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Monday, July 6, 2015

Decluttering Series: Weekly Sample Testing With Reviews- Week of June 29



I'm still working on using up my samples stash. If you missed my first post about this challenge you can find it here

I'm a little late posting last weeks sample testing reviews. But, I did test out some new product samples and here is what I experienced. 





John Frieda Sheer Blonde Everlasting Blonde Colour Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner:

The Shampoo lathered really well and I only noticed a subtle fragrance. the conditioner really detangled my hair in the shower, leaving it feeling noticeably soft. After my normal routine and blow dry I notice that my blonde did look brighter and even had some shine to it (not so much on the dry ends though.)  My hair seemed less frizzy and dry compared to many of the products I've been testing out lately, but it just wasn't enough for my parched hair. I still needed to apply other smoothing products afterward and use a hot tool. I wouldn't use this product on a regular basis, instead, I would use it when I feel my blonde needs a little brightening.  Note: When I woke up the next morning my hair was fairly dry. Usually after I sleep on freshly washed hair it's a much smoother texture the next day. Unfortunately that wasn't the case, and my parched hair needed some moisture. So it was perfect timing to try my next product in this post- John Frieda's Secret Weapon.




John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon:

This has a pleasant scent with a creamy lotion like consistency. The directions say to apply to dry hair. As I mentioned my hair was quite dry and rough from the shampoo and conditioner the night before, and it desperately needed some smoothing and moisture. I applied as directed and unfortunately it was no secret weapon for my hair. I definitely find I get better results with many other products and hair oils. I will have to use a hot tool on my hair which I am trying to avoid. I either want to blow dry my hair or let it air dry and then use a hot tool, not both. It's too damaging doing both all the time. Update: My hair frizzed up even more so I went back and used more of this product to try and tame my frizzies and this product just didn't work for me. Granted, it is humid here in the summer, however, I expect that anti-frizz products are designed to help frizzies even in humid or damp weather. I was not even exposed to the elements, I've been indoors all day. I know a lot of people like this but sadly, this was a fail for me.




Aveeno Positively Nourishing Moisturize Shampoo and Conditioner:


The packaging states that the products contain nourishing wheat complex and oat protein, and says that it smooths dry/ damaged hair. This was probably the best shampoo and conditioner for my hair out of my samples so far. The shampoo seemed gentle but lathered well, there was no over powering fragrance in the shampoo or conditioner (It is scented but not strongly.) I was actually pleasantly surprised. My hair was least frizzy and dry with this shampoo and conditioner over all the other ones I've tested so far, and I wasn't expecting that. However, my hair still need something more powerful to help with dryness and frizzies. I think this is a good set for someone who has less frizzy and damaged hair. 




Hask Macadamia Oil, Exotic Shine Treatment:


This oil claims to smooth, revitalize and heal your hair. From Ulta's website: This lightweight, instant absorbing oil is alcohol-free and rich in Omega 7, Vitamin E & Antioxidants. Macadamia Oil helps to replenish moisture and seal the hair cuticle for added softness to transform dry, damaged hair into soft, silky locks. The delicious scent will delight your senses. Free of: sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten and drying alcohol. I really enjoyed this oil. It has a great fragrance which lasted quite a while, so if you are sensitive to fragrances you may not like this one. I think it's kind of vanilla-y and I don't usually like vanilla but I really enjoy this fragrance.  I really liked the results from this product, at last my frizz was tamed! It only takes a few drops so this small tube should last a while. I have many other hair oils to get through before I'd consider purchasing this, but if I needed a hair oil, I would definitely purchase this product. 


Have you found any great hair products recently?

Amy





12 comments:

  1. Hello! Great post! Its awesome you're getting through your stash! I've been using good ole coconut oil once a week as a treatment- Im growing out a pixie cut so Im sticking to the basics :)

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    1. Thank you! It's been kind of fun trying all this stuff out! I actually found a bag of skin care samples too, so I'm trying to work on those too. Coconut oil is amazing! I'm always worried about leaving it on too long though since I've read that oils can pull colour from your hair if you colour it! :O

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    2. I didnt know that!!! :)) i'll have to pass that info on!!

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  2. I too am decluttering makeup! Too funny! Must be the time to do it!

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    1. I just got so sick of looking at it all! I'm having fun testing ever thing put though. :)

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  3. I'm working my way through my skincare sample, but this is a good reminder to get started on my haircare samples, too! Decluttering For The Win!

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    1. Yes! I have so many skin care samples too. Not to mention tons of mouthwash and toothpaste which really aren't worth reviewing as I don't have anything unusual in that department. I'm using as many products as I can each week and it's nice to see the piles dwindling down! :D

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  4. The best hair care products I've tried recently are from the Australian bHave range which I won a while ago. They tame my frizz perfectly but unfortunately are quite expensive, so unlike other products which I'm trying to use up, I'm actually trying to make my bHave products last longer!

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    1. I have yet to find products to truly tame my frizz, my hunt continues! Enjoy your bHave products, good idea to savour them! :)

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  5. Great post! I really need to declutter my samples too, eek!

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    1. Thanks! I'm having fun testing everything out. :)

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