During the last six months I’ve been testing out a lot of different hair products in an attempt to find the ones that work best for my hair type – a top layer that is straight, dry, prone to frizz, and refuses to be manipulated by products or styling tools, an undercoat that is thick and naturally curly, and an increasing number of grey strands that prefer to stick straight out/up, screaming for attention. Add to that a sensitive scalp that suffers from bouts of folliculitis. Oh and there is my sensitivity to smell. While I do enjoy many natural fragrances, I am very particular about the note. I don’t care for the scent of rose, jasmine or a lot of the other essential oils that are often included in more natural hair care products.
I usually don’t bother with samples when it comes to shampoo and conditioner because I have a lot of hair and they don’t normally contain enough product. So I’ve been purchasing travel size versions instead. I bought the travel size versions of both the Evolve Ultrashine Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner a few months ago at BeauTeaBar. The good news is the shampoo thoroughly cleaned my hair without stripping it. No repeat necessary. This is a real improvement over many of the more natural shampoos that I’ve tried. While I’m okay with a shampoo that doesn’t foam in the traditional manner, I also don’t want my hair to feel greasy after washing it.
The directions on the conditioner specified “less is more” which proved accurate. Only a very small amount was needed. It rinsed out easily and I was able to effortlessly comb through my hair afterwards. Although the conditioner provided sufficient moisture it did not cause my hair to hold water like it sometimes will with a heavier conditioner. It also did not weigh the hair down or make it feel greasy once dry. The conditioner left my hair soft and shiny. But here is the rub, it was almost too soft. Now, I understand that to many people soft is a good thing; however, my hair (well, most of it), while it does have texture, is naturally very soft to begin with and this almost took all the texture away.
While I won’t be purchasing the full size version, if you don’t have super soft hair to begin with or you need a heavier conditioner, Evolvh Ultrashine is worth a try and the fact that it is available in a travel size makes it economical to do just that. One other downside to me is the smell. It isn’t a bad smell but it is a strong smell that lasted all day for me (even overpowering the Fez Perfume I was wearing, which says something). Not sure exactly how to describe it (sweet?) but if you are sensitive to smell you may want to stick to a travel or sample size first.