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Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Shampoo & Conditioner

When I heard about this new natural line of hair care from Matrix, I was instantly excited. I needed to try it. Unfortunately, this R.A.W. line only has three different types of shampoo and conditioner, none of which are exactly what my hair needs.

There is the Nourish for dry and dull hair, Uplift for flat and fine hair and, the one that I tried, Recover for stressed and sensitized hair. It wasn’t exactly what my hair needed, but it was closer than the other two. It was a bonus that I liked the berry fresh scent of the shampoo.

The first thing that I noticed was that the shampoo is really thin and watery. This is probably the most watery shampoo I’ve ever used. It almost made it hard to apply. Once it was on it worked well, but it was hard to keep in my wet hands. I ended up using a lot more than usual in each shower than I intended.

Otherwise, I really liked the Matrix Biolage Shampoo and Conditioner. It left my hair feeling good and looking good. It just didn’t always do what I needed it. So I am waiting patiently for the day when they added more to this natural hair care line for thick, wavy hair, so I can have product for my hair too!

Hif Cleansing Conditioner

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I was so excited to try this hair care product because it sounded so different. This hif Cleansing Conditioner is supposed to both clean and soften in one step. This was meant to be a next step in hair cleaning.

The product treats hair like fabric using different cleansers and conditioners to get the right finish on your hair. Each type in the line has different numbers for cleansing, conditioning and activation time, so you know the formula that you are getting. I tried the hydration support bottle for moisturizing. Since I have been suffering with extremely dry scalp, this hydrating cream seemed perfect.

I hate to write bad reviews about any products, but I have never had an experience quite like this one with my hair. The hif cleansing conditioner is extremely thick. I actually had a hard time working it all the way through my hair. Even when I added a little water, it didn’t lather up and spread. I didn’t think much of it. I spread it though my hair and left it for the recommended 3 minutes.

When I tried to rinse it out of my hair though, it didn’t easily rinse out easily leaving my hair silky clean. My hair still felt dirty. I wondered if it would dry better.

It didn’t! When my hair was dry it felt grimy, greasy and so dirty. It felt dirtier than my hair has ever felt. It was just one big clump. Honestly there are no words to describe how my hair felt.

Luckily I had a hair appointment the next day. It took three washes for her to get all remnants of the product out of my hair and return my hair to its previous smoothness.

Like I said before, I hate writing bad reviews, but I couldn’t let this one go. I wanted to like this product so much, but I can’t risk using it again.

Live Clean Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo & Conditioner

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Nothing warms you up in the winter like Apple Cider, so why not add it to your beauty routine too. If you’ve been following us for a while, you will know that we are huge fans of Live Clean. If I could recommend anything to beauty fans, it would be their hair care products.

Clarifying Shampoo is perfect this time of year. In the New Year everyone wants to detox their body, so why not detox your scalp as well. This Clarifying Shampoo helps to get rid of all of that residue leftover on your hair. It will leave your skin squeaky clean.

Make sure that you follow up with the conditioner though too. Clarifying shampoos in general strip your hair of all of the residue, so it’s important to put some of that moisture back into your hair. Live Clean’s Apple Cider condition is light, so it doesn’t add anything back into your hair that you don’t want.

Nexxus Therappe & Humectress

Winter really does a number on my hair. It feels drier, less shiny and definitely less soft. Since my hair is fine, a lot of repairing conditioners are too heavy for me but the Therappe & Humectress line seems to have found a happy medium.
Therappe Rebalancing Shampoo
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Therappe has a medium thickness for a shampoo and lathers really well. My hair feels clean when I’m done but doesn’t feel stripped. I definitely need conditioner after but I don’t feel like my hair is completely moistureless.
Humectress Restoring Conditioner
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Humectress is a lot lighter than a lot of conditioners I’ve used and even though my hair soaks it up, I don’t need a lot. I leave it in for a couple minutes and it leaves my hair completely manageable and easy to deal with.

Both Therappe and Humectress smell amazing and you really don’t need to use a lot of either one. I did notice a huge difference in my hair. It’s so much more manageable and the frizz level seems to be down quite a bit. But the biggest plus is that my hair is so shiny and looks really healthy. I barely want to put any styling product and to be honest, I need less than usual. I don’t know how my hair will react in the summer but Therappe and Humectress have really made my dry, winter hair look and feel amazing.

Nisim Fast Shampoo & Conditioner

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I have never had long hair until now. Growing up I always had short hair. In high school and college, I kept my hair in a bob. Only now have I wanted to know what it’s like to have hair long enough for a cute top bun or even a braid.

It’s pretty timely that this is the time when I get the Nisim F.A.S.T. Shampoo and Conditioner. F.A.S.T. stands for Fortified Amino Scalp Therapy. If you are anything like me, those big words mean nothing to you. When you learn more you find out that this collection is for people with longer hair. It contains the natural ingredients for healthy hair growth. It helps to strengthen your hair to help it grow longer and stronger faster. This means I can be at my long flowing hair goal even quicker.

I don’t know if this shampoo and conditioner is making my hair grow faster or stronger. I feel like this is something that would take a long time to judge and I only have one bottle.

