SHTRANDS PERSONALIZED HAIR CARE REGIMEN: REVIEW & COUPON

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Nothing makes me more excited than trying out a new subscription box.

From Stitch Fix to Birchbox, I get the same feeling as I do opening presents on Christmas morning while I’m opening a new subscription box!

So when I was given the opportunity to try a Shtrands personalized hair care regimen, I was all for it. If your goal is to achieve healthy, beautiful hair while saving yourself time and money, keep scrolling to read my full review on how Shtrands can do just that! 

(Hint: If you’re a blonde, you have to read how the purple shampoo in my Shtrands box saved my blonde hair!)

 

Disclosure: This box was received for review purposes.

Shtrands Personalized Hair Care Regimens

What is a Shtrands Personalized Hair Care Regimen?

If you haven’t heard of Shtrands yet, here’s a quick summary: 

Shtrands is an online platform that recommends and delivers truly personalized high-quality hair care regimens, based on a subscription model. Every regimen consists of a combination of 4 full sized products among them, cleansing, conditioning treatment and styling products.

Essentially, Shtrands provides you with the formula for hair care success:

Expert recommendations + high-quality products + convenient delivery

  • Expert recommendations: A team of certified hairstylists and cosmetics chemists recommend personalized hair care regimens that are unique to each customer’s needs.
  • High-quality products: Shtrands works with a broad variety of brands, from salon indie brands to emerging and established professional hair care brands. Before they bring a new brand on board they test and carry trials with each product to ensure they a high-quality, which I thought was very impressive.
  • Convenient delivery to your front door: All hair care regimens are delivered to your doorstep (with free shipping!) so that you can achieve salon results at home.

THE SHTRANDS PROCESS

To get started, you’ll first choose from one of the following three subscription plans:

  • Most popular: $59 for one regimen delivered every other month
  • Try it: $59 for one regimen delivered every 3 months
  • Best value: 6-month plan, pay $149 upfront for one regimen delivered every other month (15% savings)

The best part is that all of the subscriptions come with free shipping to the continental US!

Shtrands Personalized Hair Care Regimens Subscription Plans

 

All subscription plans have the same structure for the hair care regimen: a combination of 4 full size products among cleansing, conditioning, treatment, and styling products.

The products are handpicked by the experts based on your specific hair care needs. In order to match you with the best products, you’ll be directed to fill out a questionnaire after you have chosen the subscription plan that works best for you.

Shtrands Profile Quiz

I was very impressed with the questionnaire, which on the website is referred to as a “Profile Quiz.” It asked detailed questions so that the Shtrands team could have a complete understanding of my hair type, my current hair care practices, and my main hair concerns.

To give you an example, here is a screenshot from my Profile Quiz:

SHTRANDS PROFILE QUIZ

I filled out the profile quiz as thoroughly as I could, with an emphasis on two major hair concerns:

  1. The tendency for my blonde color to get yellow/brassy very quickly
  2. DAMAGE (split ends, frizz, breakage, etc.)

I have these hair concerns because well, I’m obsessed with being a blonde.

HOW SHTRANDS HELPED MY BLONDE HAIR

While my hair is naturally a dirty blonde, I’ve been highlighting it since I was in middle school. And it has come a long way since those middle school days of streaky yellow highlights that now make me cringe when I see yearbook pictures.

Now, I prefer my hair to be as light and cool as possible without looking bleached out. Besides getting it heavily toned when I’m at the salon, I have used a variety of purple shampoos/conditioners over the years to prevent it from turning yellow. Before Shtrands, my favorite was the Joico Purple Shampoo.

 

BLONDE HAIR DOWNTOWN ALPHARETTA

While I love the look of my blonde hair, I hate how damaging it can be! And trust me, my hair has seen its fair share of damage. I’m talking split ends and frizz so bad that I’ve taken scissors to them myself because I couldn’t stand it anymore.

It hasn’t been that bad in a while, but I still wanted to convey to the Shtrands team my desire for products that would combat damage as much as possible. After I completed the Profile Quiz, that was it! The Shtrands team used the information that I provided to choose the best products to fit my hair care needs.

 

The Shtrands Subscription Box

My Shtrands box was delivered right to my doorstep via USPS after just two days. Upon opening the box, I found a handwritten note along with a canvas tote that held the products.

