The Shampoo Surprise

As many of you know I was working through a bottle of the Zents Mandarin Shampoo and the Water Conditioner. They were quite fabulous and I highly recommend both of them. If you are especially sensitive to scented products, this might be a good treat for you. While they are scented, the scent is mild and fleeting, a brief delightful whiff before they are gone.

I posted a final wrap up about the Mandarin Shampoo, but because I use less conditioner than I use shampoo (due to masks and leave in conditioners rotating in and out of my routine) I still had some Zents Water Balancing Conditioner left over.

I also have several sample sized shampoos in my collection that I want to try out and see if a full bottle trial is for me. I thought this was a perfect opportunity.

It didn’t go as planned.

The first shampoo I tried was the SOLU Clarifying shampoo from Davines. I have tried a couple of shampoos from the brand before and they worked out pretty well for me. So I had high hopes. I expected that I would think it was a good shampoo and then debate over whether the scent was right for me and try to decide if I wanted to try a bottle.

My shampoo and conditioner list is a bit all over the place. Color Wow Color security Shampoo and conditioner are on the list of favorites as is Suave Rosemary and Mint. I really enjoy both products. If a product makes it onto the list then it is because I have tried it and liked it enough to buy it again. I have a lot of hair and it is pretty thick. When it is healthy, I feel pretty. When it is not doing well I feel bad. I know this about myself and don’t mind spending extra money on hair products. Also if a cheaper hair care product works well, I will roll that into my routine. (I think Suave Shampoo currently runs about $2.99 a bottle). what matters is that it works and it feels good.

Admittedly when I am not testing a shampoo or conditioner, I tend to use the cheaper products during the week and then after my weekly workouts are through I ‘treat’ myself to a pricier shampoo and conditioner. Kind of like giving myself a home salon visit.

But that is beside the point.

My hair is long and thick. It desperately needs a cut, but I am holding off until the heat breaks in September and I can start wearing it down more routinely. It is dyed. I get the eSalon Custom Hair kit once every four months. In between I use the root touch up to keep the roots covered. Over all it is, at the moment fairly healthy. Part of that is because I haven’t been going out much in the past year (obviously) and styling has mostly involved a bit of the Color Wow Dream Coat to keep the humidity from turning me into a frizz ball.

One of the products I use routinely is the Mane Club’s One Hit wonder spray. While it is a fantastic heat protectant I have been using it mostly as a detangler and letting my hair air dry for the most part. I also use a leave in conditioner on the ends (partially because they need the help as I have been putting off the hair cut and while the ends aren’t really split they tend to get a bit dryer than the rest of my hair.)

I know that is a lot of background for a shampoo sample.

The thing is, the SOLU Clarifying Shampoo stripped my hair. I very quickly used up the last of my conditioner, finding myself using more of it to balance it out. I also found myself Using the One hit Wonder Spray more because my hair kept getting tangled. At the moment I am using both the Klorane Mango leave in conditioner and the Mango Hair mask.

With the leave in conditioner I was using a pea sized amount on the ends of my hair. I tend to use a little more in the winter, but in the summer, this is usually enough for me. With this shampoo I realized I was using a quarter sized dollop of the leave in conditioner.

In addition, I was using the Mango Hair Mask from Klorane more often. Typically I use a mask on my hair once a week. It is a nice treat for my hair but it isn’t overly moisturizing so my hair is healthy but not bombarded with product. I know I reviewed this Mango Mask from Klorane before, but I just want to reiterate, it is a really good mask. So is the leave in conditioner by the way.

however with this SOLU Shampoo I was masking mid week because I felt my hair needed a little extra help. I realized how much extra product I was using (mostly because I had to re-order my One Hit Wonder and I hadn’t expected to for a while – It is an $8 product so as fabulous as it is, it doesn’t break the bank, but each bottle lasts a pretty long time too) and I stopped using the shampoo. It is definitely a no buy for me.

I was kind of irritated that I let my desire not to waste product have me using the shampoo longer than I did, so instead of breaking out the next single sample of shampoo I planned to try, I went right for the Kerastase.

I have a Sephora Insider’s account and each year you can choose a small birthday gift product. I chose the Kerastase Nutritive Shampoo and Conditioner set. I’ve used Kerastase products a number of times and I absolutely love the brand. In the last few years I have tended to go more for their Genesis line than anything else. (although the Serum Fortifiant has to be one of my favorite products from the brand. It is pricy but you use so little that it lasts for a really long time).

Because this is a set and I knew I liked the products, I was planning to hold off on using them while I tried out some new things. However if there was a time for a nutritive blast for my hair, this was it. So I opened the package. While the Mango Klorane line will take you on an instant tropical vacation, the Kerastase products whisk you off to a high end salon. The scent of the products is salon-esque and As I used them i could practically hearing a qualified stylist clucking over my not terminating my shampoo trial earlier. It didn’t help that I also trimmed my bangs a little too short a few days prior so i could feel the imaginary expert’s disappointment as at least my shampoo mistake could be corrected.

The Kerastase Nutritive shampoo smelled of the salon and create a thick rich lather. I rinsed it away and applied the conditioner. Again, there was the salon scent. I let it sit as I shaved my legs and gave the rest of me a wash. I actually just picked up the Olay Fresh Outlast Orchid and Black Currant Body Wash. Not only is it a fantastically hydrating body wash, but the scent oddly enough really complemented the Kerastase, which I hadn’t expected but found rather nice.

I rinsed out the conditioner, let my hair dry naturally and added no leave in conditioners or detangling sprays. I then took a fine toothed comb to see what the results would me.

Silk. That was the result. My hair felt like silk and there were no knots or snarls. When my hair is this long it almost always gets some snarls when I comb it out for the first time after air drying.

Not this time.

There were no tangles, my hair had body, the faded highlights from my last dye (it is time for a new eSalon custom color order)were teased out. My hair looked good and felt like silk. The salon scent faded back as my hair dried, although my babydoll said I still smelled ‘fancy’.

So I learned that while I don’t have issues with other davines products (even though they aren’t my favorite) the SOLU Clarifying shampoo is not for me. I learned that while I can make up for an overly clarifying shampoo with a Klorane hair mask and leave in conditioner double punch, I should really just stop trying to use up the shampoo that isn’t working. I have also learned that it is never a bad thing to have a little Kerastase on hand. My hair is now back to feeling fantastic and as a result, I feel really good.

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