I have fine, highlighted hair and a sensitive scalp - so there are certain qualities I look for when choosing a shampoo. I use 2 separate shampoos every time I wash my hair - a volume-boosting one for my roots, and a moisturizing one for the length of my hair. I prefer sulfate-free shampoos when possible, to help protect my highlights. Here are some mini-reviews of shampoos that I've recently used:
1) Kerastase Cristalliste
Features: (Contains Sulfates) Range specially formulated for long hair with ingredients to leave it soft and supple.
My thoughts: My hair never felt particularly soft or supple after using this shampoo - it's completely average. Although I will use the rest of this up, I don't plan on repurchasing it.
2) Burts Bees Very Volumizing Shampoo (DISCONTINUED FORMULA)
Features: (Sulfate-free) Uses a blend of pomegrenate, moringa seed, coconut and sunflower oil to cleanse hair and soy amino acids to create volume.
My thoughts: The old formula was perfection - I use it on my roots to create MAJOR volume (it's too drying for the rest of my hair). Since this version is no longer available, I only use this precious bottle before special events. Steer clear of the reformulated version (pictured here) - the ingredients are completely different. It's not as volumizing and actually made my hair fall out!
3) Kiss My Face Big Body Shampoo
Features: (Sulfate-free) Organic ingredients including Rosemary, Nettle, Lavender and Aloe Vera help remove build-up and create volume in fine hair.
My thoughts: Not as dramatically volumizing as the Burts Bees shampoo, but it does provide a good amount of volume while using a multitude of natural ingredients which help promote overall hair and scalp health.
4) Mane N Tail Shampoo
Features: (Contains Sulfates) Protein-based shampoo for horses that is a cult-favorite for soft, shiny and healthy human hair too!
My thoughts: I had heard about this for ages, but only purchased it after reading this post from Skylette (have you seen her hair? She could be a Pantene model!). I used it for a couple of months and I LOVED it - my hair felt very strong, shiny and thick. I stopped using it when I got highlights because of the sulfates - but I think this is a good (and effective) drugstore staple.
5) L'Oreal Evercreme Cleansing Conditioner
Features: (Sulfate-free) A one-step product that gently cleanses hair and deep conditions it at the same time.
My thoughts: Based on the same concept as WEN cleansing conditioners and "no-poo/co-washing" (No shampoo/conditioner-washing), this product is a life-saver for long, fragile and/or damaged hair. It infuses the hair with moisture without any stripping or drying. Although I mainly use this on the length of my hair, it's also very soothing on my scalp. It's my go-to moisturizing shampoo, and I plan on using it on my roots during the change of seasons to combat the havoc central heating wreaks on my scalp.
6) Live Clean Monoi Oil Strengthening Shampoo
Features: (Sulfate-free) Contains Monoi Oil, Jojoba Oil and Bamboo Extract to moisturize and strengthen hair,
My thoughts: Has a gorgeous coconut smell and lathers a lot for a sulfate-free shampoo. However, I have to be careful to avoid my scalp, because something in this shampoo irritates my sensitive scalp - it feels like it is stinging, so I only use this on the length of my hair.
7) L'Oreal Vitamino Color
Features: (Contains Sulfates) "Preserves, protects and adds shine to color-treated hair."
My thoughts: Gentle on my scalp and leaves my hair so soft and fragrant. I usually take this when I travel because it works well for both my roots and length. Although it is formulated for color-treated hair, it does contain sulfates - but I've heard that the "Delicate-color" version of this shampoo is sulfate-free, so I'm eager to try that next.
8) LUSH Seanik Solid Shampoo
Features: (Contains Sulfates) Sea salt for volume, Seaweed to soften hair, lemon oil for shine & floral oils for fragrance.
My thoughts: Although LUSH seems like it would make amazing natural products, this shampoo is a disappointment. It smells like dish soap and performs like dish soap. The first ingredient is a sulfate, and rather than volumizing my hair, it severely dries it out - almost to the point of it feeling chemically damaged. I don't think I'll be using up the rest of this product.
I'm still on the look out for sulfate-free Volumizing shampoos (since I'll eventually have to replace my discontinued Burts Bees Shampoo). Here are some that I rounded up in the natural aisle of my grocery store the other day:
|HUGO Naturals Volumizing Vanilla & Sweet Orange Shampoo / Nature's Gate Volumizing Shampoo Lemon Grass & Clary Sage / Nature Clean / Kiss My Face Big Body (new packaging or reformulated?) / Avalon Organics Volumizing Shampoo Rosemary|
I am doing some research before bringing one of these home to try - from what I've read so far, Nature's Gate is in the lead. I've also heard amazing things about the Pureology line - so I plan on trying their Volumizing shampoo too.
What hair type do you have - and what's your favorite shampoo?
DISCLAIMER: The L'Oreal Evercreme Cleansing Conditioner and Live Clean Monoi Oil Shampoo were sent to me, but I am under no obligation to provide a favorable review. As you can tell, I wrote my honest unbiased thoughts (as always!!!).