Showing posts with label Number 4. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Number 4. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Number 4 Hair Review

Hello beautynistas and suavies! We wanted to write a quick review for Number 4 Hair to show that product quality can change … nope it isn’t necessarily you that’s experiencing a hormonal change or, what have you, that has caused your favorite hair care brand to work less effectively. In 2013, TME editor reviewed Number 4 and loved the products to the point that Number 4 Hair had become her favorite brand -- fast forward to a few years later and things have changed.

Founding principals: “Our collection was founded with the mission to develop a creative, high performance hair care line that runs parallel to fashion, science, art, music and Industrial Design creative cycles. By combining nature's greatest ingredients, forward-edge technology and innovation, we make your hair be what it should be- the ultimate look that defines new stylistic territories. We use the highest quality essential oils and extracts to repair damage, keep hair young, supple and color new. We gently cleanse with no harsh sulfates and we style with no stripping alcohols. We exclude all ingredients potentially toxic to humans, rare vintage couture, and our dear environment; 100% Vegan, Sulfate, Gluten, Bad Taste and Paraben Free formulas are never ever tested on any animal.”

Number 4 Hair sounds like an amazing brand and holds the same values that we do, but the efficacy has changed. For all the great things about this brand we are sad to say that no matter how conscientious a brand may be, if their products don’t work then everyone has wasted their money and resources. For us, this is a major bummer.

What we recently received:
  • L'eau de Mare Hydrating Shampoo ($34)
  • L'eau de Mare Hydrating Condition ($36)
  • L'eau de Mare Hydrating Body Lotion ($30)

Let us clarify that if it had only been one person testing Number 4 we may have had a much different opinion. But as it were, three of us tried the products and three of us had the same reaction. L'eau de Mare Hydrating Shampoo did not cleanse well, L'eau de Mare Hydrating Condition did not condition well, and L'eau de Mare Hydrating Body Lotion was an all around unhappy experience. Based upon our editor’s previous experience with Number 4 Hair, we were really excited to try the brand that she has praised for so long. While our experiences may be completely different form yours, we at The Makeup Examiner have to call it like we see it.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Celebrity Stylist Sean James

Number 4 Hair Care Product Review

Hello lovelies! It’s TGIF again … yay! Despite a crazy winter storm earlier this week, spring is on its way and it is time for us to begin to switch over from winter weather beauty care to a routine for the breezy days ahead. So before The Makeup Examiner dips out for the weekend, I thought that I’d bring you a quick review of Number 4 Hair Care products. Are you ready for a product line to kick-off Spring 2013? Okay then, let’s get to the good, the bad and the beautiful of Number 4.

The Makeup Examiner receives a lot of products and since I (or my guinea pig housemates) test each and every single product prior to writing about it for you lovely readers, I need to be able to quickly distinguish what’s what and how to use it. Herein lies a plus and minus with Number 4. I received Number 4’s L'eau de Mare Hydrating Shampoo, Reconstructing Masque, Blow Dry Lotion, Super Comb Prep & Protect and Jour d’automne Styling Foam. Plus -- eco-friendly minimal packaging! Minus -- So minimal, I had to hunt to distinguish one product from another.

But seriously that is the only “bad” issue that The Makeup Examiner had with Number 4 products. All of the products are 100% Vegan, Gluten Free, Paraben Free, Sulfate/Sodium Chloride Free and never tested on animals! On top of that, they smell like heaven. Check out the Number 4 styling tip video with Celebrity Stylist Sean James!

L'eau de Mare Hydrating Shampoo (8.5oz $34) lathers really well and a little goes a long way, which is fabulous for someone like me who has long hair. Hydrating Shampoo fragrance notes are Ylang orchid, jasmine, vetiver and patchouli. The scent is so delicious and relaxing, plus the shampoo cleansed my hair and left it feeling nourished. The last, but far from least thing to say about the shampoo is the sleek and brilliantly constructed bottle. It’s rectangular which makes for super convenience in the shower. I was sent the Reconstructing Masque (5.1oz $58) versus the L'eau de Mare Hydrating Condition and based upon the phenomenal results that my hair received from the Masque; I can comfortably say that L'eau de Mare Hydrating Condition most likely works incredibly well.

Number 4 Blow Dry Lotion (5.1oz $32) has fragrance notes of Tonka beans, amber patchouli and Spanish moss and Super Comb Prep & Protect fragrance notes are a blend of white freesia, golden amber and warm musk. To begin styling my hair I used Number 4 Blow Dry Lotion throughout and sprayed Super Comb Prep & Protect (6.7oz $32) on the ends. I was straightening my curly hair and choose to go this route. As I’ve written before, it takes a bit of work to get my hair from curly to straight so you can imagine my complete love for these products when I didn’t need to reach for other stylers to achieve a smooth, sleek, healthy style!

When I went au natural with my hair, I used Jour d’automne Styling Foam (6.7oz $30) throughout to achieve healthy, bouncy curls. Again, I was happily surprised not to have to reach for more products! From the products scents to their performance, Number 4 High Performance Hair Care is an amazing experience and to kick-off your spring beauty routine, Number 4 is giving away a free Texture Styling Crème with the purchase of a Hydrating Shampoo, plus every order will include samples. Products are available at Number 4 Hair Care and select salon locations.