“ Brand: Montagne Jeunesse / Texture: Fluid / Type: Hair Mask / Subcategory: Serum / What it does: Moisturizes, „
I tend to have quite frizzy and dry hair so I use a treatment on it at least once a week but usually twice a week and more if my hair has been in the sun for prolonged periods as this always makes it drier and frizzier.
I really like hair masks and although they can be a bit fiddly and messy to use I incorporate them in to my bath time pamper routine so it usually isn't that much of a hassle.
I bought the Montagne Jeunesse Moisture Miracle Conditioning Hair Mask & Ultra Shine Serum because I have used their face masks a few times with varying degrees of success but they are usually good for my skin as long as I get one that is suitable for my skin type.
The mask wasn't very expensive and around about the same price as the masks. I picked mine up in my local chemist for only 99p but they are usually around about £1.20 each.
The mask comes in two parts so I was hoping for extra condition from it. There is the mask part which you use first and then a serum which you use afterwards for extra gloss and shine.
You use the mask just as you would any conditioner by first washing and then towel drying your hair and adding the mask to it and leaving it for at least 10 minutes. I left mine on for about 20 as I was busy doing other things. The mask feels ice to apply but it wasn't nearly as thick as I thought it was going to be when applying it. It does have a nice sweet smell to it which is pleasant and adds to the experience of pampering.
After you have washed out the mask you add the serum to your hair and leave it for a while again for it to get to work. The serum is very greasy feeling but don't worry as it doesn't actually make your hair greasy and is easy enough to wash out.
After doing both these steps I dried my hair as normal with the hair drier. When drying my hair I did notice that it felt soft and the comb was easy to go through my hair as there were no tangles. When it was dry my hair was nice and soft and looked 'fresh'. This is the only way to describe it. It wasn't fabulous but it was definitely better than before.
I was hoping that my hair would be bouncy and full of shine but I have to say I was a little bit disappointed with how it looked afterwards. It looked okay but since the time and effort was more involved with this than with most hair treatments I did expect it to look shinier and have more vitality than it did. To me my hair just looked the same as it would have had I used a good quality normal conditioner and it didn't look as though I had used a treatment on it.
I really don't think this is a bad product but because it involves using both a mask and a serum I did expect it to give better results than it did. Perhaps my hair was in worse condition than I thought because it just didn't live up to what I was hoping from it. My hair was fine and did feel soft but there was nothing out of the ordinary about it either which is disappointing from a specialist hair treatment.
Montagne Jeunesse is most commonly linked to cheap face masks that retail in most major stores such as chemists and supermarkets. I have tried 2 or 3 of these face masks both at my house and at friends houses when we've been having a girly evening with wine and DVD's and always been impressed especially for the lowly price tag.
As a result of my positive feelings towards this brand when I saw a hair mask beside the face masks in Asda I didn't hesitate to add it to my shopping basket. I have always suffered from dry hair and so anticipated that this may be just the tonic my hair needed to revive it.
The hair mask comes in a plastic coated packet which is awash with brightly coloured images and fancy fonts. There are basic instructions and an ingredients list on the back. Also it states that the product is suitable for vegans, gluten and dairy free.
There are two steps to using this hair mask:
Step One: The moisture miracle mask
Step Two: Protect and seal serum
First of all I shampooed my hair as usual and towel dried it as instructed then I added all of the conditioning product all over my hair gently massaging it into my roots and ends. I then left the mask on for about 10 minutes but the timing depends on how damaged your hair is to begin with. Washing out the conditioner after 10 minutes was very easy and washed out just like any usual conditioner. The scent is very much shea butter orientated which is sweet yet very pleasant.
Next, I added the serum which was of a completely different texture to the conditioner and was more gloopy and sticky so this was quite difficult to apply to the hair it was very oily and I feared that it would make my hair the same. I added all of the sachet to my hair and left it for several minutes. Washing it out was a bit more difficult than rinsing out the conditioner but eventually I was serum-free.
The instructions advise you to leave your hair to dry naturally and not to use any heated products on your hair, I guess this is because heat damages your hair in the first place. I did let my hair dry naturally and after a few hours I inspected the results.
