Sampled on Sunday|Posted on Wednesday! This week’s Sample Sunday has me on my second try of R+Co Park Ave Blow Out Balm. I washed and conditioned my hair and squeezed out about a dime sized dollop of the balm. I applied it to towel dried hair concentrating more on the ends than the scalp. My hair tends toward the oily side, is fine and prone to lay flat, so I avoid conditioning products near the scalp so I can maintain a bit more height and fullness. Often, I use a separate root lifter, but I wanted to try the balm solo first, just to see how it works.
On my first go, I did a full layer by layer blow out, similar to those done at salons. (Most days, I am not that meticulous). I wore my hair strait that day, with no hairspray, to see how it would hold on it’s own.
Boy was I impressed. My hair was shiny, bouncy, and very manageable! It certainly held its look and shape. I did add a few waves around my face, but otherwise, I was good to go. Would it pass the day two mark? I tied my hair up for the night, wondering how long I could go before my hair would need a wash. I usually wash it every other or every third day, but some products seem to cause it to feel oily and dirty more quickly. Day two passed with my hair continuing to look great, shiny and holding the style I had blown in the day before.
Day three I went to the salon for my six week trim and color touch up, but my hair still felt pretty fresh and the style still looked passable. If I hadn’t gotten my hair done that day, I could have gone that third day without a wash, but would have worn my hair up.
For the next experiment, I started again with a dime sized dollop, and worked it into damp, almost dry hair. Instead of doing a salon style blow out, I did my usual bend forward brushing with a vent brush, followed by a bit more shaping with a round brush–kind of the quick, at home blow dry that most people do. I then added a bit more shape with an Instyler, kind of a brush and curling iron hybrid I got for Christmas a few years back. I use the Instyler when I am going for a quick look and don’t want too much curl. A soft wavy look is the hardest for my hair to maintain, so I wanted to see how the balm would work using a more typical blow dry, but a more challenging style to hold. On completion, I was surprised how full my hair looked. I had not used a root booster, but my hair looked as if I had. On the second day, my hair was not as full, but it still held the style and required only minimal touch up around my face with a curling iron.
In my final experiment, I decided to use a root lifter and heat protectant and blow dry repair just to see how the R + Co Blow Out Balm worked when used with other products. Again, it performed like a champ. I am now looking to purchase a small tube.
In reading the reviews on Amazon, it appears others with fine hair like mine have had a similar experience. Have you tried it? If so, we’d love to hear your experience!
From the Manufacturer:
Award: Allure Best of Beauty October 2014
For those of you who simply cannot bear to go out with anything less than perfectly blown-out hair, there is PARK AVE. It coats the hair to protect it and contains light hold for a little bit of body.
Rice Protein: sourced from Brazil, this protein conditions the hair and improves strength and manageability.
Vitamin E: rich in antioxidants, this ingredient strengthens and nourishes the hair, restoring luster and shine.
Pro-Vitamin B5: this conditioning agent thickens and builds volume.
Hydrolyzed Soy Protein: this ingredient moisturizes and improves hair’s elasticity.
Sulfates (SLS OR SLES)
Relative Paradise – A bright, earthy composition. Sicilian Lemon, Tangerine, Eucalyptus, Green Tea, Tree Moss, Crisp Amber.