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Shielo Antioxidant Leave In Protectant- reviewed and recommended

December 12, 2010 Reviewed by Marta 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.

  • January 19, 2011

    by Rozzy

    I am getting gray hair coming in awfully fast so I do color/highlight it and use sulfate free shampoos/conditioners. I am looking for a great organic hair product for my thin color and heat damaged hair. It looks good when I get it done at hairdressers but the next time I shampoo it looks the same, dry, damaged and dull. I'm also a swimmer but use conditioner and cap it before I swim. I don't want to buy expensive hair products at the salon so I would like to try this one. Thanks

  • January 19, 2011

    by Lynne Markiewicz

    Within the last year I've given up shampoos with sulfates and am on a continual search for new healthy, organic hair products. I have medium/long hair that is thick but with a fine texture and I haven't yet found a leave-in I like that doesn't leave my hair stringy looking a day after using it. I'd be happy to give this one a try!

  • January 19, 2011

    by patrice

    Having most of my clients with dull, dry grey/white hair, including myself. I'd love to discover some product that can do wonders for us grey hairs as it does for the younger heads. Grey is great, but shine, sheen and swing would make it greater!!

  • January 19, 2011

    by cindy

    The ingredients sound like a winner for my fine, tangly, color treated hair. Who knows, could it help thicken up my head of hair? I want to find out. Thanks

  • January 19, 2011

    by debbie rawls

    I would love to give this a try, I have long fine hair that tangles when wet.....

  • January 19, 2011

    by kim

    I'm always ready to try ANYTHING that might help with my super dry unruly curls. Please please please :)


  • January 19, 2011

    by Deanna

    I would love to try this product. I have a thyroid problem, and top of that have been experiencing menopause symptoms early due to a great deal of stress. Anyway, it has taken it's toll on my hair and I have been trying to find products that will help. this seems like it might be a good product to try for my dry hair.

  • December 14, 2010

    by mariaB

    Im a fan of shielo's leave in protectant as well..i never knew what it was that made it so good - so thank you for breaking it down for me!

  • December 12, 2010

    by Julie Kay

    I've used Schwartzkopf's leave-in conditioner (for color treated hair) since I went to Australia about six years ago. Of course, with hair products I've gone and tried a couple other brands when their marketing wow'd me and barely tapped the capacity of the bottles. I love Schwartzkopf! But, now, of course, I'm liking the look of Sheilo... ~jk

  • December 12, 2010

    by Oksana

    I agree with the general description of the 2 main categories of detanglers, HOWEVER John Master's Organics has a 100% organic EFFECTIVE Citrus and Neroli Detangler - it is light weight, yet moisturizing, lightly scented, and you need only a little dab. My hair is very fine, and this detangler never weights it down. The ingredients are awesome! (see below)

    Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera leaf juice) gel,* aqua (water), behentrimonium methosulfate, cetearyl alcohol, panthenol (vitamin B5), hydrolyzed soy protein, wheat amino acids, sorbitol, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil,* cocos nucifera (coconut) oil,* helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil,* lecithin, tocopherol, glycerin, citric acid, citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil,* citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil,* citrus aurantium dulcis (neroli) flower oil,* canarium luzonicum (elemi) gum nonvolatiles,* cymbopogon shoenanthus (lemongrass) oil,* sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, arnica montana (arnica) flower extract,* camellia sinensis (white tea) leaf extract,* chamomilla recutica (chamomile) flower extract,* calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract,* equisetum hiemale (horsetail) leaf/stem extract,* foeniculum vulgare (fennel) seed extract,* lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower extract, linum usitatissimum (flaxseed) seed oil,* borago officinalis (borage) seed oil,* sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid), sulfur

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