Naturals by Hask Strengthening Masque | First Impressions

I used the Naturals by Hask Strengthening Masque for the first time on my first wash day of 2015. {see post here} Since I only used it once, I discuss my first impressions about this product. 

Packaging:
  • Based on the packaging, I was not sure if this was a light/medium treatment.
    • Packaging states that the masque reinforces, restores, and hydrates normal to dry hair
    • Contains soybean protein (13th ingredient), hydrolyzed collagen (15th), keratin amino acids (17th), and silk amino acids (18th).
  • Love that it is free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, drying alcohol, gluten, and artificial colors.
  • I did not add anything to the masque since I wanted to try it as is for the first time


Application:
  • Opened package and instantly noticed how great the masque smelled. It had a very tropical scent that was not overpowering at all.
  • The consistency was very thick and silky in contrast to the Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor.
  • The amount in the package was more than enough to get a full coverage on my hair in contrast to the single packet of the Aphogee Reconstructor. 
  • This product had amazing slip as I applied it to my hair. Felt like a really nice conditioner.


Process:
  • Kept on my hair between 15-17 minutes uncovered.
  • Rinsed hair under high pressure water.
    • For whatever reason, I treated this as a "hard" protein despite the protein ingredients being listed near the end of the ingredient list. I am still paranoid about protein. #suchanewbie
    • My hair was not hard at all compared to what I have seen on YouTube of hard protein treatments, but I still did not touch my hair for 2 minutes as the water ran through my hair.
    • Following the two minutes, I used my fingers to help remove the remainder of the treatment from my hair.
Results:
  • This masque really helped solidify why protein is important for my hair. 
  • My hair definitely felt stronger and much smoother than pre-treatment. Honestly, it felt amazing especially in my nape area. I had so much curl definition! {see more pictures here}


Additional notes:
  • Following the treatment, I deep conditioned using the Shea Moisture Yucca & Plantain Masque, which also contains some protein, because that was all that I had on hand that did not have a whole lot of protein.
  • After rinsing the Shea Moisture masque from my hair, I noticed how my hair felt super smooth at the crown of my head...almost like plastic/synthetic. My hair had a squeakiness to it. 
  • I am not sure if I have slight protein overload in this area but is definitely something I need to be mindful of in the future.

All in all, I really like this Strengthening Masque. I do not have much experience at all with protein treatments to compare it adequately to the Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor, but I will say that I plan on using this masque again for future treatments. This strengthening masque fits my goal of using more natural products so I want to use it some more before giving a more definite product review. 

Nevertheless, based on my initial impression, I would recommend this product to others who may be interested in a more natural based treatment. I would just caution in using a deep conditioner containing protein following this masque. (I am quite sure this is given knowledge, but I am still learning about how different ingredients/products interact with each other). #myjourney

I tried to find reviews on this particular product (after I had already applied it to my head...lol) but could not find much of anything except for a YouTube video, and that review was so-so. I am glad I tried this Strengthening Masque based on my own curiosity and hope this initial review was helpful!

Have you tried the Naturals by Hask Strengthening Masque before? Even heard of it? What is your favorite protein treatment?

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