If you’ve read any of my other reviews, you’ll be familiar with my quest to find hair products to give me silky smooth hair, and my disappointment or indifference every time I try something new. If this is your first time reading one of my reviews, hello, and to give you a bit of background I try to look after my hair, but between lightening and heat styling it can get a little dry at the ends, and sometimes that makes it unruly. I have another hair product to try, this time from my February Glossybox and I have a good feeling about it as it’s a range that I’ve tried previously, slough I’ve not used this product. The hair mask is described on the Glossybox card as:
“The hair mask harnesses the hydrating properties of honey to leave hair nourished and glossy.”
The full product name is “Ultimate Blends Honey Treasure Strength Restorer Balm”, which is a bit of a mouthful! This is a 20ml sample of the product, with enough for one use. The full size 300ml product is £4.49 from boots.com, and is widely available for other stores online or in store. The cost of this sample is 1.5p/ml or 30p, assuming that a similar pricing structure is used as the full sized product.
The sample comes in a really unusual triangular shaped packaging, which reminds me of a kids iced lolly treat that I used to have when I was younger. The packaging is a plastic covered foil, which I’m not a huge fan of as it needs to be thrown away instead of recycling or upcycling. I imagine this is a business decision to keep sample costs low, but I would prefer a one time only use sample to come in a packaging that doesn’t need to be landfilled. The packaging is a cream or pale yellow in colour, and the text is written in brown. There is some nice visual detail on the front of the packaging depicting a bee and honey pot, with the honey related words surrounding the pictures.
Directions: Squeeze excess water from freshly washed hair and smooth generously over mid-lengths and ends, leaving 1 to 5 minutes (depending on your needs) before rinsing.
The packaging has a drawn dotted line with a little cut either end indicating that a careful tear in the foil will release the cream inside. It sounds easy in theory, however in the shower when everything is wet and slippery, the size, shiny finish and shape of the packaging meant that I failed to get a good grip on the sachet and miserably failed. Instead I resorted to using my teeth to chew a small hole in the side. Whilst I was pleased to break into the packaging, my frustration grew as I could only make a small hole in the sachet, and it took a lot of squeezing to get one application out of the packet. There was a bit left in the foil, but I couldn’t bear to get it all out. The sample package design is terrible, but the good news is the full sized product comes in a pot, which looks much easier to get into.
The hair mask smells really good, it’s not overpowering and I can definitely smell honey in the formula. The pale yellow lotion feels thick and creamy, and is really easy to work through my hair. I can feel it detangling and coating my hair as I comb it through with my fingers, and I decide to wait the maximum time of 5 minutes. My hair still feels smooth and shiny as I, rinsing the product, and it seems to rinse out well without feeling heavy. I towel dry my hair, apply my usual hair primer, and heat protection spray before roughly blow drying.
I should say I haven’t straightened my hair, and straighteners do smooth it out a little. I try not to use my straighteners too often unless I know I’m going to wear my hair down to give my hair a break from the heat. My hair feels light, clean and smells great, it is a little shinier than usual in some places but aside from that I don’t notice a great deal of difference. It’s still dry, and I can see that it still wants to be unruly. I haven’t found a hair mask for my poor hair today, but hopefully I’ll get more haircare in next months box #hairgoals