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Reviewed and recommended: Nutra-Lift Shampoo

June 25, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 17 Comments

Two things immediately endeared me to the sulfate-free Nutra-Lift Shampoo before I'd even tried it: the base ingredient is aloe vera (rather than water) and there isn't a silicone in sight. I already loved Nutra-Lift Conditioner ($15), and there is a bevy of impressive plant extracts to go with the anti-aging ingredients that would look right at home in a serum. OK, so that's more than two reasons...

What I like about using this shampoo is that it cleanses while being gentle with my chemically colored hair. There is never the slightest scalp irritation (unusual for me). And I've got to believe that it is doing my hair the power of good.

There are far too many good things in Nutra-Lift Shampoo for a comprehensive roll call, but there are a few that are worth a shout out. This shampoo majors on marine extracts with four types of seaweed, which are antioxidants. Research has shown that antioxidants can prevent hair from being damaged by the sun.Talking of antioxidants, I haven't come across astaxanthin in a shampoo before now. It is found naturally in salmon and is associated with hair growth because it inhibits 5-alpha-reductase.

Panthenol (provitamin B5) is a predictable hair ingredient and I was more impressed to see the inclusion of vitamin C, as deficiencies can cause hair to be dry and brittle (and, in extreme cases, fall out).

Amongst the botanicals, burdock is an age-old scalp treatment that is thought to promote hair growth. Nettle is an astringent that helps treat flaky scalps. Horsetail essentially does the same thing; although a folk remedy for baldness, horsetail has not been proven to assist hair growth. An oddity in this shampoo is turmeric, an Indian spice that has been traditionally used to get rid of unwanted facial hair. However, the key compound in tumeric is curcumin, an anti-inflammatory that may be able to control inflammation in the cells around the hair follicle. Slippery elm may be playing the role normally given to silicones. It contains a substance called mucilage that is a natural lubricant.

Ingredients in Nutra-Lift Shampoo: Aloe Vera gel, cocomide betaine, sea algae, bladderwrack, sea kelp, ascophyllum, vegetable glycerin, Vitamin C ester, soy liposomes, hyaluronic acid, di-panthenol, linoleic acid, astaxanthin. infusion of the following natural extracts: burdock, buckthorn, charparral, comfrey, cranesbill, nettle, jojoba, rosemary, horsetail, hops, ivy, jasmine, calendula, horse chestnut, slippery elm, elder flower, olive leaf, orange blossom, ylang ylang, fennel, bilberry, milk thistle, golden seal, turmeric, arnica, butchers broom, passion flower, red clover, sage, linden flower, gentian, white willow bark, mulberry, eyebright, grapefruit seed extract, peppermint, yarrow, coltsfoot, birch sap, Austrailian tea tree oil, witch hazel, natural mixed tocopherals ( Vit.E.) niacin, biotin, capsaicin, colloidal sulphur, colloidal minerals.

  • June 30, 2012

    by Marta

    Sorry Doreen, I forgot about the vit C part. So vitamin C and copper peptides do not play nice together, so the best thing would be space them out by using HVC at night.

  • June 30, 2012

    by Doreen

    Thank you Marta! Your answer was very helpful. I am still wondering if the shampoo (having Vitamin C in it) is okay to use with your Hair Vitality Complex, when you get a chance to respond.

  • June 27, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Doreen, that's a good catch. It should totally have said "inhibits". I have corrected the article. As far as turmeric goes, the powder is mixed (with garam flour) to a paste and applied to the skin, it is removed after it has dried and can remove unwanted hair as well as brighten the skin. It is not an inhibitor of hair growth.

  • June 27, 2012

    by Doreen

    Also, will the Vitamin C in the shampoo block the copper hair vitality complex or can you use them at the same time?

  • June 26, 2012

    by Doreen

    Dear Marta,

    I just purchased the shampoo, but was a little worried about the turmeric in the ingredients list. That doesn't slow down hair growth, does it? Or maybe because it's the extract (and not the powder) it has a positive effect on the hair?

    Also, I did a little research. Forgive me if I'm wrong or over-stepping, but Astaxanthin doesn't *contain* 5-alpha reductase (the enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT causing hair loss) but actually *inhibits* it, right?

