The Avon book was doing it's rounds again at work and the obligation to buy something from the poor woman surrounds us all.
Don't get me wrong, I do like Avon, I like lots of the products and I like the idea of having my shopping brought to me. But it seems like I am constantly looking through the book desperately trying to find something that I would use and haven't already got a stack of in the cupboard from prior orders.
Anyway I settled on a lip gloss and a bottle of Advance Techniques shampoo. Here is what I thought of it.
The bottle - Its a white bottle with a blue flip top lid, this is easy to open and close.
The brand is Avon advance techniques, they have a slection of ranges but I opted for the Moisture sleek, smoothing shampoo. This is in small blue writing on the front. I think the other types are different colours to make it easy when choosing your shampoo.
On the back there are clear and simple instructions in about ten different languages.
Using the product -
The shampoo is white and quite thick, this is great so it doesn't run off your hands.
It smells really nice like the shampoos they use in hairdressers.
It was easy to use the shampoo, Wet your hair first and then apply a small amount of the shampoo, rub it all in until it is nice and soapy. I found I needed my hair to be really, really wet for the shampoo to lather up. Then rinse out until all the bubbles have gone. You can repeat if necessary.
The results - the bottle claims the shampoo should 'cleanse and seal in moisture to instantly smooth hair and prevent frizz'. My hair particularly needs smoothing, it isn't curly enough to have curly but it is not straight by any stretch of the word. It needs taming and the slightest bit of damp causes it to blow up like one of those puffa fish things. I can gladly say that it did lock in moisture, my hair felt glossy and bouncy. It did smooth it down a bit, but not as much as I had hoped for and have achieved with other smoothing shampoos. I think on hair that is not as wild as mine it would be great.
Where can I get it ?
The shampoo is available from Avon either online or through an Avon rep. It costs £2.65 for a 250ml bottle, but there are always offers on such as half price or bogofs.
If theres one thing that always makes me feel better is my hair being nice, clean and straight exactly the way I like it. I have tried all different brands, some made my hair that soft I couldnt do anything with it, some made my hair look really dry and some made my hair totally static. Not a good luck. I was already using Avon Advance Techinques shine spray which I love so I thought I'd give the Shampoo and Conditioner a go.
I bought a bottle of each which were at the time on offer. They are usually £2.65 each but they were on offer at 99p for each. I bought straight and sleek shampoo as this is for straight and wavy hair. My hair has more of a wavy thing going on which I is why the shampoo seemed just right for me. The bottles are white with a greeny coloured top opening which holds 250ml of shampoo.
It contains creatine plus silicone smoothers to polish hair and help strengthen and repair. To use, wet hair and lather, then rinse.
I usually use quite a big handful and lather it in quite well.
Avon Advance Techniques Straight and Sleek Shampoo works wonders on my hair. It leaves it smooth and shiney and makes straightening much easy. It doesnt leave my hair dry, greasy, static or lifeless. It does a perfect job and when used with Avon Techniques Conditioner my hair feels and looks great.
In the most recent Avon book the Shampoo and Conditioner is on offer at 99p which is a saving of £1.66. They often have them on offer sometimes on buy one get one free or at a reduced price. I now have a bathroom full of them as when they are on offer I do buy them in bulk just to make sure I dont run out.
If you've got straight or wavy hair and are having problems trying to find the right shampoo, try Advance Techniques Straight and Sleek.
The item from the Advance Techniques Straight and Sleek range I purchased was the Ultra Smoothing Balm. I have wavy hair so without straighteners I knew this wasn't going to make me "straight and sleek" however I have very flyaway hair too and the slightest contact with a jumper or someone's hand can set my hair off in a frenzy of electrical activity.
Having tried alot of different shampoos and conditioners that didn't help I resorted to some of this balm. I don't normally use much in the way of styling products, just a blast of hairspray and I'm ready to go but recently I decided to grow my shoulder length hair longer so realised I'd need help to control it.
I paid about £1.50 for it several months ago and the fact I still have lots left means you only need a tiny amount. I find large pea size is plenty, even on my thick hair, or you can overload your hair and make it feel heavy.
The tube is 100ml in size, a cream colour with a green logo and green and grey writing. The product is semi-opaque and white in colour, rather like the glue used at schools! It does feel a bit sticky where you've had it on your hands but this doesn't happen once it's on your hair.
The scent is fresh and reminds me of cucumber mixed with a light fruity perfume but isn't so strong it overpowers your perfume, it just leaves a subtle fragrance on the hair.
The instructions are to apply to damp hair then dry. That's it! I rub a blob between my hands then smooth it over my hair. I've used this on damp and dry hair though and it works fine on either. It does smooth the hair and I imagine if you used straighteners you would get a nice shine to your hair but as I don't what I get is no static (yippee!) so I can touch things without getting a shock and it also gives my hairstyle some separation and definition.
The product washes out easily and leaves no residue in the hair either.
Overall it's a very nice product, smells lovely, works, lasts ages and I've found no negatives. Recommended.
