Don’t wash your hair – Unwash it!

Unwash Hair CareLather, rinse, repeat…then condition. That’s what we were taught…in fact, it was the ONLY way to get clean, soft hair. Then came cleansing conditioners, which left hair clean and soft but were far more time-consuming than regular shampoo and conditioner. Now there is Unwash – a co-cleansing system that cleans hair without stripping color, natural oils, and moisture.                                                                                                                       samples

Some of the benefits of Unwashing include:

  • a simple system that saves money since you don’t need any extra styling products
  • Cationic Cleansers act like magnets to remove daily dirt without disrupting the cuticle
  • no sulfates
  • reduces dry time
  • safe for every type of hair

The Unwash Try Me Kit ($25) includes the Anti-Residue Cleanse which is a ‘reset button for the tresses’; the Hydrating Mask  a moisture-locking conditioner; and the Bio-Cleansing Conditioner which does all the work of a shampoo and a conditioner without stripping hair’s natural integrity.

Anti-Residue CleanseThe first time I tested it, I used the Anti-Residue Cleanse specifically because I felt I needed a deep cleaning. I had put off getting my hair colored so I had lots of spray on hair color on my roots along with several days worth of hairspray. The instructions say to massage a ‘generous amount’ into your scalp then work through the ends of hair. I have an absolute ton of hair – it’s mid-back length – so I usually need even more than usual. However, the Try Me Kit has smaller bottles (2.5 fl. oz – regular size is 20 fl. oz) so I have to admit I probably didn’t use enough product to begin with since I was trying to conserve. One wash didn’t get my hair totally clean so I actually did the dreaded ‘rinse and repeat’ – but again, I have so much hair and it was pretty dirty. Once I rinsed the second time, my hair and scalp felt very clean and while it didn’t feel as uncomfortably squeaky as it does with a typical clarifying shampoo I could tell I needed a conditioner.

Hydrating MaskThe second half of the Unwash dynamic duo with the Anti-Residue Cleanse is the Hydrating Mask. This is a super hydrating conditioner that restores hair’s moisture balance and leaves it soft and beautiful. It definitely hydrated my hair, leaving it feeling silky and rinsing out without any tangles. The directions say to keep it on for about four minutes – I put it on after rinsing the Anti-Residue Cleanse then commenced showering, probably rinsing it out after about 3 minutes which was plenty of time. I found that after towel drying there truly is no need for more conditioner like any leave-in spray on products  Resist the temptation! I typically use a leave in just because my hair is so long that my ends can get weak and damaged, but Unwash doesn’t play well with – and doesn’t need – any extra products. When I used other conditioning styling products they left my hair feeling sort of gummy. Truly, even those with very dry hair will find the Anti-Residue Cleanse and Hydrating Mask all that is needed for clean, soft, moisturized hair.

Bio-Cleansing ConditionerThe signature product, Unwash’s Bio-Cleansing Conditioner, is a stand alone product. It doesn’t have any lather and it cleanses thanks to the cationic cleansers that act like magnets that remove daily dirt without disrupting the cuticle, as well as conditions with coconut oil, babassu oil, and organic argan oil. It leaves my hair feeling great – soft, clean, and frizz-free. I find that I have to take rinsing VERY seriously – not fully rinsing ruins the effect and hair can end up a bit flat. I also find that in order to get three or four days between washing I need to use dry shampoo on my roots, but that’s nothing unusual – I work out most days and get pretty sweaty, so dry shampoo is a daily must for me anyway.

Overall, I think that Unwash is a great concept and all three products in the Try Me Kit are well worth trying. You can find the Try Me Kit at Ulta.  Give it a shot – you may end up loving Unwashing your hair!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

My hair likes being glam with Grow Gorgeous

Grow Gorgeous Cleansing Conditioners and End Split Ends Serum

Grow Gorgeous Cleansing Conditioners and End Split Ends Serum

Gloss48 is known for finding independent niche brands that are the best ones available. They work with many different companies but only accept brands that they are proud to sell on their website. They kindly sent me GROW GORGEOUS products when I spoke with one of the owners and we discussed my loss of hair. I never in a million years would have known about this brand nor considered buying it without her help. Not only am I using these Grow Gorgeous products but I purchased another one from the site that I’ll review once I’ve had ample time to test it.

