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I received this with my GHDs for Christmas one year but had never heard of Paul Mitchell before so didn't know it was an expensive hair salon brand, I thought it was just a random one my mum had picked out for me. I blow dry my hair pretty much everyday so it was extremely useful to have.
The bottle is quite a nice shape and at first I thought it was a cheap brand because the packaging (mine was different to the one in the picture above which looks nicer) was white but the fonts on the bottle were nice and anyways I LOVED the smell. It was so clean and fresh and salon smelling, it would linger a bit through the day but not unpleasantly or in an overpowering way which I loved. The spray was a press down style like an aerosol can which I much prefer to usual heat protecting spray bottles as they look like cleaning products and it can make them difficult to travel with. The mixture is sprayed out in a fine mist, making sure your hair is evenly covered, abut 4-5 would cover my hair for blow drying it and a few more if was straightening it.
The bottle seemed to last me forever which I think is down to mist spray. If I'd known how expensive the product was I would have been even more sparse with it. The feeling left on my hair was supersoft and it felt really conditioned, which made me confident it was protecting my hair from the heat well. It didn't make my hair greasy at all which is a big problem I have with heat protecting sprays as I have an oily hair type.
When I finished the bottle I looked online to see how much it was amazed to find it was about £15 a bottle! I'd never spent so much on a hair product before and thought this was ridiculous so I went to Tesco and tried something else instead.
Having grown up a bit and having had more experiments with different hair products I now realize that the product is actually a fair price for how well it conditioned my hair. Especially now as my hair type has changed because of the amount of dying I do to it, I am strongly considering buying it again, especially because of how long it lasted too. I'm currently using a John Frieda one which although it's very good I have used half of it in about a month and half already.
Overall I would really recommend this product!
Having long hair for me personally is a must have. Ive tried having shorter styles and it just doesnt suit my face at all so even though long hair is a lot more work and requires a lot more effort I wouldnt trade it for the world. However having long hair comes at a price for me as I have to straighten it a LOT to style it at all and in time that does mean I get a lot of split ends and it just ends up looking a bit ratty if I havent been to the hairdressers in a while. So last time I went into the salon I decided to buy some of the products they use on my hair (as I assume a hairdresser knows best!) and a good heat defence spray was first on my list and as my hairdresser stocks and uses the Paul Mitchell brand this 'Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press Thermal Protection Spray' was the one I ended up with. They use this on my hair whenever I get it cut so I knew the results would be fantastic even when I applied this myself!
Price: Anything from £10-£20 - so look around!!
Stockists: Amazon, CheapSmells & a lot of hair salons stock this brand.
Other Info: Promises to create a weightless barrier around your hair that protects it from heat and heat appliances with its fast acting/quick drying formula. Also claims to add strength and shine and over time actually improve the overall condition of your hair - I can safely say it DOES do all those things!!
This spray comes in a large 200ml (which is much bigger than it sounds!) canister that to the naked eye looks a lot like a standard hairspray can until you read the back of the can. It is in typical silver and red colour scheme - which is something Ive come to associate with the P.M brand so it fits in very well with other similar products. On the front and back of the can is all the information you could need on the product - ingredients, directions for use, shelf life etc and should you have any other questions/queries about the product there is an additional address and website for those. This is very effective packaging - and although it might be a bit large to carry around with ease - if you choose to it wont leak or spray out in your bag - effective, stylish and secure.
Applying this is very simple - although if youve never used it before (or a hairdresser has never used it on you) it might take a little bit of getting used to. I find it best to section my hair and then spray a very small amount on each section just before straightening it. Only a very small amount of this is needed per section - if you use too much your hair will become sticky and the spray wont dry so it will actually fry your hair rather than protect it, if you only use a very small spritz on each section then you will find the results are better and the can will last you even longer so its even better! Now one of the main reasons I bought this spray in the first place wasnt even anything to do with the results, it was all down to the amazing scent! This smells so sweet and fruity and my hair always smelt amazing for days whenever the hairdresser used this on my locks so the scent is 100% one of the main reasons I bought this and even though the scent doesnt really matter with most hair products it just makes this one even more enjoyable to use and the fact that it lingers makes my hair smell fresh and fruity for days afterwards.
