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Budget Beauty Monday – Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector Review

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on September 27, 2010

It’s Monday…time for Budget Beauty Monday!!! Let’s face it. After the weekend we usually end up feeling like we ate too much, drank too much, spent too much, and didn’t do enough around the house. So I figure Monday on should feature budget beauty products that won’t break the bank so you won’t feel bad about wanting to run out and get them.

I am a BzzAgent. For those of you who are unaware of BzzAgent it is a company that promotes word of mouth campaigns through everyday people like you and me. If you are selected to be part of a given BzzAgent campaign, you’re usually sent a product to test out as well as a few coupons or samples to pass out to others to get the word out there about a new product.

Anyhoo, I was recently chosen to participate in the BzzAgent Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector campaign.

So let me just tell you, I was beyond excited when I first got the invite to join this campaign weeks ago. Before I received the invite I hadn’t even heard of the Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector kit. It was that new. Of course, the Thursday after I received the invite I saw many commercials for the product during that week’s Project Runway. In case you’re somehow immune to all the in-show advertising, Garnier is responsible for the hair of the models and obviously is one of the biggest sponsors of Project Runway. Anyways, when I heard that this was an at-home product that claims to give you smoother, frizz-free hair for up to 7 shampoos I was dying to get my hands on this product.

The disappointment started almost immediately after I opened the box of Blow Dry Perfector.  There were like a million rules and warnings for using the product.  First of all, if you color treat your hair you have to wait 2 weeks before and after you color your hair to use Blow Dry Perfector.  You also have to wear gloves while applying the product.  I’m sorry, but I’m always leery of products that you put on your body that require protective coverings on another part of your body.  Also, you apply the serum after you shampoo your hair, but you can’t use conditioner.  The last big concern I had with Blow Dry Perfector is that the directions state that you may have to use a flat iron after blowing out your hair to get the best results.  What?  I thought this product was supposed to leave you with awesome hair after a quick blow dry!

Blow Dry Perfector requires 2 steps…well 3 if you count the need to blow dry your hair.  Step 1: Comb the 20-minute Smooth-It Serum through shampooed, towel-dried hair. Wait 20 minutes. Rinse hair thoroughly with warm water.  Step 2: Apply Heat-Activated Perfect-It Cream. Blow dry or flat iron as you normally would to reveal sleek, shiny, more manageable hair for up to 7 shampoos.

Let me just tell you, if you have a problem with offensive scents, don’t even try to use Blow Dry Perfector.  The active ingredients in the serum smell like death.  Seriously, I have smelled a lot of bad things over the course of my life, but this has to be one of the worst.  And what’s worse is that the smell lingers even after you wash it off.  My Sweetie even said, “Oh my God you stink!”

I have to say, after reading all of the warnings and smelling that God awful scent, I was really not looking forward to trying this product out.  And let me just tell you, my instincts were right.  Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector was horrible.  Immediately after using Blow Dry Perfector my hair felt incredibly heavy and weighed down.  This is definitely not the norm for me.  My hair also felt incredibly dry.  Blow Dry Perfector claims that your blow drying time will be reduced.  So not the case for me.  My blow dry time was exactly the same.  And my hair was not any less frizzy/wavy/curly.

One of the questions I had about Blow Dry Perfector was what was meant by 7 shampoos.  As any girl with long, full, wavy/curly hair knows, it is a pain to go thru the washing and styling process.  As such, most girls with said hair type (myself included) don’t wash their hair everyday.  I tend to wash my hair every 3 days, but I know many people who can get away with washing every 4-5 days.  If 7 shampoos truly means 7 shampoos, Blow Dry Perfector could essentially last for a month.  I don’t think this is true.  I was so disgusted by how my hair felt and looked that I immediately began washing Blow Dry Perfector out of my hair.  It was completely gone in 3 shampoos (all done in the same day).  I tried to get an answer as to what was officially meant by 7 shampoos, but my emails and calls to Garnier were not returned.

Another question I had about Blow Dry Perfector was the effect of chlorine with the product.  When I first received this product to test out, it was August and still hot and humid in Chicago.  We are lucky enough to have a pool.  After reading all of the warnings associated with Blow Dry Perfector and things you shouldn’t do (i.e. wait to color your hair) I was concerned about going into a chlorinated pool with Blow Dry Perfector in my hair.  Again, my emails and calls to Garnier were not returned.

I am so disappointed with Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector.  The results were so horrible and I needed to get the product out of my hair so fast that I don’t even have pictures to share.  It was a total let down.  I was curious as to what other BzzAgents and people who bought the product themselves to try out had so say about it so I Googled for info.  I am not alone in my disappointment with Blow Dry Perfector.  Based on that information, I can’t see this product being on the shelves for too long.  Even if an onslaught of consumers pick up Blow Dry Perfector to give it a try, I don’t think they are going to have a lot of repeat customers.

If you would like more information on Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector, you can visit Garnier’s Official Site.  If my review hasn’t scared you off and you want to try Blow Dry Perfector for yourself, you can print off a $2 coupon on that site.  Most stores in the Chicagoland area have Blow Dry Perfector priced at about $11.99.


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