With winter in Melbourne now in full-swing I have this underlying need to protect my hair, skin and nails as much as possible. Ok so, winter doesn’t actually cause much damage per se – it’s more the constant wearing of hoodies and sitting on my heating vent that would be the biggest problem – but it doesn’t hurt to use the season as a time to indulge in extra care. And while we are talking about extra care, let’s take a look at Schwarzkopf Extra Care’s Ultimate Repair range.
I’ve been using the shampoo and conditioner duo for over 4 weeks and have seen some changes in my hair. The marketing says it will repair damaged hair and apply a protective coat. Did it do that? My review reveals what I really think.
- The packaging is the same as all other varieties in the Schwarzkopf Extra Care range, except with a black and gold colour scheme. The shampoo stands up-right with a flip top lid. The conditioner is upside down with a flip top lid but the base is also flat so you can stand it with the lid at the top (my personal preference). The plastic bottles are easy to squeeze and the opening is large enough that the formula never clogs it.
- The shampoo is a thick transparent liquid. It foams easily and quickly with minimal water or friction. a 20cent sized piece is enough to completely cover my long hair in suds. It also rinses clean easily.
- The conditioner is a thick white cream that is comparable to a masque. It glides on to hair effortlessly and I can feel it quickly makes my hair feel less tangled. I only need to leave it in my hair for about 3-4 minutes before i can glide my Tangle Teezer through without much snagging. On larger knots it takes me a few swipes of the brush to loosen it up. My thin hair knots quickly, even just from shampooing, so this is the kind of result i like to have from a conditioner. Rinsing it out doesn’t take long. and no where near as difficult as rinsing a hair masque out.
- There is a subtle fragrance but much less noticeable than shampoos & conditioners in the Schwarzkopf Extra Care range. It smells slightly woody and for that reason, plus the packaging colour, I think it lends well to being a unisex hair care range.
- Combing my towel dried hair is a breeze after using these products. There is no tangles or knots, and my hair feels much smoother. While blowdrying I can feel the hair is softer and stays smoother, plus there is less broken hair sticking up.
- I assumed the Ultimate Repair name meant it would be ultimately rich, but it actually isn’t too rich for my fine hair. I can get away with washing my hair every three days, which is what I like.
- With prolonged use I found I did have less hair breaking when I did simple things like braid it or put it in a bun.
What Schwarzkopf say ….
Schwarzkopf Extra Care Ultimate Repair Shampoo places a protective coat over the hair to give it a healthy appearance. Liquid hair repair technology fills the gaps in the hair cuticle repairing hair from the inside to the surface using identical particles. The formula repairs even extreme hair damage and promises up to 95 per cent less hair breakage.
Schwarzkopf Extra Care Ultimate Repair Conditioner places a protective coat over the hair to give it a healthy appearance. Liquid hair repair technology fills the gaps in the hair cuticle repairing hair from the inside to the surface using identical particles. The formula repairs even extreme hair damage and promises up to 95 per cent less hair breakage.
Australia $6.99 each from Woolworths, Coles, Priceline, independent retailers and pharmacies
USA & UK – Unavailable at this time but can be bought through Cincotta Chemist who offer international shipping.
What shampoo and conditioner are you currently using? Would you try this product? Let me know by commenting below!
Henkel, the parent company of Schwarzkopf, commission animal testing when required by legislation. You can read Henkel’s animal cruelty policy here.
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