Was I glad when my Avon came this time, not only was I waiting for my Liquid Eye Liner, I was waiting for my Advanced Techniques Straight & Sleek Shampoo to rescue me from using that terrible Pantene shampoo that I reviewed earlier in the week.
Having used many straightening shampoo's that are available because I have very tight natural curls, it sometimes proves hard to find a product that is good in every aspect, it may feel nice when you are actually washing your hair, but may not be the required product that gives you ease to manage.
However I have found my Knight in Shining Armour, armed with my Advanced Techniques Straight & Sleek Shampoo, my hair not only feels nice when I wash it but it tames my curls and makes my hair a lot more manageable and gives me the ability to straighten my hair, leaving people who don't know me not having a clue that a curl ever existed, until it rains.
Not comparing it to the packaging of the Pantene product which I slated basically, however the Avon Straight & Sleek range packaging would receive top marks from me. The shampoo comes in a white 250ml bottle with the Advanced Techniques logo on the front, details of the product which is also displayed in a different language to. It has a small Avon logo at the bottom of the bottle. The lid on the shampoo is an Aqua colour and the text on the front of the bottle is colour coded with this. Within all the Advanced Techniques range, the packaging follows the same format however using different colour codes to determine what the products actually are meant for, i.e. Colour Protection, Dry Damaged, Curls. On the reverse of the packaging it simply has a label that states "Smoothing shampoo for straight or wavy hair" This statement is displayed in 9 different languages.
I have quite long blond hair therefore I normally use quite a bit of shampoo, however with thius particular product, it does create a good lather so a blob about the size of a 50p pence, may be a little more is quite adequate. Massaging into my hair, you can feel results as soon as you begin and my hair feels soft. It does not contain a conditioner but it leaves your hair feeling as though you have. I have no feeling of the end of my hair beeing dry like I experienced with that terrible Pantene product.
I don't always condition my hair, its not good to condition it every time I have been told so I use the same kind of conditioner every other time I wash my hair. However this shampoo acts like both anyway, as with my hair being curly, sometimes I struggle to comb it when wet but the Advanced Techniques shampoo give me the ability to just comb it normally, no struggling like with other shampoo's, its great.
One thing I notice with this shampoo is the smell. As with most shampoo I feel you can smell it when you put in the palm of your hand and you can smell it as you massage it into your hair, but sometimes as soon as your hair is dry thats it smell gone. This shampoo you can smell it all through the process and leaves your hair smelling great. I am never good at putting my finger on what things smell like so all I can actually say here is it does smell very nice and a pleasure to wash my hair in.
Straightening my hair is always the problem, with the wrong products it can take twice as long or leave it not how I would want it to look. Using this product when my hair is dry, I just use the straighteners and they glide through my hair and I don't have to make several attempts as the same piece of hair. Takes me around 20 minutes to straighten my hair to perfection using this shampoo.
It adds shine to my hair, my hair isn't dull anyway, but you can tell the difference when I use this product. It leaves my hair smooth and I don't have to worry about my hair kinking unless it rains then all of a sudden my curls appear. It also give me the opportunity to have great manageable hair.
One of the best straightening shampoo's on the market with a lot of other products that compliment it when using the same range. Available from Avon for £2.50 but normally on a Buy one get one free. I wouldn't spend a fortune on the likes of Designer shampoos, as I feel this is quite adequate and somewhat better than a lot of those that you pay a fortune for.
My hair is straight, but goes curly when left to dry naturally or when using a hairdryer, so after browsing through an Avon catalogue earlier this year I came across the Advance Techniques Straight & Sleek range.
I ordered the Smoothing Balm and Shine Spray. I got these on a special offer of buy one get one free.
** Smoothing Balm **
This comes in a presentable squeezy up-side down tube with a flip top lid. **The flip top lid seems to be a little bit tight and needed a bit of welly to open it!** The balm smells pleasant and isnt overpowering.
Directions for use are to apply a small blob on damp or towel-dried hair, which I did after showering. Upon squeezing out the blob, **the balm is quite gooey** and is probably best used being rubbed between your fingers first and then applying to damp hair. *Very little is needed!* **After applying, I blow-dried my hair and it wasnt any straighter, softer or manageable. In fact, my hair was much harder to comb through and left my hair feeling heavy and weighed down.** My hair felt a bit stuck together in places and unfortunately I shall not be using this product again.
** Shine Spray **
*Comes in a nice small spray bottle with a clear cap for coverage when not in use.* This produces a very fine mist spray when pressing the pump. Spray about 12-15cm away from hair. I still use this as it *helps control static and stops my hair looking feathery*. **Only downside to this is that after application, it actually looked like grease in my hair. I know it's supposed to be shiny, but it looks like a thin coating of oil.** I still like this though but it is best distributed through the hair while spraying the pump and separating hair with fingers.
i started using this product last year. my hair is very wavy and once its starts to grow flicks up all over the place. my avon lady recommended this and i find it really good. it can be used on wet or dry hair and leaves it feeling lovely and soft and also leaves a lovely shine. it is on offer quite often and thats when i always buy it. i've just ordered another 2 bottles which are on offer for £3 good value. it certainly helps calm my hair down.