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Shielo Antioxidant Leave In Protectant- reviewed and recommended

Reviewed by Marta December 12, 2010 15 Comments

At the beginning of the month, Fergie left a comment on our post on a DIY hair detangler that immediately made me want to follow up. She said that Shielo Antioxidant Leave In Protectant ($18) is “the best I’ve found yet. I find that most detanglers fall into one of two categories: effective but goopy, or ineffective and non-goopy. The Shielo Leave In is unlike these in that it is light, but ACTUALLY detangles.”

I took a look at it and was immediately impressed by the ingredients and the reasonable price of $20 (now available in the TIA shop). Although tangling isn’t the biggest of my hair worries, I decided to give Shielo Antioxidant Leave In Protectant a go because my hair has been looking dry and dull recently and an antioxidant-rich leave in conditioner seemed to have my name on it.

Although I can’t yet comment on the long-term effects, one of which (if Shielo) is to be believed) is to help retain chemical color, I can say that Leave In Protectant makes my hair soft, with a gentle sheen and very manageable. I wasn’t wowed by the look of Shielo’s other hair products and so am using it after Nutra-Lift’s Simply Superb shampoo and followed by SenZen’s Drenched & Quenched Scalp Therapy.

One of the key actives in the Shielo leave in (and, for that matter, the SenZen) is hexapeptide-11. It is derived from yeast, but there isn’t that much information available on it other than it is able to upregulate the androgen receptor gene, binding to it much the way testosterone will. This has led to speculation that hexapeptide-11 may be able to help convert young velus hair into mature hair.

There are plenty of other good things here including antioxidant white tea, apple, soy and cysteine, an amino acid that helps form the antioxidant glutathione. Plus there is immune system boosting golden seal. Helping detangle the natural way are horsetail and mallow, both sources of silica.

Shielo is also proud of its wheat based copolymer that forms a protective layer around the hair. Unfortunately, this didn’t prevent them adding in some silicone. But other than phenoxyethanol at the end of the list, there’s not much to dislike.


Water, hexapeptide-11, shea butter, lemon fruit extract, sunflower seed extract, cysteine, hibiscus rosa-sinensis flower extract, horsetail extract, golden seal root extract, burdock root extract, hydrolyzed soy protein, apple fruit extract, sugar cane, hydrolyzed rice protein, lemon peel extract, hydrolyzed wheat protein, sodium pca, hydrolyzed wheat starch, mallow flower extract, hydrolyzed algae extract, panthenol, white tea leaf extract, cactus extract, hydrolyzed wheat protein/PVP Crosspolymer, betaine, butylene glycol, cetrimonium chloride, cinnamidopropyltrimonium chloride, dimethicone PEG-8 meadow foamate, hexylene glycol, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, polyquaternium-55, PPG-26-buteth-26, silicone quaternium-3, trideceth-7, trideceth-12, ethylhexylglycerin, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, fragrance

  • February 11, 2011

    by JustD

    Update: I've used Shielo Antioxidant Leave-In Conditioner and I am very, very pleased with the results. I wash my gray tresses with Kiss My Face Whenever Shampoo and follow it with the conditioner. It seems to be working best for me of the organics for now. I have used many leave-in conditioners over the years, Morroccan Oil being the latest, which I do like very much, but this one is lighter and works beautifully. I tend to have three different types of hair on my head, wavy, curly and frizzy, the frizz being located on the fronal and sides areas so I have to be careful not to overload them with wishful thinking and product.

    For me, this is a win-win situation, my hair is silky and not dry, or flyaway. The product does what it claims, for me, and I will definitely be buying this product again!

  • January 21, 2011

    by Ann

    I would love to find a conditioner that would help with the texture of my silver hair. This sounds like it would fit the bill. Would love to try it.

  • January 21, 2011

    by Kim C.

    I have found leave ins discolor or give off a dull look to my hair. I color & highlight & tease.

    It would be great if there was one that actually worked to give shine & make my hair better!
    My hair is thin & needs tons of spray to boost for volume.

    I have tried Macadamia Nut Leave in, Big & Sexy, on & on. None of it has worked yet. I would certainly like to try Sheilo.

  • January 20, 2011

    by JustD

    I would really like to try this product. I have gray throughout my tresses and so I deal with the wiriness and the ends drying out a lot. I am using a product called morroccan oil right now, that's good, but I have to be very careful not to apply too much or it weighs it down. Would like to try something light and airy and non-drying! The ingredients sound great!

  • January 20, 2011

    by lisa

    I would love the opportunity to test Shielo. I have thick dry hair that just keeps getting drying and am presently on the look out for something that would give me back a bit of shine.

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