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Reviewed by Michelle
Finding a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner that actually moisturize and fortify dry over-processed hair can be like finding a needle in a haystack. For the past year I have been using Pureology Antifade Complex Nanoworks Shampoo and Wen Fig Cleansing Conditioner with satisfying results. Then, Truth in Aging gave me the opportunity to compare and review Shielo versus my Pureology and Wen products.
The Shielo Hydrate Moisturizing Shampoo ($23) and Vibrancy Conditioner ($23) contain UV protectants from white tea to enhance color protection, shea butter to maintain a protective moisture barrier by sealing the hair shaft, and hibiscus and vanilla cactus to help soothe the scalp, which most of us know can become dry and irritated after color treatments.
While I found this product to meet its claims, I did find a few questionable ingredients in the Shielo line including hexylene glycol and cyclopentasiloxane. Hexylene glycol is an aliphatic diol that functions as a solvent and viscosity agent in cosmetics and personal care products. Among the glycols, hexylene glycol is known to produce severe ocular irritation. While using this product, I did not notice any severe occular irritation, but that may be due to the short amount of time (i.e. three weeks) I have been using this product. Cyclopentasiloxane, as I’ve discovered via Truth In Aging, may have harmful effects on the environment (i.e. marine life). Cyclopentasiloxane may also cause mild skin and eye irritation. Again, I did not notice any noticeable irritations.
Comparing the Shielo shampoo with my Pureology shampoo, I have found that the products are very comparable in terms of their results as well as their ingredient content. I would recommend alternating between using the Wen cleansing conditioner and the Shielo shampoo and conditioner. The Wen line sticks to using basic natural ingredients with a few minor exceptions such as methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone, which are common preservatives.
I took a specific liking to the Shielo Vibrancy Conditioner. I myself having color treated hair have noticed a difference in the overall texture of my mane. It does indeed “hydrate the hair with a blast of moisture.” It deeply hydrates with peptides that not only have strengthened my slightly damaged hair, but have also extended my color treatments. Overall, I would recommend the Shielo line for those of all hair types who have hair damage from chemical processing and heat styling. If you are looking for restorative properties, then this is that needle in the haystack.
Ingredients in Shielo Shampoo: Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamidopropylamine Oxide, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamide MEA, Fragrance (Parfum), Hexapeptide-11, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract(1), Hydrolyzed Algae Extract, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Cysteine, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Extract, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Flower Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract(1), Hydrastis Canadensis (Golden Seal) Root Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract(1), Arctium Majus Root (Burdock Root) Extract(1), Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride,Benzophenone-4, Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Butyloctanol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Glycol Distearate, Hexylene Glycol, PEG-150 Distearate, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Phytantriol, Polyquaternium-59, Polyquaternium-47, Silicone Quaternium-16, Silicone Quaternium-3, Trideceth-7, Trideceth-12, Undeceth-11, Undeceth-5, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Yellow 6 (CI 15985)(2) (1)Certified Organic by Organic Certifiers, Ventura County, CA (2)Food Grade *Paraben-Free Formula
Ingredients in Shielo Conditioner: Water, cetearyl alcohol, glycerin, behentrimonium methosulfate, cyclopentasiloxane, cyclotetrasiloxane, butyrospermum parkii, hexapeptide-11, citrus medica limonum peel extract, hydrolyzed algae extract, malva sylvestris (mallow) flower extract, hydrolyzed corn protein, arctium majus root (burdock root) extract, hydrolyzed wheat protein, citrus medica limonum (lemon) fruit extract, hydrolyzed wheat starch, equisetum arvense (horsetail) extract, hydrolyzed rice protein, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed extract, amodimethicone, hibiscus rosa-sinensis flower extract, camellia sinensis (white tea) leaf extract, hydrastis Canadensis (golden seal) extract, cereus grandiflorus (cactus) flower extract, betaine, butylene glycol, C11-15 pareth-7, C12-13 pareth-23, C12-13 pareth-3, caprylyl glycol, cetrimonium chloride, citric acid, cysteine, decetyldimonium chloride, dimethiconol, divinyldimethicone/dimethicone copolymer, guar hydroxypropltrimonium chloride, hexylene glycol, laureth-9, PEG-45M, polyquaternium-37, polysorbate 60, PPG-1 trideceth-6, PG dicaprylate/dicaprate, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, saccharum officnarum (sugar cane) extract, stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, tetrasodium EDTA, trideceth-12, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, fragrance, yellow 6 (CI 15985)