Hi everyone! Anyone else struggling with the return to reality now that the heatwave is over? I’m not a fan of having to go outside in the rain or even just humid weather, because my hair doesn’t cope. If you’ve seen Friends, think of that episode where they go to Hawaii! That’s basically my life every day living in the UK.
To help me combat the straw like hair that this weather can leave me with, I like to arm myself with moisturising hair products that will keep it in great condition. I had some great success with the Maui Moisture Revive & Hydrate range, but there was still room for improvement. Let’s look back at where we left my hair routine in my last review:
- Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp Shampoo
- Maui Moisture Revive & Hydrate + Shea Butter Shampoo & Conditioner
- Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment
- Argan Oil
- TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Oil & Heat Protect Spray
I had been using the Lee Stafford mask for years. My hair always felt softer when I included it in my routine, but I wasn’t convinced that it was actually helping my hair grow, which felt like a bit of waste at £8.40 for 200 ml every couple of months. So I turned to my favourite search engines for my drugstore beauty needs, the Boots and Superdrug websites, and came across the Garnier Ultimate Blends Coconut Milk Dry Hair Mask. With a score of almost five stars across 200 total reviews, it seemed like a great product to try.
Similarly to Maui Moisture, minus the tropical vibe, Garnier’s Ultimate Blends collections focus on a return to natural ingredients, as opposed to unpronounceable chemicals, and their benefits for your hair. Their ranges aren’t silicone or sulfate free, but they contain no parabens, and their website specifies that their packaging is 100% recyclable. They also now carry a vegan range, however as they do sell in China and are part of L’oreal, they are not considered cruelty-free (June 2017, Cruelty Free-Kitty).
The mask comes in the familiar Garnier round pots, and it retails for an affordable £4.99 for 300 ml. Boots and Superdrug both currently have it on offer for £3.32, which I think was also the price I got it for in my February haul. This is formulated for dry hair, and contains coconut milk rather than oil, which I was curious to try as oil formulas can weigh my hair down dramatically. This mask also peaked my interest because Garnier promises it can be used in three different ways: as a traditional hair mask, as a leave-in conditioner on wet hair, and also on dry hair.
So, on to first impressions: it definitely smells of coconut, which I love. If I use it on dry hair, the scent will stay with me for several hours, which is something to be aware of if you’re sensitive to fragrances. The texture is similar to a balm, and I only need a little product lifted off the top to coat my ends. My boyfriend has been getting into this one too and we haven’t made much of a dent, so it should last you ages, unless you’re clumsy like me and drop it on the floor when the lid is off.
Out of the three suggested applications, my least favourite is leaving it to soak into wet hair. Once dry, it feels oily, like I already need to wash it again, so I gave up after two attempts.
As a mask, I think it has done a decent job. The tub doesn’t say how to long to leave it on for; with any mask I go for about half an hour, once a week, which means I can let it absorb while working on my blog or my studying. I did start straightening my hair again once a week back in March, despite the visible split ends this is causing, my hair is still in much better condition than it was at the start of the year. It also still feels very soft two months after my last cut.
On any days where it’s feeling a bit drier (especially if I’ve managed to get caught in the rain), I apply the product straight on to dry hair. This is easily my favourite use for the mask: it leaves my hair soft again within a few minutes of using it, and I really think it’s helped keep my hair in a decent condition. Plus it helps tame frizz a little, which my boyfriend confirmed after the smell of coconut floating towards me from his curls confirmed he had found his way into the pot too.
While I am enjoying the mask right now on my untreated hair, I am planning on getting it bleached once I’m happy with the length, and I think I will switch to another product at that point. I don’t think this one will give me enough moisture to avoid having to chop everything off again, so I’ll go for something a little stronger. So I probably wouldn’t repurchase it, right? Actually, I would, if only just to use it on dry hair, especially once I’ve destroyed it with bleach; I’m hoping it would keep it from drying out as fast as it did last time, but of course I will let you know once we get to that point!
So if you have dry but untreated hair, I would recommend giving this mask a go! It’s key selling point to me really is the value for money: not only can it be used in three different ways, but you get plenty of product and only need to use a little bit every time. My hair really is feeling lovely at the moment, and I may have already purchased some more products from the Ultimate Blends range for my next review, so make sure you keep an eye out for it! And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, where I will be posting more photos of this makeup look.
Have you tried anything from the Ultimate Blends range? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!