Archive for the ‘Shampoo / Conditioner’ Category
Sulphate-free shampoos is not a new thing, as I discovered recently when searching for a replacement. However it is a discovery for me since I got a few hair extensions in the new year.
Although I’ve had to get used to washing my hair in an oddly different way, I’m now reluctant to give them up because they’ve made my hair easier to manage and style, and they look amazing of course.
The individual human hair extensions by Racoon have been glued to my real hair and it’s because of these bonds I can’t use a regular shampoo and conditioner as the sulphate would destroy them. To deal with this, I was recommended Redken Nature’s Rescue shampoo.
It’s a clear liquid, lathers up superbly and deep cleans the hair, removing impurities along the way and without stripping away the natural oils. My scalp always feels refreshing after a wash, and it almost tingles in a weird but nice way!
Having used it solidly for two months, my hair’s condition hasn’t fluctuated – it continues to look healthier, shinier and the colour has lasted too. I had my locks dyed red 3 months ago and I know only too well this colour fades fast but I still have a burgandy tinge – impressive when I wash my hair 4 times a week.
I didn’t realise how much sulphate can affect hair until I read more on it. Apart from stripping the colour, the chemicals cause frizziness, breakage and aging. I know we are exposed to so many chemicals in products every day that whatever we can do to limit damage is good. Also loading the hair with other products like serums and sprays that become stale in-between washes means the build-up left previously is lifted from the wash. Detox IS good.
I’ve been using Redken Nature’s Rescue shampoo for two months since the extensions were put in and I wish I had started using it sooner because it’s brought so much relief to my hair and scalp. I don’t miss the old formula and whenever I decide to have the extensions taken out for good, I will stick to using the kindness of sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner.
I have spent a fortune on hair cleaning products and Redken has only cost me just under £12 online which to me is a reasonable price point. There are other alternatives on the market (some priced lower and some costing more) but Redken sits nicely in the middle and works very well for me.
Does this mean I can stop going from one shampoo to the next and actually stay faithful to one? Perhaps. Have you switched to using sulphate-free shampoos and conditioners? I would love to know what you think of them.
James Brown, from what I know of, is a famous hair stylist with famous friends like Kate Moss. (No, he’s not the deceased soul brother singer). The UK JB and KM hail from the same home town of Croydon and since 2007 James has also had his own product range sold in Boots.
The Colour Enhance Shampoo (£6.12/250ml) and Conditioner (£6.12/250ml) are the latest products to hit the shelves of Boots formulated to brighten and revitalise colour treated locks. The special formula contains sunflower extract and vitamin E to help brighten and maintain colour and cuticle-smoothing milk proteins to help reduce static and shine.
Hmm, yeah I admit that is all double Dutch and what you want to know is, does it work? Well colour fades with washing, even with colour enhancing shampoos and conditioners. I noticed a loss of colour when I washed my hair with these products, and my tresses were coloured about 3 weeks ago.
I also found the formula was a little rich for my porous hair, and I make sure I don’t shampoo more than once, which is the advice given with the Colour Enhance duo. It also states to leave the shampoo in the hair for 2 minutes. I don’t have a stop watch in the bathroom so all this timing malarkey is extra faffing.
It is an affordable range and it has a name tagged to it but that’s as far as things go. I’m sure it works better for others, it’s just not for me.
All James Brown products are available exclusively from larger Boots stores nationwide and online at http://www.boots.com/en/James-Brown-London/.
Area H20 should rename itself to ‘Area H2Woah’. It’s a new hair care range free of fancy schmancy ingredients and instead addresses how the type of water in the area you live in affects the condition of your hair.
Area H2O has been scientifically formulated by biochemists to work with your water type, not your hair type. It makes sense since you may have noticed how different your hair looks and feels wherever in the world (or the country) you are in.
There is a useful illustration of the UK map on the bottles highlighting which areas are hard, medium and soft and it looks exactly like this:
I was sent the soft water shampoo and conditioner because although I live in London (notoriously a hard water area), I have a water softener installed.
The products are scent-free with the shampoo clear like water. It’s worth noting that it takes a few washes before you notice a difference. Actually it’s all part of the detoxifying process with Area H20 filtering out the build-up left behind from other products and the effects of the water type.
So how does this marvellous concoction work? Well it combats the effects of mineral deposits by acting like a magnet and attracting the metal ions that are present in every water type. This makes it easy to wash them away before they react with your shampoo to form deposits.
If you live in a hard water area, limescale is a major factor – it doesn’t lather well with soap and the residue it leaves behind won’t give you the sleek and shiny appearance that you crave. If you’re in a soft water area, water lathers better but the chemical imbalance makes it more difficult to rinse off hence your hair looks limp and lifeless.
It’s also useful to know both shampoo and conditioner contain a PH of 5.5 – the body’s natural PH.
Since switching to Area H20, my hair looks fuller, healthier, smoother and remains this way for a lengthier period of more than a day in between washes. It also ‘feels’ cleaner. Look!
I do get spoilt with all marvellous hair care products sent to me for review but Area H20 is one that’s wowed me without any fuss or frills. If you’re prone to sensitivity of the scalp then this may well be ideal for you too.
You can buy Area H20 at Look Fantastic and what’s more, it’s so reasonably priced.
It’s available in variants of a Hard, Medium or Soft Water Shampoo for Normal to Fine Hair, Coloured Hair at £9.95 (250ml) and Hard, Medium or Soft Water Conditioner at £9.95 (200ml). Also there are Duo Packs for £17.50. You can also purchase via the official site http://areah2o.co.uk/