I have just recently purchased this Henna and horse chestnut intensive hair mask from a boots store local to me for the very cheap price of £4.50, I am a regular user of hair masks and generally like to chop and change to different types of hair masks as I haven't found one that is brilliant yet. This hair mask product is 'boots own brand' which means the product it self isn't a spesific brand name and is fairly cheap to buy in shops for a quick buy.
My personal opinion on the hair mask product is that it isn't any thing special, just a regular hair mark. It smells nice I must say and has a very long lasting smell after being applied to the hair which is a bonus. The scent of this hair mask product is almost a strong fresh coconut type smell which is very appealing. The texture of the hair mask is almost very thick and lumpy so can be very hard to spread evenly across the hair itself which is a problem for me as most hair masks I have tried in the past have been a lot looser and of a more thin texture.
The product is to be applied to wet hair and I left on to set for around 5 to 10 minutes before rising off. Avoid applying to the very top of your head as I've found that when you do the roots go very greasy. I over all feel this is an average product that serves it's purpose at a cheap price, nothing special or luxury but leaves you hair feeling soft and smelling nice and I would probably buy this product again.
I have natural red hair which tends to be a little dry, frizzy and unruly so I am always on the look out for anything that makes it smoother and styling it easier. Some time ago while shopping in Boots I came across the Henna and Horse Chestnut hair care range specifically designed for red and brunette hair and decided to give it a try.
I purchased the shampoo, conditioner and this matching hair mask. The mask was priced at £1.99 for a 350ml tub but was part of a 3 for 2 offer on the whole range.
The hair mask comes packaged in a round plastic tub with screw on lid. You can find all the detailed product information on the labels on the tub which give directions for use and ingredients listings. It also states that this hair mask contains extracts of henna and horse chestnut and helps to smooth frizz for soft and moisturised hair.
The mask itself is light brown in colour and has a lovely glossy shimmer and is very thick in consistency. To use you simply scoop a blob out of the tub and apply to wet or damp hair after shampooing. The thick consistency does mean it takes a little time to distribute it evenly though your hair but as my hair is fairly short it wasn’t too much of a chore but I can imagine longer hair would be. With this being a mask it is advisable to leave on your hair for at least 5 minutes before rinsing to allow it to work. The mask does have a nice delicate fragrance and is fairly easy to rinse out but takes a little more effort than a normal conditioner due to the thick consistency again.
My hair is left feeling very soft and smooth after rinsing but I do notice when drying my hair after using this mask that it feels slightly heavy as though there is a residue left behind. I have also not found my hair any easier to style after use although it does look a little glossier but there is no notified intensity to my natural red colour.
Overall I think you get what you pay for with this mask and although my hair looks a little glossier I do not feel that it adds the moisture my hair requires to smooth the frizz I can get or to make it easier to style. It is good value for how much of the mask you get but unfortunately it is just not suited to my hair.
WHAT IS IT?
This is a hair mask that is made by Boots and sold in their stores.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
You apply the mask to your hair after you have washed it and then rinse it off after 10 minutes or you can leave it on for longer if you would like to.
DOES IT WORK?
I think this is a very pleasing hair mask to use but I think it works only as a conditioner and it does not make my hair feel as soft or as nourished as when I use a hair mask that is better in quality than this one.
WHAT I THINK
This hair mask is very thick but it is creamy also so when I apply it to my hair it is easy to make it go down the whole length, I do not apply it close to my scalp because it is rich and I am afraid it would make my roots turn greasy.
I leave it on for 10 or 20 minutes and it is easy to rinse off after.
It is very good to use like a conditioner but when I use a hair mask I like for it to give me extra benefits and when I use others my hair is left special and soft, this one that is from Boots does not do that and even though it makes my hair soft and free from knots I do not thing the effects are good enough for me to spend my time using it.
I like the smell and think it is very natural, it stays in my hair for a few minutes after I have styled my hair but it disappears very quick after that. I am glad about that because I do not think I would like to smell of it for a long time.
My pot of hair mask has got 350ml in it but I cannot remember how much it cost, it would have been cheap only because it is Boots own branded product and I am happy always with their prices.
