I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the products that I choose to use. I’m well aware that reducing chemicals and potential toxins is an important step in healing your body when you have a chronic illness. I do think carefully about what I choose eat and drink, but I definitely need to become more conscientious of what I put on my body. So when InstaNatural offered me the chance to try a couple of their hair products in exchange for an honest review, I jumped at the chance. I was kindly sent the InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Mask* and the InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Treatment* to try. When reading about the products, I was first of all really impressed that the ingredients used are premium-quality and organic. I was also happy to read that the products are also not tested on animals.
My hair is admittedly not in the best condition; it is prone to being frizzy and often has a mind of its own! As I suffer from chronic fatigue, managing my hair can be a challenge and anything that potentially makes the process more simple is very much welcomed! I was therefore really excited to try both these products to see if they would help to tame and condition my unruly locks.
InstaNatural Luxurious Argan Oil Hair Treatment & Elixir
The Argan Oil Hair Treatment & Elixir contains only 8 ingredients: organic sunflower oil, organic argan oil, fractionated coconut oil, organic jojoba oil, panthenol, olive oil, grapeseed oil and shea butter. It comes in a 120ml glass bottle with a pump dispenser. The pump is great and easily dispenses a good amount of product. The Argan Oil Hair Treatment & Elixir can be used as a hair repair treatment, where you work the product through your hair and leave it on for anywhere from 10 minutes to overnight (you shampoo your hair afterwards). The beauty of this product though, is that it’s versatile and it can additionally be used as a styling product or as a heat protectant.
I decided to go all out for reviewing these products and I saturated my hair with the Argan Oil Hair Treatment & Elixir and left it on for a good hour to an hour and a half before washing my hair. The product is easy to dispense using the pump and it didn’t actually take a lot of product to saturate my hair– I felt like I had used a lot more than I did. Like I said, the product contains olive oil and sunflower oil and I would say that these are predominantly what the product smells like but I can happily accept that knowing there are no nasty perfumes or potential irritants in the product.
I then hopped in the shower, shampooed my hair and conditioned it with the Superior Hydration Argan Oil Hair Mask (which I will talk about in just a second). Once out, I towel dried my hair and then worked a small amount of the Argan Oil Hair Treatment & Elixir through my damp hair, starting at the ends and working it through. I used my usual curling product and then wrapped my hair up in a cotton t-shirt and left it to dry for a few hours before then giving it a quick blow dry before going to bed. I was excited to see the difference that these products would have on my hair.
InstaNatural Superior Hydration Argan Oil Hair Mask
The Superior Hydration Argan Oil Hair Mask is a deep conditioning treatment that contains restorative ingredients, such as argan oil, coconut oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, avacado oil, amino acid complex and vitamin B5. These are said to work together to deliver ultimate nourishment and hydration to the hair, which also enhances texture and shine. You can leave a generous amount of the conditioner in your hair for 5-15 minutes once or twice per week for a deep conditioning treatment, or use a small amount of the product in between as a regular conditioner. I only wash my hair once per week so will likely use this as a deep conditioner with each wash.
After shampooing, I saturated my hair with the conditioner and left it on for around 10 minutes. The product is in a large tub (240ml) with a screw on lid, which I always find a bit awkward to use in the shower but it does mean you can easily get a good amount of product in your hand to work through your hair. The conditioner is thick but easy to apply and it really does feel like you are doing your hair good. I worked it through from the roots, down to the ends– paying particular attention to the ends of my hair as these have been bleached in the past. The product has a pleasant smell to it, which randomly reminds me of being in tack shop. I know that sounds mental but I had a horse when I was younger and it took me right back and instantly reminded me of that. I even got my mum to smell it and she said the same.
The hair mask rinsed out easily and left my hair feeling soft and in really good condition. It also felt so much stronger. Normally you can take a strand of my hair, pull it and it’s like you are pulling a rubber band. Now it no longer does that. Needless to say, I was impressed. I also liked that it didn’t leave a greasy feeling to my hair once rinsed out like a lot of other conditioners can leave behind. My hair felt super clean and nourished.
Please forgive the fact this photograph isn’t the best quality as I didn’t have the energy to go and set up my DSLR, but I figured I couldn’t rave about a product without showing the evidence. Look how curly! Normally, my hair will dry mostly curly but there will be sections of it that are a bit limp and I often have to then go onto curl them afterwards or else my hair can look a bit of a mess. There can also be sections on top that are a bit fluffy and frizzy that benefit from being curled to tame them too.
I was actually amazed at how curly my hair was after using these products! The curls also looked nicely defined and I did not need to curl any sections of my hair at all. I think the words “holy crap” may have been uttered. There was also a lot more volume than usual too. There were still a few fluffy sections but perhaps I was a bit too conservative with how much of the Argan Oil Hair Treatment & Elixir I used after washing my hair– I was worried that using too much may make my hair greasy. Next time I will use more and see the difference that makes. I should point out that I used a little bit on my dry hair the next morning and that helped to tame the frizzy bits. I also have a feeling that continually using these products will see even better results over time.
Overall I would really recommend these products and they definitely do what they claim. They are pricey but that’s only to be expected with high-quality, organic products. I do feel like both would last for quite some time, which makes it easier to justify the cost too. You can check them out on Amazon:
Have you used these products or do you think you would like to try them? Are you mindful of the products you choose to use? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
* I was sent these products in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are 100% my own.