It seems that February has turned into ‘Review Month’ here on Distant Francophile. I’ve been promising to share my thoughts on a few different bits and pieces for a while now, and I’ve finally found the space to gather – and articulate – my views.
Way back in November I mentioned that, after using David Mallett’s haircare range for some time (you can read the review here – I particularly liked the Volume Powder and I’m likely to repurchase), I had decided to test out the Christophe Robin Volumising range. A tad later, I also chose to buy myself a new Christophe Robin hairbrush.
Like Mallett, Robin is high profile Parisian hair stylist who has launched an extensive suite of products. Known especially for his skill with colour, his clientele includes names like Catherine Deneuve and Léa Seydoux.
Regular readers will know that my hair isn’t one of my strong points. It is super fine and definitely does whatever it wants to do. I’ve spent years trying – and failing – to tame it.
While I gave up on visions of super-cool French girl hair a long, long time ago, I’ve never stopped looking for incremental improvement. And I’ve absolutely found that I’ve had better outcomes when using French products, whether they be from the pharmacy or from a big name stylist.
And I have to say that this particular range has delivered the best results yet. I’ve spent the past year growing my hair longer and this particular range has helped make that patience testing project way more manageable. Together with a new styling team, these Christophe Robin products have also allowed me to stop washing my hair every day. And for someone who has been washing and drying their hair daily since they were a teenager, this is a pretty big deal.
Creator: Christophe Robin
Ranges: Volumising Range and Styling Brushes
Products Used: Cleansing Volumising Paste With Pure Rassoul Clay And Rose Extracts; Volumising Conditioner With Rose Extracts; Instant Volumising Mist With Rose Water; Pre-Curved Blow-Dry Hair Brush 10 Rows
What I Liked:
- The results. My hair is easy to style and has great, long lasting volume. My stylist tells me that my hair is really healthy at the moment. And I no longer have to wash it every day. Can’t really ask for more than that.
- The fragrance. If you are a rose fan you will absolutely love this range! All three products smell sensational and the scent delights me every time I use them.
- The Cleansing Paste. I’ve never used a paste before and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It certainly looks different to any shampoo I’ve ever used. But once applied to the hair, it transforms into a rich lather and my scalp feels really clean.
- The Hairbrush. In my (seemingly never-ending) quest for improved hair, I’ve tried many different brushes over the years. From high-end to bargain basement, I’ve curiously sampled them all. It’s been a little while since I used a natural bristle brush when blow drying my hair – although I know they are gentle on hair, they can sometimes be a little difficult to use. This is definitely not the case with the Christophe Robin version. It is easy to manoeuvre and allows me to create a number of different styles, each one full of volume.
What I Wasn’t So Sure About:
- The packaging of the hair care. While I don’t mind the simplicity of it, I don’t find the white and pink styling of the packs particularly appealing. I prefer something a little more glamourous. However, I can more than live with the lack of glamour given the high quality of the contents. And I have to say that, although you can’t necessarily tell from the photo above, the brush packaging was really quite lovely. The black box also featured pictures of flowers as well as the image of the brush itself.
- The up-front cost of the hair care. Although I am starting to get used to shelling out a decent amount of cash for high quality hair care, the initial outlay for these products definitely was a bit of an investment. That said, I’m really pleased with how well the product is lasting. I purchased the range over four months ago and I’m only half way through the cleanser, conditioner and the mist. You really don’t need much product at all to deliver excellent results, which leads me to the conclusion that the range represents good value for money.
Have you tried any of Christophe Robin’s hair care products? Did they work for you? I’d love for you to share your thoughts in the comments below.
Until next time – au revoir.
Please note: This is an unsolicited post and no compensation of any kind has been received from Christophe Robin or any associated parties.