OK, so if you're reading this, like us, you TOTALLY jumped on the hair food bandwagon. Yep, I am not ashamed to say that I like many of you, joined the nationwide naturals hunt for all 4 of these intriguing masks. Some of you did so off the back off my review of the aloe one. Have a read here if you haven't already or need a little reminder.
So by now, most of us have decided to give Garnier some props. They may just be one of the only high street brands actually paying attention to what we are saying we want for our hair and in the products we spend good money on to achieve this.
OK Sacha, you're right but please just tell us what we are all here to find out so I can go to every Boots store in town tomorrow to find the banana mask.
Right, let's get into it. Oh actually, firstly I need to let you guys know that whilst we have all been on a mission to every Boots store within a 10 mile radius, these products are not exclusive to Boots. I'm not sure if they ever were but for some reason I totally thought this was the case until some of our very savvy, determined customers found them in Asda (£4) and Sainsburys.
Boots still have them for £3.49, if you can get your hands on them (see below):
Here is a bit of info on the banana and shea mask as per Garnier:
What's Inside Hair Food: YES 98% Natural Origin ingredients** YES 98% Biodegradable Formula*** YES Vegan Formula: no animal derived ingredients or by-products YES Dermatologically Tested YES Plant Oils NO Silicones for a natural feel NO Parabens NO Artificial Colourants Read more at https://www.boots.com/garnier-ultimate-blends-hair-food-aloe-vera-3-in-1-normal-hair-mask-treatment-390ml-10261177#lERoB5sBTS0Ert7C.99
Ingredients:, Aqua / Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil / Olive Fruit Oil, Musa Paradisiaca Fruit Juice/ Banana Fruit Juice, Glycine Soja Oil / Soybean Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil / Sunflower Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract / Rosemary Leaf Extract, Cocos Nucifera Oil / Coconut Oil, Persea Gratissima Oil/ Avocado Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter / Shea Butter, Sodium Hydroxide, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Cetyl Esters, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Salicylic Acid, Caramel, Linalool, Eugenol, Coumarin, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum /, Fragrance, (F.I.L C232325/1)
Read more at https://www.boots.com/garnier-ultimate-blends-hair-food-banana-3-in-1-dry-hair-mask-treatment-390ml-10261179#e4klFGM8QDZ1ytAO.99
As mentioned in my previous review, I was disappointed to see that all four masks seem to contain coconut oil as Jaya's hair generally doesn't like it. It really dries her hair out. Well... I forgave this one too.
So I decided to switch it up a little for you guys with this one. Not only did I use this as a DC on me and Jaya, I also used it as a leave in on my hair, WITHOUT ANY STLYING PRODUCTS! You know that I often like to really put products to the test when reviewing.
Again, this is a really good deep conditioner in my opinion and exceeded my original expectations of this range as did the aloe one. It smells SO good! I couldn't really tell much difference in terms of the consistency and effectiveness of this compared to the aloe if I'm honest, maybe the tiniest bit thicker but if it is, it isn't noticeable. That's good in a way as I liked the aloe one but given that this one is supposed to be for dry hair and the aloe for normal hair, I would expect to see a difference. I guess the difference is solely in the chosen ingredients. I also bypassed conditioner in Jaya's hair today, well kind of. I used the DevaCurl No Poo and then went straight to this. She also loved the smell.
It has great slip and I think my favourite thing about these these two masks is that they are surprsingly hydrating, they seem to moisturise and help detangle the hair instantly. I applied it as a DC and left it on in four twisted sections underneath my usual cling film and frizz towel for around 30 mins.
In my last review I told you that I'm not a fan of products that claim to be multi-purpose as I feel a product should have specific properties to achieve it's purpose. Off the back of that, I wanted to put that to the test given that Garnier are positioning these masks are 3 in 1; Conditioner, DC and Leave- in Conditioner.
So how did it do as a leave in? Well, not bad. I think this will only work as a leave in on some hair types as it is quite thick so will probably weigh fine hair down. I feel that you will also have to really get the amount right, I was conscious of not using too much so I didn't and I also watered it down. During the first hour or so of air-drying it was shiny but the kind where you have applied too much product and it did feel quite product-y, curlies will know what I mean. See below:
That said, once fully dry it resolved itself and was actually very, very soft. My hair feels lovely, light and fluffy. To say I have no styling products in, the banana hair food held it's own. Not bad, not bad at all. I will be interested to see how long it is before I need to rescue my hair and give it some moisture. Pretty soon I expect but all in all, another win from this bargain.
Take a look at my results below and let me know what you think.
If you try it, let us know. Reviews on the other two masks to follow.
Speak soon curlfriends.
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