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Percy & Reed London hair care review
Unless you’re from the other side of the pond, you probably haven’t heard of London-based hair salon Percy & Reed and you may not know about the work of top hairstylists Paul Percival and Adam Reed. Which means you probably also haven’t heard of their new-to-the-U.S. luxury hair care and hair styling products: Percy & Reed hair. The duo has created quite a name for themselves over in the U.K. and they have set to make their mark in the States, one head of hair at a time.
The Percy & Reed collection contains pretty much everything for your hair woes – something for moisture, something for shine, something for body, something for control – you need it, Percy & Reed has it. When I received a few items from this line to test, I was like, “BRING IT ON” (I also said “IT’S ON LIKE DONKEY KONG!!!”–I’m super aggressive about hair).
Here’s a little background on the locks that got guinea pigged: I have hair that is, let’s say, “challenging”. I have baby fine hair, but lots of it. Most of it is loosely wavy and the hair at the base of my noggin has recently decided to tightly curl into dry ringlets (sounds so pretty when I type that out). It’s hella color-treated due to premature greying that has been the bane of my existence since I was in high school and has a tendency to be dry at the ends and oilier at the roots.
The products I tested included the Percy & Reed Splendidly Silky Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner and their Smoothed, Sealed, & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil for fine hair. My first impression of the Splendidly Silky Moisturising Shampoo – this stuff is thick! The fragrance is vaguely herbal. It’s packaged in a tube for easy use in the shower with a chic, sweet and simple black and white palette. While I don’t feel it particularly moisturizes my hair, it does feel very clean when I use this and doesn’t dry it out.
The Splendidly Silky Moisturising Conditioner was a thinner consistency – like a thick lotion – -I’ve never encountered a conditioner that was quite like this in texture. It didn’t make my hair feel sleek like a standard conditioner, it seemed to be absorbed very quickly into my hair. I needed to let this stay in my hair for about 3 minutes to feel like my hair was getting an appropriate amount of moisture. This worked wonders in giving my hair great texture and body – think Cindy Crawford circa 1992 hair.
According to the packaging, this product doesn’t just help style hair, it helps nourish and repair, too. It contains pro vitamin B5 for increased hair strength and wheat proteins to protect from heat styling. It claims to impart the user with “lovely locks which are smooth, sleek and shiny while also adding volume”. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!
I’ve tried hair oils before and find that most leave my hair feeling, well, oily. This one did AND didn’t make my hair feel greasy. Let me explain: When I used this, as per the instructions, and worked a drop or two through towel-dried hair, I ended up with hair that had body, more defined wave, and some shine when I let my hair air dry.
When I followed the same instructions and used heat styling, this flattened my hair out. My hair refused to hold a curl and just kind of hung there limply. I guess that’s the “sleek” part? My roots also seemed oilier than usual. I found that if I needed to heat style my hair, this no oil oil was best when applied after I finished my heat-based handiwork.
The box for this product includes the “Salon Secret” of warming the oil in the palm of your hand and using a blush brush to smooth the oil over flyaways – this is the method I would recommend most for heat styling. I can’t wait to hear what the testers blessed with fuller hair think of the thick hair version.
Overall, I feel that this brand is promising and I look forward to trying more from this line!
• Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner give hair body
• No oil oil gives hair body when air-dried
• Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner don’t seem to be particularly moisturizing
• No Oil Oil made my hair limp when used in conjunction with heat styling
Have any of you ladies out there tried hair oils? Thoughts? Feelings? Testers: What did you think of the Percy & Reed line, particularly their No Oil Oil?
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