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I very often dye my hair. In fact like a lot of women on here who dye their hair I have over the years been all the colours of the rainbow! I usually now dye my hair red shades but as anyone knows particularly with red colourants it is very hard to keep the colour vibrant for very long and I find alot of shampoos and conditioners actually strip the colour out badly more times that its doesn't which is why when I spotted this intensive colour conditioning treatment in my local Poundland store I decided I should give it a go cos not only was I looking for something kind to my colour I was also on the market to find something that would give it a nice condition too as my hair lately has been rather dry in look and in feel.
The packaging of this is rather nice. It comes in dark pink plastic round tub that's holds 200ml of the conditioner and it has a screw on/off lid to the top of it. On the front of it and on its lid we are clearly told what it is and who it is by then other information given on the rest of the tub includes being told how to use it, the ingredients used, the size is stated (as I have listed already) and contact details for the manufacturer are given. I think this is a nice looking, informative tub this one with a nice girly feel!
This is a a very thick looking creamy intensive conditioner which is light pink in colour with a sweet smelling sort of floral and fruity aroma to my nostrils which is nice but its very hard to describe! The advise given on the tub tells us to use this once a week and to apply it to damp hair from root to tip and to leave it for five minutes on the hair before rinsing it off.
I have past shoulder length hair and i am surprised at how little I need to use of this to get my whole hair covered in it! A little of this really does go a very long way indeed! Its smells great and smears over my hair with ease without feeling greasy. It seems to absorbed into my hair somewhat and its really easy to rinse off too and it leaves my hair smelling of this and really nice for a good couple of days.
This really does condition my hair leaving it shiny and feeling ever so smooth with a great feel to it. After using this I don't seem to suffer with so much frizz and I am prone to suffering with a greasy scalp and this doesn't bother that one bit thankfully either
It doesn't seem to rip the colour dyed into my hair at all and with reds sometimes I find that they can go brassy over time and this really seems to stop this from happening too. This is kind to the colour but also kind to my scalp and aids the condition and usually I am not all that keen on Herbal Essences products but I really do like this one and although I am told on the tub to use this one a week I use it about 3 as a treat and leave it on as long as I want to!
Thumbs up! It smells nice and my hair looks great what more can I ask!
Available from all good chemists and supermarkets though do look in discount stores like I did and stock up when you see it!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I love pampering myself and buying different little treats and conditioners for my hair, also recently I got my hair dip dyed and have found that the bleach has left my hair ends very dry and in need of some TLC. I came across this colour intensive mask by Herbal Essences and decided to give it a go.
It says on the box that this mask contains Moroccan Rose and Passion Fruit extracts. This mask smells lovely, it has a really clean and fresh scent to it like other Herbal Essence products and it also smells a little fruity. I was really pleased with this masks smell and it lingered in my hair for quite a long time after I had blow dried my hair which was an added bonus.
Using this Intensive Mask
To use this intensive mask you simply take some in your hands and work a thin layer through your hair from root to tip. I tend to put less on my roots and more on the ends of my hair and my roots can get greasy if I put too much conditioner on them and my ends need more attention than my roots due to them being dip dyed.
The mask only needs to be left on for 1 minute, so it is pretty quick to use if you do not have much time to pamper your hair. I sometimes leave this mask on my hair for a little longer than a minute to give it a little extra attention if I have time.
Effects On My Hair
This mask definitely improves how healthy my hair looks and it feels amazing after I have used it as well. I could feel it much easier to manage, and it was much easier to comb out tangles when it was wet.
Once my hair was blow dried, I found that my hair felt lovely and soft and healthy. I found that this mask gave results that are just as good as the more expensive hair products on the market.
I have been using this mask regularly for the past month or so and my hair colour still looks great so it must be doing some good to helping it stay in place too.
The only problem I have with this mask is that my hair gets greasy a little quicker when I have used this, though it is worth it to wash it a day earlier my hair feels lovely after it is washed.
Price and Availability
I bought this hair mask in Tesco as kind of an impulse buy, it cost me around £4.50 for a 200ml tub from memory and was a great buy in my opinion. It has lasted me over a month, using it 2-3 times a week. I will definitely buying this hair mask again.
