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Welcome to the working week, readers! Are you going Meatless this Monday? As promised when we joined in the MM campaign, Mondays at we heart this will not only be about vegetarian meals. Today, we’re thinking green by reviewing one of Hollywood’s (and beauty stylist’s) best kept secrets for high quality hair care, White Sands. The we heart this team received the latest products from the crew at White Sands, their Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner, which just so happens to be all natural and 100% vegan! Adding to the good for the earth; fab for your hair vibe, these products are free of sulfates and silicone and rely on wheat and silk amino acids to gently wash, hydrate, nourish and protect hair.
First, a confession, even with the luxury of being able to test so many beauty products, I still fall into some beauty ruts. I discovered a big name brand of shampoo and conditioners a few years back, that did wonders for my fine, lifeless hair. Those with fine hair need to wash often, just a teensy bit of dirt or oils can weigh hair down. The catch is that with frequent washing, and subsequent blow drying/styling, hair can become dry and damaged fast. If you dye your hair, forget about it. So, even when I couldn’t afford the big name brand, I went for similar styles; a shampoo that super cleaned my hair till it squeaked and an extra thick conditioner to alleviate all the damage. My test trial of the Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner turned all of that on its head! And the hair on my head couldn’t be happier.
It took me a while to warm up to this duo. They are packaged in your standard bottles shaded in cool blues and purples with silver accents and a cool, postmodern scrawl drawing of a woman. The scent, unfortunately, is not my favorite. It’s a sweet floral, almost perfumey scent that is of medium intensity in the shower, yet very light once hair is dry.
I first noticed a difference in the shampoo – the creamy White Sands Hydrating Shampoo lathered into great suds (hooray), while feeling creamier and more moisturizing then my regular shampoos. It rinsed well and my hair felt clean, but without that squeak.
The Hydrating Conditioner is a definite cream conditioner. I was worried I needed more gloop, but liked the way the conditioner clung to and worked into my hair. A fine-tooth comb easily went through my wet hair distributing it all evenly. After a few minutes, the conditioner rinsed quickly and easily away. I wondered if my hair would be adequately conditioned.
That first day, and for the last few weeks, I’ve been amazed at the way White Sands thoroughly cleans; smoothing and moisturizing without weighing down my fine hair. Instead of strip cleaning my hair and then weighing it down with conditioners, the White Sands works with my hair issues. My hair has been shiny and bouncy (well, bouncy for me), my split ends are less pronounced and the static and flyaways are in hiding. And, my hair is noticeable lighter. I can get away with a bit more time between washes with these lightweight products.
Talk about a win-win situation! I’ve been using less water and less product (thinking green, you know) while loving my hair during my White Sands test period.
If you dye your hair, it gets even better. White Sands blends natural botanicals into these shampoos and conditioners, including Heliogenol, lemongrass and chamomile, providing color protection and enhancement. They also boast of a Clear Micro Shield that locks in and protects your color. I can’t wait to hear from our ladies that dye their tresses.
Testers: What did your hair think of the Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner? we heartsters: Have discovered why White Sands is on the sets of some of the biggest shows on television?