Frédéric Fekkai Technician Color Care Set Review

Frédéric Fekkai Technician Color Care Setimage

Price: HKD295 each
Volume: 236ml

After going through a full head of caramel highlights since late January/early February of this year, I’ve had some touch ups done to keep that beautiful warm colour in check <3 However, I noticed that my hair has been feeling a little dry and lackluster both in texture and feel; as such, I tried out a shampoo and conditioner set from this amazing company and I am definitely impressed because my hair has resumed its usual radiance and soft texture since using it for approximately three weeks 😀

Let’s take a look!

Shampoo:

Specially formulated for protecting hair that has had some colouring treatments done, it is a rich formula infused with antioxidants and pure grapeseed oil — an ingredient that I feel had a significant impact on my hair’s recovery without leaving it feeling greased up or too heavy if I were to simply rub the oil directly onto the ends of my hair. In addition, this shampoo helps prevent the appearances of colour fading whilst maintaining my hair’s radiance and shine. I love the light crème rose scent that this shampoo has because although I’m not usually one, if ever, to choose a scent for my hair and body products — and a rose one at that too — I felt that the scent was not overpowering at all and it maintained a soft, feminine clean hair scent even the morning after 😀

Conditioner:

Once again, as a part of the Technician Color Care set, this product is formulated to help keep colour-treated hair looking captivatingly radiant and to extend the time it will take for that beautiful coloring job from fading too soon; I felt that this conditioner was excellent as a partner to the shampoo as my colour treatment still looks as shiny and strong as it did from my touch up in May 😀

All in all, I’m definitely repurchasing this set and for those of you in Hong Kong, they’re actually only available at Lane Crawford (here and here); if you’re in the US or elsewhere, you can source it out online or at your local drugstore 😀

Nature’s Gate Awapuhi Ginger + Holy Basil Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner Set Review

Nature’s Gate Awapuhi Ginger + Holy Basil Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner Set

Price: HKD98 (Set) | HKD66 (Individual)
Volume: 532ml each

imageContinuing with my Nature’s Gate hair care run, Citysuper was running a
promotion on their shampoo and conditioner sets and I picked up a new set from Nature’s Gate line. As noted before my hair used to be very dry and easily tangled. Being silicone and cruelty-free, this shampoo is meant to add volume to fine hair; I’ve noticed that this product works as well as well-known popular volumizing shampoos.

Similar to the Hemp + Argan Oil shampoo, this one also has a gel-like consistency and a light and refreshing tropical scent; the conditioner has a similar scent but the texture is light and creamy smooth. I’ll note here that the shampoo’s scent disappears fast and you don’t actually smell the herbal spiciness once you’re done blow drying your hair unless…you constantly smell your hair I guess 😀 In addition, I also noticed that it does produce quite a bit of nice, fine lather as compared to some other organic/herbal shampoos; I personally like and prefer having lather in my shampoos and cleansers as I feel that it’s…got better cleaning power as opposed to those that don’t have any LOL. In addition, I haven’t experienced any irritation or dryness on my scalp or the back of my neck. As my hair is naturally stick straight and it tends to look flat at times, my hair feels so soft and thick after consistently using this line! When I round brush my hair with the dryer after using this shampoo and conditioner my hair is soft, shiny, and full of volume!

For those of you who are interested, here is a list of the ingredients from the manufacturer:

Water (Eau), Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Lauryl Glucoside, Glycerin, Hedychium Coronarium Root Extract, Panthenol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Borago Officinalis (Borage/bourrache) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbic Acid, Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry/cerisier noir) Bark Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria/camomille) Flower Extract, Betula Alba (Birch/bouleau) Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula/souci) Flower Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops/houblon) Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail/prêle des champs) Leaf Extract, Quillaja Saponaria Bark (Soap Bark/buisson à savon) Extract, Algae Extract, Ocimum Sanctum (Holy Basil/basilic sacré) Leaf Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 20, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Alcohol, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Caramel.

