Wednesday 7 January 2015

Speed Review: Korres Almond & Linseed Shampoo & Conditioner

It would never have crossed my mind to try haircare from Korres. I had a vague awareness that they offered haircare products but it certainly wouldn't have been the first thing to spring to mind when thinking of the brand. However, I was sent the Almond & Linseed Shampoo and accompanying Almond & Linseed Conditioner to try and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

The products are designed to treat dry and damaged hair and couldn't have arrived at a better time. Whilst my hair isn't colour treated, I have recently been rather slack with my hair appointments and my tresses were showing the signs of damage caused by heat styling. Whilst such damage can't be repaired, there was definitely a need to show my hair some t.l.c.

I love Korres' signature packaging which I consider to be effortlessly cool. The shampoo and conditioner were no exception and I was happy to have them on display in my shower. I liked that the packaging for the shampoo is different to that of the conditioner, helping to distinguish them in the shower. The Almond & Linseed Shampoo is presented in a plastic bottle with flip top dispenser, which I thought was well suited to the rather runny consistency. Meanwhile, the Conditioner is presented in a functional tube which meant that it was easy to control how much was used and avoid wastage.

Both the Almond & Linseed Shampoo and accompanying Conditioner have an incredible, comforting and milky scent, which I fell in love with. I thought that the Conditioner had an ever-so-slightly fresher scent than the Shampoo. The scent lingered delicately in my hair once it was dried & styled.

A little goes a long way with each of the products. I was disappointed to note that despite boasts of natural credentials on the packaging, the Shampoo contains SLS. The trade off is that this enables a generous, rich lather to be produced. The Conditioner has a creamy texture which isn't as rich as a mask but certainly not the most lightweight conditioner I've tried either. It was relatively easy to rinse out.

Following use, my hair was left feeling incredibly soft and looking shiny. Frizz & flyaways were noticeably diminished, without the use of silicones (which the products are free from). Even though my hair was smoother than usual, it was still manageable. I was particularly impressed to note that whilst these products are nourishing, my fine hair wasn't weighed down (although I did need to alternate them with other products and so didn't use them every time I washed my hair).

Korres Almond & Linseed Shampoo costs more than I had expected at £10 for 250ml, whilst the Conditioner is £10 for 200ml (note that there is less product volume in the Conditioner, which is slightly annoying as I always tend to use conditioners up more quickly). They are good products but I feel that they're slightly overpriced as I'd have guessed them to be priced at around £7.50.



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