Product Type: Lee Stafford hair care products
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A Straightening Addict's Rehab In A Bottle
Lee Stafford Poker Straight Shampoo
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Lee Stafford Poker Straight Shampoo
Advantages: Smells great, lathers well, provides protection and enhances straightened hair
Disadvantages: Too expensive for regular use
Lee Stafford is committed to providing consumers with products which are a cut above the rest. It is for this reason that they are my hair-care range of choice.
I have always struggled when it comes to keeping my hair healthy due to my addiction to heated styling tools and excessive blow drying. I have often visited a salon to then be told I can't have my hair dyed any lighter because I haven't look after my hair correcting. For this reason I now try to take better care of my hair and I am always trying to find products that promote this. Lee Stafford promote a wide range of shampoos, coupled with conditioners, which cater for all kinds of hair issues. Lee Stafford claims "The best place to start for a beautiful, straight, sexy look is at the beginning; my Poker Straight Shampoo with silken, soften and enhance shine. Our extra special ingredient Mega Quat is attracted to the negative charge on the surface of your hair, once there it neutralises the charge and reduces static. So not only are you helping the condition of your hair, you're flattening it at the same time. For the next generation of heat tool junkies we've added the P2FiFTY COMPLEXTM to keep our hair safe and healthy from the scorching heat of professional straightening irons up to 250°C." Lee Stafford himself states "I used to recommend hair products to my clients, but I never found a range that offered everything I wanted; it was always a shampoo from this range, a conditioner from that and a styler from another." He then goes on to explain that his range boats shampoos and conditioners to match one another in order to benefit his clients. I completely agree that finding a shampoo and conditioner that compliment one another is important and feel that this range provides the perfect products.
*About Lee Stafford
Lee Stafford is an Essex born hairdresser who first opened a salon in 1996 named The House That Built Hair. In 1997 he earned the coveted "Men's British Hairdresser of the Year" and it was from there that his career blossomed. His hairdressing skills have attained many awards such as:
~ National Hairdressing Federation Celebrity Hairdresser Of The Year
~ Hair Magazine Hairdresser Of The Year
~ Best British Hairdresser of 2004 - Fellowship of Hairdressers Awards
~ Most Influential Hairdresser of the Year 2001
~ Men's British Hairdresser of the Year 1997
He opened his second salon in London in 2000 which has also allowed him to achieve:
~ BHBA Business & Website Innovation of the year
~ The BHBA Salon Design Award 2005 for Brighton salon
~ Growing Business of the Year Award 2002
~ Training and Development Award 2002
~ Investors in People Award 2002
~ British Manager of the Year 1999 - 2000 (1 of 6 nominees)
~ British Salon of the Year 1999 - 2000 (1 of 6 nominees)
It was 2001 when the Lee Stafford range was introduced providing consumers with girly products presented with hot pink packaging and the sweetest of smells to cater for all their hair care needs. Lee Stafford states "I never decided to create a range of products, but when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at it. I mean, to have my own products is a dream come true...
The products have given me the opportunity to develop what I've always wanted for me and my clients. Since we started, it's incredible the wish-list that we've been able to turn into reality." The wide range of products that are offered by Lee Stafford can be found at www.leestafford.com/uk/products/ and even from the format of the website you gain an insight into the style and creation behind the products. Their vast product range includes hair tools, fake tan, full-size hair care products as well as mini-sized products and also fragrances.
*What attracted me
As I previously stated, I was often being encouraged by the hairdresser to purchase products to give my hair protection and improve its condition. I was reluctant to pay their particularly steep prices and so instead I headed to my local Boots to see what they had on offer. I was first attracted to the Lee Stafford products of their eye-catching packaging and their quirky design as they write their letters in a mixture of capital letters - a BiT LiKe ThIS. It was also in a 3 for 2 offer in Boots and I really can't resist a bargain! Upon deciding that the offer would be too good to miss and I bought their shampoo, conditioner and heat protection spray. I was attracted to their Poker Straight Shampoo because I am a real straightener addict and not only do I need protection from this but this particular shampoo also claims to keep your hair straighter due to its "extra special ingredient Mega Quat" which neutralises the negative energy which causes static in your hair. Although this was over 5 years ago now I still use the Lee Stafford range on a regular basis and feel that they provide consumers with a great quality product.
