When I was a little girl, my mom had this giant book of homesteading hippie lore. It was filled with recipes for bread making, tips on how to forage for wild greens and my absolute favorite section—how to get shiny, glorious hair naturally. The secret? Collecting rainwater in barrels and rinsing your hair with it. Have you ever heard of anything crunchier (and from an adult who knows about acid rain, pollution—ickier)? Although I never did try that rainwater rinse, I’ve always had a soft spot for hair products featuring from-the-earth ingredients.
Naturally, my inner hippie was thrilled to try out the new Garnier Whole Blends line of haircare products—a collection designed with a “natural blend of select ingredients combined with sensorial fragrances.” ($3.99 – $5.99 for the whole collection) The entire line is paraben-free and created to gently nurture hair, enriched with fairly purchased and sustainably harvested ingredients like argan oil, coconut oil and cocoa butter. Aesthetically, this eco-conscious ethos is reflected in the packaging aesthetics as well; with its retro font and simple shape, each bottle calls to mind 70s’ health food store goodness.
Out of the broad range of products (more on those later), I sampled the Repairing Honey Treasures line—shampoo, conditioner and mask, and a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner from the Hydrating line. (Some of our fine team members will share their thoughts in the comments about the Hydrating line’s shampoo, conditioner and mask as well.)
The Honey Treasures products are geared towards strengthening hair and reducing split ends, damage and breakage; they’re enriched with royal jelly, honey and propolis extract. These smell delicious; the rich, sweet smell of honey lingers in your hair long after using them, and each product feels thick and buttery in texture.
Now, I wasn’t expecting miracles on my chronically dry and damaged hair, but using the shampoo, conditioner and repairing mask did infuse my strands with some much needed moisture and softness. My ends, in particular, looked shinier and felt softer than normal after using the mask—a small miracle in itself.
Next up, I tried the Hydrating line 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner. If sweet tropical scents are your jam, you need this one—it features a cocktail of Indian coconut water and Madagascan vanilla milk and smells lush and summery. The Hydrating line is for quenching and softening dehydrated hair, but I was a little skeptical that a 2-in-1 could do the job on my stressed strands. However, I was able to run a comb through damp hair after using it, a feat that normally requires extra detangler on TOP of separate conditioner. When my hair fully dried, it looked and felt soft and shiny.
After my good results, I plan on checking out the rest of the affordable Whole Blends collection, which includes:
• Smoothing with coconut oil and cocoa butter extract (shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner and smoothing oil)
• Color Care with argan oil and cranberry extract (shampoo, conditioner and mask)
• Refreshing with green apple and green tea (shampoo, conditioner, 2 in 1, and detangling spray)
I’m just glad my desire for shiny soft hair has been fulfilled, minus the gross rainwater part.
we heartsers: Have you seen how refreshingly retro these bottles are? And do you have any hippie beauty tricks up your sleeve?
Amity writes and teaches in Central PA. Her obsessions include: Rodarte (she can’t afford any Rodarte, mind you, but a girl can dream), espresso, books, vintage/thrift fashion and fountain pens. She thinks you should dress like a weirdo once in a while, just to shake things up.
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