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Nurture My Body shampoo and conditioner- tested and recommended

Is a Solution for:
Oily Hair, Thinning Hair & Shedding, Dry or Brittle Hair
Reviewed by Marta June 13, 2010 8 Comments
The nice people at Nurture My Body sent us a batch of their hair care products and Shyema pounced on the volumizing shampoo quicker than you can say organic. She was so excited by the results that she could barely wait to post her review. In the meantime, I've been trying out the Nurture My Body shampoo and conditioner and, quite simply, I adore them.

They leave my hair silky, soft and with the right amount of volume. Plus something magical happened to the natural wave of my hair  - now a gentle, pretty sweep - and to the color. My hair was - before I got older and it got darker - naturally reddish blonde, what people sometimes call strawberry blonde. Since its been getting darker/more brownish, I have been getting it highlighted s shade that is blonder/lighter. I swear that this Nurture My Body stuff have given me a more honey blonde hue that is a little closer to what my hair looked like 15 years ago.

From the mild surfactants (polyglucose) to the myriad botanicals, there is much to love and nothing to dislike in the formulations for both the shampoo and conditioner. Patty Kerr, the co-founder and formulator of NMB even explains her choice of surfactants on the website: " The purest form of surfactant is Castile based. However, I do not like the way it leaves a waxy residue on the hair shaft or how you need to use a vinegar or lemon rinse to remove the soap film. So, I replaced it with our Decyl Polyglucose and Lauryl Polyglucose, both naturally derived and safe."

You can read more about Patty's approach in our Founders Series interview with her and husband Rick. In the meantime, I just want to give a shout out to a few of the ingredients that caught my eye. In both the shampoo and conditioner there is a high dose of coltsfoot. This roadside weed is a powerful antioxidant, according to Korean research and a Chinese study of over 50 plants isolated coltsfoot as one of the three most potent. Many chemicals can be found in coltsfoot, including four phenolic acids and six flavonoids. Itchy, troubled scalps will find relief from chickweed, which soothes inflamed skin diseases such as eczema and related dermatitis. Slippery elm (also found in  Nutra-Lift shampoo) may be playing the role normally given to silicones. It contains a substance called mucilage that is a natural lubricant. For that matter, mucilage is also found in the marshmallow plant.

Comfrey is a NMB favorite and you'll find in their facial cleansers. It can speed up the replacement of skin cells as well as providing some protection against the sun. It is also good see calendula here (pot marigold) as this is a source of lutein. According to a Harvard research team, it may have the potential to act as a preventative agent against UVB-induced skin cancer and skin damage. In another study, hydration increased by 60%, elasticity by 20%, superficial skin lipids by 50% and lipid oxidation was seen to decrease by 55%.

Ingredients in shampoo

Purified Water, Decyl Polyglucose, Lauryl Polyglucose, Cocos Nucifera (Coco de Cream)**, Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract**, Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Infusion**, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Infusion**, Urtica Dioica (Nettles) Infusion**, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Infusion**, Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Infusion**, Althaea Officinalas (Marshmallow Root) Infusion**, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey Root) Infusion**, Calendula Officinalis (Pot Marigold) Infusion**, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile Flowers) Infusion**, Avena Sativa (Oatstraw) Infusion**, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) CO2**, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Essential Oil**, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedar Atlas) Essential Oil**, Citrus Reticula (Red Mandarin) Essential Oil**, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil**, Rosemarinus Officinale (Rosemary) Essential Oil**, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Extract

Ingredients in conditioner

Purified Water, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax NF, Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Infusion**, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Infusion**, Urtica Dioica (Nettles) Infusion**, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey Root) Infusion**, Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Infusion**, Althaea Officinalas (Marshmallow Root) Infusion**, Calendula Officinalis (Pot Marigold) Infusion**, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile Flowers) Infusion**, Avena Sativa (Oatstraw) Infusion**, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed) Oil**, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Nut) Oil**, Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract**, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel**, Calendula Officinalis (Pot Marigold) CO2**, Vitamin C Palmitate (Ascorbyl Palmitate), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) CO2**, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) CO2**, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Extract

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  • December 12, 2012

    by Icha

    I just had highlights done to my brown hair. They came out way too hhtglighied and just too bright. How can i protect my already dry hair from the harsh water here in texas?

  • November 23, 2010

    by jaime

    I really value your reviews. I am curious, which came first, Nurture My Body or Yarok. The shampoo and conditioner seem identical. The conditioner ingredients are listed in the exact order, Yarok has several essential oils but the base conditioner is exactly the same. The only ingredient not included from NMB is Vit. C. I didn't think either was a private label but hand crafted.

    thank you

  • August 13, 2010

    by Jaysie

    Laura - The second time I used NMB, I also used a Brocato spray detangler as a leave-in but the breakage still happened. I recall reading quite some time ago that certain essential oils can be very sensitizing on some hair types, so perhaps this is the problem on my fine, porous, tinted hair. It's odd, though, because the NMB made my hair very slick and easy to comb through while wet. Maybe there was some kind of static charge making the hair strands break.

    I'm really glad you posted about the Nutra-Lift because now I'm sure I don't want to try it until they come out with trial sizes. I'm also going to re-read the ingredients for the Yarok as it sounded promising at first glance.

    Thanks so much for your feedback!

  • August 12, 2010

    by Laura

    Jaysie, I have to say I have had the same issue with the Nutra-Lift shampoo and conditioner. What seems to help is using a leave in conditioner and/or some argan oil before I comb out my hair. My hair is pretty fine and straight and I've never had a problem with comb outs. I'm not sure if it's breaking off or coming out because of the lack of lubricant/conditioning it provides. That being said, it does not weigh down my fine hair and the style ends up lasting and is very light and soft once it has dried....just have to get through the hair loss while combing out!!! I think my next venure will be to try the Yarok, with the serums.

  • August 9, 2010

    by Jaysie

    I've not yet tried Nutra-Lift mainly because they don't offer trial sizes. It's not the cost of that big size they sell, it's just that I realized over a year ago that I'm really tired of always housing a big shopping bag of rejected hair products and then finding people to foist them on. Years ago, I was able to take this stuff to a local women's shelter, but they can't take toilietries anymore. So I resolved to only buy small sizes of things until I know if they work for me because, simply, the reject bag in my linen closet is so much smaller. Weird, I know, as I may be missing a very good product.

    As for the NMB, I'm going to try it again when my hair is not so riled up by humidity. My hair balloons like in those photos for MaxiGlide and it becomes pretty fragile because the cuticle is so choppy.

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