I was recently poking around Nordstrom Rack, looking for a dress for an event that my husband and I were invited to attend when their beauty section derailed me. I have another post in the works for alternative places to find great deals on hair and beauty products and Nordstrom Rack happens to be one such place, so let’s hold this thought for another day. In the meantime, let’s discuss my purchase.
First of all, I did find a dress…or three (shhhh, don’t tell Mr. Good Hair Day). Nordstrom Rack never disappoints.
Back to the product review…I’d recently read some glowing reviews about It’s a Ten Miracle Leave-in Product. I decided that the marked-down price was worth giving it a whirl, even though I had similar products already at home in my lineup. After all, it is called a “miracle leave-in product” and I believe in miracles.
Per my norm trial rituals, I washed, conditioned and combed out my locks with a wide-tooth comb. I then applied a small amount of Morroccanoil. I always use it sparingly, but was even more conservative with my application given I didn’t know if the leave-in would be heavy or oily. You can always add more, but once you have an oil-slick of product in your hair, you’re in trouble.
The instructions on the bottle are pretty straightforward. “After shampoo and conditioner, spray product all over hair and comb through.” Easy enough. I did just that. I couldn’t help but notice the very sweet smell of the spray. It smells EXACTLY like “Ralph” perfume by Ralph Lauren. I don’t know if they still make it, but smelling it instantly reminded me of two of my friends who wore that scent for years. Shout out to Missy and Lauren, my (at one time) Ralph girls.
I generously continued to spray my whole head; whilst reminiscing of memories of getting ready to go places with my girlfriends and their signature scent of years past. I then gave my hair about 20 minutes of air-dry time before blow drying.
During my blow-out, I didn’t see any major effects of the leave-in. My hair felt and looked the same as it always did, which isn’t bad, but didn’t have me very impressed. I may have just then given up on miracles, but I have learned that some products excel when you don’t follow the instructions. Rather than accept being underwhelmed, I finished my blow dry and preheated my flat iron to give this spray another chance. Section by section, I sparingly re-sprayed my hair with the leave-in before flat ironing small sections. Voila. It’s a Ten lived up to its name and totally smoothed my hair, leaving it silky and straight.
While it’s best if products perform their best when used as directed, I can get on board with any product that gives great end-results. I feel like this one performs better as a heat protectant than a leave-in spray. For this reason, I would say that it’s not quite a ten, but maybe a strong nine.