First and foremost, I applaud Sharps for ingenious marketing and packaging. Simple, clear, humorous writing adorns the bottle of Sharps Mission Control Conditioning Shampoo, explaining that this shampoo/conditioner combo saves time in your shower, space on your shelf, and pennies in your pocket. With those claims, I thought I would give Sharps the ultimate test: my (larger than average) head of thick, dry, curly, unmanageable hair.
Sharps makes the bold declaration that through a combination of ingredients, their product can solve all of my hair problems. They claim it can: Invigorate (peppermint essential oil), Shine (soy protein), and Soften and Condition (Hair Moisture Complex - which I imagine has something to do with the shea butter). I have been using this product for the past few weeks and I, for the most part, am a believer.
Now, I understand I have a qualifier in that last sentence, so I must preface the rest of this review with the admission that Sharps does, in effect, accomplish everything they claim to do. However, with soft and clean hair, my hair lacks the necessary weight to make it manageable, so instead of my normal dry mop, I am left with a healthy, soft bush of hair. Such is life.
Upon opening the bottle, you are immediately enveloped in a fragrant cloud of peppermint. Not the peppermint smell you associate with your grandmother’s candy dish, but actual peppermint. It is a refreshing divergence from most men’s products, which usually smell overly musky or so chemical-laden that you are left wondering if goggles and gloves are needed for application.
After getting past the refreshing scent, the next quality I noticed was the extremely viscous nature of the shampoo/conditioner. I don’t know if that is attributable to the combination of shampoo/conditioner components or if it is because of the chemical makeup, but it is quite noticeable. That being said, even though the consistency is extremely thick, it works through my hair evenly and provides a fantastic, tingly lather. The tingling lets me know it’s working!
After going about the rest of my business in the shower, I finished by washing out my hair. Once I had removed the remaining product, I immediately recognized a softness with which I am not familiar. Not only did my hair feel great, but my nose was pleased, my fingers glided through easily, and my scalp was still waking me up with a slight tingle.
I am normally leery of companies that have clever packaging and marketing – Apple aside – because I often feel as if they are trying to compensate for an inferior product. Sharps runs counter to my notion by not only packaging a “sharp”-looking shampoo, but by delivering a fantastic-performing product as well. I'd say mission accomplished.
Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamide MEA, Isostearyl Linoleate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Peppermint Oil, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, Shea Butter Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Hydrolized Wheat Protein, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Hydrolized Soy Protein, Tocopherol, Milk Amino Acids, Panthenol, Phytantriol, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Hydroxylpropyl Methylcellulose, Dimethicone PEG8 Meadowfoamate, Acrylates Copolymer, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, PEG-6 Caprylic / Capric Glycerides, Glyceryl Linoleate, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Linolenate, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Buteth-3, Tributyl Citrate, BIS-PEG-15 Dimethicone / IPDI Degreasification Copolymer, Glycol Distearate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Acetamide MEA, Hydrolized Mucopolysaccharides, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Sorbitol, Sulfur, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Ammonium Xylenesulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Lactylate, Triethanolamine, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, BHT, Fragrance