25 March 2011

Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger

My hair is shocking. I won't go into detail here, because frankly I've ranted about it enough already. Let's just say I'm always on the look out for products that will breathe life back into my stressed, frazzled locks.

This new range from Paul Mitchell promises to do just that. The key ingredient here is the awapuhi, which is a type of ginger plant found commonly through India, Polynesia and Hawaii. Hawaiian women squeeze the juice from the flowers to use as a shampoo and conditioner - and oh if only my hair looked anything like a Hawaiian ladies....

To give them even more clout, these products also contain 'KeraTriplex', Paul Mitchell's own Keratin blend, and as we all know, keratin is vital for strong, healthy, shiny hair.

I tried the Moisturising Lather Shampoo, Keratin Cream Rinse, Keratin Intensive Treatment and Styling Treatment Oil.

I really love this shampoo. It's a struggle to find a shampoo that's kind on dry hair, but doesn't leave you with greasy roots, but this is perfect. It's also got a fab scent - a bit like ginger beer, perfect for waking you up in the shower.

The Keratin Intensive Treatment is recommended for use weekly, and the first time I used it I had good results - with my hair feeling softer and smoother than it had in ages. Next day (yes I have to wash my hair daily, mainly as it dries out over the course of 24hrs), I moved onto the Keratin Cream Rinse, and unfortunately this wasn't enough for the really dry areas of my hair, so from that day on I've used the Cream Rinse all over, and the Intensive Treatment on the areas I know need extra care.

As for the Styling Treatment Oil, you can apply to towel dried hair, but this method didn't work for me, leaving my hair a little heavy. However it does work really well as a moisture top up through the day, disappearing into my hair but leaving it more manageable.

Now we're not talking miracles here. My hair is still shocking. But it's less shocking that it was a week ago, and we can't expect miracles overnight can we? And other than my trusty combo of Kerastase Bain Divalent Balancing shampoo and Macadamia Deep Repair Mask, I've not found anything else that can even get me through one day without literally wanting to tear my hair out. 

The lovely people at Paul Mitchell tell me that with time the overall condition of my hair should improve, but of course as I started from such a bad place, this will take a while!

Moisturising Lather Shampoo 250ml £15.95
Keratin Cream Rinse 250ml £17.95
Keratin Intensive Treatment 150ml £22.95
Styling Treatment Oil 100ml £24.95

The range also includes a Texturizing Sea Spray, as I to look messy and windswept at the best of times this wouldn't be for more, plus there's a Shine Spray and Finishing Spray.

All products are available from Paul Mitchell salons.

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