for a few minutes. Tip from me though, if you want extra pampering heed the tip on the back of the pot and wrap you hair in a warm wet towel while you wait for the 5 minute magic the conditioner works, the results are even better!
The pot is also good as you simply scoop the cream out of a large pot, not squeezing an annoying tube or trying to use a pump which is wet and slippery. Also there is less wastage as nothing get stuck at bottom as with pumps and squeeze tubes.
The only flaw I can think of is that it is not available in different versions that are hair type specific, though this is hardly a flaw. It really is a great product which you should buy!
Overall its brilliant and if you are looking for a great deep conditioner buy this one as it is awesome!
Ever since my aunty told me my hair was in bad condition due to the amount of hair dye I used in the past, I've been religiously applying deep conditioning treatment to my hair a couple of times a week. The best one that I have found so far is Avon's, which I have already reviewed. However, when I ran out, I didn't have easy access to Avon's products and opted for Andrew Barton's "S.O.S Help Me Twice a Week Conditioning Treatment" instead which cost me about £4.50 in Asda.
This treatment comes in a 300ml black plastic tub with white and red writing. In terms of ease of use, this isn't the best design I've ever used and I'd much prefer a pump or spray. The reason being is that in my bathroom there is a stand alone shower and we do not have any high shelves for product so this goes on the bottom of the shower where there is a very low shelf just above water level.
To access the product, you need to unscrew the lid. As you can imagine, unscrewing the lid, scooping out a small handful of the product and somehow screwing up the lid again with only one hand (the other option to get a free hand is to dump the product on your hair where it slides down the shaft before you have had a chance to spread it evenly) which as you can imagine, is nearly impossible. So I have to scoop it out and place the lid on as well as I can before returning it to the low shelf where the product quickly develops a pool of shower water. Not great!
Andrew Barton is often seen on TV doing hair on This Morning and the like and he seems like a fairly genuine fella. He was also British Hairdresser of the Year according to the small writing on the tub. The trademark for this product is "Shiny Happy Hair" so I was keen to find out if this was the case. The back of the tub states " The superstar of hair treatments for when your hair needs SOS Hair repair. Gorgeous Shea Butter helps to gently mend all the cracks, smoothes hair cuticles and adds supercharged shine."
Application & Results
I massaged a walnut sized portion into the hair ends and worked through to roots as directed and left for 3 minutes (or the time it takes to do the girly stuff like shave my legs!) Firstly, I must say it receives maximum points for smell - it is the most gorgeous smell and transported me straight to some Caribbean island - it has a rich coconut smell that was just delicious. The look and texture of this product is white and thick but it's easy to spread through your hair. I have on occasion (as suggested by the tub) pulled a wide-tooth comb through my hair to even out the moisture and whilst doing so my hair was soft and smelt gorgeous. Rinsing the product out is fairly easy and I have never had a problem with extra product in my hair being left over.
Since I bought this product, I have had all my long hair chopped off and I now have a bob so the general condition of my hair has improved dramatically as there is no longer permanent dye on it. My hair is a very dark brown and I'd like to think that although I cannot prove whether this product has improved split ends and mended any cracks (I have none now!) it does, when I use it, make my hair shiny and soft.
My criticisms would be that now my hair is shorter I need to straighten it more and the conditioner makes it too soft to deal with sometimes - a bit of dirt would help I guess! So now I tend to use more product when styling my hair that I never had to when my hair was longer. The other criticism is that the smell doesn't linger too long; it's a shame as there are only a few products where the gorgeous smell ever does! I hoped this would be one of them.
As a quick buy, this does the trick. I have had this for 3 months now and I use this twice and sometimes three times a week. Value for money, its great, it smells gorgeous when you are in the shower and it does have the ability to provide shiny healthy looking hair. As for the other claims - like most products, which go to such lengths to claim such things - the jury is out. Unless my hair was totally wrecked with split ends I think it would be hard to prove that this has done the trick.
Helps mend cracks and smoothes the hair /