I can tell you that my scalp feels great. I had been suffering with a dry winter scalp. When I started using the Nisim F.A.S.T. Shampoo and Conditioner my scalp started feeling so much better. The herbal smell of the shampoo and conditioner helped me know that it was the more natural products in this line calming my skin.

I will have to let you know if my hair starts growing longer faster any time soon!

TreSemme 7 Day Keratin Smooth

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If you have some extra time and want gorgeous hair, we have discovered the new TreSemme 7 Day Keratin Smooth collection. If you aren’t one of those people who blow dries and flat irons their hair all of time, this is going to be different.

The line comes with a 7 Day Keratin Smooth Shampoo, Conditioner and Heat Activated Treatment. Using the three step system is easy. It’s the heat activation is the struggle. Since I have a lot of hair, I usually only blow dry and flat iron my own hair on the same day for very special occasions. I actually had the TreSemme line for a while before I found the time to spend the extra hour on my hair.

The shampoo and conditioner are the high quality that you would expect from this salon worthy brand. They have that salon smell that you can’t quite put your finger on. My hair doesn’t feel super squeaky clean, but strong and moisturized.

After the shower, you have to apply the Heat Activated Treatment to your damp hair. Then comes the work for me. You have to blow dry you hair until dry and then flat iron your hair afterwards. Some people won’t think that is that much work, but when you are used to wash and go hair, this seems like so much effort.

I have to say though, my hair looked amazing afterwards. It looked so long and sleek. My hair did feel a little bit strange. It wasn’t totally silky smooth. It was a bit, stiff and plastic. It wasn’t too bad. It was mostly near my roots where my hair felt strange. That strange feeling only lasted about 12 hours or so . Once I slept in it and brushed it enough it softened up. I don’t know what it was that made my roots stiff, but it was worth it.

For days afterwards, it looked great and I kept getting compliments on it.

The one thing they left out was what I had to do to keep this look going. It says it lasts for up to 3 washes. I didn’t know what that meant. Obviously after washing my hair, it wouldn’t stay straight and smooth without blow drying it and flat ironing it. Did I need to continue using the shampoo and conditioner? Could I use the line without blow drying it or would it all feel stiff? After one wash, it went back to its normal state.

TreSemme’s 7 Day Keratin Smooth collection is probably perfect for people who blow dry their hair all of the time. But I will just keep it for special occasions.

L’Occitane Revitalizing Fresh Hair Care

My hair has never felt cleaner and I would like to thank L’Occitane for that. I had no expectation for the Aromachologie Revitalizing Fresh Shampoo and Detangling Spray when I got it. I had never used L’Occitane’s hair care products before.
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The first thing you are going to notice about the Revitalizing Fresh Shampoo is that it has a very strong smell. It’s packed full of essential oils (thyme, cedar, lavender, mint and grapefruit) to give you hair a deep clean. That makes for quite a smell in the bottle. I actually warned the other people in my house about it, because I didn’t want them to get a shock if they used it.

The smell is worth it though, because my hair has never felt so clean. It has a light foaming that doesn’t get really bubbly when you lather it in, just enough to let you know that it is worked. As I rinsed the L’Occitane shampoo out of my hair, I could actually hear that my hair was squeaky clean.

There is no Conditioner in this hair care collection, so I wasn’t sure what my next step should be. My hair felt clean and soft, but I’ve never not used a conditioner on my thick, curly, unmanageable hair. I used my regular everyday conditioner, but I was instantly sad that I was covering up my freshly clean hair.
Revitalizing fresh detangling spray+
Post-shower and mornings after, I used the Detangling Spray on my hair. It has the same strong scent. I sprayed it all over my morning hair. My hair was definitely easier to brush after a quick spray. If you have thick hair like me ensure that you spray on top and underneath your hair to allow your brush to glide through easily. It works well enough, but I probably wouldn’t go out and buy it again like I will the shampoo.

If you need a seriously deep clean L’Occitane is going to get all of that residue out. Be warned though, delicate hair might not be able to stand up to this hardcore shampoo and the smell is really really strong. If you are tough and want something deep clean, this is hands down the best detoxifying shampoo that I’ve ever used.

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Hair Care Collection

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There is nothing better than getting compliments on your hair, am I right? After using the Dove Dry Oil shampoo, condition and oil just one time, the compliments kept pouring in.

Hair oils are more than just a trend. At this point, every woman does (or should) have some variety of oil in their arsenal. Dove has joined the ranks of affordable hair oils with their Dry Oil collection that includes a shampoo, creamy conditioner and silky Macadamia Oil.

When I was using the shampoo and conditioner I didn’t think much of it. It seemed like any other drug store brand. I feared that it would be oily and greasy, but the product was thick and creamy instead. The scent of macadamia oil was soft and light. I applied the oil onto my damp hair post shower. It all seemed to act fairly normal.

As my hair dried the true beauty was revealed. My hair was soft and smooth. My colour looked richer and more vibrant than ever before. Instead of frizz, I had soft natural waves. My hair was light and so soft to the touch. Everything about it was perfect. It was so easy to manage. Everyone started complimenting me on my gorgeous shiny hair.

Dove is all about helping women embrace their inner natural beauty. This Dry Oil hair care collection has definitely helped me love my hair again!