I am really pleased with the this product and think that I will definitely re-buy it, it smells great, the results are great and also it does not cost overly much to buy. The only problem I have with this mask is that my hair can get greasy quicker when I use it, though it does make it look much healthier when I have just washed it so I do not really mind. Overall I would give this mask 4 out of 5 stars.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
Herbal Essences make a large range of hair care product for different types of hair. Their product range includes shampoos, conditioner, mask treatments and hair serums. Their range of products are designed for dry/damaged hair, coloured hair, for shiny hair, straight hair and to help hydration. Their products can be found in Boots, Superdug and local supermarkets. The mask I am reviewing is specifically for coloured hair and claims to help keep your colour looking vibrant and brighter for longer.
~ PRICE/AVALIBILITY ~
Although this mask isn't available to buy on Boots website, I did buy it in-store for just over £4.00. This isn't on the Superdrug website either; how-ever I have also seen this in store for around the same price.
~ PACKAGING ~
The mask comes in a bright pink coloured tub which is slightly shiny in appearance. On the front of the tub it states that the product is a vibrant colour intensive mask for coloured or highlighted hair. It also states that the mask contains Moroccan Rose & Passion Fruit Extract. On the back of the tub it tells you how to use the product and also gives you a list of ingredients and contact information. The tub itself stands out from other hair masks as this is very brightly coloured and is all one colour. It also matches the colour of the shampoo and conditioner bottles which is also for coloured or high-lighted hair. The tub has a screw lid on top, which unscrews quite easily.
~ THE MASK ~
When I unscrewed the lid I could smell a lovely refreshing smell from the hair mask. There is 200ml of product in the tub, and it was practically filled to the top. The mask looks quite thick and wobbles a little when I shake the tub. The mask itself is a very pale pink colour and looks glossy & quite shiny. The smell of the product is quite hard to describe as it doesn't really smell fruity. I suppose it just smells like a light perfume smell.
~ USING THE MASK ~
I got into the shower and shampooed my hair as normal using the ignite my colour shampoo. After I had rinsed this out I then decided to apply the mask. As my hands were wet from being in the shower, this did make opening the tub a little harder. In the end I managed to get the tub opening, how-ever this isn't easy with wet hands. I put my fingers into the tub and scooped out a nice sized amount of mask. I didn't want to use too much in case it left my hair greasy, and I don't have really long hair anyway. The mask felt cold in my hand but also felt quite soft and smooth. I applied the mask to my hair ensuring I applied it from root to tip and that all my hair was covered. It's best to wring your hair out before applying the mask so your hair isn't too wet. I left the mask in my hair whilst I washed and shaved. On the back of the tub it states to leave the mask in for 5 minutes before rinsing it out, so I thought by the time I had washed and shaved that would be enough time. When the mask was in my hair I could smell the perfume like smell from the product, which was quite pleasant. The mask didn't feel too heavy in my hair and it didn't cause any reactions to my skin.
After washing and shaving I decided to wash the mask out of my hair. I stood back under the shower and ran my hands through my hair to help the mask wash out of my hair. As I did this the smell of the mask became a little stronger but not overpowering. The mask washed out of my hair very easily and left a nice light scent in my hair.
~ RESULTS ~
I used a dryer to dry my hair as normal after washing it. As I dried my hair I could still smell the perfume smell from the mask which was nice. After I had finished drying my hair I decided to check the results by looking in the mirror. The mask definitely made my hair feel and look softer and smoother and the colour did look brighter than it had done before I washed it. I have blonde hair so it can sometimes look a little dull when it needs colouring; how-ever it looked brighter and more vibrant. Although my hair was dry I could still smell the product in my hair. The good thing about the mask is that it didn't make my hair greasy or feeling heavy. To enjoy your colour vibrant look, it recommends using the product at least once a week. I have been using this every week for the past month and I feel as though it leaves my hair in much better condition and also helps to keep my colour looking bright and vibrant. Because I have short hair the product has lasted me quite a while and I still have quite a lot left in the tub. Of course if you have longer hair you may find that the product may not last as long. You don't need to use too much of the product for your hair though as it does spread across your hair quite well.
~ OVERALL OPINION ~
This is yet another fantastic hair mask from Herbal Essences that I would highly recommend to others who have coloured or high-lighted hair. I have quite sensitive skin and this was not only kind to my skin but left my hair feeling softer and more vibrant. I give the product 5 out of 5 stars as its a great product and is worth the money.
(review may also appear on ciao)
On my Christmas list this year I had specifically asked for shampoo and conditioner. Because my sister in law is a hairdresser I knew that I would be getting large salon size bottles of conditioner and shampoo from more expensive brands, so when my supplies of shampoo and conditioner ran out at the start of December I refused to buy myself large quantities of either product (especially as money was tight). so when browsing my local Asda I tried to look for hair products on special offer and not in large quantities as I only had to use for 3 weeks. Most of the deals were multi-buy deals however the Herbal Essence range was down to £1 per bottle of product so I decided to purchase good from the Herbal Essence ignite range. Not content with just the shampoo and conditioner I also decided to try the Herbal Essence Ignite Intensive Hair Mask because it also seemed such good value.
