Haircare Review: Function of Beauty Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Mask, and Hair Serum

My hair has been extra dry recently so when Function of Beauty offered to help with their new hair mask and hair serum, I immediately said yes.

As with personalized hair products I’ve tried, Function of Beauty asked questions about my hair types, concerns, and goals. For reference, I have thin, fine, straight hair and scalp that easily gets irritated or oily depending on its mood. I wanted to hydrate, replenish, and strengthen my hair while soothing and nourishing my roots and scalp.

As per usual, the Shampoo and Conditioner smell amazing (I chose the flower to the people scent.) It made my hair smooth and less tangled after rinsing. I am one of those people who shampoo their hair every day while conditioning its ends daily as well. So far, these two helped moisturized my hair without making my scalp too oily. They just provided a balance.

The Hair Mask promises to deeply condition, hydrate, and nourish my hair using argan oil, japanese sake, and jojoba ester oil. The creamy mask is easily massaged on the scalp. Whenever I mask, I pay extra attention to the ends of my hair as it’s where my strands get the driest. While using this, my hair is the softest and smoothest it has gotten. It stayed like that for about three days before I felt the need to apply again.

Something that can be used once a day or for touch-ups, the Hair Serum aims to manage the hair, smooth frizz, and enhance its shine. It contains argan oil, annatto oil, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil. Despite these ingredients, the hair serum doesn’t feel that oil. This serum actually has a gel texture that makes it easier to use. A testament to how good this is: I wore my hair down, after always putting it into a bun, and used this at the ends. I also used a texturing spray to create and some loose waves and everyone complimented me on how good my hair looks. I felt like the serum helped hold the waves I created and it made my hair look more weighted instead of fine and frizzy. It doesn’t leave it looking limp and oily. This is instant love.

These products are also vegan, cruelty-free, and are made without mineral oil, phthalates, gluten, parabens, and sulfates.

The Function of Beauty Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Mask, and Hair Serum were provided by @functionofbeauty. Available at functionofbeauty.com

Haircare Review: Prose Hair (New Hair Goals)

Similar to how I use skincare products, I usually switch hair products daily. If I don’t, my hair either gets too oily or too dry.

Prose Hair graciously sent over their new set containing personalized shampoo, conditioner, and pre-shampoo hair mask. Note that this is not a reorder of my old set. Their site lets you personalize your hair needs and hair goals every time you order. For this set, I focused on my concerns on oil, dandruff, dryness, and damage with the goal of having smooth and shiny hair.

My set contains jujube bark, prebiotics, and wintergreen extract to cleanse my scalp, maca root, nasturtium, and biotin to promote growth, collagen, lilac, and hyaluronic acid to nourish, apple vinegar and caviar lime to fight dullness, vegetal oil to condition, fermented rice water to smooth, oat lipid and sunflower extract to restore hair protein. The set is also cruelty-free and is made without of sulfates, parabens, dyes, mineral oils, and GMO.

The past few weeks, this set, which has their Signature scent (floral and powdery) has helped keep my sensitive scalp controlled. I still need to wash my hair every day, using the Prose Shampoo ($25) and Conditioner ($25) every other day to smooth my hair and purify my scalp. This prevented my scalp from getting too oily or too dry. Their Pre-Shampoo Hair Mask ($38) has always been a favorite and, again, this didn’t disappoint as it rebalances my scalp then leaving my hair smooth and soft for at least three days. Honestly, I just have a soft spot for prose and they never did my hair wrong since I started using their products more than a year ago.

The Prose Shampoo, Conditioner, and Pre-Shampoo Hair Mask were provided by @prose. Available as a set for $88 at prose.com

Haircare Battle: Prose Across Seasons

As a lover of personalized anything, Prose is right up my alley. The brand provides ultra-customized hair care, so much so that you’re asked to fill out a questionnaire before you can begin using any of their products. They personalize haircare products from season to season to address climate concerns like humidity, UV, wind, and pollution based on your zip code. Each set comes with a personalized shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask. All their products are also formulated without sulfates, parabens, dyes, mineral oils, GMOs, and cruelty.

I have tried and love the effects of prose on my hair the first time but I wanted to test it again under a different circumstance, somewhere more warm and humid to see how it would work.

Based on my answers the first time, I was recommended a Total Cleanse Shampoo for smooth and vibrant hair, Body Boost Conditioner for perfect curls, and a Hair Mask. All the products contain collagen, lilac, and hyaluronic acid to protect and repair and honey to volumize the hair.

The scent, mine is Perle, is definitely one of the things I liked about the product. It definitely conveyed a sense of relaxation and personal care. Vaguely reminded me of musk, sandalwood tones, but nothing too rich or overpowering.

The Shampoo, which promises to provide Smooth & Vibrant hair and Total Cleanse, was really cleansing. I can really feel this remove all the products that have been in my hair without really stripping my hair of shine and luster.

The Body Boost Conditioner is my favorite. Aimed to be Curl Perfecting and Body Boost, it’s one of the lightest conditioners I’ve tried which is perfect for my oily scalp. It didn’t make my scalp greasy or my strands limp. In fact, this gave my hair a bit of a lift, like it was lightly blowdried. I once used this on a really warm day and it didn’t make my hair limp or greasy. It just handled the frizz.

