Sometimes a new range can really divide my feelings and that’s what has happened with the new Lee Stafford Cactus Crush collection. Part of me likes it and another part of me absolutely hates it.
Now I’m not the sort of blogger who shies away from saying when a product just isn’t very good, but I do still try to find some positives. The whole collection isn’t awful, but I can’t hand on heart say that these are great.
I dye my hair (I found some greys so who can blame me?), and it can get a little bit dry so in theory I should adore this collection. The products are designed for hair that is in serious need of some hydration thanks to a hydrating oil that is found in cactus plants. The oil contains electrolytes and minerals to restore the natural moisture levels of the hair. It penetrates deep into the hair’s cuticle to leave your hair replenished, revived and hydrated. Along with the cactus oil, the Lee Stafford Cactus Crush range contains Wild Lime and Kalahari Melon Seed Oil which are full of antioxidants and vitamins.
All of this sounds great and just what my hair needs, but I’ve never been left more disappointed when washing my hair. Obviously I love the bright pink packaging, but looking pretty by my shower just isn’t going to cut it – it needs to deliver and this just didn’t.
At £7.99 each, the shampoo and conditioner are fairly reasonably priced and the bottles are a good size although getting the conditioner out of the bottle requires some serious hand strength.
I do like the smell, but I didn’t find the shampoo to lather well and it left my hair feeling horrible. Normally when I shampoo and condition my hair, it feels smooth but this left the texture feeling rough and like straw. Yes my hair is probably colour-damaged, but it never feels like this. Even after drying my hair, it still felt rubbish, regardless of whether I left it to dry naturally or used my Dyson.
I had higher hopes for the Mucho Moisture Mask (£8.99) and hoped this would rectify how the shampoo and conditioner left my hair feeling. Use between shampoo and conditioner, it promises to repair and nourish the hair in minutes.
In the interests of fairness, I tried the shampoo and conditioner 8 times and the mask 4 times to see if it did make a difference, and it did. My hair did feel more hydrated but the mask felt heavy and my hair got greasy a lot faster after using the mask – trust me, there’s been some bad bad hair days around here recently.
The final product is the worst – ladies the Dazzle Drops (£8.49) are so bad … please do not put these anywhere near your hair.
It’s a serum that allegedly seals moisture back into the cuticle to repair and energise your hair. Now you think it’s going to be like a spray when you look at the bottle and the first time I tried them I sprayed all over my hair. That was a mistake as you only need a couple of drops so my hair was like an oil slick and took a LOT of washing to fix. The next time, I sprayed a little bit onto my hands and ran through the ends of my hair … again, it looked greasy and felt sticky. I’m not going to lie, these went straight in the bin. Normally if a product doesn’t work for me I will give it to someone who might like it, but I just couldn’t inflict these on anyone.
I hate writing such a negative review but these just didn’t work for me. Some people might love the Lee Stafford Cactus Crush collection, but I won’t be rushing to the shops to buy these. Usually I love Lee Stafford’s products but these missed the mark by a mile for me. The only positives I can really think of is the packaging and the scent … so it’s a no from me.
If you do want to try the products for yourself, then they are available from Boots.
* These items were gifted to me for PR purposes