21 June 2011

Lee Stafford Argan Oil Range Review

The new Lee Stafford hair care range I was sent to review popped through my letterbox just in time, as my poor old hair was getting very dry indeed. No thanks to my daily straightening sessions.

The likes of VO5 and TRESemmé have started to incorporate Argan Oil into some of their new products and Lee Stafford has poured some of this magic oil from Morocco into an entire range for us!

So the night it arrived, I headed to the bathroom and gave it all a go! Oh, and if you don't want to read the entire review, skip to the bottom of the post as I've done a quick overview (positives and negatives).

Nourishing Shampoo £10.99

I'd have to say the shampoo is probably my least favourite of the four products as I'm just not a fan of the consistency. It has a thick gel-like texture and I found I needed quite a lot to cover my whole head and lather it up enough. As I have to use so much, it does mean that I really have to make sure I wash all the remnants out.

Deep Nourishing Treatment £14.99

Luckily, the Deep Nourishing Treatment really impressed me! On the tub, Lee Stafford himself(!) advised me to use this in between the shampoo and conditioner; so of course, I followed the master of hair's instructions! I worked the treatment from my roots to the ends of my hair as intructed and left it for the 5 minutes advised. When it came to washing it out my hair did feel much less tangly and very very soft!

Nourishing Conditioner £10.99

The conditioner worked just I would expect any conditioner to work but luckily, I didn't need as much product as I did with the shampoo.
Miracle Heat Defence Spray £12.99
Now is the time for a confession. I hold my hands up (not literally, that would make typing a little difficult) and admit that I haven't used any heat protection spray on my hair for years. I hope Lee isn't reading this; it would probably put him in an early grave! But after using this one, I realised how important it is as after blow-drying and straightening, my hair felt much less, well, frazzled.

So, the negatives:
- The shampoo seems to be a rather odd consistency
- I did notice a lot of hormone-harming parabens on the ingredients list
- It's all rather expensive

And the positives:
- The Argan Oil itself is reasonably high up on the ingredients lists
- The combination of the four products did leave my hair feeling soft and looking noticeably less dry
- All the products have a nice exotic smell but it's not too strong, so it doesn't interfere with any perfumes

Although I wasn't particularly impressed by the shampoo, the other 3 products did work well and they really seem to be giving me the TLC my hair needs at the moment. If you like the look of the new range but your budget doesn't stretch far enough to buy the whole range (which has just hit Boots), I'd say your best bet is to try the Deep Nourishing Treatment.


loulouxx88 said...

Hiya :) I was wondering if you could list the full ingredients of the heat defence spray - I recently found out i'm allergic to all fragrance so can't use anything which contains even a little :( Nowhere on the web seems to list them and every boots I go into doesn't have any in stock so am reluctant to buy it online to only be disappointed when it arrives. If you could help I would love you forever!! Thanks :)

thefashionfreak said...

@loulouxx88 - Oh that's so strange that you can't find the list of ingredients anywhere!

Alcohol Denat., Aqua (Water), Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Bis-PEG/PPG-20/20 Dimethicone, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Butylparaben, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Coumarin, DimethylPABAmidopropyl Laurdimonium Tosylate, Disodium EDTA, Geraniol, Glycerin, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Limonene, Linalool, Methylparaben, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Polyquaternium-55, Propylene Glycol, Quaternium-70, VP/VA Copolymer.

Claire xxx

loulouxx88 said...

Thanks so much for that! As I suspected though, no good for me :(

fate said...

Hi i have been dyeing my hair a while with nice n easy but wanted my hair to be lighter,i bought xxl platnum blond n used it a few times but now i have sticky gummy parts in my hair.Will lee staffords products help with my problem ?plz reply

Anonymous said...

Have tried shampoo, not impressed to be honest, its very thick and I had to use a lot to wash my long hair. It provides nice healthy shine to my hair, however its very rough and hard to comb through them, plus it didn't help the dryness. Additionally it irritated my scalp leaving it itchy and flaky. Overpriced and absolutely not worth of money spent, I wouldn't use it even for free.

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