Each product was simply labeled on the bottom of the package with an S for Shampoo, a C for Conditioner and an A for Styling Aid along with simple instructions for usage. I was also told that this these products could be found at mass retailers like a drugstore/Walmart and that these products are infused with secret hair nourishing ingredients. I was asked to test out these products for a week and then share my experience on my blog. So here goes!
My Initial Thoughts:
- I was excited about participating in such a cool social experiment because it is a convergence of my two careers
- The market researcher in me was intrigued about the idea of being a respondent in a blind study
- Once the package arrived and I took out the unmarked, unlabeled hair product packages, I began to realize how much we rely on packaging to shape our product experiences
- Branding, advertising and package labels strongly impact our perceptions about products before we ever actually try them – I was looking for cues and clues about these products that were not there
- I found it really interesting how much I missed the label to guide me on usage, smell and the product benefits
- I began to realize that trying a product blindly truly allows you to TRY the product and really experience it without being influenced by the marketing messages
- I tried to guess what mass brand I thought it might be, but since so many mass brands have really upped their quality and ingredients in recent years, I was stumped!
My Product Trial/Reactions to using these Products:
- I initially liked the fresh, clean floral smell of these products – they smelled a bit more decadent than your typical mass products
- I loved how frothy, yet nourishing the shampoo was and found that it easily cleaned my hair and removed build up
- The shampoo felt richer and more nourishing than your typical mass shampoo, in other words the texture felt more expensive
- The conditioner had a lightweight, but very moisturizing formula and my hair seemed to drink it up
- After I towel dried my hair, it felt surprisingly soft and moist which is not always the case with mass hair products which tend to make your hair feel drier/straw-like
- The biggest surprise in my blind trial was the Styling Aid, which I would describe as a volumizing styling mousse – in all honesty I have not used a foaming/mousse-like product on my hair in years because in my experience they tend to make my hair stiff and dry
- I applied about 3 pumps of this lightweight airy styling aid to the roots and then ends of my towel-dried hair and it absorbed instantly and my hair felt soft, not sticky
- While blow drying my hair, I noticed that this product gave my fine hair a nice amount volume/lift without weighing it down
- But it was the moisture and shine that I found the most surprising about this product – this innovative neo-hair mousse made my hair look healthy and shiny, not dry or stiff
The Results/My Final Thoughts
- Here’s a pic of my fab blowdry and my hair looking healthy, full and radiant after using these haircare products (and the professional make-up doesn’t hurt either 😉 )
- What do you think? Pretty fab, right! And with only a splash of hairspray, it held the style all day!
- I couldn’t get over the soft texture and shine that these products delivered – very surprising results from a mass product
- I realized that I really do tend to rely on reading the package to tell me about product benefits to shape my perceptions before, during and after using a product
- Using these products blindly allowed me to really tune into how these products actually worked for my hair, rather than making assumptions based on the brand name and product label
- Brand names, labels and product benefits play a much more significant role on haircare product perceptions than I ever imagined
- I really enjoyed this blind hair product trial and look forward to revealing the ‘brand secret’ in an upcoming post, stay tuned!