Much as I love organic Suki, maker of one of my favorite products - Lemongrass Exfoliating Cleanser
– I approached the Daily Revitalizing Shampoo ($27) with trepidation. My only other experience with a Suki hair product, the Hair/Scalp Conditioning Oil,
hadn't been a good one. Thankfully, this shampoo more than redeems Suki and puts me in the good company of Eva Longoria as a Suki fan.
Suki’s shampoo is gentle yet effective (although I must admit I've been using it every two days, not daily). It leaves my hair clean, bouncy and soft. It features yerba (pictured), surely a botanical du jour
. A large sample of in vivo and in vitro research has made it one of the cosmetic industry’s latest go to ingredients. Independent studies have discovered that yerba maté contains higher levels of antioxidants than both green tea and red wine; and, based on cellular studies, discovered a correlation between yerba maté’s polyphenol content, antioxidant capacity, and its ability to protect DNA from double-strand breaks that may help prevent certain cancers. South American folklore has it that it will turn gray hair back to its original color.
Shampoos designed for daily use are a but tricky to pull off. They are either too mild to do very much or run the risk of drying out the hair. Suki uses gentle but effective coconut surfacants and has added in hyaluronic acid and babassu (much like coconut oil) to help with moisture retention.
I like the inclusion of neem extract, a natural preservative and strengthener of keratin. It also has horsetail (one of the ingredients in my loved Earthly Delight Tropical Rain shampoo). The stems of this plant (also called bottle brush) are rich (10%) in silica and silicic acids, which help mend broken bones and form collagen, an important protein found in connective tissue, skin, bone, cartilage, and ligaments. They also contain potassium and calcium. We know that calcium is essential for healthy hair, but (and I may be adding two and two and making five here) I also found out that hair growth products like Minoxidil may work by opening potassium channels in cell membranes. Again like Earthy Delight, Suki has included rosemary and nettle extracts.
Organic rose infusion (rosa centifolia & aqua), decyl glucoside (decylglucoside), sodium lauroamphoacetate, sodium myristoyl glutamate, organic yerba protein (ilex paraguariensis), organic jojoba seed oil (simmondsia chinensis), organic lavender extract (lavandula angustifolia), gluconolactone, organic babassu palm fruit (babassuamidopropyl betaine), hyaluronic acid, linoleic acid, organic neem extract (melia azadricachta), 100% natural non-gmo vitamin e (mixed tocopherols), organic nettle (urtica dioica), rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis) & horsetail (equisetum arvense) extracts, sorbitol, hydrolyzed rice protein, willow extract (salix alba), aroma (pure premium steam distilled essential oil), honeysuckle flower extract (lonicera caprifolium)