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I have waist-length, frizzy, wavy, split-prone hair so I go through a tub of deep conditioner every 1-2 months. I bought this one as it said it was reconstructing and as my hair breaks a lot I thought this might prevent it. What happened was that my hair became quite brittle by the time I finished the tub.
Following a bit of research, it turns out that this contains a silicon protein and that using conditioners with protein too much can make porous hair brittle as the protein enters the hair shaft. Silicon can also coat the hair shaft making it harder for moisture to penetrate. I found that this makes it unsuitable for my hair as it just dried it out. I use silicon products throughout the week to tame my frizz, so I use a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove the build-up and let moisture in. However, as clarifying shampoo drys my hair a bit, I need a deep conditioner straight afterwards. This means that with this product I'm removing the silicon build-up only to replace it immediately!
So my hair started to feel like straw, but somehow it didn't get as many split ends as usual. What I've learnt from this product is that I do need a protein based deep conditioner but only once a month, while I need a much more moisturizing one the rest of the time. I've also learnt that silicon in my deep conditioner is not a good idea. I think if you have breakage prone hair that doesn't lack moisture, this product might do the trick but for dry, porous hair it's can be quite damaging.
My hair has taken quite a battering during the process of getting it blonde and, as a result, I've been buying and trying a number of different hair products of late to try and restore it back to its healthy condition (hair care moving up to level 1 has come at quite a good time for me)!
One product I decided to try was this Toni & Guy Nourish Reconstruction mask. I actually bought this one before lightening my hair thinking that if I just covered my hair in this after lightening and dying it'd remain in decent condition. This 200ml pot of product cost me around £7 at the time from Boots although their website is now showing it for £4.79 (I'm not sure if it's just been knocked down in price or if online and instore prices are different though). I've never seen this for sale anywhere else but Boots either.
The mask comes in a circular pot with screw on lid, it's off white in colour and displays the Toni & Guy logo as well as product information. This is said to be a deep conditioning reconstruction mask which should be applied to wet hair and rinsed off after three to five minutes.
Unscrewing the lid reveals the white, thick and creamy mask which has a really nice and slightly fruity scent to it. To use this mask I simply scoop up a dollop in my hand and comb through my hair as usual as after shampooing.
I'd say my 200ml lasted me about seven applications which I don't think is much personally! I certainly seemed to use more of this than usual as I did find it didn't evenly coat my hair very easily. Never the less, once on I am left inhaling the really nice scent of the mask which was very relaxing and, I'm pleased to report, long lasting in the hair too. When it came to rinsing this off it was easily done. Although the mask felt a little heavy on my hair it came off with no problems and didn't leave my hair to continue feeling heavy after I'd rinsed it off.
Whilst the mask certainly did make my hair feel soft and tangle free I don't feel as though it did much reconstruction. It is a lovely conditioning product if you just want to maintain the condition of your hair rather than improve it but, for damaged hair, I think this is rather disappointing.
My hair still felt quite dry even after continuously using the mask once a week for the duration of the pot. No noticeable difference was made to my split ends and, although it did leave my hair soft, I've used cheaper alternatives which have left it feeling a lot softer. On the plus side, this isn't colour stripping like other similar products I've used and my hair was initially left feeling quite nice and very manageable. The lovely scent lingers in the hair for a couple of days too!
All in all this is a nice product if you have relatively healthy hair and just want to give it the occasional treat. For damaged hair, however, I wouldn't personally recommend this one and it doesn't seem to make any difference and, even at Boots lower price of under £5, I still think this is rather expensive for the results given.