[Gifted] Hempz is a vegan and cruelty free brand that I’ve tried a few pieces from over the past year or so – so when I was invited to try out their haircare line, it had me intrigued, since everything I’d tried from them thus far had been body care. They have a few different ranges in their line, but I was sent their Original shampoo and conditioner.
I’ll start by saying that I’ve recently had my hair cut and coloured, it’s in prime condition right now, so with that pending, I decided to make sure that I began trialling this before my hair had been professionally tamed – on grown on dry ended locks that was ready for a spruce up after not being cut or coloured in a whole year.
The price point of these is not the cheapest – at £16.99 per bottle and as far as I’ve been able to find it’s only available from the Hempz website, but if something is worth the effort, I’m willing to let you know! I’ve trialled these as a set, and also by themselves against tried and trusted favourites to see whether one was better than the other in terms of performance, and I have thoughts!
The Haircare by Hempz packaging is basic squeeze tubes and have a pretty soft champagne and bright chartreuse chrome finish, they look eye catching in the shower and house standard sized 250ml of product. The packaging is light which makes them good for travelling, but I will say they are a bit awkwardly long tubes, I don’t have a washbag that these fit into easily, so they’re staying put in my shower room at home.
The scent of these had me very confused – it’s very sweet and in the beginning I almost mistook it for some kind of flavoured bubblegum and it wasn’t until my second time in the shower that it clicked that it was a banana fragrance. I would normally steer away from anything banana scented – turn my nose up at it either, so it actually became pleasantly surprising as the washes went on to see just how much I enjoyed this!
So let’s start with talking about the Shampoo, as that seems logical doesn’t it? The shampoo texture is kind of thick and gloopy, once I’ve wet my hair I normally start massaging in straight away and see it foam up. I’ve noticed with this shampoo it doesn’t sud up up particularly easily if I don’t dip my head back under the water to wetten up the formula. I always double shampoo my hair as my roots are very oily whilst the bottom of my ends are quite dry, whilst I want nourishment from my haircare, it’s a careful balance of not having something too heavy as it can make my hair look greasy almost imminently.
The shampoo leaves my hair looking clean and not dry at all, and it seems to aid in making my hair look very sleek once blow dried – I will say however I’ve managed to get my hair after a year of trying to the point where I can now go three days between washes rather than two, after finding the best combo for my hair and this shampoo does seem to be an every other day wash for me. I like it and will use it up, but doesn’t offer me the best performance overall.
So the conditioner, is a bit of another different formula, it’s thin but feels almost sticky to the touch. This reminds me of more of a hair mask in terms
My one comment was that the conditioner does seem to make my hair feel a little heavy, I don’t think I’d want to use this on times when I was either trying to encourage out my natural wave, or I was curling it myself, but when I want sleek straight hair that looks great when it’s been blowdried, this is the one that I’m reaching for.
My hair using these products and just a hairdryer…
I’m impressed with this duo and I’m going to really enjoy finishing them up, I do wish that they were easier to get hold of as I think I’d be more inclined to pick them up in future, but if you’ve got dry hair and are looking for something nourishing that’s cruelty free, gluten free and paraben free then these may well be worth checking out.
You can find these on the Hempz website if you’re interested in buying here.
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The Haircare by Hempz items were gifted in exchange for review