Just before I headed to Malaysia, Schwarzkopf Gliss gave me their two latest lines to try. As I wanted to test them thoroughly, I’m now touring South East Asia with a suitcase overflowing with hair products but it’s all good ‘cos my bag is otherwise empty. For now. When I return it’ll be stuffed to the brim with Lemon Drizzle Kit Kat.
The first line I want to chat about is Schwarzkopf Gliss Intense Therapy with Keratin Serum + Omegaplex. I know I’ve said it a thousand times but if your hair is damaged in any way, be it due to colouring or heat styling, you definitely want shampoos and conditioners that contain keratin, a protein that gives your hair its strength. Once you’ve damaged your own, you can’t replace it, but you can fortify what you’ve got, and this makes the world of difference. As far as Omegaplex goes, Schwarzkopf says it’s a complex that helps to repair the broken bonds within your hair, leaving it stronger and sleeker-looking. In a way, it’s kind of like their answer to Olaplex.
As I’m on the road, I lightened my hair using a hydrogen peroxide bleaching spray. If my hairdresser reads that sentence, she’ll die, but it’s actually worked really well. Still, my hair definitely did require a lot more TLC, especially in the week following my initial bleach blitz. Happily, Intense Therapy was up to the job. As my hair is quite fine and I wash it every day, it added a little bit of weight, but I’m in a sweltering country right now so I’m always tying it up and this is the teeniest concession for hair that’s super easy to detangle when wet and a healthy-looking shine. If you have thicker hair or a dryer hair type, you won’t notice any “weigh down”. Also, I want to emphasise that the weight is surprisingly minimal. As my hair is so fine, I assumed Intense Therapy would eventually coat my hair, icky Pantene-silicone-fiesta-style, but it hasn’t. Here I am, almost a month into my trip and I’m still using it.
The other duo I was given Schwarzkopf Gliss Supreme Length shampoo and conditioner. These guys are 100% up my street! Again, they contain liquid keratin to repair as well as “micro repair lipids” that I suspect is “fancy talk” for apricot kernel oil. Either way, the shampoo does a brilliant job of cleansing my oily roots without stripping (I wash my hair every, single day!) and the conditioner gives me the EXACT amount of moisture I’m after – enough so I can detangle, but not so much that my hair feels flat. Also, they smell amazing! Like pink petals, lollipops and candyfloss! When I return to South Africa, Supreme Lengths is going to become my every day sham and con.
Right! So let’s get to what I know you’re waiting for… your chance to win an awesome Schwarzkopf hair care hamper tailored to suit your hair type worth R750! To enter, simply tell me who is the last celeb you took a screenshot of to show your hairdresser. (Mine was Emma Stone ‘cos I thought I wanted her fringe, but I came to my senses pre-snip when I remembered how much hard work they are! If you’re currently rocking a fringe right now, respect!)
P.S. If you’re keen on trying any of Schwarzkopf’s’ newbies, now is the time as there’s a “buy 3 pay for 2” promo running at Clicks until the 18th of June.
This competition is now closed. Congrats to winner Simonne Stellenboom.