Product Review: True Nature Botanicals Shampoo and Conditioner
If there’s one thing I’m picky about, it’s my hair. It’s always been that way, since I was a little girl getting mad at my mom for not making a perfectly slicked back ponytail for my second-grade school photos (sorry, Mom). I’m incredibly choosy about my hair stylist, I bring my own shampoo and conditioner (and styling products…) to the salon and I have often been guilty of spending a Friday night creating new hairstyles—even though I wasn’t going anywhere to show them off.
I think that in all of my health issues (hey celiac disease!) and skin problems, I’ve found comfort in the fact that I have a little control over my hair. I can straighten, curl or air dry it and I know how to disguise a greasy scalp to salvage one more day without washing it. I can choose how it looks each day, unlike my skin, which has been known to break out no matter what I do.
So when True Nature Botanicals launched their shampoo and conditioner, and founder Hillary Peterson herself told me that it was tested until even her super picky teenage daughter approved, I was itching to try it. And I wasn’t disappointed.
Let’s start with the shampoo, shall we? I think one of the hard transitions into green beauty is getting used to the fact that shampoo just doesn’t lather the way we’re used to (no shampoo unicorn horns here—anyone else do that as a kid?). And we can tell ourselves day in and day out that that super-lather is actually bad for us, but honestly, when your hair is covered in grime, it’s hard to feel like it’s getting clean when your shampoo feels more lotion-y than lather-ful.
TNB knew this when they began their quest for a great shampoo, and they succeeded in creating a natural, nontoxic shampoo that really gives you a clean feeling—without your hair feeling stripped. Even with my hard water, it lathered and foamed, and removed build-up with only one wash. Sometimes, natural shampoos require more than one application in the shower in order to remove unwanted oil, styling products or dry shampoo. And who has time for a double-wash?
But even better than that lather is that the shampoo infuses hair with needed antioxidants and nutritive oils. Green tea oil, which is an antioxidant, emollient and conditioner, helps treat a dry or flaky scalp by breaking up dead skin cells and clearing them away. Meadowfoam seed oil is a lightweight, hydrating conditioner that locks in moisture, while aloe leaf powder uses its naturally humectant powers to prevent moisture loss and soothe your scalp.
The shampoo (and conditioner, which I’ll get to) also smells incredible. It’s TNB’s proprietary scent blend, with lemon, orange, ylang ylang and sweet violet essential oils, and it’s one of my favorite parts of the haircare duo. It’s light and bright, and caused my husband to say, “It always smells so good in the bathroom after you shower.”
The conditioner is as lovely as the shampoo. It’s not a heavy, thick conditioner when it comes out of the convenient pump, so I thought I was in for disappointment. I usually like a fairly heavy conditioner on my dry ends, but I may be a convert to a lighter conditioner now that I’ve tried TNB’s. I love the silkiness of how it feels in my hair, like it’s really moisturizing from the inside out. It gives me that soft, touchable hair without silicones or mineral oils. Instead, TNB utilized shea butter, green tea oil and macadamia seed oil to create a powerful blend that protects, hydrates and restores hair.
The combination of the TNB shampoo and conditioner has also given me the strongest, longest hair I’ve had since my scalp acted up and I incurred some hair loss. My stylist has commented the last two times I’ve had my hair cut about how fast it’s growing and how healthy it is. That’s not something you can make up, people!
Have you tried TNB’s new haircare? If so, share your experience below! If not, you MIGHT want to stick close to the site this Friday…