Monday, 22 April 2013
Kevin Murphy, damage manager.
Last summer I got introduced to Kevin Murphy at a hair salon in Antwerp and I absolutely loved the experience. My hair got treated with the Born Again line and it was just so sleek and looked extremely healthy afterwards. I hesitated whether I should keep up going to that hairdresser in Antwerp, but since it was just too much of a hassle to always travel that far I switched to my current hairdresser which I’m now in love with (Bizar in Ghent). At first they only worked with Tigi products, but since the beginning of the year they have also started stocking & using Kevin Murphy which is obviously much to my liking! I will slowly replace some of my daily routine products for Kevin Murphy products now since they’re more readily available and they’re amazing for my hair. I couldn’t resist already getting one product though..
Kevin Murphy’s Damage Manager is a heat shielding spray made with tons of amazing ingredients that are not harsh at all for your hair. Key ingredients are the Kevin Murphy X-HP Complex which basically is the ingredient taking care of the heat protection, Allantoin which is an extract from the roots and leafs of the Comfrey plant which is known for its healing and moisturizing effects & Arnica Root Extract, a natural herb that prevents inflammation and helps healing (is regularly used in reparative creams with burn wounds). The spray smells very herb-y and is full of these types of ingredients that you don’t normally find in other heat protectant products. It hasn’t been drying out my hair as some other heat protectants have as the special ingredients put a lot of moisture in the hair. I always think we should really watch out with heat protectants with alcohol as the first ingredient, as this can be quite drying on thin or brittle hair! This spray by Kevin Murphy does contain SD Alcohol 40-B as the second ingredient, which is basically denatured (& very high) ethanol that evaporates just milliseconds after spraying. However I don’t find this protectant drying or stripping at all, so the other ingredients do a good job. The Kevin Murphy spray is pretty much weightless and does not leave a sticky residue. It can be used on wet or dry hair and protects up to 220°C (428°F). When using another styling product on wet hair, you can just spray this one on top to add the some heat protecting properties.
Kevin Murphy does not test on animals & is completely cruelty free! These are the ingredients of Damage Manager: Water (Aqua)(Eau), SD Alcohol 40-B, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laneth-40 Maleate/Styrene Sulfonate Copolymer, Panthenol, PEG_12, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin (and) Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate-20, Fragrance (Parfum), Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil (Vetivert Oil), Cedrus Atlantica ( Cedarwood) Bark Oil (or) Juniperus Virginiana Oil (Cedarwood Oil) Pogostemon Cablin Oil (Patchouli Oil), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil (Lemon Oil), Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil (Clove Oil), Cetrimonium Chloride, Allantoin, Arnica Montana (Arunika Ekisu), Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract (and) Butylene Glycol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, gamma-Methyl Ionone, Geraniol, d-Limonene, Linalool.
I believe I paid about €23 for this bottle at my hairdresser, which is not too bad considering the high quality of the spray and the generous bottle (150ml). I’m super satisfied with it & my next Kevin Murphy purchase will definitely be the Young Again serum to replace my Biosilk serum. And so far I’ve also been eyeing up the Staying Alive serum. I’m quite surprised that Kevin Murphy isn’t better known already, there are so little reviews available on these products.. So I just had to share!