This is the oddest shampoo. My first application produced no lather to speak of. The second was more normal, and reassured me I wasn't using conditioner instead of shampoo. My second surprise was that my hair didn't seem very moisturized. Clean, yes, and I was able to comb it easily, but I really did need to use a separate conditioner. Third , my scalp felt so clean afterward, it was almost uncomfortable. Kind of dry and tight. I have never experienced that with a shampoo before. Subsequent uses reveal that the "moisture recovery" effect is cumulative. After a few times, I began to feel I was really using a moisturizing shampoo, and my hair needs less extra conditioner now. Using leave-in products like Sebastian's Potion 9, or Joico's K-Pak Color Therapy Restorative Oil took care of the weird scalp thing. Scrubbing less probably helps too. The flip cap is hard to open with soapy hands. I am undecided whether I might buy in future. I keep changing my answer to the above question from No to Yes and back again.
Treatments -Joico - K-Pak Color Restorative Styling Oil
Mayscild 12/31/2012 2:31:00 PM
Applied to damp, freshly shampooed hair, you can barely feel it, and you may think you need to add more. Not necessary! One pump for short to medium length hair, two or three maybe if you have longer or really thick hair. As hair dries, the oil just seems to soak in, leaving no greasy feel or tell-tale shine. (Unless you put on a LOT.) You're left with a smoother, healthier, frizz-free look. Hoorah! One annoying wavy patch near my temples relaxes nicely with this, enabling me to style without having to get out any irons to make it blend in. I also sometimes layer it with Joico's K-Pak leave-in liquid treatment, or the foaming Reconstructor leave-in, when I want super smoothing and de-frizzing. This almost gives the effect of having flat-ironed. Nice! One thing I have not noticed - and was rather looking forward to - is the fast-drying effect it seems to have for most people. My hair has been heavily highlighted for so long, it may be that it's it's just too damaged. Finally, this oil is expensive, but you use so little a bottle will last a year or more, depending on how often you use it. In the long run, it's a good deal.
This is one of the few foundations that does not irritate my Rosacea, which is severe enough that I have to visit a special dermatology clinic twice a year for laser treatments. My skin is still redder than normal - especially my cheeks and nose - so a makeup that covers really helps not only my looks, but my confidence. I was hesitant to try a drugstore brand (lots of bad past experiences) but finally tried the Colorstay for normal to oily skin. It does cover redness well, looks natural and it doesn't irritate! It has sunscreen, too, a big plus. I find it easy to apply with my fingers, one section at a time. It does not feel heavy on my skin, though if it did, I'd probably wear it anyway for the other benefits. Finally, the price is very reasonable, it's available just about everywhere and the colors are flattering for fair skin. The only other foundation I can wear without awful itchy, rashy consequences is Estee Lauder's Double Wear. It costs a lot more though, so I will probably stick with the Revlon Colorstay.
It certainly gets the hair clean. I find I must use a conditioner and some kind of leave in afterward, or I develop noticeable frizz. Overall, I prefer something a bit more moisturizing. Further Note: I've discovered this shampoo functions well as a clarifier. Better than than the Neutrogena I ran out of, actually. It cleaned my hair of leftover silicone and other products I'd been using, did not fade my color, and left a clean slate for a protein and deep conditioning treatment. It doesn't clean quite as ruthlessly as a "proper" clarifying shampoo, but it didn't leave me with raw, stripped hair either. I've changed my overall rating from 3 to 5.
Well, it's OK. Better than cheap drugstore brands that strip and damage hair, but that's about it. I find it leaves my hair frizzy - well, everything does - and further conditioning or leave-in treatments help but don't counteract the effect. I'll use it if there isn't anything else available but Prell, Mane and Tail or the like. Oh, and it has a nice smell.
K-Pak Reconstruct impresses me more than any hair care product has in 10 years. Make that 15. It controls frizz (!) and leaves hair smooth, shiny and healthy looking. My hair is very fine, thick and unbelievably frizz-prone. Almost nothing helps except Infusium leave-in products and occasionally - if it's not too humid - Sebastian's Potion 9. And now this. I will certainly be buying again. Edit: I'm downgrading this product one lippie after further experience with it. It is still very good, but I discovered some of the initial "Wow!" effect came from a cuticle sealing treatment my stylist did. By itself, the K-Pak Reconstruct leave-in (comes out in foam, this isn't the liquid) isn't quite as wonderful. Still a little frizz . . .