Tuesday 30 April 2013

Less is more hair care protein spray and lavender smooth balm review

Less is more is hair care is an Austrian brand. Products went through a testing process in a salon in Vienna (so this is a natural salon brand, i.e. professional, natural). What drew me to them is the simplicity of the packaging. Minimalistic yet stylish. All the products I have tried smell absolutely incredible.

The line has a lot of styling products as well as your standard shampoo and conditioner combos.

Less is more Lavender smooth balm. This is a leave in conditioner for dry and thick curly hair. It is white in colour and has a consistency of slightly heavy lotion (I have struggled getting it out of the bottle on few occasions). It is supposed to help when heat styling, I air dry my hair so I can't comment on that.

I use it on those days that my hair feels more dry. It has been a life saver in the winter (long hair and central heating..... not good). I rarely use wash of conditioners (I do have a few at the moment that I am trying to finish) I prefer to use leave ins on targeted areas. So after washing my hair I apply about 1 and a half teaspoons of lavender smoothing balm from the nape of my neck down to the ends (never to my roots). Then I brush my hair with a tangle teezer (it isn't good to brush wet hair, so you need to use something that you know won't cause damage, that one works for me). Do not skip this step, if you don't use a brush, gently comb through with your fingers. Basically you need to make sure that the product is evenly distributed, otherwise you will end up with part dry part greasy hair.

My hair is very long that is why I use quiet a lot of product. That is also the reason why I need more nourishing products from time to time, as the natural oils from my scalp don't quiet reach the ends even though I make sure to brush regularly.

I really like this as part of my hair care routine. Makes my hair feel soft and manageable. I am not the biggest fan of lavender in haircare (I really don't know why) but this one doesn't seem to bother me. Smells lightly of lavender and the scent does not linger for too long, so no interference with your perfume.

Aqua, *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Distearoylethyl Dimonium Chloride, *Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar Bean) Gum, Cetearyl Alcohol, *Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, *+Cocos Nucifera Oil, *(Soy- )Lecithin, *Althaea Officinalis (Mallow) Root Extract, *Lavandula Angustfolia Oil, *Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Oil, *Cedrus Atlantica Wood Oil, *Parfum (*essential oils incl. Benzyl Benzoate, Farnesol, Geraniol, Citral, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool), *Alcohol, Arginine, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Levulinic Acid, p-Anisic Acid, Tocopherol
*ingredients issued from organic farming+fair trade

Less is more Protein spray. This is probably my most used conditioning product. It is a light moisturising spray that helps with flyaway hair and makes it feel soft.

It really does not way your hair down at all, if you have fine hair it will be perfect. I just wash my hair and use this as a conditioner. Spray on damp hair, distribute it with my fingers (again I do not use it on roots, just the lenghts). The smell is wonderful from flower waters and some essential oils, mixture of rose and orange blossom (every time I smell it, it reminds of cherry blossom, which is not an ingredient). It works great on its own and in the summer I rarely use another product. Occasionally I will use the protein spray and then follow with lavender balm on the very ends. Both products work really well together. Again the scent doesn't linger for very long (but I wish it would).

Aqua, *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, *Alcohol, *Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water, *Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, *Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil Expressed, *Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Oil, *Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Arginine, Chitosan Lactate, Coco-Glucoside, Glycerin, Glyceryl Oleate, Lactic Acid **Benzyl Benzoate, **Benzyl Salicylate, **Citronellol, **Farnesol, **Geraniol, **Limonene, **Linalool

* Certified Organic
** From essential oils

Just to put it out there the shampoo I use is Acure the argan version. And I used Lotus Wei Serum before shampooing and protein spray after, this is what my hair looks like after that.

By the way taking hair photos is hard! I look like a love child of the Samara from 'The ring' and cousin Itt in most of them.

In UK you can get the products from Content, the lavender smooth balm also comes in a travel size, the protein spray does not seem to be on the site at the moment. You can of course order directly from Less is more.


  1. Thanks for the helpfull review :)