Today I’m going to review 2 different types of hair masks that I’ve been using since March this year – Christophe Robin’s Cleansing Purifying Sea Salt Scrub and Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil.
Before we begin, I would like to inform you guys about my hair type and concerns which you need to keep in mind while you read about my experience in using these 2 products. I’ve got very fine shoulder-length hair with oily scalp and dry ends. This always results in a bit of a dilemma for me when I choose hair care products because products which treat oily scalps always tend to dry out my hair horribly while those products which treat my dry hair tend to weigh it down and make it look incredibly flat at the end of the day. Living in a perpetually hot and humid country like Singapore only exacerbates my hair situation further. The heat in Singapore means that I am unable to go a day without washing my hair as my scalp gets so oily that my hair would look dirty and stringy.
In March this year, I remembered that the heat in Singapore was even worse than usual. The oil situation of my scalp had gotten so bad that even though I wash my hair daily, I could never get it to be truly clean. I just kept feeling that I’ve got a lot of built-up in my hair even though I rarely use hair styling products. I searched online for solutions and came across rave reviews of the Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Sea Salt Scrub. People were raving about how it really helped to deep clean their scalp without drying out their hair. Some even claimed that it helped their dandruff or irritated scalp situation. So I caved and went looking for retailers that stock this product and found out that LookFantastic Singapore stocks this product. Back then they were having a promotion whereby the Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Sea Salt Scrub and the Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil were sold together as a set at a great discount. Since I couldn’t resist getting products with great discounts, I bought the duo set to try.
How does the Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Sea Salt Scrub fare?
Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Sea Salt Scrub is a soothing scrub that claims to re-balance your scalp and also helps to remove irritating dye residue after colouring, relieving stinging and itchiness. A natural exfoliant, the sea salt stimulates micro-circulation, whilst a 100% plant-derived agent provides intense and long-lasting hydration, even once the scrub has been rinsed off. Your scalp is immediately soothed, leaving it feeling comfortable, whilst your hair will feel clean and lightweight for longer.
Ingredients: Sodium Chloride, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Cocamide Mea, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Saccharide Isomerate, Hydrated Silica, Bisabolol, Menthyl Lactate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Evernia Furfuracea (Tree Moss) Extract, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate.
If you look at the picture above, you’ll see that the sea salt scrub really has the salt particles that feels coarse to the touch. When you use this scrub, you’ll need to scoop out about one tablespoon sized of product, spread it across your palms, open up your fingers and reach into your scalp to really get the product there. This is a scalp treatment and not a hair treatment so make sure that the product gets onto your scalp. I usually massage my scalp for around 1 minute and wait for another 2 minutes to let the product get to work. It will lather quite a lot and you need to rinse it thoroughly with cool water for another minute. After rinsing off all the product, my scalp feels so much cleaner and lighter and most importantly, this feeling will last for 2 whole days which is a feat considering how oily my scalp is. However, my hair did feel slightly drier and that’s why I would usually follow on to apply the Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil as an intense treatment.
The following video shows the founder Christophe Robin demonstrating the correct method of using the product:
How does the Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil fare?
Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil is a hair mask that’s perfect for very dry and damaged hair. It claims to restore and revitalise your locks from root to tip. Enriched with pure prickly pear seed oil, it has antioxidant and regenerative properties, penetrating deep into the hair to repair it from within. Not only does it repair and protect the lengths of your hair, it also stimulates your scalp and prevents split ends and further breakages. Suitable for coloured hair, the mask contains inula flower extract which restores the pigments of both natural and dyed hair, leaving your tresses looking vibrant, healthy and full of vitality.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Inula Crithmoide Leaf/Flower Extract, Opuntia Ficus Indica Seed Oil, Behenyl/Stearyl Aminopropanediol Esters, Opuntia Ficus Indica Fruit Extract, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid, Parfum (Fragrance), Disodium Edta, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Hydroxycitronellal, Coumarin, Limonene, Caramel, Tocopherol, Linalool, Geraniol
So, after using the sea salt scrub, I’ll complete my scalp detox regime by applying the regenerating mask. The directions for this mask calls for you to apply it from the scalp to the ends of your hair. Although I usually avoid apply hydrating masks to my scalp, with this mask, I can actually do so since it doesn’t cause my scalp to oil up even though it’s so nourishing for the hair. I usually leave it on for around 3 minutes or so while I scrub my body and shave. As usual, rinse the product thoroughly with cool water and you are done!
The following video shows the founder Christophe Robin demostrating how to use the regenerating mask:
Incorporating these 2 masks into my hair care routine once a week has really helped my scalp and hair condition a lot. They have helped to re-balance the oils in my scalp while nourishing my hair at the same time. I also discovered that my hair fall has lessened after using these products at around the 3-month mark. I would highly recommend these products for you to try if you have the same hair concerns as me!
Where can you find it?
I bought the products from LookFantastic Singapore Online. It retails at S$168.50 (duo set consisting of 250 ml sized products).
Individually, the Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Sea Salt Scrub retails at S$76 (250ml sized) and the Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil retails at S$106 (250ml sized).
You can also purchase it from Sephora SG since they have recently brought in this brand as well.
Thank you for reading!