Trying out the Color Wow Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner Post #1

Recently Color Wow sent me a box of products to try out and review.  I am so grateful and am looking forward to trying every single one.  The Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner have been on my to try list for a really long time and I am so thrilled to have a chance to review it.

I know some people pick a shampoo and conditioner and stick with it for as long as possible. My mother and baby doll are both like that actually.  If you go into my Mom’s shower right now you will find a Paul Mitchell Shampoo and Conditioner set. I guarantee it. Which Paul Mitchell it is may vary, but it will always be Paul Mitchell.  My Baby doll will use Suave Clarifying daily shampoo until the day he dies.  There will be no variation at all.  Admittedly he has very little hair left and is rapidly going bald (genetics, not the fault of the shampoo) so it is more of a scalp wash than anything else at this point.

I, on the other hand, have never been able to stick to just one shampoo. Perhaps my hair type is different,  I take after my father in the hair department.  I think he just picked up whatever bottle first came to hand whenever his ran out.  I don’t remember any product consistency with him. 

For me, my shampoo and conditioner needs vary. Like my skin, my hair is dryer in the winter than it is in the summer. I spend a lot of time outside in the spring and summer (and without the gym, year round now) so I need something to protect my hair color from fading. I sometimes do damage to my  hair with heat tools.  I sweat a lot as I workout and continue my weight loss journey, so I need products that clean without stripping the hair and I often end up with buildup on my scalp from various hair masks and styling products which needs to be dealt with. I tend to rotate products based on the greatest current concern.

In addition, I also find that sometimes my hair simply needs a break from one product or another.  Sometimes a product works fantastically well for a few months and then not so well. I often find if I take a month or so off from that product and use another, then when I circle back it once again works as well as it did in the beginning. I’m sure the science minded out there can come up with a reason this is so. I don’t know the exact reason, I just know that’s what happens.

And that because of it, I am always trying new shampoos and conditioners hoping to address various concerns and find new staples to add to my routine.  I have had some surprising wins and a few really bad experiences. Some products stay in the rotation and return many times, other times they just fade away from the repertoire.

And of course each has their strengths and weaknesses.  So what issues are the Color Wow Color Security Shampoo and conditioner supposed to target?  Well according to the website

Today, most shampoos contain unnecessary added ingredients to deliver extra benefits. Like, silicones to smooth, conditioners to hydrate, thickening agents to make hair feel fuller. The problem is, these ingredients are engineered to not rinse out easily. They cling to your hair and scalp, leaving filmy residues that build up and make your hair dull. Or worst of all, block your hair follicles which can cause hair thinning and loss. Our Color Security Shampoo is a total departure! Every ingredient in our groundbreaking, 100% clean, sulfate-free formula rinses off completely. So you always end up with the cleanest, freshest, healthiest hair and scalp possible.

Perfect for all hair types. Best shampoo for color-treated hair, safeguards against color fade. Heathiest shampoo for thinning hair. Ideal for curly hair, coarse hair, frizzy hair, oily hair, dry hair, damaged hair, fragile hair, or if you have extensions.

No harmful ingredients would ever make it into a Color Wow Formula. Plus, we take it one step further. We banned over 60 ingredients commonly found in other hair care formulas that can darken or distort your color. Including Citrus, Essential oils/extracts. Sulfates. Color distorting preservatives and dyes.

Now I have dyed hair and I use a lot of products that can leave a residue on both hair and scalp so this automatically sounds like a shampoo and conditioner set for me. While it seems logical that some of the thickening agents would cling to the hair and scalp and thus be something that Color Wow wants to leave out of their ingredients list, I did find myself having to look up a few things. 

For example why is citrus bad for your hair? And what is the deal with essential oils and extracts?

So I did a little research.

It turns out because of the high acidity level, citrus can make your hair dry and brittle.  In addition using citrus on your hair can prevent dyes from penetrating hair follicles if you are dying your hair.  Which means even a good hair dye can go bad in the face of lemon juice.

