Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum |The Review That Almost Never Was…

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Story time!

*groan from audience*

I was very lucky to be offered a place on to the Hairtrade Blogger Partnership – this is where Hairtrade send me one product to review each month. (Hairtrade.com is one of the UK’s leading online retailers of hair extensions, hair care and beauty products, dont you know?)  After much umm-ing and ahh-ing, I decided on the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum.  I emailed Hairtrade with my choice and waited.

And I waited.

A few months had passed and I still hadn’t received the item.  I was getting a bit fidgety to say the least.  I emailed Hairtrade one morning and they informed that the package had been signed for.  Whut?  After looking at the online signature, which clearly was not mine(!), I had a bit of a rage (read kicking and screaming).  Hairtrade kindly sent me a replacement (you guys) and here we are! Moral of the story?

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Hehe.  Let’s carry on.

They say:

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum smoothes, conditions and seals strands and leaves hair smooth, shiny and frizz-free in any weather. Its exclusive Super Skinny® Complex penetrates deep into hair to displace water and constrict hair for speedy drying and styling. The Lightweight silicones it contains smoothes, conditions and seals hair with added shine.

I say:

As a natural curly haired gal, it’s a constant battle to keep my hair straight. I’m actually sat here looking like the lovechild of Monica from Friends (from that episode where they go to Barbados) and the Lion from The Wizard of Oz.  I called upon my good friend Jennifer, who surely is days away from qualifying as a hairdresser(?!), for advice.  She told me to look for products which would physically weigh down my hair to keep it straight.  That’s where this product comes in.

The Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum is anything but super skinny.  If anything, it’s super heavy (*another groan from the audience*). I can feel the weight of this in my hands once I’ve pumped out a squirt (so….much….innuendo…) (there was no other way of saying it, I am sorry)

How Do I Use? I tend to use one pump only and distribute through the mid lengths and ends on damp hair.  If I need to use it on dry hair, I use the tiniest amount possible and only apply to my ends. Like I said, you can feel how heavy this product is.  If you put it on your roots you’re only asking for trouble.

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What Do I Think? I really really like this; so much so that  I had to mention it in my April Favourites. It keeps my hair straight and frizz free which is all I ever wanted in a hair product.  It makes my hair feel soft and smooth, and adds a good amount of shine.  The effect it has on my hair lasts until I next wash it, so I get about 3 days of frizz free, smooth and shiny hair.  Result! For the reduced drying time claim, I would say it does (for me at least) but not by a lot.

I could waffle on about the ingredients but who wants to read that? Having a quick skim over the ingredients it seems it does contain silicones which is why it weighs my hair down.  (Apply this and then try to curl your hair, it’s impossible pahaha).  I’m not too fussed about that as I tend to avoid them in my shampoos only and at the end of the day I can use my trusty Naked Detox Shampoo to wash them out.

Here is the real jewel in this product’s crown; Paul Mitchell is a salon quality brand that is BUAV approved.  Paul Mitchell are incredibly vocal about animal rights and refused to sell in China until they changed their animal testing laws.  I was actually supposed to have posted about this serum in my cruelty free month but y’know… I’m useless.

If you struggle with curly, frizzy hair – buy this product.  It’s cheaper than John Frieda, cruelty free and will last you ages.  You can buy this at Hairtrade for £4.89 for 25ml.

Do you have any hair tips and tricks for curly girls? Leave them below!

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Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum sent for consideration of review as part of my partnership with Hairtrade. For more information, read my Contact Me page. No further compensation received.

May 18, 2013
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