There’s something so interesting about celebrity stylist’s branded grooming products. With their experience, you would imagine they strive for the best ingredients in their hair products. Among the “best” of celebrity-stylist shampoos I have used, Ted Gibson’s Daily Cleanse Shampoo ($19.95) is one that does more good than harm. Ted Gibson (who’s been featured on CBS and has a celebrity client list including Anne Hathaway, Kate Gosselin and Angelina Jolie) surprised me with his shampoo that has more than a pleasant scent that can usually fool the best of celebrities.
And that’s one of the highlights: the scent is floral and seems to stay with you for quite some time. Obviously this is the least of our concerns (for some of us!) so let’s get to the nitty gritty. When you get past all the chemicals and surfactants (like ammonium lauryl sulfate
and disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, which are gentle cleansing agents but irritants in high doses), you’ve got some pretty nice extracts. The main attraction here is the wild orchid extract, which, traditionally, is known for its fragrance (surprise, surprise). However, there’s a strong trend with orchid extracts being used in hair products as they are known to have reparative and protective properties, including the prevention of moisture loss. It also soothes the scalp. Having surfed the web to research this, I didn’t really come across wild orchid in any other hair product, so maybe he’s not only a stylist but also potentially a trendsetter and even perhaps a pioneer in hair product ingredients.
If nothing else, there is, however, echinacea, known to moisturize, and burdock root, which has been used for centuries to improve hair strength and promote healthy hair (especially keeping the scalp in good condition). I was also surprised to find pomegranate extract, which is usually a great ingredient in skincare products due to its high antioxidant properties. But because it’s rich in tannins and highly astringent, it helps protect and nourish (obviously you would imagine it would have a great affect on the scalp). When used, my hair came to a rich lather (with that great floral scent!) and didn’t feel too stripped when washed out. Most importantly, my hair felt clean. Watch out, Angelina. You’re not the only one with shiny, clean locks.
Water (Aqua), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Polysorbate 20, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Dimethicone PEG 8 Meadowfoamate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Cymbidium Grandiflorum Flower (Orchid) Extract, Echinacea Purpurea (Echinacea) Leaf Extract, Articum Lappa (Burdock Root) Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Fragrance (Parfum) (Parfum), Hydrolyzed Silk (Parfum), Bioflavonoid Complex, PEG 150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, PEG 6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Laureth 4, Sodium Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Sorbate, Methylchloroisothiazoline, Methylisothiazolinone