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Currently I am taking my hair from brunette to blond, a process that requires systematic bleaching over a series of visits. I love the look but one of the side effects is that my new lighter ends are more vulnerable, dryer and prone to breakage. If left unchecked it actually gets this sponge-type quality and it can easily frizz, split or break.
A few weeks ago the new Hask Bamboo Oil range landed on my desk and it instantly caught my attention. So far I have only had good experiences with the Hask brand, and the Bamboo Oil range promised to nourish and reinforce my hair, which was exactly what I needed in my life.
A whole bunch of #new @haskhair goodies have landed #onmydesk and I can’t wait to get testing. Already loving this #Bamboo Oil range – the smell is sooo #lovely and the igredients look brilliant. Will give feedback soon. #9LivesBeauty #BeautyBlogger #beauty #Hair Haircare #Shampoo #Conditioner #Hairmask #HairOil #sulfatefree #parabenfree
According to the brand the products contain a blend of biotin, an important player in building protein, and collagen. These work together to reinforce the hair fibers, rebuilding the protein structures that are worn away by daily damage, styling and heat. The range also contains nourishing oils that restore lost moisture, which is great since protein treatments often leave your hair feeling a bit hard.
So what did I think?
I have been using the range for about two weeks now and I am super happy with the condition of my hair. I found that while the range targets dry and fragile hair, it isn’t too heavy or greasy. My hair is thick but fine so it can easily appear limp if I use the wrong products. On the other hand if I use products targeting oiliness I am often left with dry, poofy locks.
Since I started using the Bamboo Oil range I have noticed more shine than before and my hair definitely feels softer. I use the shampoo, conditioner and Strengthening Shine Hair Oil on every wash, and then I used the mask instead of the conditioner once a week – usually over a weekend since it needs to stay in for about 10 minutes.
All the products in the range have a fresh, lemongrass scent. It reminds me of lime zest. Perhaps even a mojito… The point is that I like it.
The shampoo foams and lathers easily and cleans effectively without leaving my scalp feeling tight or dry. The conditioner has a nice thick consistency that is easy to work with, and it rinsed out easily.
I was happy to see that the ingredients list backs up their promises. Both the shampoo and conditioner contain a great blend of ingredients including the Bamboo Extract as well as Collagen, Biotin, Avocado Oil, and various other nourishing and strengthening goodies.
I am also loving the hair oil. I found it works best when applied to damp hair after washing. I used about a R1-coin size amount and that was just enough. Start with less and rather add more to find your ideal quantity. Like the shampoo and conditioner, the oil is also a nice blend of ingredients including Bamboo Extract, Biotin, Hydrolized Collagen, Avocado Oil and Vitamin E that all work to protect and nourish.
The hair oil does have a lot of silicone but I didn’t find it overly greasy once applied to my hair. However if your hair is very fine you might want to stick to the shampoo and conditioner only. Silicone also helps to protect your hair against heat damage so this is a goodie to use before blow drying or straightening.
The mask is similar to the conditioner but with a higher concentration of strengthening ingredients. You apply it to damp hair after shampooing, leave for 10 minutes and then rinse. I like to use this together with a face mask since they take about the same time to develop. Double whammy.
I really liked the product and I think it is a nice addition if you struggle with more serious damage. The only thing I’m not that crazy about is the packaging. The packet contains enough product for about 3 washes so I would have preferred the mask in a pot that I could close and keep. You can, however, easily decant it into an old jar so it’s not a massive issue.
Like I said, I am a fan of Hask in general. I find their hair care effective (often competing with salon brands) and also reasonably priced. Happily the new Bamboo Oil range didn’t disappoint. Give it go and let me know what you think; I would love your feedback.
The shampoo and conditioner each go for R139,95 and the mask and oil are R54,95 each, available at Clicks.
They have also launched a Kalahari Oil range to protect colour-treated hair, and a Charcoal range that promises to Purify. I will let you know how they are as soon as I’ve try them.
And now before I sign off, I thought I would share a few pointers on getting the most out of your wash.
How to wash your hair correctly
I am sure many of you are already practicing what I preach here, but I have also seen a couple of my friends make a couple of crucial hair care mistakes. With a few tweaks you can lengthen the time between washes and make the most of your products.
1. Brush before you wash
Brushing your hair before you wash it will take out knots so that your shampoo spreads more easily and the cleanse more effective.
2. Wash twice
I have heard this from several hairdressers now. The first wash will loosen styling product and daily residue and the second helps to properly wash it out. Don’t worry, you won’t go through shampoo quicker than usual – the second wash only needs about half a teaspoon of product. The shampoo will foam and spread much easier the second time round. Focus the shampoo on your scalp area.
3. Avoid hot showers
Very hot water can over-stimulate your scalp meaning your hair will get oily quicker. Keep the temperature warm but mild.
4. Don’t be too hard on your scalp
Be gentle when massaging shampoo through your roots. If you cause too much friction and stimulation you again risk activating the oil glands, meaning your hair gets oily quickly after your wash.
5. Towel dry hair before you condition
This is such an important step if you want to get the most out of your conditioner. Applying product to soaking wet hair means a lot of the conditioner simply washes away. I just quickly wrap my ends in a towel to remove excess water and then apply the product to damp hair.
6. Apply conditioner to the mid-lengths to the ends
The rule of thumb is between a teaspoon and tablespoon conditioner depending on the length of your hair, but I think you also need to listen to your hair. In other words, learn to feel whether your hair is sucking up product like a sponge or whether it feels saturated and slippery. Because my ends are blond and dryer I use more product normally recommended for short hair.
7. Comb through
I use a wide tooth comb to distribute the conditioner through my hair and take out any knots. It makes a huge difference. If I don’t comb through my hair is dryer and less manageable than usual.
8. Give it a minute or two
Most conditioner works better if you leave it in for a minute or two. I will wash, condition and then do all the other shower stuff before rinsing it out.
9. Rinse with cold water
Just do a final rinse with cool water. This will seal the hair cuticles, giving you more shine. Yay.
10. Apply oil to damp hair
In most cases I find hair oils work best when applied to damp hair. Apply it to the mid-lengths and ends and remember to comb the product through with a fine-tooth comb to distribute it evenly. This will prevent greasy patches.
11. Don’t wash too often
Unless you have seriously greasy locks you can probably stretch the time between washes a little. I have oily hair so I wash every second day, but many experts recommend 2-3 times per week. Over-washing can over-stimulate your scalp and actually make it oilier more quickly.
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