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John Masters Organics: Game Changing care for over processed hair

In the year that I’ve been transitioning from coloring my hair to (shades of) natural grey,  I’ve tried many products to improve shine, texture and most of all, eliminate frizziness.

Since I wanted to avoid cutting off many inches of hair, I was seriously committed to finding those elusive, magical products to keep my wavy, heavily highlighted shoulder length hair looking healthy.

I discovered my breakthrough products late summer, after discarding 2 shampoos (one from a fancy Beverly Hills at $5 per oz., one a mid priced & natural from Whole Foods) that sadly did nothing for my hair.

Truth be told, my hair had more issues than just chemical processing. It seemed thinner and flatter as well.  Thinning hair is common for women over age forty.  So I wanted to find a shampoo that would smooth but also add some body.  And I was hoping for a deep conditioner that would make my hair feel smooth and soft.

The staff at Co opportunity Santa Monica ( raved about John Masters Organics in general, so I decided to try their Citrus & Neroli Detangler about a year ago and liked everything about it.   It smelled delicious and smoothed my hair nicely.  I used it mostly  as a lightweight leave in conditioner and loved that is contains no parabens, sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) or silicones.

Silicones are in so many conditioners and while they do function to smooth the hair, they  leave a plastic like coating that eventually requires deep cleansing or clarifying shampoo to remove it.  Thus the vicious cycle of over washing often with products containing sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) , which then leads to the need to smooth damaged hair again. But I digress…

Since the detangler was pretty awesome, I decided it was time to try their other products.

Spearmint & Meadowsweet Scalp Stimulating Shampoo


According to the company website, this shampoo  “deeply cleanses and moisturizes hair so you can rock a frizz-free look all day long…. a great choice for anyone with color-treated hair or fine and curly hair types.”

This is absolutely true, at least for my fine, colored hair. After one use, my hair literally felt softer and lighter, almost as if it was not highly processed, colored hair.  It was also dramatically smoother.  Once dry I noticed it was fuller with an almost “fluffy” feeling.

Many natural shampoos don’t lather, but this one does lather up nicely and smells wonderful.

The key ingredients include:

Aloe Vera –  hydrates

Essential Oils – nourishes scalp and hair (and make using it a spa experience)

Jojoba & Panthenol – moisturizes dry hair, for softer, shinier tresses

I love this shampoo and would never be without it!

Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner


I’ve tried much pricier conditioners and masks over the past few years, but none performs as well as this one. It smells wonderful, with a strong lavender scent, and includes avocado oil,  an excellent moisturizer.

Other key ingredients:

Arnica – hydrates

Soy protein – strengthens

This conditioner manages to dramatically improve the hair’s texture without weighting it down. I used it about twice a week.

Both of these products are also available in travel sizes, making them easy to try out, and to take along on fall vacations or holiday trips.


More information from John Masters Organics website:

John Masters Organics provides the finest in luxury organic beauty products to customers around the world. Founded by visionary stylist John Masters in his Soho, New York salon, John Masters Organics is synonymous with premium quality, earth-friendly botanical ingredients and the ultimate in professional salon-level results. Each and every product is painstakingly crafted to let you “feel good about looking good.”

Today John Masters Organics is sold around the world, and is recognized as the pioneering producer of luxury organic beauty. Through partnerships with farmers and harvesters of organic and wild-crafted ingredients, and dedication to using 100% recyclable packaging and earth-friendly production methods, John Masters Organics produces the ultimate in “guilt-free luxury.”


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