I adore conditioner. After my hubby and daughter, the thought of a new conditioner is the only other thing that gets me jumping excited. So when I was asked to review the HYDRATE hair product line of Shielo.com it was more of a treat than a chore.
My samples arrived and I promptly trotted off to the bathroom to test drive my goodies. My samples size bottles did not have an ingredient list a fact I realised when I was already soaking in the shower and being too lazy to get out and check on their website first, I decided to live dangerously and just use them and face the consequences later.
The HYDRATE Moisturizing Shampoo went on smoothly with plenty of foaming. My hair was squeaky clean afterwards, a bit stripped, the work of sulphates no doubt and I was right. I found out later that the second ingredient is Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate. Not a reason in itself not to use the shampoo but us curly haired ladies can only use sulphates very sparingly.
Onto the HYDRATE Vibrancy conditioner and I smiled as the familiar scent wafted up to my nostrils. Vanilla*, cocoa butter* scents that reminds of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter* that my mother used to use when I was a child. I used to sneak to her dressing table and dip my grubby little fingers into the jar and slather the stuff all over my arms and face. It smelt so good, I even remember tasting it at the time, it tasted horrible!
This conditioner is thick and luxurious and I would be inclined to use it as a deep conditioner* rather than a 3 minute rinse out. It left my hair very soft feeling the way it does after my co-wash with my usual favourite conditioner. Impressive but what’s in it?
Looking at the ingredients afterwards, apart from a very long ingredient list which I am never comfortable with, I didn’t find much that I completely object to. Amidst the shea butter*, lemon peel and apple listed in the ingredients, a few proteins including hydrolyzed corn and wheat and glycerin are prominent which not many would find objectionable. The hydrolyzed proteins make it suitable to use as a deep conditioner*. There is one silicone however, Amodimethicone but I don’t mind cones personally and if used along with regular clarifying or shampooing to remove build up this conditioner would fit nicely into a good regimen.
It bears a mention that both shampoo and conditioner retail for $22.49 excluding shipping so I would probably purchase with the mind to using it in addition to my usual products and not to replace my current ones!
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