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Shielo Hydrating Shampoo & Volumizing Conditioner- reader reviewed and rejected

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Reviewed by TIA Community Member May 10, 2011 17 Comments

Reviewed by Richard

My hair has been mistreated in the past with nasty drugstore shampoos and conditioners, sun, heat styling and dyes. As a result, my hair has always been on the dry side and I have yet to find the magic combination to restore that sufficiently moisturized lustre. Even with the swap to more natural and concentrated shampoos and conditioners the problem remains, even with the Nutra-Lift Ultranutrient shampoo and conditioner. Thus, when I received the Shielo hydrate shampoo and volumizing conditioner I was thankful and excited to try.

However after four uses, I honestly expected a lot more from this combination. After usage my hair felt even more starved of hydration than when I was still using Nutra-Lift (which was doing a fairly good job). For starters both the shampoo and conditioner require very small amounts to cover the hair length so one would assume it is concentrated.  Having been told by hairdressers to always double shampoo, it became apparent that the Shielo Hydrate Shampoo ($24) was more on the mild-harsh side as it stripped the hair quite a lot especially by the second wash. I noticed that it uses a synthetic variant of coconut oil, cocamidopropyl betaine which is a mild detergent and has been reported as being an allergic trigger to some. Maybe I'm just being fussy about the gentleness of shampoos for double washing but along with the other surfactants, this shampoo left my hair feeling like it had been harshly treated as everything seemed to have been stripped (isn't this supposed to be a hydrating shampoo?).

Moving onto the senses, there really isn't much that I liked about the feel, smell or look of the hydrating shampoo. A sort of glossy yellow with a plastic like shine, thick, and a strong and unnatural scent. The fragrance smelt overpowering and cheap like typical drugstore shampoos. I definitely would not use this shampoo again even for just one wash despite there being quite a few good ingredients. They just didn't seem to be having any effect.

Next up on the chopping block is the Shielo Volumizing Conditioner ($22.00). Now this was also a major let down. I know it's volumizing and not marketed as hydrating so maybe I'm being too harsh but come on, a conditioner should at least provide enough hydration to prevent it from feeling more thirsty afterwards. Like the shampoo, Shielo isn't known for being very pure.

Moreover, along with the expected nasal assault of overbearing and cheap smelling 'fragrance', it's consistency reminded me greatly of the Loreal Elvive hair mask except this one was less goopy and more gel-like which was tolerable. Every time I washed it out after leaving it in for a few minutes I noticed that it just wasn't restoring enough moisture to my hair (perhaps the Shielo hydrate shampoo is to blame and not the conditioner) but it seemed to do nothing else. The last time I used it I left it on for a solid eleven minutes with a shower cap and bath towel wrapped around to trap heat and nothing was different. To compare, whenever I did this with the NutraLift conditioner my hair would always come out more hydrated and healthy looking. Hair volume was the same except it felt more dry than usual i.e. running fingers through my hair was not a pleasant experience and it felt heavier despite me using a very small amount for my short hair. Perhaps someone who has more damaged hair would see better results as I've given taken extra care for it to back thick and strong albeit still being dry. I also wouldn't recommend this product based on my experience.

After using these two products, their benefits (or lack of) have got me second guessing Shielo as a lot of their other products seem to follow similar formulation guidelines. It's a mixed bag, some good but a fair share of bad mixed in too and, in this case, the bad clearly outweighed the good.

Ingredients in Hydrate 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 Volumizing Conditioner

Water, cetearyl alcohol, cetrimonium chloride, cocamide MEA, hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate, euterpe (acai fruit) extract, hydrolyzed soy protein, swertia japonica extract, hydrolyzed silk, carrot extract, sage leaf extract, spirulina maxima extract, cysteine, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed wheat starch, hydrolyzed oat protein, wheat amino acids, panthenol, symphytum officianale leaf extract, macrocytis pyifera extract, panax ginseng root extract, biotin, aloe leaft extract, citric acid, polyquaternium-24, propylene glycol, dimethicone, alcohol, diazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben, fragrance

  • August 31, 2013

    by Theresa

    Richard your article is wrong......the very product you say is harmful, is actually less irritating than to use the other products.....that are harmful......A key reason why cocamidopropyl betaine is used is because it is less irritating. However the reduction in irritancy does come at a price, a reduction in efficacy..............Does this mean that cocamidopropyl betaine is not good?

