This is a really interesting product and not one I think I have come across before – a shampoo/mask hybrid. I made a couple of mistakes the first time I used it, the main one being that I applied far too much and then spent a very long time trying to rinse it out. Things that don’t rinse out easily are my bete noir of beauty and not only was it tedious but I was very conscious of all the water I was using.
The scent is like clean washing – that sort of fresh and floral aroma – and because the texture is thick, I thought the more the better. Not so! It doesn’t foam up when you apply and you can leave it on for between 5 and 20 minutes (5 is absolutely fine unless you have very dry hair). Add water sparingly to create a light foam after that time and then fully rinse out. As long as you haven’t overloaded, this should be a simple process but you need the water quite hot to cut through the oils in the formula (camu camu, sunflower, macadamia). The result is squeaky clean hair that doesn’t need conditioning afterwards – it held on to my colour nicely and I had lovely shine afterwards. It took the second, more sparing use to get this result – I had to rewash after the overload. The purpose of the mask/shampoo is to provide a deep clean without stripping out colour – on that basis it worked well. I wish it had amount instructions because what a pain to have to rewash. The shine only just made up for it :-)). Christophe Robin Colour Shield Cleansing Mask is £37 HERE for the large pot. You don’t need this if your hair is oily or not coloured.
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This brand is now being sold on QVC UK, the shopping channel, which I found quite interesting.
I once bought on offer the Prickly Pear mask it sounds very like this, you had to add water to it and got a light foam and took a lot of rinsing to remove.
It’s part of the THC (Hut) Group now but I’ve never had that problem before and I’ve used a lot of CR products.
I love this product – it replaced a similar product (lemon cleansing mask) that they made before the Hut Group bought the company. It’s so good. Funnily enough, I have a water softener in my house and don’t have any issue with the rinsing, but I do use a very small amount.
That’s interesting – I’m in London so we have very hard water … perhaps that’s the difference.
Yes, our water is extremely hard where I live in Berkshire, our water softener is a godsend!! Everything feels so much nicer with soft water – skin, hair … laundry.
I have a softener device for the hand shower over the bath and now you have reminded me it needs refilling!