I’m very aware of my recent absence around my favourite escape, my blog, but things have been just so crazy during this semester’s exam period and I have to say this exam period has been my worst – and it’s not ever yet, plus I’ve had pretty horrifying exam experiences in the last three years – but I’m back because I have a few days off to breathe before my final exam and paper and I’ve been missing this. Getting back to the point, I’ve been into putting some more styling effort into my hair and reading and watching curly/wavy hair content and have been inspired to get out more hair-related posts so I figured I would start out with a review. Phew. I had to.
On my very last trip to Target before it closed down, I picked up the Curls Unleashed Lavish in Lather Sulfate-Free Shampoo ($10 US/$15 CDN) and I have been using slash enjoying it since. It’s marketed towards textured hair as a gentle but effective cleanser that also helps to moisturize and detangle hair and I would have to agree that it meets those claims with a few other benefits. It’s not the most detangling or moisturizing but I have dry hair that tangles like nothing else so the fact that it was not overly tangled or dry after shampooing is a sign in its favour. I don’t tend to be someone who places tons of significance on the scent of the products I use, but I totally love the soap-come-herbal scent of the cleanser that reminds me of that Deva Curl smell, likely because of the hops, lemon and rosemary. What I love about this cleanser is just how suitable it is for those like me who have finer hair and tend to be product junkies but still have fragile and dry hair and are looking for a nourishing, lightweight yet slightly clarifying shampoo. It’s more clarifying than your typical sulfate-free shampoo, yet it doesn’t strip the hair at all or contain your harshest non sulfate cleansers, or irritate my sensitive scalp in the slightest. It’s definitely a great one to grab when your hair is starting to feel a bit limp or weighed down but you don’t want to lose definition as a result and dry your hair out – it straddles the line of being lightweight and effective, whilst being gentle – and it’s definitely one to grab when you have finer hair, especially when you have loads of it like me.
Ingredient-wise it’s impressive, formulated without silicones or sulfates while still performing in other respects. The cleansing agents are impressive ones, rather than the half-assed slightly-removed-from-sulfate-offerings that many rely on but it still manages to be concentrated and creates a delightful amount of lather.
You can pick this and the rest of the line up at Target if you’re in the US and I believe at Sally’s Beauty Supply almost everywhere. I know for certain that Sally’s stocks it online as do a myriad of other places. Obviously, I’d recommend it to those with finer hair textures looking for a gentle cleanser or really anyone looking for a bit of clarifying actions without any sort of problematic drying or stripping action.
What’s your fave shampoo?