“ Brand: The Body Shop / Subcategory: Treatment / Type: Hair Mask „
The Body Shop make two hair masks, the Brazil Nut Moisture Mask (for dry or chemically treated hair) and the Poppyseed Reviving Mask (for all hair types).
In my my opinion, the poppyseed hair mask is suited mostly for greasy (yes greasy hair should be conditioned and treated!), normal or dyed (but healthy) hair, it really isn't strong enough for dry, coarse or frizzy hair-it will will work a little but if you have one of these types I'd advise getting the Brazil nut mask.
I don't often use hair masks or intensive conditioner because my hair is very healthy and shiny even though I dye it, I'm a shampoo/condition/gel/blow-dry/go kinda gal, but since my hair is now touching my collar bone I decided a little TLC wouldn't go amiss. Since hair isn't a living product it is unable to self regulate, so I've decided that prevention is better than cure, and I'm taking steps to ensure my hair stays as good as it is.
I was looking in the Body Shop and the first thing to catch my eye was the amika leave in conditioner. That thought was soon pushed aside since it would interfear with my styling regime. My eyes then came upon the hair masks. Poppyseed in particular because products for dry/damaged hair tend to make my hair *too* moisturised and then it gets greasy quickly.
The hair mask comes in a sturdy round tub, About 4.5cm (2") deep with a screw lid top. It's a greeny/beige colour with minimalistic labelling, for the most part as the picture above but with a few alterations in the writing. It contains 200ml of product (186g/6.6OZ). There is a label on the base with use and ingredients, in the usual body shop style it is a layered peel label, so make sure you check it out with dry hands! There is a use life of 12 months, though I estimate one tub will last no more than 4-6 months for my length of hair used once a week.
I am really attracted to the packaging, it's hard to explain but it looks a little bit masculine an elegant.
Unscrewing the lid reveals an off white creamy product. It has the consistency of a thick set yoghurt, thick enough that when you get a finger mark it doesn't disappear. The scent is very pleasant, again this is hard to describe, it's kind of a sweet, herbal, masculine, floral scent. I imagine it resembles a poppy but I've never smelled them! It feels creamy and smooth on the fingers and doesn't drip when scooped up.
*USE AND RESULTS*
The instructions say to apply to towel dried hair after shampooing and leave for three minutes. I take a scoop about the size of a level tablespoon and rub between my hands then rub into the hair from the tips to the roots, give it a big rub then leave it for a few minutes. I've found that leaving it longer than three minutes doesn't further improve the effects so don't bother! Rinsing is easy, this is nothing like a conditioner, it doesn't cling to the hair and require a few minutes rinsing, it just glidse off quickly. I only apply conditioner to the lower mid lengths and tips of my hair because it stops my roots getting greasy, but this hair mask doesn't, so I apply it all over. It has the effect of an intensive conditioner without the greasiness (hence the suitability for greasy hair in my opinion).
I then towel dry my hair, rub in some hair gel and blow dry. I have to say the effects of this mask are only fully realised when you dry your hair. It leaves the hair amazingly soft and smooth, but feeling very clean and not weighed down like conditioner does. Even a few washes later the effects are still noticeable. I really like this hair mask.
It costs £7.80 for 200 ml. Your budget will determine if this is a bargain or a treat, but either way I'd strongly suggest you try it, it's amazing.
The tub is pp5, so recyclability depends on your local facilities.
© L Wade 2009 - submitted only on dooyoo.
The Body Shop Poppy Seed Oil Reviving Mask
This is another great Body Shop product!
I use intenese conditioners on my hair due to the fact I regularly dye my hair and also use heat intensive straightening products. So each week I like to deep condition. This reviivng mask to me is just the same as a very intense conditioner and is a product I use often.
The Mask comes in a small round white tub with a screw on lid. The mask smell fresh and pleasant and is thick and creamy in consistency. To use this mask you simply apply liberally to your hair (all over) and leave for three mins. After three mins you rinse thouroughly and style as normal.
After using the miracle mask my hair is much smoother than normal and has a nice shine and a fresh smell. I feel using this makes my hair in far better condition than normal.
