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I seem to have an inability to visit Boots and not buy anything, even if I go with the sole intention of browsing I'll nearly always come out with something in a Boots bag. Last week was no different and I found myself purchasing two Mark Hill hair care products, purely because they were on special offer and therefore I'd have been pretty silly to simply walk past with taking advantage of the money saving offer... or so I told myself! I came away with a little Boots bag containing a serum and a spray.
Mark Hill is yet another hairdresser who, in an attempt to boost his fortune, has moved into the realm of hair care products. His main salon is in Kirk Ella in East Yorkshire where prices seem remarkably reasonable according to his website. His claims to fame include the fact that he was voted Best Hairdresser of the year in 2000/2001 and 2003/2004, International Hairdresser of the year 2002/2003 and 2003/2004 and the main hair stylist at the BAFTA television awards each year.
Mark Hill launched his range of hair care products back in 2005 and it has proved quite popular, although this is the first time I've actually bought anything. His range comprises of straightening products, heat protection products, de-frizz products and curling products. He has a blonde and brunette range also which both consist of a shampoo and condition suited to that particular hair type. He also offers electrical hair care and holiday hair care products as well as mini versions of most things above.
The first product that I tested from this range is the Mark Hill Curl Defining Spray which comes in a bright orange transparent bottle with a matching lid that really stands out on the shelf. The colour grabbed my attention immediately and looks really funky. The bottle has Mark Hill written on it in large letters and some additional product information on the side of the bottle giving you directions. The lid is easy to get on and off by simply pulling it off and reveals a push down spray dispenser which is also orange.
The spray itself is a clear liquid and has a lovely refreshing, quite perfumed scent that reminds me of expensive hair salons. It doesn't smell of anything in particular but my mum commented how nice a fragrance it left in the bathroom after I'd used it, this lingers on my hair too as it dries and I can usually smell it on my pillow at night. To dispense the spray you simply need to press down on the pump, make sure you hold the bottle away from your head to ensure the spray is dispensed evenly in your hair.
To use it on wet hair you first need to comb through towel dried hair before spraying it and dispensing it evenly. I've got shoulder length hair that's quite thick so I find I probably pump down on the dispenser about fifteen to twenty times each time I use it to make sure my hair is fully coated. Make sure you hold the bottle a fair distance from your hair so it spreads out. I then comb it through my hair again to ensure it's evenly distributed and then scrunch my hair up using my hands to boost and encourage the curls.
After that you can either dry it as you normally would or leave it to dry over time. I find that with my hair it's best to let it dry naturally as using a hair dryer only seems to encourage fly away hairs and frizz due to the heat and the fact your hair gets blown around. If you do want to dry it using a hair dryer then I'd recommend sticking a diffuser on the end as this will stop the harmful effects and actually work with the curls in your hair and the products on your hair to encourage those curls to come out further.
You can also use it on dry hair as well to revitalise curls in between washing. To do this you simply need to spray it over your hair evenly and then scrunch your hair upwards to encourage curls. I don't use as much on dry hair as I'm always worried it'll make my hair greasy or sticky and find that about six or seven pumps will suffice. I've only used this twice on dry hair but it's never gone hard or sticky! The good thing is that the pump only dispenses a little each time so you can't get carried away!
So how good is this curl defining spray then? Well I actually rate it pretty highly as overall it's produced really good results that are consistant too. It's not going to give you perfect corkscrew curls by any means but it's really helped encourage curls in my hair and also helped to maintain them too for at least two days without making my hair go really firm and hard or greasy looking either. Here's what it claims on the back on the bottle and my thoughts on whether or not these claims are completely justified...
"Fabulous curl reviving spray" - I'm not sure I'd go as far as fabulous but it certainly revives my naturally wavy / lightly curly hair into lovely, natural looking curls that aren't too soft or too tight. Although they're not perfect corkscrew curls it looks like I have naturally curly hair which was the desired effect I was hoping for. Even if I sleep on my hair the curls are still there just slightly flatter the next morning, if I then apply a little more it does revive the curls back to pretty much how they were the previous day.
"Designed to enhance curls and control frizz" - As I've already said it does enhance my lightly curly hair into more even and pronounced curls. As for the frizz well it does control frizz to an extent as it makes my curls much more defined which does help reduce the frizz. However I wouldn't say it completely controls the frizz as a little does often remain, especially on the top layer of my hair and around my roots too which isn't always the best look! There's much less frizz though than when I don't use any products.
"Leaving hair beautifully soft and shiny" - It leaves my hair looking quite shiny which I often find is lacking when I wear it curly, normally because the frizz takes over and can leave it looking a little dull and greasy so top marks for the bit of shine it adds! I wouldn't say it leaves my hair exceptionally soft as I always find curling products do harden my hair a little sometimes although the hardening really is minimal with this particular one. You can definetly feel that there's some product on my hair though.
So would I recommend it? Well yes I would as it gives great results if you don't mind a little bit of frizz - I have yet to find a product that completly removes frizz from sight! It's priced at £5.78 for 150ml although it's currently on a promotion where you can buy any two Mark Hill products for £7 in Boots. I have no doubt that the bottle will last me around twenty five to thirty applications so at least a good few months as a little does go a long way. It's not perfect but it's as close as I think I'll get for the bargain price of £3.50 which was what I paid!
Thanks for reading.
A lightweight spray that helps to revive curls and moisture /