Saturday, 2 November 2013


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As Martin Luther exclaimed," the hair is the richest ornament of women", but 22 hair rebondings, 3 colourings later, the sun & continual use of styling products over the span of 12 years have left my hair dry, damaged, flat & unworkable. 

As we become more chemically conscious and increasingly concerned about the amounts of harsh chemicals used in everyday cosmetics and haircare products, it's important to seek out brands with lower chemical compound and treat our hair with natural based hair care and styling products so that it will be less stressed, healthier and allow the colour to stay locked in for longer. 

Introducing Original & Mineral, a naturally clean treatment range to transform damaged hair to divine hair.

The O&M Mini Mineral Set ($60) has been a real godsend for my sensitive, itchy hair scalp and I've been alternating and using the shampoos and masques religiously for the past 2 weeks. 

The Mini Mineral Set consist of:
1 x Original Detox Shampoo (50ml)
1 x Hydrate & Conquer Shampoo (50ml)
1 x Hydrate & Conquer Conditioner (50ml)
1 x Seven Day Miracle Treatment (50ml)
1 x The Power Base (50ml)

Here's the lowdown on the individual products:

Original Detox Shampoo is formulated with native Australian ingredients to deeply cleanse the hair without stripping it of essential oils. Natural Tea Tree Oil gently removes deposits, while Peppermint Oil invigorates and moisturizes the hair and scalp. Silk Proteins adds moisture and keeps hair tangle-free.

Active Ingredients
Tea Tree Oil – Deeply cleanses, removing deposits and natural build-up of oils.
Peppermint Oil – Invigorates and refreshes the hair and scalp.
Silk Protein – Detangles and smoothes hair.
Provitamin B5 – Shields hair from UV damage and combats frizz.

Overall: I was experiencing itchiness and irritation on the region near my nape for the past 1 month before using O&M. Initially, it's very distinctive peppermint scent didn't appeal to me but after a couple of washes with this product, its highly antiseptic qualities is a triple threat to scalp irritations because of its anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. 
I have yet to finish half the 50ml bottle and my previously beleaguered scalp now feels much cleaner and healthier and doesn't itch anymore.

The Original Detox Shampoo is extremely effective if you feel that your hair has a lot of product build up, excess sebum and regular debris. I use this twice a week.

Hydrate & Conquer contains the strengthening and thickening properties of Ylang Ylang and Macadamia Seed Oil for a daily dose of hydration. The Shampoo & Conditioner for dry, thirsty hair also nourishes and adds shine with Shea Butter.

Active Ingredients
Ylang Ylang Oil - promotes thick hair growth.
Macadmia Seed Oil - replicates natural oils that may be stripped from the hair due to colouring. Replenishes and enriches the hair, making it softer while improving elasticity.
Shea Butter - repairs damaged hair from root to top. Soothes dryness, repairs breakage and mends split ends.
Sweet Almond Oil - creates desirable sheen to the hair.
Provitamin B5 - shields hair from UV damage and combats frizz.
Aloe Leaf Extract - soothes the scalp, while promoting hair growth.
Castor Seed Oil - prevents the scalp from drying out.
Vitamin E - helps smooth split ends.

Overall: These smell like yummy vanilla cake! I use the shampoo everyday, once a day for the past 2 weeks and after 3 washes, i can already feel a huge improvement in the texture and elasticity of my hair. Even before using the conditioner, my hair is already feeling much smoother and silkier after every wash. I can even comb through my hair with my fingers without them getting tangled midway! Amazing!!

However, it is essential to condition after shampooing so I would always follow up with the Hydrate & Conquer Conditioner after every wash. The conditioner gives my newly coloured hair an extra boost of hydration and TLC with its nutrient-rich Tasmanian Sea Kelp, Vitamins A, B, C & E and 13 amino acids to strengthen hair and stimulate growth. 

O&M’s Award Winning Seven Day Miracle Treatment will leave all hair types deeply moved. It’s intense moisturizing powers gives hair a shot of intense moisture via a unique blend of Macadamia Seed Oil and cold-pressed certified organic Argan Oil. With a sweet smell of Vanilla Bean this improvement has taken the Moisture Masque to the next level!

