Product Type: Lee Stafford hair care products
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Love And Care - For Damaged Hair
Lee Stafford Poker Straight Conditioner
Member Name: colleen_uk
Lee Stafford Poker Straight Conditioner
Advantages: Protects and nourishes your hair, smells great, gives you smooth and silky 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.
My previous addiction to straighteners has left my hair in serious need of some love. Not only do I need to deep condition my hair on a regular basis to try to reduce the frequency of it snapping but I also need a shampoo and conditioner set which is going to sooze my frazzled ends and provide my with sleek and smooth straight hair. I always use coupled shampoos and conditioners so after using Lee Stafford Poker Straight Shampoo, I make use of Lee Stafford Poker Straight Conditioner. They introduce their conditioner and explain it's benefits on the Lee Stafford website "To silken, soften and shine your second step to poker straight hair. Your second step to beautiful, sexy, smooth, straight hair is this thick, luxurious, softening conditioner. I've designed this gorgeous little conditioner to silken, soften and shine; leaving your hair in fantastic condition and Poker Straight. 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."
*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
I love my hairdresser, but I understand that every time I visit he feels a sense of desperation at my ruined hair and how long it takes to detangle because of its poor condition. He will often deep condition my hair and advise me to purchase their expensive in-salon products. 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 Conditioner because I am a real straightener addict and not only do I need protection from this but this particular conditioner 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. 5 years on and I still have a major soft spot for the Lee Stafford range.
Boots are currently charging £5.29 for 250 ml/8.4 fl. Oz of Poker Straight Conditioner. As you can see this is not the cheapest conditioner 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 which mean that you can at least but the shampoo and the conditioner and then you can pick something else from the range to get for free. As with all Lee Stafford products, you will find Poker Straight Conditioner either from the official Lee Stafford website (http://www.leestafford.com/uk/products/product.ph p?pi=11), 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 conditioner bottle matches that of the shampoo and therefore is held in a hot pink, opaque, plastic bottle which has a flip lid at the top from which the conditioner is dispensed. The bottle is quite hard but when some force is applied you can squeeze it to release the liquid. Asthetically it is an excellent bottle and looks gorgeous sitting in your shower however I can't help but feel that a squeezy tube may be better in this case in order to get the conditioner out with more ease. At least it means that you don't use too much and the bottle lasts longer!
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. I always use the conditioner along with the shampoo and heat protection spray which means that I have three times the intensity of the Lee Stafford scent, however I have no doubt that through using this product solely you would still benefit with great smelling hair.
The conditioner is a particularly thick, pearly-white substance which means that you don't need to use too much to coat your hair thoroughly. I tend to use a lot of conditioner because my hair is in such a bad condition and I then leave it on for at least 3 minutes. However if the conditioner was to be used on normal, mid-lenth hair then I would say that you would only need around a walnut-sized amount and therefore you can get plenty of uses out of a bottle. If you prefer to you can always dilute your conditioner with a small amount of water before use which will mean that it lasts you even longer.
This product makes two claims; that it will protect your hair from the use of heated tools and it will also provide you with poker straight hair. You are directed to that after shampooing with their Poker Straight Shampoo and rinsing the product out well, you should work the conditioner into the palms of your hands and distribute it evenly through your hair. This is easy enough as the conditioner is nice and thick and therefore it absorbs into your hair well. It doesn't say that you should leave the conditioner in your hair however I always feel that you gain the best results through doing so and therefore I leave it on for at least 3 minutes. Lee Stafford says that to remember to rinse your hair thoroughly, as the better the rinse that you give your hair, the straighter the end results you will gain with your hair. After rinsing thoroughly and towel drying my hair too add some volume I always apply some Lee Stafford Protection Spray and then blow dry. The good thing about this conditioner is that I notice fewer knots and tangles in my hair when brushing (and that is something that I suffer from greatly). I blow dry my hair at a downwards angle with a rounded brush and always find that after using the product the need for using my straighteners is considerable less - maybe this is partly where the protection lies. I notice that when I do use both my Poker Straight Shampoo and Conditioner the condition of my hair is greater and it is much softer and smoother, it's just a shame I can't afford to make it my regular shampoo and conditioner.
As much as I love this product and think that it is a great asset to my hair care routine, I use too much conditioner to justify buying it on a weekly basis. Until my circumstances change I guess I will just have to stick to using this as I treat as and when I can. But if you wish you are a heat-driven addict and you wish to give your hair a little TLC I think that this is just the product you have been looking for.
Summary: An expensive treat for luscious locks