The Hair Mask
The Body Shop Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask (man, why do so many beauty products have such long titles?) is a godsend. I’m quite open about the fact that I have awful hair. Over the years I’ve had pretty much every hair colour under the sun, but I’ve bleached it to bones in the process. It’s thin and wispy and I probably have more split ends than everyone I know put together. I’m just starting to get some life back into it (partly thanks to this godsend of a hair mask), but it’s by no means healthy. I don’t mind that. I’m not perfect and never will be and I think that’s quite appropriately reflected in my appearance. If I tried to be, I think I’d go mad.
…That got a bit deep, didn’t it?
That doesn’t mean to say I don’t absolutely love the way this hair mask leaves my hair. I’m not one for keeping up a weekly routine, but when I’ve had a particularly stressful time and fancy pampering myself, this is a new go-to along with a face mask from Optiat and some cucumbers slices (chilling out is a kind of all-or-nothing deal in my books). It states on the tub that this product is made to treat dry hair, and boy does it live up to expectations! The first time I used this it felt like miracles had worked – it was just so soft. So soft I made my dad feel. He didn’t get it. (Compared to most people’s hair it probably still felt kinda dry, but it was miles softer than it had been pre-mask.) I love this stuff and I’ve used it a fair few times now – and that’s another thing; it comes in a really decent sized tub so you get plenty of uses from it before you have to head back and buy another (which I will definitely be doing).
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Magical* Healing Properties
I also think that using this regularly reduces how much flyaway hair I get (which is one of my biggest foes, I tell you, they ruin EVERY photo). It basically just makes everything better.
As well as it’s magical healing properties, this mask has a wonderful smell. Did anyone else get those dried fruit and nut mixes in their lunch boxes as a kid? The ones with dried banana and coconut in them?
(I) This smells exactly like that, full and delicious but not overly perfumey. It makes me want to grab bits of my hair and sit with it under my nose… I’ve never done that. Honest. It also kind of reminded me of the Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo hair mask, which I absolutely adored before my vegan days. (Just to clarify, Lee Stafford are an amazing cruelty-free haircare brand with plenty of vegan products. Most of the CoCo LoCo range contains hydrolysed milk protein which is why I don’t use it anymore but their Moroccan Argan Oil range is the business!)
Something else that I love about this product is that it’s made with no silicones or mineral oil. They use Community Trade organic banana puree from Ecuador, so not only is it vegan but you know you’re doing the world little more good when you buy this product, which is when the £12 price tag suddenly seems a bargain. Although I purchased this during a sale, I’ll definitely be going back to pay full price for a second tub – they are huge, though, so it’ll be a few weeks before I need to!
The instructions say to leave this mask on for ten minutes, but I generally leave it on for a little longer, whilst I do a face mask or something similar. The Body Shop also sell a Banana Truly Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner to make a full set, which are are vegetarian rather than vegan because they contain honey. I think I’ll have to do a little more research on The Body Shop’s sourcing of honey before I purchase these two (I’m a bit more flexible than I used to be when it comes to veganism, as long as everything is ethically and responsibly sourced).
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But Is It Cruelty Free?
I have to include, here, my views on the controversy surrounding the Body Shop and their cruelty-free status of late. Until just last year the Body Shop was owned by L’Oréal, infamous for their animal testing. At the time, I boycotted them all together. In my opinion, L’Oréal are one of the most deceitful brands when it comes to animal testing which makes their policies even worse. in 2017, after 11 years, the Body Shop was finally sold to a Brazilian cosmetics company, Natura, which is a much better fit for the original ethics of the Body Shop. Not only are Natura against animal testing, they also support sustainable development, recycling and many other amazing causes. They’re also a 100% carbon neutral company! I have (obviously) been purchasing from the Body Shop since Natura took over, and am happy in my decision to do so. They may have a rocky past, but here’s to a better, more ethical future for the Body Shop.
I hope you have a marvellous day, and enjoy this delightful banana treat as much as I did!