Mise en Scene Perfect Repair Hair Serum Review:
For someone who’s pretty low maintenance in terms of haircare, I recall first getting this serum in hopes of taming my frizzy hair. With the heat and humidity in this country, I knew I was asking for somewhat of a miracle. In the past, I have tried a couple of serums – too heavy or made my hair oily – and even tried some kind of cream treatment for damaged hair, which made my hair super greasy. So you can kind of tell why I was hopeful, but also not when I first laid my eyes on this popular hair serum. But hey, it was worth a shot, right?
“The Mise En Scene Perfect Repair Hair Serum is a highly concentrated hair serum that repairs and revives even the severest of hair damage caused by perms or hair dyes. It is formulated with a special oil cocktail of seven different beneficial oils including Argan, Camellia, Coconut, Apricot, Marula, Jojoba, and Olive Oil.
This serum is great for treating split ends, dry, tangled, rough, and also improving the hair’s strength, shine, and elasticity.”
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Prunus Armenica (Apricot) Kernal Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glycolipids, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Lipids, Fragrance.
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Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil: Also known as Argan Oil. Rich in vitamins A, C and E, where vitamin E aids in fighting both dandruff and dry scalp. Also helps in preventing frizz and flyaways, while also treating dry and brittle hair.
Camellia Japonica Seed Oil: Also known as Camellia Oil. Softens hair, restores hair’s natural sheen, helps hair retain moisture, repairs breakage and split ends, treats damage from perms and colouring, and helps protect the surface of each strand of hair.
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil: Stimulates hair growth by getting deep into its follicles, while also promoting scalp health by fighting problems such as lice and dandruff. Also aids in slowing down hair loss, prevents hair breakage and split ends, as well as adding luster, shine and softness to the hair.
Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernal Oil: Contains oleic acids (omega 9) which helps stimulate the growth of thicker, longer and stronger hair, while linoleic acids (omega 6) promotes moisture retention in hair.
Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil: Also known as Marula Oil. Protects hair against environmental elements and harmful UV rays while its naturally light texture makes it suitable for use as a sealing oil. It also works to reduce frizz, leading to smoother, satin-like feel hair.
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil: Replenishes the moisture and improves the texture of hair, treats dry scalp and gets rid of dandruff. Also aids in hair tangles and eliminates threat of broken pieces while adding shine and softening the hair.
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil: Rich in essential nutrients, so helps in promoting hair growth as well as adding shine and volume to dull and limp hair. As it has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, it also helps in treating itchiness of scalp and reducing dandruff.
How to use:
After shampoo: gently dry hair with towel after shampoo. Apply a suitable amount of serum onto hair. Apply more to hair ends and damaged areas. Blow dry.
On dry hair: apply a suitable amount to hair ends and drier areas for silky and shiny results.
If you have oily roots, you can also apply to tips only.
My Hair Type: Oily-normal scalp/roots. Frizzy, dry ends. Recently dyed.
Mise en Scene Perfect Repair Hair Serum Review:
The packaging for the Mise en Scene Perfect Repair Hair Serum is quite pretty, in my opinion. It comes in a standard hair serum size (is there such a thing?) which means it fits fine in the palm of my hand and is relatively easy to travel with due to there being a protective cap to place over the pump nozzle.
The bottle is of a translucent orange plastic which allows the level of remaining liquid to be easily seen (a feature I always appreciate for cosmetics) and feels lightweight in my grip.
In terms of the product itself, the liquid is of a viscous consistency but is easy to spread as it does contain various oil extracts. It is also colourless. Scent-wise, it has a strong floral scent which does linger. On my hair, I actually quite like it, but it’s very annoying when it’s not placed anywhere near the hair due to its tendency to be of the cloying variety.
Now, the first time I used this serum, I wasn’t too impressed. As I was expecting it to sort out my frizziness, I felt defeated when that did not happen at all. I mean, I did like how it softened and smoothed out my hair, but my hair became more prone to flyaways. However, after some trial and error, I found a nice combination which did end up reducing my frizz-prone ends.
Basically, how I use the hair serum:
After washing, I lightly dry my hair with an old cotton T-shirt (to reduce friction and hence, possible frizziness).
While my hair is still damp, I apply an appropriate amount of Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion on my hair, focusing on the mid to ends, spreading it all out evenly throughout.
Then, I apply approximately 2-3 pumps of Mise en Scene serum for my now shoulder-length hair (when I had waist-length hair, I used about 4-5 pumps, if I’m not mistaken), spreading it only on the mid to ends of my hair.
Lastly, I let my hair air dry – I avoid blow drying unless necessary to avoid hair damage.
So far, with the combination of the high hyaluronic acid content in the Hada Lotion and the many oil extracts in the Mise en Scene hair serum, my hair has been behaving quite well. Though, with how I recently dyed my hair, I do feel the need to up the amount I use to make up for any possible damage.
Overall, on its own, I’d probably rate this a decent 3.5/5. It’s a good product which does help smoothen the hair with a nice flowery scent, but I can definitely live without it in exchange with experimenting with other hair serums. Kudos to it not weighing my hair down at all, though! Despite the amount I slather on, it never made my hair greasy – just moisturized and silky smooth.
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