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Nourishment for stressed locks
I am a big fan of Aussie haircare products, and this leave-in conditioner is a product I have purchased a few times. This promises to tame the frizzies - which is exactly what I need - and is enriched with sea kelp to nourish stressed hair. It costs £4.99 for a 150ml bottle from Boots, but is currently part of a buy one get one half price offer - and the Aussie range always seems to be on offer anyway so I would recommend you don't pay full price for it!
A fluffy puffy 'fro
This comes in a very simple plastic bottle with the dispenser on the top. You simple press the pump at the top to dispense the product! I have naturally curly hair and I always apply some form of cream-based styling product after washing and conditioning - I don't brush it or blow dry it - ever - as both these things simply turn my hair into a massive puffy afro. So hair cream is essential to me as it helps to tame my hair and smooth it nicely before I let it dry naturally. Gels, mousses or other formats don't work for me - it has to be cream only!
The texture of this is actually a bit lighter than other hair creams I've used - it is more of a lotion than a rich cream. It is really easy to apply to the hair, and I use quite a small amount and run it through the ends of my hair and smooth it over the surface. It disappears instantly and feels really light. It also has a lovely smell - it isn't too strong, but it's sweet and fruity, and very pleasant - like all the other Aussie products I've used!
After my hair is dry, I find it feels really nice and soft after I use this product. This definitely helps to smooth my hair and keep the frizz at bay. Even though I don't use very much of it, it seems to work really well. The other thing I like is that it doesn't leave any sticky residue - in fact it doesn't really feel like I have any product in my hair. It also leaves it smelling fruity and fresh!
I think the light texture of this cream means it works really well - it manages to soften and tame hair without leaving it feeling heavy or weighed down. The formula is one that's ideal for my curly locks!
Overall I love this hair product and even at full price I think it's worth it, because it works and I don't need much, so it lasts me a long time. I will definitely be buying it again in the future, and it gets five stars from me.
My hair is naturally wavy and has a definite tendency to develop some frizz and look huge, wild and unruly if I am not careful! For this reason I always use some form of serum or defrizzing cream every day on my towel dried hair before I blow dry it. I have a few firm favourite products which I know I can rely on but I can also be tempted to try other ones which make nice promises of glossing, adding shine, defrizzing my hair or generally making it more manageable. I decided to pick this one up a while ago when Aussie products were on 3 for £10 in Boots. Since I tried their leave in conditioner a few months ago and loved it I have been trying various things from Aussie and now I trust the brand and feel that they are quite reliable.
This product comes in a 150 ml pump bottle with a large plastic cap to protect the pump. I think the packaging is great as most similar products are in 100 ml tubes, so here you get a much more generous amount and the pump makes it much easier to dispense the same amount each time. This is important because with these creams if you inadvertently use too much you can get greasy hair, or if you use too little you can still be left with some frizz. That's the case for me anyway! Aussie advice you to start with half a pump and change the amount depending on hair length. I do think half a pump is a tiny amount and I normally use two pumps! I use one pump to spread through the full length of my hair, then the second pump to rub more of the product into the ends of my hair. I need more there at the moment as I am desperate for a haircut so my ends look frizzier than normal! Even with using two pumps, the bottle still seems to be lasting well and I would estimate it to last for at least a couple of months.
The conditioning milk is not really milky or creamy in texture in my opinion. It is more of a very silky gel. It smells quite pleasant and natural but I couldn't put my finger on what it smells of. Apparently it contains Australian sea kelp extract which is a new one on me but it seems to do the job! The bottle states it has a lightweight formula and I would definitely agree. Some leave in products can leave the hair feeling weighed down, heavy or leave a noticeable residue but this does not. My hair feels light, smooth and silky and easy to brush through after using it. It really detangles and smoothens well, adding shine.
