As someone with naturally curly (I say curly, I actually mean birds-nest frizzy) hair I spend a small fortune on products and remedies to help me get luscious, sleek locks that resemble something like the John Frieda advert. I've tried every serum going, straightening balms, relaxing sprays, treatments and skinny shampoos... all of which are ok for the day you wash and dry your hair, but their effects soon fade as soon as your head hits that pillow. I've resorted to washing my hair practically every day (even though it actually needs washing about once a week - grease free zone is a great side-effect of frizzy, dry barnets) just to keep it looking acceptable. I've even taken to applying overnight treatments to help me get that flickable hair, which again means I have to wash the gunk out every morning.
The lovely ladies at Avon have obviously been reading my blog (or rants) because they kindly sent me a load of frizz-busting products, including their new treatment: Frizz Control Lotus Shield. This claims to create a long-lasting, anti-humidity shield on hair that lasts for up to three days, so there's no need to apply it every time you wash your hair. It's been tested in the most intense humidity situations (including humidity chambers - tropical!) to ensure that it repels water and prevents the hair shaft from swelling up. It's all very technical and it looks like a lot of thought and effort has gone into creating the product and its packaging. But does it work?
I put this treatment on my hair two days ago after I washed and dried it, while it was still touch-damp. I skimped on the usual concoctions I apply and settled with a little serum, hair protector spray and this. (Trust me, my normal routine involves about 3 other things!) I was sceptical, I have to admit. How the hell will this relax my hair when I've only applied a few blobs, and how the hell is it going to last after I wash and dry my hair tomorrow? Well ladies.... yesterday I had very luscious locks. My hair was smooth, silky feeling and frizz free - even after my sweaty tube journey into work. It seemed to get better as the day went on - I'd decided that the hair around my sweaty forehead (mmm sexy) would start going coarse and messy around lunchtime, but the hair of work-days past was gone. First stage, tick.
So, I washed and styled my hair again today expecting to go back to my frizzy former self. I even started off the day with a bit of a birds nest after I decided I was too hot on the tube and scraped it all back with my sunnies. I sat down at my desk and turned on the fan - great, messy barnet here I come. But now, at 11am the day after I applied the treatment, I have silky smooth locks again! It's calmed down from the mess it was earlier and looks like it should do (i.e. when the hairdresser does it) rather than what it normally does when I'm too focused on GMTV to straighten it properly. Second stage, tick.
This really works. And to my surprise, when I opened my favourite Wednesday magazine (Stylist) this morning they'd even featured it too! As I said in my previous blog post Avon have really changed for the better. Could you imagine ground-breaking technology from your door-to-door-lipstick-lady ten or even five years ago? Nope, neither did I. Go get some. Now.