So after reading about all the toxic crap in my Herbal Essence shampoo and conditioner and drying out my hair with the Baking Soda challenge, I wanted to stay on the right path but try out something that smelled better than apple cider vinegar and was less drying. I picked up Kevin Murphy’s Hydrate Me Shampoo & Conditioner at Melange Salon in Edmonton (which is a non-toxic salon). I was a bit worried because I use a lot of conditioner, I’m talking a handful, and these bottles looked pretty tiny for $28/each, compared to the ones I buy in the bulk section of the grocery store…..
I used a fraction of what I normally use in both shampoo and conditioner and found it worked great. I love the smell, it reminds me a bit of Aveda, kind of spicier, but I do not like the bottles. The odd shape makes it hard to squeeze out the conditioner, but maybe that’s so you use it sparingly. It’s gentle on my hair and leaves it pretty easy to comb through, smelling good and fairly soft. I also mentioned in the baking soda review that I had a red spot along my hairline I was hoping would go away. The baking soda made it worse by replacing the redness with dryness, but since using Kevin Murphy Shampoo and Conditioner for a couple weeks, the spot has pretty much gone away. I have a feeling all the harsh chemicals in my cheap shampoo and conditioner were irritating my sensitive skin.
Overall, I really like the Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me Shampoo and Conditioner. As far as going from a drugstore brand to a high end brand, I would say that it’s worth the money in the fact that it’s better for my health and I use probably 1/4 of the amount of conditioner. As far as improving my hair, I can’t really say I notice a difference. My actual hair is no better or worse, but my scalp is definitely healthier