One day, out of nowhere, I received a very nice email from a nice company, but one I’d never heard of before, It Factor:
I came across your blog and was wondering – do you review salon products? I work with a company called IT Factor and its products are available in salons in Vermont. Is that the kind of thing you might be interested in?
It’s called Simply It Quick Blowdry Smoothing Lotion. It lets you condition and style with hold, reduce drying time and smooth both wet or dry hair using just one product.
See? Isn’t that nice? They even knew I was from Vermont! So I replied with something along the lines of “Yes, I’m a total hair junkie, and a quick blowdry is on my list of things to sell firstborn children to get.” They have been very patient considering we first starting communicating in October (but guys, I have a pretty serious illness so I’m not a lazyface), and they sent me a seriously generous package with the full line of the Medium to Coarse hair products (shampoo, conditioner, smoothing lotion). They do have another line made just for Fine hair.
Also readers, by now you KNOW I love a good pun
I read a lot on beauty chemistry from my favorite blogs like Beauty Brains and Futurederm so at this point I’m super skeptical of “Claims”. The company website says it can reduce drying time by up to 50%, sounds kinda ridiculous right? It’s a trap?
The hair products are part of a system, and at first I was like “PFFT ignore!” But really none of the products work very well on their own. Together though, I found that surprisingly my hair dry time WAS seriously reduced, and considering my hair is crazy damaged I was rather impressed. I never did the cool “Dry your hair normally, and time it then dry your hair with this stuff and time it” thing. Mostly because I know I’m
lazy extra sick sometimes and I vary in my dry times already. Typically though, I expect a straight blow-out to take me about half an hour, usually no less unless I want my hair to have the texture of cotton candy (do not want).
I asked their rep about the chemistry (dry time related) and I was given the answer “It’s able to dry hair so well because of the proprietary VaporBoost System” which is totally useless to me. So I’ll do my best to sort out my own findings about the chem.
While packaging totally
doesn’t shouldn’t matter, this company has some extreme-cuteness packaging worth mentioning. When I first laid eyes on it I was like “Well, they definitely chose me to do the review for a reason” haha, it’s pearly pink with cute white whoodly things all over the face. LOVE IT. Also the smell is a bit like green apple, but it is MILD and does not linger in hair. The sads. Well, at least it’s not a gross/sickening smell, amirite?
Let’s talk some shop. First, it’s sulfate-free so it’s not a scrubby lather but that also means your hair color is protected and the formula is less irritating. The shampoo has a good amount of quats (polyquaturniums) which I love because they make my damaged hair smooth (silicones don’t stick nicely to damaged hair without quats). All three products do contain ample silicones so after you shampoo your hair starts to get ridiculously ensmoothened. If you’re thinking of trying the Medium-Coarse formula but you’re worried about silicone and quat buildup it’s a simple matter to solve. Just wash with an anionic surfactant once in a while.
If I wagered a guess as to why it works so well it’d be the smart blending of smoothing ingredients. You should also know there are a number of botanicals in the formula, blah, blah, blah, but I don’t know if any of them do anything. I’d also recommend you carefully choose because the Fine hair and Medium-Coarse hair formulas are different (I did NOT try the Fine hair products).
- Actually works. Damn. So my hair can be straight more often! This is good news for handicapped people like me who can’t spend all day on their prettiness. I think on some days, it really reduced my dry time ~30-50%
- Smell is nice but not scary. For those who hate smells I doubt this will bother you at all.
- Cute packaging, it cheers me up just to look at it. Silly, right? Don’t judge me (:
- Smoothens my hair, looks great after flat-ironing.
- Price is affordable, with each product costing ~$20USD, and you could get by with just shampoo/conditioner if you like.
- Not much of a smell. Scent junkies be sad.
- This might not work on fine hair. Big deal, just try the line made for fine hair.
- Some people hate silicones. This is your enemy, some people.
Bottom Line: For ~$60USD total it’s a good value, I was very happy with results, and I’m not the type of person to be forgiving. I got this set generously for free, but next time I’d buy these unless I found something better.
These products were provided to me by It Factor, but the opinions are my own. Read my disclosure.
Get ready to love me folks, because now you have a chance to try these products too. I really loved them so IT Factor offered to let me host a giveaway for you guys!! Cool, right? This is my first one so be gentle with me.
There are TWO GIVEAWAYS, one is for the ENTIRE Medium-Coarse hair system and the other is for the ENTIRE Fine hair system.
- IT Factor tells me these are only available in North America, so I think we can only offer the giveaway to folks who live there. >:
- Please be 18+ or have parental permission.
- I don’t know how you would cheat but please don’t.
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