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I have indecisive hair. The top layer is poker straight whilst the under-layer likes to dry into loose curls. I thought that I wasn't normal, a freak, an outcast if you will but the internet told me that I was not alone! There are a lot of forums solely dedicated to hair and its different curls patterns and how to best care for them. By reading through a lot of them I established that my hair was coarse with a loose curl and was constantly frizzy and unmanageable as I was using products for fine straight hair. Essentially my hair was always dry and frizzy because the natural oils were being prevented from coating the strands. Naked was a brand whose name kept cropping up on various forums due to the success curly haired girls were having taming their tresses. I decided to embark on a journey to Boots to and buy one of these fated conditioners.
--The Product and First Impressions--
I had seen Naked's products on the shelf before but had never purchased due to the subdued boring packaging. The packaging does not scream pick me up, it is pretty un-offensive in its taupe tubing. One of the reasons the Naked line had been lauded on various forums was in part due to that fact that it is free from drying sulphates, parabens or petrochemicals and it is also silicone free. There is an on-going debate about the relative positives and negatives of these ingredients (which I shall not get into here!) but as all my life I have used hair products with these ingredients in them I wanted to see what my hair would be like without them.
This stuff is thick! I really had to squeeze the tube to get the product out and it is satisfyingly thick and creamy with a light floral scent. I applied the conditioner to the lengths by using my fingers to gently comb it through the lengths of my hair and then left it on for two minutes before rinsing it out.
I have been using this conditioner for a month now and the difference to my hair is amazing - it feels just like it did when I was younger! My hair is not only frizz free but it is also shiny and strong! My different hair types have both been tamed and live in harmony rather than competing on their propensity to frizz!
I will definitely be re-purchasing this conditioner; in fact I have such faith in the brand that I have already purchased another conditioner in the range! For any hair product to work you have to know your hair and what it needs and now I have finally cracked that I don't have to worry what level of frizz my hair is going to have after washing. No matter how many deep treatments or hot oilings I gave my hair nothing could tame it so I am really thankful for finding this product!
I would be cautious if you have thin of fine hair with this product as it is super heavy but the Naked range also has lighter conditioners which follow their same ethos of having no suspect ingredients. Either way as these retail at around £4.19 you can always have a shot at discovering if it works for you as well as it has for me!
I've only ever used the shampoo and conditioner together so I can't really comment on their effectiveness individually, but wanted to write a review for both... So the reviews will be similar if not the same.
Anyway, after recently colouring my hair I needed to find a shampoo and conditioner that were sulfates-free. However I also wanted products that would help my hair to stay looking shiny and soft, after my change from John Frieda. I came across the naked range on offer at Boots, and having almost 100% natural ingredients, I thought new hair colour? Might as well be organic for a change. Plus, I have naturally straight hair and these products are aimed at that. The packaging is pretty simple, nothing too fancy and kind of ties in with the whole 'natural' theme. The product itself is clear/cream coloured and has a fairly thicker texture than other brands. I've noticed the shampoo doesn't lather as much as previous shampoos I've used, but this doesn't bother me. The conditioner however, is very thick. It's so thick that I struggle to get it out of the tube sometimes.
Both the shampoo and conditioner have rather pleasant smells, nothing overpowering. And they really do help to leave my hair feeling smooth and silky. Occasionally I'll swap the conditioner with Organix Argan oil Conditioner to further enhance this and to keep it looking shiny. Also a frizz smoothing creme to keep my hair frizz free. However I do really like these shampoo and conditioner as part of the routine :)
You get 250ml of product in each bottle, and as I try not to wash my hair more than every other day to prevent stripping my hair of its natural oils, these two have lasted me quite a while and I still have at least half a bottle left in each. My only major problem with the shampoo and conditioner is that they are fairly expensive! They cost around ￡6 each, and although you do get 250mls, which should last a while, the price still isn't cheap! I find this to be such a shame because it's the only reason putting me off from wanting to purchase these again when I run out... If you can get them on an offer though, definitely recommended.
