Growing up, my mother used to tell me, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say something at all.” But when you’re a beauty blogger, sometimes you have to inform your readers of a product you don’t love – both to maintain your own credibility as well as to protect them from a sub-par purchase.
Enter Rita Hazan Foaming Gloss for Hair ($26.00, Amazon.com). Coming in three shades (clear, golden, and lavender), the gloss promises to be shine-enhancing as well as color-correcting. Unfortunately, right off the bat, there’s a problem: Only lavender will really be color-correcting. Right across from orange on the color wheel, lavender is great at reducing brassy orange hues. But as anyone who has ever tried “color-enhancing” shampoo can tell you, the golden or clear hue are not going to do much, if anything.
What about Shine?
The shine-enhancing element is castor oil. Used since Egyptian times to soften the hair, castor oil contains a lot of essential fatty acids. This makes it ideal for thick, unruly hair with a frizzy or coarse texture.
Those with straight, thin, or fine hair may find the high concentration of castor oil in Rita Hazan Foaming Gloss for Hair weighs their hair down. For these types of hair, it is often best to use castor oil as a wash-out conditioner, rather than a leave-in treatment.
No matter what the type of hair, castor oil does add a certain layer of shine. However, the more product you use, the greater shine you will get, and it’s simply too heavy for those with finer types of hair.
Note that I won’t say this about all products with castor oil. In many, there is a significant portion of alcohol. Part of the castor oil absorbs into the alcohol, leaving less castor oil on the hair. However, with this product, its thick texture suggests to me it could use a bit more alcohol as a solvent.
For that reason, I am reluctant to recommend it to anyone except those with thicker, coarser types of hair.
I’m not a big fan of Rita Hazan Foaming Gloss for Hair, except in the lavender shade to eliminate the brassiness of orange highlights. Even then, I still only love it for those with thick or coarse hair types. Shame, because it smells so good!
Product Rating: 3/10
Ingredients: Water, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cocotrimonium Methosulfate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Laureth-23, PEG-8, Propylene Glycol Dibenzoate, Panthenol, Silk Amino Acids, Polyquaternium-55, Diazolidinyl Urea, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Sodium Hydroxide, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Fragrance/Parfum, Ext. Violet 2 (CI 60730), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Basic Yellow 57 (12719), Basic Brown 17 (CI 12251).
- Photo source: Maite Perroni Hair Style, a photo by Jean Nieves on Flickr. About the author: FutureDerm.com is proud to introduce Dr. Hanan Taha, M.D., on our staff as a Contributing Writer. Dr. Taha received her MD from Kuwait University in 2002, and a master’s degree in Dermatology from the University of Alexandria in 2010. …
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