Who knew?

Well, clearly people other than me knew.

But now I know. And since I dye my hair routinely, I will be leaving citrus off of my hair and in the tarte au citron where it belongs.

Essential oils and extracts were a bit trickier to research.  The truth is many oils and extracts can be good for your hair in small doses. The dose seems to be the key issue.  In larger doses they can also cause hair loss and allergic reactions. High concentrations can even cause skin irritation.

I won’t subject you to the images I came across, but it makes me very glad they have been lifted out this shampoo and conditioner. Limiting the dose my hair takes seems like the way to go.

Now, that I know what to expect from this shampoo and conditioner set, I wanted to give it a try. However a few words about my hair first, so that we are all on the same page. At the moment my hair has a box dye in it that is very faded.  I am waiting on a package from e-salon so that I can dye my hair and finally not be a strange two tone anymore. (I will also be working on my ordering schedule so that in the future I do not get as two toned).

While I will be using this shampoo and conditioner post dye, I wanted to try it out before I used it with the new dye. (Hence the reason this is labeled Post #1 in the title). The reason is that I wanted to see how it performed with my hair as it is now.  I also wanted to see how much residue it takes from my hair and how it performs with the sad remnants of the old dye.

If you dye your hair, you, like me, might have noticed that when it is time for the hair dye to be replaced, the hair looks slightly dull, the color faded as well as grown out to display your roots for the world to see. Whenever I dye my hair, my hair naturally perks up because it has fresh dye.  It is like giving the walls a new coat of paint. The room is automatically refreshed (providing you chose the right paint).

So I thought it only fair that the first test of the shampoo and conditioner be done before I hit the dye.  That way I can see how it performs on its own without the dye refreshing my hair, if that makes sense.

So this is the first review of the Color Wow Shampoo.  There will end up being three posts on it actually.  This first post is first impressions on my current hair.  The second Post will be when I use the shampoo and conditioner on my hair after I’ve dyed it again and the dye is fresh and the third post will be when I have reached the end of the tubes of product and can assess how it has performed over time in its color retaining capacity.

So off to the showers I go to wash my hair.  As it is used like regular shampoo and conditioner, I’m sure you don’t need a step by step. I will say that I really like the fact that the shampoo and conditioner are in different colored tubes. I have always had bad eyesight and in addition to my contacts, I now use reading glasses which I generally do not take into the shower. I really like knowing right away which bottle is which without having to squint at the fine print. It is a small detail but for me, it is an important one, and one likely to become more important as I get older.

The shampoo in hand (it spread out from the quarter size as I tilted my hand

First the shampoo.  I have to say I like that I only need about a quarter size of product to wash my entire head of hair. I have relatively thick hair and it currently is long enough to reach my bra strap.

The fact that I only needed a quarter sized amount means that the shampoo will last a while. Because of my hair I tend to go through shampoo kind of fast. Even with inexpensive shampoos the cost can add up.  Color Wow has a higher price, but if I can continue to only use a quarter sized amount of product in my hair with each wash, it is actually worth it for me.

The shampoo is a clear product and while its scent is something I’d associate with a high end hair salon, there is almost an apple type of back note.  At least I think so.  It is subtle and in the back ground and when asked to sniff the bottle my baby doll didn’t get a whiff of apples. So maybe that is just me.  Apples or not, I like the scent of the shampoo as it really makes me feel like I am in a salon. It is a really high end scent that makes me feel pampered. I know, I am very scent oriented, but for me the scent is important.

Despite using only a little bit of product, I got a substantial amount of lather in my hair.  I know some people don’t like the lather, personally I do. It makes me think all of the contaminants my hair might have been captured by the bubbles and imprisoned as they wash down the drain.

And in case you are wondering, when I was little, that is how my Dad explained soap and shampoo worked. The bubbles were little traps for all the bad things like dirt and germs. They marched in and captured the enemies that made us sick and then hauled them away where they could do no harm.

