Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Yeah, so the name of this shampoo reads like a really bad first attempt at SEO by the office junior, but amazingly it kind of worked becau...
Yeah, so the name of this shampoo reads like a really bad first attempt at SEO by the office junior, but amazingly it kind of worked because I found it, and the very name left me intrigued, not least because it contains Coconut Oil, which everyone and their dog seems to have finally worked out is the solution to all of life's problems.
I'm sure by now you're familiar with Cleansing Oils for the skin - if not, where have you been?! - that are most commonly used to remove makeup and sunscreen. But the clever people at Palmer's have essentially taken that concept and applied it shampoo!
It first came to my attention whilst I was walking along the haircare aisle at Superdrug, and upon reading the bottle, my mind went in to a state of overdrive: "How innovative!", "Am I actually applying oil to my hair to cleanse it?!", "I wonder if there's a Spongebob gif about haircare.", "How will this work?", "Won't that leave my hair all greasy though?", "Oh wait, it says NO BUILD UP on it." and "I'm still confused." and then "Of course there'll be a Spongebob gif about haircare."
One thing that I always do when looking at new hair products is check the ingredients for Sulphates, because my bleached hair can't handle the stripping properties of shampoos that contain it, although I do make an exception for Fudge's Clean Blonde shampoo for when I need to whiten up my blonde hair. But Palmer's Cleansing Oil Shampoo is sulphate free, which is surprisingly uncommon, so I had to shove it in the basket. Metaphorically speaking, I don't even remember ever seeing a basket in Superdrug, do they do baskets?
So here's the blurb, straight from the bottle:
"No Sulfates - No Parabens - No Phthalates - No Mineral Oil - No Gluten - No Dyes - No Silicones
Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Zero Break Cleansing Oil Shampoo contains ethically and sustainably sourced Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and Tahitian Monoi in addition to a hair-healthy blend of Sweet Almond, Macadamia, Jojoba and Avocado Oils. This silicone-free formula fortifies hair for optimal growth and shine without buildup or weighing hair down.
Coconut Oil - Strengthens Hair and adds shine
Sweet Almond Oil - Helps Repair & Prevent Damage
Avocado Oil - Seals Cuticles to Fortify Growth
Zero Break Ceramides - Palmers Zero Break Hydro-Ceramides restore this lipid barrier, improving the strength of hair and reducing, and reducing damage, breakage or splitting."
When I Googled for the 401 on this shampoo, in store of course, because I don't want to be buying something with 1/5 on MakeupAlley now do I, or that's had lawsuits from people who's hair fell out, I didn't find anything on it at all, so presumed it must have been a new release. So I guess that makes me the guinea pig, and I hope you appreciate it bazitches.
The consistency of the product is best described as being like a thick oil, much thinner than a standard shampoo but still quite viscous, and not very runny at all. It lathers up quite well for a sulphate-free shampoo, which generally don't reach the same lathering levels of a normal sulphate-y shampoo, but hey, that's the sulphate-free life for you.
Sometimes I'll shampoo just the once, other times I'll go all out and shampoo twice, and I can safely say that is hasn't ever built up in my hair, which is great! Once I've rinsed out the shampoo, I find it does add a little slip to my hair, which I find to be very rare in shampoos - bearing in mind my hair is heavily bleached. In fact, the only other product that's offered my hair any kind of slip is my Olaplex No 1 and No 2 treatments, so Palmer's are in good company.
I've used the shampoo for around a month now, and I have to say I am really impressed by it. I usually lay off the heat treatments and wear my hair with its natural curls most days, so I was really conscious that an oily shampoo might weigh down my curls or leave my hair looking greasy enough to fry an egg on it, but I can confirm that neither of these nightmare scenarios have became reality.
As for the claims from the bottle, I wouldn't say this is a miracle shampoo, but I do feel it's the hero my hair needs right now. One of the great things about it is that added slip, which in combination with my normal conditioner, means my hair doesn't feel quite so tangled after coming out of the shower anymore, and less detangling means less breakage, so I can see where they're going with the Zero Break claims, and I'll allow them that.
So overall then, I'm really happy with how this product has turned out, and if you suffer from damaged, weak, fragile hair, or have bleached it beyond recognition like I have, then I'd recommend this 100%. Also, it costs just £6.99 and you can get it from Superdrug, so it's easily accessible and reasonably priced.
I've also noticed that Palmers have a small range of 'Zero Break' products too, consisting of not just the shampoo, but also a conditioner and reconstructor, which I'm tempted to try out.