Product Type: Umberto Giannini hair care products
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Umberto Giannini Indulgent Beauty Moisture Mask
Member Name: catsholiday
Umberto Giannini Indulgent Beauty Moisture Mask
Advantages: Smells great and works
Disadvantages: None really except it is not all natural ingredients
Umberto Giannini was a real person rather than a company and he started work at fifteen in his uncle's hairdressing salon. He became very successful as a stylist winning the British Hairdresser of the Year award in 1999 and he was the youngest winner ever. He built up a mini empire of hair dressing salons in the UK and also launched the equally successful range of hair products which are still sold today in Boots and some other retailers as well as the salons he started.
I knew nothing about the man or his company until writing this review and was quite saddened to read that he died in 2001 at the very young age of thirty three of a rare muscle wasting disease. Anyway he won't be forgotten as his products are excellent but it is always sad when a young person with so much promise for a great future dies so young.
WHAT DO YOU PAY AND HOW DO I FIND IT?
The plastic screw top cream coloured jar or pot holds 200ml and is a subtle creamy colour with gold writing. The product is a pearly thick cream and the screw top keeps it in good condition.
The cost of this from Boots is £7.50 but at times they do the three products for the price of two so I wait to make my purchases till then
This is one of their Indulgent spa range and the whole range is packaged in the rather understated luxurious cream and gold colour scheme.
WHAT IS INSIDE
This is an intensive conditioning treatment designed to be " a real wonder product giving not just great hydrating results but also a texture that is weightless and loose and a sublime blow dry result."
That is a pretty big claim; is it justified? I used to put this on my hair and leave it on overnight. I would wrap my hair in a scarf. Yes, I know most attractive but I only did it about once a month so it wasn't as though it was a nightly look.
It contains a veritable chemical concoction of unpronounceable things so is far from being a natural product but is has a really lovely fresh slightly herby scent. I found the smell really stayed in my hair too even after washing it the next day.
I have thick, course curly hair and am always envious of those with silky locks that shine like a shampoo advert and so I spend a lot of time and money on products that keep my hair in good condition and give it a nice shine.
This conditioner really does make my hair feel healthy and it doesn't weigh it down either. It washes out easily and after using this I just shampoo with no further conditioner. Sometimes I just rinse it out without shampoo and that works too and then you get the lovely scented herby smell staying in your hair longer.
My air feels soft and not at all weighed down which can sometimes happen with these intensive conditioners. I always think my hair looks a bit more shiny too when I have used this. And my hair feels really healthy.
The active ingredients in this are Florentine orris milk and shea butters as well as the many other parabens and strange sounding things but whatever it contains it does the job well.
HOW TO USE
The idea is that you take enough of the product to coat your hair. I have sometimes really massaged it in and at other times I have just put a small amount on the ends of my hair. I think it is up to you how you apply it and how much. It is for all hair types but they do say if you have fine hair to use it sparingly.
It Is really designed to restore moisture to dried, tired, damaged hair so those with greasy fine hair might want to try another product as this could be rather heavy for you.
If your hair is very dry and damaged you can use this as a daily conditioner until moisture and shine is restored but I found once a month with my method of putting it on overnight was perfect for me and that way my pot lasted about a year.
How much do you use? Well they say apply enough to coat damp hair. As I have said I put it on dry hair over night too and that worked well. You are supposed to leave it on damp hair for five minutes then rinse out with warm water.
So you can just use this as an intensive conditioner like any other conditioner it is up to you and trial and error will sort the method that works best for you.
WATCH OUT FOR
Be very careful NOT to get this so that it gets into your eyes as it stings. They also say that should you accidently get any in your eye that you should rinse your eyes well with water straight away.
ALSO OF INTEREST
The pot has the recycling symbol on it so it can be recycled with other plastics. The product contains natural extracts so sometimes the colour varies between one bottle and the next.
The company do NOT test their products on animals which is another plus point in my book,
This is about the third pot of this lovely indulgent product that I have just finished and I find that as I don't use this daily I don't have to buy it too often. If you were to use it on a daily basis then I would say it might give you a month's use but as I use it only when I feel my hair is needing a bit of a treat I find mine lasts about a year. The product has natural ingredients but I haven't found that the quality has declined in the time that I have had this bottle so it obviously has some sort of preservatives in there.
I love the smell, it isn't sweet at all, more fresh herby and quite sensual. It gives my dull hair a nice gentle sheen without making it at all greasy. I have had no reaction from using this despite all the parabens but if you do have allergies then check the ingredients first.
I would certainly recommend that you give it a try, especially when Boots have their offer on which is good time to buy it.
Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same username.
Summary: A lovely smelling hair mask for damaged dry hair