3 Dooyoo Stars
I bought this mask on promotion at boots (buy 1 get 1 free) to help my damaged hair. I live in a humid environment and have oily roots and dry ends so it’s difficult finding a mask that doesn't make the situation worse.
This mask is like a thick cream and it can be a little difficult to spread evenly. You can add a few drops of water to make it of spreadable consistency.
Hair Type this Product is best for
I believe this product would be better for people with normal or dry hair. If used properly it can work well with oily hair.
How to Use it
This is best used after a mild shampoo (squeeze the extra water out of your hair before applying the mask). For me it works well if I apply it on damp hair starting 2-3 inches away from my roots all the way to the tips. It can be kept in the hair for 10-15 minutes for a more intensive result. Rinse it out from the hair thoroughly with warm water (there is no need to shampoo afterwards).
The first thing I liked as soon as I opened the container was the fragrance (although this is a disadvantage for people who don't like fragrance in their hair products). It leaves a nice scent in the hair for a day or two.
Right from the first wash I noticed that it does soften my hair. Works best if used once a week.
Recently I had a really good hair chop at the hairdressers. My hair up until that point had been mainly black in colour...well especailly the ends so I had them totally cut off and now I'm left mainly (still have bits of black colour in my hair for now sadly lol) with my natural hair colour which is a sort of mahogany reddish colur.
Becuase of having rather alot of hair taken off my bonce my hair now looks wonderfully healthy as well as feeling it and after not seeing my natural colour hair in years (I have had my hair all of the colours of the rainbow in the past!) I like it and decided no more drastic hair changes but I will.......if and when possible enhance it slightly if I can!
This intensive hair mask comes in a slightly frosted but still see-through tub with a twist on/off lid to the top of it concealing a large hole. On the front label which is white we are told that it is Boots 'Ingredients' Henna & Horse Chestnut Intensive Hair Mask 'For Brunette & Red Hair' and there is a picture of a leaf and a chestnut shown. On the bottom of the tub which also has a white label on it other information listed incldes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, ingredients are given, the size is stated (which is 350g and the only size this product is available to purchase in by the way) and contact details for Boots are given. Its a rather simple, robust and informative tub this one, unisex too and I am impressed with the huge size this is all for £2.03 a tub of it!
A Bit ABout The Product According To The Information Given On The Tub:
With extracts oif Henna & Horse Chestnut, Boots Ingredients Intensive Hair Mask is specially formulated to smooth frizz, leaving hair soft, shiny, tanlge free and deeply moisturised.
Me Using It:
What you get is a tub full to the brim of a thick, light brownish coloured shimmery conditoner which is very smooth to the touch and easy to scoop out of the tub. You simply spread a little through your hair after washing it thoroughly first (hair can be damp or wet..I always apply it to damp hair though) and allow it to penetrate the hair for five minutes or more and then rinse it out.
The fragrance of this, to me is very gently floral however it is pleasant and not too in your face and when on the hair it doesn't set firm but simply melts into the hair type of thing. It rinses out well but does take a while to do so as I find it takes ages to rinse out and thats it really.
This leaves me with soft enough hair however as promised on the tub a tangle free helper? Nope! I did have tangly hair although it isn't that long now but I did comb it through ok...it just took a little time.
Once I dried my hair I found my hair to feel a bit flyway...so this is a lightweight product. It did however seem to smooth frizz down somewhat and my hair was easy enough to style and my hair smelt lovely for a good few hours and felt smooth to the touch.
Where this excelled was the shine and rejuvinated colour it gave to my hair. As an intensive conditioner I couldn't rave about it...it was just a simple conditioner in what it achieved however only when my hair was dry and my bestmate/flatmate saw my do did I feel chuffed to bits! She was astonished at how shiny and silky my hair appeared to be and thought I had put a red dye on my hair (although this contains no colour!). My hair shone, streaks of red really looked bright and not tinny or anything and all round although my hair didn't feel like I had intensly conditioned it or anything I could I (and so could everyone else!) see that my hair had been and was.
Worth the money for glossy, shiny and rich coloured hair this and a tub lasts ages to as you don't need very mch of this at all per application so its an economy purchase too!
Only available in Boots stores.