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Whenever I get my highlights done at my local salon I do it on a Monday because it is a lot cheaper and also they give away a care package every time which consists of a Paul Mitchell Color Care shampoo and conditioner. I am always quite pleased to get this package as I am always looking for ways to keep my colour bright and vibrant and to make it last as long as possible. I can imagine that if you by this pack separately it is quite expensive so I was pleased to get it "free". The pack is really nice and professional looking as this is a proper salon shampoo and it comes packaged in a nice box so it you wanted to give it to someone as a gift as well it does make a nice present. It actually says on the bottle that it is guaranteed only when sold by a professional hairdresser so I think this shows that you are getting a good salon quality product that is authentic and works properly.
This shampoo and conditioner works well on my hair and I will go on to explain why. Both the shampoo and conditioner come in a similar looking bottle so you do need to read it before you apply it in the shower! Both are a rather small bottle that look very professional and just like a shampoo/conditioner you would buy in a salon. It simply says Paul Mitchell color care on the front and then either shampoo or conditioner. There is a small flip lid that you press to open so only a small amount of product comes out at a time which is good as you really only need a small amount. Also this closes quite tightly so it's protected well in the shower and will not spill.
According to the packaging, Paul Mitchell color protect daily shampoo is "the perfect way to protect your colour treated hair! This mild and gentle daily shampoo helps to extend the colour life of your hair, protecting it from the damaging environment. Paul Mitchell Colour Protect Daily Shampoo contains sunscreens and panthenol, which add strength, elasticity and body to your hair, whilst intensifying shine and extending the life and providing protection to your colour-treated hair." On the conditioner bottle is says, "helps protect against sun damage. Detangles and helps strengthen and repair hair for a silky feel."
The shampoo has a gel like consistency to it and it's a clear liquid. I find it very easy to use. My hair lathers up fairly well although I do find that I have to use quite a bit of product to get a good lather. The gel has a nice fresh smell to it and again smells just like the type of shampoo hairstylists use in a salon. The conditioner is quite a bit thicker as you would expect and is a white colour. You can see thought that its quite shiny and has a lot of goodness in it as when it apply it to my hair it really holds onto it well and coats it and almost immediately makes it nice and smooth and silky. When I get out of the shower I find it really easy to comb through, I have no tangles whatsoever and when my hair is dried its really lovely and soft and silky.
I definitely feel that with this shampoo and conditioner combination my hair and colour really is looked after in those first few vital weeks when it looks its best. I think my colour looks brighter for longer and also my hair looks shinier and just feels better overall. As the bottles I get from the salon are only 100ml each they do not last very long, only about a month or so so after that I use a regular shampoo until I can get some more free with my next colour treatment. I will continue to use this shampoo and conditioner combination as it really works well in my opinion.