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I am always trying new products which claim to make your hair soft and silky as I find that having lush hair makes you feel just a bit sexier.
I have used Avon hair care products before and in fact their dry ends serum is one of my all time favourite products so I thought I would give another product a go as there was an offer of buy 3 for £5. That's the good thing with Avon products, they are always on offer! So one of my choices of items in the 3 for £5 offer was the intense repair overnight elixir. Since it usually costs £6 for 100ml by itself I thought I would give it a go. That's a plus about Avon, since products are always on offer you do not need to splurge out on something you might not like, it is perfect for trying new things.
As I said you get 100ml and this is in a bottle with a pump on the top, so you don't end up taking out too much and wasting it.
Avon's Description: After just one use hair is transformed into silky softness. Apply a 10p coin sized amount of elixir to dry hair before bedtime. Distribute evenly concentrating on dry, damaged ends and leave on overnight. No need to rinse out. 100ml.
It sounds like a miracle cream. I followed the instructions and put some on before I went to bed. It went into my hair nicely and wasn't sticky, in fact it absorbed practically straight away. This is always a good thing since you don't want to get hair product all over your pillows. It smells just like hair mousse so you won't have to worry about the pillows smelling either.
Once you have applied the elixir to your hair it will just wash off your hands with soap and water and not leave them feeling sticky.
However all these good points aside, I will not be purchasing this product again. For the price I paid in the 3 for £5 offer it is reasonable but it did not make hardly any difference to my hair. It felt soft when I was applying it at night but in the morning my hair felt dry again. This might just be my hair type, my hair is shoulder length and is inbetween being thick and thin (normal), but I have to say I was disappointed with the results.
Avon products are available to purchase online or you can order them through the Avon catalogues which are delivered by local representatives.
Out of 10 I would give this product a 4. It is cheap, non sticky and will last a fairly long time since you get 100 ml but it just did not make any difference to my hair.
==ALSO ON CIAO==
So night cream for our faces has been around for a while, and now I'm starting to see a lot of products for nighttime haircare. One of these is Advance Technique's Intense Repair, a serum from Avon that claims to 'repair and soften dry, damaged hair overnight'. My hair is both dry and damaged, and this serum didn't help on either front, it did make it greasy though!
It comes in a white and blue bottle, with a pump top that dispenses a small amount of serum. The serum itself is a white creamy substance, and smells really nice, it's like a soapy smell, but its lovely.
So you're supposed to apply it to the lengths of your hair before you go to sleep, then just leave it, and it shouldn't be necessary to wash it out the next day. My hair is shoulder length and quite dry, so I thought two pumps would be fine. It didn't really make any difference before I went to sleep, except that my hair smelt really nice. However, when I woke up, my hair was really greasy all through the lengths, and felt really dirty and nasty.
If your hair is really, really dry and coarse, then I think this would be great for you, as it definitely injects moisture into your hair. However, if your hair is just quite dry, then this is too much, and will weigh your hair down. If you have greasy hair, I'd just stay away from nighttime products full stop, the last thing greasy hair needs is more product! Overall, there are better nighttime haircare products out there that won't leave your hair greasy.
As anyone who reads my reviews will know, I have naturally very dry frizzy hair which I am constantly trying to overcome.....
I recently brought this Avon Advance Techniques Intense Repair Overnight Treatment Elixir (long name for an overnight conditioner really) as I long for soft bouncy hair and thought as this was in a 'any 3 for £5' offer (normal price £6 for 100ml bottle) I would give it a go and see if this would make my hair any less dry.
I never have time to shower/wash my hair in the mornings unless its a weekend so I decided that I would try this product one saturday evening/sunday morning.
I prepared for the over night treatment by reading the instructions on the bottle, I found that I had to peel the back label and read these off the reverse, first problem was the tiny writing, second was the instructions were not very informative, stating to apply to hair and wash/style as normal the following morning, I wanted to know if I should be applying to wet hair, washed hair, dry hair??? I opted for dry hair, as It never said to apply to wet hair so I assumed this was the correct method.
I brushed my hair and then proceeded to pump the bottle top to release the product into my other palm, which I found difficult to do after a while, as only a small amount of the thick pearly white conditioner like substance was released upon doing so, I found I had to pump the bottle top at least 10 times to just fill my palm, I then rubbed my hands together and began to spread through my hair, concentrating on the ends, again I was not sure if this was correct, but as the instructions said so very little I assumed it was.
I found that for my hair, which is longish, to the middle of my back, I needed to repeat this process 5 times to ensure all my hair was covered, it made me think maybe I should have applied to wet/washed hair.....