SHTRANDS SUBSCRIPTION BOX REVIEW

I thought the handwritten note added a personal touch, something that you don’t see too often nowadays. The note described which products were included in my hair care regimen as well as how to use each of them.

SHTRANDS PERSONALIZED HAIR CARE REGIMENS REVIEW

One of my favorite parts of this subscription box was the canvas tote that held the products. I was not aware that the subscription came with this tote, so it was definitely a pleasant surprise!

Plus, the tote is high quality: it feels very durable and has a zipper closure along with a loop handle on the side. It is large enough to hold all four products plus has room for either one more product or a brush – perfect for use during travel.

SHTRANDS SUBSCRIPTION BOX CANVAS TOTE

First impression with my Shtrands personalized hair care regimen? I thought the whole process was simple and the presentation was very high quality, surpassing my expectations. Now, onto the products!

My experience with the products

I am happy to say that the Shtrands team listened to my concerns and provided products that would best fit my needs.

Each item in my Shtrands personalized hair care regimen was from the company Abril et Nature, a brand out of Barcelona. I had not previously heard of this brand, but I am always open to trying something new!

SHTRANDS PERSONALIZED HAIR CARE REGIMENS

After doing some research, I discovered that Abril et Nature has been in business since 1998 and has 9 different lines of hair care products which are only available for purchase by salons and certified hair care professionals.

Below are the products that I received as part of my Shtrands personalized hair care regimen along with a brief description of each:

 

Rehydration Shampoo & Instant Mask

ABRIL ET NATURE REHYDRATION LINE

Both the shampoo and instant mask (which I was instructed to use as a regular conditioner) that I received were from the Abril et Nature Rehydration Treatment Line.

This line contains all kinds of healthy hair ingredients, such as amino acids that serve to hydrate the hair fiber from the inside and lipids that closely mimic those that are normally found on the scalp, which provides protection and shine.

But what I was most excited about from this line was the UV-filter in these products. Did you know that excessive sun exposure can damage the structural integrity of the hair strand? Signs of sun-damaged hair include discoloration, dry and brittle strands, thinning, frizziness, and broken or split ends. Knowing that these products had a UV-filter built in to protect my hair against damages from the sun made me feel at ease because I’m always outside in the summer!

 

Silk treatment 

ABRIL ET NATURE SILK TREATMENT

The Silk Treatment Instant Mask is part of Abril et Nature’s Keratin Line, which is specially designed to regenerate hair damaged by coloring or bleaching. The keratin seals and coats the color, adding plenty of moisture, shine, and softness.

 

Silver shampoo

SHTRANDS PERSONALIZED HAIR CARE REGIMENS SILVER SHAMPOO

The use of either a silver or purple shampoo for blondes and women with grey/platinum hair is an absolute must to keep brassy tones at bay.

The Abril et Nature silver shampoo contains a micro-suspension of emollient oils that increases color intensity and shine. Plus, this line also contains UV filters to avoid damage from sun exposure.

Keep reading to hear about my amazing results with this silver shampoo!

 

 

Value

All products sent in a Shtrands personalized hair care regimen (not just by Abril et nature) are valued between $20 and $25. So the total cost of these products outside of Shtrands would be between $80 and $100. I’d say that’s a really great value considering the regimens are $59!

 

My Results

I am writing this review after using my Shtrands personalized hair care regimen for almost two weeks. This may not seem like enough time to see results, but I noticed a difference in my hair after just one wash!

I have to start with my favorite product: the Silver Shampoo! After the first time washing my hair with the silver shampoo, I could not believe how well this product worked. I had finished drying my hair, looked at my reflection in the mirror, and all I could say was WOW! It was the perfect shade of blonde. No exaggeration here. SHTRANDS PERSONALIZED HAIR CARE REGIMEN RESULTS

 

Aside from my infatuation with the Silver Shampoo, I was also thoroughly impressed with the other Abril et Nature products. Using the Rehydration Shampoo, the first thing that I noticed was that my hair was actually soft and not tangled after rinsing the shampoo. Normally, my hair would be tangled and screaming for conditioner after using any other shampoo!

