The Year of Hair Part One: Fixing up dry, damaged and crispy ends.
I work in brutal air conditioning. I dye my hair. I don’t heat style, but I do advocate being a lazy scrub and letting my hair naturally dry (in itself a nice, pleasant way of saying that I get out of the shower, get distracted and then realise six hours later that I’ve got a wavy, tangled birdsnest happening). The midlengths and ends of my hair are, to put it mildly, a bit of a disaster. A dry, crispy disaster.
Enter Schwarzkopf’s latest entry to their Extra Care range: Ultimate Repair. Schwarzkopf Extra Care Ultimate Repair is a quad of hair-soothing goodies in the form of shampoo, conditioner, hair mask and a leave-in gloss and repair mist. Dosed to the eyeballs with liquid keratin – a liquidised form of the major protein that makes up your hair and nails – it’s a new take on old-school protein strengthening hair care. All of the good stuff, but without the eventual hard build-up traditionally associated with protein products. You know that hard crispiness you get if you weren’t quite as vigilant about washing out that protein hair mask as you should’ve been? Nix on that.
The shampoo lathers up nicely but doesn’t leave my hair over-stripped, and it’s surprisingly gentle on coloured hair. I gave my hair its first wash after an intense red dye treatment and instead of the bloody CSI crime scene I’d normally experience on a virgin wash, only the lightest shade of pink stained the water. Thumbs up. The conditioner is, y’know, conditionery. Smooth, silky feeling, very un-birdsnesty.
But Lara, you cry. But Lara, what about the most important part? How does it smell?!?
Like Palmer’s Cocoa Butter products. Or, for the foodies out there, like warm cocoa paste. It’s more of a food scent than I prefer and the scent does linger in my hair for quite a long time. I mean, there are worse things than smelling like you’re either very well lotioned or you’re about to spontaneously combust into fits of pecan chocolate cookies, but I’d be happier with a more traditional, crisp and clean scent. Your mileage may vary.
If you’re antsy about silicone hair products then this range isn’t for you. Me, I’m all for ’em. If it makes this mop of unruly, wavy, fine red hair in any way smooth, sleek and tolerable, then sign me up. Better living through science, right?
Schwarzkopf Extra Care Ultimate Repair shampoo and conditioner retail for AU$6.99 and are available now at all good supermarkets, chemists and retailers like Priceline. Get lathering!
Items featured in this post were received as a gift.