Aside from seeing it sometimes in M&S, Italian brand Diego Dalla Palma was really a relatively unknown brand to me until recently. Given to me last year when I worked at ELLE magazine, this hair mask was just one of those things I kept in a bag for a really long time without actually having a look at what it was or what it was for. Being blessed (I say blessed in a slightly non committal way) with extremely thick yet terribly dry and frizzy hair thanks to some crazy genes (brillo pad and wire springs to mind), I usually have to have a high standard of hair care to keep it tame. Always shampooing and conditioning while using a mask twice a week and oil and serum when styling. Like anyone with this much hair, the process can usually take up to two and a half hours.
On opening the Diego Dalla Palma Restructuring Hair Mask (available on Amazon, priced £22.50), I was impressed by the smell and the consistency. I’m not sure if the thickness of a product helps but this almost creamy jelly like mixture is so heavy I knew I only needed a small amount. Needless to say, upon applying to my ends after shampooing and leaving for 5 mins, I dried my hair and noticed a very thick layer of grease left and I had to wash again. Moral of the story – don’t use more than a pea size as you really don’t need that much even on my length and volume.
This mask is applied evenly to the ends of towel-dried hair. Remember, you literally only need to use a pea sized amount. It’s perfect for extremely broken and badly conditioned hair like mine so if you’ve ok-ish hair, you probably won’t need this. Damaged and heat scorched hair is what it’s best for or if your hair is frequently coloured.
Using frequently will revitalise hair and in my opinion, add weight to the ends. It makes hair sleeker and easier to style after blowdrying. Being one to ALWAYS use straighteners after drying with a hairdryer, I was surprised that for the first time I didn’t need to use them. My hair felt nourished, thicker (but manageable), silky and in great condition. My ends truly were restored and felt much stronger. No fluffy ends coming from my top knot!
For £22.50, it’s a heavy investment for some but it will last and it is worth every penny. To be honest, when I found out the price I was actually surprised it was so cheap – I was expecting it to be around £80 it is THAT good.
Ingredients include argan and flaxseed (which by the way is also great on your cereal and in pasta) which helps to restore condition and make ends durable enough to withstand the heat from tongs and curlers.
If you haven’t heard of Diego Dalla Palma before, they’re an Italian brand sold on Amazon and in M&S. Their website is fab (remember to translate to English) and shows off their entire range of haircare, skincare and accessories. Their makeup looks great too, I’m hoping they have the range in my local M&S so I can try some of the colours but it’s definitely worth a look online.
Do you have mentally frizzy hair? What do you use to condition? Have you tried this mask? What do you think? Comment below x