My hair felt very soft and fine but other than that my hair was still dry and dull meaning that the serum had little effect also. This was very disappointing especially given that it took over 20 minutes to complete both steps so it was a lot of effort for no positive gain!
The ingredients include Pro Vitamin B5, Shea butter and Vitamin E. The Shea butter is supposed to seal in moisture but as I have already said I didn't see the effects of this. Warning: Test sensitivity to natural oils; apply a small amount of neat product to inside of upper arm, leave for 5 minutes. If reaction occurs do not use. If contact with eyes occurs wash out with cold water. Natural ingredients may vary in colour. Keep out of reach of children. External use only. Not for use with babies or children.
This hair mask costs 99p from Asda so there was little to lose but I won't be using the product again I would rather pay a little more for a good product that improves the health of my hair.
Moisture Miracle is a two-stage hair treatment made by Montagne Jeunesse consisting of a conditioning hair mask and a serum. It comes in a sachet which contains just enough of each product for one use. Montagne Jeunesse are particularly well-known for their range of face masks and for their use of natural, cruelty-free ingredients.
Back when I first joined Dooyoo, I read an excellent review by Sandra101 about a hair treatment made by Montagne Jeunesse. I think I made one of my very first comments about that review as it sounded like an excellent product and just the thing for my unruly locks! Unfortunately, I didn't manage to spot it in any local shops and it gradually slipped from my mind (as more and more tempting products were brought to my attention by Dooyoo!)
A couple of weeks ago, I was in Home Bargains when I noticed a range of Montagne Jeunesse products for sale at 89p each (which is slightly cheaper than the usual RRP of around 99p per sachet.) Amongst the range was this Moisture Miracle & Ultra Shine Serum. Immediately I thought this was the one that I'd be looking for as it sounded so similar - the two-stage treatment promising 'miracle moisturising' alongside a serum for extra shine.
I was really excited about the prospect of using this as my hair is thick, coarse and has a tendency to be dry and frizzy, unfortunately and I am always on the look out for something to tame my unmanageable hair. I applied the first stage of the treatment - the Moisture Miracle 'masque' - after washing my hair with my usual shampoo and rinsing off, in accordance with the instructions on the sachet. I was then advised to leave on for between 5 -10 minutes. The 'masque', which is essentially just an intensive conditioner, smelt absolutely gorgeous as soon as I opened the sachet. It had a really strong cocoa butter aroma and I was hoping that my hair was going to smell just as lovely once the treatment had finished.
After leaving the conditioner/masque to work its magic for the required ten minutes, it rinsed it off easily. My hair didn't feel any more manageable or particularly moisturised at that point but I thought it might be because I hadn't added the 'ultra shine' serum yet. I gently towel dried my hair to ge the worst of the moisture out and then added the serum. I wasn't going to add it all but found that there wasn't actually all that much in the sachet, so I ended up smoothing the whole lot through my hair. The serum didn't have any distinctive aroma although it felt thicker than the brand I usually use (Frizz-Ease.)
So, what were the results and just how long did it take for the miracle to take effect? Well, I'm still waiting for the miracle, to be honest. The only benefit is that my hair had assumed a slight fragrance of the cocoa butter but certainly not enough to be noticeable. After smoothing on the serum I dried my hair as usual and my hair looked and felt just the same as it always does after it's been washed. It was still somewhat frizzy, the split ends were still split and my hair still felt generally dry and coarse. Okay, so I might have been expecting miracles by wanting the state of my hair to be totally transformed after just one wash, but the product does call itself 'Moisture Miracle', so I did get my hopes up!
What is worse, after my disappointment I looked on Dooyoo for the original review and soon realised that the treatment which had received the rave review was actually a very similar product called 'Frizz Miracle.' Never mind - I have not given up on my quest to have shiny, frizz-free locks and have since placed an order online at www.montagnejeunesse.com for a sachet of the Frizz Miracle. Incidentally, if you wanted to try either variety, they are both available on the site with free postage, regardless of the size of your order.
Moisture Miracle didn't work miracles for me but I'm still hoping that its sister product, Frizz Miracle, might do the trick! At least I only spent 89p trying this one out.