*** Herbal Essence Ignite Intensive Hair Mask***
The description on the packaging of the Ignite Intensive Hair Mask was "I re-light your fire, revive your vibrancy and help keep your coloured hair blazing for longer. For any coloured hair you have as long as it's intense."
My hair is natural mid brown; however it has been highlighted with mid and light blonde highlights giving it an overall light brown/ dark blonde colour. My hair also has some honey toned dark blonde highlights in to give it a slightly different colour therefore any product that can brighten and ignite and preserve my colour is welcomed. Because my hair is highlighted I do find it tends to be quite dry especially during the winter months therefore more "intensive" treatments are usually a great way of reviving my hair and keeping it soft, shiny and smooth.
The Herbal Essence Ignite Intensive Hair Mask treatment comes in a 200ml sized tub. You can purchase this product in boots, Superdrug, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's in addition to some online beauty retailers like Lloyds Chemist and Amazon. The price of the product varies however the RRP tends to be around £3.50 -£4.00. I purchased this on "half price" special offer from Asda for £2. The £4 mark for an intensive treatment in this sized tub is a lower to average price in my opinion. For a 200ml tub and this type of product at £2 this seemed extremely good value.
The directions for use on the packaging are "leave me luxuriating for 1 minute, then its rinse city!".
The packaging states that for best results to use on hair 2-3 times per week.
The Herbal Essence Ignite Intensive Hair Mask comes in a circular 200ml bright pink tub which colour wise matches the other products in the Herbal Essence Colour Ignite range. To use you simply squeeze excess water out of hair screw the lid off the circular tub and then apply a small amount of product to your hair. With these types of products because you have to open the tub up I do find in the shower this can be quite tricky with wet hands so it is advisable to have somewhere you can rest the tub to stop it getting water inside. When applying to hair I tend to use an amount about just a little larger than a 50p piece.
The Ignite Intensive Hair Mask is a white colour with a very slight blue hint to it. When scooped out of the tub it is firm but in my opinion slightly runnier in consistency than other intensive treatments I have used. However because it is runny it spreads very easily into hair. When applying to hair I tend to use all over my hair smoothing from the roots to the ends of my hair. It is a personal preference but I tend not to use these types of products right into the roots of my hair and start from about 1 inch away from the roots mainly because in the past I have found my hair can get greasy too quickly after doing so.
The Ignite Intensive Hair Mask has quite a tropical, fruity scent with a hint of coconut. This is a very soft scent of coconut mixed with what I feel smells like mango and pineapple. The smell in my opinion is very pleasant and fresh and not too overpowering or sickly like many coconut type scents can be.
Once the treatment has been left in hair you then rinse. I found it very easy to rinse the hair and ensure the entire treatment mask was removed. The fruity scent of the mask was still apparent but a lot lighter. Once rinsed I did feel that my wet hair felt very clean and did not have a feeling of residue or a sticky coating on it.
Once out of the shower I then blow dried my hair. What I liked about the Herbal Essence Ignite Intensive Hair Mask was that it did not leave a sticky or greasy residue on wet hair so my hair dried very easily. Once my hair was dry I could still smell the fruity scent of the mask rather than the coconut scent but this was only very light and when sniffed my hair closely.
There was a difference to the condition of my hair after using this product although it was not outstanding and unlike many intensive treatments others were probably not likely to notice much difference to my hair. My hair looked very clean and had a healthy bounce to it. It also looked smooth, especially at the ends which previously had looked drier and a little frizzy. However my hair did not have as much of a shine to it as I had hoped. Because of the lack of shine I didn't feel colour wise my hair looked revived, however a lot of products that claim to revive coloured hair just are not so effective on highlighted hair.
After using this product my hair looked smooth and soft all day and the Herbal Essence Ignite Intensive Hair Mask did not leave my hair overly greasy or lank. In fact I was able to wash my hair every other day when I wanted (which my hairdresser now recommends on highlighted hair).
