Friday, March 14, 2008

Products for Less

Earlier this week I strolled into the Body Shop where I was greeted by an enthusiastic sales associate. I was already perusing the hair section, so she quickly began talking to me about their hair products and asked her colleague to provide me with a sample of a hair repair mask. I decided to purchase the Brazil Nut Define & No Frizz treatment. It is designed to smooth and define curls. This treatment contains many oils including ginseng extract and rice oil and avocado oil just to name a few. The Brazil Nut treatment can be applied to dry or wet hair and it is designed to protect your hair during a heat process. I really do not use heat on my hair unless I am deep conditioning but I did use this product as a moisturizer since it is a water based product. One night I applied the treatment then rolled my hair and the next day my hair was curled and soft but so was the rest of my hair (including areas where I did not apply this product). I also though my hair looked dry in the spots where I used this product but it did feel soft. I applied my staple (Jane Carter hair nourishing cream on the rest of my hair and those areas were shiny soft and bouncy). Hey I can't complain because this product was $10 so I didn’t break the bank and to be honest maybe it would work better as simply a heat protectant. I must say that it is very light and absorbs well into the hair. I won't throw this product into the skip it files mainly because all it really lacked was leaving my hair shiny but I can achieve that by applying an oil and it never claimed to make your hair shiny. My final verdict is that the price is certainly right but it is just an ok product. This 3.3 oz will cost you $10.00.

So you already know I couldn't leave with just one product right? Pictured on the left is the Amlika Leave in Conditioner. The label states that it will provide "intense moisturization with amlika berry extract to add shine". I didn't really care for the ingredients list but I decided to give it a try because it was also a very light treatment...and it was inexpensive. This treatment is supposed to be applied to wet hair so I wet my hair and applied the product. The next morning I did see a shine, not a remarkable shine but the level of shine you might expect from this $8.00 product, and my hair felt pretty good. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that it is also supposed to reduce breakage and split ends. On a slightly negative note, I didn’t like that the ingredients list consisted of fragrance, lactic acid and other ingredients that I had to look up to understand. I always like it when a product is comprised of mainly natural ingredients.
All in all, The Body Shop hair products did not leave me with a hair catastrophe.


antithesis said...

as a fellow product junkie, i appreciate the ability to live vicariously through you. plus it saves me some $$$ which is always a plus. keep it up!

Product Junkie Diva said...
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Product Junkie Diva said...

LOL Hey Antithesis...
If you have any products you recommend, please let me know. I am always on the hunt.
Thanks for reading.
Product Junkie Diva