Beauty

Review: The Body Shop Hair Mask

I’m quite open about the fact that I have awful hair. Over the years I’ve had pretty much every hair colour under the sun, but I’ve bleached it to bones in the process. I’m just starting to get some life back into it (partly thanks to this godsend of a hair mask), but it’s by no means healthy. I don’t mind that. I’m not perfect and never will be and I think that’s quite appropriately reflected in my appearance. If I tried to be, I think I’d go mad. 

The Body Shop Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask

The Body Shop Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask

That doesn’t mean to say I don’t absolutely love the way this hair mask leaves my hair. I’m not one for keeping up a weekly routine, but when I’ve had a particularly stressful time and fancy pampering myself, this is a new go-to. It states on the tub that this product is made to treat dry hair, and boy does it live up to expectations. The first time I used this it felt like miracles had worked – it was just so soft. So soft I made my dad feel. He didn’t get it. (Compared to most people’s hair it probably still felt kinda dry, but it was miles softer than it had been pre-mask.) I freakin’ love this thing, and it comes in a decent-sized tub so you don’t have to repurchase every five minutes. In addition, I definitely think this reduces frizz/flyaway hairs which I struggle with immensely.

The Body Shop Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask

Inside the Pot

As well as it’s magical healing properties, this mask has a wonderful smell. Did anyone else get those dried fruit and nut mixes in their lunch boxes as a kid? The ones with dried banana and coconut in them? (I) This smells exactly like that, full and delicious but not overly perfumey. It makes me want to grab bits of my hair and sit with it under my nose. (I’ve never done that. Honest.) It also kinda reminded me of the Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo hair mask, which I absolutely adored before my vegan days.

Something else that I love about this product is that it’s made with no silicones and mineral oil. They use Community Trade organic banana puree from Ecuador, so not only is it vegan but you know you’re doing the world little more good when you buy this product, which is when the £12 price tag suddenly seems a bargain. Although I purchased this during a sale, I’ll definitely be going back to pay full price for a second tub.

The Body Shop Banana Tub

The Body Shop

The instructions say to leave this mask on for ten minutes, but I generally leave it on for a little longer, whilst I do a face mask or something similar. The Body Shop also sell a Banana Truly Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner to make a full set, which are are vegetarian rather than vegan because they contain honey. I think I’ll have to do a little more research on The Body Shop’s sourcing of honey before I purchase these two (you can read about my stance on honey here).

All in all, I have to say it’s absolutely no wonder this product has a five-star rating on the Body Shop website – I completely agree.

 

Until next time,

K x

 

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12 Comments

  1. andthenzen ✨

    October 29, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    I saw this on your Instagram, and was immediately intrigued by the idea of the ‘banana’ scent – I bloody love the smell of banana! 😍 Body Shop often do really good discounts, and I will definitely be picking this up the next time there’s 40% off.. 🙊

    Andi | http://www.andthenzen.co.uk

    1. kirstyisabellaparkin@gmail.com

      October 30, 2017 at 12:49 am

      It’s so lovely, you should definitely try it! And they do some great discounts! 🙂 x

  2. girlmissguided

    November 10, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Sounds amazing, love the fact that it’s banana scented YUM. I have quite oily hair so would be interested to see if they do something similar for oily hair as I would love to finally try a hair mask

    1. kirstyisabellaparkin@gmail.com

      November 10, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      I get pretty oily hair too, so I just put hair masks on the ends – not all the way up, have you tried that? 🙂

  3. thepoppyraptor

    November 10, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    I have their shampoo and conditioner (as I’m only a mere vegetarian!) but I’ve never tried this hair mask! I might have to buy it now though as my hair is also very dry due to years and years of bleaching and dyeing it! xx

    1. kirstyisabellaparkin@gmail.com

      November 10, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      Honestly, it’s great! I love it :)) I’m glad I’m not the only one with bleach-damaged hair! X

  4. Rachel Waugh

    November 10, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Ooo! I definitely need to give this a go! I’m not a huge banana fan but my hair is in desperate need of conditioning & Although I’m currently only a vegetarian, I do like to go Vegan when possible!

    1. kirstyisabellaparkin@gmail.com

      November 10, 2017 at 11:49 pm

      It’s all about balance, I think it’s unreasonable to expect everyone to be 100% vegan all the time and you’re still making a huge difference!!! 🙂

  5. aworthytrend

    November 10, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Ooooh this looks amazing – I’ve got bleached hair so need something like this in my life. And I adooreeee their banana shampoo so definitely adding this to my list!

    1. kirstyisabellaparkin@gmail.com

      November 10, 2017 at 11:50 pm

      Sounds like you have a similar problem to me! Definitely give it a go!

  6. Debra-Bow

    November 15, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    WOW! Im so happy to see you got on well with this hair mask, I love the body shop so I love hearing about people using products I’ve not yet tried and having a good experience. I think I might have to try this next – your review has sold it. Also BANANA?! It sounds like it smells soo good. I’m always up for trying out new hair care products especially hair masks so I’m excited to pick this up x

    1. kirstyisabellaparkin@gmail.com

      November 16, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      Yeah it’s honestly amazing! I felt the difference straight away 🙂 x

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