Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Review: Herbal Essences | NAKED Hair Collection

There's something about Herbal Essences that always bring about a sense of nostalgia. With its alluring scents, affordable pricing and abundant selection it was what all the cool girls used and I clearly recall my 12 year old self declaring to my mother that Herbal Essences is all that I am going to use. More than a decade later, I'm always pleased to find new products lining the shelves and this spring it's all about letting loose and getting... naked?


THE BASICS
Brand: Herbal Essences
Availability: Drugstores nationwide / P&G Online
Full range: Volume Series, Moisture Series, Shine Series
Website: www.herbalessences.ca

The Naked Collection is Herbal Essence's move towards paraben and silicone conscious haircare products, two ingredients that's been making a buzz on the beauty scene for the past few years. How much this really matters is anybody's guess but I'm always in favour of brands being more aware and adjusting their products to try new things.


If you're suddenly seeing an intimidating number of bottles hit the shelves lately, it's because this Naked Collection is actually broken up into three sub categories; Naked Volume, Naked Moistured and Naked Shine.


NAKED VOLUME SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER*
Size: 300ml
Price: $5 CAD (approx.)
Often on sale 2/$5 at Shoppers Drug Mart
Would I (re)purchase: Shampoo - yes, Conditioner - no.

Lightweight and with an unisex mint and grapefruit infused scent, this volumizing duo is best left for oily hair. The shampoo produces an easy frothy lather that is very clarifying and would likely be too drying for normal or dry hair.  It's rather reminiscent of the Giovanni Triple Treat Tea Treat Shampoo but even stronger. It's currently my "in between" product for removing residue and product buildup throughout the week and I do see myself finishing up the bottle. On my currently colour treated hair, the conditioner is a bit weak and without the added silicone, will not give you that
satisfaction of running your fingers through perfectly silky hair.

This combination is just a tad too drying for my hair condition and leaves me with a bit of frizz at the ends rather than lush volume (look towards the Body Envy range for that one). However if you've truly got a case of the oilies, then this will be worth a look.

Ingredients: Shampoo
Water , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Sodium Lauryl Sulfate , Sodium Chloride , Fragrance , Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract , Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract , Verbena Officinalis Leaf Extract , Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil , Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil Field Mint , Menthol , Sodium Citrate , Sodium Xylenesulfonate , Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Sodium Benzoate , Citric Acid , Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose , Tetrasodium EDTA , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone

Ingredients: Conditioner
Water , Stearyl Alcohol , Cetyl Alcohol , Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract , Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract , Verbena Officinalis Leaf Extract , Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil , Mentha Arvensis Leaf OilField Mint , Menthol , Fragrance , Bis Aminopropyl Dimethicone , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Benzyl Alcohol , Dicetyldimonium Chloride , Glutamic Acid , PEG 2M , Disodium EDTA , Citric Acid , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone


NAKED MOISTURE CLEANSING CONDITIONER*
Size: 500ml
Price: $5 CAD (approx.)
Often on sale 2/$5 at Shoppers Drug Mart
Would I (re)purchase: Undecided.

Would someone enlighten me on the concept of cleansing conditioners? 
This whirlwind product gained huge popularity initially with WEN and has quickly spread through other haircare brands. In function, it is a light cleansing cream for your hair that is meant to perform both shampoo and conditioning duties and is touted to be gentle enough for daily use. 

For long hair like mine, it takes a full 4 pumps to fully cover me from roots to ends. I suggest wetting hair thoroughly before applying the product so the water can help spread it out evenly (sometimes I'll even add a bit of water too). Do note that it does not produce a single bubble so for a first timer, it will certainly be a strange experience. Take care to massage this well on the scalp and through your hair before rinsing out fully. 

Used as an alternating product with the Naked Volume shampoo and conditioner (as recommended) I found this to be a doable product though I haven't learned to love it. Perhaps this whole concept is a little over my head but I can say that this gave me smooth, shiny hair for the day. The next day however, I was right back to the normal shampoo.

Ingredients: Water , Stearyl Alcohol , Cetyl Alcohol , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract , Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil , Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil Field Mint, Menthol , Fragrance , Glutamic Acid , Dimethicone , Phenoxyethanol , Benzyl Alcohol , Zinc Pyrithione , Citric Acid , Sodium Chloride , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone


NAKED VOLUME SOUFFLE*
Size: 5.1 fl oz
Price: $5 CAD (approx.)
Often on sale 2/$5 at Shoppers Drug Mart
Would I (re)purchase: No.

The Volume Souffle is that Naked range's lightweight mousse. It has an airier consistency versus other mousse products and while it did not feel heavy or greasy, it also didn't provide any noticeable ooomph to my hair. For those with oily hair or hair that has a hard time keeping an updo, I found this to provide some matte texture for better grip but if volume and shine is what you're seeking then look elsewhere.

Note: This does contain parabens though no silicones.

Ingredients: Water, Isobutane, Propane, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Verbena Officinalis Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil , Mentha Arvensis Leaf OilField Mint, Menthol, Fragrance, Polyquaternium 11, PVP, VP/VA Copolymer, Polyethylene, Phenoxyethanol , Chitosan, Polyquaternium 16, Laureth 4, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Cetrimonium Chloride, Formic Acid


NAKED VOLUME DRY SHAMPOO*
Size: 140grams
Price: $5 CAD (approx.)
Often on sale 2/$5 at Shoppers Drug Mart
Would I (re)purchase: Possibly yes.

An incredibly simple dry shampoo with minimal ingredients and a touch of refreshing mint, this product uses tapioca starch as its oil absorber. A good hard shake is required before spraying as I found the starch does tend to settle on the bottom (lesson learned). This particular dry shampoo has been a regular staple on my counter lately as it doesn't make my scalp itch and I love using it to give my strands some more texture before pulling it into an updo. However it does feel like a heavier product and a good washing is required at the end of the day. Not my first pick for a volumizer but might be a good accompaniment for those who like to do a little teasing with their hair. Very comparable results to the Dove dry shampoo but with a lighter scent.


Ingredients: Isobutane , Alcohol Denat. , Propane , Tapioca Starch , Polymethylsilsesquioxane , Silica, Fragrance , Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil , Menthol , Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil


THE FINAL VERDICT
With such an extensive line of products, it's easy to find one or two winners that suit your daily routine. The Naked Volume products in particular are well suited for oily hair though not fit for chemically treated or dry hair at all. If you're looking for a more well rounded volumizing range from Herbal Essences, my stand by choice is still the Volume Envy collection which leaves hair light and fluffy. I would have liked to see shinier results but that might be the calling of the Volume Shine range instead. My top picks from this batch are the shampoo, dry shampoo and possibly cleansing conditioner.


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