But obviously the best thing about this spray is the fantastic results. This makes my hair feel and look better than any other hair product has before - and I do genuinley mean that! This makes my hair feel so much softer and easier to manage as soon as I spray it on my hair and it doesnt leave any of that sticky or crunchy feeling - my hair just feels instantly softer and easier to straighten and style. My hair actually straightens quicker when I use this so its also a massive time saver. My hair feels 100000x better since I started using this spray and I do agree with the claim that this has improved the overall condition of my hair since I started using this - it feels and looks much better and I will defintely keep using this for as long as I have long hair, which will be forever LOL. I highly recommend this - dont let the price put you off because it is 100% worth it!
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Like other women, and some men, I style my hair a lot and it gets a battering from my hairdryer, straightness, weather, brushing etc on a daily basis. So I am always in need of a thermal product to protect my hair, especially when I am styling from my hairdryer and straightners. In the past I have used a variety of protection products and all have done what they say they will do and after styling I am left with manageable, protected, soft and shiny hair that looks healthy and not at all damaged.
I have wanted to try a product from Paul Mitchell for a very long time but the price of the products had always put me off, but that was until recently when I entered a competition a won Hot off The Press Thermal Protection Spray (yes a mouthful) from Paul Mitchell. I am normally not taken back with the packaging but this is lovely, it comes in a 200ml non shiny chrome style canister, which is always cool to the touch. It has Paul Mitchell's name and logo going down the side with Express Style and Hot Off the Press in red writing, red spray and a clear top, all giving the packaging a professional finish.
At the back Paul states this product is your iron's best friend, it is a quick drying spray that helps to speed up styling time, whilst protecting fragile strands of hair when using heat on your hair. It has a flexible hold, that grips and controls during styling and for finished styles. It is humidity resistant. If you we're to purchase this you're looking at £9.15 at http://www.lookfantastic.com/hair/paul-mitchell but Paul Mitchell RRP is £11.00.
Inside also holds rice hull extract, which helps to build a weightless barrier between fragile hair strands and damaging heat tools. Wheat protein helps with strength to your hair.
It says to apply this to your hair when it is dry, I know it is a product to be used with your irons but this product kind of defeats the object of protecting your hair when blow drying as that causes damage as well. The spray itself comes out lightly, almost like hairspray and smells very fruity that lingers for a while.
The first time I tried this product it did not work for me at all and it was a disaster, as it is a spray I thought it would be very fine even with the flexible hold, now I didn't spray a lot but I gave a nice coating over my hair. As soon as I went to brush it though it felt like a very firm hold hair spray, I had a hard time brushing my hair but I kept on at all an eventually I came to the straightening stage, this felt even worse and I wish I never bothered. As soon as I ran my GHD's through my hair it felt rough as my hair was sliding through like it was almost knotted, as I went to brush it though it felt rough to the touch and felt like it was damaged and I thought I was protecting my hair here.
I carried on with my whole head of hair but not feeling happy with using it, but as I never tried it before I though this was part of the process and how this product worked.
My hair did feel like it had hold but too much for my liking, there so no shiny and my hair looked very dull.
The next day my hair didn't feel right, it didn't feel protected, it felt dry and it actually felt more damaged with no shiny in sight.
The next time I used it I sprayed it on my dry hair very lightly and further away, the exact thing happened again.
I thought a thermal protection spray was supposed to protect your hair? Mine felt dry, damaged, unmanageable, unpleasant to brush, I felt more conscious that my hair didn't look and feel right and a range of other feelings. The best thing I liked about this product was the packaging it came in and the smell.
In all it took two/three washes, conditioning and deep conditioning, with proper thermal protection product to get my hair looking and feeling like it used to.
This is the first time I have used a Paul Mitchell product and I hate to say it will be the last.