Funny thing, non-sulfate shampoos are not necessarily gentle nor good for the hair. They contain plenty of detergents that are quite harsh just not sodium lauryl sulfate per se. I had the same result with this shampoo that I had with Organix Coconut Milk
which is poorly rated. I could feel in the shower that this was very drying/stripping. I used my usual conditioner but my hair looked terrible after using this. Dried out, stringy, flat, looked fried. Even after my next wash where I only CO washed, it still has not recovered. I have fine, wavy, frizzy colored (roots) hair that is not damaged. Very disappointing. I think that because this is expensive people may be reluctant to rate this as harshly as the Organix products. Really it is no better at least on my hair.
I have yet to nail the perfect shampoo, thought this would be "it" but the search goes on. It rinses off well, doesn't leave my hair dry but neither gives me the super moisturizing feeling. I like it but don't love it for the price.
One of my favorite shampoos EVER...I have naturally thick,frizzy, wavy/curly hair, and I have relaxers and keratin treatments done..usually alternating them. This shampoo is sulfate free which helps maintain my color(oh yeah I do that too:), and is ok to use with keratin treatments. I have alot of hair, but it gets weighed down very easily. This shampoo leaves my hair feeling clean, soft, and smooth without making it feel coated and gross like so many sulfate free shampoos that I've tried in the past. I love this shampoo, and the conditioner is awesome, too. Good stuff if you have dry/damaged hair!!
UPDATE 1/25/13: My hair was apparently in need of major moisture with these sub zero temps we have been having. I used this today for the first time in a while. I had been using Aquage Sea Extend Silkening shampoo for the last few months. But lately my hair has felt so dry. I tried this today and yes, this gave amazeballs moisture to my hair and it feels so much better. BUT, it is weighing down the crown of my hair a touch. The weighing down was harder to handle when I had a short jaw length inverted bob that needed bounce. Now that my hair is growing out into a lob, the bounce up is less critical. Regardless, this shampoo is saving my hair in these winter temps.
ORIGINAL:This shampoo has been like that guy that is your friend & kind of likes you...he's great, but you don't pay much attention to him "that way". Then one day, you look over and you see things differently. Exactly what happened with this shampoo. When I first bought this I was sucked into a new (different) shampoo's sleek packaging and wonderful scent. Then I wanted to give Wen a fair try after that (about 3 months or so). After deciding Wen wasn't rocking my world, I went back to the great smelling shampoo and it was great, but would leave my hair feeling slightly tangled after I washed (before conditioning). So, I pulled out the L'Anza Tamanu to try again. It has an ok scent, lathers well for sulfate free, DID NOT LEAVE THAT TANGLED FEELING, and when all was said and done, I had one damn good hair day! It gave me a very nice balance of moisture but not too heavy for my fine waves. We didn't have the fireworks I had with the great smelling shampoo, but the L'Anza always gives good hair.
PS-My friend had the Aveda straightening treatment done and she uses both the shampoo & conditioner with much love. She has thick straight/wavy hair. I always use my Pureology Hydrate Conditioner with the Tamanu shampoo.
A very good quality shampoo for the correct quality of hair type. However my hair is very long and fine but with a lot of volume I also have a greasy scalp, this shampoo whilst moisturising left my hair quite flat and usually my hair is full of life.
I absolutely love this shampoo. I actually found this while searching for the keyword "Zinc PCA" on MUA. Zinc PCA is an oil-regulating ingredient that I found was effective for my oily skin (found in a lot of European products for acne -- for some reason we haven't caught onto it as much here!). When I googled it I found that it's used in shampoos that combat hair loss because one of its causes is oily scalp. I have an annoying oily scalp and the shampoo I had been using felt like it was making things worse. There are a lot of shampoos sold online that have zinc PCA but the reviews for this were great so I went and picked it up. I will say that I'm wary of sulfate-free shampoos. I've tried them before but I have hair that gets tangled extremely easily -- fine but poofy, a big mess in general. GREAT. In the past, the sulfate-free shampoos I've used (Aubrey Organics, two kinds of the L'Oreal ones) felt like they cleaned well but left my hair dry and strawlike while still feeling heavy. I stuck with them for that "A-ha!" moment that everyone talks about where they go from having crappy chemical-dependent hair to a thick, shiny mane of sulfate-untouched silk but it never happened. This stuff really blew my mind, however. Firstly, this is weird but I lathered up and rubbed into my scalp then left it on, and my first impression as I rinsed my hands off was that my HANDS felt smooth. I was like !?!?!. Then when I rinsed my hair I had that familiar sulfate-free squeaky feeling, but it wasn't a stripped feeling, just an extremely clean feeling. I'm not as big a fan of the scent as others, but it's not bad at all and somewhat pleasant. The combination of this and the kukui nut conditioner cannot be beat. My hair is clean, shiny, and I don't have those moments toward the end of the day when I look at my hair and it's a greasy mess near the scalp/around my bangs. It's really expensive, but with these products you can tell you're not getting the same old cheap formula full of fragrance and fillers that so many companies sell. The quality of the ingredients/formula/result of this shampoo (and the conditioner) is really amazing. I'm moving onto the liter bottle as soon as I finish up my current bottles! Thanks MUA for your reviews as always or I'm absolutely sure I'd never have picked this up.x
I first bought a "normal" size bottle of this schampoo and then I bought the 1 litre bottle, since it is the best ever! The Tamanu conditioner works wonders here in Sweden in the winter time, when it is really cold and extremely dry weather. The rest of the year I use the L'anza Detangler, as it is lighter than the Tamanu.
The most noticable difference from other schampoos is that I don't have to wash my hair as often now; I wash it every 3-4 days at the most when I use the Tamanu schampoo - any other schampoo forces me to wash at least every other day to look fresh.
I have very fine hair that easily gets limp, but not with this schampoo!
In general I love Healing Moisture- series, and this shampoo is luxurious, good-smelling self-pampering product as much as all the other products in the series. But I prefer shampoo being as mild as possible and the afterfeeling being clean more than anything else. This shampoo is almost like a conditioner itself, it detangles and softens, and combined with the Kukui Conditioner it is a bit too much for my hair. I definately am going to use the bottle but may not buy another one. Still, would recommend to my friends. A quality product!
I can't live without this, nuff said. being a hairdresser, i get the opportunity to see how many different shampoos work, and nothing compares to this.
I'm on my 3rd bottle of this shampoo. I love what it does to my hair. I have thick wavy dry hair. This helps make it sleeker. I use it with the conditioner