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Much as I like Shielo’s Leave In Conditioner, I wasn’t wowed by the ingredients in some of the other products in this Japanese range and I was about to pass on the conditioners until Preksha here in the TIA office tried the Color Protect Reflecting Conditioner and really liked it. Although the formulation is not for purists, I took the view that the forces of good were more abundant that the forces of evil and decided to give it a try.

Color Protect ($25) is designed to strengthen the hair and protect color. I was really impressed by the way my hair looked after using it.  The color seemed to have more depth and my hair had plenty of volume but was somehow sleek at the same time.

Shielo’s signature ingredient is hexapeptide-11, which is derived from yeast and may be 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.

This conditioner also has a ton of antioxidants from botanicals such as white tea and hibiscus. Horsetail is another antioxidant (due to the presence of quercetin) and has the added bonus of improving circulation. Meanwhile, golden seal boosts the immune system. Sodium hyaluronate and shea help to hydrate and nourish.

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Although there are some chemicals such as the de-tangler behentrimonium methosulfate, they are mostly benign. The exception is benzophenone-3, also known as oxybenzone. This is commonly used as a sunscreen ingredient although there are concerns that it is phytocarcinogenic. Because it can be absorbed by the skin and stored in the body, I would normally not use a product with this ingredient. However, I am willing to take a chance with a rinse off product.


Water, cetearyl alcohol, glycerin, behentrimonium methsulfate, cyclopentasiloxane, hexapeptide-11, acai extract, white tea extract, sunflower seed extract, horsetail extract, cactus extract, hibiscus flower extract, golden seal root, hydrolyzed algae, sodium hyaluronate, swertia japonica extract, hydrolized corn protein, apple fruit extract, sugar cane extract, hydrolyzed wheat protein, mallow flower, hydrolyzed wheat starch, lemon peel extract, hydrolyzed wheat protein, shea butter, amodimethicone, benzophenone-3, betaine, butylocatnol, butylene glycol, C11-15 pareth-7 caprylyl glycol, centrimonium chloride, citric acid, lemon fruit extract, alcohol, cyclohexasiloxane, cysteine, dicetyldimonium chloride, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium choride, hexylene glycol, laureth-9, PEG-45M, polyquaternium-37, polysorbate 60, PPG1, trideceth-12, PG dicaprylate/dicaprate, silicone quaternium-16, tetrasodium EDTA, trideceth-12, undeceth-11, undeceth-5, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiasolinone, fragrance, yellow 6, red 33