The first thing you notice about the Surya Brazil Nutritive Hair Mask is the smell. Described in the accompanying pamphlet as an ‘all-embracing, exotic and seductive scent’, the Preciosa essential oil gives the product a very distinctive smell, a sort of fusion of eucalyptus and fir cones.
Although it took me a while to get used to, the natural woody scent makes a refreshing change from sickly, floral smelling non-natural hair products. You do really feel as through you are using a completely natural product on your hair.
The biggest problem with this hair mask, as with most conditioning hair treatments, is that you are instructed to leave it on for twenty minutes before washing it out. As someone who is constantly in a rush I found it difficult to add an extra 20 minutes to my shower time, which meant that I wasn’t able to use the treatment as often as advised (twice a week).
The instructions also indicate that you are supposed to wrap hair in a hot towel whilst waiting for the mask to do its magic. This made me think that perhaps the treatment might be better used in a hair salon, as I had no idea how to make my hair towel hot at home and thus had to use one at room-temperature as normal.
However, despite being unable to follow the instructions completely, I did like this hair mask. Many non-natural hair products can make hair feel silky and even slimy from the moment that you put the conditioner on. The Surya Brazil Hair Mask does not give you that initial slimy feeling but don’t let that fool you into thinking that it isn’t working. I did have to use a lot of the product to cover all of my long, thick hair and it is more of a paste than a liquid. However, after just one treatment my hair felt soft and looked much more shiny and healthy.
At £10 a go, the hair mask isn’t cheap but it does do the job and you don’t have to worry about covering your hair with chemicals. The environmental credentials of this hair mask are pretty good too as the Surya Hair Care range is certified by Eco Cert and vegan approved. All of the packaging is made of recyclable material and none of the products are tested on animals.
The 100% natural and silicone-free Surya luxury hair care range is available exclusively in the UK from Liberty or by mail order on 020 7734 1234.