It’s not every day we’re sent a shampoo that comes in its own box. But this is no ordinary shampoo: this is the Signature Shampoo, part of a new haircare line by Oribe (pronounced OR-bay). And when a person has only one name (think Madonna or Cher), you know they mean business.
Oribe, for those of you not familiar with him, first shot to fame in the 1980s, when he was hairdresser to the stars, sought after by supermodels and photographers alike. Jennifer Lopez is credited with raising his profile in the late ‘90s (and vice versa). Nearly 30 years after he started out, he’s still at the forefront of the industry, working with the likes of Beth Ditto and creating the coiffures for a major Louis Vuitton campaign in 2008.
Back to the shampoo…
The dark bottle is beautiful; indeed, it would look more at home on a dresser rather than in a shower tub. Reading the list of ingredients, it’s nice to see some natural ones. For instance, there’s Watermelon Extract, said to “provide natural protection against oxidative stress and deterioration of natural keratin”, and Edelweiss Flower Extract, which “protects hair from the drying, damaging and color-depleting effects of the sun and environmental aggressors”.
So far, so good. But it only gets better. The bottle itself is etched with three little words. No, not those three little words, but “A Daily Indulgence”. Likewise, the press release cries out: “prepare your hair for glamour”. Can I get a margarita with that, please?
Pouring it into your hand, it’s a pale golden color, with a runny yet thick consistency. The smell is subtle – a little citrusy, and ever so slightly floral. It’s thick enough to cling, and lathers well. No need to repeat (not at these prices!)
We didn’t test the conditioner, but we did try the Volumista, a “weightless mane-plumping mist”. In other words, spray it on and you’ll get BIG hair. The dark bottle is similar to the shampoo’s, and it smells nice too.
However, as I started to dry my hair it took on a horribly sticky, hard consistency. I thought I’d accidentally forgotten to wash my conditioner out! But I persevered, and by the time I’d completely dried my locks, they were smooth and sleek. I’m not sure about the volume – I believe it’s very hard to get the same results as in a salon – but, put it this way: my husband – who normally wouldn’t notice if I came into the room wearing a burka – said ‘your hair looks lovely’. Maybe not quite J-Lo, but I’ll take ‘lovely’ any day.
As for the rating, I’d give both three and a half stars: the Signature Shampoo for the ‘experience’ (!) and the Volumista for the results. They only don’t get more than that because of the cost (a whopping $29 each). If you already spend a lot on your hair, I’d say: go for it. If not, get them for a treat, although you’re taking a risk, because once you’ve crossed over, there may be no going back
Lesley’s clever words (and lovely locks) can also be seen at the OC Weekly’s food blog Stick a Fork In It.