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      16.06.2010 14:08
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      A little bit of help from the gods

      Hair hair goes through wear and tear. But not anymore, the reasons no chore!

      Sorry just thought i would start with a poem as this really does take the chore out of doing hair.

      I saw this in the more magazine which i was reading while waiting in line at supercuts hairdressers and then funnily enough the stylist used this on my hair and recommended me to buy it, which was weird as i was just about too. So i took her and the magazines word and bought it. It cost me £13.80 from supercuts but everywhere seems to be slightly differnt in price.

      It comes in a clear plastic bottle with a lime green pump dispenser and black and green writing on it. The prodcut itself is also a clear see through liquid.

      Now its rather simple to use after washing your hair and drying it off a bit until its at the damp stage, press the nozzle down once so that you get one pump and apply to the hair starting at the ends uptowards the roots. Please dont go over crazy on the roots or they will look greasy and the whole point of washing hair is so it dont look greasy haha! Then you style as required. This product really helps make your hair dry quicker and gives your a hair a lovely smooth appearance, not scarecrow yay! The good thing with this is it flattens your hair but does not make it lank, it just smoothes the hairs out, so you can still get volumised hair. Im sure everyone wants a product that cuts drying time, condtions and styles at the same time.

      It smells absolutley loves of watermelon, but the smell does not linger which is great for people who do not like scented prodcuts or for people who like there hair to smell like there shampoo. Even my brother who HATES the smell of all my beauty products, commented that he liked the smell of this, now that is amazing!

      Pros -

      Lovely smell which is non offensive and does not linger

      Sleek classy packaging

      Easy to use

      Really smothes hair and makes it look classy

      Conditions as well as styles!!

      Cons -

      Fairly pricey, but hey beauty does come at a cost. Thats the only con!

      I find this prodcut great to use before using heat appliances, as it helps give a better finish and helps protect asgainst damage as the same time. I would really recommend this!

      Good luck my hairy fairys :D x

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        17.03.2010 17:14
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        a brilliant product in a skinny bottle

        Paul Mitchell hair products have been at the highest end of hair care for many years and since I was small the beautiful smells have always stood out to me when entering the salon with my mum. As I grew older I started to experiment with there products and one that has been in my wash bag ever since has to be the super skinny serum. In its simple but statement bottle, the serum does exactly what it aims to do. I have very fine hair, but lots of it, so managing it on a day-to-day basis can be challenging! But since picking up the skinny serum 3 years ago, I for one have never looked back. It smoothes my hair and gives it a soft finish, stopping the frizz and gives a calming influence to my ever so fly away locks. Also I find that this product doesn't give a greasy finish and even in the evening after a long day, you cannot tell that you have had a serum on your hair as with so many others you can. Your hair remains just as shiny and with no hint of grease.
        Overall the Paul Mitchell super skinny serum is a brilliant buy at around £13 and is great for everyday use, when having straightened hair, or just throwing it back in a ponytail. I for one will never look back, and the serum will always remain among my cosmetics.

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        14.02.2010 23:17
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        A must-have for those with unruly hair.

        I have tried many hair products over the years, only to find that they have no success in taming my thick head of wavy, slightly frizzy hair. My hair tends to look quite 'puffy', as I describe it, which means it refuses to look sleek and groomed, instead looking permanently windswept. That was until I discovered Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum.

        It is a little pricier than other serums, for instance, John Freida Frizz Ease. However, it is easy to get a great discount if you look out for it on eBay. Besides, I have had my bottle of the serum for approaching two years, and the bottle is still about a third full.

        The bottle uses a pump mechanism, and one pump gives you exactly the right amount of product for optimum use. I hate products that come in squeezy bottles and splurt out far too much product, forcing you to either waste the product by washing it off, or use too much.

        I use this product in the lengths and ends of my hair. I would recommend avoiding putting the product in the roots, as my hair quickly becomes greasy if I do this. Anyway, that tends to make the hair a little too flat, and you want to retain volume.

        The way I apply the product is to pump once, warm the product a little between my hands, and comb it through my hair with my fingers, tousling it a little as I go. I use it on wet hair, as I find it most effective this way.

        When my hair dries, it is much lighter than normal, much smoother, sleeker, and generally neater looking. I think this product is wonderful!

