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Which one of these does not belong: Kate Hudson, Kendell Jenner, Cara Delevingne and me?
If you said me, you are wrong! It was a trick question. Just like movie stars and models, I have now experienced the weightless wonder of Pai-Shau, a luxury haircare line that promises to give anyone healthy, shiny, magazine-cover-worthy hair.
Pai-Shau (a name derived from the Brazilian word for passion) was created by Zohar Paz, former CEO of another celebrity favorite, Moroccanoil. Besides Paz’s obvious experience, he is gifted with creative vision; in the case of Pai-Shau, Paz became inspired by an ancient bathing ritual he discovered while visiting a remote village in Vietnam. Part of the ritual involved coating the hair with a blend of steeped tea, which resulted in smoothness and shine.
Pai-Shau’s highly concentrated, yet amazingly light, tea-based formulas are unlike anything else I’ve ever used. The active ingredient is “Signature Exotic Tea Complex,” a compound of tea antioxidants, moisture, vitamins, rice amino acids and oat proteins. This mixture fortifies hair without residue. The products really do feel weightless; all of them wash out easily in a single shampoo. The blend of teas includes:
Black Tea– adds luster, shine and body
Green Tea– stimulates circulation and aids in hair growth
Pu-erh Tea– rejuvenates and smooths
White Tea– protects against environmental factors
African Red Bush Tea (Rooibos)– strengthens hair
Each product is scented with a heady (haha), exotic fragrance that I wasn’t sure about at first, but quickly grew to love. The scent is deliciously androgynous; the men in your life will want to use these products, too.
I got to test the range of Pai-Shau’s 8 “ritual products,” including shampoo, conditioners and styling products. I loved each and every product, and struggled to whittle my list down to a few favorites. You wouldn’t go wrong with any of them.
After much deliberation, my Pai-Shau must-haves…
Biphasic Infusion ($45)
If you wanted to try one thing from this line, I would recommend starting here. This concentrate contains the highest amount of Pai-Shau’s active ingredient, Signature Exotic Tea Complex. The infusion is like a primer for hair—it coats for protection, yet rinses out easily. “T-Sylk Technology” gives follicles a one-two punch of treatment: first, the hair is penetrated with product, then moisture is locked in. Hair is protected from heat and environmental factors. The infusion has to be shaken very well before use to freshly activate its ingredients. It takes just takes a tiny bit to coat my long hair, which looks instantly healthier, shinier and frizz-free. The infusion is truly weightless and instantly effective.
Design Ritual Style Soufflé ($32)
This styling cream promises soft volume and style memory, and is suitable for straight, wavy or curly styles. I use a tiny dab to finish my hair after blowdrying, and it gives a surprising amount of control for such a light-feeling product.
Hydrating Ritual Replenishing Hair Cleanser ($26)
This rich, creamy, fragrant shampoo cleanses just thoroughly enough, and leaves my hair soft and shiny. It gives my hair so much volume, too. Sulfate free, this shampoo can be used for all hair types.
Although the matching Replenishing Cream Conditioner ($28) is equally lovely for daily weightless conditioning, my other favorite is a heavy hitting deep conditioner…
Supreme Revitalizing Mask ($43)
This deep conditioning mask quenches my dry ends and makes my hair look instantly healthier. Besides the shine and body all of the products offer, this one seems to smooth the cuticle, making my split ends disappear. And it’s weightless! I’ve never before used a deep conditioner that didn’t weigh my hair down. Thanks to the mask’s high-performance polymers, I get more volume instead of added weight. It’s so effective and smells so good!
The entire Pai-Shau line is vegan and cruelty-free; it’s also free of gluten, parabens, sulfates and phosphates. I loved every product I tried, and will not hesitate to purchase my favorites when they’re gone. The price point is what you’d expect for high-end haircare, and the products are well worth their price considering their concentrated formulas and flawless performance.
With its weightless moisture and scrumptious fragrance, I have a passion for Pai-Shau.
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Melissa loves road trips, bargain shopping, drive-in movies, lip gloss and rock ‘n’ roll. She lives in Baltimore with her precious pups Zeus and Bellarina.
skin tone: NC25
skin type: dry to normal
favorite beauty product: skincare