This may sound a bit weird, but I don’t drink cocktails. I put them on my hair.
I am a boring teetotaler, so you can keep your Cosmopolitans and Margaritas. I’ll just take the new Color Wow hair cocktails, please.
These cocktails come in three flavours – Carb, Coconut, and Kale – and are basically leave-in conditioners for colour-treated hair.
Ok. I’m not dying my hair at the moment (wait, I do have some highlights – I’m sure that counts!), but that’s not something that would ever stop a beauty blogger trying new beauty products. We’re that committed to our readers.
So, back to what we all want to know. Does this stuff work?
Let’s start with Carb because, well, it’s the first in alphabetical order. Plus, I’m obsessed with carbs. Pasta, pizza, bread… what’s not to like (can you tell I’ve just come back from Italy and am missing the food terribly?)?
But, anyway, you apply this cocktail the same way you apply the other cocktails, so I’ll just say it only once. First, you shake the bottle well, then pour a coin-sized amount on the palm of your hand, rub your palms together, and smooth the cocktail throughout your towel-dried, damp hair. Comb through, but don’t rinse.
Now, pouring a coin-sized amount out of the bottle is quite a challenge. The opening is so big, a TON of product comes out. As pretty as the packaging is, it’s just not practical. I hope Color Wow will change it soon cos it really becomes annoying after a while.
Anyway, the Carb Cocktail is a clear and runny liquid that promises to fatten thin and limp hair. My hair is fine and flat so anything that gives it even just the tiniest hint of volume is going to get a thumbs up from me.
This one does. It contains cornstarch to expand hair mass and make it look thicker. I have to say, out of all the volumizing products I’ve tried over the years (and they were many), this one has given me the best results so far.
That’s not to say that it turned me into Nanny Fran, but it gave me my limp locks some life and volume, which I love. I’m definitely gonna be using this one a lot.
OMG, the Coconut Cocktail smells just like a tropical paradise. If you like coconuts, you’re gonna love this. You’d probably want to use it just because it makes hair smell so good.
More importantly, there’s actually enough coconut oil in it to condition and strengthen your hair. Coconut oil is my absolute favourite oil for hair because it’s the one that can best penetrate the hair shaft, so it can nourish it from within.
It makes hair softer and stronger, and adds lots of shine to it too. Basically, it nurses hair back to health and makes it look so much better.
Out of all the cocktails, this milky white liquid is by far the most moisturizing, and it’d work amazingly well for anyone with dry and colour-treated hair that needs some extra TLC. I’m a fan.
Kale is all the rage now, but I could never get its appeal. How can you get excited about something like kale? The Kale Cocktail is also my least favourite of the lot.
It has the creamiest and richest consistency out of all the cocktails, and feels a bit sticky when you first apply it. Thankfully, that unpleasant feeling disappears quickly and then you’re left with soft and smooth hair.
Not as soft and smooth as the Coconut Cocktail leaves it though. I think that’s because, while coconut oil can condition and strengthens hair from within, the Kale Cocktail is packed with synthetic conditioning agents that work by coating the hair, preventing moisture loss.
If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know that I have nothing against synthetic ingredients. But, they don’t work as well as coconut oil at nourishing hair (not much does, really).
Both cocktails will condition your hair and make it soft and shiny, but if you can only try one, definitely go with the Coconut one.
Should You Heat Activate The Cocktails?
One last thing. You know how heat is really bad for hair and can dry it out? Well, Color Wow actually recommends you use these cocktails while blowdrying or using any other styling tools because, as you know if you paid attention in your chemistry class, heat accelerates chemical reactions, making these products work faster.
The same precautions still apply though. Don’t keep the blowdryer too close to your hair, and don’t use any styling tools longer than necessary. Frankly, I’ve used these cocktails with heat only once and yes, I got some amazing results. But they work well without it too and that’s what I prefer to do. Just my personal preference.
Color Wow Carb Cocktail Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Polyquaternium-4, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-11, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Silicone Quaternium-18, DMDM Hydantoin, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-6, Corn Starch Modified, Fragrance (Parfum), Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Trideceth-12, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Butylene Glycol, Iodopropynl Butylcarbamate, Caprylyl Glycol, Beta Glucan (Oat), 1,2-Hexanedoil, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Hexyl CinnamalL, Butyphenylmethylpropional.
Color Wow Coconut Cocktail Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Behentrimonium methosulfate, Cetyl alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Polyquaternium-37, Dipropylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/ Dicaprate, C10-40 Isoalkylamidopropylethyldimonium Ethosulfate, Silicone Quaternium-18, Caprylyl Glycol, Ceteareth-20, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Trideceth-12, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Fragrance (Parfum), Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Keratin, Butylene glycol, Quaternium 33, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Alcohol, Couma
Color Wow Kale Cocktail Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Behentrimonium methosulfate, Cetyl alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyquaternium-37, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Silicone Quaternium-18, Caprylyl Glycol, Ceteareth-20, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Trideceth-6, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Trideceth-12, Crambe Maritima Leaf (KALE) Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Benzoate, ButylphenylMethylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Limonene.
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