It was sometime last year that I discovered I needed to use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. My hair is color treated (abused) and I found that using a natural hair care regime helps keep my color looking fresher for a longer period of time. Also worth noting is that my hair gets fairly oily after just a day or two. I try to wash it every other day (but usually I end up washing it daily because of my bff- the treadmill). Sulfate-free shampoo really helps my hair stay less oily in between washes because it doesn’t strip the natural oil as much as other shampoos. To that end I wanted to share 2 new lines of hair care products that I have been testing for several weeks that you *need* to know about.
The first is by bain de terre and they have launched a line called purité and it is free from ten common chemicals (no sulfates, parabens, formaldehyde, colorants, gluten, mineral oil, phthalates, MEA, DEA & PPG) and never tested on animals.
The first two products I tried were the color protect shampoo and conditioner. I loved the smell right away- described on the bottle as ‘white floral’, it’s light and fresh, slightly flowery and not overpowering. I am absolutely blown away by the conditioner. I have never tried such a thick conditioner ever. It’s almost hard to get out of the bottle at times. My hair feels so incredibly soft after using it and it’s tangle-free (important as my hair is 19+ inches long). It doesn’t weigh my hair down and it leaves a lovely shine. At the time that I am writing this I have about 25% left of the entire bottle. I have used it every day since it arrived and don’t want it to end. I feel like it has definitely helped keep my blonde(r) hair from getting brassy in between colorings.
I do, however, have an issue with the shampoo. It’s probably my own body chemistry (did I mention my hair gets pretty oily pretty fast)? Well, it doesn’t seem to be able to break down the oil in my hair. I used it the first time and was impressed with how clean my scalp felt. But then the second time I used it after I finished drying my hair I could still feel oil on my roots. At the time I chalked it up to not having been thorough enough in my cleaning and shrugged it off. The third time I used it I scrubbed my scalp not once, but twice before adding conditioner. Imagine my surprise then after having been as thorough as I thought I could be and still feeling oil in my hair after blowing it dry. It was a vertical eyebrow moment. After this I stopped using it. It just isn’t the right shampoo for my hair type. If you have normal or dry hair I bet this will work fabulously for you, but if you have oily hair I would stick to the conditioner only.
These are available now in Ulta Stores across the U.S. (not online sadly). The shampoo and conditioner retail for $14 and $15 respectively.
The third product I have been testing is from Hairtrition and is the Keratin Smoothing Leave-in Treatment. It’s got an almost gel-like consistency and isn’t very thick. I am used to using hair oils as a treatment that are much thicker than this so I wasn’t planning to be impressed by it. I was pleasantly surprised then to find out just how smoothing the treatment is. I comb this through towel-dried hair and then blow my hair dry. Afterwards I am left with very shiny and silky strands- incredibly reminiscent of how my hair oils work. Again, I have been using this religiously for several weeks. You don’t need a lot- I use about a quarter sized amount for my entire hair. This also has a nice light fragrance and reminds me of a trip to the salon.
The leave-in treatment retails for $6.99 at Sally Beauty Supply Store and online.
Shiny, smooth hair (just blown dry, not straightened or curled) after using the Keratin leave-in treatment and the color protect conditioner.
I can’t wait to test the other items from the bain de terre Purite and Hairtrition Keratin lines- and I will be reviewing those over the next few weeks.