First Impressions: Garnier Fructis Hair Masks


Hello ladies! Today, I’ll be talking about these cute little hair masks that I’ve tried in the last month. I first spotted this cute package at Walmart for $9.99. I’ll be honest, I left the store without them the first time but of course, by the time I got home they were all I could think about. I let my feelings settle and decided if I still wanted them over the weekend then I would give in and purchase them (and that is exactly what happened…). Personally, I thought it was a great deal, 5 different masks for 10 bucks?!


I was drawn to the packaging because it had 5 different masks, all that I’ve never tried before. Each mask would produce different results using different extracts:

·         Nourish + coconut extract

·         Repair + papaya extract

·         Smooth + avocado extract

·         Color Protect + goji extract

·         Strengthen + banana extract

98% naturally derived ingredients, what does that mean?

·         Vegan formula, 94% biodegradable formula, suitable for color treated hair, with no silicones, parabens, or artificial colorants.

The masks could be used in 3 different ways:

1.       As a mask: apply on damp hair for frizz control and smoothness

2.       As a conditioner: after shampoo, apply to hair from root to tip. Rinse

3.       As a leave-in: after shampoo, apply onto wet hair and leave on for 1 minute. Rinse

So, to be honest, #2 and #3 are pretty much the same to me. I’ve tried applying it on damp hair in hopes to get the frizziness under control. Unfortunately, I didn’t find it a great way to use the product. It left my hair really oily and looking like there was product in my hair that I should have washed out three days ago!

After that experience I figured using the product as a conditioner/leave-in (according to the instructions on the back of the packaging) worked best for my head of hair.


I recall watching youtube videos where gurus were putting avocado on their hair raving that the properties would be great for locks. That, along with my interest to see what the mask would smell like resulted in my first choice being the SMOOTHING mask with avocado extract. The scent wasn’t memorable: it was the usual ‘clean’ scent that is common for soaps and shampoos. As far as smoothing my strands, I didn’t see a distinct difference.


A few weeks later when my hair required it’s weekly wash I decided to give the DAMAGE REPAIRING mask with papaya extract a try. I use just about every hair tool on my locks so I definitely need any repairing that I can get to reduce my hair from looking overworked. I was pleasantly surprised with this mask! I loved the scent of this one and it definitely lingers, something that I felt the previous mask did not do. This was a WIN for me.


Invest in your hair, it is the crown you never take off.

I do dye my hair. Sometimes I feel like I want to be “light brown” Des and sometimes “dark brown” Des likes to make an appearance. Now, normally this difference can’t be seen unless I’m in the sun but hey, whatever I need for my self-confidence, right? Hah! Anyway, I decided to give this COLOR PROTECT with goji extract a try one week after I had dyed my hair. I’ll admit I had high hopes for this one when it came to scent… unfortunately it didn’t have the punch that the papaya did. Did it do much for my hair? **shrug**

Next mask was the STRENGTHENING with banana extract. This little thing had a powerful punch as soon as I scooped it out of the container. It reminded me of a childhood snack – a banana flavored moon pie (completely random, I know!) As I was washing it out of my hair, I could only think about that moon pie! Because of the potent scent in the shower, I figured it would translate outside of the shower. Unfortunately….it’s a no-go. Maybe I’m expecting too much when it comes to scent… LOL.



And the last mask, the NOURISHING TREAT with coconut extract. This was at the bottom of my list merely because I wasn’t a fan of coconut. To my surprise, I enjoyed this mask. The scent was mild when it came to potency BUT after styling my hair and 8 hours later, I STILL can smell it in my hair. Kudos to the coconut!

I’m sure in order to see real results I would have to use the masks for longer periods of time. But I will admit my hair felt soft and easy to work with after I’ve used every mask. Thanks for stopping by and reading! Do you use hair masks? What are your favorite products for your hair?

xx, Des