Hello everyone! It's my yearly absence from blogging as I'm in the midst of my busy period at work. I really, really admire those of you who work long hours every day as a norm and still find time to keep your house, cook and blog! I'm usually so exhausted by the time that I get home that I just sit like a lump on a log and fall asleep. in front of the television. Working 10 - 14 hours a day, six days a week isn't fun at all and really cramps my style. Haha!
One of the things about working long hours for a 2 month stretch is that it's gentle on my wallet, although I am supposed to be using my stash. I was able to leave work a little early one day and I was feeling a bit stressed so I went walking at the mall to de-stress. Not a good idea because I went on a little shopping frenzy. A couple of the items that I purchased, I would like to review today.
Pureology Precious Oil Shamp'Oil and Softening Conditioner:
This line is supposed to be great for color-treated hair that is rough, dull and brittle. It is supposed to help your hair retain its natural shininess and fullness while protecting your color. The key point to this line is that it has ZeroSulfate, ZeroSilicone and contains the Oleo Anti Fade Complex. It is 100% vegan, is ultra fortifying and offers extraordinary color protection, clarity and strength. (All according to their website.) Key ingredients are Sunflower Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and Jojoba Oil. The Oleo Anti Fade Complex will equalize porosity, restore manageabilty, restore protective lipid layer and enhance color vibrancy.
I have been using the Lux Super Damage Repair line from Japan. While I really loved it at first, I have found that Japanese shampoos especially, will cause my scalp to get these little irritated bumps. I think that might be because of the high silicone content in it. I know that my face will react that way if I use a primer that has high silicone content. For example, I can't use Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer as my skin does react to it. I wouldn't say that it's an allergic reaction but definitely not good for my skin.
I also found that after using the Lux line for almost a year now, I was finding that my hair wasn't feeling as soft and silky. I believe that it was a buildup of the product. In fact, my hair was looking dull and lifeless and I was actually beginning to think that perhaps as a result of age, I was experiencing hair loss. As I just finished up my bottles, I decided that it was time for a change, even though I do have refills for Lux.
It recommended that I try this Pureology line because of my complaints about my hair. I was a bit skeptical at first because I didn't like the fact that the shampoo is shamp'oil and had different oils in it. I was worried that it would just make my hair worse. I was pleasantly surprised by how well it lathers up. I know that the lathering component to most shampoos are not good but I just can't seem to feel clean unless I get a good lather. The conditioner doesn't feel heavy and rinses off well. The scent is pleasant enough, although I'm not a strong fan of scents. I've heard it compared to Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods scent. I'm not sure as I don't use that scent line.
After my first use, my hair was so happy! It felt softer and lighter and my volume came back! I'm surprised and amazed that despite the many moisturizing oils in this line that my hair doesn't get frizzy from being overly moisturized nor does it feel greasy. I've used it several times since purchasing it and my hair is quite happy. I'm also happy that it is free of parabens, sulfate and silicone. It is on the pricier side but well worth it to me. I happened to luck out and got it at Trade Secret while they were having a 30% off sale.