The product is like a thick white conditioner, the smell is not unpleasent and not too strong, its a bit like the special conditioners you get with some hair dye......
I then brushed it through and tied my hair up with a soft scrunchie as I did not want to end up with conditioner all over the place/pillows, I put a small towel over my pillow to protect my bed linen and went to bed.
The following morning, I washed my hair and conditioned as normal, I found I needed to apply shampoo twice in order for my hair to feel clean which I do sometimes anyway, the conditioner like substance rinsed away well with the second application.
Upon styling my hair it did feel softer and less frizzy, my hair felt lighter almost and had a natural looking shine. although the ends of my hair were still straw like to a certain extent, I do have very dry ends so I expect on someone with normal hair this would work better. Overall, apart form the lack of instruction and the bottle, this is actually a good product! It has left my hair feeling almost normal (which is a tall task with my hair) and although I dont think I would pay full price for this, I probably will buy again.
I would think the bottle would last me for 4 applications. It is a bit of hassle to use but then the results I feel are worth it. I think this could be a winning product form Avon if they changed the bottle and had better instructions!
Only 4/5 because of the bottle/instructions, product itself would get 5/5
If you have read previous reviews, you will know I am always on the look out for hair treats. My hair does get dry from regular styling, and I like to try out different conditioners that claim they will improve this. I look for products which are reasonably priced and condition my hair without making it look greasy and limp. I know what I want, but it is often quite hard to find something that matches my requirements.
I was flicking through the Avon book as I often do when I came across this, Advance Techniques Intense Repair Overnight Elixir, designed specifically for damaged or distressed hair. It was a new product at the time, and priced at around £3 but as with most Avon products, prices vary quite a lot from book to book. It sounded like my kind of product, and it was cheap, so I placed an order and waited for it to arrive.
The product comes in a 100ml slim white bottle, with a blue pump style dispenser complete with clear lid. On the bottle is a blue sticker, with the usual Advance Techniques logo.
There is very little information on the front of the bottle, just the name of the product and the information about the hair type it is designed for. There is a gold circle, which says the product works overnight, and treats the hair whilst you sleep.
On the back of the product is a white sticker. As with many Avon products the idea is you lift this sticker to reveal a second layer containing information. The first layer has an ingredients list and something written in every language except for English... odd. On the second layer we have directions for use written in many languages, and they even remembered English this time, that's nice of them. They also tell us the product aims to repair and soften dry, damaged hair overnight.
Not a huge amount of information but this is Avon, what do you expect?!
"Apply evenly at night. Do not rinse. In the morning, shampoo and condition if desired. Style as usual"
I applied the product to my hair around an hour before I planned to go to sleep so it had time to dry out before my head hit my pillow. I placed a small amount of the white coloured liquid into the palm of my hand. The smell is lovely, fresh and fruity but not overpowering. The liquid is thinner than I imagined it was going to be. Other similar products I have used have been rich, and thick, but I did not let this bother me. I began applying the product to my hair. My hair is quite long, just passed my shoulder blades, so I knew I was going to have to use quite a bit of the bottle, however it shocked me just how much I did use. The product is thin, but this does not mean it spreads easily. I used the product on the bottom 5cm of my hair, and used around half the bottle. It was easy to rub in, but soaked straight into the hair so it did not go very far.
Once I had applied the product, I left it to soak in for around an hour before putting my hair up in a bobble and going to sleep.
As soon as I woke the next morning I could smell the product. I got up and went to wash my hair. I looked in the mirror and examined my hair. Avon suggests you don't need the wash hair after use, or at least this is how I read the directions. However in my opinion there is no way you could get away with not washing the hair after using this product. The ends of my hair were very knotty, like when you get something in the hair and it dries up. I decided to rinse my hair under warm water before washing it. As I was rinsing it out my hair felt smooth and soft. I would recommend going with this if you do not want to wash your hair, just giving it a rinse. After I had rinsed out the product I washed and styled as usual.
I examined my hair, paying attention to the ends of my hair where I had used the elixir and there was a noticeable difference. My hair did not appear as dry and brittle as it was before use, and felt very soft and smooth. The fragrance of the product wasn't really there anymore, but I had used shampoo and conditioner which have quite strong smells so this did not surprise me.
Avon do not recommend using this product regularly, but I would think once a week would probably be sufficient to keep hair from drying out.
Although I was pretty impressed with the results, it does live up to Avon's claims, I don't think this product is for me, or anyone with long hair. I got two treatments out the hair, and I think there are other products out there which are more cost effective.