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Friday, April 5, 2013

Number 4 High Performance Hair Care...What a Ride!

As a member of the BirchBox Birchbloggers, I was granted the honor and opportunity to try three items from Number 4 High Performance Hair Care. Two from the L'eau de Mare line: Hydrating Shampoo and Hydrating Condition, plus the Blow Dry Lotion from the Jour d'automne Style Collection.

First, a bit about N4, as they like to be called. From their Manifesto:

(The most beautiful things in life are found in the simple.)

By combining nature's greatest ingredients, we make your hair be what it should be - the ultimate look that defines new stylistic territories. In short, while still being "Innovative, Lightweight, Color Protecting, Anti-Aging, 100% Vegan, Gluten Free, Sulfate and Sodium Chloride Free, Paraben Free.", they still keep class and style aplenty.

Seriously. Even the packaging screams class. If screaming can be considered classy. Look at this:


Is that not stunning? I kept thinking, there's no way there's shampoo in there. Ah, but I was wrong. It wasn't a disappointment, however, because the bottles inside were just as fabulous:





Can't you see these products in some movie star's marble bathroom? And lucky me, they graced mine instead.

For reference, here is my hair before trying No. 4:


Not exactly exciting, I know. Long, very fine, dry, ragged ends, oily scalp. Horrors and nightmares. Okay, maybe not a nightmare, but a royal pain in the...

Anyway, back to No. 4.  The containers, while gorgeous, are a bit awkward, but I figured it out.

The shampoo felt surprisingly light for a hydrating shampoo, and rinsed clean. I only needed to use one wash to feel clean, which is unusual for my hair. While it didn't weigh it down, at first, I didn't feel that it hydrated much, either. But then I ran my fingers through my hair, and it didn't tangle. So I kept the faith and moved on to the Condition.

Again, it didn't feel heavy at all. I ran it through my hair to the ends, and rinsed. I was unsure of how well it hydrated because it felt so clean, but I stepped out anyway.

Amazingly smooth. My brush hardly snagged, and that is beyond unusual. I moved on to the Blow Dry Lotion, running a small amount through to the ends as directed, and dried my hair.

My hair seemed to lost ten pounds...it nearly floated.  Here's my after:





You can see that it looks thicker and fuller, but still nicely controlled. All three products deliver as promised, with the additional bonus of making me feel incredibly fancy and chic. Seriously...I could give these items as gifts, and the recipient wouldn't be offended at all. So very upscale.

The one thing I wasn't very thrilled with was the scent of the Shampoo and Condition, but that was a matter of personal preference. The Patchouli was very dominant, and it's not an element I'm very fond of. I tend to migrate toward fruitier scents, and this one was more along the lines of expensive perfume. It was a wonderful scent that brings to mind shining glass and precious stones, and for those with tastes that run along those lines, they will adore it. I did like the scent of the Blow Dry Lotion better...it had a lighter, fresher scent.

So if you want to feel like the classiest girl in town, I'd put these items on your tub. Talk about taking you away.




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