    Thank you for responding. I have really come to like your site and trust in your knowledge of products.

  • December 5, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Pam, sorry to hear this. Nutra-Lift's shampoo does seem to slow down shedding and I've heard back from so many people that it has helped counter their thinning hair, so if you can bear it, try it with a conditioner of your choice. I use Shielo's color protecting conditioner. You could use it with your Wen conditioner. But at least try to use the shampoo from time to time.

  • December 5, 2011

    by Pam

    I just ordered from TIA for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I ordered the Reluma Serum, the Folligen cream, and the Nutralift shampoo and conditioner. My hair has been thinning and I am looking for a way to reverse or slow down that process as well as products to help my hair appear thicker. I have been using Wen shampoo/conditioner and loving it, but thought the Nutrilift might be more effective.

    Unfortunately, the Nutralift shampoo and conditioner immediately dulled my color-treated hair and left it feeling like straw. The first time I used it I forgot to use my leave-in conditioner afterward, so I tried a second time to make sure I was comparing apples to apples. Again, my hair is left tangled, dry and dull compared to using Wen.

    I realize that everyone's hair is a little different, but for my color-treated (over age 50) hair, this product is not what I'd hoped.

  • January 8, 2010

    by Annette

    I have gone through two bottles of Pravana Hydrating Intensive Leave In Treatment and my hair condition DEFINITELY got much better. I got it from my hairdresser...time to get another bottle. I don't know much about the ingredients, but as a product junkie who will try mostly anything to help my hair/skin, this is on the top of the list for me.

  • November 12, 2009

    by marta

    Hi Marybeth,
    We've written about <a href="" rel="nofollow">thermal protection here</a> (

  • November 8, 2009

    by marta

    Marybeth, we try to answer questions within one day so the best way to check is to come back the next day and click on the Recent Comments box on the right (with the pic of a lipstick print on notepaper. I haven't tried Pravana and I couldn't find any information on the ingredients. Good question about thermal protection products though. We'll look into it and come back with a post if we find any good ones.

  • November 7, 2009

    by Marybeth

    I have tried to ask questions in the past and I am not sure how to find out if they have been answered. I have yet another, has anyone tried or obtained knowledge about Pravana products? I have read that the thermal spray in awesome and the line is sulfate free. I am not sure if this is true or not. I also constanly seek thermal protection products for 40 plus hair that will ease damage from blow dryers and the straightening iron that I cannot seem to give up. HELP!!!

  • November 7, 2009

    by marta

    Patrice, here is the <a href="" rel="nofollow">link</a> (

  • November 6, 2009

    by patrice podvoj

    Marta, Marta, Marta. I write to you in desperation having no luck in receiving any answers to my other emails. I just spent $65 getting the ingredients you recorded in making one's own skin lightener. All I need is the buriti oil which I did discover on the site you sent me. BUT the recipe has eluded me and no matter what I put in the search box it does not come up. So I am waiting for the recipe (which I printed out and misplaced) and anxious to get started making the DIY skin lightener. (Prayer: Lord please let this email get through!!) patrice

  • July 1, 2009

    by marta

    Welcome back Julie. We missed you!

  • July 1, 2009

    by JulieK

    I'm fanatical about the products I use in my hair. Of late I've been on a *mission* to find the best shampoo/conditioners that will 1) hydrate my aging hair, 2) wont cause fade out, 3) smell wonderful (to my sense of smell), and 4) not cost an arm and my first grandchild. I've been on board with you, Marta, almost since the beginning, but since I've been kinda out of touch the past couple months, playing catch up now is both like Christmas and finals crunch time.

    I think I have to give Nutri-Lift shampoo and conditioner a go! Thanks. ~jk

  • June 25, 2009

    by marta

    Phew! So pleased it worked out for you.

  • June 25, 2009

    by Junko

    I purchased the conditioner after you put it on the best 5 list Marta. It's a great conditioner, which made the shampoo enticing. I just placed my online order yesterday. I'm really happy to see that you're recommending it! I feel confident now that it wasn't money wasted!

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