Hask Bamboo Oil

Posted in Beauty, Hair on May 2, 2016 | 32 Comments »


Hask Bamboo Oil

Hask Bamboo Oil

Hask Bamboo Oil

Hask Bamboo Oil

Last year I talked about the Hask Macadamia Oil hair care collection. Today I will be talking about the Hask Bamboo Oil Strengthening collection. I was pretty excited about trying this collection as one of my favorite hair oils also contains bamboo extract. I was curious to know how the Hask Bamboo Oil collection would compare.

Here’s what Hask has to say about the Bamboo Oil collection: ‘Bamboo oil, known as one of Asia’s natural treasures, is proven to strengthen hair and deliver essential nutrients that revive weakened and lifeless strands. Combined with biotin and collagen, silicon-rich bamboo oil gives hair a strong foundation, improves flexibility and prevents split ends. So damage caused by every day styling is a thing of the past!’

Sounds pretty good, huh? The Hask Bamboo Oil collection is also free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, drying alcohol and artificial colors. The brand is also fairly easily to track down. I’ve spotted their products at Target, Kmart, and Ulta. Speaking of the products… let’s dig in!

Let’s start with the shampoo and conditioner. Getting to the product was very easy as the bottles are fairly hassle free. The shampoo had a thick gel like texture and lathered up really nice. The conditioner is what surprised me. I remember the Hask Macadamia Oil not feeling very rich and moisturizing. This one was incredibly rich and moisturizing! I didn’t need to slather on extra for this effect either. I used the same amount I would any conditioner and it spread through my hair evenly and really worked through all of my hair leaving it feeling silky smooth. The shampoo and conditioner also contain a herbaceous lemongrass scent which initially smells like cleaning product, but after a few moments it smells a little floral. It’s actually very refreshing and I think I favor this scent over all of the others.

The Hask Bamboo Oil Strengthening Deep Conditioner is still my favorite product. It smells like the shampoo and conditioner, but a little stronger. I worked the Deep Conditioner through my hair and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes and then rinsed. It’s so easy brushing my hair afterward. My hair is softer and smoother. It looks and feels so much healthier than before.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of the Deep Conditioner and it’s a must have in my hair care routine. My mother-in-law recently asked if I could recommend a really good deep conditioner for her hair and I immediately suggested she try Hask. I have like a dozen packets sitting in my closet so I gave her one to try. She loved it! I recently found out that the Deep Conditioners are sold in larger sized tubes thanks to Lulle from beaumiroir.com. I’ll definitely be purchasing a few for me and the mother-in-law. The packets are great and I always get a few uses out of just one packet, but they aren’t resealable and that can sometimes be a hassle.

The Hask Bamboo Oil Strengthening Shine Oil is similar to the others by Hask. The oil comes in a thin tube with an easy to remove cap. I poured a little in the palm of my hand and rubbed together warming up the product and worked it through my damp hair. It smells just like the shampoo and conditioner, but more subtle. It didn’t feel heavy or greasy. It left my hair with a nice healthy looking shine.

I’m really impressed with the Hask Bamboo Oil Strengthening collection. I can honestly say that this stuff rivals my go to shampoo and conditioner. I’ll definitely be purchasing the Bamboo Oil Strengthening Deep Conditioner for both me and my mother-in-law, but in the larger sized tubes if I can find them. I’ll also purchase the Bamboo Oil Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner once I use up all 3 open bottles of shampoo and conditioner I currently have sitting in my bathroom. Oops! Well, done, Hask!

*I received these products complimentary. I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this review. All opinions are completely my own.

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Hask Macadamia Oil

Posted in Beauty, Hair on December 31, 2015 | 19 Comments »


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If you look back on my photos you’ll see that my hair is forever changing. I’m always dying it and when the mood strikes I even go and chop it all off. It was all fun and games until my last trip to the salon. I asked for an ombre and got highlights. Don’t ask. But the bleach really did a number on my hair. I went to Target and browsed the hair care aisle desperate to find something to help bring my hair back to life. That’s when I was first introduced to Hask.

For the past few months I’ve been buying their wonderful Deep Conditioner packets. I’ve only tried the Argan Oil and the Keratin Protein Oil. Let me tell you… they smell amazing! They really have helped my hair so much. After months of using the Deep Conditioner packets (twice a week) my hair feels softer and doesn’t look as frizzy and damaged. So you can imagine how excited I was to try some of their other products.

Hask is a collection of hair care products featuring exotic oils from around the world. Products are free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, artificial colors, alcohol, and gluten. Hask offers a nice selection of hair care products for all hair types. Today I will be talking about the Macadamia Oil Shampoo, Conditioner, Deep Conditioner, and Shine Hair Oil.