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        24.01.2010 18:05
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        Brilliant hair care at the push of a pump

        I always think it speaks well of a product when you notice other people using it. On a recent work conference, four of the six female delegates from my department had packed this product as an essential item for the two days (I don't know about the men, though I have seen my husband eyeing it up on my dressing table from time to time). I could just say 'nuff said at this point, but I don't think this would do this product justice.

        I have been using this serum for two years now and am half way through my second 150ml bottle, and unlike some haircare products which your hair seems to 'get used to', this Super Skinny Serum remains a miracle-maker each time I use it.

        The serum works best on damp hair. I find that partially blow-drying my hair and then adding the serum before putting the finishing touches to my hair is the best way of using the product. On hot summer holidays I have added the serum to wet hair, and in the heat my hair has dried naturally into a low-maintenance, frizz-less 'beach hair' look.

        The bottle says to use one pump of serum per application, which has been perfect for my below shoulder-length but fine hair. It really is economical (I challenge you to use more then one bottle per year without looking like you've poured oil over your head every day). Once you have a small amount in your hands, rub your hands together and apply from the ends of your hair up to the roots. Another tip is to apply the serum to the underneath of your hair first to avoid making your hair look lank or greasy. Even the small amount remaining on your hands will make the rest of your hair look shiny, and tame the frizz.

        As for the smell of the product, well this is divine! People have even noticed that my hair smells really good! It is a crisp, almost appley scent but not too fruity or sickly.

        Don't be put off by the name, this product does not make your hair thin and dead straight, though it does really help with a sleek appearance if this is what you're after. I have also used it with styles with more volume and curls which just need a little smoothing of flyaway strands.

        This is an incredibly versatile hair product that's easy to use and gives great results. It's like make-up for hair. I only wish there was a smaller bottle option for packing on holidays and weekends away, as I really don't ever want to go anywhere without it.

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        13.01.2010 08:58

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        fantastic long lasting, nice smelling hair serum

        i startes using this serum a few years ago, and now i couldn't do without it! i have naturally curly hair, mid to long length hair, that is highlighted but his serum keeps me hair in a generally good condition. i find you only need to use a tiny amount, and dont start from the roots down, as this can make your hair greasey once dried and straightened. i would also recommend not using the other paul mitchell products - shampoo and conditioner as i find i get a bit of productr buidl up and my hair is limp and looks greasey quite quickly. this serum is very light, and has a very nice apple scent. if i let my hair dry naturally i also use this serum as i feel it gives my curls a natural frizz free bounce! finally i always buy this serum off ebay so i normally manage to pick it up for under £10 - and sometimes possible to usse ebay through a cashback website to get it for even cheaper!

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        29.11.2009 14:55
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        Very good serum that works well on thick frizzy hair

        I have shoulder length thick wavy hair, that has a mind of its own. In this day and age of nice straight hair I have found this skinny serum an absolute boon. It was recommended to me by my hairdresser and at £15 I was wary that they were selling it to me to make a quick profit.
        I have used it now for a 2 months and have found it to be an amazing product.
        Even though it is expensive you use such a small amount that it will last me for a few months more yet before i need to buy a new bottle.
        It claims to end frizz and add shine - and it certainly does, compared to other products it does make my hair feel softer and more nourished. It does not feel heavy on my hair or make my hair more greasy looking.
        My hairdresser has recently told me it can be used on dry hair also before using straightners so once i have used up my other products i shall give this a try also.

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          04.11.2009 16:28
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          Good product for taming frizzy hair and adding sheen

          This serum claims to help reduce the drying time for hair, to control frizz and add shine. It is recommended to rub one pump of the serum in between hands and to apply it onto damp hair before drying.

          With regards to reducing the drying time, I have noticed absolutely no difference. However, I have noticed that this serum does control frizz and flyaway hair considerably, making it smoother and easier to handle. Furthermore, when the weather is bad, my hair tends to become tangled easily and also gets quite flyaway. This serum helps to control my hair and stop it getting so tangled so easily.

          The serum also has a considerable effect on the appearance of my hair - it makes it much glossier and shinier without making it look greasy. This is a light serum that doesn't weigh the hair down, and has a great overall effect.

          I have very fine hair and was concerned that this product may thin my hair out, making it a little too smooth and a little too easy to handle. However, it doesn't thin my hair out at all but instead adds body and life as well as a healthy sheen. Definitely recommended.

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          16.08.2009 23:49
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          Something I will buy forever more! The only product that keeps my mane under control!!!

          This product is AMAZING!!

          It is a hair serum designed to smoothe and condition as well as control frizz and add shine! .... check, check, check, check!
          It does them all!

