Last year at an blog event I was handed a pot of the Vatika Egg Protein hair mask – little did I know that I was going to discover that was the best hair mask I’ve ever used. I soon found my hair was left silky smooth and my frazzled ends were being hidden, it took me ages to repurchase as I had a tonne already in my cupboard to keep me going for several months.
It’s not a brand that’s too easy to find – at least around me – I heard it’s supposedly stocked in Asian Supermarkets (none near me), Tescos (we have a Superstore near us, and they don’t have it there), ASDA and Superdrug, and I’ve not found it in one of the stores I’ve tried. I went onto Superdrug to do an online order and ended up being distracted by their other range of hair masks and bought the Wild Cactus one instead of the Egg Protein one (I actually meant to order both, but clearly I was being an idiot that day).
The packaging and size of this is identical to the Egg Protein mask (bar the colour of the lid), and the Wild Cactus edition is designed for weak and breaking hair. I’m not sure I’d fully put myself into that category, but my hair definitely needs all the love it can get between Olaplex treatments at the hairdressers.
The first thing I noticed about this mask was the scent wafting out and up to my nose, it’s really pleasantly scented – in a fresh way, similar to an Aloe scent which makes this blissful and relaxing to use and feels like a treat for me as well as my hair. In addition to the Wild Cactus, this also contains Coconut and Garlic (rich in vitamins which support and encourage hair growth). The texture of this is a bit odd, almost like gloopy blobs which feel kind of gel like, the beigey colour has an almost transparent quality around the edges. I tend to use this after shampoo and roughly towel dry my hair so it isn’t dripping and leave on for as long as possible.
Usually the length of time doesn’t extend much further than being in the shower, but where I can I hae left this on for an hour in the evenings or a late Sunday afternoon. I found the Egg Protein mask to be a total miracle worker for my hair, and whilst I’m not AS impressed with the Wild Cactus version of this as I was with my first foray into Vatika Naturals, however it is still very good. My hair feels soft and smooth, and it’s non-heavy slight gel textured formula means I can use this all over my hair, not just on my ends as it doesn’t make my hair greasy and gives me good all over nourishment.
I think considering just how huge these pots are (500ml) and weekly, on my really long hair I’m still just over half way through this in around 2 months, means that for £5.99, these offer incredible value for money, and are the nicest on the ‘high street’ (or online high street) that I have found. When I come to reorder my beloved Egg Protein mask, I plan to pick up another of this, as well as trying out their third (and final as far as I know) coconut mask at the same time, because if that’s as good as the other two, it’s not going to leave me disappointed.
Have you tried, or even heard of Vatika before?