It’s time for me to talk about another product (or three!) I have been harping on for ages – the Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair range.
Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair Range
Shampoo: Gentle, sulfate-free cleanser protects, replenishes and helps repair color-treated hair. Quinoa Color Repair complex harnesses the high protein content of quinoa to lock in hair color and repair strands from within. Sugar cane and lemon peel extracts add glossy shine and manageability, while powerful antioxidants help prevent damage. A blend of natural extracts makes hair shiny, soft and manageable. UV Protection, Paraben Free, Sulfate Free, Vegan, Colour Safe.
Conditioner: An ideal daily hydrator and detangler for color-treated hair. Quinoa Color Repair complex harnesses the high protein content of quinoa to lock in hair color and repair strands from within. Shea butter, jojoba and soybean oil leave hair soft, shiny and healthy, while vitamins nourish and moisturize. Powerful antioxidants provide UV protection to help prevent color fade and damage. UV Protection, Paraben Free, Vegan, Colour Safe.
Triple Rescue Treatment: Dual-phase spray protects against excessive heat that can damage colour-treated hair and lead to dull, faded strands. The top phase protects against excessive heat that can damage colour-treated hair and lead to dull, faded strands. The bottom phase conditions hair with Quinoa Colour Repair complex, so hair looks healthy, shiny and vibrant. SHAKE WELL BEFORE USE! Leaves hair soft, smooth and manageable. UV Protection, Paraben Free, Vegan, Thermal Protection, Colour Safe.
The Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair range is the newest launch from the hair care geniuses at Paul Mitchell. With the power of quinoa, the range promises to combat the top three causes of colour fade; frequent washing, thermal styling and UV exposure.
But why quinoa? Quinoa is rich in amino acids, which penetrate the hair and creates a protective shield against future damage. The range is designed to give hydration and protection to all hair colours (even blondes!) by locking in hair colour, restoring lustre and reversing signs of damage.
Whilst other brands have incorporated quinoa into products like body lotions and make up, Paul Mitchell are the first haircare brand to include quinoa in their products. When tested in a study, participants reported vibrant colour for 9 weeks, 88% less breakage and 59% more shine.
I was very lucky to receive a “Try It Kit” at their Leeds Blogger Event which contained three deluxe samples of the range for me to trial and report back. I admittedly began to use it a little later than I had wanted to but I had good reason. My hair wasn’t in the best condition to fully test it; it wasn’t coloured to begin with and the highlights I did have were a fetching shade of orange. However, when I finally had my hair fully coloured professionally, I instantly reached for this kit.
There are three products in the range at the moment; a shampoo, a conditioner and a treatment spray. I’m not too sure if there are any plans to add more products to the range; I will let you know if I hear anything!
The shampoo took me by surprise. It has a thick consistency, yet when it comes to lathering it feels so gentle on my hair. It feels so nourishing it’s hard to believe it’s just a shampoo. It is sulfate free, but it lathers up well and leaves my hair feeling clean.
It’s worth bearing in mind that with Paul Mitchell shampoos, that are (mostly) sulfate free, you need to lather up twice for a more effective wash. What I personally do is make sure my hair is completely soaking wet, give my roots a really quick wash with a small amount of shampoo and rinse. I then soak my hair again and then give it a good wash all over with a bit more shampoo. Works a charm!
The conditioner, on the other hand is quite thin. As the shampoo itself already makes my hair feel conditioned, I’m glad that it isn’t like a stereotypical conditioner. It’s thin consistency feels akin to a leave in treatment. The shampoo and conditioner together ensure my hair feels clean, yet soft and bouncy.
I’m going to admit that I found the triple rescue treatment spray to be a little too much for my hair at first. It is a bi-phase product, so it needs a good shake before use to mix the two liquids together. The formula when shaken is quite concentrated, so you do have to be careful and use it with a very light hand. It can leave your hair feeling a little weighed down if you use too much, as is the case with any oil-based products really. I find that 1-2 sprays is enough for my hair. Luckily, it does contain heat protection which in my view cuts down on the amount of products you are using on your hair. As this range overall is very nourishing, you want to minimise product build up and any weighed down feeling!
The official scent of the Ultimate Color Repair range is “sea salt and coconut” and it honestly smells amazing. To repeat myself, it smells like an exotic, beach-y holiday in a bottle… mmmm.
I’ll be honest. It did take me, and my hair, a while to get used to the Ultimate Color Repair range. I had been using the Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture range for a few months, which leaves your hair feeling SO clean and light. When I went to use this range that is SO nourishing, it did feel almost too much.
I’m glad I persevered with the range, as I feel my hair has really benefited from it. There are some other “colour protect” hair care ranges that do nothing but accelerate the fading process, or damage my hair further, but not with this range. My hair looks and feels healthy, as well as being soft and smooth without feeling weighed down. Whilst it hasn’t kept my colour fresh-out-of-the-salon, it has ensured my colour has lasted really well considering I use heat styling on a daily basis. It has also managed to reduce noticeable regrowth at my roots; considering I went grey at 20 this is impressive!
I will definitely be re-purchasing the full size of the shampoo and conditioner, and pretty soon at that as I am due to have my hair re-coloured in a few weeks. I still have plenty of the triple rescue treatment left, so it would be silly of me to repurchase the Try It Kit at the moment. Even though the range is pricier than what I am used to paying, in my view it is worth paying a little bit more for the visible results I have seen.
What do you use to treat your coloured hair?