In for a surprise – Garnier Fructis 3 minute hair mask for curly hair

Sometimes you really think you are getting it right, just to find out a little later that you were totally wrong.

The thing is: I don’t speak Spanish.
I learned Latin at school, I speak French and usually I get around quite well whenever I try to order tapas, but I recently learned that I am in for surprises if I rely too much on that.

Garnier Fructis Hidra Rizos 3 Minute Hair Mask

Whenever we are in France, we do a little shop-over in Spain. It is just about one hours drive from where we stay, and handbags, cheese and alcohol are way cheaper there than they are at home.
Now I don’t care about handbags and alcohol, but I do like to browse the stores there for a beauty bargain.

That was when I spotted the Garnier Fructis 3 minute hair mask in “Hidra Rizos”.
In my mind, hydra had to come from hydration and rizos would most likely be the hair, so I scanned the ingredient list and purchased.
Back home I found out what all my Spanish speaking beauties out there already know.
I had bought a hair mask for curly hair.

Now my hair is many things: Fine, damaged, greasy, but the one thing it is most of all is straight.
No lovely waves, no movement.
It is stick straight.

What Fructis claims:
Now that is a tricky one, because I don’t seem to find the mask in its English/German version. Watch me attempt to translate from the tub!
“For up to four days of perfectly defined curls. Lasting definition, noticeable elasticity and movement, anti-frizz and ongoing nourishment.”

I seem to only be able to find that mask online for around 9 € at one retailer I don’t know and will therefore not link. It isn’t even listed on amazon.
But I remember I payed 3,95 € in store for a 400 ml pot. Quite a steal, even though Garnier Fructis isn’t an expensive brand overall.

The scent is fruity, I notice mango and a more citrus note, but it doesn’t linger in your hair.
Usually I scoop out around a walnut sized amount and massage it into my lengths, starting at ears height. (My hair is a little more than shoulders length, just for reference)
I guess 400 ml will last me a very long time!

Close up of the product. In the back you can spot some lovely macarons.

This mask doesn’t leave my hair smooth and silky, but instead adds a lot of grip and body to my lengths.
Of course I don’t get defined curls when using it (now that would be a miracle!), but if I do curl my hair after using it, the curls stay in much better.
Just by letting it air dry I get volume and texture my hair usually lacks.
Now if I touch my hair, it feels a little rough in texture, not as smooth as I am used to, which is most likely down to the modified potato starch responsible for adding the body.

Favorable ingredients:
– Modified potato starch – adding texture and body
– Niacinamide – Vitamin B3, conditioning
– Sugar cane extract – adding texture and body
– Bamboo extract – rich in Silica, which increases diameter and resilience of hair fibre
– Camellia sinensis leaf extract – antioxidant
– Mango seed oil – moisturizing
– Apple fruit extract – antioxidant

Unfavorable Ingredients:
– Silicones
– Fragrance

Does it live up to its claims?
How could I possibly tell?
I don’t have any curls that could be enhanced and defined for days. But it provides movement and definition to my otherwise lifeless strands, so I assume it will work great on actual curls/waves.

Will I rebuy?
If I go back to Spain and have finished my 400 ml pot (which is probably in 2017), then I will happily rebuy.

Who do I recommend it to?

Curly haired girls, obviously.
People looking for more body and grip to otherwise fine hair, surprisingly.
If nourishment and silky smooth hair is what you are in for, you probably should opt for a more oil-based formula.
Do you speak Spanish?
And have you ever bought something, assuming it would be totally different then it actually was?
I guess I need to take Spanish lessons next. Or force Mr. Loca to translate next time. He is fluent in Spanish, but refuses to take part in my beauty shopping…


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