When cleaning out under my bathroom sink cabinet, I found some things I totally forgot I had. One of them was the hair mask from The Ariel Co. from one of my beauty boxes I got a while back! Apparently they updated their formula January 15, 2016. The sample I had is the old formula, so I can't comment on the new formula. This review is based solely on the old formula.
The scent is really awesome. It smells exactly how I would imagine a mermaids hair would smell lol. Anything from a company called The Ariel Co. would be something I wanna try. I am all about The Little Mermaid! The scent is really natural. The ingredients are simple: coconut oil, kukui nut oil, avocado oil, castor oil, grape seed oil, and natural fragrance.
Here's how I applied it:
-This is a pre-wash hair masks. You're supposed to apply it to your hair, leave it in for at least a half hour, but you can leave it in overnight as well. Mine was in for about 45 minutes before I got in the shower.
-My hair was dirty when I applied it. It was 4 day old hair. I don't know if that really made a difference but I figured my natural oils couldn't hurt.
-I brushed my hair out and got all the knots out prior to applying it to make the application smoother and easier.
-Because it's oil it is a bit hard to apply. I put some in my palm and then rubbed it in that way. I had oil all over me and my sink, and ended up dropping the container and half of my oil when down the drain lol.
-I wish I had had a comb to comb it through for more even distribution but I didn't. So I made due with just my hands.
-After I had coated my hair thoroughly, I put my hair up in a bun with rubber hair tie. I didn't use a regular fabric covered hair tie he used I didn't want it to get all oily. At least the rubbery one I was able to wash off. A fabric covered one I would've had to have thrown out.
-I didn't drench my hair just did enough for it to be coated adequately. I didn't want to do my entire head, but I figured for the sake of the review I should do the whole thing. Next time, I will end up doing just my ends.
-I ended up washing my hair 3x to ensure it was all out. I don't know if I needed to do it 3x but I figured better to be safe than sorry. I got in there and really scrubbed my scalp. My hair was literally squeaking when I was done. My hairs never been so clean lol.
-I used conditioner as well, just on my ends though. I let that soak about 3 minutes before I rinsed it out.
-The end result: my hair looks really shiny and feels really soft. I don't know if it made a huge difference, but it definitely did help.
I suggest checking this brand out. I love that it's natural, it's affordable, and it's inspired by mermaids! I look forward to trying the new formula as well! They offer this in a 1 oz ($9), a 2 oz ($17), and a 4 oz ($26) size. They also have some lip scrubs and body scrubs on their website as well!