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My hair did not have a particularly good summer, or fall for that matter, and I spent a few months casting around – with increasing desperation – for a solution(s) for a mop that was limp, dry and dull. I thought about going back to Nutra-Lift’s Ultra Nutrient Shampoo ($22), with which I have always had good results. Nurture My Body seemed to do nothing for the dry dullness, and Yarok seemed to be reformulating and rebranding. Increasingly frustrated, I felt that there must be something new out there waiting for me. And ultimately there was. Thanks to readers' comments and other reviewers, I have devised a new hair regimen that is giving me consistently good hair days – and, I believe, renewed and abundant growth.
Just as I was about to order Nutra-Lift Ultra Nutrient, I remembered that Leslie and others had great results with Nutra-Lift’s Simply Superb Shampoo with Goat’s Milk. It seemed to keep the bounce, but defrizz wavy/curly, colored hair. Well, as Kim mentioned in her review, if you have dry hair it is a must. It restored my hair back to life with the first wash.
Now, I have to say that while I am very pleased with the way my hair is looking with the help of Simply Superb, I am not in love with the formula. Although it has some great ingredients, there are a couple of dodgy ones as well. And, it stings my eyes – which is a bit of a smoking gun. I think this might be due to tetrasodium EDTA, which animal studies have shown to be an irritant at low doses. Although another culprit could be quaternium-15, an ingredient on Dr Oz’s no list.
There isn’t a companion Simply Superb conditioner. And, frankly, I don’t think most people would need one as this is a rich shampoo in its own right. However, I have been following my showers with a leave in shampoo that is a new find and that I am really loving. Shielo Antioxidant Leave-in Protectant ($20) is a great detangler and is light enough not to drag down my relatively fine hair. Plus it has a great antioxidant formula.
I finish with another excellent find, SenZen’s Drenched & Quenched Scalp Therapy ($42). This is a lightweight, slightly milky liquid that I can best describe as a serum for the hair. Like Shielo, its key ingredient hexapeptide-11. It is derived from yeast, but there isn’t that much information available on it other than it is able to upregulate the androgen receptor gene, binding to it much the way testosterone will. This has led to speculation that hexapeptide-11 may be able to help convert young velus hair into mature hair. Drenched & Quenched is versatile and can be used on the scalp when the hair is wet, or on dry hair. I use it after drying as I find that it actually gives my hair light hold and a little bit of styling control. I love the idea that I have a styling product that is also imparting lots of great ingredients such as antioxidant superoxide dismutase, green tea and apple.
I am still rubbing in a dab of Clearly Emu emu oil ($26-69 in the TIA shop) and copper peptide solution on my hair line, which I have to say is fully restored. But what I am really pleased about is that I have a head of hair that shows no sign of thinning. Last week, I was at a meeting and someone even commented on how thick my hair is looking.
By the way, Junko sent me a bottle of her amazing looking DIY hair oil, so I’m looking forward to experimenting with it over the holidays (thanks Junko!).
Ingredients in Nutra-Lift Simply Superb
Deionized Water (agua), certified organic Non-Pasteurized Goat Milk, Lauramide MIPA, Glycol Stearate, Cocamide MEA, Vegetable Glycerin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis gel, Tetrasodium EDTA, Silk Amino Acids, a natural and organic blend of: Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Extract, Lemon (Citrus medica limonum) Extract, Pine (Pinus sylvestris) Cone extract, Hops (Humulus lupulus) Extract, Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) Extract; Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxyoropyltrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Sodium Chloride, Quaternium-15, Chamomile extract, Green Tea, Pomegranate
Ingredients in Shielo
Water, hexapeptide-11, shea butter, lemon fruit extract, sunflower seed extract, cysteine, hibiscus rosa-sinensis flower extract, horsetail extract, golden seal root extract, burdock root extract, hydrolyzed soy protein, apple fruit extract, sugar cane, hydrolyzed rice protein, lemon peel extract, hydrolyzed wheat protein, sodium pca, hydrolyzed wheat starch, mallow flower extract, hydrolyzed algae extract, panthenol, white tea leaf extract, cactus extract, hydrolyzed wheat protein/PVP Crosspolymer, betaine, butylene glycol, cetrimonium chloride, cinnamidopropyltrimonium chloride, dimethicone PEG-8 meadow foamate, hexylene glycol, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, polyquaternium-55, PPG-26-buteth-26, silicone quaternium-3, trideceth-7, trideceth-12, ethylhexylglycerin, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, fragrance
Ingredients in SenZen Drenched and Quenched:
Water(Aqua), Propanediol, Glycerin, Hexapeptide-11, Superoxide Dismutase, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract, Visnaga Vera Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Caffeine, Allantoin, Phytantriol, Panthenol Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, SENZEN Energized Liposomal Blend, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (White Tea) Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Red Tea) Extract, Acanthopanax Senticosus (Eleuthero Ginseng) Root Extract, Montmorillonite (Trace Minerals), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Mentha Spiicata (Spearmint) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Betaine, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Parfum)