    No, it means that cocamidopropyl betaine is just milder (Journal of Surfactants and Detergents, pp 235-239, 1998) leaving some of the oil layer undisturbed (not necessarily a bad thing for dry hair) and not necessarily removing all build up.

    How can the cleaning power of cocamidopropyl betaine be improved?

    Commonly you will find it along with other surfactants. It can also be added (and usually is) to SLS containing shampoos to reduce irritancy. A very common shampoo combination is SLS, SLES and cocamidopropyl betaine which produces a suitably cleansing and low irritation formula.

    Is cocamidopropyl betaine irritating?

    It is known widely as very mildly irritating, much much much less than SLS. However, there are some people, as always, who will be very sensitive to it ( Dermatitis, pp157-60, 2008). Additionally poor manufacturing can lead to inclusion of by products that are irritating. However on the grand scale as I said before, cocamidopropyl betaine is significantly less irritating than SLS.

  • June 16, 2011

    by heather g

    I had the same experience as Laurel -

    I have thick but fine hair that I don't like to blow dry because I get split ends so easily. I've been using Shielo products consistently for a couple of years but just started using their Volume Conditioner (that Richard tried) about a week ago and it's easily become my favorite.

    I didn't even put any product in it after washing my hair this morning and it looks better than it did before when I was using product and blow drying it, and that's just being air dried! I also like the way it smells, and just like salon conditioner.

  • May 31, 2011

    by Laurel

    Hi guys -

    Sheilo Volumnizing Conditioner made my hair very "bouncy" and full and it felt smooth and clean. Another thing I like about the product is the light, clean fragrance. Unfortunately, because my hair is very long I was only able to try my sample once and with only one shampoo, so I don't know how it would work with a different brand of shampoo. The only drawback (although really not a big deal - and I would still use the product because of the bounciness
    it gave my locks) was that it didn't make my hair as shiny as some other conditioners do.

  • May 19, 2011

    by justd

    Sunday, I used WEN hair care products for two years back around 2008-2010, in late 2009, I began noticing that my hair wasn't behaving as it originally had been doing with it. Over time, it began laying flatter and was not as full of body as it had been. Also, it didn't feel clean as it had been either. For that reason, as well as the hefty cost tag, I eventually walked away from WEN. I had to use a clarifying shampoo to eradicate whatever it was that had been building up on the shafts of my hair, and Nizoral to help with the residue on my scalp. Like anything, I guess it pays to alternate products regularly, but I didn't do that wit WEN. I don't know if the formula was changed or what, but the results were dramatic enough for me to change my mind about it.

    For a long time, I tried a smorgasbord of products, nothing much worked until I came to TIA and began testing some of the organic products here. One's treasure is another's trash, that saying never fails.

    I too used to wash my hair daily, due in part to a rigorous exercise program, but I've since had to cut the exercise program and the hair washing to 3x weekly, gray hair is not happy camper when it endures too much washing.

  • May 19, 2011

    by justd

    Thank you for the feedback, Tammara. As I get more into the organics of health care, I find that I am overwhelmed at what are good ingredients vs. the bad, but I know when a product works for me, and this salt'n peppa hair says YES to DermOrganics LOL. I haven't yet tried the leave-in, I see that Amazon has it, so I just might purchase it.

    Right now, another TIA member, Junko has turned me onto Alerna 10's haircare, OMiGOSH! It's expensive, but you have to try it at least once. She sent me samples and I couldn't order it fast enough off of Amazon! I figure, I'll switch up with the haircare products every other month, see which one works for me this summer, cuz with the humidity here in the Houston area, and the heat, I need a good go-to hair sytem that will hydrate yet keep the follicles smooth for the shine I enjoy. Otherwise, it's all over the place! If you haven't looked into it, you may want to get a few samples and try it. I'm so glad that Junko was kind enough to share some with me, but she's a sweetheart.

    Best regards!

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