Hunting for a New Shampoo / Conditioner
Lately my hair has been extra sassy (laying and acting funky), and I’ve been ready to try something different than my custom Function of Beauty shampoo & conditioner. Now, that’s not to say I don’t still love my FOB products, however being a beauty blogger I always get the itch to try something new to see if there’s something that may work better for my crazy hair. (If you’re curious about Function of Beauty custom shampoo and conditioner, you can read my honest, non-sponsored review here).
My Hair Type
What I mean when I say my hair is crazy: It’s long, very course/thick & wavy. It’s also pretty frizzy and tangles extremely easy. My scalp is both dry AND oily – meaning my hair gets greasy easily at the roots, but can also flake & itch. The one size fits all approach has never really worked for my hair, and rightfully so – home girl has a lot of conflicting hair issues going on.
Affordable Hair Care
I’m typically a sucker for high-end products, especially when it comes to hair care. However, I’ve been trying to watch my spending on beauty products more carefully and couldn’t justify the hefty price of salon products at the moment.
While perusing the hair care aisle at Target I stumbled upon the Kristin Ess products, of which I hadn’t heard of before. To be completely blunt, I think the packaging and price point are what caught my eye. The peach toned, clean designed bottles stood out from the rest of the drugstore items, they looked very high-end. The price however, not so high-end – $10.00 USD for 10 FL OZ ($1 per OZ). That’s quite a lot of product for the price, especially for something that is comparable to salon products.
One of the largest selling points for me was the fact that the the product is sulfate free (sulfates have been linked to cellular damage when used in concentrations over 1%) and cruelty free.
What It Claims to Do
The One shampoo claims to clarify all hair types, and add moisture, shine while the conditioner claims to “soften and smooth parts of the hair that natural oils can’t reach”, per the website.
Both products also contain Zip-Up Technology™, a strengthening complex which claims to zip-up split ends, and protect hair from damage & color fade.
First Impressions of “The One” Signature Line
Upon first using the Kristin Ess Signature line I noticed it is heavily perfumed with a floral scent. Now for me, this is not a problem – I wash my hair every other day and love when it still smells freshly washed the second day. But, if you don’t love heavily scented shampoo it may not be your cup of tea.
The shampoo lathers nicely for a sulfate-free product. I did have to use more product than the label suggests (dime to quarter size) but you get a lot of product for the price, so no concerns there for me. Having long, thick hair I’m used to eating through product pretty quickly. The conditioner lathers well, but not as well as the shampoo. The label suggests to keep it off your scalp.
Natural Hair (Air Dry + Braid)
This line works pretty well for my naturally wavy/poofy hair. It even gave my hair a little more bounce than usual. My hair was pretty happy, voluminous and smelled good for two days straight. The only item I added to my hair post wash was a little bit of smoothing serum, everything else is au naturale, no heat or other products used. I wanted the results to be as natural and unskewed as possible.
I think it’s only fair that I mention I have HUGE hair naturally, and although the shampoo made my waves a little more defined, it didn’t really add anymore body or fullness to my hair. I just don’t want anyone to be under the impression that it’s a volumizing shampoo.
Styled Hair (Blow Dry + Flat Iron)
Things got a little rough once I started to man handle my hair. I went straight from wet combed hair to blow dry, again only using a little smoothing serum. During the drying process my hair was pretty hard to manage, quite poofy and my roots felt a little oily. It seemed to tangle extra easy and take a long time to dry. Overall, I was happy with the end result, but not so much the extra time and finesse it took to get there.
Don’t let my frayed ends scare you, it’s been months since I’ve had a trim. My hair was very soft and shiny aside from those ends (which are getting chopped off next week).
The Kristin Ess Signature products aren’t too shabby! Are they the best hair care products I’ve ever used? Nah. Do you get a lot of bang for your buck at that price point, though? Sure do!
The shampoo definitely made my hair feel more clean. I think one of the biggest issues I was running into with my current product was too much product build up, so I appreciate the lighter formula. My roots were not oily on the first day of washing, but they did appear just a tad oily on the second day. Nothing out of the norm, or that a little dry shampoo can’t fix. I may have to try the double shampoo method as suggested on the Kristin Ess website.
I do wish these products moisturized a little bit more, and combated some of the frizz and tangles. I also wish they didn’t add extra time on to my already ridiculously long blow drying time. Although my scalp didn’t flake, it did seem to be a bit irritated after 4-5 uses, but it would be unfair to directly imply that it was solely from these products. I’m guessing the super strong perfume may have played a hand, but who really knows. It was nothing unbearable or that would scare me away from further use.
Overall, this line truly looks & works like a high-end salon product, plus I’m totally digging the sulfate/cruelty free vibe. I think, at the very least, this can serve as a great in-between product (when you’re trying to save some coin in between buying your expensive salon products). I haven’t really come across any other hair products in the $10 range that yielded the same results or feels as high-end as the Krstin Ess line does.
If you’re curious about what’s in the Signature line, you can view the ingredient lists for both here:
Will you be trying the Kristin Ess line? Let me know!
Disclaimer: I am not a medical or hair professional. This post should not be used in lieu of professional advice. Post is not sponsored, product was purchased by me. All opinions are my own. Opinion valid only during time of review.