Tuesday, October 28, 2014

[Advertorial/Sponsored] Review: Achieve Healthy, Manageable Hair With The New ESSENTIAL

Struggling with oily, dry, dull, frizzy, tangled, damaged hair?
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The New Essential comes to the rescue!

Let me share a little background of the brand – "Essential"?
Essential is a popular haircare brand from Japan. Understanding the needs of Singaporean girls and their hair woes, Essential has a wide range of products to help repair and care for hair.

Essential offers products ranging from basic care like Shampoo & Conditioner to more intensive treatments like Hair Masks and Leave On Serum/Lotions.

Previously, Essential has three hair care ranges – Nuance Airy (Pink), Rich Premier (Orange) and Purely Smooth (Light Yellow). This October, Essential relaunches with brand new packaging, improved formula and a new variant! Hurray~!!

The new Essential contains Microfine All Smooth Essence which replenishes lost nutrients in damaged hair, smoothens and repairs damaged cuticles for healthier hair from root to tip. With new, improved formula and technology, Essential is now available in FOUR variants to suit all hair needs and types:
1. Nourishing Breakage Defense (Orange) – for weak & damaged hair
2. Moisturizing Frizz Free (Pink) – for dull & rough hair
3. Light Finish Volumizing (Yellow) – for flat and limp hair
4. Deep Cleansing Care (Blue) – for oily scalp & dry ends (NEW)


Nourishing Breakage Defense (Orange) and Moisturizing Frizz-Free (Pink)

*suitable for combination hair*
Light Finish Volumizing (Yellow) and Deep Cleansing Care (Blue; NEW!)


Out of these FOUR variants, the new Essential Light Finish Volumizing (yellow) and Deep Cleansing Care (blue) variants are specially catered to combination hair. Both variants have the optimum combination of Smart Cuticle Care & Sebum Cleansing Technology to target combination hair. As a result, you will experience the best of both worlds with one product – airy light roots and moisturized ends.

So, what is "Combination Hair"?
I bet you guys are familiar with 'combination skin'. 'Combination hair' has the same concept as 'combination skin', where hair condition on the root and tip is different. In simple words, combination hair means having more than one hair condition.

I guess not many people are familiar with the term 'combination hair' as no other hair care brand has talked about it. Moreover, majority of the hair care products in the market offer solutions for normal, dry, oily, damaged hair but none or maybe very few offer solution for a mix of oily hair scalp/roots and dry ends.

I, myself, have combination hair and the only way to treat my hair problems is to use two different hair care products. One targets oily hair issue while another targets dry hair issue. I have to admit that this isn't the best solution for combination hair as the product tackles oily hair tends to make my dry ends even drier, while the other that tackles dry hair tends to make my hair oilier.

Hence, when I heard that TWO out of FOUR new Essential hair care products are specifically for combination hair, PLUS I was given a chance to try them out..., I was extremely elated and excited laaaaa~! lol. Prior receiving the hair care products, I was required to complete a two questions short survey that will help to determine the right hair care range for my hair.

Here's the matrix form of the survey questions that will help you to choose the correct variant for your hair type:
(*Click to Enlarge Image*)
My answers to question 1 and 2 are 
'yes, a little' oily hair roots/scalp and 'yes, very' dry/damaged ends.
So according to my answers, I was sent the Essential Light Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner (Yellow) as well as their Nourishing Breakage Defense Hair Mask and Treatment (Orange).

Without further ado, I will just jump into the reviews, starting from the shampoo followed by the conditioner, hair mask and treatment.

Light Finish Volumizing Variant:
Description:
- Leaves flat, limp hair airy light at the roots yet moisturized at the ends
- Contains Microfine All Smooth Essence replenishes lost nutrients in damaged hair. Smoothens and repairs damaged cuticles for healthier hair
- Optimum combination of Smart Cuticle Care & Sebum Cleansing Technology for airy light roots and moisturized ends

Light Finish Volumizing Shampoo
Usage: Massage onto wet hair to lather. Rinse off completely. Suitable for daily use. For optimum results, use with Essential Light Finishing Volumizing Conditioner.

Likes:
- light formula
- lathers up easily
- cleanses well
- easy to rinse off
- controls and balances sebum on the scalp yet moisturizes the hair ends
- suitable for combination hair
- the scent

Light Finish Volumizing Conditioner
Usage: After shampoo, gently massage conditioner onto hair. Rinse off completely. Suitable for daily use. For optimum results, use with Essential Light Finishing Volumizing Shampoo.

Likes:
- light formula
- easy to apply evenly to hair strand
- moisturized the hair ends well without being too oily
- easy to rinse off
- leaves hair smoother and tangle-free; manageable
- suitable for combination hair
- the scent

Verdict on the Light Volumizing Variant: This lightweight shampoo lathers extremely well, like a little goes a long way! With Smart Cuticle Care and Sebum Cleansing Technology, the shampoo effectively removes excess oil and product buildup from the scalp/roots at the same time, it repairs and smoothens damaged cuticles evenly from root to tip. Whilst the conditioner moisturizes the hair ends without being too rich or oily. In general, this Light Volumizing variant kills two birds with one stone – it keeps my hair clean and airy light, maintaining a refreshed, breathable hair scalp/roots and a moisturized hair ends! Perfect for combination, flat and limp hair!