The Rehydration Instant Mask amplified the softness of my hair. I left it on for several minutes, rinsed, and upon getting out of the shower get this: I could actually run a comb through my hair! Normally, I have to apply a leave-in conditioner, such as the Framesi Color Lover Primer 11. It’s safe to say that I will be able to eliminate the need to have to purchase/use this product because my hair is tangle-free after using the Abril et Nature products!

Lastly, the Shtrands team instructed me to use the Silk Treatment just once a week, so I’ve only used it twice now, but I’ve already noticed some major differences in my hair:

  • There’s a reason it’s called the silk treatment… I couldn’t get over the smooth, silky feel of my hair after rinsing this product out!
  • I no longer have flyaways!! I have been styling my hair with the same practices (blow-drying, curling iron, straightener) but now I don’t have flyaways creeping up on the top of my head
  • My damaged areas are less frizzy

Clearly, I loved all 4 of my products in my Shtrands personalized hair care regimen. But the neat thing about Shtrands is if I wanted a different product for my next subscription, all I have to do is let them know. Or I could receive a whole new regimen if that is what I wanted – so the regimens are truly personalized!

Final thoughts

Overall, my Shtrands personalized hair care regimen surpassed my expectations.

I thought the process of filling out a Profile Quiz was extremely well-thought out as well as user-friendly. The presentation of the Shtrands subscription box (handwritten card + canvas tote + products) was very high quality and personal. The hair care products have given me amazing results so far, I still cannot believe what a difference they have made in such a short period of time.

I think what impressed me the most was the ingenuity of this unique service. Shtrands goes beyond broad classifications and customizes hair care regimens specifically for you and your hair type. This service can eliminate the guesswork that comes with trying new products and can also give you peace of mind knowing your regimen has been selected specifically for you!

So would you like to try a Shtrands personalized hair care regimen?

All of my readers can get 15% off any subscription by entering the coupon code HAIRLOVE.

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on Shtrands! Leave me a comment below 🙂

 

SELF-CARE IDEAS: HOW TO START MAKING YOURSELF A PRIORITY TODAY

 

“It’s not selfish to do what is best for you.” – Mark Sutton

 

It seems that many people, including myself, often put other people’s needs before their own. While it is important to take care of the people we love, it is absolutely essential to take care of ourselves first in order to do so!

To start making yourself a priority, I have made a list of my favorite self-care activities that you can try out today!

BULLET JOURNAL SELF CARE IDEAS

Take a break from work

Even if you have SO MUCH work to get done with deadlines that seem impossible to meet, you need to give yourself a break to escape the overwhelm. I learned this the hard way… I would work 13 hour shifts as a retail pharmacist without giving myself a 5 minute break (and no, we weren’t one of the pharmacies that close for an hour). My physical, mental, and emotional well-bring rapidly declined. Now I have learned that when I am feeling stressed or overwhelmed, it is absolutely necessary to take a break, even if just for 5 minutes!

 Get some fresh air

Go outside!! The world is a beautiful place, don’t stay cooped up inside staring a Facebook all day! Sit in the sun and soak up a little vitamin D. Go for a walk or run! Exercise is not only necessary for health, it is necessary for your well-being. A brisk walk or run will raise your endorphins, putting you in a happy mood 🙂

Learn a new skill

Currently, the new skill I have been practicing is hand lettering with brush pens. I purchased the Koi Coloring Brush Pen Set and I was amazed at home much easier it was to use brush pens than a traditional calligraphy pen. It still takes a lot of patience, but for me my concentration on the letter makes any stressful thoughts disappear! I often turn to practicing my hand lettering when I have anxiety or feel overwhelmed because it eases those feelings instantly.

HAND LETTERING WITH KOI BRUSH PENS

 

Listen to a motivating podcast

My go-to motivating podcast right now is The Chalene Show. Chalene Johnson is just all around amazing: from her fitness routines, to her motivational tips, to her PUSH journal, I am obsessed with everything this woman has to say!

 

Get dressed up just because!

You don’t need a reason to get dressed up and look your best. Just do it for YOU! Now, I will admit that style and fashion is not my forte. I am so much more comfortable wearing yoga pants and a tee all day. One way that I have found to be both comfortable and look cute is through Stitch Fix.

Stitch Fix has been a godsend for me! Basically, you get your own personal stylist based on how you answer a style quiz. Tell your stylist what styles you like, what you hate, and your budget. Then all you have to do is wait patiently until your first package arrives!

