How I damaged my hair…
I confess: I envy ladies with long, thick, healthy hair. Although I do not complain much about my appearance, I honestly think I got lucky during physical and facial features distribution, I wish I had healthy hair now.
I remember that I had very long and curly hair as a child; my hair was never tick, it was always silky, smooth and unmanageable, but I did have a head full of nice, healthy looking hair. When I was about 8 years old, my hair was up to my waist, I did not like it and convinced my mother to take me to a hairdresser. I remember sitting at hairdresser’s chair, her – nice young lady – cutting off my hair and saying to my mother “I cannot even lift my hands to cut such nice, long hair”.
Nowadays, when I look in the mirror, I cannot believe that at one point I had long and healthy hair.
I destroyed my hair myself, guilty as charged. I started colouring and experimenting with my hair relatively late, when I was about 21-22 years old. My mother warned me not to use cheap drug store dyes but, unfortunately, who listens to one’s mother at this age? I went through all shades and dyes from blond to mahogany, black and what not. Of course, inevitable happened: I burnt my hair with some cheap dye full of chemicals. All of a sudden my hair became frizzy, dead looking, straight and started falling off the ends.
I turned to commercial treatment products and also natural hair treatments. It took me a year or even more to restore some of lost health, some of waves and shine, but my hair never returned to its health and beauty.
Today I have frizzy, pores, wavy hair, that is oily at the scull and very dry at the ends. I need to have my hair coloured once a month to cover greys, and I use hot brush for styling.
I constantly looked for good hair products, read reviews and recommendations, bought and tried many products. Some of them were good, some were…well, awful.
Mini-miracle – hair mask that I though was excellent
This product was recommended to me and after reading numerous reviews, I decided to place an order.
The product comes in a very funny packaging: as you open it, girl’s hair start growing.
Product description: Inject full of nutrient into your hair with ELIZAVECCA CER-100 Collagen Coating Protein Ion Injection! It is a hair essence that transforms damaged, split hair to soft silky hair. Containing collagen, keratin and various botanical ingredients, it prevents hair damage and nourishes your hair.
Judging by ingredients, this treatment should be good and useful.
Ingredients: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Amodimethicone, Cetrimonium Cloride, Trideceth-12, Behentrimonium Cloride, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Silk Amino Acids, Ceramide NP, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Gelatin, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Apium Graveolens (Celery) Extract, Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Brassica Rapa (Turnip) Leaf Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Rehmannia Chinensis Root Extract, Alisma Orientale Tuber Extract, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, Poria Cocos Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Panthenol, Caramel, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance
How to use: After shampooing, dry hair off with a towel and apply to whole damaged parts of your hair. Leave for 5-20 minutes and rinse off.
I apply the treatment, cover my head with plastic bag and then cover with a towel to allow deeper penetration of the product in my hair. You totally do not have to do it; I just find that masks work faster and give better results when some sort of sauna effect is created.
The product is cream-like and is very easily applied.
I found that this treatment did make my hair feel smoother, silkier and look shinier. However, it did not provide that “wow” effect I was hoping for. I also noted that this product made my hair to become oily faster. I had to wash my hair on the next day after washing, this is how greasy it became.
Considering so many good reviews I read before, I do believe that for some people with other types of hair this product is golden and does wonders. Unfortunately not to mine.
The good news is that price was not slamming, it costed my around $10 US including shipping and handing.
However, the next mask is my saviour, I love it, love it, love it!!
Real miracle mask, that saved, restored and brought back to life my poor hair (or what was left of it)
This mask has thick cream consistency. It has quite noticeable perfume-floral scent, which I find to be a bit strong for me, however this is the only negative comment I can leave about this mask.
･Argan oil supplies moisture to hair, mild acids suitably tighten cuticles.
･Different types of honeys and oils bring back shine to dry hair and lock in moisture.
･Recommended for damaged hair with a tendency to dry out.
･Repairs damaged and chemically treated hair
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Triethylhexanoin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Petrolatum,Argan oil, Apricot oil, Pearl extract, Rose honey, Orange honey, Lavender honey
How to use:
･After shampooing hair, work an appropriate amount into all of your hair, leave for 2-3minutes and then thoroughly rinse out.
Appropriate amount: For semi-long hair, about the size of two cherries.
･Recommend frequency of use is 1-2 times a week. However, for very damaged hair it is acceptable use the mask as often as needed/desired (even daily).
I cannot praise this mask enough. My hair feels so soft, smooth, shiny, healthy looking. This mask does not increase scalp oil production thus hair do not feel oily on the second day after washing (which is often a problem for me after using most hair masks).
This mask is a true game changer for me and I would recommend it to anyone who is struggling to have nice, shiny, healthy looking hair.
I am including the picture of myself from “before” and “after” series 🙂 Picture one: shampoo+conditioner routine; picture two: shampoo+mask (applied for 7 minutes) routine.
I am in love!!!
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