Today I’m reviewing the hair care products that I’ve been using for the past few months.
Here’s a quick reminder of my hair type – Straight, course and thick. I have a small section that is bleached and covered in vegetable dye. My biggest concerns are frizz (thanks to Seattle weather) and keeping my hair healthy since I occasionally heat style and bleach.
Nourishing Shampoo & Nourishing Conditioner
According to the company, these contain coconut oil to fight frizz, vitamin rich mango oil to moisturize and açai fruit oil to provide antioxidant protection.
The fragrance of this shampoo is amazing! It’s like a fruity tropical coconut cocktail. I want to drink them. But, I won’t. I just want to make a cocktail that smells like it. The scent does linger once you wash and dry your hair. I love this because I love the fragrance of these products. I wish they’d come out with a bath and body line in this scent!
The formula leaves my hair so soft and silky. The Nourishing Shampoo and Nourishing Conditioner is a winner in my book. When the bottle is empty, I’ll be buying more of this stuff. (David has been using the shampoo on his oily, wavy hair because he loves it. We’re almost out so I’ll need to buy more soon).
Healing Dry Oil
According to the company, this product contains monoï for silky hair, dragonfruit for antioxidant protection and camellia to add moisture. It also contains coconut oil, jojoba oil and Vitamin E. This product is designed for dry and damaged hair. It can be used on towel-dried damp hair or dry hair.
The fragrance is a fruity-floral with gardenia with coconut.
Here’s the deal with both of these Dry Oils, they aren’t exactly an oil. They are amodimethicone, cyclopentasiloxane and dimethiconol based with lots of added oils. Now my hair loves these types of ‘cones but I know that it doesn’t work for everyone. It does build-up with time if you do not wash with a shampoo. As far as ‘cones go, these are lightweight types but I know people with very fine hair that avoid them. But, those of us with course or thick hair seem to love ’em.
OK, moving on…
Strengthening Dry Oil
According to the company, this product contains bamboo to build strength, avocado to nourish and maracuja to nourish hair. It also contains coconut oil, jojoba oil and Vitamin E. This product is designed for normal to dry hair. It can be used on towel-dried or dry hair.
The fragrance is a fruity citrus with a tart berry. And I also get green tea. Unlike the shampoo and conditioner, the scent of the dry oils do not really linger in the hair once applied. I smell it for about 30 minutes to an hour.
I like the Dry Oils but I didn’t find their formulas to be that different on my thick, course hair. I think if I had to choose, I’d go with Healing because I’m a fragrance person and I prefer its fragrance. Both Dry Oils left my hair smooth and feeling healthy. Applied on dry hair, it would tame “stray” or fly-away strands.
Overall, I think this is a great line for the money. I would pay double, maybe even triple for the Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner but don’t tell Natural Essentials that, OK. I recommend trying this line of products if you have course hair, thick hair or naturally wavy/curly hair.
All of the products in the line do not contain sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten or artificial colors. And they aren’t tested on animals. Now I know that the line is called “Natural Essentials”. I’m not the Naturals Police but I would say these aren’t as natural as let’s say Badger or Aftelier‘s hair products.
The shampoo and conditioner bottles retail for $5.99 each for 10.5 oz. The Dry Oils retail for $9.99 for 1.5 oz. These are available at select drugstores at at Bed, Bath and Beyond. You can visit Natural Essentials for more info.
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