The Hair Mask is a 250mL tub containing a thick, yellowish mix that was more liquid than your typical conditioner. The immediate observation is the softness. Even the frizzy hair was soft to the touch, and not dry and “crunchy” as it usually was.

Since I went somewhere warm and humid, I ordered another personalized set, looking to solve excess oil and dandruff. I wanted for my hair to be smooth and have volume and shine.

First off, the state of my hair now. I cut it shorter and have achieved better hair through haircare. However, my fine strands can’t be stopped. There are still flyaways and the smaller hairs around my face still tend to rise instead of following the natural direction of the other hairs, which is down. I need to use a texturizing mist to control them. I also almost always wear my hair into a bun. Since I’m always at work, I don’t want to be bothered with my hair going to my face. I’ve also been suffering from a bit of dandruff from the previous hair product I’ve used.

The scent I got this time around is in Botanica. It smells fresh and a bit minty, which I enjoy. The scent is also more subtle.

The Shampoo, which contains maca root, vegetal oil, fermented rice water, jujube bark, prebiotics, and wintergreen extract, feels really gentle on my scalp. It works to give Straight & Smooth hair and to Purify & Detox the strands. This doesn’t make my hair oily and my scalp itchy. It feels light on the hair and leaves my hair smooth and tamed.

As usual, I very much enjoy the Conditioner. My conditioner is designed to smoothen the hair and protect it from humidity. Containing silicone, lemongrass essential oil, honey, apple vinegar, caviar lime, and fermented rice water, it has the same whipped-like texture as the first conditioner that feels light on my hair. Same as before, it doesn’t feel like a moisturizer, unlike most conditioners, which works really well with my dry scalp and easily oily hair. It’s one of the best conditioners I have tried to be honest.

The Hair Mask, which I use once a week has provided my hair shine and softness like no other. It contains maca root, nasturtium, biotin, jujube bark, prebiotics, and wintergreen extract, and honey. It doesn’t feel suffocating to my scalp and it’s also easy to use. It feels light on the hair but leaves my strands looking healthy and smooth.

Overall, I was happy with the results. I’ve been alternating the Shampoo and the Conditioner for a month now and I have not felt my scalp become too oily or too dry, my hair too limp or too frizzy. Everything was just right. As with my experience with Prose before, the set has made my hair soft, smooth, and healthy.

The Prose Hair Customized Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hair Mask were provided by Prose for review.

Skincare Review: Organation Personalized Face Cream

Bespoke is always good. Personalizing a skincare product to suit your skin and solve all your skincare concerns is even better. #organation creates personalized face cream. They do this by letting you take an online skin quiz where you can build your skin profile, identifying your skin concerns, customizing your ingredients depending on the condition of your skin, place of residence, age, and attitude to smoking. They use organic and bioavailable forms of ingredients grown in the Pacific Northwest and are free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, PEGS, and glycols, formaldehyde.

My cream contains organic jojoba oil, avocado oil, aloe vera powder, vegetable glycerin, coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter, phytomulse almond, vitamin e, witch hazel extract, wintergreen extract, rosehip oil, vitamin c, calendula extract, seaweed extract, leucidal complete, and xantan gum. These ingredients aim to balance my oily skin and address aging, hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, and breakouts. I also chose mine to be vegan.

The #moisturizer feels like whipped cream. It has a faint herbal and gummy scent to it. Because of all the oils in the ingredient list, the moisturizer already feels like a bit heavy and oily. It applies oily, almost like when I mix moisturizer with an oil. For the past two months, I have used this, this has helped soften and plump my skin. I use this specifically on days when I am using actives to fully moisturize my skin and when my skin is feeling dehydrated. This is a great follow up after using a chemical exfoliant or a face mask as it keeps my skin smooth, soft, and fully moisturized. I also like that the company only uses organic ingredients as I have never encountered breakouts while using this.

*The Organation Personalized Face Cream, 60 ml, was provided by @organation for review. Available for $50 at organation.com

New In: Function of Beauty (Psst)achio

Function of Beauty (Psst)achio

Function of Beauty offers customized hair care products free of sulfates, parabens, toxins, and animal testing and is also based on hair type, hair concerns, and hair goals. You can also chooses the actual product color and add your name in the packaging.

This vegan brand just released their new limited edition fragrance, (Psst)achio. Inspired by the ultimate Parisian getaway, #psstachio is a sweet and spicy scent with notes of pistachio, cardamom, and milk accord.

As a lover of floral scents, (Psst)achio’s smell is a welcome surprise for it. It’s a perfect balance of spicy, milky, and sweetness. I got mine in medium strength its faint yet refreshing whiff lasts all day. As for the actual product, I am having so much fun trying this out. I like how soft these leaves my hair. During the day, my hair feels controlled – frizz-free and shiny but not limp and greasy. It provides just enough volume. My hair doesn’t look volumized at all but it provides a nice I woke up like this body, which is great for every day. I can’t wait to play with it more!

These products were provided by @functionofbeauty for review. Available at functionofbeauty.com