I’m pretty sure you have seen the Garnier Ultimate Blends range all over social media. They have been deemed as some of the best haircare products from an affordable range in a long time.
The Ultimate Blends range consists of six variants, each designed to combat a specific haircare concern. I’m not going to go into all six of them but I will be sharing my thoughts on the Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter variant.
The Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter range is specifically geared towards achieving sleek and flyaway-free hair. Straight off the bat I wanted to try this variant for two reasons; 1) as a curly haired girl, I am always looking for ways to tame the dreaded frizz. And 2) I adore products that contain the scent of coconut. I was hoping this would be the kind of haircare product where the scent stays with you.
Firstly, the packaging. I love that the shampoo & conditioner have slightly different packaging as this makes it easy to locate the correct bottle when you are in the shower.
The formula is divine. Super creamy conditioner and sleek-feeling shampoo. And, yes, the delish coconut and cocoa butter scent stays with you for about 48 hours, but it is definitely not overwhelming.
The Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter variant contains four products; Shampoo, Conditioner, Sleek Restorer Balm and the Sleek Perfector Oil. (I didn’t test out the Sleek Perfector Oil.)
The first time I used the range I used the shampoo, then conditioner and then the balm. Upon reading the instructions on the back whilst dawdling in the shower, I realized that you don’t need to use the conditioner AND the balm! This is the first time I have used a three part range where you can drop on of the second two options. Either way, I used all three and my hair was immensely soft and luxurious. I was slightly worried that the combo of all three would leave my hair feeling really oily and heavy, but, thankfully, these products are rich yet not rich enough to create terrible build up should you accidentally use too much 😉
Another great aspect of the range is that the balm can be applied and left on your hair for anything from 1 minute to 5 minutes. That means that if you are pressed for time you can do a quick sticks 1 minute nourishing boost, but if you have the time you can treat yourself to an extra long and luxurious hair mask. To be honest for review purposes, I tend to leave mine on for around 8 – 10 minutes. And again, it is not too rich for your hair. It just feels luxurious and smooth.
As I am new to Kathryn’s blog, readers won’t know that I only wash my hair once a week. At least, I try. This is mainly because my hair looks better the longer I leave it and I don’t struggle with oily roots or anything like that. Therefore I will only continue the use of a product if it allows me to have big gaps between washes. This range of Garnier Ultimate Blends worked really well in this sense. I got to day 6 before needing a spritz of dry shampoo and my hair was not looking limp or lifeless either. I used the shampoo in conjunction with the balm and with the conditioner separately and both give these great results – I do feel that the balm is slightly better in terms of keeping hair smooth and sleek. I barely had any flyaways for an entire week when I used the balm! The conditioner was almost as good but the balm slightly beats it.
All in all, VERY impressed with this variant of the Garnier Ultimate Blends range and I am chuffed with my first haircare review on Becoming you being a super positive one!
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