I quite like the facemasks which are available from Montagne Jeunesse because not only are they cost effective at around 99p per sachet, they are easily available at most supermarkets, chemists and places like Boots and Superdrug where I buy most of my cosmetics and toiletries from. So on my last visit I came across a Moisture Miracle hair conditioning mask with ultra shine serum which sounded pretty fantastic when reading the sachet and for 97p I thought I might as well give it a whirl, I have never had a problem with the facemasks, so that was a good enough reason for me.
This Moisture Miracle hair product claims to be "A hair repair emergency kit that boost hair with moisture, then seals it in with a protective serum. Leaves hair silky soft, shiny & revitalized." Which for my hair sounds just the tonic, I don't tend to have brittle hair but it does suffer from my GHD hair straighteners and can often become quite dry towards the ends and I do suffer the occasional split end which usually means I am due for a trim anyway. However being keen to put this product to the test I tried it out.
As with the face masks, this hair tonic comes in a sachet and like the face masks has been designed for one application only, although to be honest, I did get to use this twice as there seemed to be so much of it.
When it comes to using the product it is really easy to do although there are two The two stages to complete. The first is the actual Moisture Miracle mask which is used to condition the hair and the second stage is the protect and seal serum. Once you have washed and shampooed your hair, you are told to rinse your hair as to not leave any residue and then simply apply the mask to your wet hair from root to tip and leave it on for around 5-10 minutes, this then give the oils a chance to work. Once you have finished you simply wash the conditioner out of your hair as you would do with your conditioner and then towel dry your hair to remove any excess moisture and water, I found the mask was really easy to wash out. The conditioner itself is quite a thickly textured conditioner which was easy enough to apply to my hair and it smelled really nice, there was a definite smell of Shea butter which I love the smell of because it reminds me of cocoa butter which I use a lot of on my skin and there was also some natural fruit oils such as orange and mandarin all of which are listed on the back of the sachet for anyone who has got allergies and so on. My hairdresser told me that Shea Butter is really good for the hair and scalp in particular because it is a natural moisturiser. This hair conditioner is also an orangey yellow colour which I did expect it to be because of its ingredients but thankfully it didn't change the colour of my hair and turn me into Bart Simpson.
When it came to using the serum, it isn't something that I have used very often because I am always terrified that my hair will end up a greasy looking mess, so I was unsure as to how to use it. The sachet does state that the length and thickness of your hair depends on how much serum you use but as the sachet only contained 5ml of serum and I have almost waist length hair I decided to use the whole lot and if it went wrong I would simply re-wash and condition my hair with the left over treatment in the sachet.
Once I had towel dried my hair to remove excess water I quickly but carefully opened the second part of the sachet and poured the serum into my hands and rubbed it between the palms of my hands to apply it to my hair from root to tip and once I had done that I combed my hair through to make sure I hadn't missed any section, I found the serum to be quick sticky on my hands and didn't like the actual feel of it but when I did wash my hands it disappeared without a problem, so I wasn't too worried about my hair or scalp.
The instructions say to let your hair dry naturally or style as you usually would and because I wasn't intending to go outside anywhere I let my hair dry on its own which I like to do at weekends because I am usually in a rush for work and end up having to use the hair dryer a lot. The serum itself also contained Orange oil and it was much more distinctive within this serum than the hair mask itself, although it is a nice pleasant smell and it made my hair smell really nice.
Once my hair had dried completely I was a lot softer than it would have been should I have used my usual conditioner which I was happy with but the frizz which forms at the front of my hairline was still clearly visible which I was hoping would not be the case given that I was expecting silky locks, however at 97p I wasn't expecting a miracle cure and decided that this probably wasn't the product I was looking for, I was only thankful that I didn't end up with greasy hair having used the serum.
I don't think I would really recommend this product to anyone who is looking for that miracle cure to tame their hair, make it silky looking and just like you had stepped out of a Pantene shampoo advert. I have used other products such as Tigi Ego Boost which I feel gives me a better overall look and feel to my hair. However, if you want a quick fix for 97p then naturally give it a go.