Reviewed by Stephanie

I have a thing for shampoos - well, shampoos and shoes.

Under my bathroom sink are bottles and bottles of shampoos, each of which I once had high hopes for transforming my hair.

When I opened the Jason Color Protect Henna Shampoo, the smell almost knocked me out! It reminded me of cherry cough syrup. Not very appealing. But if a shampoo could make my fine, limp hair more luxurious, it could smell like a barn and I wouldn’t care!

Unfortunately, it didn’t give me gleaming hair. It gave me dried straw - back to the barn analogy - and that I can get from a lot of cheap shampoos.

On the positive side, the shampoo had a nice sudsing quality to it (something you don’t always get with a natural shampoo), so that was a plus - just not enough of one. It also had a nice texture. It wasn’t runny or watery. And I can’t fault it for providing shine. My hair was as shiny as the hair you’ll see in Pantene commercials - but it still left my hair with flyaways and much less body than I have on a good hair day.

I used this shampoo for two weeks - every day. Because I have fine hair, if I don’t wash it daily it looks limp. Add to that the fact that my roots are no longer the color I was born with and my hair can really look awful without the volume of a daily washing. As this is a natural shampoo, I expected it to give my hair volume and softness - not the dried out effect I got. I did find that the Jason Color Protect Conditioner helped with the dryness somewhat, but then it could also build up and, well… round and round we go.

At least the conditioner didn’t smell bad. The conditioner, like the shampoo, had a nice feel to it in your hands. It didn’t require a lot of product to do its job and it certainly made combing through my wet hair possible. Otherwise, I can imagine a lot of hair would get tangled on the comb as you tried to manage your hair post-shampoo.

Because I was curious how naturally fuller hair responded to the Jason products, I gave samples to my son’s girlfriend - enough for two or three shampoos. She has beautiful thick hair, and she loved the shampoo and conditioner. My feeling is that if you have a good deal of hair, products like this may be less problematic. Finding something that makes fine hair look good is not an easy task.

The reality is I wouldn’t purchase this shampoo or conditioner. I believe I gave it long enough to see how it would work for me. In truth, I think you can pretty much tell what a shampoo will or won’t do for you after the first few uses. This duo just wasn’t for me - especially when there are so many good ones out there.

Next I want to try the Nutra-Lift shampoo that Marta raves about. I live in Israel, so I plan to purchase it on my next trip to the States.

Ingredients in shampoo: Aqua (water), cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium lauryl sulfoacetate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, lawsonia inermis (henna) flower/fruit/leaf extract, calendula officinalis flower extract*, equisetum arvense leaf extract*, hydrolyzed wheat protein, ascorbic acid, panthenol, retinyl palmitate, tocopheryl acetate, citric acid, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, glycerin, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, panthenyl ethyl ether, phytantriol, sodium chloride, sodium sulfate, alcohol*, benzyl alcohol, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, fragrance (parfum), annatto (ci 75120)

Ingredients in conditioner: Aqua (water), cetearyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, stearalkonium chloride, polysorbate 60, aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, calendula officinalis flower extract*, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract*, citrus grandis (grapefruit) fruit extract*, equisetum arvense leaf extract*, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower extract*, lawsonia inermis (henna) flower/fruit/leaf extract, aniba rosaeodora (rosewood) wood oil, eugenia caryophyllus (clove) leaf oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, hydrolyzed wheat protein, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, panthenol, retinyl palmitate, toaocpherol, tocopheryl acetate, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, glycerin/glyceryl stearate, panthenyl ethyl ether, panthenyl hydroxypropryl steardimonium chloride, alcohol, benzyl alcohol, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, fragrance (parfum)

*Certified organic ingredient