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Serge Normant Meta Silk Shampoo & Meta Velour Conditioner

29 Nov

Recently decided to try Serge Normant Meta Silk Shampoo and Meta Velour Conditioner, after seeing what kind of sulfate-free shampoos Sephora offers that I haven’t yet used. Conclusion? Love it! Love them both! Sold!

From the Sephora website:

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan

So yeah, already a winner as far as I’m concerned.

I wasn’t crazy about the smell in the bottle, as it’s very traditionally shampoo-y. I tend to prefer gourmand scents, or fruity scents, or flowery scents. Not just “soapy.” But after I used it on my hair, I really, really liked the way my hair smelled. Super clean, just aromatic enough. Plus my hair has never been softer. Additionally, my huzz could use it and not smell like a lady, which is a plus for both of us.

Pretty pricey for what you get, but not outrageous – I have been using it (every other day) for a couple weeks now and haven’t run out.

Totally a fan of this stuff, and would buy it again – for me or my husband!

Carol’s Daughter Chocolät Shampoo & Conditioner

6 Aug

So I just did my standard Google image search to find an image of this stuff to include, and I got a lot of photos of Black women. I know the founder, Lisa Price, is Black, but are Carol’s Daughter’s products really supposed to be, like  formulated exclusively for Black people? Because I have news: I FREAKING LOVE THIS STUFF. And I am as White as they come.

I’m pretty particular when it comes to shampoo and conditioner. I have been burned recently (see Organix and Phyto, ugh), have crazy hair, and require my shampoos to be sulfate free. I want my hair to feel clean, smell good, but also be tamed at least somewhat (no crazy frizz or flyaways, not impossible to get a brush through). This makes me a bit of a tough customer. I still LOOOOVE Alterna‘s line, but I like to switch it up, especially in the hair department. I went on Sephora recently and found that they have helpfully added a sulfate-free search criteria. I chose a few different shampoo/conditioner combos and ordered up.

Carol’s Daughter’s Chocolät line was first up at bat and, oh, can I marry it?!? Smells AWESOME (but NOT like chocolate, be forewarned)*, gets my hair clean and soft and brushable, and is, of course, sulfate-free. Can’t wait to use up the bottles and buy more for the next round! Nicely done, Lisa!

ONLY complaint – the dispensers are a bit awkward. But with a product this good, I can totally overlook it!

*Not sure how to define the smell exactly – not gourmand in any way. More herbal-y/natural, like sandalwood a little? Anyhow my husband can’t stop smelling me either, so it’s an all-around win.

Phyto Haircare

20 Jul

As I started this post, I was undecided about whether to link to these products for purchase. I promised when I started it that I would ONLY link to products I endorse, and there are some good things about these. Finally I asked myself: Would I buy them again? And I realized no, I wouldn’t, so there’s no reason to encourage you to.

I’m only realizing now, as I type this, that Phytojoba actually contains sulfates. I don’t know how the hell I missed this – as you may know from reading my blog, I am trying to eliminate sulfates from my life. I am usually hypervigilant about them, especially with shampoos, since shampoos contain sulfates about 90% of the time. Maybe it was the leaves on the label, maybe it was all the “natural” ingredients they claim to have, I don’t know. But I missed the sulfate connection until right this minute, which further cements my decision not to recommend.

So, Phytojoba – what’s good? It smells sensational, like coconut vanilla cookies. Not too overwhelming, not like a sunscreen, like a delicious cookie, like a kitchen with something fantastic baking. It has a nice lather (sulfates) and seemed to get my hair quite clean. What’s not so good? Why the hell is this stuff so runny?!? This is the second shampoo I have used recently with this consistency – is this a new thing? I do not like it. It’s basically got the consistency of cough syrup – slightly viscous, but mostly liquid. What this means is if you cup your hand and pour the shampoo into it (and granted, I haven’t taken any polls, but isn’t this what most people do?), it just runs right out of your hand and down the drain. Today I poured a teaspoon at a time into my hand, quickly applied it to my hair, and repeated until I felt like I had enough. If you have long, thick hair, this is a total waste of time and complete annoyance. That about covers Phytojoba – smells good, horrible consistency, and the sulfates put it over the edge into “do not want” territory.
Phytobaume is Phyto’s “normal” hair conditioner –

Highly concentrated in softening mallow extract, this lightweight conditioner gently detangles hair while eliminating static electricity. Hair immediately becomes easier to style, and regains its shine and silky softness.

