I really enjoyed reading the post on British Beauty Blogger last week about cheap verses expensive shampoos. I didn’t see the original feature that prompted the post but my view is that cheap shampoos aren’t nearly as good for hair as those that cost more. This debate bought back memories as my father used to have a company that developed and manufactured cheap shampoos (amongst other toiletries and beauty products) for big high street retailers. Rather than use the cheap shampoo he could have bought home by the bucket load we bought more expensive shampoo as he said it was better for the hair and scalp in the long run.
These days I regularly switch between mid-price and luxe haircare brands. For the past few weeks I’ve stuck to a range of Nexxus products so I could properly test it out. For those that don’t know, Nexxus was one of the first ‘Professional Haircare’ ranges available and you could only get it in salons. It’s recently been relaunched and is made up of four systems – Nutritive, Emergence, Oil Infinite and Youth Renewal.
To find out which system would best suit me I used the Nexxus Regimen Diagnosis tool which quickly took me through some questions about my hair type and the results I’d like to achieve. The outcome for me was the Nutritive range and, having had a look at the others, I think it’s what I’d have chosen for myself without the help of an algorithm. Another reason why I think it’s the right choice is that my hair really seems to have benefited from it.
The Nutritive range is for those who have dry to very dry hair who want address that as well as make it more manageable. There are four products in the range – a masque, shampoo, conditioner and serum. I’ve been use the latter three.
The shampoo and conditioner have a beautiful light fruity floral scent that smells like it belongs to a premium haircare product. The serum has a stronger smell but it’s still delicious. All products contain pure Elastin Protein and a Caviar Complex.
I’m genuinely delighted with the results and visible improvement from using these three products. It’s especially impressive as it’s not the case of having jumped from using crap haircare to a good range which is bound cause a difference. The products I was using before were good quality.
It makes my dry, colour-treated and frizzy hair smooth, shiny, soft and bouncy with just the right amount of body. Though this isn’t a range that particularly claims to tackle frizz, it’s definitely made my hair frizz-free and has kept it that way even after I’ve been caught in the rain. At the same time, it doesn’t weigh my hair down and it stays looking fresh and clean for a few days.
The Nutritive Encapsulate Serum is a very handy product because it can be used on wet and dry hair. It’s also technologically advanced as it’s the first product to encapsulate conditioning oils into pearls which are then suspended in the serum. As well as making hair look great immediately, it builds bonds and replaces lost protein so it’s literally repairing damaged hair.
The Nutritive shampoo is £14, the conditioner is £15 and the Encapsulate serum is £35. It’s available from Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Feel Unique where it’s the same price but you get free shipping and QVC where they’re doing this 3-piece Nutritive Discovery Collection for £28.50
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