What’s up, ladies! Do you ever go through phases where your hair just looks whack?
For three or four months now my hair’s been looking extra shagadelic — and not in a good way.
I was planning to hack off a few inches this month but changed my mind after reading my March horoscope on Astrology Zone. Susan Miller suggests Geminis delay any makeovers until after April 17, and since Suze’s predictions tend to be dead on for me, I’m sticking with my bird’s nest-y ‘do for a few more weeks. I am not about to mess with the stars!
For now, I may as well make this extra 10 pounds of hair sing for its supper by using it to test some new hair products.
Over the weekend I put some goodies from Pantene’s new Nature Fusion Collection to the test, comparing them to the Aveeno Nourish+ products I reviewed last week. The star ingredient in the new line is the Cassia plant, a shrub related to beans (prooot!) and peas.
Pantene claims Cassia helps to create smoother, shinier and generally better-behaved hair.
How does it work?
After using the Nature Fusion Balance Shampoo ($4), Moisture Balance Conditioner ($4) and Smoothing Creme ($6) three times since Friday, my hair has seemed shinier and more manageable than usual.
Products in the Nature Fusion line cost roughly half as much as the Aveeno Nourish+ products I reviewed last week, but I like both lines for different reasons.
Let’s start with the shampoos. Nourish+ Revitalize shampoo works better as a detangler, but Nature Fusion Moisture Balance Shampoo does a more thorough job of removing hair styling products like gels and hairsprays. After rinsing with it (mmm, smells like Granny Smith apples), my hair felt cleaner than a Jonas Brothers concert. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+
On to conditioners. Nature Fusion Moisture Balance Conditioner feels thicker and heavier than its Nourish+ counterpart, and it flattens my hair down more than Nourish+ Revitalize does. I don’t consider this a bad thing, though, because sometimes my hair just gets too big, you know? The heavy conditioning really helps to tame my tresses when they’ve launched a full-on rebellion. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+
Lastly, the leave-ins. If your hair requires extra frizz control, opt for Nature Smoothing Creme over the Aveeno Nourish+ Condition Leave-In. I think it does a better job of smoothing, and I don’t have to use as much product to get good results. A quarter-sized amount run through my damp hair left it baby’s bum soft. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+
The Entire Line of Pantene Nature Fusion products
- Moisture Balance Shampoo ($4, 12.6oz)
- Moisture Balance Conditioner ($4, 12.6oz)
- Smooth Vitality Shampoo ($4, 12.6oz)
- Smooth Vitality Conditioner ($4, 12.6oz)
- Smooth Vitality Smoothing Creme ($6, 5.1oz)
No. Sleep. Till. Brooklyn.
Wow, after reading the comments on this morning’s Monday Poll I realized I wasn’t the only Daylight Savings zombie today.
Are ya’ll ready for a nap before dinner? I know I am. I hope I dream of chocolate, perfume and fantastic shoes.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,