I've only been using Revlon's Uniq 1 for two weeks now but already I know that it's is one of those products that I'll be using for a long time to come. I've tried leave in conditioners in the past, most of them being misses rather than hits which lead me to give up on them. I felt that they left my hair too heavy and one in particular left it with this filmy, greasy layer. Not really the look I was after. Enter Revlon's Uniq 1 and I'm now a convert to the world of leave in conditioners.
This product isn't just a leave in conditioner however, it's a bit of a one stop shop. On the bottle it claims to do the following:
1. Repair For Dry & Damaged Hair
2. Shine & Frizz Control
3. Heat Protection
4. Silkiness & Smoothness
5. Hair Colour Protection/ with UVA & UVB Filters
6. Easier Brushing & Ironing
7. Incredible Detangling
8. Long - Lasting Hairstyle
9. Split Ends Prevention
10. Adds Body
...... that's a helluva lot to promise. Although, if you ask me, 6 and 7 are kinda the same thing aren't they? Bit of a marketing ploy there.
Here are some of the major benefits that I've noticed so far in order of their effectiveness.
Numbers 6 and 7: Easier Brushing & Ironing and Incredible Detangling
The Enabler claims to have a head on her like Worzel Gummidge in the morning. When asked about her hair type she says "it's like feathers, it's like having a bleedin nest on me head". Now, if she's claiming that this product sorts her nest out it must be doing something right. I can concur with her, unlike a head of feathers, I've a thick scraggly mane - that wonderful sort of Irish hair that's not quite straight but not quite curly, and my brush glides through my hair after using the leave in conditioner. ff only this had've been around when I was a kid. Years of reefing the head of me could have been avoiding.
Number 2. Shine & Frizz Control
Like every Irish girl going with that half curly, half straight mop to contend with, one of my first five thoughts when I'm thinking about a holiday are 'Is it going to be humid?? Jesus, I'm going to have Monica hair.' Monica hair at this stage has become as synonymous to frizz and Kim Kardashian is to a cry face. Ok, maybe not, but I just wanted to include the pic because it's how Monica hair makes me feel, and it just makes me laugh.
I digress. It was my hairdresser who originally recommended the conditioner to me. I'd asked her if she had any tips for keeping frizzhead at bay before I was going on a holiday. I was going to be bridesmaid at a beach wedding and I didn't want my hair to literally eclipse the bride. She explained that the reason the hair goes so poodle - like is because it's dry and it's absorbing the moisture in the air, especially if the climate is humid. To prevent this she recommended using a good leave in conditioner like the Revlon Uniq 1. After conferring with the enabler and she testified to its greatness, I was keen to try it. I have to admit, they knows their stuff. Combining the leave in conditioner with some Frizz Ease (just in case) my hair was silky, straight and easy to manage.
Numbers 1, 4 and 9: Repair For Dry & Damaged Hair and Silkiness & Smoothness and Split End Prevention
This is a bit of a cheat as well, doesn't one go hand in hand with the other? I will agree though, that my hair is softer, silkier and smoother from using the conditioner. It doesn't feel weighed down or heavy from the product either and it smells great too. If it's telling me that it will then prevent future split ends well then who am I to argue? Win win all around.
Regarding the rest of the claims, I wouldn't say I'd particularly noticed that my hair has extra body or that it holds a style for longer. I must also admit to using a heat protecting spray before using my ghd as everyone whose grown their hair long will know that highlights and long hair don't generally go hand in hand so I'm very protective over it.
When using the conditioner I'd advise using it sparingly. Less really is more with this one. It retails at around the €15 mark, a bit more than other big brands that can be bought in the local pharmacy but given that I can now live a life free of frizz I'd say it's definitely worth it.
You can pick it up at your local terrisales, www.terrisales.ie or failing that, it's £9.95 on amazon.co.uk.
Go out and buy this conditioner, it will leave you with silky soft hair that's easy to brush and your future self looking back at holiday snaps thank you for it!