The day that my first Stitch Fix box that was delivered to my doorstep was pretty much equivalent to opening gifts on Christmas morning. What would be in the box?! Turns out my stylist figured me out right from the start! I kept all five items in the box (a cardigan, dressy tank top, black jeans, a comfy gray tee, and a necklace). By keeping all 5 items, I received 25% off the ENTIRE price and they waive the $20 styling fee. Plus, you get FREE shipping and FREE returns! Out of all of the subscription boxes that I have tried, this one is definitely the most valuable, helpful, and fun! Click here to try your own style quiz!

TAKE THE STITCH FIX STYLE QUIZ

Buy yourself flowers

Just like you don’t need a reason to get dressed up, you also don’t need a reason (or a man!) to buy yourself some fresh flowers! I don’t know about you, but having fresh flowers in the house just makes me feel happy every time I see them.

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Do something you have never done before

Think about it: What is something that you have never done before? When is the last time you have tried something for the very first time? Don’t think too hard and talk yourself out of doing it – just GO!

JUST GO LEATHER PASSPORT WALLET

 

Listen to music from when you were in high school

Listening to music from this time period brings our minds back to fun, carefree times… which will pretty much instantly boost your mood!

 

Write your thoughts in a journal

One of my favorite ways to relieve stress is to just write. I’m talking pen to paper and getting everything out. This helps me to relieve any stress or anxiety that I’m feeing, or it gives me time to write about any new ideas that I’ve been thinking about. I’ve been journaling for several years now thus I’ve tested out many types of journals to see which was the best fit for me.self care idea write in a journal

My personal favorite is the Leuchtturm1917 medium size hardcover dotted notebook. I like the hardcover of this notebook because it makes it durable so I can bring it everywhere with me. Also, the dotted grid pattern enables me to make straight lines every time. Plus, the bright yellow color just makes me smile 🙂

Self Care Idea- write it a journal

Draw a picture

Or if drawing isn’t your thing, try an adult coloring book!

 

Drink a hot cup of tea or coffee

Caffeine, energy, and antioxidants! And who doesn’t feel better after sipping a warm cup of coffee? 😉

SELF CARE IDEA: DRINK A HOT CUP OF COFFEE OR TEA

Cook a healthy meal

I’m sure everyone can agree that taking the time to cook a healthy meal feels so much better than stuffing your face with McDonalds french fries!

 

Try out a new fitness class

I personally love hot yoga and kick-boxing classes, but there are so many others to choose from!

Some other examples are barre, pilates, and Piyo.

Another unique one that I tried once was aerial yoga! I really enjoyed aerial yoga because it stretches every muscle in your body! Although there were a few time that I found myself semi-stuck in a position and had to have the instructor unravel me from the fabric! (insert laughing/crying emoji here)

 

Take a long, hot bath or shower

Add in some bubble bath or epsom salts to make it even more relaxing!

 

Give yourself a facial

Facials leave me feeling refreshed and confident.

Send me a message to find out how you can get a free Rodan + Fields mini facial!

 

Treat yourself to a mani/pedi

You’ve been working really hard haven’t you? I know you have and that is why you deserve a trip to the nail salon for a mani-pedi! I justify doing this every 1 to 2 months because having my nails nicely groomed makes me feel put together.

 

Make a list of all the things you are grateful for

I have an endless amount of things to be grateful for, but I tend to forget some of them when I am feeling worried or stress! If you can say the same, then ease those feelings by making a list of all the things you are grateful for. I bet it will make that one thing that has been stressing you out seem small compared to all of the wonderful gifts that you have in your life.

 

Read a new book 

Or reread one of your favorites!

 

Listen to a guided meditation

I particularly like Noah Elkrief’s guided meditation (and all of his videos!) Listen to one here.

 

De-clutter a small area of the house

Emphasis on small. Trying to reorganize your whole garage at once can add even more stress to your life! Start with a small area, like a corner of the garage or the top of your desk. Clear everything out (or off) and clean the space thoroughly. Get rid of things that you do not need. Put back the things that you do need in a neat and organized manner. Now doesn’t that make you feel a lot better?!

 

Call a friend or family member just to chat

I bet your mom or your out-of-state BFF would love to catch up with all the new and exciting things going on in your life! Give them a call, even if it’s just a quick one!