Shampoo is one of those things that I never paid too much attention to. For me, it was all about the conditioners. Then I stumbled on WEN cleansing conditioners and, for the first time, my "shampoo" cost more than the conditioners I used. Recently, I ran out of WEN which occurred at around the same time that I found out about hair loss concerns that might be related to product build up.
So I thought, "what the heck, why not try a really good quality shampoo?" Since I picked up a 5lb tub of Humecto, I figured I'd pick up their sulfate free shampoo. The reviews were solid so I felt good about picking up the liter size bottle. On wash day I prepooed with coconut oil overnight then jumped in the shower for my first experience with this shampoo.
The texture is slightly watery, creamy and has that pearlized appearance. The scent made me happy. Some of the features of this product is it's pH of 6.0. Every once in a while I would break out a neutralizing shampoo on wash day but it's nice to know that the good folks at Keracare paid attention to details like pH. The shampoo also has wheat protein down on it's short ingredient list. I like the idea of having a little strengthening power in my shampoo to protect the hair from the manipulation of washing.
At first, I was on the fence about the watery texture since I was so used to the thickness of WEN. But, during application, I quickly fell in love with the texture. It's fluid nature made it so easy to apply directly to the scalp (even though I had ample amounts of new growth). Once applied, the shampoo began to lather as I rubbed the solution into my scalp The lather was powerful enough to cleanse the scalp but not strong enough to strip the hair.
As a matter of fact, I went a little crazy with the cleansing as I imagined myself removing excess buildup on the scalp. I found that the "slippery" nature of the shampoo acted almost like a lubricant as I gave myself a scalp massage in the shower. Felt good. Sure, it did a great job of cleansing. But what about the claims that it detangles and hydrates?
Regarding it's claim of hydrating the hair, I would have to agree. Even though I went a little overboard with all the cleansing, massaging, and scrubbing, my hair never felt stripped. In fact, each time I rinsed, my hair still felt soft and hydrate. So yes, this is a true hydrating shampoo. And a good one. Is this a great detangling shampoo? Hmmm, let me think. First off, I don't detangle in the shower like some people are able to do. But, if I did, the Keracare shampoo would be a great option. The level of slip this shampoo provides rivals that of a decent conditioner. So yes, I would think it can do a great job of detangling.
At the end of the experience, my scalp and hair was thoroughly cleansed, hydrated, and I only lost a couple of shed hairs in the process. I was beyond happy. It felt good to step out of the shower with clean, unstripped hair. Next time, I may experiment with adding a couple of drops of essential oil for scalp stimulation. Or perhaps a few grains of sugar for scalp exfoliation. We'll see how that goes. What I like best about this sulfate free shampoo is that I think it will work perfectly into my new, frequent washing lifestyle. Currently, I don't wash as frequently as I'd like but, if necessary, I'll dilute the shampoo with a little water to prevent possible over stripping. This is a great shampoo for those of you who work out and have to wash regularly.
Basically, I love this shampoo intensely. It's really effective and more versatile than my old cleansing conditioner. If your shampoo doesn't "wow" you, take a moment to check out Keracare's Sulfate Free shampoo. It's good stuff.
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