I first got a kit of the Herbal Essence Naked Volume (a set of the shampoo, conditioner, and volumizing souffle) from a Bzzagent campaign. It came with mini shampoo and conditioner samples that we got to give away to our friends. Then I got yet another few goodies through the Beauty United black box of awesome goodies.
The whole point of the Naked line (there are three sub-lines, the Naked Volume, Naked Moisture, and the Naked Shine), seems to be to introduce a product that does what it can to eliminate parabens, eliminate ingredients that would leave to residual buildup over time, and to allow a more nature process of hair cleansing.
The biggest thing I loved about this line was the scent. Having been created with grapefruit and mint extracts, it did seem overwhelming when I first opened my box, but dang did I enjoy the lingering scent it left behind.
with 0% heavy residues, parabens, and dyes, my volume shampoo and conditioner will restore 100% of your hair’s natural body and your strands will feel revitalized and refreshed. you’ll dare to bare all and expose your softest hair.* infused with white grapefruit and mint extracts.
free of heavy residues, parabens, and dyes, my moisture shampoo and conditioner restore hair’s natural moisture and pampers each strand. dare to bare your softest* hair with herbal mint fusion extracts.
with 0% heavy residues, parabens, and dyes, my shine shampoo and conditioner clean to reveal hair’s natural shine. indulge your strands with white tea and mint extracts—and indulge yourself with naked softness* you’ll never stop touching.
The shampoo allowed me to build a good lather to cleanse my hair, though the conditioner is the typical result for me. I usually find that they tend to weigh down my hair, so I can only use it at the very ends of my hair. Which is not a huge deal.
But you can see that in the picture there is one more product…the Cleansing Conditioner.
Now, I first started hearing about this through Jill, when she wrote her post about her HG Cleansing Conditioner from Loreal.
I could not really even imagine myself going shampoo free, mainly because my scalp is just so oily.
But at the end of March/beginning of April, I redyed my hair. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to try out the Vidal Sassoon Color Finity line, which also included a Cleansing Conditioner (which we also got in a lovely black box the month before).
Now the Cleansing Conditioner is an interesting thing. Basically you use a crapload of this stuff (you are to use 3-4 pumps for regular should length hair, and then more if you have really long hair), and massage it to your head for cleansing. Since I have REALLY long hair (I need a cut…I know…but I think I will hold off until September and get my hair done in Korea…More on that update soon :P), I have to use about 6 pumps of this stuff in order to get a sufficient clean. I end up applying the first few pumps to the crown, and at the very roots of my hair. Focusing on the oily areas, allows me to try and get the best clean. Then I use about 2 pumps for the rest of my hair. I mix in a bit more water, massage it, and then rinse it out.
When you think of the benefits, this process is actually quite interesting. I do prefer the scent that lingers from the Herbal Essence line, rather than the Vidal Sassoon line, but that is a personal preference.
The thing is, you will go through this stuff VERY quickly if you have long hair. Since I was using about 6 pumps, I am pretty much done the Vidal Sassoon one. I expect to be done the Herbal Essence one in about two weeks as well. I would say that it lasted about a month and a half. Since the SRP is ~$8, depending on regular shampoos, this can get pricey. But by using it every other day, allows you to reap partial benefits, so that might be something to consider. That was what was suggested to us about the Vidal Sassoon line. Use it every other day, and the shampoo every other day.
This was a tiny half pump. I need like 10 times this.
Anyway, cleansing conditioners. I can see the allure in them. However they do take a bit more time to work with, so might take that in to consideration if you want to check them out, or use them on the weekend when you have a bit more time. Giving your hair a bit of a break, allows it to remain a bit stronger, so any little bit helps…right?
*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own*