In addition, the manufacturer notes that this product is Vegan, Non-GMO, paraben-, gluten-, soy- and cruelty-free as well as being free of sodium lauryl/laureth/coco sulfates, phthalates, butylene glycol and artificial colors.

All in all, if you’re into using organic products or you have a sensitive scalp, give this shampoo and brand a shot — for the price point it’s at, the sheer volume you get and the fact that it’s on sale quite often at local supermarkets, there’s really not much to lose <3

Nature’s Gate Hemp and Argan Oil Nourishing Shampoo Review

Nature’s Gate Hemp and Argan Oil Nourishing Shampoo

Price: HKD96 (Sale Price) | HKD108 (RRP)
Volume: 946ml

imageCombined with my sensitive, combination-
dry skin, I feel like my scalp has the same issue: dry, prone to slight itchiness and flaking during the winter — yet I just can’d do the Head and Shoulders set because it’s a little too strong and it makes it even…itchier. To throw into the mix, shampoos with a high mix of man-made fragrances can be a hit or miss for me; when I say “miss”, I mean it would irritate my scalp more than my nose. Needless to say, as much as I would love to try the shampoos and conditioners that give most girls a nice flowery or perfumed scent — come on, who doesn’t want their hair to smell a little bit like heaven — I think of my poor scalp and I just stop. right. there. There have been some organic shampoos in my shower that just never made it to my must-repurchase list — not even Holy Grail status, just how I could depend on it to work and make my scalp happy — simply because I didn’t feel like it cleaned my hair right or it smelled…weird. Funky. Hippie-like. LOL

So, where do I go from here?

Mama Cappuccino actually introduced me to this brand as she came across it at Citysuper, a local supermarket chain in Hong Kong, and she thought it’d be a good idea for me to try something more natural and organic on my scalp. After several months of using this shampoo, it has completely transformed my hair. My hair used to be very dry and easily tangled. Being silicone and cruelty-free, this shampoo has a gel-like consistency, and actually smells kind of spicy. In fact, it reminds me of smells like a nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and ginger. This might sound like Old Spice or something rather manly, but I actually like it more than sweet, cloying, flowery or fruity scents; I’ll note here that the shampoo’s scent disappears fast and you don’t actually smell the herbal spiciness once you’re done blow drying your hair unless…you constantly smell your hair I guess 😀 In addition, I also noticed that it does produce quite a bit of nice, fine lather as compared to some other organic/herbal shampoos; I personally like and prefer having lather in my shampoos and cleansers as I feel that it’s…got better cleaning power as opposed to those that don’t have any LOL. My hair became less easily tangled and my scalp didn’t feel itchy or dry — this is probably in part to the Argan Oil component in the formula. I will note here that this shampoo might be too moisturizing for anyone with fine hair or no issues with dryness, however, and that they would be better off choosing another shampoo from Nature’s Gate. In addition, I haven’t experienced any irritation or dryness on my scalp or the back of my neck. Once I blow dry it, my hair is smooth with good volume as my hair is naturally stick straight and it tends to look flat at times.

For those of you who are interested, here is a list of the ingredients from the manufacturer:

Water (Eau), Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Lauryl Glucoside, Glycerin, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Panthenol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Borago Officinalis (Borage/bourrache) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbic Acid, Ruscus Aculeatus (Butcher’s room/fragon épineux) Root Extract, Pimenta Dioica (Allspice/piment de la Jamaïque) Fruit Extract, Pilocarpus Pennatifolius (Jaborandi) Leaf Extract, Silybum Marianum (Sage/sauge) Seed Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Elder/sureau) Flower Extract, Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 20, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Citric Acid, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Caramel.

* Phthalate free/sans phthalate

In addition, the manufacturer notes that this product is Vegan, Non-GMO, paraben-, gluten-, soy- and cruelty-free as well as being free of sodium lauryl/laureth/coco sulfates, phthalates, butylene glycol and artificial colors.

All in all, if you’re into using organic products or you have a sensitive scalp, give this shampoo and brand a shot — for the price point it’s at, the sheer volume you get and the fact that it’s on sale quite often at local supermarkets, there’s really not much to lose <3

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