My blog had a bit of a brain snap on Monday, so this post is being republished. If you commented in order to enter to win these products, please take a moment to comment again. Apologies for the inconvenience.
A couple of weeks ago, the wonderful Rich from Garnier phoned and left a message he wanted to speak to me. Since becoming a Garnier Ambassador earlier this year, I knew what that meant – a new product to test! YAY!
When I phoned him back, he was asking all sorts of questions about my morning hair routine, my hairdryer and round brush. I blushed even though he couldn’t see me because embarrassingly, my round brush has seen MUCH better days. It’s kind of like mascara, you never replace it when you should…
So a few days later when my sample box arrived, I was so chuffed to see that he had included a new round brush to complete the trial. There was shampoo, conditioner, a balm, mist and serum to try and tame my crazy, wavy hair. As a marketer, I’m a sucker for clever marketing: unexpectedly sending a round brush with the Garnier logo on it? GOLD!
Garnier sent me:
- Sleek & Shine 72h Shampoo
- Sleek & Shine 72h Conditioner
- Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector Straightening balm
- Sleek & Shine Flat Iron Perfector straightening mist
- Sleek & Shine 72h weightless serum
Something you don’t know about me is that as a poor uni student, I used to work in a hairdressing salon on weekends and evenings. My hair has been every colour and style under the sun, but I’ve also tried almost every product, shampoo, hair mask and serum there is on the market. I’m incredibly pessimistic when it comes to hair products because I’ve paid a ridiculous amount over the years and usually been underwhelmed by the outcome. To say that I was seriously pessimistic about what this range of products could do for my hair is an understatement, but I was willing to give it a go for you, my readers. It couldn’t hurt, right?
In order to REALLY test them, I concocted a three phase trial:
- . Use the shampoo and conditioner, blast my hair with a hairdryer and then only use the serum
- . Wash & condition my hair, use the balm, blast my hair and straighten with my GHD using the mist then finish with the serum
- . Give my hair a full salon treatment using all the products and blowaving using a round brush rather than just blasting my hair.
The first phase was actually a bit of an accident, but let’s pretend it was all part of the grand plan. You see, I was in the shower last Sunday morning when I realised the free movie ticket I had to take Miss8 to see Katy Perry was about to run out! While I was shampooing my hair, she was looking on the iPad to see what time the movie was playing – 100km away! We only had an hour to get there so I dashed out of the shower and blasted my hair, finishing with the serum (no GHD). I have to say I was pretty impressed. Of course my crazy hair wasn’t sleek and straight, but the curls were tamed and I didn’t look like a disco queen from the 70′s. TICK
Two days later I decided to try phase 2. I washed and conditioned my hair with the Sleek & Shine 72 Hours and I was noticing a difference already. After towel drying I used the balm then blasted my hair with the hairdryer. Using the mist in conjunction with my GHD I finished off with the serum. Despite the fact I’m currently sporting my best Christmas hair (tinsel anyone?) I had several comments on my hair that day! It was indeed sleek and shiny. TICK
Finally I set aside a morning when I had the extra time to blowave my hair properly. After three washes using the Sleek & Shine 72 Hour shampoo/conditioner I was noticing a real difference in my hair. I then put in a small amount of the balm (enough to cover a 5c piece) and using the round brush I gave my hair a lovely sleek blowave. This was all finished off with the mist, my GHD then the serum. TICK
As I said at the start, I’m a real pessimist when it comes to hair products but I am seriously impressed with these! After three days, my hair was still sleek and shiny with no flyaways. I really think a combination of all of these products makes the real difference. Using the serum on its own would work to smooth down any fuzzy flyaways, but I can honestly feel a difference in using the shampoo and conditioner. I’ve tried the most expensive salon varieties and they are not worth the extra $20. The total cost of all of these products together is less than I used to spend on just shampoo and conditioner. Massive difference.
After my experiment was over, I emailed my friends at Garnier and told them I was really excited about these new fuzz-taming wonder liquids and asked if they’d give them to one of my readers to try. THEY SAID YES! So, if you’d like to try these for yourself, head on over to my Facebook page and leave a photo of a bad hair day (it doesn’t have to be you). This will be open for a week, so it gives you time to take a fresh pic, or you could use one from your high school photos or childhood. (only Australian residents are eligible for the prize but please feel free to share your photo regardless of where you are). Alternately, head over to the TakeCareBlog and leave a comment about your worst hair day (but pics are much more fun!).
One lucky reader will win this:
Enjoy! I’m a convert. Take care, Kim x