Sunday, 1 April 2012

Product Review: New Marc Anthony Hair Products

Have you ever become a little obsessed with a brand? Where all you wanted to do was buy everything that brand has ever produced? Well, I have to admit I have felt a little like that ever since my Shopper's Drug Mart put out the new Marc Anthony Hair Products. I'm not sure what drew me to them, but I wanted all of them! They recently came out with three new lines: Oil of Morocco, Dream Waves and Frizz Free (not pictured below). All of the new products are sulfate free and are between $8 - $10 depending on where you pick them up. A little background information on my hair: I have long thick hair that is not colour treated. My ends and scalp are very dry, and my hair is naturally wavy. Please keep in mind that if your hair is different from mine, you may have a different experience then I did.
Marc Anthony Dream Waves Shampoo and Conditioner
The Dream Waves products were the first ones I tried. Truthfully, I was infatuated with the smell. They have the most amazing coconut smell, which reminds me of the pina colada's I had when I was in the Dominican back in December. Now usually I don't get suckered into purchasing things based on the smell. I know that many companies make products smell good hoping you will over look the sub-par performance of the product. In this case however, I didn't care. I bought them instantly. If you aren't fond of the smell of coconut, then the Dream Waves collection is definitely not for you. The subtle smell stays in your hair all day long and isn't masked by creams or sprays you may put in your hair after your shower.

Promises: The Dream Waves line promises to give you cute beach waves any time of the year. It also promises your hair will have more volume, appear fuller, and will be protected from UV rays. It states it is safe to use on colour treated hair.

Experience: I can not gush about this shampoo and conditioner enough. I have naturally wavy hair so I can't speak to whether or not it would give you waves if you had straight hair but I definitely saw increased volume. I wasn't even looking for it till I did my hair after using both the shampoo and conditioner and was like "umm... who teased my hair without me knowing about it?" It really was that much of a noticeable difference. My waves seemed a bit more defined, but again since my hair is naturally wavy it is hard to speak to this aspect of the product. The stand out for me was the shampoo. What a amazing experience. It left my hair instantly soft, much like a conditioner would. Overall, my hair was silky, had tons of volume, and smelled absolutely amazing all day long. I also like the idea of my hair being protected from the sun, since we often fail to be proactive about reducing sun damage to our hair.

Any Flaws?: I do have to say that when it comes to the conditioner, I feel I need to use a good amount of it to make my hair feel moisturized. This is definitely not a product where a little goes a long way. Keep in mind however I have very thick hair, and this probably wont be a problem for you if you have normal to thin hair. This shampoo does a great job with just a small amount of product but I find myself going back to the conditioner bottle to get more product.

Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner
After my great experience with the Dream Waves line, I couldn't wait to try the Oil of Morocco line. The smell of the shampoo and conditioner reminds me of a traditional salon shampoo, which I love, but it is certainly not as overwhelming as the Dream Waves line. This line also comes with Oil of Morocco styling oil, which I didn't purchase since I still have some of my Moroccan Oil left. However, when I run out I may purchase the Marc Anthony Moroccan oil since the bottle is only $10.

Promises: This line promises to combat damage, breakage, dryness, dullness and frizz. It contains not only argan oil but keratin and grape seed oil as well. The conditioner also states that it will improve the manageability of your hair.

Experience: Again another winner. I actually had to sit here and decide which product line was my favourite, and I couldn't pick just one. The shampoo has a great lather, that feels very soft and fluffy compared to other shampoo lathers. The conditioner is amazing at making my hair silky smooth. I actually went to run my fingers through my hair after I had been using it for three days and was shocked at how great my hair felt. It was actually a completely different texture then it use to be.

Any Flaws?: I found myself in a similar situation with the Oil of Morocco conditioner. I definitely needed to use a good amount of product to properly coat my hair and have it come out feeling moisturized. This conditioner can also be a little bit deceiving. Since it is not as thick as some conditioners, when applying it seems like it will not do the job. Don't be fooled! When I rinsed the conditioner out my hair was silky and smooth, very similar to the feeling I got from my Macademia Oil Deep Conditioner.
Would I Buy Again? 
Yes Yes Yes! I truly believe I have found my holy grail product line. I say product line because both the Dream Waves and the Oil of Morocco worked wonders for my hair and I would be happy purchasing both of them over and over again. My star combination? The shampoo from the Dream Waves line and the conditioner from the Oil of Morocco line. I was saving up to buy the shampoo and conditioner from the Macademia Oil product line since I love their deep conditioner. But I no longer feel the need to shell out $30 for a shampoo when these products have blown me away. I haven't even touched my deep conditioner since I started using these products because my hair hasn't needed the extra moisture. I am already thinking about buying their Frizz Free line to see if it measures up!

I hope this has been helpful :)

xo Kathryn


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    1. Im so so happy I found this. I used the Moroccan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner for the first time and I was very happy with it. I also had to use lots of conditioner which is a bit disappointing.

  2. I'm always on the lookout for shampoos without sulfates...I just bought the Rusk version of the Morrocan Shampoo but it leaves my hair feeling parched but not clean! My fave sulfate free so far is the Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat shampoo, but its just a tad bit drying to be using all the time.

    I'm going to have to give this line a look next time I'm in shoppers!

    Courtney xo

    1. Good to know about the Rusk shampoo.. I always see it and think about buying it but definitely wont work for me if it's drying! :)

  3. Great post - I know exactly what you mean about becoming a bit ott with a particular brand! I did it with Eyeko (before they re-branded) and bought the whole range! xx

    1. glad I'm not the only one :)Haven't heard of Eyeko would you recommend it?

  4. Oooh, now I'm super excited to use the Oil of Morocco line!

    1. I'd lovee to hear your opinion! Like I said the standout for me is the shampoo but I do really like the conditioner. I have really dry flaky skin around my hair line on my forehead which is super unattractive. I've tried everything. It has pretty much disappeared since I started using a sulfate free line so I'm a happy girl:)

  5. I usually buy expensive non-scented shampoos but when I moved south of town to a well-water community, those shampoos made my hair dry and impossible to control. Then I discovered Marc Anthony's Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner at the local drug store chain and I could manage my hair again. Now that I'm back in town on the municipal water system again, my hair feels soft and silky. I love this shampoo and conditioner. Since the tap water here is "soft" from a local reservoir, not "hard," a little conditioner goes a long way. And, surprisingly, the amount of perfume in the shampoo doesn't seem to bother me!

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