“ Brand: Nurture / Subcategory: Treatment / Type: Hair Treatment „
When asked to test products for the Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible, one of the products I received was this nurture anti-ageing conditioning hair treatment. I have to say I had never considered my hair when looking for anti-ageing products in the past so I was keen to try this. Nurture is part of the Healthspan Group (they make vitamins etc) and is based in Guernsey in the Channel Islands (I am not sure if this is where the product is made). They do not test on animals nor use ingredients that have been tested on animals. They also don't like capital letters on their branding.
The treatment comes in a small, plastic tub, which in turn is in a recyclable cardboard box. Inside the tub are twenty little capsules. These capsules which are vegetarian (I wasn't going to eat them - but it is nice to know they didn't contain gelatin or similar) and air-tight (thus no need for preservatives) apparently contain just the right amount of conditioning serum to nourish you hair in all the best ways. I have added an ingredients list below for those who maybe interested further. I understand very little of it other than keratin (known to be good for the hair). Apparently there is also apricot kernel oil, and vitamins. It claims to protect hair from free radicals (I'm still not sure how that works) as well as protecting your colour (both natural and semi-permanent).
You apply the serum to towel dried, washed and conditioned hair. I have to wonder why I want to add a conditioning treatment if I have already conditioned my hair. Surely if the product is so great, it can cope with 'normal' conditioning duties too? I have subsequently applied to towel dried just washed hair and found it does work as a normal conditioner too. You apply to the middle part of your hair to the roots and work into your hair (I smooth it down and finger comb through - more tricky if you haven't had conditioner on before) and any remaining product goes up to the roots, but I rarely have any spare.
To access the serum you take one of the dinky capsules and twist the little end off and pour the serum out. This is not always successful. Whilst the end of the capsule is not hard to get off it is not easy as you don't know exactly when it is going to 'go'. Thus the twisting/pulling motion can cause some serum to spurt out and be wasted. Once the top is off the serum easily pours out but you do need to be careful not to spill any. Possibly there is a knack to it, but I haven't figured it out yet. Running it through my hair seems fairly straight-forward but my fingers and palms feel really sticky from the product and I had to wonder how much actually is on my hair, or whether the first bit I touched got most of it. Once I have finished and washed my hands, I comb through and blow dry as normal. In the past I have not always got on with leave in conditioners finding they left a residue in my hair which made it feel greasy before its time. This is not the case with this one. I usually wash my hair every other day, occasionally stretching to three and only then does my hair start to feel greasy after using this.
My hair feels soft and healthy with this conditioner. It feels manageable (always good when you are as lazy as me) and whilst I don't style it on a day-to-day basis (this requires effort and a degree of skill that I do not possess), it doesn't look so limp and lifeless when falling around my shoulders nor sticky-outy when in a pony tail. It seems to be slightly glossier with regular use (once a week) but that is just a subjective observation, I can't prove it. I note on the nurture website (www.nurtureskincare.co.uk) that 78% say their split ends have been repaired. I am not sure if this is even possible, but I have noticed split ends being reduced. It could be down to other factors, but I am sure this helps. As I mentioned at the beginning of the review I had not thought about using anti-ageing products on my hair before. I am not sure I can conclusively say that my hair is more youthful from using this, but as it is coloured and I am (allegedly) no longer a spring chicken, I don't think the condition is too bad. I am pleased with the product but don't think it does anything significantly different from my normal products and dispensing is a pain in the bum. The tub of 20 capsules costs £7.95 from the nurture website (address above) or by telephone. Postage is £1.95 to mainland UK. If it was easier to get hold of, I would probably sling it in my basket at the supermarket/chemist, but don't think I would go out of my way to buy it.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol. Parfum, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil. Tocopherylacetate, Polysilicone-15, Phenylpropyldimethylsiloxysilicate, Polysilicone-18 Cetyl Phosphate, AscorbylT, Panthenyl Triacetate, Phythantriol. Keratin Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Silk