Boots are currently charging £5.29 for 250 ml/7.4 fl. Oz of Poker Straight Shampoo. As you can see this is not the cheapest shampoo on the market however it is less than you will pay in most salons and therefore it sits in the mid price range. Lee Stafford products are often on 3 for 2 in Boots so I will tend to take advantage of this offer and stock up - which at least brings the price down a bit.
As with all Lee Stafford products, you will find Poker Straight Shampoo either from the official Lee Stafford website (www.leestafford.com/uk/products/product.php?pi=12 ), through visiting Lee Stafford salons themselves or it is handily available at Boots stores. The range is exclusive to Boots so unfortunately you won't find it in other high street retailers - meaning that it can be slightly more difficult to find.
As with most of the products in the Lee Stafford range, the chosen colour is hot pink and the white writing and barcode theme stands out well upon its background. The shampoo is held in a hot pink, opaque, plastic bottle which has a flip lid at the top from which the shampoo is dispensed. The bottle is quite hard but when some force is applied you can squeeze it to release the liquid. The design of the bottle does look good - however my one observation is that I feel the shampoo would come out better if it was a squeezy tube as opposed to a bottle. However the benefit of the shampoo not dispensing too quickly is that at least you can covet it more and make a longer use out of one bottle.
All the Lee Stafford range of products support a similar smell which is something that I love as it causes them to be very distinctive and a great investment. I would compare their scent to that of Angel by Thierry Mugler as they almost mimic its sweet, musky smell (at a considerably lower price). What I love is that once you have used any of the Lee Stafford products, their smell will linger in your hair for hours meaning that it is not only a pleasant smell when you are using them, but it provides you with a great scent which lasts all day. The shampoo works this smell into your hair and you will find that if you also make use of the matching conditioner then you will have great smelling hair all day long - no need for perfume! So that's protection, cleanliness and a great scent all in one product.
The shampoo consists of a relatively think, clear serum which is great as it prevents the shampoo falling off your hand as I have experienced this before and it means that half the shampoo ends up down the plughole! The shampoo lathers well and this means that you do not need to use excessive amounts of the product in order for your hair to become clean. I have long hair and use a walnut sized blob which I then work in, especially focussing on the ends as they tend to be the places where my hair frys the most through straightener use. You can wash the shampoo out easily and quickly meaning that you do not end up with excess shampoo littered through your hair. After use your hair feels clean, however not overly soft and therefore I would always recommend that you make use of a conditioner to follow up your wash. Lee Stafford, as with all their shampoos, offer a twinned conditioner to further benefit your lovely locks.
So the thing on everyone's lips.. Is this product with all its high-tech hair care and bold claims actually one that delivers? I would say that yes this product does deliver on the claims that it makes. The biggest priority for me is whether or not it provides the necessary protection for your hair. Personally I find that when I switch to using the Lee Stafford Poker Straight Shampoo and Conditioner my hair condition does improve and it doesn't seem as though straighteners are abusing it quite as much as when I leave my hair to fend for itself. It has to be highlighted that I do always make use of Lee Stafford Heat Protection Spray too when I am using heat tools and therefore this also helps to provide my hair with maximum protection. Not only is this shampoo supposed to protect your hair, it is also supposed to help to maintain your straight style after use of straighteners. The product does help to reduce static and a big problem I suffer from is not only frazzled ends but also fly away hair - a big problem when you are aiming for a sleek look. Whether or not it is down to the use of Mega Quat is hard to judge, however something in its make up must benefit your hair and you will notice a difference if you give the product a try. The benefits do only tend to last the one day that you have washed your hair but really I think it would be unrealistic to expect anything more. I don't wash my hair too frequently as it strips your hair of natural oils and so I would instead recommend using a protection spray if you decide to use heated tools the days after washing your hair.
I would love to be able to use this product on a regular basis, but unfortunately I use too much shampoo to justify the price. I tend to use this when my hair gets particularly out of condition or when I fancy pampering myself a little. I think this does reflect well on the product though as I would happily substitute my regular shampoo if I could afford to. If you fancy showing your hair a little care and would like Poker Straight Hair then this is the product for you.
Summary: A little gem for a compulsive straightener