Monday, 5 May 2014

Shea Moisture Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser & Frizz-Free Curl Foam

One of the things I love about travelling to the US is the opportunity to browse Walgreens and CVS for drugstore finds we don't get in the UK.  A recent browse for haircare products saw me reaching for these Shea Moisture products - they're available on some specialty websites in the UK, but they aren't as easy to find as they are in the States.

Anyway, the Frizz Free Curl Mousse is a bit of a revelation - it's a clear liquid which gets aerated as you pump it out.  It smells strongly of coconuts, and despite the lack of silicone and other heavy ingredients, it's hydrating and smoothing.  It also helps my curls to form without the loss of any length - rather than making them spring up tightly, it encourages a loose ringlet.  I still get flyaways on the top of my head, but the lengths are well defined and smooth.

The Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser is also excellent, although it behaves pretty much like any other cleansing conditioner - massage well into the roots, spread to the ends, keep massaging, and then rinse.  It works best when applied to wet hair, massaged in a bit, and then emulsified with a bit more water - the key thing is to massage really well, or the hair might not come out completely clean.  Once you've mastered the technique, though, hair is clean and shiny after use - and as you've avoided any surfectants, colour is preserved much better than with a traditional shampoo.

You can get hold of the Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser in the UK via the Curly Emporium, where it costs £13.99, but these products are best acquired in the US - they were both around the $12 mark in Walgreens.

Disclosure:  Bought by me.

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