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