A few weeks ago, I wrote about a celebrity stylist's own brand of hair products (Ted Gibson Daily Cleanse Shampoo to be exact). I was more impressed than disappointed. I recently ran across another "celebrity stylist" who is trying to reach out to consumers with his own brand: Rodney Cutler, the owner of Cutler/Redken Salons in New York (and Gansevoort Miami). Cutler is well-known for his outreach to celebrities in more of a fashion angle: his stylists work with many fashion designers for "fierce" looks. The models may look great on the runway, but would they use his shampoo?


I picked up the Cutler Daily Shampoo ($14) and nearly had a panic attack when I started to read the ingredients. The top ingredients were all bullies, like sodium laureth sulfate, disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, TEA lauryl sulfate... and so forth. It just continued to read like a list of damaging ingredients that were mostly irritants. But then the list went into a lot of great proteins that your hair can benefit from, like wheat protein, hydrolyzed jojoba protein (a goodie here, as it not only forms hydroscopic film on the hair and retains moisture but repairs and conditions damaged hair, adding shine), sweet almond protein and hydrolyzed oat protein (helps further the shine and moisturizes) and rice protein.

Wow. It was kind of like getting a strong hit to my endorphins while crying at the same time.

There were more redeeming qualities, like sunflower seed extract (moisture retention) and nourishing elements like ginger root extract and pear fruit extract.

When I gave it a shot, it lathered quite nicely and smelled terrific. However, I couldn't get over the fact I had all those irritating sulfates in my hair. Maybe it's just me being extra sensitive after reviewing and trying so many shampoos out there. My hair did feel squeaky clean afterward but it still had some sort of "cheapened" feel (I'm so jaded but this makes me an expert, no?). If you're going to charge $14, I want it to feel like I used a $14 shampoo.

Cutler's Daily shampoo is not the worst but it's not the best. I had mixed feelings, and I definitely wouldn't use this every day (due to the sulfates and such) as they suggest. Maybe once a week. Thus, I would not buy the shampoo. It's a shame that a lot of the bad are the heavy weights in the shampoo because the good is good. But you can get better.

Water (Aqua) - Sodium Laureth Sulfate - Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate - TEA-Lauryl Sulfate - Lauramidopropyl Betaine - Cocamide MEA - PEG-7 - Glyceryl Cocoate - Fragrance (Parfum) - Decyl Glucoside - Cocamidopropyl -  Hydroxysultaine - Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids - Hydroxypropyl Guar - Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride - Panthenol - Methoxy PEG/PPG-7/3 -  Aminopropyl Dimethicone - Polyquaternium-7 - PEG-60 Almond Glycerides - Cinnamidopropyltrimonium - Chloride - Wheat Amino Acids - Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer - Hydrolyzed Jojoba Protein - Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Protein - Hydrolyzed Oat Protein - Hydrolyzed Rice Protein - Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract - Nasturtium Officinale (Watercress) Extract - Hedychium Coronarium (Hawaiian White Ginger) Root Extract - Pyrus Communis (Pear) Fruit Extract - Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract - Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract - Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract - Panthenyl Ethyl Ether - Phospholipids - Retinyl Palmitate - Tocopheryl Acetate - Ascorbyl Palmitate - Glycerin - Butylene Glycol - PEG-150 Distearate - Citric Acid - Trisodium EDTA - Phenoxyethanol - Methylparaben - Propylparaben