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Winter definitely does a number on my golden locks!!! Every year when February hits, my hair is officially dried to a crisp due to all that nonstop blasting of the heat. Blonde hair and winter just don’t mix!
When my hair is feeling rather rough, that’s when I reach for my beloved deep conditioners. For the past few years I have been obsessed with the Oribe Signature Moisture Masque. I’m so in love!!!!! The only downfall is that it costs $62 -_- not exactly friendly on that bank account that’s for sure.
When my Oribe Signature Moisture Masque ran out in January, I decided to be brave and see if anything else on the market seemed appealing. Searching Sephora.com for the highest rated hair masks, I stumbled upon the amika nourishing mask. With over 700 reviews and costing about $28, it held the top spot that day for hair masks. Unfortunately, it was out of stock. Luckily for me, I had a shopping trip planned for the following day, so I decided to see if I could find the amika nourishing mask in store.
The next day came and omg! Headed into Sephora only to find out the amika nourishing mask was sold out in every size besides the $10 travel tube.
I took this as a fabulous sign that if Sephora can’t keep the amika nourishing mask on the shelves, then it must be THAT good! I scooped up a bottle and couldn’t wait to get home to see if it lived up to the hype.
Product Description: The amika nourishing Hair Mask deeply conditions and restores hair. The natural molecules in the formula penetrate the surface of the hair to get to the root, sealing split ends improving shine, elasticity and nourishment. Sea Buckthorn Berry (Obliphica) Nourishing Hair Mask with omega 7 + vitamin c intense conditioning and repair for all hair types. The Obliphica berry, for centuries renowned for its healing powers, has an arsenal of antioxidants, vitamins, healthy fatty acids, Omega 3, 6 & 9, and the rare Omega 7 (usually only found in fish oil). These potent vitamins come together to form a line that replenishes, moisturizes, and brings out hairs natural balance.
Directions: Use either as a weekly treatment or an everyday conditioner. In either case apply generously to the hair, wait 2-5 minutes and rinse thoroughly. Use alone, or enhance with a few drops of the amika™ Obliphica Oil Treatment.
Ingredients: Water/Eau (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Pathenol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Butylphenyl Methylproponial, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde
Scent: Sweet and light
Consistency: Creamy but lightweight
Honestly, I was surprised at just how well the amika nourishing mask worked for the price. I’d compare it to a deep conditioning treatment you would receive at a high end salon. What I discovered after a a good ole google search is that this is due to its two main ingredients: sea buckthorn berry and argan oil. The essential oil from the sea buckthorn berry strengthens and fortifies hair while the argan oil – same thing found in Moroccan Oil, FYI – smooths and de-frizzes locks.
Pros - The cost is amazing compared to other high end deep conditioners. Makes your hair feel stronger after one single wash.
Cons - Although your hair feels instantly stronger after use, you don’t get that silky feeling other deep conditioners give you. I didn’t feel like the amika nourishing mask made my hair any softer which is something I look for in a deep conditioner.
Would I Purchase Again? - Trick question!!! I would never pay full price for the amika nourishing mask. For my hair type and for any other blondes out there, this just doesn’t leave your hair feeling soft. Now if I were to spot this on sale? Or maybe at a store like TJ Maxx or Burlington for half the price? You best believe I would toss a tub of Amika Nourishing Mask in my basket! Your hair does feel stronger which is a huge plus for girls who color their hair. The product just didn’t deliver any softness what so ever.
Rating - I will give the amika nourishing mask a 7. Works. But definitely not a “holy grail” for anyone who colors their hair frequently. If you have natural hair that just needs a little extra love, you would probably give this a 9.
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