Despite the fact that me and my family had previously been unimpressed with Naked shampoo, I was lured into trying their products once again by the 2 for 1 offer in Boots. The usual price is about £4 a bottle which I consider to be quite expensive. I truly respect all of these companies out there that are both cruelty free and more environmentally friendly and desperately want to find that they work just as well as, if not better than their chemically based conterparts. Naked products are 97% natural and have no sulphates, parabens or petrochemicals so fit the bill. Also being a bargain hunter, I could not resist this offer and bought 2 bottles of Naked Smooth Silky Conditioner for staright/longer hair thinking that we could give the other one away if the results were unsuccessful! If you have read my previous review on the shampoo you will know that we were not at all impressed with the results so we did not have high expectations for this conditioner.
What can I say though. The results have been amazing..........and it does everything it says it will on the back of the tube "giving the hair the appearance of satin sheets". Truly amazing! One of my children has long, unruly hair that is constantly in knots and this conditioner has left her hair tangle free and very shiny. So for those mums out there who dread getting the hair brush through the kids hair in the morning, especially when in a mad rush to get out of the door, this is your dream conditioner! It has also did wonders for my hair. Being of a certain age (I am not telling) my hair has been very lack-lustre of late and tends towards frizziness and this conditioner has again did what it says on the back, "deeply conditioning" your hair and "reducing static" . Made with jojoba oil, it also smells wonderful. And let's say that no one will be getting that second bottle of conditioner now. In fact I'm on my way to Boots to stock up on this conditioner if the 2 for 1 offer is still on!
Naked smooth jojoba oil silky conditioner is 97% natural, and comes in a 250ml tube.
The tube is a mushroom colour, which isn't very appealing but the bold writing on the front draws you in. I was drawn to this brand as it doesn't use nasty chemicals, and isn't tested on animals.
The conditioner contains jojoba oil, which helps to moisturise and smooth out the hair. On the back it says, 'we use jojoba oil because it's a super rich, deeply conditioning liquid wax that coats the hair shaft to help reduce frizz and give hair the appearance of satin sheets'.
I use this conditioner after using the Naked Silky Shampoo. It is white and has a thick consistency. Like the shampoo, it has lovely fruity fragrance. Before using, squeeze out excess water from your hair, the conditioner should then be left on for 1 or 2 minutes, before rinsing.
My hair felt really smooth after use, and smelt really nice. I have very tuggy hair, and this conditioner allowed me to brush it easily. Once I dried and styled my hair, it felt smooth and looked shiny.
This is my favourite conditioner in the Naked range, as it smells amazing, a little goes a long way and it leaves my hair manageable. The only problem is that the tube is difficult to squeeze when it is half full. People with arthritic hands would have difficulty.
I bought this shampoo in Boots when I had a gift card and was in the mood to treat myself. As you can see from my other reviews I tend towards the own brand and budget ranges, so at £3.91 this was more than I would usually spend. However I was interested to see if the results would be any better. It includes Jojoba oil, which they claim will make straight hair sleeker and shinier.
The Naked range is exclusive to Boots and contains shampoos, conditioners, bath foams and shower gels. All are made with natural ingredients (typically 97%, as this product states on the label) and with no sulphates, petrochemicals or parabens. The packaging also states that Naked do not test products on 'Bambi, Skippy or Lassie' - cute.
This conditioner comes in a flexible grey plastic tube with a flip cap at the bottom. This is handy as you can store it upside down and get the last bits out of the bottle. It's quite minimal packaging, but I don't mind that - it looks quite unusual and funky on my shelf. It comes out quite easily but it's very thick, more so than other conditioners - it's more like an intensive hair mask really. It's white and smells lovely - somewhere between leafy and fruity, with a hint of oranges. Whatever, it's a really clean and fresh smell. Despite its thickness, it's easy to distribute through the hair and feels really silky. I usually leave it in for a couple of minutes and then rinse off with hot water.
It rinses off very easily and leaves my hair really soft. When I dry it, I find it very easy to style and less flyaway and static than usual. The pleasant smell also lingers during the day which is nice to catch a waft of every now and again!