(FYI: Cold pressed method is one of the best and most expensive methods to extract essential oils as heat can destroy many nutrients and subsequent pressing produces oil of a vastly inferior quality. This is fine if you want to lubricate your car engine but you would not want to put this low quality of oil on your skin or hair or take it as a dietary supplement.)

Main Benefits
Organic Argan Oil - restores shine & softness to dry, brittle hair while nourishing hair damaged by heat or colouring. Improves hair strength & health.
Macadmia Seed Oil - absorbs quickly into the hair to help control & reduce frizz.
Shea Butter - provides moisture to dry & damaged hair from the roots to the tips leaving the hair feeing soft and healthy while still maintaining shine.
Sweet Almond Oil - adds glossy sheen to the hair.
Vitamin E - helps to restore split ends and keeps colour vibrant.

Overall: Absolutely digging this hair masque. I only need 1/4 of what i normally use for other brands and it's sufficient to cover all my ends. It's subtle nutty fragrance makes me sniff my hair ALL THE TIME. I can't get over how incredibly nourishing and smooth it makes my hair feel.

Original & Mineral have specially reformulated The Power Base, an intense dual action treatment that works to moisturise and infuse healing proteins into the hair. Wheat Protein acts as a reconstruction agent for weakened hair, binding broken hair strands to fill in the gaps, making hair fuller and more lustrous. Apricot Kernel Oil & Shea Butter moisturises and nourishes the hair exterior.

Main Benefits
Apricot Kernel Oil - moisturises and nourishes the hair and roots to help promote hair growth.
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein - penetrates weak hair ride to the cortex to help strengthen and boost fullness and growth.
Nettle Extract - removes excess fatty deposits from hair & scalp. While stimulating the scalp also oxygenates the hair follicles.
Shea Butter - provides moisture to dry & damaged hair from the roots to the tips leaving the hair feeing soft and healthy while still maintaining shine.
Sweet Almond Oil -adds glossy sheen to the hair.
Vitamin E - helps to restore split ends and keeps colour vibrant.

Overall: Its not thick and clumpy like most drugstore brands and i would've assumed that it wouldn't have been as powerful or effective, but it proved me wrong! Its light consistency melts right into my hair and and doesn't leave a soapy, smeary feeling when i rinse it out.

The Power Base has been phenomenal on my damaged ends. Multiple treatments have improved the condition of my hair, it feels much stronger and silkier now. 

What i love most is O&M’s unique philosophy of removing all the unnecessary harsh chemicals in favor of quality botanicals and a number of essential oils helping to produce salon professional results teamed with a clean conscience. 

All products remain true to this vision and are free from Sulfates, Parabens, MIT, Phthalates, Triclosan and Propylene Glycol, meaning they are a kind to your body as they can be, without compromising on quality and style. The entire range is 100% recyclable reinforcing O&M’s commitment to being as gentle as possible to both your body and the environment.

The Mini Mineral Sets would make ideal gifts for friends or family who are travelling this Christmas! 

And if you considering to buy it for yourself, then i'd suggest to get the set as a trial kit. Otherwise, I'd suggest the full sized bottles (250ml) as they are surprisingly much more economical than the 50ml ones (only available for shampoos). 

Personally, I find the O&M range (SGD32 - SGD45) quite pocket-friendly considering the breakthrough formulas and beneficial natural and mineral actives. The masques are a steal compared to some of the salon brands that I've used previously. 

I have exhausted all my minis, hence, am making my purchase of the full sized shampoos on Luxola as we speak… XD  
Alternatively, you can find their range of products from TANGS Orchard, Zalora Survive SG and Robinsons Orchard!

Good luck and happy shopping 

P.S.: I will be introducing my Original & Mineral post-shower hair care products in the next entry!


1 comment:

  1. Great post! Thanks for mentioning surviveSG - we are big fans of the O&M frizzy logic serum (a must-have with the Singapore humidity!) however also agree the mini mineral sets are adorable!