Reviewed by Richard

My hair has been mistreated in the past with nasty drugstore shampoos and conditioners, sun, heat styling and dyes. As a result, my hair has always been on the dry side and I have yet to find the magic combination to restore that sufficiently moisturized lustre. Even with the swap to more natural and concentrated shampoos and conditioners the problem remains, even with the Nutra-Lift Ultranutrient shampoo and conditioner. Thus, when I received the Shielo hydrate shampoo and volumizing conditioner I was thankful and excited to try.

However after four uses, I honestly expected a lot more from this combination. After usage my hair felt even more starved of hydration than when I was still using Nutra-Lift (which was doing a fairly good job). For starters both the shampoo and conditioner require very small amounts to cover the hair length so one would assume it is concentrated.  Having been told by hairdressers to always double shampoo, it became apparent that the Shielo Hydrate Shampoo ($24) was more on the mild-harsh side as it stripped the hair quite a lot especially by the second wash. I noticed that it uses a synthetic variant of coconut oil, cocamidopropyl betaine which is a mild detergent and has been reported as being an allergic trigger to some. Maybe I'm just being fussy about the gentleness of shampoos for double washing but along with the other surfactants, this shampoo left my hair feeling like it had been harshly treated as everything seemed to have been stripped (isn't this supposed to be a hydrating shampoo?).

Moving onto the senses, there really isn't much that I liked about the feel, smell or look of the hydrating shampoo. A sort of glossy yellow with a plastic like shine, thick, and a strong and unnatural scent. The fragrance smelt overpowering and cheap like typical drugstore shampoos. I definitely would not use this shampoo again even for just one wash despite there being quite a few good ingredients. They just didn't seem to be having any effect.

Next up on the chopping block is the Shielo Volumizing Conditioner ($22.00). Now this was also a major let down. I know it's volumizing and not marketed as hydrating so maybe I'm being too harsh but come on, a conditioner should at least provide enough hydration to prevent it from feeling more thirsty afterwards. Like the shampoo, Shielo isn't known for being very pure.

Moreover, along with the expected nasal assault of overbearing and cheap smelling 'fragrance', it's consistency reminded me greatly of the Loreal Elvive hair mask except this one was less goopy and more gel-like which was tolerable. Every time I washed it out after leaving it in for a few minutes I noticed that it just wasn't restoring enough moisture to my hair (perhaps the Shielo hydrate shampoo is to blame and not the conditioner) but it seemed to do nothing else. The last time I used it I left it on for a solid eleven minutes with a shower cap and bath towel wrapped around to trap heat and nothing was different. To compare, whenever I did this with the NutraLift conditioner my hair would always come out more hydrated and healthy looking. Hair volume was the same except it felt more dry than usual i.e. running fingers through my hair was not a pleasant experience and it felt heavier despite me using a very small amount for my short hair. Perhaps someone who has more damaged hair would see better results as I've given taken extra care for it to back thick and strong albeit still being dry. I also wouldn't recommend this product based on my experience.

After using these two products, their benefits (or lack of) have got me second guessing Shielo as a lot of their other products seem to follow similar formulation guidelines. It's a mixed bag, some good but a fair share of bad mixed in too and, in this case, the bad clearly outweighed the good.

Ingredients in Hydrate Shampoo:

Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamidopropylamine Oxide, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamide MEA, Fragrance (Parfum), Hexapeptide-11, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract(1), Hydrolyzed Algae Extract, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Cysteine, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Extract, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Flower Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract(1), Hydrastis Canadensis (Golden Seal) Root Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract(1), Arctium Majus Root (Burdock Root) Extract(1), Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride,Benzophenone-4, Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Butyloctanol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Glycol Distearate, Hexylene Glycol, PEG-150 Distearate, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Phytantriol, Polyquaternium-59, Polyquaternium-47, Silicone Quaternium-16, Silicone Quaternium-3, Trideceth-7, Trideceth-12, Undeceth-11, Undeceth-5, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Yellow 6 (CI 15985)(2) (1)Certified Organic by Organic Certifiers, Ventura County, CA (2)Food Grade *Paraben-Free Formula

Ingredients in Volumizing Conditioner

Water, cetearyl alcohol, cetrimonium chloride, cocamide MEA, hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate, euterpe (acai fruit) extract, hydrolyzed soy protein, swertia japonica extract, hydrolyzed silk, carrot extract, sage leaf extract, spirulina maxima extract, cysteine, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed wheat starch, hydrolyzed oat protein, wheat amino acids, panthenol, symphytum officianale leaf extract, macrocytis pyifera extract, panax ginseng root extract, biotin, aloe leaft extract, citric acid, polyquaternium-24, propylene glycol, dimethicone, alcohol, diazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben, fragrance