Nourishing Breakage Defense Hair Mask
Description:
- Contains honey and shea butter; deeply moisturized
- Intensively care for severely damaged hair
- Strengthens hair and effectively prevents damage
- Smart Cuticle Care with Microfine All Smooth Essence replenishes lost nutrients in damaged hair. Smoothens and repairs damaged cuticles for healthier hair.

Usage: After shampoo, squeeze out excess water on the hair and apply an appropriate amount of hair mask evenly to the last 15cm of your hair. (Note: DO NOT apply hair mask on your scalp. Apply to hair ends only.) Leave it on for *3 to 10 minutes. *For longer-lasting manageability, leave hair mask on longer  – 3 minutes: up to 3 days or 10 minutes: up to 7 days. 

Likes:
- easy to apply evenly to hair strand
- repairs severely damaged hair and prevents damage
- strengthens hair; lessen breakage
- prevents and reduces split ends
- leaves hair tangle-free
- instantly leaves hair softer, smoother and more manageable
- results last longer than the Nourishing Breakage Defense Treatment
- the scent

Dislikes:
- leave on requires at least 3 minutes

Verdict on the Nourishing Breakage Defense Hair Mask: I believe you guys have heard a lot of raves about this hair mask before. I tried it before and it was one of my holy grail hair products in year 2012 and 2013. It intensively repairs severely damaged hair and prevents hair breakage and split ends. It instantly gives damaged hair a deeply moisturized, shiny and silky soft finish. Your hair will become more manageable as well. What's more? With a new, improved formula and technology, the results are more effective and longer-lasting (last 3 to 7 days)! The only thing I dislike about is the amount of leave-on time/waiting time required. Frankly speaking, I skipped the step of hair mask many times because I'm either in a rush or I'm lazy to wait for 3 to 10 minutes.

Have you experienced the same situation when you are feeling lazy or you barely have time to do a hair mask? No worries! Essential has launched a new treatment product which only requires to leave-on for 30 seconds!!

Nourishing Breakage Defense Treatment
Description:
- Repairs damaged hair and prevents breakage
- Highly concentrated formula leaving hair deeply moisturized
- Treatment delivers repair ingredients to each hair strand instantly and works effectively in just 30 seconds
- Smart Cuticle Care with Microfine All Smooth Essence replenishes lost nutrients in damaged hair. Smoothens and repairs damaged cuticles for healthier hair.

Usage: After shampoo, gently massage treatment to the last 15 cm of your hair. Leave on for 30 seconds. Rinse off completely. (Note: DO NOT apply treatment on your scalp. Apply to hair ends only.)

Likes:
- easy to apply evenly to hair strand
- leave-on requires only 30 seconds!
- repairs damaged hair and prevents damage
- lessen breakage
- tangle-free
- leaves hair deeply nourished
- instantly leaves hair feeling softer, smoother and manageable
- the scent

Verdict on the Nourishing Breakage Defense Hair Treatment: The texture is richer than the Light Volumizing Conditioner but is less richer than the Nourishing Breakage Defense Hair Mask. Anyway, it magically does what it claimed in just 30 seconds, leaving weak hair deeply nourished, silky soft and manageable. However, the results don't last as many days as the results given by the hair mask. Thus, for a more intensive treatment, use the hair mask at least once a week. Despite that, this treatment is a perfect choice for lazy days or days when you're in a rush as you only need 30 seconds to achieve a silky soft healthy hair!

Results and Overall Conclusion: 
So, here's the before and after results of my hair. The "Before" picture was taken prior using the Essential hair products. FYI, I do have really dry, frizzy and damaged hair ends and it probably looks worse than a broom... LOL! The "After" picture shows the magic transformation after using the set of Essential hair products for 10 days.
I will use the conditioner, hair mask and treatment on a rotational basis. After using the products for 10 days, I noticed a significant improvement. When I finger combed through whether wet or dry hair, it felt surprisingly smooth, tangle-free and very manageable! The products strengthened my hair, balanced the oiliness of my hair scalp/roots yet moisturized my hair ends. Also, with the absence of tangles, water does not get trapped between the tangles hence, it sped up the process of blow-drying my hair. The results were instant and noticeable! Honestly, I am able to feel the difference after one use! Now my hair feels so silky soft and smooth that I couldn't stop running my fingers through it~ *constantly touching my hair hahahaa~* Not to mention, the products have amazing fragrance which I absolutely adore!

Essential is a very promising brand in my opinion. Highly recommend the new Essential to all of you, especially to people who have combination hair! As mentioned earlier, the new Essential offers solution for a mix of oily hair scalp/roots and dry ends, which is a perfect solution for combination hair – a solution which is rarely seen in other hair brands. Well, I could go on about how great these products are but you have to try it to feel the magic~

Healthy, manageable hair is just a switch away! Switch to new Essential today! The new Essential is now available at leading supermarkets, hypermarkets, western pharmacies and personal care stores. Prices start from SGD$4.50.

Get free samples of Light Finish Volumizing shampoo & conditioner (yellow variant) at https://www.facebook.com/Essential.SG/app_284477728417032

LIKE Essential on Facebook (www.fb.com/Essential.SG) and 
FOLLOW Essential on Instagram @essentialsingapore for their latest updates!

2 comments:

  1. Ohh I love Essentials Hair Care line! ^ 3 ^
    I am excited to try out their new products teehee! ^ ___ ^

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  2. Hey dear!! I have also heard about this famous essential brand. The products of this brand are just wonderful. I am using these days revivogen hair product just to get my lost hairs back. Every one shared great reviews of this product with me.

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