February 2016 Birchbox Review #1: Corioliss Argan Conditioning Mask

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Another day, another hair mask

I’ve been feeling down about getting hair masks in my subscription boxes. Over the past few months, I’ve been inundated with them and I’m over it. It doesn’t help that I already use two hair masks that I absolutely love and don’t see myself straying from any time soon. Still, it’s always interesting to see if there’s anything out there that would beat what I currently use.

The theme of Birchbox’s February box was having a night in. A hair mask is clearly fitting, as you could use a night in to treat your hair. Argan oil is a great way to restore moisture and softness back into hair. Corioliss Argan Conditioning Mask (USD $40, full size) is a pricey hair mask that boasts ingredients like argan oil, vitamin e, and fatty acids that are suppose to repair hair. I also spotted sea buckthorn oil (which is also in my favorite Amika hair mask), a bunch of other oils (jojoba, wheat germ, and rosemary), and interestingly tea tree oil extract. This ingredient was a little puzzling, because I’ve always heard of it being used as an astringent or a scalp cleanser. Still, a promising ingredient list.

Since I only wash my hair two to three times a week, I always use a hair mask. This just works best for my hair. I just swapped out my Amika for the Corioliss while I tried this. The mask itself is pretty lightweight and smells nice and clean. Toweling off, I could tell that the mask hadn’t over moisturized my hair (something that I’ve had happen with conditioners and masks). The last thing anyone wants is heavy, greasy feeling hair.

I blow out my hair before either straightening or curling. At this stage, I can also get a good look at my ends and judge how well a hair mask worked. My ends did feel really nice and soft. My hair was very manageable. However, I did notice a difference in texture between this and the Amika mask. My hair was a little duller than usual, and the ends, while soft feeling, still looked dried out and did not style quite as nicely.

I wanted to make sure this wasn’t just a styling fluke, so I continued using this mask for the next couple of washes. But each time I got the same results: soft, but dull looking hair.

It’s too bad, because this mask almost has it right. It might be that my color treated ends (I use the balayage technique) were just too much for this mask. So while it may still be too nourishing for people with really oily locks, if you don’t color treat your hair this might work for you.

Rating: 3/5. This mask has such promising ingredients, but just wasn’t enough for my hair. While it does deliver softer, more manageable locks, it just fell short of giving me healthy looking hair. Still, it may be worth a shot for people who don’t color their hair.

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