Today’s post is something I have been preparing for quite a while, almost a year and a half in fact. You’ll find out why below but I’m excited to talk to you about Function of Beauty and why I love their products so much. Just as a disclaimer because this is a review; this isn’t a sponsored or paid post, there are no affiliate links within the post, I have bought all the products with my own money and it is of course, a one hundred percent honest review.
If you don’t know what Function of Beauty is, it’s a hair care company that can specifically tailor their products to your hair type and your hair goals. I first found out about the brand through one of my favourite YouTuber’s last year (I can’t find the particular video but if you’re not following Rach, she’s a lovely Australian content creator who bases her content around organisation, mindset changes, cleaning and routines; here is her channel if you’re interested in taking a look) and normally I’m not someone who buys a product through seeing an influencer advertising it, but I really liked the concept of the products and I had nothing to lose by it, so I thought why not? I’ve been using the products for around a year and a half now and the reason I held off on doing a review-type post was because I really wanted to have used it for an extended amount of time; not only to let my hair get used to the product but to see if I could see any real change. They are cruelty-free and vegan, so if that’s something you’re looking for, Function of Beauty pride themselves on this.
How does it work?
If you don’t know how it works, it’s a really simple process; firstly, you take a quiz about your hair and if you don’t really think about what hair type you have, this really helps you think more intuitively about what your hair needs are.
(When you first open the Function of Beauty website, you’ll be greeted with a hair quiz page. Maybe not this particular one as they like to change their theme, but it will be very similar)
You start with your hair type (either straight, wavy, curly or coily), moving on to your hair structure (either fine, medium or coarse) and your moisture levels (either dry, normal or oily). For me, choices were wavy, fine and oily.
Next up is your hair goals and this is totally unique for you and I really like that they do have lots of options. You can choose up to five, and my choices are colour protection, fix split ends, oil control, soothe scalp and shine. Because I have said that my moisture levels are oily (and they have been for so many years), I really want the option to help my oil control and to soothe my scalp. My hair is very fine and because I have my own personal issues with pulling at my hair and breaking it, my choice of fixing split ends was perfect. We all know that a shampoo or any other hair treatment out there can’t just fix split ends or make your hair less oily; however these hair goals aren’t there to work absolute miracles on your hair, it’s more so to help you control those elements in your hair.
You also get to choose the colour you would like both your shampoo and conditioner, as well as the scent and how strong you would like it. I really love strong scents so I chose strong every time. The first time I ordered I choose a lovely blue colour for both with a peach scent but my last two orders have been a stunning red and pink colour with a special subscription scent called “Naughty or (Sp) ice” and it was an older holiday scent from 2018.
(So this was my first order of the brand, and to go along side it, I got myself little miniature bottles to go with it, because I wanted to be able to take the shampoo and conditioner away, as we were due to go on holiday the month or so after)
(These colours and scents have been on both my second and third order. It’s my favourite combination so far!)
Cost and subscription management.
Let’s talk about cost because it is an important factor no matter what we’re purchasing. I have read comments online about the price of the shampoo and how it is more expensive than other brands and of course, there’s no denying that you could go into a supermarket or a chemist and pick up a shampoo and conditioner for less than £10. I’m all for buying what you can afford so if you genuinely can’t afford something, then you don’t buy it. That’s pretty much my philosophy for most things in life. What makes Function of Beauty worth it to me is their USP of being able to customise your hair care; being able to tell them your hair type, what you would like to improve on, the colour of the product along with the scent you would like and it’s strength. That’s something that this isn’t possible in a supermarket or chemist.
What I would also mention about the cost is the size of the product. As I mentioned before, I have fine and oily hair, and what comes with that is greasy hair that I have to wash every day (or every other day). Okay, I don’t ‘have’ to and I know that by doing so, I’m striping the oils within the hair, but I simply feel too self-conscious if I had to have greasy hair every other day. Despite me using a shampoo and conditioner once every day, the large 16oz bottles last me between five and six months. I’m not under-using it either, I’m using the exact same amount each and every day. A 16oz shampoo and the same sized conditioner is £39 or you can get the smaller bottles for 8oz for £29, and you don’t have to stick to the same set each time, and that includes the hair goals, scent or colour too.
Managing my subscription has been really easy, and they email me about a week or two before my products are due to be shipped and it doesn’t take too long to log on and change the delivery dates, if that’s something you need. I have had to put my orders on delay a few times this year because both my shampoo and conditioner lasted much longer than I thought, and I didn’t want any more to arrive until I was at least three quarters of the way down my current product. You don’t get fined for doing that, it’s totally free.
I absolutely love the Function of Beauty brand and I don’t think I could go back to traditional shampoo after using this. I’m perfectly happy spending my money with my hair care; I don’t buy expensive handbags or lots of make-up so I’m happy to spend my money on my hair instead. I would rather have my hair looking nice and no make-up rather than a full face of make-up and my hair being a complete mess (sadly my hair doesn’t always agree with how I first set it in the morning).
In terms of how the products have helped my hair, I couldn’t be happier. With the oil control, there’s really two sides to this; I’m a hair toucher and it’s so frustrating because 90% of the time, I don’t realise I do it. When I stick my hair up in a ponytail, my hair can last much longer because it’s not being touched. I could get away with washing it every other day, and while that might not seem like a lot; from having to have to wash it every day to then every other day, that’s a huge thing for me. When it comes to shine, I think we all strive for shiny hair and when I had my box-dyed red hair for over ten years, I absolutely loved the shine that bright red gave me. When I started to transition to blonde hair a few years ago, I thought the shine would die down but using both the shampoo and conditioner, it gives it a really natural shine which I love while not making my hair have that greasy shine.
I can’t comment on colour protection because I go for a colour treatment every twelve weeks or so, and it lasts the same amount of time as normal. My goal for soothe scalp is a little like my oil control; I have quite a problematic scalp due to my touching my hair, so I know that if I didn’t pull and touch at my hair, my scalp would be much better. I know that for my next order, I will be changing a few of my hair goals because I have been able to identify what works for me, and what doesn’t, and I think that’s what is important when you’re using any customised product.
What I should mention also, is what we probably think about a lot but not consciously. The bottles come with pumps automatically but you can decline this with your order at checkout. I bought miniature bottles as I mentioned under my first order photograph, and I have been putting my conditioner in one of the minis, so I don’t have two big bottles sitting out at all times. That means if you have a really small bathroom or not a lot of storage in your shower area, you can use your little minis instead of the two bottles. I prefer a pump method so I still use a pump for my shampoo but a squeeze method for me is much easier for conditioner; I thankfully had a pump left over from my first order so I used that for my current set.
I have even expanded to other products in their range; I love their leave-in conditioner and I find when I use this, my hair straightens much better. For my next order, I want to try their hair mask which I believe is a new edition to their range and I do love a good hair mask!
If you fancy checking the company out, you can find them right here; they also have an incredible page of information on all their ingredients which you can find here. I didn’t talk about ingredients specifically because I simply am not qualified to do so. If ingredients is something you want to find out more about, click the link above and you’ll be able to see what goes into these bottles. If you have any other questions, feel free to send them over to either my Instagram or my Twitter. Have a great week! ☀️