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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.
About a year ago, my teenage children started protesting about the amount of products which test on animals and pestered me to buy only 'cruelty free' brands. On my next visit to Boots I came across the Naked brand which is committed to producing natural , cruelty-free products. They produce an assortment of body products, including bath/shower gels, face cleansers and hair products. The Naked Smooth Silky Shampoo caught my eye as, on the front of the bottle, it said it was suitable for straight/longer hair. As myself and my daughters all fall into this category, it sounded ideal for my family. As it says on the bottle, Naked "don't believe in testing ingredients on Bambi, Lassie or Skippy" so despite the fact that it cost a bit more than I would normally pay for shampoo (about £4 a bottle), I bought this product. It is also 97% natural, so has no sulphates, parabems or petrochemicals present in the product. I was curious as to what the remaining 3% was made up of as there was a fair amount of ingredients listed on the back, some with quite chemical sounding names. This surprised me since they do claim that the products are 97% natural. On checking their website, it mentions that the remaining ingredients are actually made up of necessary things that preserve the product once opened and emulsifying agents that prevent the ingredients from separating.
Our first impressions when we opened the bottle was "what a gorgeous fresh smelling shampoo!" . This shampoo is said to have the scent of marshmallow and aloe. I can certainly smell the aloe and I would say that it is also has a bit of a citrusy scent. It smells very natural and we couldn't wait to see the effects on our hair. Once applied to the hair, it is actually quite hard to get a good lather out of this shampoo (perhaps due to the missing baddie elements?) It does mention on the instructions at the back of the bottle to wash hair, rinse and repeat if necessary and that you will get a better foam second time around and we have found this to be the case. Our hair felt very clean and fresh immediately after shampooing and rinsing. So far we were impressed.
Our second impressions after drying our hair is that there was nothing particularly special about this shampoo. In fact my older daughter who has particularly thick, straight hair that is mid-length complained that it looked much the same as before it had been washed! To be fair, it does say on the back that it "adds weight and gloss to the hair shaft" and as she has a very thick mane of hair she definitely doesn't need any more weight added to it. However, it failed to make our hair look even remotely glossy. It also doesn't state on the front of the bottle that it is for fine, flyaway hair but states that it is for "straight/longer hair" which made me think it was suitable for us, so perhaps the company needs to rethink that title on the front as it may be misleading.
Our final impression was reached the following day when we got up in the morning and found our hair to be definintely in need of being washed again. Our hair literally looked as if it hadn't been washed for several days! There is no way that you can use this shampoo on an every other day basis. It needs to be used daily as the effects are so short-lived! This may suit you if this is part of your morning routine and you would never dream of skipping that hair wash every morning but it definitely doesn't suit us. Furthermore, it would be expensive to use a shampoo like this in a bigger family (there are 5 of us) if we had to use it on a daily basis as £4 a bottle is not cheap! If you are using a shampoo like this for environmental reasons the purpose is also slightly defeated by the fact that although they have taken out the chemical baddies, you need to use a lot more of this stuff to keep your hair clean which combined with the extra water needed is again using more resources.
This shampoo might suit people with a different hair type so maybe it just needs to be re-labelled? We have used one other Naked product which is excellent and in fact is the matching conditioner, "naked smooth silky conditioner" so I'm not saying we don't like naked products as a whole. This one just didn't live up to our expectations. I hate waste so I was pleased to find that it suits one member of the family and that is my four year old daughter. This shampoo gives her lovely, clean fresh smelling hair. In saying that, I seem to be able to use any shampoo on her hair and end up with good results so I suspect that this is due to her not being at an age where hair gets greasy yet.
Naked products are available at Boots and online at www.nakedbodycare.co.uk. The prices on their website are the same as in Boots. Delivery is free if your order is over £20. Boots sometimes have a special buy one get one free offer on these products which will bring the price down to a far more reasonable £2 per bottle.
Thanks for reading my review. It is also posted on Ciao under username mag3kids.
