Put away your wallet. If you thought for $10-15 (depending on where you live/tax/what store you buy it from) that you could have perfectly lovely, manageable, smooth and frizz-free hair for 7 shampoos, as Garnier claims you can… you and they are wrong. Nope…not just wrong: delusional. (I can say that, because I used it)
It’s not often that I write a product review about something I don’t like, so this might be the first time you see something like this on here, but to be completely honest: I am pissed off. Why? Because my hair is basically ruined. Usually, I would contact the brand rep that provided me with their product, and tell them why I didn’t like and am not writing about it on my website, which provides positive reviews to its readers…..but I bought this one all on my own, based on reviews from supposedly “unbiased” magazines. Clearly none of the employees at the top beauty magazines took this product home and tried it.
So here I go: Where do I start?
Okay, it cost me exactly $10.79 at Target to ruin my perfectly fine hair. My hair did not technically need a product like this, but I thought: “hey, it’s winter, who doesn’t want their hair less frizzy for a few days?”
I should’ve stopped when I read all the warnings on the box, “do not use if your hair is damaged” (well, it didn’t used to be until after I used this product), “do not use after coloring your hair for 14 days” (I waited 15 days), don’t do this and don’t do that, or that, or the next thing.
Fine. So I put the serum on my head. My second warning: I should’ve immediately rinsed it out after the putrid smell that it emitted, but the product warned, “this product will have an unpleasant odor”. Okay, so I kept it on my hair. What’s an unpleasant chemically smell going to do?
Shame on you, you fooled me once Garnier. You fooled me twice, shame on me…the third time I was fooled..I don’t know who to blame…but I should’ve ended this process while combing it through my hair (as directed) and clumps of my hair were falling out of my head, but I figured, “it’s a chemical, just like when I get my hair dyed/highlighted, some of my hair falls out.”
So I left it on for all 20 minutes that the box said were necessary, while my entire house began to stink like the serum. (Which smells as bad as a perm, FYI)
After 20 minutes, I hopped in the shower and rinsed it as directed. I touched my hair and it felt surprisingly super-smooth. Whoo-hoo!
I jumped out of the shower, excited to blow-dry my newly-smooth-for-7-washes hair. I put the heat-activated smoothing product (the second step) and start blow-drying with my round brush like I normally would….
And then…the frizz, the split ends, damaged-looking disgustingness. What in the hell just happened? This isn’t my first experience ruining my hair however (occupational hazard of being a beauty junkie) so I managed to not cry. But four days later, with several deep-conditioning treatments, sleeping with half a bottle of Biosilk (Biosilk usually solves every problem I’ve ever had) on my head and using the new Nexxus Pro-Mend products to attempt to fix the frizz, nothing appears to be working. (And I don’t think it’s the Biosilk or the Nexxus Pro-Mend).
I’m also super-psyched that when I go to get my hair re-highlighted in a few weeks, my stylist is going to scream at me, and probably refuse to touch my hair. It’s still breaking off every time I brush/touch/wash/add product to it. Just freaking fabulous.
Way to go, Garnier.
Moral of the story: Save your money, save yourself a literal headache and get a keratin treatment or a Brazilian Blowout.
Think I’m the only person who experienced this problem? Think again.
Makeup Alley readers also say the product damaged their hair!
Crissa of Craving Chocolate & Lazy Days had the same experience as I did!
Falsie-Love isn’t a fan either, but it sounds like I may need some Pantene!
STAY AWAY FROM GARNIER FRUCTIS BLOW-DRY PERFECTOR!