Is Function of Beauty worth the money?

I would hazard a guess that you’ve seen the adverts: “over 27,000 5-star reviews!”, their website the pinnacle of attractive with soft colours, pretty fonts and multiple products.  But the sticking point is the nearly £50 for two 16-oz bottles.  I think the best way to describe the oddly fun process of setting your hair goals would be to show you.

 

 

Selecting your hair type is the easiest bit, I mean, just look in a mirror.  My hair type? Wavy, fine and oily. My goals? Colour protection, lengthen, oil control, shine and strengthen.  My fragrance and strength? Peach, strong.

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My hair normally looks great for the first few hours of the day, before getting progressively more greasy and frizzy throughout the day, meaning that I have to wash my hair every morning if I want to resemble someone ready to be a human.  The delivery time was 2 to three weeks, although it did arrive about a week and a half after it was promised. It was a bit of a disappointing start, but hey, these things happen.

 

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The box was slightly damaged with some of the solution seeping out of the bottles, but again, I made it a mission not to let this change my opinions on the actual product.  The personalised bottles add an extra luxurious touch, and the travel bag I also got was the holographic bag of my dreams, with the 4 travel bottles and hairbands being colours I like, and seeming more durable than the things I had bought before.

The product smelt amazingly peachy, which I love as I adore when I can smell my hair throughout the day after I’ve washed it.  After a few days of using it, I noticed my hair was changing, but I couldn’t figure out if it was for the better. Having selected oil control I was hoping to not have any issues with my hair feeling greasy by the end of the day, and I was slightly disappointed as my hair felt a bit more permanently lacklustre. After about a week, I used some of my old product to try and balance my hair out, and I discovered that for me, my hair feels best if I use the personalised product every other day with drugstore product in between.

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All in all, I’m not going to buy it again, as it’s just too much money for me to spend on hair product, although I am really happy with the smell and travel accessories, it just didn’t give me the transforming results I felt I was promised.

Edit: after communicating with Function of Beauty on Twitter regarding the leaked formula, they are sending a replacement bottle of both the shampoo and conditioner, coupled with excellent customer service, I was very happy with the experience.

Words and gallery by Eleanor Smith