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Planet Spa Mediterranean Conditioning Hair Mask
Member Name: alyson29
Planet Spa Mediterranean Conditioning Hair Mask
Date: 20/03/13, updated on 22/03/13 (80 review reads)
Advantages: Pleasant scent and left my hair feeling soft and silky smooth
Disadvantages: Inaccessible directions for use and difficult to remove greaseproof cover
We are presented with 200 ml of mask, which is contained in an eye-catching circular tub with a screw top lid. I had high hopes for this product due to its inclusion of olive oil, as the ingredient is known for deeply penetrating the hair with its anti-inflammatory properties assisting in the prevention of dandruff in addition to promoting a healthy scalp. Despite olive oil offering superb properties, it is perfect for those suffering skin with a sensitive skin and/or scalp and its lightweight texture is unlikely to cause any adverse reactions. Whilst we are not provided with any information on the hair type the mask is aimed at, due to the ingredients, I am presuming it to be suitable for those consumers with dry and colour treated hair.
Whilst I use normal conditioning products on my hair during the week, every Sunday without fail I use an intensive mask to offer an additional moisturising boost. I would describe my hair type as normal although the ends can be prone to dryness and frizz, particularly as my hair is constantly subjected to home colorants as well as a hair dryer, straighteners and a multitude of products. Whilst I would consider myself to be experienced in using hair masks, in order to obtain maximum results I wanted to carefully follow the directions, which are contained on the underside of the tub by way of a sticky circular label, which needs to be peeled back to reveal the instructions for use.
This is where my problems began as despite pulling back the label I was only able to reveal pages four and five and it was an absolute impossibility to locate pages two and three, which were firmly stuck together. As my nails are long I had anticipated that I would easily separate the pages, but I gave up after fifteen minutes of sheer exacerbation and passed the tub to my husband only for him to encounter the same problem. Consequently, I decided that it was probably fine to use the mask on a once a week basis, but I didn't have a clue how long it should remain on my hair before rinsing, so I attempted to locate the answer on the Avon website, which unfortunately, provided no information whatsoever.
The next challenge was actually getting inside the tub, as whilst the large lid easily unscrewed, I was met with a piece of thick greaseproof paper, which was firmly attached around the tub. I twirled the tub around with the expectation of finding a small tab, which could be gently pulled, but alas, one could not be found, so it was a case of stabbing the paper with the point of a knife. Due to my sheer frustration and the splitting of a fingernail, I wanted to toss the tub out of the window and forget the idea of deep conditioning my hair, but waste not want not, so I proceeded to use the mask.
The mask offers a calming colour of olive green, which perfectly matches the packaging with its aroma being clean and fresh although I am unable to identify anything specific. I found it easy to apply the thick gloopy mask to my hair with its aroma slightly intensifying as I combed it through my long hair with my fingers. After applying, I again attempted to separate the pages of the sticky label, but to no avail. However, whilst scrutinising the unrecognisable language on page four, I discovered the number 10 and presumed this to be the amount of time the mask should remain on the hair, so I duly waited for ten minutes prior to rinsing away.
The mask was easily removed within the same timescale required for an ordinary conditioner with the texture of my hair feeling soft and silky smooth. A good test for me is that I run my fingers along the surface of my hair in the opposite direction to the hair growth and as a result, a good conditioner should offer a smooth touch whereas without conditioner, the hair feels a little rough. The mask passed my test and had not left any sticky residue or heaviness to my hair and I was able to style as normal with my hair feeling extremely lightweight. I was disappointed that the gorgeous clean and fresh scent had vanished, but as I always use hair spray, any aroma is generally masked.
I have used half of the 200 ml tub over five applications with my hair reaching half way down my back, so for those consumers with short hair, the tub should last a good length of time. Whilst I enjoyed the opportunity of trying out a new hair mask, I cannot admit to Mediterranean Spa being superior to Dove, which is my favourite product. Whilst the actual mask was acceptable and served its purpose, I was disappointed with the product due to the frustrating label, which prevented me for accessing the directions for use together with the difficult to remove greaseproof paper and as a result, I feel a three star rating to be appropriate. If you are interested in making a purchase I would advise that the mask normally retails at £5.50, which is a little more expensive than Dove products although at the time of writing it is on promotion for £3.30.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
Summary: A good conditioning mask, but terrible packaging and instructions