          Naturally I have VERY thick, curly hair that due to daily straightening can get very dry and coarse, often causing split ends.

          When I visit the hairdressers I love the perfect finish they seem to effortlessly acheive. I asked the stylist how she does it and she said the ONLY product she had used was the Paul Mitchell super skinny serum!

          I decided that second that I was going to buy it, regardless of the price, but when I got to the till I was pleasantly suprised to see that it was only £12.99 for a large 150ml bottle.

          I know this may seem expensive but only such a little bit of the product is required and it really does acheive perfect results every time, so in the long run £5s here and there on haircare products that don't work soon adds up and you would be better off getting something worth while. I have seen it recently on Amazon at a slightly lower price of £11.

          The directions are to rub one pump into hands and apply to damp hair starting at the ends and working your way to the scalp.
          I actually use 2-3 pumps but my hair is VERY VERY thick.

          The best thing about this product is it can be used sparingly on dry hair too, to smooth down fly aways and split ends and just add a little shine. SPARINGLY is the key word here though!!It is important not to get carried away, particularly at the roots/scalp, as although the product is very light, too much will leave you with a greasy rather than smooth look! About half a pump will do when using on dry hair!

          The transparant bottle looks stylish and is handy for seeing how much you have left, although you wont be running out for a long time!! Ive had mine for about 7 months and I still have half a bottle left!

          The product claims to reduce drying time too, personally I haven't noticed any difference to the time it takes to do my hair and this is the only fault I can find with it. However I have noticed a HUGE improvement to the final result and for me that is the main thing!

          2 more positives:

          1) The smell is divine, a bit like apples, I cant quite work it out, but it's gorgeous!

          2) Paul Mitchell Systems does not conduct or endorse animal testings.

          This product is part of a wider range of super skinny goods, however this is the only one I have tried so far.

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            07.09.2008 15:05
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            It really does make your hair seriously skinny

            I was browsing in our local Trade Secret shop and picked up a bottle of Paul Mitchell seriously skinny serum and began to read the blurb. One of the assistants came over and I asker her if she had ever tried it explaining how much money I had wasted on various other lotions and potions. She was very complimentary about the product and explained that it makes the hair look much sleeker and finer and even helps it to dry more quickly.

            I wasn't sure if I was toally convinced but felt it would be rude not to buy it after her help and praise for the product (yes I am that sucker) and handed over my £12.99. I knew that Paul Mitchell was a good brand and hoped it would be worth the price.

            The next time I washed my hair out came the serum which is designed to smooth and condition hair while keeping the amount of volume under control. The serum looked and felt a lot like John Freida Frizz Ease and one pump is enough to do your whole head.

            The product claims:-

            It penetrates deep into the hair shaft where it displaces water and constricts the hair

            The lightweight silicones smooth, condition and seals hair with added shine

            A smoother surface and tighter diameter greatly reduce drying time and speed up styling time

            To use the serum wash and condition hair then put one pump into your hand and work your hands together then starting at the ends work your hands through your hair. Then comb it through to ensure even coverage.

            You can leave your hair to air dry or blowdry it and it really does dry in half the normal time. There is no sticky residue once the hair is dried but there is a light pleasant smell which comes from the serum. Straightening after using the serum seems to be a little easier.

            I have really thick wavy hair which seems to grow out rather than down and normally if I am going out anywhere I have to wash my hair the day before so that I can sleep on it to flatten it even after using GHDs, but with this product it starts off skinny and smooth and is still that way at the end of the day.

            There are other products in this range including shampoo and conditioner, but I use it after any normal shampoo and conditioner and haven't had any problems.

            I would thoroughly recommend this product but obviously anyone with fine, flyaway, lank hair isn't going to find it of use - its only for us thickies.

            At £12.99 it may seem expensive but I reckon I've had the same bottle for about a year now and there is still about 1/4 left.

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              18.12.2005 23:20
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              All in all the best haircare product I have found in years!

              This is a review about a product I love and highly recommend to anyone with unruly, thick or coarse hair that they want to look sleek and straight or to define their curls.

              I went to the hair salon last January to have a cut and blow dry for a friend's 30th birthday party, after all us ladies have got to look our best....Anyway I couldn't get an appointment at my usual salon so had to book another one which is known to be good but is slightly more expensive.

              The male stylist was great though, he talked me through what he was doing to my hair and then used this product on it before blowdrying, one pump of the bottle was enough for my below shoulder length hair!

