hask repairing shampoo & conditioner: £4.50 each, available in primark
since giving up aussie shampoo and conditioner last october after choosing to only buy cruelty free cosmetics, finding some decent shampoo and conditioner has been something of a challenge for me. i've tried more expensive offerings from the body shop and cheaper own brand options from morrisons, aldi and superdrug, but nothing seemed to nourish and cleanse my hair like the aussie products did, until i stumbled across these products in primark one time.
i was drawn in by the argan oil label on the bottle, and upon picking it up and inspecting the bottle i was delighted to read that the products aren't tested on animals, so i quickly popped the conditioner into my basket to try out. after having used the conditioner for a couple of weeks and being impressed, i also picked up the shampoo to try the two products together.
first up, these products smell incredible. they have a very strong citrus scent that reminds me of lemon sherbet sweets, making for a very enjoyable hair washing experience. previous shampoos i've used haven't lathered very well, and altogether it just felt like i was scraping the product through my hair rather than massaging it in, but this shampoo lathers up nicely and glides through your hair and washes out quickly and easily, making for a wash more like the aussie one i used to know and love. as for the conditioner, it's light, easy to work through your hair and just as easy to wash out, meaning there'll be no more awful left over conditioner in my hair for me to deal with!
when my hair's dried after using these products, it has considerably more body than it did while i was using the body shop products, and it doesn't get as greasy as quickly, which is a blessing in itself. i found that after using the body shop products my hair was quite limp and almost greasy, but these products seem to have combatted that pretty well. if i were to criticise anything about these products, it would probably be that they don't leave my hair feeling quite as soft as aussie products used to. now, i'm not a haircare expert, but i have a suspicious that it could be the no parabens or sulfates that mean that i don't get quite a shiny finish, because apparently shampoos and conditioners containing them thinly coat your hair with plastic?! again, i'm no expert so i don't know how true any of this is, so please do feel free to tell me if i've been completely misled, haha! as always, if you know of any fantastic cruelty free hair care products, do feel free to drop me some suggestions down below!