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I have got to say. I was super intrigued by the Davines MINU Hair Mask on first glance.
This creamy, gloriously-looking, soft baby blue hair conditioner in a user-friendly tub and what seemed to be the perfect consistency for my over processed and bleached hair.
The Davines MINU Illuminating and Regenerating Mask for Coloured Hair claims to help replenish coloured hair, and whilst my hair isn’t technically coloured, it definitely has damage associated with coloured hair.
Upon using this for the first time, the first thing that really struck me was the smell and not in a bad way – thank God. This mask smells fresh, citrussy and herbal-ly. It’s almost odd to say but the smell really evoked a sense of relaxation for me. I really enjoyed the scent, but this is not what this review is about, so let me get to the bones of this.
The mask itself is VERY thick. For the past few years, I’ve been using a thinner mask but it worked well for me, so using a dense mask such as this felt like a big change, nonetheless, I gave it a go.
Taking a big scoop, I applied this to my hair but as this is pretty thick, you need to do some work to ensure that it is applied evenly.
I have very short hair, I’m literally at a Level 3 in height, but I still felt that I had to work quite hard to make sure that I didn’t have little globs of the mask just sitting on my hair. If you have longer hair and you have a comprehensive conditioning and mask routine, this may not be a problem, but for someone like me who usually spends around 2/3 minutes maximum applying a mask, this took a little longer than I would have liked.
Once applied, I could feel a small amount of slip to my hair, which is good. I normally know if my hair likes a mask or a conditioner if there is slip, especially with my bleached and dry hair. The instructions state that you should leave this on for 10-15 minutes, so I went for around 10 as I have short hair.
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When it came to rinsing the mask out, my hair initially felt soft, which is great, as again, I’m part of the bleached and dry hair club but halfway I felt the softness leave and my hair reverted back to my normal wet hair texture. It almost felt as though I had rinsed out all of the conditioning properties of this mask which is really the opposite of what you want.
I was disappointed to feel no difference in my hair after the mask had been rinsed out completely.
All in all, I feel that this is a good mask for perhaps other hair types but for hair that requires a good amount of moisture or bleached hair, this doesn’t seem to have a long-lasting conditioning effect at all, which is a shame, as it smells so good.
Perhaps this is meant to revive colour instead but as my hair is sans all colour, it’s hard to tell.
Sigh. Onwards and upwards.