Reviewed and recommended: Head Organics Hair Spray and Leave-in Conditioner
The Head Organics Extra Hold Hair Spray is a nice light misting spray which (unlike my previous drugstore super-hold product) doesn't leave my hair feeling stiff and tacky, or looking dull between shampoos. I wear my long hair in either a french knot during the work week, or in a ponytail on the weekends. In both cases, the Head Organics spray kept the fly-aways in place, while leaving my hair silky and shiny. And because I don't wash my hair every day, it was important to me that I be able to refresh my style in between shampoos with heat appliances, without the sticky tacky residue of my old drugstore spray. The Head Organics hair spray smells great, doesn't dry out my hair shaft, doesn't degrade the color of my highlights, and doesn't contain anything that might contribute to dandruff, global warming and foot-long cockroaches! I wouldn't recommend this spray if you are looking to "freeze" your hair into a trendy Mohawk (despite the "extra hold" moniker) because the Head Organics spray will allow your hair to move while retaining the intended style, but it is a great hair spray for the average person who wants above-average looking hair.
The Head Organics Extra Hold Hair Spray is a surprisingly excellent value (downright affordable) when you consider that it contains so many "good for you" ingredients like green/white tea, jasmine, ginger, panthenol pomegranate and aloe vera. No kidding.... this great stuff in hair spray! My 250ml (about 8.5 oz) bottle is still half-full, and because I don't have to reapply the Extra Hold spray to my hair during the day to get the control I need, and because I won't lose any to "spillage" (more about that below), this one bottle should last at least two months.
One other attribute that is noteworthy with the Head Organics Extra Hold Hair Spray (and also with the Head Organics Leave-in Conditioner) is the excellent packaging. Oh sure, it is just a clear lightweight plastic spray bottle with a nice "spraying" element....but it also has this very cool little "lock" that flips up (or down) which keeps the contents from leaking when traveling or when turned upside down in a briefcase/purse. The lock is attached to the plastic bottle.... there is nothing to lose, or twist or decipher....simply fold the "lock" down when you are ready to spray, and fold the lock back up to seal the bottle when finished. Utterly simple and utterly clever.
The other product which I also tested is the Head Organics Leave-in Conditioner, and while I liked both products, I must absolutly brag about the Head Organics Leave-In Conditioner. How much do I like it? If you are looking for a powerful leave-in reconditioning product, this is it. If were forced to choose between any of the other excellent leave-in conditioners I have tried and the Head Organics Leave-In Conditioner.... it would be an easy choice....with Head Organics Leave-In Conditioner winning hands down.
The Head Organics Leave-In Conditioner can be used on wet hair as an instant detangler (trust me and my waist length color-treated extra thick hair on this one), or on damp hair to protect it from styling devices, or on dry hair to refresh and moisturize in between shampoos. And did I mention that the Leave-In Conditioner is paraben free? It has a light clean scent (making it great for men or women), and it made my hair as silky as the curls of a six-year old. That is a lot to say, considering the ends of my long hair has been abused and misused, color treated, blown dry, heat styled and tortured in general for a LONG LONG time. Until 2009 began, I also subjected my hair to harsh sulfates of all kind, plus parabens and petro-chemicals. And while I have since "seen the light" regarding sulfates, I figure the ends of my long hair have been subjected to this harsh treatment for AT LEAST 6 years. If the Head Organics Leave-In Conditioner can make the ends of MY hair soft, strong and shiny, it should do good things for just about anyone. I use it once a week, after my normal shampoo and conditioner, and the results are terrific.
The only admittedly petty complaint I have is that my bottle of leave-in conditioner didn't "mist" on quite as evenly as I would have liked , although that drawback most certainly didn't mar the quality of the product or stop me from using it.
The Head Organics Leave-In Conditioner also has an absurdly low price, considering the ingredients. It contains almost all of the organic delights found in the Head Organics Extra Hold Hair Spray, plus the addition of more conditioning agents and emollients and a hydrolyzed vegetable protein.
All in all, these two products are a fantastic value, and easily beat out "similar" products at 3x the price, in terms of quality ingredients, organics, and the most important criteria: performance.
Ingredients in Conditioner
Water, Amodimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Trideceth-12, Botanical Fragrance, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract*, Polyquaternium-37, Ethylhexylglycerin, C11-15 Pareth-7, Polyquaternium-11, Laureth-9, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Camellia Sinensis (Green & White Tea) Leaf Extract*, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract*, Citric Acid.
Ingredients in spray
Water, VP/VA Copolymer, AMP-Acrylates/Allyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Isosteareth-20, Glycerin, Botanical Fragrance, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Panethenol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (Green & White Tea) Leaf Extract*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Jasminium Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract*, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract*.