Friday, February 5, 2010

There's a first time for everything: Latest Hair Product Review

I'm a little bummed. For the first time in my life, I'll be returning a hair product. What makes it even more devastating is that this product comes from one of my favorite hair product lines. So let me take you back a couple of days when I eagerly walked into my local Ulta store, with coupon in hand, in search of some wonderful discounts on two tubes of
Burt's Bees Avocado Pre-Shampoo treatment. Lo and behold, they were all out. So I shake off my disappointment and proceed to, instead, use my $3.50 of $10.00 coupon for a new bottle of Biolage's Daily Leave-In Tonic. I must have gotten there on a busy day because they were all out of that too.

"No worries," I told myself "maybe I'll venture a little bit and try a little something new." Instead of wandering around the store I decided that I was in the right place in the Biolage section. "I wonder if they have a moisturizer", I asked myself. I looked around for a few moments before I found exactly what I was looking for Biolage Hydra Seal Leave in Creme. "Heck Yeah! This is what I'm talkin' about. So I swipe up the bottle and stroll casually to the front register. I answer the customary question about 2 issues of Instyle Magazine and I'm on my way. Two seconds after I'm told by the cashier to have a nice day, I'm rummaging through the bag for my new hair purchase and begin immediately applying to a test section of hair.

The consistency is much like a water-based conditioner. And it smells nice like other Biolage Products. I was feeling really good about my purchase for only a short time before I sensed things were going south. Moments after I applied the creamy, moist, product my hair felt just as dry (if not drier) than it was prior to application. I kinda shook it off like I had made a poor assessment and proceeded to apply the product to another small section of hair. Same thing.
I was only a few streets away from the store before I made the very difficult decision to bring the product back. I had to come to a place where I decided to return the product because I could not bear to allow another product into my already stocked closet unless I had clear intention to use it on the regular. I'm not talking about pity usage where I'm just trying to finish it in a desperate attempt to somehow feel like I hadn't wasted my money. I'm talking about using the product regularly because it adds value to my overall hair routine.

But alas this was not the case. I think this is the first time I'm taking a product back. Normally I'm thinking about how I can mix with with oils, butters, conditioners, whatever, to make the product work. This time however, I had to take a stand. Not because this product was that terrible, but because I'm not at a place in my hair journey where I only desire to implement products that make my hair better. Is that too much to ask?

No it's not too much to ask. We're all about hair perfection here so we require more of our products than in times past. I'll digress for a moment and say that this incident has in no way impacted my opinion or faith in Biolage as an amazing hair care line. In fact, I use several of their products regularly. I'm also looking to get their Ceramide treatment in the near future. I actually love Biolage. This is merely a confirmation of how serious I am about this hair thing. I need to move forward in my hair care with every product I buy and every action I take. Things like this happen all the time. It's no big deal. Lucky for me Ulta has a great exchange policy that will take care of my little issue.

So gals, the moral of the story is that we should never be complacent when it comes to our hair care. If we try something that doesn't produce results, we first have to look at ourselves and ask questions like "is there something I could have done to change the result?" If the answer is no, then we have to move on. No hard feelings. So now the search goes on for a moisturizer. I'll keep you all posted my progress.
  1. Have you ever heard of taliah waajid protective mist bodifier?its made for naturals and ppl who are transitioning so its also great for stretching.It is a really wonderful moisturizer, but its even better watered down.its seriously worth it.6.99 at cvs i think

  2. lol - u are so funny! i know that feeling of "this is gonna be good!" because you trust a certain line and you are disappointed. my fav moisturizer is from Bee Mine, the luscious creme moisturizer. Nothing else on the planet is like it!

  3. Hey Nadege,

    Congratulations girl!!!! Just saw you in my Essence magazine! You definitely deserve it.

    All the Best,

  4. I really hate seemed like it would have been a winner! Oh and BTW you looked really pretty on the Creme of Nature Ad! I just saw it in Essence today!