Very on the fence with this shampoo. The good: it works well to cleanse my medium-coarse, slightly frizzy hair, without the dreaded SLS. If you've ever tried an SLS-free shampoo before you'll know they're not always the most effective at cleansing and removing hair styling products/build-up! As this is one of the most popular and reviewed shampoos on MUA I decided I'd give it (and the matching conditioner) a try.
Ok so firstly the bad: it makes my scalp itch after a few uses, especially if I use, rinse and repeat which I always do out of habit as much as anything. It's also chock-full of chemicals, despite no SLS, and yet also has some good botanicals thrown in which is confusing.... It's like the best and worst of both worlds.
The good: it's a vegan-friendly product, the shampoo itself has quite a luxurious texture which gives a nice tingling sensation as you apply and I really like the minty-citrus fragrance in here. It also doesn't strip my hair color whatsoever, if anything it brings out the best in my highlights.
Personally if it wasn't for the itchiness I would love to continue to use this as it's one of those products which takes some months ti reveal its full effect on your hair, but sadly I doubt that will happen anytime soon seeing as the way my scalp is reacting to it...
~ My HG list ~
(As I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora)
1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Foot File/Callus/Heel Treatment - 'Microplane' - Colossal Pedicure Rasp Foot File
9. Ingrown Hair Treatment - 'Priva Shave' - Post Hair Removal Treatment
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment