Today I am going to review the much famed The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. We are known about the fact that the Rainforest Range of The Body Shop shampoos & conditioners do not have any Silicons, Sulphates, Parabens & Colorants. Hence causing no damage to the hair and letting it grow healthy by clearing the silicon deposits that would have accumulated in the hair due to frequent usage of conditioners with silicons.
I had long wavy hair that came up to my waist when I joined college. As I was not maintaining it well, the ends became dry and started to split. As most of the wavy haired gals out there, I wanted and dreamt of having poker straight hair but remained very skeptical about subjecting my hair to chemical treatments. I cut my hair shorter and started using shampoos that said to make hair straight and silky. My hair, which was reacting very well to the shampoos & conditioners initially, became flat and limp. No matter what I did, my hair never became normal. I started longing for my old waves because I found that they looked much better than limp and flat hair.
After much brainstorming, I learnt from the blogosphere that the silicons found in shampoos and conditioners (which were behind that oh so silky initial look) had a tendency to get slowly accumulated or built up in the hair with regular use thus making the hair fall flat. If that was true, my hair looked as if it had a whole silicon mine in there. And, sulphates on the other hand had a very bad drying effect on the hair. I found that shampoos and conditioners that did not have any such harming chemicals were extremely hard to find in Indian market. One product that claimed to be free from sulphates and silicons was Himalaya Protein shampoo and conditioner. Unfortunately, this shampoo & conditioner caused a disastrous effect on my hair and made it look like a bird’s nest.
Recently I found about the range of shampoos in the Body Shop that was free from all such harmful chemicals. Pro - bloggers raved so much about the product that I decided to give it a try.
Since my hair was dry I decided to buy the Moisture shampoo. It is priced at Rs. 515/- for shampoo & conditioner each. It came in a no nonsense flip cap bottle of 250 ml. The shampoo comes in a sheer black bottle and the conditioner in opaque white bottle with flip caps. The shampoo has a whopping 4 year expiry period which makes me wonder about the preservative they add as its paraben free.
I was praying all Gods to make this shampoo work for my hair because it is the most costly shampoo I have ever purchased. If it worked then I would be admiring my hair leaving no time to worry about the money spent. And, at the same time, if it failed, I would keep feeling upset till I get a shampoo that really worked.
The shampoo comes as a runny transparent liquid with woody but pleasant fragrance. The fragrance lingers mildly on hair for few hours. The Conditioner is a thick but not as thick as dove conditioner and is white in color.
The shampoo does not lather as well as other shampoos. Given the fact that it does not contain sulphates I did not expect it to lather well. But, for the mild lather it forms, it surprisingly clears off all the dirt and oil in the hair. I did not get the slippery “I have applied conditioner in my hair” feeling much when I applied the conditioner. I let it stay for 5 mins before rinsing off. Both the shampoo & the conditioner get completely rinsed off and I love this. When I use other drug store conditioners, I find washing the conditioner part little annoying. I had no qualms in this aspect with this conditioner.
My hair, on the first wash felt so wavy and a little difficult to tame as all the silicon deposits were washed off. On the second use, I found my hair really manageable, smooth and I felt my hair returning to its original form. It did not fall flat and I felt wonderful. My hair being extremely dry did not become oh-so-soft but it remained manageable.
Now, Summing up its pro’s & Con’s:
- No Sulphates, No Silicons, No Parabens.
- Nice packing. The flip cap is really good.
- Clears dirt and oil in the hair easily.
- My hair got back to its original wavy form.
- Conditioner washes off well.
- Both the shampoo & conditioner have a really good fragrance that’s not over whelming.
- Does not dry out hair like how some “natural” shampoos do.
- Price. Its Rs. 515/- for 250 ml.! As it does what it claims I am okay with it.
- Unlike the shampoo bottle, the conditioner bottle is opaque. As I feel I spend more conditioner than the shampoo, I feel that a sheer bottle would be more convenient.
- Does not result in oh-so-smooth and silky hair. If you are looking for super smooth and silky hair, this product is definitely not for you.
So far I am happy with this shampoo & conditioner duo and looking forward to use it till I get a better one. I have put a picture of my hair after the second wash below.
I am so happy to see my old waves. I missed them so much. Highly recommend this to all the girls out there who wants to see their over conditioned limp hair in its old natural glory.
Have a Happy weekend and see you all in another post.