Thursday, February 26, 2015

Memebox: Special #68 Hair Salon

This is my twelfth Memebox, and I have three more sitting here.  They are not a subscription service; instead they allow you to only buy the boxes you're interested in, although most used to be mysteries.  In recent months Memebox has drastically changed their format.  The box setup is different, but I'm hopeful they'll revert to their roots in the near future.  

A little background:  "Memebox curates only the most trusted, best-loved Korean beauty products at everyday prices. An extremely competitive industry, Korean cosmetics are renowned for their unprecedented quality developed through cutting-edge technology."

If there's one area I definitely can use help with, it's my hair.  I was cursed with this strange mix of wavy/straight-ish, frizzy, poofy, thin hair.  It's worse than it sounds.  So, yes Memebox.  I would like some assistance.

This box cost $29 (plus $6.99 S+H), but by using coupon code "XO9DOV", I saved $5, paying $30.99, and there was a total value of $71, which is EXTREMELY low for Memeboxes.

"Good hair day?  That's so Hair Box #1.  This new Hair Salon box gives you every hairstyle in your arsenal - from romantic waves and classy blowouts to sophisticated ponytails and more - a mega health-boost for salon-quality hair!"

"We've all been there, done that.  No matter how much time we spend in the morning perfecting our tresses, inevitable situations (hate you, humidity and frizz) your hair has a mind of its own and shows a frustratingly sad ending to our hair-y story.  But, arm yourself with this box, and you'll kiss stubborn frizzies goodbye and say hello to a world of health locks, stunning shine, and mega pro-quality hair care."

"Load up on this box, and you'll have everyone asking where you get your hair care done!"

Included in this kit were six full-sized items, fully-detailed with a great informational card with directions for use, which is extremely helpful since the directions on the packaging is almost all in Korean.
LA'DOR Perfect Hair Filler (13ml x 2ea FULL-SIZED) - A highly concentrated hair ampoule awarded 1st place in the Hair Ampoule beauty category.  Its rich formula is enriched with top hair renewing nutrients - protein, silk, amino acid, keratin, collagen, and ceramide.  Replenish abundant moisture and healthy shine to dry, damaged hair with hair salon quality care!

THE SHAMPOO Natural Waterless Shampoo Outdoor (50ml FULL-SIZED) - A non-rinse type shampoo designed to target those on-the-go.  The blend of menthol and fifteen kinds of naturally derived ingredients refresh and deliver rich vitamin nutrients to hair and scalp tired from long hours spent outdoors.  The foamy formula absorbs easily into hair with a refreshing menthol after-feeling and without the need to wash it off with water.

The hair filler was a little troublesome, but paid off big!  My hair was extra super silky and nourished.  I'm glad I got two.  Looking forward to using the second one.  Um, yuck to the leave-in shampoo.  Smells like eucalyptus, but even more so, my chain-smoking grandpa's house.  It left my hair feeling kinda greasy, a little silky.  It seemed like something an unsavory, unsanitary person might use because... I need to stop before I say something really awful.  Did I already cross that bridge?  I'll be tucking this away in File 13.
NA. 8 Outbath Treatment (150g FULL-SIZED) Na. 8's Outbath Treatment is a yuzu citron-scented leave-on hair treatment.  It deep conditions hair and delivers and optimal blend of transformative hair nutrients to restore and replenish damaged hair to a shiny, healthy state.  Best for busy girls on-the-go, this miraculous hair treatment restores the protective layer on dry or damaged hair and reduces hair's porosity for strong, lustrous strands.
HAKEN Natural Baobab Oil (160ml FULL-SIZED) - This is an intensive hair care oil for dry and damaged hair.  It contains baobab oil extracts fortified with avocado oil which works not only to protect hair from external stress - UV and heat - but also to deeply nourish and replenish.  The gentle formula is also enriched with vitamin E, vitamin A, omega 6, omega 9, and chlorophyll, all widely acknowledged ingredients for restoring aging skin and care.

The directions on the card say to apply the outbath treatment to dry hair while the directions on the package say to apply to wet hair.  So I did both.  The scent was wonderful, like a high quality salon treatment.  I can't describe it better than that, other than my husband detected light notes of citrus, vanilla and coconut.   On dry hair it did leave my hair a little nappy.  On wet hair, it left a wonderfully soft feeling.  The baobab oil was very thick and coated my hair nicely.  I can't tell how well it's working, but I'm going to keep using it to see if I get any results.

SOLUCION 9 Aztec Therapy Shampoo Natural Herb 50% (50ml FULL-SIZED) - Solucion 9 is a scalp and hair specializing cosmetics brand using only natural herbal ingredients.  This shampoo gets its inspiration from the beauty secrets of Ancient Aztecs - known to have incorporated herbal and medicinal plant extracts in anti-hair loss treatments for their females.  A blend of 9 natural herbs - espinosilla, jojoba oil, nettle, oritiguilla, aloe vera, rosemary, chamomile, and citrus - works to soften and strengthen damaged hair, and deliver a refreshing aroma therapeutic effect.
RYO Anti-Hair Loss Treatment (50ml FULL-SIZED) - Infused with biota seed, coix seed, green tea and gold extracts, this hair treatment will not only prevent hair loss but also re-energize and strengthen thin, damaged hair.  Its excellent cooling formula will gently soothe and nourish your scalp at the same time.
I cannot say enough about how much I love this shampoo.  It's like using a high-quality co-wash.  My hair was so clean, smooth and conditioned after one use.  I'm just ecstatic.  This will definitely be making it into my hair cleaning rotation.  BUY THIS!!!  Seriously... now!  What are you waiting for?  I'm saving the anti-hair loss treatment for a giveaway/swap because although I do lose a small amount of hair daily, it's not abnormal.  I think someone else could benefit much more from this product.

The Hair Salon box was part of a group of kits that Memebox promoted as part of a "Golden Ticket" giveaway.  Each one would contain a ticket with some value but there were many levels of winners including a $1,500 in Memeboxes grand prize.  I of course, got a golden ticket worth $3.  I'd be more excited if there weren't a bajillion $3 codes for Memebox online already. 

THE VERDICT:  The premise of this box was great, but the execution lacked.  I liked the filler and therapy shampoo, thought outbath treatment and baobab oil were just okay, didn't need the hair loss treatment, and HATED the waterless shampoo.  This was not one of my favorite boxes, but it was a rare miss for me.

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