It is still the way I think of bubbles in my soap and shampoo and probably always will be.

The conditioner

The conditioner is a white creamy conditioner that has a similar scent to the shampoo.  Basically it smells like the shampoo but without the apple back note. So it is simply a high end salon type scent.  It reminds me of keratin sprays and treatments.  There are two types of conditioner on the site, one is for fine to normal hair and the other is for normal to thick hair. I am normal to thick and so that is what I used. If you have fine hair, I’d suggest going with that product. I don’t know if the consistency is the same, but I would imagine it is close.

I like the fact that when you apply the conditioner you only have to let it sit on your hair for two minutes to get it to work properly. I like two minute conditioners.  That gives you time to wash the rest of your body and shave your legs, but it doesn’t mean you have to hang out in the shower an extra long time. The five minute or more wait is why I’ve started putting hair masks on outside the shower and then just going to take a shower and rinsing them off later. That was not a problem with this conditioner. It took the two minutes and did it’s thing.

But how did it work on my hair?

Pre wash to the left and post wash to the right – the angle is off I know and I apologize, but the hair is thicker fuller, softer and a bit glossier I took them in the same room with the same light though

Well, at the moment I am sans hairdryer.  I am hoping to pick one up this week, mostly because it is too cold to be running around with wet hair as I wait for it to dry. So to keep my hair from going wonky once it is dry, I need to comb it shortly after leaving the shower. Recently, I have been using a detangling spray (the One Hit Wonder 10-in-1 by Mane Club is my current fave.) because I’m testing the shampoo, I set it to the side and tried combing it without the detangling spray.

Brightened color

I have to say, I was impressed.  There were a few tangles, but not many and they untangled fairly easily without a lot of pulling. It was a far better experience than I’ve had with other shampoos recently, which is why use a detangling spray in the first place.   I would still give my hair a little spritz of the One Hit Wonder when I am not just testing the shampoo and conditioner, but I would use much less of the spray when using the Color Wow Shampoo and conditioner

But this product set is called the Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner and not listed as a detangling one (although it does pretty good). Once dry, my hair felt silky soft and a lot less dull.  There was a lot more body to it as well. There was a shine and the faded color of my hair perked up a bit.  Unfortunately this does make my roots stand out a bit more. But I was very happy with how it reacted with my faded hair dye.  I can’t wait to see how it performs with a newer dye.  While testing it with the dye will be a part of both the second and third post on this set of products from Color Wow, from my first impression results, I suspect it is going to be quite fabulous. It did a really good job perking up a really faded dye job. I can hardly wait to see what it does with a fresh one.

I am also looking forward to testing out the other products sent to me by Color Wow. And yes, while they did gift these products to me, the opinions are all mine. This review is so positive simply because my experience with the product was so positive. I believe the Color Wow Dream Cocktail will be the next product I am testing from the selection of products. It is the coconut infused one and designed to help dry hair become less straw like, which in the winter can be an issue for me. There are other Dream Cocktails in the line, a friend of mine uses the one for fine, thin hair and just raves about it. To be honest the only reason I didn’t test the Dream Cocktail right away was that it is heat activated and I am currently sans heat. I will be replacing my hair dryer later this afternoon as it is the first chance I’ll have to run out and do so. the the Dream Cocktail and I have an appointment.

If you are interested in the Color Wow Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner, or any of their other products really, the links in this review will take you to their site. Currently, they have a deal listed on their site. For every $35 or more spent on the site you can get a free Travel Dream Filter (value $10). This pre-shampoo detox spray delivers lighter, brighter silkier hair. It is supposed to remove mineral build up, specifically from hard water. The offer is for January only if you are interested in the free travel sized version.

Stay tuned for upcoming posts, not only on other Color Wow products but also on the continuing performance of the Color Wow Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner.

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