Hello! So a cheeky hair post from me today. I am well into my hair care, as most of you will know if you read my blog regularly. The problem for me is, I do tend to spend a lot of money on hair care, I like to go for expensive brands, I've just always found great results from the more expensive brands so when I came across the Umberto Giannini Mend My Hair range I was interested and excited to try it, mainly because of the name 'mend my hair' anything that promises to mend my hair is a winner, but also, because it's affordable!...
I've always sworn by John Frieda to keep my hair blonde, and that is a high-street, well priced brand. But when it comes to things that are going to fix my hair, I've always gone for Macadamia, Kevin Murphy, Kerastase and a few others, most of which can be found on the shelves of Selfridges and Harvey Nichols (you can read all about the products I use here). I'm all for saving money though so when I went to the Umberto Giannini salon to get my hair transformed recently (find out about my trip here), I made sure I asked the hairdresser about these products in order to find out if they're actually good or not. Firstly, I asked the hair dresser at the salon if he truly likes these products, after all, he has to use them on his clients hair. No hairdressers is going to use rubbish products, they want their customers to come back surely? Ben explained that at first, like me, he was apprehensive, but the minute he started using them he realised that they're really great products. Ben used these products on my hair throughout my time at the salon and admitted to me that he now only uses these products in his own bathroom too... and I can see why. I have scrapped my other hair products for the past few weeks and I have been using these so that I can give them a fair test...
It's quite hard to review a shampoo and a conditioner, but what I can tell you is that these have protein inside which means that they put the protein (and therefore strength) back into your hair and rebuild any damage, which is exactly what I want/need. Strength = naturally long, lucious, health hair which i what I'm aiming for. I have noticed a massive growth spurt in my hair recently too which is exciting, I like to keep you all updated with my hair journey because it's been a tough one (if you don't know why then you can read about that here).
The shampoo apparently cleanses without stripping colour, which is good because I want my colour to last for a while rather than washing it out! It also doesn't strip moisture, my hair needs moisture and hydration so this is perfect. As well as this, the shampoo claims to rebuild the strength and elasticity of hair damaged by colour, heat and dehydration - my hair does feel a lot smoother and stronger now which is good.
The conditioner has pro-vitamin B5, conditioning milk protein, liquid shea butter (which is fabulous on your body so imagine how good it is to the hair) and ginseng extract. They're sulphate free too so it's non-damaging and has no nasty bits inside. The conditioner aims to 'recover and control parched and unmanagable hair' it's designed to be a 'super hydrating conditioner that detangles, smooths and strengthens and gives a daily nourishing repair boost'. The thing I love most about this conditioner is that the instructions say to leave it on for at least 3-10 minutes, my hair dresser has always told me to only use strengthening conditioners that you leave on for over 3 minutes, other wise, apparently they're just not strong enough. Ben did put this on my hair in the salon and he then left a hot flannel over the top for a few minutes so that it worked into my hair even more, I must try that at home. Another great thing about this conditioner is how bright it makes my hair look, my hair literally goes so nice and bright with it and looks like it's just been coloured!
I've also been using the damage repair protein spray, probably my favourite of the products because I can spritz it on my hair every time it's wet. It's meant to repair damage and protect against further breakage from colour, heat and dehydration. It's a leave-in, pre-styling spray, that strengthens, nourishes and softens with heat protection too! I've noticed that my hair dries a lot nicer with this, it does make my hair more manageable I always use heat protection spray but this doubles up as a repair and heat protection spray. I read online that protein really helps with hair growth so I am going to continue using this as it makes my hair feel so soft, shiny and I don't have any split ends yet! This also has keratin in too which is known for hair growth and hair strength. I am forever googling ways to make my hair grow and this product ticks all of the boxes, as I've said before in my how to grow your hair post, strong hair = long hair!
The final product that I've been using is the intensive damage repair 5 in 1 hair oil. Ben blended this together with a mousse when he did my hair, this meant my hair was big and strong. I use this once I've towel dried my hair and just put a tiny bit through the ends of my hair. This is apparently 'the perfect blend of oils and nutrients', it's meant to strengthens and repair, smooth and soften, conceal split ends (the only bit I don't like, I don't want my split ends concealed, I don't want any split ends at all!), tames and controls and adds shine. This product sounds brilliant and it does make my hair feel great but I personally prefer the protein spray and I still can't get over my favourite Macadamia Healing Oil to banish split ends and keep strengthening my hair.
Have you used Umberto Giannini before? What are your favourite hair growth/hair strength products?
Lots of love, Em x
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