22 April 2013

Product Review: Bangstyle Smoothing Lotion

I have long hair, down to the middle of my back, and although it is in a fairly good condition – probably also because I try to minimise the use of heat styling tools such as my hair dryer and straightener. In saying that, of course I do use it, and when I do, a heat protectant is an absolute must to protect the hair. Here is my thoughts on the *Bangstyle Smoothing Lotion;

What They Say:
"Living an unruly lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to have unruly hair. With Bangstyle's Smoothing Lotion you won’t have to worry about frizzy, unruly hair any longer. This product gives you smooth, moldable hold that would tame the untamable".

RRP: $28.95 (150ml) – for stockist call Ozdare on 1800 104 204

What I Say:
Until I tried the Bangstyle Volumizing Mousse a little while ago, I have to be honest and admit that I’d never ever heard about the Bangstyle range of products before.

The Bangstyle hair products comes from the streets of Los Angeles, where this new range of independently produced artisan hair products has been developed by artists for stylists and trendsetters worldwide; providing inspiration for individuals to create their own unique look with a variety of specially formulated, no-nonsense products.

"The range was created by Bangstyle as a simple, high quality approach to easy, liveable hair".

Unwilling to accept the status quo, the Bangstyle group presents a revolutionary take on styling tools and with the mantra "We promise to leave your hair better than we found it".
"If Bangstyle was in a vintage record store, it would be filed under 'indie-alternative'", says Bangstyle Founder and Creative Director Geoff Nelson.

The Bangstyle Smoothing Lotion is intended to be used before drying, straightening and styling wavy or curly hair for sleek straight hair. I have quite long, thick and straight hair….well that is, it does have a few waves and 'kinks' so I always need to use the hair straightener to get the completely straight. And in spite my hair being so long and thick, I only need to use a little amount of the smoothing lotion in my damp hair as it is con concentrated.

I did find that if I used too much, it would my hair feel a little weighted down and sticky, so the trick is definitely to apply in moderation, and little after little to avoid overdoing it. But the good thing is as you need to little, a bottle will last you so much longer!

After hair drying and straightening my hair it is so soft, smooth and shiny, and all signs or frizz is completely gone. Even my otherwise dry ends seem to have been revitalized with a moisture boost.  And my straight style lasts all day, due to a smidge of holding power in the lotion, even on a hot and humid day as well as on a day where it is raining does continue to look as if it has just been styled. Even the flyaway hairs that I usually have, seems to be under control.

The Smoothing Lotion comes in a grey-black plastic bottle with the Bangstyle logo. It has a small twist nozzle at the top, which makes it easy to dispense just the amount of product needed, and also easy to seal again afterwards.

On the back of the bottle all ingredients used are listed, along with styling instructions in various languages: "Made from the joyous tears of frolicsome angels. Honest". How great is it to see a brand with a bit of humour, instead of just a boring list of ingredients and instructions!

The bottle also has a little print at the back of the bottle saying 'no friggin' parabens' – which I really like, as the less chemicals we use, surely the better it is, so a few bonus points from me for that!

The Smoothing Lotion is creamy in texture, and is neither too runny or too thick. It has a nice tropical and coconut’ish scent, which is very nice and pleasant, without being too overpowering – although I still have to admit that I wish it didn’t have the coconut scent as it is not on the list of my preferred scents! But luckily for me, this scent does fade once the hairs dry.

I usually wash my hair every second day, and try not to use the hairdryer and straightener every day to protect and save my locks. So I also tried to use the Smoothing lotion, and just let it air-dry – and again I was impressed with the result. While it did obviously not make my hair straighter, it did give my hair a much needed moisture boost, especially at the ends, but again also helped give it a bit of control, making it easier to style as well as it tamed any flyaways, all while still leaving it looking healthy and shiny.

The Smoothing lotion contains among others hydrolyzed silk, olive oil and sunscreen (how good is that!!), as well as keratin amino acids, said to help rebuild and protect the hair. Unfortunately, like so many other hair products it also contains silicones to smooth the hair. Silicones often have a tendency to build up in the hair, making it feel and look heavy and limp, luckily that has far from been the case with the Smoothing Lotion.

So all in all, this is another great product from Bangstyle, and I really love that it not only protects my hair while its being heat styled, it also cares for my hair at the same time.
*This product was kindly provided for consideration, and it has been reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

Have you ever heard of Bangstyle before? What is your favourite heat protectant product when heat styling your hair?




  1. Love the name x


    1. Yeah, it's cool, isnt it - and such a refreshing change!

  2. Dear Karina, the package of this product is really funny and what you´re describing about it sounds good! Unfortunately my hair don´t like any treatment like smoothing or blow-drying - maybe with this product is could be possible.

    Wish you a wonderful week - hope you´re well!

    xx from Bavaria, Rena


    1. Hi Rena, yes thanks Im very well.
      It's a fantastic product, and I love that they show a little humour on the packaging too, it is such a refreshing change!

  3. sounds like a nice product :)

    new follower :)


    1. It really is a nice product Sammy.
      And thanks for visiting and following my blog, I'll make sure to check out yours too!

  4. Wow, this stuff sounds fabulous! :-)

    1. It really is, - hope more people will discover this amazing brand!


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