Hamadi's products are "tested on actresses, never on animals". I like Jamal Hamadi's sense of humor. For a stylist to the stars, he doesn't take himself too seriously and at times his website can be almost surreal. His products are made from natural and organic ingredients. Hamadi invites you to take not just your tresses seriously but also global warming.

Unfortunately, while there is nothing to dislike about Hamadi's shampoo and conditioner (it certainly would never qualify for a reviewed and rejected), I can't find enough to like about it to recommend it.

I tried the Ginger Soymilk Hairwash ($9 for 2oz). If you like the smell of ginger, this is a product for you. Apart from that, there is really nothing that stands out about this shampoo. The surfacants (cleansing and foaming agents) are all plant derived and fairly mild. There's ginseng panax, supposedly for stimulating the circulation. The only thing of much interest is usnea barbata: a lichen that is high in vitamin C and an anti-bacterial.

The Shea and Rice Milk Conditioner ($23 for 4oz) felt nice to use. Its a good detangler and my hair looked bouncy and full afterwards. It was also a bit frizzy requiring a touch of tamer and by the following day the word straw came to mind. The ingredients are more interesting than for the shampoo, particularly the use of burdock, clary sage and rice amino acids.

On balance, for a good healthy shine, do-good ingredients and a do-good brand, my conditioner of choice remains Alaffia's Shea and Honey Nourishing Conditioner.