The shampoo and conditioner were really nice. Unlike the Argan Oil and Keratin Protein Oil the Macadamia Oil had a more subtle scent. It smelled like vanilla. I didn’t feel like the shampoo and conditioner were rich enough on their own for my super thick and damaged hair. However, it worked so much better than most of the other shampoos and conditioners I’ve tried. I didn’t have to use that much of the conditioner because it spread out evenly on my hair and really saturated it. The bottles were also really easy to work with. I mention this because I recently purchased a higher end shampoo and conditioner and getting the product out was almost impossible. It’s nice to actually be able to get to the product easily.

The Macadamia Oil Deep Conditioner is just as awesome as the other Deep Conditioners I’ve tried. These packets really do work for me and I definitely notice a difference when I don’t use them. Which is why I stock up on them. As for use, I usually leave the conditioner in my hair for about 15-20 minutes while in the bath. I find it easier to leave it in so long while in the bath. I just lay back and relax and let the conditioner work its magic. I get about 3-4 uses from each packet and I’m very generous with it too.

This was my first time trying the Shine Hair Oil. It comes in a thin tube. The cap comes off easily without any spillage. I poured a small amount in the palm of my hand and worked it through my damp hair. I’d say it felt pretty weightless and didn’t leave my hair looking greasy. The Shine Hair Oil also smells like vanilla, but it was subtle. It left my hair with a nice healthy looking shine.

I’m already a fan of Hask, but it was so much fun getting to try some of their other products. I didn’t know they had shampoo and conditioner in their line of products. I’ll definitely have to look for the Argan Oil and Keratin Protein Oil next time I’m out. My local Target only sells the Deep Conditioner packets so I’ll have to make a trip to Ulta.

*I received these products complimentary. I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this review. All opinions are completely my own.

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New hairs

Posted in Beauty, Hair on April 4, 2015 | No Comments »


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When I first moved to Illinois finding a hair stylist who would cut my hair the way I wanted seemed like an impossible task. I went to at least a dozen different places. Each place was worse than the last. I usually keep things simple. I was never really the adventurous type. I would find a simple hair cut and style online, save the photo to my phone, and bring it with me to my appointment. No matter how simple the style, I never walked out of the salon with what I wanted. I’ve had hair stylists loudly sigh when I freed my thick, frizzy hair from my hair tie before angrily getting to work. I’ve had hair stylists give me the exact opposite of what I asked for. Just a trim? How’s about a bob? Don’t like it? Too late yo! I’ve even had hair stylists flat out refuse to straighten my hair afterward telling me ‘I’ll just use the blow dryer because there’s no way in HELL I’m tackling that with a flatiron!’ At some point I gave up. I watched a few YouTube videos and convinced myself I could just cut my own hair and, well, that ended badly. Then I really gave up.

When my husband suggested I try the salon and spa down the street from where we used to live I laughed thinking there’s no way it could be that easy. But he twisted my arm telling me it couldn’t be worse than some of my past experiences and deep down I knew he was right. My first experience was amazing! The hair stylist who usually does my hair ALWAYS cuts and styles my hair exactly like I want. I show her a picture and BAM! She nails it each and every time. So each and every time I get a little more adventurous. Two visits ago I went with an asymmetrical bob. It was by far my most favorite hair style. I LOVED it! In fact I loved it so much that I had her do it again (points up), but opted for a little color this time around.

The color I picked out was a sort of magenta/purple/pink shade. In some lighting it looks red. In other lighting it looks like the magenta/purple/pink I was really going for. Color-wise I love it, but I really was hoping for a bolder color. The cut and style? Take a look below to see for yourself. It’s exactly how I wanted it! Overall I’m extremely happy with the outcome.

Note: The first photo is what I brought in (I found it floating around Pinterest and it wasn’t linked to a site). The other two photos were taken with my iPhone indoors. The last photo was taken with my iPhone flash. When outside in the sun it goes back and forth from looking red to looking exactly like the last photo shown below. Also, pardon my makeup-free self.

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Now I have to start treating my hair because after years of coloring and straightening, my hair is starting to break. And it just doesn’t look healthy. I invested in some great shampoo, conditioner, serums, and oil mists, but would totally welcome any suggestions you may have. I’d really like to prevent breakage and unhealthy looking hair. Especially since I have plans for a bolder coloring next time around.

So there you have it. Ally from Designs Unlimited Salon & Spa is amazing! If you’re in Southern Illinois, go see for yourself!

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