Monday 27 August 2018

Joico K-PAK range // haircare review

I have a love-hate relationship with my hair, which I think is something a lot of people can relate to – I always hated it blonde, and I love it red, but now I’m a bit tempted to go blonde again. I like the fact that it’s wavy, but it’s not quite wavy enough. Some days I love that it’s quite long, and some days I want to tear it out because it’s constantly just in my way. Basically, I’m just never 100% happy with it. Because of this, I love testing new hair products, just to see if they’ll make me fall in love with my locks; when Joico reached out to see if I wanted to test their well established K-Pak range, I was thrilled. They came in a fancy gold box with little chocolates wrapped in gold foil, and I was immediately excited to try them out.

joico haircare k-pak review

I have a thing with shampoo where I just want it to lather as much as possible – and this one’s pretty good. I can’t stand shampoos that don’t get soapy enough, but the K-PAK shampoo 'to repair damage' is almost up there. It smells nice and salon-y, and the gold packaging is really sleek; there’s no real WOW factor for me, though – it’s just nice.

The matching conditioner smells the same, and has almost identical sleek gold packaging. It’s not very thick – as conditioners go, it’s fairly runny. I actually find this quite annoying because most of it ends up on the floor of the shower, or floating in the bath, and I think when you’re paying high end prices for hair conditioner, it should be as good as it can be. It’s not the best conditioner I’ve ever tried, and it’s not the worst either. It’s just a bit ‘meh’.

Alongside the shampoo and conditioner duo, they were kind enough to send me the smoothing balm, intense hydrator, and protect and shine serum. The intense hydrator is basically a conditioning mask which smells like a banana daiquiri and is the exact consistency of cake batter, and I really like this - I find it washes out really easily which a lot of hair masks don't, and it leaves my hair feeling really soft and shiny. I've also been loving the protect and shin serum because it's done a great job at taming my frizzy ends, and a little goes a long way - I took this to Belgium with me, too, because it's only a small bottle so it fits in hand luggage. Last but not least is the smoothing balm, 'to straighten and protect' which isn't the sort of product I go for because it's for blow-drying, but I have tried it out and did find that it made my hair look a bit more straight and sleek when I blasted it with the hairdryer. Again it has the salon-esque smell and you only need a little bit.

joico haircare red hair

So all in all, there are highs and lows within the K-PAK range; I prefer the styling products to the cleansing products, but in general everything is nice. It's quite pricey, but if you want to treat yourself then there are definitely worse ways to go. You can buy the K-PAK range, and other Joico products, from Look Fantastic if you're in the UK!

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