Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Philip Kingsley end to my penchant for expensive haircare?

Hands up if you're a hair care snob? *Waves hands in the air frantically*. So imagine my delight in finding another high end product, the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer 'intensive super-moisturizing treatment' hair mask, to spend my wonga on. According to the blurb it:

"Adds elasticity, manageability, bounce and shine"

Now I have no idea what 'elasticity' is, but heck, I want it. I want Chery Cole-esque full, shiny wavy locks. I want my hair to be so full of life and lustre people stop me in the street to worship and adore my beautiful mane. I want it so much I'll risk spending £25 (yes, £25 smackers) on 150ml of product. Oh and at that price you also get a sexy shower cap included. And who said I didn't have an eye for a bargain?

Now for £25 I was expecting miracles, and what did I get? Well, nice soft hair and a nice shower cap, but not a lot else. Oh no, there was one other thing; a burning hole in my pocket. Now don't get me wrong, I won't swap my kerastase shampoo and conditioner for pantene any time some, but when it comes to hair masks and the like, I think my penchant for expense needs to be reigned in.

In my, albeit humble, opinion, hair masks are one of those slightly gimmicky things; they might look nice in your bathroom, and no doubt this stuff does, but in reality, unless you're made of dosh a boots own £5 pot of the stuff ain't gonna do much less than anything Philip Kingsley can slap a massive price tag on.

But of course of you still fancy slathering your fine locks in this but without the massive price tag, it's avaliable in sample sizes for £3.50 in Harvey Nichols, which as a pampering treat is worth the small expense, but this certainly isn't a 'holy grail' product that'll magic your hair woes away. Although considering the price tag that might surprise you...


QueenOfTheSuperficial said...

You should have a look at doing some alternative hair masks... like warm olive oil! Works wonders ;)

Cat said...

@ Queenofthesuperficial - That sounds like an excellent idea, I'll give some homemade masks a try and report back!

Thank you for your comment!


Lillian Funny Face said...

I've tried this before and actually it made my hair softer than it's been in years, but as my hair is basically made of straw i guess the results will seem more extreme on me than on anyone with hair textured hair :P

MillyCupcake said...

I love elasticizer!
I wouldnt use it every week,
but it has saved my hair twice!
both times I decided to bleach my hair just a bit more, and totally frazzled it, big bits were breaking off in my hands etc, terrified it would all come off, smothered hair in elasticizer and it was smooth and silky and non breaky after!

deffo a saviour product of mine!

Cat said...

@ Lillian and Milly - I'm glad you had good experiences, I liked it, but no way felt that it justified the price! I mean my hair wasn't in awful condition when I used it (a bit ry and split, but not as bad as it's been). I've found more that using high end hair care such as kerastase or aveda shampoo/conditioner has improved the condition a lot more than this mask, but hey ho, what works for some doesn't work for others!


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Anonymous said...

You nicely summed up the issue. I would add that this doesn’t exactly concenplate often. xD Anyway, good post…

Wengie said...

Thanks for the review :)
Much love,