Product Type: Clairol hair care products
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A Helping Hand For My Hopeless Hair!
Clairol Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Mask
Member Name: missrarr
Clairol Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Mask
Advantages: Practical, affordable, soothes dry hair
Disadvantages: Not an overly pleasant initial smell, not a miracle product
Right. Not long ago I started a review on a cleaning product, somewhat out of character for me, stating my intention to stop torturing people, particularly the menfolk of dooyoo, with wordy, overly long product info.
It didn't work. Enjoying the challenge of something new, I wrote a massive review! So I apologise. Now I'm going to try to redress the balance by reviewing, as succinctly and effectively as I can, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Mask.
So here goes.
***A BIT OF BACKGROUND***
Why am I using this? Well I trust Herbal Essences for their range of shampoos and conditioners and now and then I have tried their intensive mask conditioners and other treatments and I have never had cause to be scared off. So, when I recently saw the Hello Hydration Mask on offer (I forget the precise cost but it was in Asda; mysupermarket advises that retail veers from £2.50 to £4.39, so it pays to shop around) I nabbed a pot very quickly. I had used other masks in the range before, but not this one.
However, my hair is wrecked. I am trying to grow it as well as save money, as well as keep a massive commute, a house whilst virtually living somewhere else, and a tight budget all going. And so I haven't actually had my poor hair cut in about three months. After five years of keeping it regularly trimmed, it's suffering, but I do want to grow some length and start again with new shape and style, so I'm trying to save the money and have been making do with it as it is. But, after a home dye, a summer of commuting via underground, then air conditioned overground, then air conditioned office, then out in the sun, or the rain, or the wind, or gardening...you get the idea. I have to try to keep topping up my hair's condition with intensive treatments if I'm going to stretch gaps between trims like this.
So, how did this help when added to my battalion of products?
In the slightly pearly blue of the Hello Hydration range (includes shampoo, conditioner and a two-in-one treatment) from the consistently strong-performing Herbal Essences range, this mask comes in a pot. We are advised that it will help dry hair feel softer and more hydrated, to apply for a good 4-5 minutes, that it contains coconut and wild orchid extracts, and that we should use it once a week at least for good results.
On unscrewing the lid, I thought that this blue gloop was quite clinical in scent but with further consideration there is light coconut there, although below that I would say there is underlying fruity berry scent rather than anything I would associate with an orchid!
I used this after the Helly Hydration shampoo, for once doing as told but purely by chance. I applied a good handful - I like to truly slake my hair in products like this if I'm going to use them, so I think I would get five generous treatments from a pot for shoulder length, mid-thickness dry hair. I don't think that's bad if you're not paying full whack, but even if you were it's not poor value.
The treatment goes on smoothly and doesn't drip - so you could wander around your bathroom and do your beauty regime whilst leaving this to do it's thing if you want. It does require a strong washing out but is nowhere near as determined to hang on and ruin your life for a day as some treatments I have used - you have to be thorough but it will come out with about two minutes of thorough washing in the shower.
As soon as this was applied I was able to work out any tangles and my hair started to feel smooth. When washed out it felt silky and happier but not as if this was being caused by a product lignering on my locks.
I blow-dried as normal and brushed, not making any particular effort. What did I notice?
- My hair was not loaded down, dull or heavy with build up
- It was softer, less tangly and more mangageable
- When caught in wind outside, it brushed out a lot easier than it did with a standard daily conditioner
- The scent did not last in my hair
- The dry ends of my hair looked and felt a lot more pleasant, and I felt far more confident in my hair's appearance
I can't say that I think the effects of this product last more than two days at the most (I have to wash my hair every day). However, I do think that it performs to the top of it's range restrictions - at less than a fiver a pot - possibly far less - you can't expect this to perform like something you'd spend £50 on in a salon. However it is easy to use, quite pleasant despite not smelling overly natural, effective and restorative of both moisture in hair and confidence in girl, and lasts well enough for my interpretation of value.
I would use this again as a "maintenance" weekly or twice-weekly treat, although I will happily admit that if money were no object I would be operating in an entirely different price range. For what it is, this product does really well.
Summary: A perfectly good high-street budget hair treat if your locks need some moisture