Many UK residents may have spotted that this month's Glamour magazine comes with a free Percy & Reed haircare product. I'm an absolute magazine addict and although Glamour isn't one of my most regular purchases, I'd been wanting to try the Percy & Reed range for a while and felt that this was a good opportunity given that the magazine is just £2.
Percy & Reed are London based celebrity hairdressers (they tend the tressses of the gorgeous Diane Kruger) who also have a signature range of haircare products.
There's a choice of 4 products with Glamour- a shampoo, a conditioner, a hair mask and a styling product. I chose the Splendidly Silky Moisturising Conditioner. Each of the products is a very generous 100ml (the retail size is 250ml which sells for £16).
I liked the functional packaging and thought that the illustration on the tube was very cute. Having said this, it reminded me a lot of Umberto Giannini and I didn't feel that it lent a particularly high end feel to the product.
I really wanted to like this but I simply couldn't get on with it. The conditioner is a very rich cream which I found difficult to rinse out and it left my fine hair looking flat and limp. What's more, I didn't like the strong scent which reminded me of cleaning products so I wouldn't even be tempted to revisit the range and find something more suitable for my hair type. To be totally honest, I'm quite shocked that this normally retails at such a high price. I thought it felt very cheap.
If I went without my hair oil, it was less of a problem. But, I didn't like doing this as I felt that my hair wasn't in such good condition. Yes, it felt soft and looked smoothed but I didn't feel that I was gaining any long-term conditioning benefits from it. After a couple of washes, I gave up on the product but it took approximately a week to get my hair looking and feeling normal again, with far more knots in the interim.
The magazine offer represents a good opportunity to try this and perhaps someone with thicker hair may have more luck with the product. Personally, I'm glad that I didn't invest in the regular retail range but at least I've got a new magazine to entertain me!