              I asked about the product but he didn't try to sell me it, he just said it was available to buy at £11.95 for a 150ml bottle.
              I thought this was a little expensive so said I'll see how I get on with the products i normally use.

              However when at the end of the evening out my hair was still sleek and straight instead of my usual frizzy mess (caused my moisture in air) I was very impressed and went back to salon a couple days later and purchased a bottle.

              Now when you consider I have had this bottle for almost a year and it is still half full, and i use this product almost every day, then this is really excellent value for money. You do only need one pump for a full head of hair. My hair is thick and well below shoulder length now and this still manages to keep it under control!

              The bottle itself is a clear see through plastic bottle with a green pump and the words PAUL MITCHELL emblazoned vertically up the front. It is called Super Skinny Serum and it really is Super!

              It claims to.......
              ~Smooth and condition unruly hair.
              ~Smooth surface and tighten hair diameter.
              ~Condition, seal and protect.
              ~Reduce drying time.
              and each one is 100% true!


              This is best used before blow drying your hair, simply towel dry hair, squirt one pump into your hands and rub together (the serum feels rather greasy and thick, but not at all sticky) then smooth through your hair, combing it through from root to ends. Be warned though your hands will feel greasy so best to wash them before picking up hairdryer.....

              I sometimes add another little pump of this after my hair is dry to hold the style too. it will tame any little unruly bits.

              This is best used with the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny shampoo and conditioner which are around £8 each in the salon. I wash my hair about 3 times a week though so this can prove quite expensive for me, so i tend only to buy this only when i can afford to.

              I have been surfing the net to try get some cheaper prices than salon recently and have come up with lookfantastic.com which are charging £9.78 but they also charge for p&p £2.65 so works out more expensive. This is the cheapest i have seen it on the net so may be worth just getting it from your salon.

              Paul Mitchell products have been around since 1979 when John Paul DeJoria and Paul Mitchell decided to launch their own professional hair care system. In 1980 they launched John Paul Mitchell Systems with the help of a borrowed $750, They decided to launch the products under the name of Paul Mitchell because he was the hairdresser of the two and more people would recognise that name.

              The reason behind Mitchell's products mostly being produced on white bottles with the black writing is mainly because that was the best they could afford at the time, They could njot afford to have colour ink! DeJoria claims they should have probably gone bankrupt about 50 times in their first year.
              Today the company turn over approxiamtely $800million a year!

              I don't think I will be using any other smoothing products again, When you find something that works keep with it!

              At under £12 and lasts me at least a year (remember i've still got half left too) it's amazing value for money!

              Thanks for reading!
              Michelle x

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                08.12.2005 17:26
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                Extremely effective serum which is long lasting

                This is one of those products that once you buy, you wonder what you ever did without it. Especially for me - all my life I have had thick, hard to style hair. Straighteners worked - for a time. After a few hours of straightening my hair, it would again resemble a scratty mop.

                The last time I had my hair cut, in October, the hairdresser, after commenting that 'Your hair is really thick, how do you cope!?', presented me with a bottle of Paul Mitchell Super Skinny serum. She pumped some onto her hand and ran it through my wet hair. She advised that this serum was fantastic, and really did make your hair 'skinnier'. Not convinced, I told her that I had possibly tried every serum on the hair market and not one of them had worked, so I was pretty doubtful this one would.

                However, the outcome was not so much amazing, as pleasing. After she briefly dried my hair and then ran the straighteners through it, my hair certainly did look sleek and thinner. Of course, now she knew I was interested, she told me that they stock said product for £12.50. I thought this a bit steep, and didn't have the extra money on me anyway. I told her I would buy it from Boots, she said it wasn't available in any of the High Street stores. Eager to get away and flick my newly skinny hair in the mirror at home, I told her I would come back when I had the money.

                As a fan of ordering online, and believing that if you look hard enough, you can always find something cheaper, I returned home and searched for the product on the internet. Using google, I simply typed in the name of the product. The first result returned was Lookfantastic.com. They stocked the product at £9.78 - £2.72 cheaper than in the Hairdressers. I quickly ordered the product and it was delivered within a day or two.

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                Who are Paul Mitchell?
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                The serum is designed by Paul Mitchell, a well known Hairdresser whose range of hair care products was developed in 1979.

                Their first year developing hair care products was a tough one, due to limited supplies of money. For this reason, all packaging for their hair care products was simply black and white as they could not afford ink. However, this became their trademark and to this day, many of their products still come in the popular black and white packaging.

