I was lucky enough to get onto Beauty Review‘s trial team for this product range and they were generous enough to send me not just the shampoo, but the entire range of full sized products. This clay range is targeted at oily hair and consists of four products. They’re all packaged in beautiful mint green packaging with darker green accents. The pre-wash hair mask is in a 150ml screw top tub, and is a thick greyish-green coloured paste, the shampoo in a 250ml flip top bottle, the conditioner in an inverted 250ml bottle (it stands on its lid), and the dry shampoo in a 150ml aerosol-type can.
Pre-wash Clay Mask: I found this thick paste to be really difficult to work into my scalp. It spread easily over my fingertips but turned almost sticky when trying to apply it through my hair and onto my scalp. It was difficult to spread and I was hesitant to add water to thin it, as it’s supposed to work the same way as a clay face mask but on your head, so I persisted even though it felt like it was pulling at my hair. I left it on for the required 5 minutes and it did rinse out very easily, and it has quite a pleasant smell.
Shampoo: The shampoo lathers wonderfully and removed any mask residue still left on my scalp, as well as cleaning my hair thouroughly without leaving it squeaky. I have shoulder length hair and only needed to use a small amount of shampoo. It almost feels like the shampoo has a volumising lather, my hair feels quite pouffy when I’m washing it. After rinsing the shampoo out, my hair felt rather dry and strawlike and I definitely needed to use conditioner on the mid-lengths and ends.
Conditioner: I never use conditioner on my hair, ever! But after using the clay mask and the complimentary shampoo, I felt I really needed to condition the mid-lengths and ends to make my hair feel soft and smooth once more. The conditioner is lightweight and doesn’t leave my hair feeling limp or looking greasy. Just make sure to keep it away from your roots and scalp. You don’t need very much conditioner, just enough to nourish the ends of your hair. For best results, leave the conditioner on for two to three minutes before rinsing it out.
Dry Shampoo: The dry shampoo works like any other dry shampoo, although this one doesn’t leave any white marks or visible residue. I’ve been using Tresemme’s Instant Refresh Translucent Dry Shampoo (which I love) and L’Oreal’s dry shampoo may just bump it off the top of my favourites list! If you remember, try using the dry shampoo at night, before you go to bed. Spray it on, massage it into your roots and then leave it until morning to soak up the excess oil. Brush it out the next morning, adding an additional spritz of dry shampoo, if necessary.
Overall, I’m really impressed. Normally I wash my hair in the evening, and by lunchtime the next day the ends are looking stringy and greasy already. With this range, my hair still looked good 24 hours later, with only a little sign of greasiness. Instead of having to wash my hair every second day, I can now get away with washing it every 3rd day if I use dry shampoo two days in a row and tie my hair up on the 3rd day.
I doubt that I will purchase the clay mask in future, as it definitely tugs at my hair while I’m applying it and I find my hair fall while washing it has doubled since using the mask. With such fine, thin hair, I really can’t afford to lose this much hair every time I wash it. This is all due to the ‘stickiness’ of the mask while trying to apply it. I’ll definitely be buying the shampoo, conditioner and dry shampoo when they run out, as they really do work well.