Grow Gorgeous Conditioning Cleanser and End Split Ends Leave In Serum

Grow Gorgeous Conditioning Cleanser and End Split Ends Leave In Serum

GROW GORGEOUS CONDITIONING CLEANSER and END SPLIT ENDS LEAVE IN SERUM are the two I’m going to rave about. The reason I said I wouldn’t have chosen these is that I had read so many pros and cons about conditioning cleansers and they never appealed to me. The most famous brand was one that many people either adored or hated. I couldn’t keep their products straight. They were available in so many fragrances and they each appeared to work differently.

Grow Gorgeous Cleansing Conditioner in Colour Protect

Grow Gorgeous Cleansing Conditioner in Colour Protect

Grow Gorgeous Cleansing Conditioner in Colour Protect ($19) changed my thinking the first time I used it. I couldn’t imagine that one product would not only cleanse my hair but conditions it at the same time. It has 12 functions! There are different formulas like the one for Blonde hair that I gave to Lisa; I’m using Colour Protect. I really does protect my color. It’s lasting longer with less fading.

There are no detergents, sulfates or stripping agents in this Cleansing Conditioner. It’s an all-natural brand.

Grow Gorgeous Cleansing Conditioner

Grow Gorgeous Cleansing Conditioner

1) Deep Cleanses  2) Deep Conditions  3) Hydrates hair  4) Adds shine  5) Adds luster  6) Reduces Frizz  7) Makes hair soft   8) Offers lasting smoothness  9) Makes styling easier  10) Adds protective shield   11)  Adds volume  12)  Active helps seal in synthetic color.

From Gloss 48: “Say goodbye to traditional shampoos that strip the natural oils that make your hair look healthy, thick and lustrous. This multi-tasking system combines foamless cleansing and deep conditioning in one step to rebalance the scalp and restore hair to flourish and realise its full visible potential. Gentle enough for daily use and suitable for all hair types. No need to use a separate shampoo and/or conditioner. See and feel incredible results after just one use and expect better and better results over time.”

Another plus is that you don’t have to use gobs and gobs of it like some other brands. A palmful is more than enough for my shoulder length hair. I apply it, go on to my other cleansing in the shower, then after about 3-4 minutes rinse. My hair is ready to comb through without adding anything else if I don’t want to. And it’s soft as can be. It amazes me how good my hair looks for the next several days and how clean it feels.

Grow Gorgeous End Split Ends leave in serum

Grow Gorgeous End Split Ends leave in serum

Even though I don’t have to use a leave-in treatment, I choose to with Grow Gorgeous END SPLIT ENDS leave in serum ($24). This is a very thick serum that I need very little of. It contains oils from the Amazon like acai, palm and inca inchi. It also contains a myriad of fruit oils.

End Split Ends by Grow Gorgeous

End Split Ends by Grow Gorgeous

I start with a very small amount, gather my hair together and just apply to the ends. Then I run my hands through my hair to distribute the serum. This bottle is going to last me forever since I need so little. While I don’t have a lot of split ends, I do have hair that can be flyaway and this serum solves that problem. I’m not having a problem (knock on wood) with frizz or static hair.

Now that I’ve learned the benefits of using one product to both clean and condition, it’s going to seem like a chore when I use more traditional products. But for now I’m just enjoying the beauty of this magic. Have you tried Cleansing Conditioners? What do you think of them? — Marcia

*provided for editorial consideration

 

 

Grow Gorgeous hair and get a discount at Gloss48

Grow Gorgeous haircare

Grow Gorgeous haircare

Are you aware of the Grow Gorgeous haircare line? This is a double duty line with products that help you grow gorgeous hair even if you struggle with hair loss and also creates haircare that helps you get healthy hair that you’ll be proud of.

Grow Gorgeous Conditioning Cleanser and Split End Leave In

Grow Gorgeous Conditioning Cleanser and Split End Leave In

I’ve got a review in the works for a few products that I’ve received but it’s too soon for me to write it. But it’s not too soon to tell you about the sale that is going on at Gloss48 through Thursday, February 12th. The products will be discounted 20 – 25%.

This special line is designed around three principles “maintain a healthy scalp, protect against external, and avoid causing damage with stripping hair products“. All their products are sulfate and paraben free.

Gloss48 is an independent beauty site that believes in sharing the best independent beauty companies with us all. You can visit this sale for Grow Gorgeous there. Don’t miss out on these special prices since they are only around until 2/12/15. — Marcia