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Lee Stafford RU Taking Protection Oily Roots
Member Name: dahlin
Lee Stafford RU Taking Protection Oily Roots
Date: 08/10/07, updated on 08/10/07 (298 review reads)
Advantages: Makes hair look less greasy
Disadvantages: Isn't really effective, hair still looks flat and lifeless
Lee Stafford RU Taking Protection Oily Roots Spray is part of Lee Staffordís ĎRU Taking Protectioní range, which provides straightforward solutions to a number of different hair problems. Included in the range are a Split Ends Serum, Humidity Spray, and Growth Treatment, to name a few. The Oily Roots spray is priced at £4.99, and, along with the whole Lee Stafford range, is exclusively sold in Boots.
Why I Bought It
My hair is naturally greasy. So much so, in fact, that if I wash my hair on a morning, it is already greasy again by the time I go to bed at night. Thereís no way I could EVER go more than a day without washing my hair, I just couldnít bear it. I always use shampoos designed to stop hair becoming greasy too quickly, and whilst they help a little, they donít really make a noticeable difference.
So, picture the scenario; I wash my hair when I get up at around 6:30am, and go about my daily routine, then at around 6:30pm I get a phone call from a mate, ďweíre off out for a meal at 7, fancy joining us?Ē. Well Iíd love to go, but itís been 12 hours since I washed my hair, thereís no way Iím going out looking like this, and I donít have time to wash it, so I have to say no. I know it sounds kind of pathetic, but thatís just the way it is for me. Spontaneity is kind of impossible when your life is governed by whether or not youíve washed your hair!
So, after years of the same old scenario, I finally decided enough is enough, and started searching for a miracle product that would allow me the freedom to do what I want, when I want! After spending the best part of an hour trawling the hair-care aisles in Boots, this was what I came home with.
The spray comes in a very distinctive purple aerosol can, with a big pink question mark and the words ĎRU TAKING PROTECTIONí, which I assume is the logo of this particular range, and Ďfrom OILY ROOTSí written underneath. The back of the can has directions, cautions, and a list of ingredients. The can holds 200ml of product, and is fully recyclable. The spray nozzle and lid are made of bright pink plastic, and both feel pretty sturdy.
All the back of the can says with regards to what the spray is supposed to do is that it refreshes and revitalises the hair. The explanation on the Boots website is much more informative, and reads, ďThis revolutionary spray will give your hair a longer life before washing and is fantastic at revitalising your style. Perfect if there's no time to wash. Containing a corn starch derivative this spray will dry up oily roots and leave them as clean and fresh as the rest of the hair. Betaine is produced from sugar beet molasses and is used for it's binding and cell membrane protectant qualities, it strengthens the hair and has detangling properties. Betaine reduces stickiness and increases lubricity and spreading properties. Modified corn starch or DRY-FLO is a hydrophobically modified natural polymer which imparts a smooth, velvety feel.Ē
Suitability and Warnings
As far as I can tell this product is suitable for all hair types, and there are no warnings with regards to who should or shouldnít use the product, except that it should be kept out of the reach of children.
The warnings on the back of the can tell us not to spray near the eyes, and to avoid prolonged spraying. It also warns not to use near, or place the container on, painted or polished surfaces, and to keep away from ignition sources and naked flames.
The directions tell us to shake the can well before use, and spray onto dry hair from about half an arms length away. Spray onto the affected root area, then rub away vigorously with your fingers.
As Iíve found to be the case with most products, the directions donít give any suggestion as to how much you should use, so the first time I used the spray there was a lot of guesswork involved. Iíd left my hair since the previous morning, so it was looking pretty greasy and lank when I came to use the spray. I shook the can and, attempting to keep it half an arms-length away from my head (itís harder than it sounds), began to spray the product onto my roots.
The first thing I noticed as I sprayed it was the strong scent. It reminded me of when my brother sprays too much deodorant and it nearly chokes everyone else in the room, itís that strong! The scent is similar to Lynx and other menís deodorants , which I found a little odd for a hair product.
The spray provides quite a concentrated stream of product, rather than a mist, so itís quite easy to direct into the right place. I did find I was constantly having to remind myself that my hand was supposed to be half an arms-length from my head as I kept moving it closer without realising, but even spraying from a closer distance than recommended didnít seem to cause any problems.
The product is a kind of white powder (not bright white and really obvious - it almost has a kind of transparency to it), which, as Iím blonde, didnít really show up very well on my hair, making it quite difficult to judge how much I needed to use. I would assume it would show up much better on darker hair and youíd easily be able to see if youíve missed anywhere. After using it a few times, Iíve now found that spraying for 5 seconds, moving from front to back, along each side of my parting is usually sufficient.
The powder then sits on top of the hair until you rub it with your fingers. I tend to find the best way to do this is to tip my head upside-down and rub through the roots as if I was blow-drying my hair. Iíve tried doing it with my head up and I find I canít remove it as effectively and Iím constantly finding bits I havenít rubbed away properly. Also, if you remove it with your head up, you will find that you end up with the powder all over your clothes. It only takes a few seconds to remove it properly (if you find it takes longer youíve probably used too much product), and youíre ready to see the finished results.
The first time I used the spray, I was utterly unimpressed with the results. Yes, it had soaked up some of the grease, but my hair still didnít look any better. It still looked lank and disgusting, the only difference being that it looked slightly lighter in colour.
Not being one to give up easily, I tried it a few more times until I had perfected my application method, and I can now achieve better results. When I use it now, my hair doesnít look greasy, lank, or dark in colour. It does, however, still look flat and lifeless, and somewhat dull. It also still feels quite greasy and dirty, even though it doesnít look it on the surface. The scent covers up any nasty niffs associated with dirty, greasy hair, but to be perfectly honest itís not the kind of scent Iíd want on my hair, and as mentioned earlier, it is a little strong.
The results, Iím afraid to say, donít last very long, Iíd say 2-3 hours at the most. And itís not just a case of taking the spray with you and reapplying when your hair needs it, as using too much just makes the hair look even worse.
Overall, I canít say I was either impressed nor unimpressed with this product. Itís certainly no miracle product, but it does leave my hair Ďpassableí enough so that I wouldnít be ashamed to be seen in public. Iíd recommend it for anyone who doesnít have particularly greasy hair to take to festivals and such like, where you canít wash your hair properly, but for those of us with greasy hair, itís just not effective enough. The price is probably about right for this type of product, and it does seem like it will last a long time, so if only it worked a little better I would have said it was good value for money.
Summary: Not effective enough for naturally greasy hair, but may be worth trying on other hair types