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~~Perfectly pampered spa hair mask mandarin and grapefruit oil~~
I want to train to be a beauty therapist when I move back to the UK so I am forever buying spa based products to use for treatments. I came across these on eBay a few months ago and put them in my cupboard and completely forgot about them until the other day. I bought a couple of boxes of these and also their other one which is strawberry oil, I haven't got round to trying this one yet.
The hair mask comes in a 15ml sachet, the packet is predominately white with blue wave like images round the side and in the middle is the product description, a photograph of a woman relaxing in water and two images of the ingredients; mandarin and grapefruit. On the rear of the sachet, there are two logos, one which says against animal testing and the other is the vegetarian society approved mark. I think these are both great, the only one that makes a decision on my purchase is that they are against animal testing however, I think it is a great idea to have the vegetarian standard mark as well as it allows a greater spectrum of people to be able to fully enjoy this product without them having to worry about ethical issues surrounding animal products being used in their beauty care regime. It also contains a comprehensive ingredients list, care and safety advice, instruction for use and a recommended amount of use.
The product claims to "nourish, re-hydrate and protect, and gently restores the skin's natural texture and tone". It also states that "for silky-smooth hair, treat yourself with this citrus de-frizzing mask, energizing extracts of mandarin penetrate hair cuticles to relax and repair hair, while fragrant grapefruit oils refresh and moisturise. A powerful mask for beautifully tamed locks". I normally have quite dry hair due to living in a hot country and due to spending plenty of time at the beach my hair doesn't always get the best treatment, so I thought I would give one of these a go after having a trip to the beach. Firstly, I would recommend doing a product sensitivity test like the sachet recommends, the product is made by Montagne Jeunesse who also make the famous face packs which are available at most supermarkets, I am allergic to the vast majority of these products which is a great shame but a major disadvantage of having sensitive skin. To do the skin allergy test you have to apply some of the neat product to the inside of your upper arm and leave for 5 minutes to see if you develop a reaction. I had done this test as required and felt a bit of a muppet having hair mask on my underarm! However, luckily for me no reaction occurred so I could try this great product.
To use this product, you should use it in the shower to make it most easy to apply and rinse. It is
recommended that you use your normal shampoo and then fully rinse the shampoo, then apply the mask from root to tip and leave to develop for a minute before rinsing thoroughly. The cream itself is a shimmery pink and smells delightful, it smells predominately of grapefruit but the mandarin makes it smell less over powering and more pleasant. I was surprised that I only had to use one sachet as I have thick hair which goes to the middle of my back so when using hair care products like box dyes I always have to use two in order to get even coverage all over. As soon as I put the product on my hair I could feel how smooth it was, after I rinsed the product off it still felt a lot smoother than what I would have expected for a cheap supermarket product. I have tried some high priced salon products before and have found that they are not half as good as this, and they have sometimes cost me ten times more. To get the most of the product I would not recommend blow drying your hair after using this product but instead towel drying as it is gentler for your hair. When I got out the shower I brushed my hair and had no knots at all which is a big shock for my hair as due to its thickness every time I wash it I either have to condition it or use leave in conditioner and battle with the knots for a good half hour. When my hair had dried it looked darker and glossy, it looked like I had just been to the hairdresser and had it done as it looked that healthy compared to its boring dry old self. The smell stayed on my hair for a good few hours afterwards it was subtle and just noticeable which is what I like for hair care products as there is nothing worse than an overpowering smell. They recommend that you can use this product 2-3 times a week as it is that gentle for your hair however, on personal experience I would say this is not necessary, I would say you could get away with doing it fortnightly or weekly at the most.
I would recommend to anyone to try this product, especially before you go and buy salon type products that cost a fortune and do not necessarily deliver the goods. I will definitely keep using these and will be recommending these when I qualify as a beauty therapist they are a must have and also a bargain so stock up!
Prices as of writing (23.08.2012):
EBay (box of 12) starting bid: £3.99
Amazon (box of 12): £8.99
Many beauty online stores sell them for between 80p and £1.20 each.