Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Sample session: Davines Shampoo and Conditioner

I decided to test a Davines hair care sample this week, which I received in the #LiveBloggers goodie bag — yes I am still working my way through that!

Davines is a salon brand that I wasn’t aware of prior to the event. Founded by the Bollati family in 1983, the Davines Group started as a research laboratory producing high-end hair care products for cosmetic companies, later creating their own brand of hair care products.

I tried the Melu mellow anti-breakage lustrous shampoo and the Nounou nourishing illuminating conditioner, both from the well-being range, which address hair and scalp wellness.
The shampoo is designed for long or damaged hair, in particular for long hair with a tendency to break. Davines say that its active ingredients — polyquaternium-67, a conditioning agent, quatenium-8, a softening, conditioning agent and spinach extract, an anti-oxidant with remineralizing and strenghtening properties — respect the structure of long hair and strengthen it.

It's a bit difficult to comment on the antibreakage claim from the shampoo from just one use, but it did smell gorgeous and fruity and left my hair feeling very clean.

The Nounou conditioner is meant to be ideal for chemically treated and coloured hair to restructure, moisturise and prolonging the colour. The conditioner didn't smell as nice as the shampoo but it did leave my hair feeling soft and moisturised and gave it a healthy looking shine.

The application is slightly different to a regular conditioner in that you leave the conditioner to work for 5 to 10 minutes, comb through, then rinse. I personally spend too much time in the shower but obviously if you are in a hurry this wouldn’t be an ideal conditioner for you.
I doubt that there is any hair care set that I'll go out of my way to look for but if I did stumble across this I would pick up the full size. The only problem is that I think it is a little pricey. The shampoo costs £6.35 for 75ml and £13.35 for 250ml and the conditioner costs £6.55 for 75ml, £14.65 for 250ml and £37.50 for 1000ml. The products can be purchased online at salonskincare.co.uk.

One thing that I read on the website, which I thought was a nice touch for a brand is that Davines adopted a zero impact policy for many of their haircare and skin care lines. The carbon dioxide emissions generated by the production of the packaging are offset by the protection and reforestation of nature reserves in Italy and Costa Rica, which is actually something that would persuade me to purchase from the brand.

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