Ah yes, it is time once again for a first use of shampoo and conditioner. This time, the set come from Klorane. It came to me in a package of various products sent by the brand for the purpose of review. However the opinions about them are all my own.
I’ll be honest, my main thoughts about Klorane are about their dry shampoo. They are my favorite brand of dry shampoo and I always have at least one bottle floating around my house. Usually there is one in the bathroom and another in my gym bag actually. while the Nettle infused for dark hair is my favorite, I enjoy pretty much all of their dry shampoos.
Because of this though I generally don’t think of them when i think of regular shampoo. i know that sounds really strange and I have no idea why. Recently I have been trying other products from the brand. I absolutely adore their Coneflower waterproof eye makeup remover. Not only does it take off the eye makeup without a lot of harsh rubbing (something I find more important the older I get) but it doesn’t sting the eyes.
I have also been using the Klorane Mango Hair Mask. It is from the same line as the shampoo and conditioner and I really enjoy it. Actually it very much came to my rescue after a debacle with an overly stripping clearing shampoo, but that is another tale. I was curious as to how the shampoo and conditioner (especially conditioner) compared with the mask.
With shampoos and conditioners I often find that while a first use can tell you a lot about the products, it is repeated use that really gives you a feel for the product. So what I tend to do is use the shampoo and conditioner on a day when I use no other products, no detangling spray, no heat protectant. then I let my hair dry naturally and then see how my hair performs. As I continue to use the products I will try pairing them with some of my favorite leave in conditioners, heat protecting sprays and styling products, but for this first use, the shampoo and conditioner stand alone.
To the shower, Batman!
Well not showering with Batman, but well you get the idea.
Before you turn on the water I would recommend opening the bottles. I know, that sounds like a silly reminder however as easy as the pull tabs are to remove and open the bottles, they are less easy with wet hands. So open them first and save yourself the trouble of trying to grip wet plastic with wet fingers. Otherwise they are super easy to open.
This set is designed for dry hair. I know some people have very dry hair all of the time. I know some people have very oily hair all of the time. I can actually use both products for oily hair and products for dry hair. I generally trade them out. In the summer time the sun will dry out my hair, but then walking makes it incredibly greasy. So I use dry shampoo as a quick between washes fix, which also dries out my hair. In the winter I don’t spend as much time in the sun, so no sun drying, but also not as much sweating and then the central heat dries it out. So Sometimes I use products for dry hair, sometimes for oily hair and sometimes products for all hair types.
It why I often have more than one bottle of shampoo open at a time. My hair’s condition depends on what I’ve been doing to it and in my life. The only issue i have is if the shampoo and conditioner are too moisturizing.
So We start with the shampoo. It has a light fresh mango scent that is not too sweet. However once you start to lather it into the hair, the mango more or less fades. There is a very fresh scent to the shampoo though. It lathers quite well, which I also like. I know the bubbles aren’t actually required for cleaning but I like them. Growing up my Dad described soap bubbles as prison cells for dirt. the dirt became trapped in the bubbles as you wash your hands and then the bubbles haul the dirt and germs away. So even though the lather isn’t an integral part of the process, I really enjoy a good foaming lather, which this has. It also didn’t feel heavy on my hair.
And then I moved on to the conditioner. I will admit, I had a moment of trepidation. the conditioner looks and smells almost exactly like the Mango Hair mask. I know, it is from the same line, but the hair mask is very good at infusing moisture into the hair. And while I like the mask for a once a week hit of moisturizing goodness, I thought a conditioner might be a bit much.
I should not have worried.
It looks and smells the same but it is much lighter on the hair than the mask. I applied the conditioner and made certain to massage it into the ends. At the moment my hair needs a really good cut so the ends need a little extra help. I let the conditioner sit for two minutes while I shaved my legs and washed the rest of me, then I rinsed it out.
Even while wet in the shower, my hair felt soft and manageable. There were no major tangles in the shower. So I turned off the water, toweled my hair and let it air dry completely. And then, I introduced the comb. In general, unless my hair has been stripped dry, I don’t get a lot of tangles except at the ends. (hence the reason for the extra conditioner at the ends).
It will tangle more when it is as long a it is now. This is why I usually use the One Hit Wonder from The Mane Club. It is a detangler and heat protectant so it helps on both counts. But a this was the shampoo and conditioner’s first test, I went without.
The comb went through like a dream. I have pretty thick hair and it has been known to snap off the teeth of combs if i don’t use either a leave in conditioner or a detangling spray. I was able to comb out my air dried hair completely with no problems. My hair is soft and shiny and doesn’t feel weighed down by too much moisture.
So clean, dry and combed through I sniffed my hair wondering if it would be mango infused. It isn’t. My hair smelled like clean hair. There was no lingering fruit scent or scent of any shampoo or conditioner. with the mango Hair mask I do get a slight hint of Mango left behind. There is none with the shampoo or conditioner. Just clean hair remains. So if you are sensitive to scent, this might be a product you might want to look into. It is delicate in the shower and gone when the hair is dry. Over all I was very impressed with this First Use of the Klorane Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner with Mango. I can’t wait to see how it performs as I work my way through the bottle.