Saturday, April 27, 2013

Oscar Blandi, KMS, and Macadamia Natural Oil review + swatch

These are some of the hair care products that I use on a regular basis: Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo, Macadamia Natural Oil No Tangle, and KMS California Free Shape quick blow dry. Two of these are for styling while one is just a dry shampoo as it says in the name :P

The Free Shape quick blow dry is a spray that helps to speed up blow drying while providing light conditioning. The natural ingredients/scents are rhodiola watermint. I'm not really sure how to describe this smell, but it's really nice. The only problem is that it gets a bit strong at first so I have to spray it in a room different from where I blow dry my hair so I don't inhale too much of it. It claims to dry hair in half the time and I it actually does! I just shake it up to mix up the ingredients and then spray it into my damp hair before blow drying. Since it only has light conditioning, it doesn't really leave hair super soft or anything, but it's main purpose is to speed up hair drying time anyway. At one point I was using this in conjunction with the Free Shape Shampoo and Conditioner and I remember that it somehow made it so that I barely had to use the round comb to style my hair while blow drying! This 6.8 oz./200 mL bottle was on sale for $9.99 at TBBS but I believe regular price is $14.99. It lasts really long because I've been using it every other day for about 7 months or so and there is still about 1/4 of the bottle left! Since I bought the No Tangle spray, I stopped using this but will probably use it again when my hair gets shorter and is in less need of detangling.

I decided to buy the Macadamia Natural Oil No Tangle (now called No Tangle Pre-Styler) since my hair was getting long and really tangled. Unlike Free Shape, it was really expensive since it was 8.5 oz./250 mL for $23 at Trade Secrets :( I couldn't find it at any other place for cheaper, sigh. It is another product that I spray in my hair right before blow drying. This sprays on as a sort of cream so you just have to use your fingers to spread it through your hair. This is what it looks like:

The bottle claims that it can "reduce breakage" but I have been noticing split ends in my hair lately, and I haven't seen those in a few years :S I have also switched from KMS to Paul Mitchell shampoo, and grew my hair really long so that may be another factor in my split ends. One good thing is that it does help make my hair feel soft and be less tangled. I've been using this every other day for 3 months or so and the bottle seems to be about 1/3 finished so it does not seem as worth it as the Free Shape spray. Similar to the other spray, it has a pleasant smell (sort of like any other shampoo) and the scent is a lot lighter so I don't have to leave the room to spray it :P I will not buy No Tangle again but since it smells nice and does have good moisturizing properties, I may try the Macadamia Natural Oil Nourishing Leave-In Creme.
Now this is the product that I've been looking for years for. The Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo! This is good for in between showers because really, who has the time to wash their hair everyday? It's not even good for hair. Like my face, my scalp produces a lot of oil so going a day without washing will give me that oily hair look -_- With this dry shampoo, it helps to absorb the oils and add a bit more volume to hair. It is a fine white powder and since I have dark hair, I usually rub this into my hair at night and put a bit more in the morning in the front areas of my hair to absorb any residual oil. To rub it in, I either sprinkle some powder into my palm or lightly sprinkle it on my roots. I never squeeze it from the bottle because it ends up letting out a big puff of powder so just lightly shaking it gives enough product. I think the smell is slightly floral like but not too strong. I started off buying the 1 oz. travel size for $13 from Sephora but liked it so much that I got the 2.5 oz. full size for $25 (and from the states so it was a bit cheaper). Oh I also think this was my first Sephora purchase ever, so it was sort of a milestone to me :P I have not tried any other dry shampoos but will be sticking with this one for a while.


  1. Cool I might try that dry shampoo

  2. Wow! Seems like a magic. Well, thanks for sharing such a nice blog. I have one KMS product for recommendation, try this one. KMS Molding Paste.


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