I used this product 3 times a week for just over 3 weeks in the lead up to Christmas and I did feel that the condition of my hair improved slightly. I was using alongside the shampoo and conditioner from the Ignite range (which I was not very impressed with). However I noticed that my hair felt a lot softer after I had used the intensive mask and my hair looked a lot smoother in appearance whereas previously the ends of my hair did look slightly frizzy. I do not feel however that colour wise the Herbal Essence Ignite Intensive Hair Mask had any effect of the appearance of my highlights or the coloured sections of my hair. In the past with other intensive treatments they have created a real shine and gloss to the hair which has helped make the colours in my hair look brighter, vibrant and more noticeable whereas with this product my colours looked quite dull. The product achieved a healthy looking bounce and clean look to hair but not a real shine which I did feel was disappointing.
After using for 3 times a week for over 3 weeks there is probably enough product left in the tube for 2 or 3 more uses so I feel a full 200ml tub would last around 4 weeks. I do feel although the product is a lower price than many other products at its usual price of £4 it is a more frequent intensive treatment. Many other intensive treatments state to use only 1-2 times a week on hair. Also because of the runnier consistency of this product I found myself using more of it and also there was some wastage when it slipped out of my hands .At £2 for a 200ml tub this is not so much an issue but when paying £4 it does not represent as good value for money as I originally thought.
For £2 for a 200ml tub of "intensive" treatment I do think that this product is good value and is not a bad purchase for those that want to give their hair some added TLC. However it is by no means the best intensive treatment I have used and feel it is better suited to those with hair that is already in reasonable condition and with coloured hair that does not require too much upkeep. The product leaves hair feeling soft and smooth and has a very pleasant fruity aroma, without leaving hair overly greasy or lank.
For those with bolder colours or highlights I do not feel the Herbal Essence Ignite Intensive Hair Mask is very effective at preserving the colour or reviving quite dry and damaged hair like mine. On my dry highlighted hair I did notice and improvement and my hair felt a lot softer and did look slightly smoother, but the product did not achieve the shine and brightness that other conditioners and other intensive treatments have created.
The best product in my opinion from the Herbal Essence Colour Ignite range but not for the most demanding of hair types!
Herbal Essences Breakage Defender/Ignite My colour Intensive Mask
I love trying new products for both my hair and body but especially my hair. I always make an effort with it but that doesn't mean spending loads of time styling it; for me it just means finding a good conditioner to leave it looking fabulous.
I bought this intensive mask from Boots about three months ago. There was a deal on which was buy one get one free. Since I had read a review on the colour protection one in a magazine which said how good it was, I decided to go for it and bought the colour protection intensive mask and this one: the breakage defender intensive mask. Herbal Essences is a hair care brand I trust and favourtie so this was another reason I wanted to try the masks.
The price for each one was £3.99 which I thought was a little expensive but because of the buy one get one free offer they worked out at only £1.98 each so I didn't think the price was too bad.
The Breakage Defender Intensice mask comes in a silver-blue tub, shown in the picture at the top, containing 200ml. The writing is white and so small it is quite hard to read. For someone whose eyesight isn't too good I don't think they would be able to read this; this is the only disadvantage of the product I can think of though.
Overall I think that the bottle design is pretty and attractive.
The smell of this intensive mask is absolutely gorgeous and lasts in my hair for a full day. I used it the night before yesterday and the smell is still evident now. Mango and coconut extracts are used in the product and I think these are what I can smell, although mainly mango. The mask itself is a light blue colour which I think is a lovely shade. To open the tub all you do is twist the lid off and you can smell the mango and coconut aroma straight away.
You use this after shampooing your hair. It recommends on the bottle to use this after using the Herbal Essences breakage defender shampoo first, but I don't think it makes much difference what shampoo I use.
You smooth the intensive mask from root to tip, especially on the tips. I find it best to leave this on for a minute before rinsing away. You do have to rinse well to get it out. It recommends on the bottle to use this 2-3 times a week but I only use it before nights out and special occasions; because my hair is long and I have to use a lot each time I try not too use this too much as I don't feel I need to also I don't want it to run out.
The effect this has on my hair after drying is that it gives my hair a real shine (probably because of the pearl extracts), it conditions it and smoothens it so feels like silk. I really love this mask and would definitely recommend it to anyone.
It is available from supermarkets; Asda, Tesco and Sainsburys and you can also get it from chemists, Boots and shops like Home Bargains, Savers and Body Care. It is priced around £3.99 which some people might call a bit expensive, but I'd say this is worth every penny and if you shop around you might find it cheaper somwhere else.
I will soon be reviewing this same intensive mask in 'breakage defender' which I also really like although of the two I prefer the one I am reviewing now and think it smells much nicer (although they do both smell gorgeous).
Clairol / Type: Hair Mask