Everyone seems to be looking to go more natural or organic in their products, even if they don’t know why. Personally, I am stuck in the same craze myself and was tempted to try some “more natural” products to see why they are better or if they are actually better. At your local Ulta (where there is a salon in the actual store) you can find multiple hair care products from Paul Mitchell, Redken, and a brand called Organix. Any natural-savvy product junkie would advise you to read the labels to make the claim of “natural” or “organic” a statement of truth. The top of the back of the bottle states that the product is paraben free and sulfate free and the front of the label lists ingredients in that particular product that claim to help your greatest hair concerns.
In the winter the idea of soft, voluminous hair and a perfectly calm scalp is everyone’s dream. But, that dream is usually harder to achieve in the winter. Most will say that their scalp is dry and their hair feels brittle and dry also, so what is better to use than tea tree oil for exfoliating and passionfruit guava conditioner?
Let’s start with the “Hydrating Tea Tree” shampoo:
The smell- fantastic! The smell was refreshing and clean.
The texture- awful! There was a strange jelly-like texture that was hard to get out of the bottle. Because there are no sulfates there is no foaming, which is fine, but it slips right off wet fingers and is hard to control.
The overall feeling- it makes you feel clean and tingly, but it does not last. Tea tree oil is supposed to make skin feel almost icy and cool, which happens when you use the shampoo, but it only lasts about 20 seconds and as soon as the water hits your head the tingling goes away.
Status: Returning the product. It was not worth the money and while this particular product was sulfate and paraben free it felt like a bottle of VO5 (which is under a dollar a bottle at drug stores).
Now onto the Energizing Passionfruit Guava conditioner:
The conditioner was the hardest product to choose. All of the conditioners claim to do the same thing. They all claim to hydrate (obviously) and soothe frizzy unruly hair. (It took me 15 minutes of reading the labels and sniffing each bottle to choose which was right for me). It was not as simple as reading a label that says “for dry hair, frizzy hair, colored hair, etc.” so unless you know the product already it may take you a while to choose.
The smell- is what sold me on the particular conditioner. It smells fantastic and clean, but not too childish or cutesy.
The texture- soupy soupy soupy! The texture was so thin and runny! This too will slip off of wet fingers and looks like calamine lotion. If it is for frizz-prone, dry hair than it should feel richer than it did.
The overall feeling- when it is being rinsed out hair does not feel silky and healthy. It feels like there is more of a coating of thin rubber. It feels the same as just-shampooed hair as opposed to just-conditioned hair.
Status: Also being returned with the shampoo.
So basically, there is no “wow factor” in this product. After carefully reading the label the conditioner has “monosulfate” which negates the claim that this product is sulfate free. Also, hair feels the same as with other cheaper sulfate full and paraben full products (such as VO5). Keep your money and make sure to read the labels! Most consumers are aware that natural products are harder to become accustomed to. They don’t foam or lather the way we are used to and they are not as “fluffy” and pretty as Redken or Paul Mitchell, but they are made to be better for us so…use your own judgement and always read the labels!!!