February 22, 2020

Transform damaged locks into a shiny mane

Get shiny hair with this luxurious duo

Updated February 22, 2020

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Don't we all wish for shiny, silky hair that looks healthy?

I wanted to avoid cutting off many inches of hair while going gray.  But just as importantly, I wanted my hair to look and feel healthy.

Going gray was already a HUGE change, and going short was just not an option for me. So I was seriously committed to finding the best products to keep my wavy, highlighted shoulder length hair as healthy as humanely possible.

Gray hair isn't always coarse or frizzy, but often does need TLC to look its best.

I discovered these John Masters products after discarding two shampoos (one from a fancy Beverly Hills salon, $40, and one from Whole Foods) that unfortunately, did little for my hair's appearance.

Truth be told, my hair had bigger issues than just chemical processing. It seemed to become both thinner and flatter over the past few years.  Thinning hair is common for women over age forty.

So, I wanted a shampoo that would smooth but also add body.  Finally, 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. Since they rarely steer me wrong,I decided to try their Citrus & Neroli Detangler. It smelled delicious and smoothed my hair nicely.  I used it mostly as a lightweight leave-in conditioner and was thrilled to learn it is free of parabens, sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) and silicones.

Silicones are in many conditioners these days.  While they do smooth the hair, they also leave a plastic like coating that eventually requires a 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.

Since the detangler was a winner, I decided it was time to try their other products.

Gentle yet thorough cleansing

According to the company website, Scalp Stimulating Shampoo deeply cleanses and moisturizes hair for a frizz-free look all day long. This shampoo is ideal for both color-treated hair or fine or curly hair types.

My hair in 2019, almost fully transitioned to its natural color

This is absolutely true, at least for my fine, dry 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 amazing! Key ingredients include aloe vera, jojoba and pantheon. I love this shampoo and would never be without it!

My result?  Smooth, shiny hair

I've tried much pricier conditioners and masks over the past few years, but none performs as well as Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner. It smells fresh and earthy, with a strong lavender scent.  It includes avocado oil,  which is an excellent moisturizer.

After twice a week use for about a month, this conditioner dramatically improved my hair's texture.  Bonus points for being luxuriously rich  without weighing my hair down.

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

More about John Masters Organics

John Masters Organics provides the finest in luxury organic beauty products to customers around the world...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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Michelle’s background includes 13 years in medical aesthetics sales, product development & marketing. She is also a former yoga teacher/massage therapist and lifelong beauty product junkie. 

Michelle consults for beauty brands, models and operates the Smart Beauty Rituals store. 

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