                Their products are well respected by hairdressers and consumers alike.

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                The serum was developed with unruly hair in mind. Its main use is to smooth and condition hair but is suitable for all hair types.

                The greasy serum 'contains a unique smoothing complex which penetrates into your hair shaft where it helps displace water and constrict the hair shaft'. This essentially means it helps to keep the moisture locked into your hair.

                The serum also serves to reduce drying time - 'skinnier hair means a tighter hair shaft which results in a shorter drying time'.

                The serum contains conditioners which help not only smooth and lock moisture into the hair, but also has 'Thermal Protectants' which helps defend your hair against heat damage from hair dryers and straighteners.

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                The serum is packaged in a distinctive see through 150ml bottle, with a green pump action head. The trademark Black 'Paul Mitchell' writing runs along the side of the bottle.

                A small description as to what the serum does is at the bottom of the bottle and instructions on use, in English, French and German, along with ingredients is on the back of the bottle. There are a number of varied ingredients, including Glycerine, Perfume, Benzyl Alcohol and Citronellol. It is always best to check the ingredients before buying any product, should you be allergic to any of them.

                The bottle does not come with a lid, preferring an easy to use pump action head.

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                This serum is designed to be used on damp hair. I usually wash may hair, let it dry naturally for around ten minutes, towel dry it and then use the serum. This is to ensure that there is minimum water left on the hair, which could possibly hinder the work of the serum.

                It is suggested, on the back of the bottle, that just 1 pump should be used. However, due to the thickness of my hair, I use between 3 and 5 pumps, depending on what condition my hair is in, i.e. dry.

                The serum should be pumped into your hand and then rubbed between both hands. It is recommended that it should be distributed to your hair starting at the ends and then working towards the scalp. However, the first time I did this, I could not get used to working from the bottom, upwards, as this is not the way I had ever applied serums before. Instead, I apply from the top down, making sure that I attend to all of my hair.

                Lastly, I run a comb through my hair a few times to ensure that any unnecessary excess has been removed and that the serum has been distributed evenly.

                This serum is quite greasy and so as soon as I have applied to my hair, I run my hands under warm water and wash with soap. The serum doesn't wash off easily with just water.

                Once the serum has been applied, I then blow dry my hair. Before using the serum, it took me around 10 minutes to just dry my hair. Now, my drying time has been halved - it takes me around 5 minutes to dry.

                When drying, I can feel the slightly sticky residue of the serum. This worried me at first as I thought my hair would appear greasy. However, it is quickly and easily absorbed by my hair.

                Once I have blow dried my hair, I then run my straighteners through. When I had previously straightened my hair, it took me around 30 minutes - I had to go over the same place a number of times before it even showed a little bit of straightness.

                Now, it takes me around 20 minutes to straighten all of my hair. Admittedly, I do now have a pair of GHD straighteners which immediately reduce the straightening time, but I did forget to use the serum one day and it took me longer, even with the GHD's.

                There is no evidence of the serum left after I have straightened my hair, except the lovely smell. I am unsure as to what perfume is contained within the serum, but I get the impression of a light, pleasant berry smell. The smell lasts all day, and as the serum keeps my hair wonderfully straight, it has been known for me not have to wash my hair for three days, with it still looking shiny, straight and smelling lovely.

                On average, I wash my hair at least 4 times a week and use the serum each time. As the serum was bought at the beginning of October, I would estimate that I have used it around 16 times, using on average 4 pumps each time. Considering this regular use, the serum has barely left the top of the bottle. I don't anticipate having to buy another bottle for a while!

                This serum is just one product on a small range of Paul Mitchell 'Super Skinny Products' including Shampoo and Conditioner. Of course, they recommend that the serum is best used with their other products to give effective long lasting results. However, I use the serum with my regular shampoo and conditioner and could not ask for better results.

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                This is a great product that I will continue to buy and I highly recommend it. Despite regular blow drying and straightening, my hair is still in excellent condition. I feel that the serum has not only served its purpose of smoothing my hair but has also kept the moisture locked in.

                I purchased the serum from www.lookfantastic.com at a cost of £9.78. This works out at just £0.07p per ml. However, do have a good look around for prices, as they do differ. I don't recommend buying it from hairdressers as they seem to mark their prices up.

                Now I just need some Super Skinny for my body!

                www.paulmitchell.com

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