Freakishly Good Hair

 

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Confession time. While I spend an inordinate amount of time on skincare, I neglect my hair.

This laissez-faire attitude was passed down to me from my Dad. I remember being secretly thrilled when he informed me we’d run out of Vosene* so he’d had to use Fairy Liquid.

O.G.

*Quick survey – what terrible chemical compound did you clean your hair with  in the 80’s? Vosene? Johnson & Johnson? Matey? My mother drew the line at Head & Shoulders after she read that it was on an FDA banned substances list. And yes, American readers, the FDA does have an influence even in Penzance, Cornwall, UK – so be proud of that!!

I haven’t sunk quite as low as dishwashing liquid yet. Although my Camomile Ecover seems way too good for the dishes, so I wouldn’t rule it out just yet. Usually, it’s a case of whatever’s on special offer maybe some Tresemme or Aussie whatsit and product wise, well um….none!

Despite this, my hair has always been good to me (moon in Leo) and is still heroically hanging in there, abundantly, atop my head. But since adding a bit of blonde last year AND straightening it regularly it’s crying out for a proper conditioner. So I resolved to give my barnet a bit more TLC in 2016.

After seeing Claudia Winkleman on The Pool talking about her new range for Marks and Spencer I was stone cold sold on what she refers to as ‘The Answer’. That is, the answer to the question ‘what do you use on your hair?’ and which M&S have boxed up as Freakishly Good Hair

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She says: ‘This is it. You know when you just meet the one? You lock eyes and know that life will never be the same. That’s the deal with this. I’d have children with this conditioner if I could.’

 

A bold and enticing claim. But until the day when that is medically possible we must be content merely to use it to improve our locks.

IMG_2037The £10 box contains a wash off conditioner, a comb for application and promises guaranteed results from a trusted source. I mean, who wouldn’t want their hair to look as sleek and shiny as CW’s? She recommends you (‘this is important’) COMB it through shampooed hair. ANY SHAMPOO. Hurrah! Then rinse and leave. Simple.

Now, I have thick dry and wavy / curly hair so I would normally blowdry it to make it look smooth and straight. Leaving it to air dry, even after using plenty of conditioner ,would usually result in a huge amount of frizz. So I was keen to see whether this would actually make a difference.

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No other products used, this is just air dryed & untinkered with.

And lo! Yes it did. While it wasn’t ‘sleek’ as such (remember my natural hair texture is that of ‘frizzy hedge’) it did have a healthy sheen, very few flyaway strands AND felt soft and bouncy. But unlike many silicone heavy products which can weigh naturally curly hair down, this held my hair together with decorum but didn’t make it limp, greasy and in need of another wash. Result!

 

Freakishly Good Hair is cruelty free, smells divine and the ingredients are these: Aqua, cetearyl alcohol, dimethicone, behentrimonium methosulfate, quaternium-80, propylene glycol, amodimethicone, betaine, bis-(ethylisostearyl imidazoline) isostearamide, cetyl alcohol, panthenol, plukenetia volubilis seed oil, phenoxyethanol, parfum, benzyl alcohol, cetrimonium chloride, hydroxyethylcellulose, hydroxypropyltrimonium honey, potassium sorbate, hydroxypropyltrimonium hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed vegetable protein pg-propyl silanetriol, disodium edta, lactic acid, trideceth-10, bht, vp/dmapa acrylates copolymer, tocopherol, sodium hydroxide, sorbic acid, edta

Next time I’ll follow it with the usual heat styling to see if the same still applies but so far am very impressed AND very tempted to try the make up range, as a fellow devotee of a kohl rimmed eye and nude lip I should probably give it a go. Well done Claudia. Celeb ranges are often really naff but she is turning this around by  actually delivering on a promise.
Let me know if you try ‘The Answer’ particularly if you have straight hair, and how you get on. And I hope you’re all having a brilliant back to work Mon 4th Jan! YAY!

 

 

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4 comments

  1. Your hair looks on point! It’s that hair that most women look at and envy your styling skills and many dudes look at and think… well let’s not go there. I also have a great deal of appreciation for a line that doesn’t try and shill you exras for the sake of it. You MUST use the shampoo with the conditioner, as if they kill a kitten each time you don’t. I don’t even have hair and I’m sold.

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    • Ha ha thank you and yes that’s the main selling point in that it’s just that and not a whole bleedin’ range of nonsense and it’s more about the application. Makes a lot of sense. Good old Claudia 👍🏼👍🏼

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  2. Hi Maggie, Good that it worked for you but beware it’s rich in silicones: dimethicone & amodimethicone(the type that build-up). I find with – curly hair – silicones need to used with great caution…

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    • I agree Arlene, it’s good if you want a sleek glossy look but too heavy for curls. My hair is so bleached now it needs heavy duty repair products so have sidelined it for the time being x

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