I think this is a good hair repair product that with regular use really helps the condition of my hair.
I paid approx £6 for a small tub, which is expensive but has good effects and doeslast for quite a while (approx 10 uses).
Ive got four-colour hair, due to my age large parts of my hair whose natural colour is central European field mouse, aka ashblond, have turned whitish-grey, I have the hairdresser dye some streaks middle blond and bleach others light blond, the result looks quite natural and occasionally fools even women.
Of course, treated like this my hair needs regular care, Ive used Poppy Seed Oil Reviving Mask from The Body Shop (TBS) once a week for some years now and because Im content with it, I want to tell you about it.
There are many reasons why people buy in TBS, Im sure mine is unique. I got to know it in the 1970s in London, I was attracted by its ethics but didnt stay with it because of them. Meanwhile there are other cosmetics firms operating in similar ways, Ive stayed with TBS when it came to Germany because of nostalgia, I rarely visit GB and a trip to TBS is as close as I can get!
When I spotted the Poppy Seed Reviving Mask, I was intrigued, poppy seed in a hair moisturizer? Up to then I only knew about poppy seed being used in and on cakes, a speciality from Silesia and Eastern Saxony where I grew up, and poppy seed as the basis for the production of opium no personal experience here. :-)
Why can poppy seed be used for a hair care product at all? It contains 40-50% of fatty oil as well as unsaturated fatty acids and a small amount of saturated fats. The people working for TBS mix the oil extracted from the poppy seed with organic olive oil rich in proteins and minerals.
I dont believe in using only products of one product range, sometimes I use a TBS shampoo, sometimes I dont, anyway, after rinsing the shampoo and drying my hair lightly with a towel, I smear the poppy seed oil reviving mask in. The smell is pleasant but I cant give it a name, it doesnt remind me of anything, as it is mixed not only with olive oil but also with other ingredients (Im sure you dont want me to enumerate them all), the smell is certainly not genuinely poppyish.
The cover text on the box informs me that it is an express moisture boost for all hair types, express means that three minutes are enough for the mask to do its job, if one begins with the hair care when showering and then goes on cleaning the body, three minutes are a good time, at the end of the showering process the mask is rinsed and the process finished (if the product gets into the eyes, rinse with clean water). At the beginning I thought that more was better than less and left the mask on my hair for about half an hour, my head covered with a warm towel, but I cant say that the result was better.
How much do I smear into my hair? Much less than at the beginning! If distributed well and messaged into the hair, a small amount of the creamy substance goes far; I used to take out too much and the pot became empty too soon meaning the stuff became too expensive (200 ml cost 8 GBP). Should you follow my recommendation and use Poppy Seed Oil Reviving Mask, experiment until youve found out how much you need for your hair.
Btw, I asked an online friend to go to her nearest TBS and find out the GB price for me, she couldnt find the product on the shelves and assumed it wasnt on offer any more. I then emailed the UK Customer Service and got the answer, so if you cant find this product in your TBS, ask the people to get it for you.
What does this mask do to my hair? TBS advertises it like this: It smoothes the cuticles of the hair, helps moisturize the hair and scalp, and adds shine . . . it reawakens tired, lacklustre hair in an instant . . . leaving it soft, smooth, tangle-free and healthy looking. I can underwrite all this except the shine which I dont find overwhelming, when my hair is blown dry I rub some fit, a creamy substance from the Schwarzkopf hair care range, into my hair as a finishing touch, this adds shine.
Do I recommend this product? Yes, I do, however, there may be a problem. Opiates can be detected in urine for at least 48 hours after one eats food containing poppy seeds, and it is not an urban myth that the consumption of only one bagel or muffin covered with poppy seed has caused positive results on a drug screening test and has made drug-free consumers look like heroin users. TBS doesnt tell what happens if I massage the Poppy Seed Oil Mask into my scalp . . .
On the other hand: if all the women using hair care switched over to this product, tens of thousands of poppy farmers from Afghanistan to Pakistan could go on doing what theyve always done, namely cultivate poppies, but they would know that what they do doesnt kill anyone. Just a thought.
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