Tuesday, 10 April 2012

One reason Scandinavia has good hair: Four Reasons hair care.

I don't usually blog about hair, unless it's in the category of 'new' (in which case I blog straight away) or a passing tossed in mention to a hair product I've probably been using for about 7 years and refuse to budge from (Osis Dust-It, holla!) Generally though, I don't really blog about hair products, because I'm no virtuoso when it comes to styling my own hair. I don't pay attention to what shampoo or conditioner I use; I buy what's on offer in the supermarket.

Nothing I ever use works with my fine-but-lots-of-it hair, where product tends to weigh it down. I've tried my body-weight in Tigi products and ended up vacillating between oil-slick or 80's London punk on my head. It's safe to stay I just don't DO the whole hair thing. It styles itself, and we have a relationship of blissful ignorance of one another's existence.


A couple of months ago I was given the opportunity to try out a new haircare range launching in the UK from a brand called Four Reasons, a Finnish brand that I'd never heard of. Something kind of grabbed me about them from the off. I guess it was the packaging being kind of obnoxiously eye-catching and slightly off-beat. I'm usually a fan of off-beat. I received a couple of products to try, and I've been trialling them (yes! All this time!) since February.

The Volume Booster reminded me instantly of a Paul Mitchell product I tried years ago, right down to the bottle shape and colour scheme. I was a little worried this would make my hair crunchy or clumpy when I used it, but the nozzle dispersed the product evenly and my hair blow-dried without any problems.

The real surprise for me was the fact that my hair was not weighed down at all by this product - it was very lightweight and my hair didn't look too dull either (I hate that!). It gave decent enough volume but it wasn't superstar KAPOW, if you know what I mean. All in all, it's a great daily blow-drying product, and I've been using it pretty much daily since mid-February. For £11.95 (though at the time of writing on sale!), I think it's a little pricey for a product which performs reasonably well. If you're expecting amazing volume from this, that's not going to happen, but as a daily blow-dry spray it performs pretty well.

The Volume Mousse was the product I expected to like more, and I did. I always find mousse is a product which really works to give great volume in my hair which lasts well. This mousse has a pleasant smell (I don't know how to describe it apart from 'salon-y') and dispersed perfectly through the hair, blow-drying to give great volume which had movement and wasn't starchy or sticky. The 200ml size is £11.95, which I do feel is expensive. It doesn't quite perform to the level of my Tresemme 24-Hour Body mousse which is around a fiver, so although it performed well and gave good body to the hair, I'd reluctantly say the price is a bit of a sticking point for me.

Overall, if you're in the market for salon-quality products, Four Reasons might well be perfect for you. They are quirky and their products perform very well - however, with such great hair products available to the mass consumer I feel like they have cheaper competition.

5 comments:

  1. Hmm, the price point is not the best for something that performs only so-so. I like the packaging though!

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    1. I know! It's a shame, really - they are good products but the competition is so much cheaper and performs more effectively that it really brings the price down.

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    2. Duh not the 'price', the grade! Brain is not doing well today!

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  2. I've searched everywhere for the Tresemmé mousse since you recommended it. I don't think it's possible to get it in Denmark (where I live). I bought the blow dry lotion instead, but it's no good. I have the same problem as you: fine hair but LOTS of it, so I'm always looking for the perfect volume product. I'll keep my eyes open for Four Reasons, but I haven't seen those products anywhere either. :(

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    1. Oh what a shame! In that case you might be better off just looking for a salon product which is focused towards giving huge volume (mousse works best on me!) I wish I could send you some Tresemmé, but I'm pretty sure we're not allowed to ship aerosols overseas...

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