Is the Christophe Robin toner mask worth the faff?

Blondes may have more fun, but they also spend a lot more money on the upkeep, something I’ve learned over the years.

No matter how icy white your blonde is coming out of the salon, you’ll eventually see that it can become brassy and orange-looking – particularly if you went from a darker colour to start with.

Most of us bottle blondes have a long-term love affair with purple shampoos. My personal favourite is Fanola No Yellow shampoo, although more ‘upmarket’ brands like Davines and Kerastase also have their own versions.

The problem with this, though, is that leaving this shampoo on for enough time to banish brassiness can strip the hair of its oils (which is not the one if you’ve been bleached) and dry it right out.

So, this week for Is It Worth the Faff, we’re trying out a potential solution to this: A mask that nourishes hair while it tones made by Christophe Robin.

What is the Christophe Robin Shade Variation Mask?

This is a purple-tinted conditioning mask that you put on after you wash.

It’s enriched with almond oil and shea butter, and is paraben-free and sulphate-free.

Like many of the products sold at Space NK, it’s a favourite of beauty enthusiasts, so I was excited to see if it would live up to the hype.

Faff involved

After washing your hair, you give it a little towel dry before taking a scoop of the mask and applying it all over.

The directions said to leave it on for five to 30 minutes, so I left it on for 30 minutes (so extra).

Honestly, it’s just like any hair mask at this point. It feels lovely and silky and smells like violets, so no complaints.

The results

My hair felt so smooth once it was dried that I just couldn’t stop touching it. I even made my boyfriend touch it and he said ‘wow’, which should convince you just how soft my locks were.

It also looks much whiter (despite my poor bathroom lighting highlight every strip of yellow) and shiny – which is pretty rare for dyed blondes.

Apparently this shine comes from iridescent particles in the mask that reflect the light. Either way, I like it.

It would also be remiss of me not to mention the smell. It’s so nice, and every time I move my head I get a whiff. I was about to spend a lot of money I don’t have on a Byredo hair perfume, but now I needn’t bother.

Is it worth the faff?

I was sent this for review, but it costs £39 for a 250ml tub from Space NK. That is certainly on the pricey side, but I will re-buy when I run out, because it’s so rare you find something that does its job immediately.

You don’t need much to coat your hair, so I it’ll work out not as expensive if I look at it price-per-use.

As you can clearly see, my hair is fine and pretty much straight. But, I’d also recommend this for curly and afro hair that’s been dyed blonde, as it’ll save you piling on purple shampoos and battling the frizz that comes after.

As a bath girl, anything I can leave on, watch an episode of Always Sunny, and get out of the tub looking better than I did before is a winner.

If you’re a shower person, perhaps you won’t like the leave-on aspect. In that case, you might be better sticking to shampoos – just make sure to nourish your hair afterwards. Bottle blondes need to stick together to prevent that dreaded breakage.

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