“ Brand: Boots Botanics / Type: Hair Mist / What it does: Protects, „
I love my hair and do spend a fair amount of money on it both from having it styled and caut to also protecting it with different products however despite the relatively good value price of £3.99 I'm not sure if I will be bothering with this product again as I'm not convinced that it is that effective compared to other brands on the market. It has the standard Botanics packaging, a clear simple bottle with minimal green labelling and it certainly looks quite stylish on the shelf. The contents are green in colour and it is dispensed using an easy to operate press down spray nozzle. The product contains tea tree extract which is also in the shampoo and conditioner that I sometmes use so it is an extractthat I know is ok on my hair. The idea behind this product is to apply it to your hair after you have washed it and you have towelled off most of the water and before you use the hair dryer on it. The idea is that it will provide some protection against heat damage either from the dryer or straighteners. It has a fruity smell to it, one that I found it hard to place with any one fruit but it is fairly subtle and the spray is easy to apply. After use I was a little disappointed as I still had some rizz in my hair and I would not have expected that to have happened, by hair was nice and soft tyhough however I really want to prevent my hair looking curly when I use this product and for that reason the results were a bit disappointing. Not something I will be using again, it might be better of shorter hair though as mine is quite long.
I like to take care of my hair wherever possible and when Boots had an offer on Botanics products (2 for £5.00) I found myself buying this purely out of curiosity. I have a 'usual' product that I use and it's a little cheaper than the £3.99 price tag that this product has but I thought it was worth a go and as I was spending £4.50 on something else it didn't cost me a lot at all. The bottle is clear and has a green Botanics label telling me about how natural the product is and how it contains tea tree which helps to protect, the liquid inside is green and the bottle has a press down spray dispenser which is great for spraying directly on to my hair. This mist is supposed to be used on damp hair before blow drying or on dry hair before straightening and I actually use it for both as I quite often wash my hair in the evenings, blow dry it before bed and then find myself straightening it the following morning. The mist applies to my hair very well & does not leave it greasy or sticky and it smells of melons which is quite nice and not too overpowering. While I am drying or straightening my hair it doesn't really make any difference to the amount of frizz that I have but my hair does feel less dry than normal and this makes me think that it is helping to protect my hair from all the heat stress that I put it under on a daily basis. Once my hair is styled it just looks the same as normal (only less dry as I've just mentioned) and overall I am quite pleased with this product but I wouldn't find myself buying it again for the full price of almost £4.00. I will be sticking to my normal straightening protection product as it's cheaper, smells better and overall it gives my hair a better look. I will be rating this product 3/5 and have knocked off two points because of the price & the fact that it does not do much for my hair when compared with a similar, cheaper product.
I always use a Heat Protection spray before straightening or blow drying my hair as they are supposed to protect your hair from heat damage. To be honest if you are going to straighten your hair at least once a day then I don't think a spray alone will help protect your hair, however it does help. I decided to give this one a try many months ago as I had a voucher on my advantage card machine to get some points when buying this. I usually use another brand's heat protection spray but thought I might as well give this one a go. I'm not sure if Boots do this anymore, I can't find it on the Boots website, but I paid around £3.99 for this at the time. The spray is in a 150ml plastic bottle and the colour scheme is the same as all the other Boots Botanics products, a green colour scheme to relfect plants and natural ingredients. The back actually states 'Plant extracts at levels that really work, combined and forumlated for unbeatable product performance. Naturally.' So this spray is supposed to help protect hair from any damage caused from blow drying or styling, and is actually supposedly forumlated to control frizz and help keep hair sleek and smooth. It contains Green Tea which supposedly helps 'quench' heat! Before straightening my hair I spray a few sprays around my hair and give it a brush through. I really don't like the smell of this spray, I much prefer the brand I usually use, but this spray seems too chemically for me and I just can't get away with the smell of it. I have however stuck with it and used the whole bottle, which has lasted me over 6 months. So I then get to work with my straighteners, it doesn't make the straightener's 'sizzle' too much as I run them through my hair, which is good. After I've finished straightening my hair to be honest I'm disappointed with the results. It states that it helps control frizz and keep hair sleek, but it really hasn't! My hair is just as frizzy as it usually is and it hasn't made any difference whatsoever. The smell of this spray isn't really all that nice, thankfully I can't really smell it on my hair. My hair isn't too dried out though so I suppose it does help protect my hair from the heat, but as far as helping frizz and making my hair sleek goes I fail to see any of these promised results. As I said earlier I'm not sure if Boots still make this product, if not then it's probably a good thing as it's a bit of a waste for £4, and my usual spray whilst being about £5 is much better so I think I'll stick to that. This spray did last me at least 6 months but I'm glad it's finished now as it really doesn't deliver.