Naked Smooth marshmallow and aloe silky shampoo comes in a 250ml bottle. It costs around £4 and is available in chemists. I shop in Boots for this product so I'm not sure where else stocks it.
My love for natural beauty products started when I studied Complementary Therapies. Virtually all of my beauty care products are now natural, including toothpaste and sanitary towels. I read about Naked one day in a magazine and went hunting for it in one of the larger Boots stores. I liked the sound of the shampoo, as it was free from Sodium Laureth Sulphate and parabens. It was also important to me that the products weren't tested on animals. In this day and age, there's no need to do this.
My hair is a strange mix, it is very dry at the ends, but greasy at the roots. It's also naturally wavy but I blow-dry it straight every day. I chose this shampoo, as I wanted my hair to be moisturised, smooth and soft. On the back of the bottle it says -
'Keeping hair kink free can be high maintenance. So we use highly moisturising and smoothing aloe vera and marshmallow plant extracts to add weight and gloss to the hair shaft, helping prevent the kinks and annoying flyaways that can stop your hair looking gorgeously sleek'.
The directions for use are to apply it thoroughly to wet hair, rinse well and repeat if required. The product is great, you only need to use a small amount to get a nice lather. Natural products tend to not lather up as much due to the lack of Sodium Laureth Sulphate, so don't expect masses of lather. The shampoo is clear and has an almost jelly like consistency, especially at the end of a bottle. I think this may be due to the aloe vera content. It has a refreshing, almost fruity scent, which I love. It washes out well and doesn't leave your hair squeaky clean. In other words, it doesn't strip away your hairs natural oils. I always follow with the conditioner, as I can't brush my hair without using it (I have very tuggy hair).
I have tried many natural shampoos and this one is by far the best. It smells lovely, doesn't contain any chemical nasties, and is value for money, as you only need a small amount. It also gives good results, my hair feels smoother after use and once my hair has dried it looks shinier, smoother and has less annoying flyaway hairs.
Check out their product range at www.nakedbodycare.co.uk
*I was unable to submit the shampoo and conditioner as one product so there is some 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 shampoos and they become less effective over time? So, last time I needed a new shampoo 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 Marshmallow & Aloe Silky Shampoo 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 shampoos come in a 250ml cylindrical colourless plastic bottle with a beige-grey cap. It is an unusual type of cap - split into two halves, you pop one half down and the other half pops up with a hole in. I've never seen this kind of 'mechanism' but I liked it - because you just have to push the top it's easy to open and close even with wet/soapy hands, and as the top is totally flat the bottle can be upturned in order to get the dregs out as you come to the end of the bottle. On the label is a line drawing of a flower which I presume to be a marshmallow flower.
The text on the bottle says: "Keeping hair kink free can be high maintenance so we use highly moisturising and smoothing aloe vera and marshmallow plant extracts to add weight and gloss to the hair shaft, helping prevent the kinks and annoying flyaways that can stop your hair looking gorgeously sleek." - This sounds perfect for my hair needs and the bit about adding weight to prevent flyaways seems scientific enough.
The shampoo is completely clear and colourless and I found that I needed a little more than normal to make a decent lather, but as I said I do have quite long hair. It smells absolutely amazing - really fresh and uplifting. I can't say exactly what it smells of - it didn't smell too sweet like you might expect something marshmallow to smell - it was quite fruity and I could pick out grapefruit and a hint of orange.
I found that my hair felt really quite ratty and dry as I rinsed out the shampoo and I was worried I'd not be able to get a brush through it, but the conditioner smoothed it out really well. 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 shampoo. My hair felt so much cleaner and sleeker than with other shampoos, and without the heavy flatness and the far-too-silky-to-hold-a-style-ness. 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 the shampoo 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 shampoo 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 shampoo in Boots is £3.91, which is a lot I think, especially with the conditioner being the same price, but I'll definitely be buying it 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 Shampoo for straigh and long hair /