Product Review – Rainforest Moisture Shampoo

I’m a huge fan of The Body Shop products. Huge, huge, huge fan. I’ve tried a wide variety of shampoos on the market; natural ones, salon ones, standard drug store ones. They have a wide variety of effects.

The Body Shop's Rainforest Moisture shampoo.

The Body Shop’s Rainforest Moisture shampoo.

I picked this product up a little over a month ago and have introduced it into my showering routine. Even though I don’t like the smell of coconut at all, I can’t help but enjoy the subtle scent mixed in with the others of this shampoo! The shampoo is very thick and pools nicely in the palm of my hand. I don’t have to worry about spilling it off my hand when I put the bottle down like I do with drug store products. I strongly recommend you follow the simple instructions on the back if you want good results. Between working at The Body Shop and reading reviews of the product online before I bought it, I’ve heard mixed opinions, and now that I’ve used it, I see why. If you simply pour the product into your hand and try to work it into a lather in your hair, you will miss spots and your hair will not feel clean at all. It’s frankly disappointing. Don’t stop here! On the back of the bottle (I don’t read instructions, so I didn’t notice this when I bought it), it says to work into a lather in the hands first and then work through your hair. This is they key to making this product work for you. Even if you have a lot of hair and have to use a lot of product, you don’t have to worry about wasting it thanks to its thickness. It will stay on your hands as you lather and once it starts to foam on your hands, work it into your hair from root to tip all over.

On days when my hair is particularly dry I like to leave it in the second time I wash my hair while I was my face, then rinse them both off, just so I get a little more of the moisture effects in my hair.

Here’s an important note! If you’ve never used a natural product like this before, you might think it’s not working because you’re not getting a big bundle of soap in your hair when you lather it. On days when my hair is particularly oily, I might only have the foam from my hands for a second before it goes away visually. Don’t get me wrong, it still cleans your hair wonderfully like that! The reason why it doesn’t lather is because it’s not filled with artificial products and chemicals that cause that foam to happen. Just because it foams, doesn’t mean you’re cleaning effectively! In fact, products that do foam a lot tend to strip your hair of their natural oils and leave them dryer than before, so even though it might feel clean, you’re actually damaging it quite a bit.

Moving on! You really don’t need a lot of this product to make it work. For the amount of hair I have (and boy is it thick) I use about a toonie sized amount the first time and a quarter size the second time. That might sound like a lot considering how short my hair is, but when I use drug store products like Garnier, Herbal Essences, or Pantène, I’m almost filling my palm the first time and using a toonie sized amount the second time to get the same cleaning effects.

I used this product on my boyfriend’s hair the last time he was over, and his hair is usually pretty dry. It feels rough, and it’s quite thick for being short. When his hair dried, he kept touching his hair because he was impressed by how soft it was, and he only washed once and didn’t use conditioner at all c:

Overall, I am quite happy with this product. I know I can’t convince people who have already used it (believe me, I’ve tried while at work!), and that’s to be expected. But if you follow the label on the back and buy this during one of the constant sales going on at the shop, you’re getting a great product for a great price.

The Quest for Long Hair! Month 2

I’m a little late posting this! Sorry, everyone! Well, my hair is growing out well and is actually pretty fried. I have to go in for a trim to get rid of the dead ends. Other than the dry, dead ends, my hair feels wonderful and silky. I’ve been staying on top of using Biosilk every time I shower, and skipping conditioner. I’ve noticed with the Biosilk that if I use even a little too much on my hair, it feels like when I have a lot of hairspray in my hair and it gets greasy. It’s really gross.

 

It's a little dark. My hair, month two.

It’s a little dark. My hair, month two.

 

What was stubble is now about an inch long and standing on end. It looks really weird! The rest of it is pretty long. It hangs down just a little under my nose. I can put most of the long part into a ponytail now. Now that I have a steady job, I’m going to invest in some Hair, Skin and Nail vitamins! I’ll let you all know how those work for me. I have new products to review, those will be coming soon. Keep checking back, tell your friends, and spread the love!

 

I’ve been trying scalp massages whenever I remember. It doesn’t help my cluster headaches, but it does make my head feel … almost warm, I suppose. I don’t know if it’s working at all, but it feels good, so I’m going to keep trying! I have a DIY hair mask I want to try that’s supposed to accelerate hair growth (I’ll describe it better when I try and post!)

 

Now, to focus on a regular sleep schedule and drinking lots of water so my hair keeps growing well!

Product Review – Biosilk Silk Therapy

Hey, everyone! I’m back with another product review for you.

As some of you may know, Anime North took place this weekend in Toronto, and I went. I spent about five hours in a salon with a friend of mine, and the girl doing her hair put some of this in my hair. I ended up letting her bleach it (with an ammonia-free product that her salon offers ♥ ) Anyway, she finished my hair and gave a bottle of this product to us to split on an incredible discount!

Biosilk-silk-therapy

Biosilk Silk Therapy

So, with my hair now blonde and this bottle of liquid gold, I was ready for the convention. I proceeded to colour my hair like a rainbow for my cosplay, which fried my hair further. The damage was no where near as bad because of the ammonia-free product and the immediate use of Biosilk after the bleaching. I’ve been using it every day since, and it only takes a dime-sized amount to cover my hair. My hair is soft, shiny, straight and so manageable. I haven’t had to straighten it like I usually do, because it has been air drying perfectly straight for my comfort. My hair colour is lasting longer, too.

To sum up this short review, Biosilk is wonderful. I haven’t encountered a downside apart from its cost. If your hair is fried and breaking, or just frizzy, I recommend giving this product a try. It handles beautifully in humid weather, keeping your hair nice and smooth. All in all, I’m pretty content. Even though a single bottle of this is approximately 50$, it lasts about a year of daily use in moderate amounts.

My new hair! I have to colour it black again for work, though.

My new hair! I have to colour it black again for work, though.

  • Good sized bottle
  • A little goes a LONG way!
  • Feels great on your skin (wipe the excess on your face, it’s great)
  • Amazing at repairing damage
  • A little bit expensive
  • Use wet or dry, no blow dry

Product Review – Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition

I started using this product about a month ago. I bought it so I could stop using conditioner on my hair, since it leaves my hair feeling heavy, flat and rather oily.

Fructis Triple Nutrition Detangling Double Care Treatment

Fructis Triple Nutrition Detangling Double Care Treatment

I went through my usual shower routine, skipping conditioner, and towel dried my hair when I got out. Following the instructions on the back of the bottle, I simply shook the mixture together, sprayed over my hair (three squirts was enough for me) and passed a comb through it.

And boy, do I mean passed.

My hair is tangly, wavy, and overall annoying. I usually have to tug knots out with a comb or a brush after a shower, even when I used a deep conditioner. But three sprays of this product made my hair smooth and tangle free! I was very impressed.

Then, the moment of truth. I let my hair air dry (this product was appealing because I didn’t have to blow dry to activate) and examined it thoroughly. While most oils and deep conditioners leave my hair looking greasy at the roots, or rather flat, or greasy to the touch, this one absorbed right in and made my hair smooth and shiny. Flyaways were mostly tamed, there was a distinct shine that wasn’t there the last time I had showered.

I’ve used this product every time I get out of the shower since then, and I have only used conditioner once when I coloured my hair again. Overall, I’m very pleased with the results. As someone with greasy, problematic hair, I’m pleased to report that I can now wash it every other day without it looking flat and gross! My hair is healthier and much easier to manage.

My rating would have to be 4.5/5

  • No blow drying needed
  • Not greasy
  • Lightweight
  • Inexpensive
  • Long-lasting