I was testing out some samples of the new Rene Furterer Myrrhea hair care range recently. The Myrrhea range is tailored for those with frizzy rebellious hair as it helps smoothen frizz and keep it looking sleek.
I have frizzy hair! Dry and frizzy no less. When I have my hair cut short, I have a “mushroom head”. So its quite a perfect time to try a product that claims to de-frizz.
Myrrhea is derived from Myrrh. If you are familiar with stories from the Bible, you will recognize Myrrh as one of the gifts brought by the 3 wise men. Its a very expensive item and I never knew what it really was – do you?
Myrrh is actually a resinous dried sap from a tree. It smells musky and is used in incense. So, as you might expect, the Myrrhea hair products have a musky, I’d say rather masculine smell that you might like, or you might not.
Smells aside, defrizz my hair it did. Within just 2 days.
The Myrrhea shampoo does not lather up a lot so if you aren’t used to shampoos that do not lather, you might find this quite unnerving. Fact is that it cleans my hair and scalp, but it just does not lather much. My hair feels a little squeaky after washing out the shampoo which I find a little odd for a silkening shampoo.
The Myrrhea Silkening Conditioner is on the other hand, a little thick and you don’t need a lot to really intensively condition your hair. I use it as I do all conditioners. Leave it in for a few minutes and then wash it out.
Just using these 2 products, after 2 days, I found that my hair had lost its frizzy look and actually felt and looked a lot smoother. I didn’t have those bits of errant hair sticking out where they shouldn’t. Thats when I ran into a little problem.
When I continued using the products for another 2 days, I felt that my hair was being weighed down and it was looking very flat. Those who know me will know that my hair naturally has a lot of volume but that week, my hair looked limp. Not greasy though, it just fell straight down. Bugged me for a bit.
So I stopped using this Myrrhea line, and went to other shampoos. After 2 weeks, I came back to finish up the samples and used the Myrrhea products just twice a week. It worked much better this way. My hair was not frizzy, it was smooth and soft, yet not too limp.
When my hair started to feel frizzy or dry, I’d apply a little Myrrhea Silkening Fluid which is a serum that you can use on dry hair or before blow drying. It helps protect the hair and smoothen it, in particular if you are into flat ironing.
Pros: Helps dry frizzy hair become smooth and soft, I like the musky scent
Cons: Over use can make hair look limp, Pricey for daily use but less so if for treatment
Whilst Rene Furterer recommends the Myrrhea hair range for daily use (for the shampoo and conditioner) I’d suggest that once you get your dry unruly hair tamed, cut back to using it only every alternate day or just twice a week as a treatment and maintenance. I prefer how my hair looks then as I’m not a fan of very straight locks. My 15ml samples lasted me about 3 weeks because I only used them sparingly.
Rene Furterer hair products use plant extracts and essential oils and are on the pricier end of the price spectrum as they tend to treatment, rather than for daily use. So no, it does not come cheap but then again, if you are used to using salon brands of hair care, this comes right in the same price bracket.
Do you have unruly and rebellious hair and is this something you might try or have tried? :)
Retail prices of Rene Furterer Myrrhea Silkening Shampoo (RM85/150ml), Myrrhea Silkening Conditioner (RM120/250ml), Myrrhea Silkening Fluid (RM140/125ml) and can be purchased at the Rene Furterer Institute at Level 6 Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Isetan KLCC, Hair Culture Mandarin Oriental Hotel Kuala Lumpur.