The colour a sheet of paper, that’s me! If you tuck me in a crowd of British people I would fit right in. When I was in London with school, tourists asked me where they could find a certain place. Ghost, skeleton, anemic, I’ve heard ‘em all. If you haven’t guessed before, I have very light skin. When I heard we were going on holiday to a sunny destination, all I could think was: I need to stack up on sun protection! That goes for my hair and scalp as well so I decided to try the Fashion Professional Colour+UV Conditioner in the hope that it might add something of extra protection to my scalp. One 500ml bottle later, I guess I can say no sunburns!
In english: ‘Conditions the hair. The formula with UV-filter helps to protect the colour of your hair.’
First of all, why would we want to use a haircare product with build in UV protection? Your scalp can burn very easily. Protecting your scalp can be quite difficult and a thick sunlotion isn’t to be applied on top of your head, let alone your hair. A burned scalp can cause a quick sunstroke, hurts like a…Ahem It just hurts very much and itches like crazy. Speaking from experience, time and time again. There were no hair and scalp products when I was younger. Wearing a hat and staying out of the sun just isn’t possible all the time. Believe me, if I could I would, I’m like a nightowl. A leave-in product like a hair oil or spray would work best ofcourse but I wanted to try the conditioner as well to try if it would make a difference.
A thick white goo that spreads surprisingly simple, given the fact that this conditioner does not contain silicones.
o Aqua: Plain ole’ water.
o Cetearyl Alcohol: Fatty alcohol. Cetearyl Alcohol and the other fatty alcohols keep an emulsion from separating into its oil and liquid components. These ingredients are also used to alter the thickness of liquid products and to increase foaming capacity or to stabilize foams.
o Panthenol: Is derived from vitamin B5(Pantothenic Acid). Acts as a lubricant on the skin surface, which gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance. Panthenol and Pantothenic Acid also enhance the appearance and feel of hair, by increasing hair body, suppleness, or sheen, or by improving the texture of hair that has been damaged physically or by chemical treatment.
o Glyceryl Stearate SE: acts as a lubricant on the skin’s surface, which gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance. It also slows the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface.
o Cetrimonium Chloride: Used in the formulation of hair conditioners, hair dyes and colours and other hair care products. Prevents the buildup of static electricity. Helps to cleanse the skin or to prevent odor by destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms and by helping water to mix with oil and dirt so that they can be rinsed away.
o Benzophenone-4: Protects cosmetics and personal care products from deterioration by absorbing, reflecting, or scattering UV-rays. When used as sunscreen ingredient, Benzophenone-4 protects the skin from UV-rays.
o Parfum: Also known as Perfume or Fragrance.
o Propylene Glycol: Organic alcohol. Propylene Glycol and Polypropylene Glycols attract water and function as moisturizers to enhance the appearance of skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness. Propylene Glycol is also used to help stabilize formulations.
o Benzyl Alcohol: An organic alcohol found in fruit and tea. Used as corrosion inhibitor, fragrance ingredient, pH adjuster, preservative, solvent or viscosity decreasing agent.
o Methylchloroisothiazolinone & Methylisothiazolinone: Preservatives. Antimicrobial agents.
o Magnesium Nitrate: Used to help keep colour compounds the correct shade.
o Magnesium Chloride: Functions as a flavoring agent and a viscosity increasing agent.
o Triethylene Glycol: Viscosity decreasing agent.
o Sodium Hydroxyde: Used to control the pH of cosmetics and personal care products.
o Lactic Acid: Naturally occuring organic acids also known as Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHAs. Used as exfoliant, humectant, pH adjuster and skin conditioning agent.
o Citric Acid: Added to cosmetics to help adjust the acid/base balance. Preservative.
Since only Benzophenone-4 is a UV protector You could question this conditioner instantly. For me it was more the fact that I’m a big swimmer and the chlorine in the pool surely would dry out my hair like crazy, so even if this conditioner didn’t protect me from UV-rays, I still needed a conditioner.
This is a rinse off product so you don’t know if any of the protecting ingredients remain after showering.
No silicone which is a big plus.
Some of the ingredients may look like they are contradictory, like Magnesium Chloride and Triethylene Glycol, which work viscosity increasing and decreasing. In truth, the magnesium works on oils and the glycol works on normal liquids. Combining these ingredients will create a balance between the two.
After use my hair felt a little softer but not was still quite frizzy. I needed to use my The Body Shop Dry Oil to actually condition it some more. I did, however, not get any sunburns on my scalp.
Would I repurchase? No I wouldn’t. I have since learned to make my own leave in UV protection conditioner and since my hair still needed extra conditioning I can’t say I am blown away by the product.
Fashion Professional Colour+UV Conditioner contains 500ml and is available at Action. I can’t remember the exact price but I believe it was around €4,00.
Have you ever tried a hair protecting UV-treatment? How did it work for you?