I have to admit, I blow dry and straighten my hair far too much. Until about a year ago, I hadn't thought about protecting my hair. In fact, I probably wasn't even aware such products existed. I began using a trial size spray of Nicky Clarke as I had received it free from Boots, but wasn't impressed and I had assumed that all these kinds of products would be the same, so didn't bother trying any others. That was until a few months ago, when I was buying a hair mask for £4.99 and noticed that I could get something else for 1p in a 2 for £5 offer they had on. I chose this Botanics Hair Heat Protection Mist as my 1p item and couldn't wait to see if it was better than the Nicky Clarke one. ** Packaging ** The mist comes in a 150ml green pump bottle. The label has all the essential information (included at the end of this review). As well as informing us that it has active plant extracts, it claims to protect hair from heat damage and tells us that Green Tea protects. ** My Opinion ** I have mixed views about this product. I do love it, the smell is amazing, like melon, and it doesn't leave your hair heavy or greasy like a lot of these types of product do. The instructions are a bit unclear to me if you want to blow dry and then straighten your hair (as I do 99% of the time). The label states to spray on to damp hair prior to blow drying, or dry hair prior to straightening. So, are you supposed to use it twice or will once suffice? Personally, I have gone with twice. To be honest, I don't notice any difference when drying my hair. It certainly doesn't do any damage, but I don't see any improvement to frizz or anything like that. The only thing it does do is slightly fragrance my hair. Although this isn't to say that it isn't working away in the background protecting your hair without making it blatantly obvious, however, I do like to see results when I use a product like this. The first time I used this mist to straighten my hair, I followed the instructions completely "spray onto sections of dry hair, then iron". My hair sizzled! Obviously this was due to the wet spray reacting with the hot straighteners. However, when your hair makes a noise like that and starts smokin', you know it's not good and I just couldn't do it to my hair any more. From the next use, I would spray lightly all over my whole head and wait a few minutes before straightening, to give it a chance to dry in a bit. This had much better results and doesn't feel nearly as damaging to the hair. After straightening, my hair looks and feels just the same as it does if I straighten without the spray. The only slight difference is that the ends of my hair are not quite as frizzy as usual, which is always a bonus right? So, in summary - It doesn't make a difference when blow drying, makes your hair fizzle and sizzle when the instructions are followed properly. It works well when sprayed all over prior to straightening and helps a little with frizzy ends. The added bonus is that it smells fantastic. Would I recommend this? Hmmmm that's a tough one. If you can get it on offer, I would say give it a try. If you have to pay the full price of £3.99, I'd suggest you maybe look into other similar products before you decide to purchase this. ____________________________________________________________ ** Additional Information ** Taken from bottle: Plant extracts at levels t hat really work, combined and formulated for unbeatable product performance. Naturally. This heat shielding formula helps protect hair from the damage caused by blow drying and styling. Formulated to control frizz and keep hair sleek and smooth. With Pro Vitamin B5 to help strengthen hair and improve shine and Rice Bran Protein to nourish and moisturise your hair. Green Tea: With antioxidants to quench heat produced free radicals and help protect the hair from heat and environmental damage. WARNINGS: Avoid contact with eyes. If product gets into eyes rinse well with water immediately. FLAMMABLE. Keep away from fire and flame. Avoid contact with painted or polished surfaces. Colour may vary due to natural extracts. INGREDIENTS: Alcohol denat., aqua, PVP/VA copolymer, propylene glycol, parfun, panthenol, dipropylene glycol, polyquaternium-II, sorbitol, camellia sinesis extract, hydrolysed rice protein, citronellol, citric acid, sodium hydroxide, collmarin, ascorbic acid, sodium benzoate, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, propylparaben. Bottle is recyclable.