Another great thing about this is the price. The full price of this is less than £5 and you can often get deals such as in Superdrug something like two Aussie products for £6.99 and in Boots they are now included on the mix and match 3 for 2 . This is cheaper than my previous favourite defrizzing cream from Body Shop and it contains an extra 50 ml, so I feel it is a good bargain.
I would definitely recommend giving this a try if you have unruly hair that you want to defrizz.
Winter weather has been making my hair freak out lately. My problems include frizz, limpness, dullness and locks that just refuse to be combed! In an effort to correct all this and transform myself into a glowing Rapunzel I bought this Aussie Anti-Frizz and Conditioning Milk. It is part of Aussie haircare's 'Dual Personality' range. These products offer a two part remedy. So this particular product promises to reduce fuzziness and also strengthen the hair with it's conditioning formula.
To begin the review I should probably explain my hair type. I strongly believe that most hair care products work differently on different hair types. My hair is long, naturally wavy and is highlighted. It tends to be a little dry due to the bleaching process and I also suffer from slightly dry and split ends due to the length of my hair. In a product like this I need to find something that will help my hair to look softly curled not frazzled and one that gives my hair moisture and shine.
The product comes in a strudy 150ml sized plastic bottle. It has a plastic top that stays securely in place and the top of the bottle has a pump action dispenser top. The pump can be twisted into an on or off position so there is no accidental leaking.
Aussie is a trendy hair care brand and they kind of have a surfer/hippy attitude to life. The blurb on the back of the bottle is very laid back and 'cool'. They emblazon the bottle with their trademark 'philosophical' quote: "There's more to life than hair but it's a good place to start".
Other information on the bottle includes the ingredients in the formula. This contains Australian Sea Kelp Extract. This is a type of seaweed, rich in nutrients, which apparantly helps to moisturise hair and make it more manageable. Aussie mention that this seaweed is particularly known for it's "skin softening properties.". So I guess the thinking here is: what works for the skin must work for the hair?
The liquid formula has an amazingly powerful fragrance. It's a sort of fruity aroma but a little too sweet and reminds me also of bubblegum and jelly sweets. The liquid is white with a pearly gleam and quite runny, so expect this when you dispense it and catch it neatly in your palm. The liquid is also very sticky.
You can apply this product to wet or dry hair. I find that on dry hair I tend to use a little more than I need. When you rub it into dry hair it doesn't 'dissapear' in the same way a serum does. Rather it leaves wet streaks as though you have used a gel. It stays wet for quite a long time, so isn't very convenient for applying just before you are due to go out, for instance. You can of course, blow dry you hair but I find that this makes my hair feel thicker (and more unmanageable). I would not say that the milk leaves any residue - there are no visible signs of the dry milk, but rather more that the liquid leaves a transparent coating that feels only slightly heavier than your normal hair weight. On dry hair the shine does increase after use and hair looks way more conditioned and healthy. It works wonders on dry ends.
I would say that the product works best if applied to wet hair instead of a styling gel or serum. This product, infact, seems to provide the benefits of both of these. On wet hair it's much easier to get the application even and apply just the right amount. A couple of squirts into the palm does fine for my long hair. The wetness of the hair also means that your hands aren't so sticky and getting strands of hair stuck to your palms. I leave my hair to dry naturally and when it is fully dry my hair looks very healthy, soft and shiny. It is also easy to brush through. The look that results is a very natural one - your hair won't go stiff like it does if you apply mousse or a gel but nevertheless it will retain it's natural style. The aroma of the product stays on the hair for a long time and makes my hair feel like it's clean and newly washed.
I am thankful this product exists but I do not like using it on dry hair and find that other products like serum work much better in this instance. On wet hair, however, it works brilliantly. If I had to compare this to similar products I'd say it was a lot like Avon's Advance Techniques Intense Repair Damage Repair Treatment. Except the Aussie product has a much better fragrance. I would recommend this to people with problem hair, especially those with frizzy, damaged hair. I have to give this four out of five stars, deducting a star because I don't like how it works on dry hair.
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