My only complaint is that my hair seems to get greasier than usual. I think it's just a bit too heavy for my fine hair and weighs it down a bit too much. I think if you had thick dry hair, this would be perfect. However, I'll carry on using it because it's really enjoyable and luxurious, and I really feel like I'm taking good care of my hair.
*I was unable to submit the shampoo and conditioner as one product so there is overlap on both reviews as I have only ever used these products together*
I'm very fickle when it comes to shampoos and conditioners - I basically just have a look for what's on offer and then choose which smells nicest. And anyway, don't they say that your hair gets 'used' to certain products and they become less effective over time? So, last time I needed a new shampoo and conditioner I spotted these new 'Naked' hair products in Boots, and they were on 2 for 1. Criterion #1 met, I popped the cap for a sniff then headed happily towards the till.
The product I opted for was the Naked Smooth Jojoba Oil Silky Conditioner for straight or longer hair - my hair is fairly long but as it is not quite straight, and blonde (I read somewhere that different hair colours have different shaped hair shafts - black is very round and smooth which is why it shines so nicely, and blonde is quite twisted so the light can't reflect off it as well), it can tend to look a bit frizzy and dull, as well as being quite thin and flyaway.
Naked Conditioners come in a 250ml beige-grey coloured plastic tube which stands on its flip-cap, meaning that you don't have to squeeze too hard as the conditioner is always there at the bottom of the tube ready to come out. I did find that once you got down to the very last bit though it was very hard to extract the last few drops - I really had to squeeze that tube! On the label is a line drawing of what I presume to be a jojoba leaf and berry.
The text on the bottle says: "Keeping hair kink free can be high maintenance so we use jojoba oil, because it's a super rich, deeply conditioning liquid wax that coats the hair shaft to help reduce frizz and give hair the appearance of satin sheets." - I wasn't too sure about the 'satin sheets' part but I like the sound of it reducing frizz!
The conditioner is white and really thick - I found this encouraging and found myself using quite a lot of it and leaving it on for a while a bit like a hair mask. Like the shampoo it smells absolutely gorgeous - really fresh and uplifting. I can't say exactly what it smells of but it's quite fruity and I could pick out a hint of grapefruit.
As I said in the shampoo review, I found that my hair felt quite ratty and dry as I rinsed out the shampoo but the conditioner smoothed through my hair really easily and it instantly felt more moisturised. The scent does last on the hair after it's been dried, though you do have to have a good sniff to smell it, it's not one of those that you can smell wafts of every time you move your head.
As soon as I'd dried and styled my hair as normal, I was impressed with the result. My hair felt so much cleaner and sleeker than with other shampoos and conditioners, and without the heavy flatness and the far-too-silky-to-hold-a-style-ness. All the layers in my style seemed to separate and fall as they should rather than all lying flat and looking like split ends as they are wont to do. It was only later in the day when I noticed I'd been twirling my hair around my fingers far more than normal that I realised exactly how sleek this conditioner had made my hair!
Although it's not the most important thing to me when buying hair products, it IS nice to see that the products I'm using daily are not full of chemicals. This particular Naked conditioner is 97% natural, using gentle plant-based cleansing ingredients rather than 'harsh' detergents (no sulphates, petrochemicals or parabens, whatever they may be!) in order to create long-term moisture in the kindest way possible.
It's also nice to see some good ethics in the world of cosmetics - Naked do not believe in testing their ingredients on "Bambi, Lassie or Skippy" (and presumably Bugs and Jessica too) and they encourage you to recycle the packaging saying "recycling is like Karma - what goes around comes around - so please recycle again" - I like unusual little touches like that.
The usual price for this conditioner in Boots is £3.91, which is a lot I think, especially with the shampoo being the same price, but I'll definitely be buying them both again next time I see an offer.
The Naked hair care range includes various varieties of shampoo and conditioner for all hair needs as well as various hair mask treatments and styling products; and the Naked range overall includes skincare, body care and bathing products.
More information can be found here: www.nakedbodycare.co.uk
Naked / 97% Natural Conditioner