Tub-Side Treatments

20 January 2013

Given the amount of grief I give my hair, conditioning treatments play a big part in my beauty routine. Last month I decided that bleaching my locks to white blonde (again) was an excellent - read terrible - idea, and coupled with the recent snowy snap, my hair has been feeling a little worse for wear. Intense conditioners are something which I'm pretty fickle about, and tend to switch on a frequent basis. These four have held their place on the side of my bath tub for the last couple of months though, so I thought it was about time they were given a mention...

Joico K-Pak Reconstructor is one of the newbies to the bunch, and before I launch in to detail, I'm just gonna put this out there - it smells like banana. If you love bananas like I do, great, if you don't, you're going to have a bit of an issue stomaching this one. Fragrance aside, I love this treatment. Initially, I was a bit unimpressed, but I've actually started using it as a pre-shampoo treatment and leaving it on my hair for around half an hour and it's working really well. My hair always feels soft, smooth and strong afterwards, and I'll definitely be repurchasing as it's on the more reasonable side price wise.

Milkshake Active Milk Mask is the biggest surprise of the group. This is my latest purchase so I've only used it a couple of times, but I'm really enjoying it so far. I've not always had the best experience with Milkshake, but my hairdresser used one of their latest treatments (which involves a pair of straighteners that aren't actually straighteners to push out water and lock in protein - very weird to see but very effective) on me after the bleaching saga, and suggested I follow up with this. It has a very milky smell with a hint of vanilla which I like, and you only need to leave it on for a couple of minutes, so it's great for in the mornings when I'm rushing for work.

Bumble and Bumble Deeep Treatment is sadly the most neglected of the group. It's very much a protein treatment, and I think I OD'd on it originally, which left my hair feeling quite dry. I'm testing this out with a follow up by Milkshake for the ultimate hair treat though, and so far I am loving it. If you're more concerned with the strength of your hair, rather than the feel, then this is the one for you.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer doesn't really need much of an introduction. I posted my first ever review on this blog on the Extreme version, and my thoughts haven't changed. For more detail, check that out here, and try not to cringe at my n00bness. This was my favourite hair treatment throughout 2012, but based on price, Joico is slightly edging in to the lead for the beginning of 2013...

So, now that we've had a pretty lengthy round up of my favourites - like I said, hair care is a big deal for me - what would you recommend I try out next?


  1. I love K-Pak!! I have never tried Bumble & Bumble but their products sounds so great

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  2. I am currently using the macadamia natural oil deep repair mask and have been enjoying it. I really want to try the Phillip Kingsley Elasticizer.


  3. Thanks for the reviews! I have long hair and the ends can get quite parched, especially during the winter, so hair masks are a must! The Milk Shake Active Milk Mask sounds especially lovely :)

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  5. I really want to try the Joico product :) I love my GHD Opulence hair mask but it is difficult to get hold of :(


  6. Thanks for the review, enjoyed reading it.I am currently using the ojon damage reverse and the macadamia natural oil :)

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  7. The milkshake product looks amazing. I've been using a few different hair products recently, and found that the cheapest ones are actually my favourite! haha x



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