Case in point: I was recently at Sephora (surprise, suprise!) and noticed Jonathan Product was 20% off. They have a line called “Green Rootine” which contains 100% natural ingredients and is synthetic free, paraben free, sulfate free, silicone free, petrochemical free, and vegan….(whew!). The ingredients sounded so good they seemed almost edible (and the fresh spearmint scent didn’t hurt either) so I thought I’d give it a try and see what wonders it could do for my hair. I paid $16 plus tax.
The first morning I was excited to try this, and I carefully read the instructions to make sure I did everything correctly. The packaging clearly states:
Green Rootine is 100% Natural, which may feel different from what you’re accustomed to. The products work best when used together and regularly. Go ahead, change your Rootine!
I was prepared for the product not to lather like a normal shampoo, but after adding 5 pumps of product and barely being able to move it through my hair, I became quickly discouraged. However, I carried on, and felt good knowing I wasn’t absorbing nasty chemicals through my scalp! The shampoo left my hair a pretty tangly mess, so I finished off with my favorite super-nourishing conditioner to soften and detangle. However, after styling my hair for the day, I noticed that my hair was extremely static-y, difficult to style, and tangled easily.
Determined to make this shampoo work for me, I used it every day for a week, but sadly nothing improved. My hair and I did not enjoy using this product, so I returned it to the Sephora over the weekend.
I feel kind of guilty about it….I mean, I want to be healthy and eco-friendly with my shampoo, but I can’t seem to find a product that fits the bill of being healthy and effective. My favorite sulfate and paraben-free shampoo so far is (hands-down) the David Babaii for WildAid Hydrating Shampoo, but it still contains ingredients that the EWG frowns upon. I’ll continue using that until I can find something better.
If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!