LIES! It did not detangle my hair. My hair was NOT easier to style. It smelled fine and my hair looked fine after dry but I had to use even more Orofluido than normal in order to get the brush through. Yesterday my husband came into the bedroom to find me sitting on the bed after my shower looking sadly defeated. “What’s wrong?” he asked. “My hair,” I answered. I’d spent about 20 minutes trying to get the brush through – long enough that my arm hurt from brushing. He offered to help and when he tried, was horrified at the rat’s nest he found. So, Phytobaume gets even fewer stars than Phytojoba – the smell is just okay, and it doesn’t seem to do the most basic tasks I ask of a conditioner.

No good. Do not recommend either of these Phyto haircare products, and won’t be buying them – or trying any other Phyto products – again.

Organix Soft & Silky Vanilla Silk Shampoo & Conditioner

20 Jun

I’m not even going to make this a very long post because it’s simply not worth it. Suffice it to say, I decided to bring some drugstore brand shampoo and conditioner with me overseas so I could toss it before the trip home, thus making room for precious souvenirs. I found Organix Soft & Silky Vanilla Silk Shampoo & Conditioner, and was impressed that it was sulfate-free, reasonably cheap, and smelled great.

I tried it for the first time in England and was not pleased. It seemed to get my hair clean enough, but the conditioner did not condition my hair at ALL. I have mentioned before that I have a lot of hair, and it ranges from straight to frizzbomb. I deliberately bought Organix’s “soft & silky” formulation that claims to “instantly nourish and moisturize” because my hair needs lots of taming to make it brushable. I ended up using a ton of my Orofluido just to make my hair manageable enough to get a comb through. Still, I never give up after one use (unless a product somehow damages me), so a couple days later, when it was time to wash my hair, I tried again, this time really LOADING on the conditioner and letting it sit for awhile. Nope – same result, and used the other half of my travel size bottle of Orofluido to correct the situation (don’t worry, I thought ahead and brought three mini bottles). In the end, it turned out I’d left some Body Shop shampoo and conditioner there last time and I switched to that, and that did my hair fine, so I know it wasn’t just, like, the water or water pressure or something.

I cannot recommend this shampoo and conditioner combo and will likely shy away from trying any other hair products by Organix. Shame, because I’d love to find a drugstore-priced sulfate-free shampoo that I adore.

Alterna Bamboo UV+ Color Protection Shampoo & Conditioner

6 Feb

EDIT: I NO LONGER RECOMMEND ALTERNA PRODUCTS. PLEASE SEE THIS BLOG POST TO UNDERSTAND WHY.

Alterna Bamboo UV+ Color Protection Shampoo & ConditionerAfter getting a smoothing treatment on my hair last year (at Seattle’s fabulous Pinup Salon), I was advised to switch to a sulfate-free shampoo. I didn’t know anything about sulfates, but a few minutes spent with Google convinced me that perhaps sulfates were something I should be living without regardless. I started researching sulfate-free shampoos and to my great consternation, found that many of my favorite brands use sulfates or other harsh surfectants. The good news is this opened my eyes to a whole new range of previously untried product (!) that is (potentially) less harmful to my holistic health.

I have tried and really liked quite a few new shampoo and conditioner combos, but my favorite right now is Alterna’s line. I have tried several of their formulations, and they’re all great, but, in my opinion, comparable. By that I mean I don’t notice any difference in my locks when I use their frizz-reducing formula versus when I use the Alterna Bamboo UV+ Color Protection formula. I do, however, notice a fragrance difference, and the UV+ line smells wonderful. That is personal preference, though, so you should sniff for yourself and see.

(Updating this in June and it’s still my favorite line so far!)