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Mark Hill De-frizz shine serum
After much abuse of the hair straighteners, my hair was becoming pretty frizzy and wispy, so I thought I'd invest in some hair serum, to help tame it a little. I was already a big fan of Mark Hill's Heat Protection Spray, I thought I'd trust this brand and invest in the uber expensive (£6.99 for 55ml from Boots) De-frizz Shine Serum.
A squareish oblong in a cute pink colour, with a pump top. It looks pretty enough to go on my dresser table, and the pump spray means you don't accidentally put too much on, but I would say be careful if you're taking this in a suitcase anywhere - I find the top to mine falls off all the time, so perhaps cellotape it down for any trips!
Work a few drops through either wet or dry hair, do not wash out. It is meant to leave your hair 'soft, silky and shiny' and to control frizzy curls.
My experience using it
Although the product was pricey, it was definitely worth it. I ran a few drops of the stuff through my hair to finish off my do after i had straightened it, and it smoothed down all the fly away frizzy strands, and made my hair really soft to the touch. Sometimes you find these products make your hair look good but feel horrible, but this was not sticky or hard, but left my hair really silky. Smell wise it only has a very subtle scent slightly floral, but not much to remark on, and relatively inoffensive! It can make your hair look greasy if you go ott with the serum, but a pea size blob works fine on my shoulder length hair. Although it was expensive, it has lasted for ages, I've had it for over a year now and am about half way through the bottle - and I use it every day!!
If you have read some of my reviews before, you will know that I suffer from frizzy and drab hair. If you haven't read my reviews before, you know now!
I first came across Mark Hill De-frizz shine serum through my sister. In an effort to try and make my hair look less like an afro, I decided to start straightening my hair. I didn't normally used to do this as it is so time-consuming, and as a mum of a 3yr old, I hardly have any time to myself!
So when I started straightening my hair, it did start looking a lot better but it still didn't have that shine that most girls get, and I had a few fly-away hairs that really got on my nerves. My sister then packed me off to Boots to get some hair serum and this is what I came out with.
The serum is in a fancy bottle compared to other serums on the market, and has pink-coloured glass where the serum is stored with the product name wrote on it sideways. The bottle has a squirty lid which makes it a lot easier to control how much serum you need.
~How to use~
Once hair is dried and straightened, put a pea-sized amount of serum on your fingerprints (any more than this and you will make your hair look greasy). Then rub the serum into your hands as if you are putting on hand cream. Once you have an even layer of serum on your palms and fingers, pull your hair back at the base of your neck as if you are about to put it in a low ponytail. Then run your hands briefly through your hair, making sure not to get too close to the roots, because this again can make your hair look greasy. When I say briefly, I really do mean just that. Run your hands through your hair about 4 times and that's plenty.
I've never strongly believed in products that claim to de-frizz your hair, as I have gone through so many trying to find one that actually works. But I am proud to say that this product does exactly what it says. My hair no longer looks frizzy, and the shine makes me want to put on sunglasses! On top of that, my hair smells a lot like tutti-frutti. When I was in work, the girls could smell my hair without me wafting it under their noses, although admittedly I did tell some of them to smell my hair! They looked at me a bit strange but when I told them that I was trying out a new serum, they sniffed away and couldn't believe how nice my hair smelt. When I woke up in the morning, I was able to touch up my curly bits with the straighteners again without having to wash out the serum first. And I didn't have to put any more serum in, as it was still making my hair non frizzy and shiny!
Before I tell you the price, remember that as you are only using a pea-sized amount of serum at one time, a bottle can last you a long, long time. For a 20ml bottle the price in Boots is usually £3.91 which is a bit pricey for such a small bottle, but its worth it. At the moment though, they have a saving on this product, so it is available for £2.61, and don't forget that for this product you also get 8 points on your Boots Advantage card.
I am so glad that I can finally say that I have frizz-free hair, and its all thanks to this one product. Even though the price is a bit steep, as the bottle lasts a long time, I will definitely be getting the same product again when it runs out, and would recommend it to anyone who straightens their hair. Even if you don't have frizzy hair, it will still make your hair smell absolutely gorgeous and lickable(!) and also shiny!
A well-deserved 5/5 dooyoo starts from me.
I usually use the john freda hair serum but was recommended this. I have curly hair and its prone to frizzing, so I always use different serums and hair creams and like to try different products.
I bought this from boots, quite expensive at nearly £6 but I am happy to pay for a good quality product.
The bottle is lovely, really nice trendy looking bottle and comes in a pinky purplely colour. The pump on the top is silver and really easy to use. It dispenses small pea sized amounts, but I found as my hair is quite thick i need to use a lot of this serum on my hair to cover it all.
I went through the bottle really quickly and used the whole lot in just a few weeks, which i thought was really fast.
The serum is really thick, thicker than otehrs i have used. It has a smooth texture and a nice scent. The smell doesnt really add to your hair as its a very subtle smell.
it got rid of all frizz from my hair though - really well! didnt leave a stickyness either and didnt leave it crispy. it lasted all day!
but because i went through it so quickly, it would cost me a lot to use regularly. other products at the same price i find last longer so all in all they cost me less.
Hair serum is a staple for me, a product I use as regularly as shampoo and shower gel, and so I got through a heck of a lot of it. I recently found a fantastic serum by Angel Fish, and planned on buying more, however I had a voucher for £2 off the professional hair care ranges at boots and found that if I bought this one it would work out slightly cheaper than the Angel Fish one. It was only a small difference in price, but like many people I'm trying to cut back right now, and I always like to try something new!
I've only ever used one Mark Hill product before, and that was a shampoo. Unfortunately I seemed to have a reaction to it and it left my scalp flaky. That was about three years ago now and I decided it was about time I gave the brand a second chance.
The packaging of this product is gorgeous. In fact I really like the packaging of the entire Mark Hill range, the bottles always look young and funky and it's obvious that you didn't buy their products for £1.99 down at the local chemist! The bottle this comes in is flat at the front, but the back is semi-circular. It has a clear plastic outer casing, pink inside and the actual pump which you dispense it from is silver. I think it looks really good, but the bottle is quite big, and because it has the thick outer casing it only holds 50ml so don't be fooled into thinking you are getting more for your money.
My hair is quite thick and I get quite a bit of frizz, so I need a serum which will tame it and hopefully add a bit of shine too.
The serum itself is quite thick, and has a slight scent to it, but I can't really identify what it is. It's quite fresh, and smells OK, but the scent is so subtle you will hardly notice it. Because the serum is so thick, I find it quite difficult to run through my hair, and also find that a lot of it seems to stay on my hands, which means I am getting through my bottle at record speed.
The serum does it's job well. It tames any frizz I may have and adds shine. Despite it being thick and a slight pain in the neck to apply, it doesn't actually weigh my hair down at all, and doesn't leave it looking greasy which is something that can often happen. It leaves a nice shine on my hair, but the shine is quite subtle and not quite as good as others I have tried.
This comes in two sizes - a 20ml travel size and a full sized 50ml bottle. The 20ml costs £3.91 and the 50ml is £5.86, which is OK, but there are cheaper ones available that are actually better - namely the Angel Fish one and the Pantene Pro-V.
Overall, this was OK. It tamed my frizz and made my hair look smooth. It has lovely packaging too, but I really do think that there are much better serums out there at a more reasonable price and I don't think I'd buy it again.
Leaves your hair soft, shiny and frizz free /