Friday, January 18, 2008

Best of the Best: Shampoo & Conditioner for Colored Hair

I have nice long, thick hair but I admit, I am pretty bad about treating it the way I should leading to split ends and a badly-needed haircut. Before my last haircut I hadn't gotten my hair trimmed for about 4 months - the ends were dry and dying. The appointement with the hairdresser was mainly to dye my hair a beautiful red color (well, re-dye, since the old red color had faded and the roots had grown out) before heading off to visit my boyfriend in Istanbul.

The hairdresser lectured me about going in regularly for a haircut and then did her work (very nice lady actually). When it came to the time of washing out the color, my hairdresser told me how my hair was still a bit dry and brittle even though she used a professional shampoo and conditioner (which smelled amazing). So, we got into a shampoo/conditioner discussion and I found out that many regular shampoos are diluted with water! The difference between the Schwarzkopf Professional Shampoo and the one which can be bought in a normal grocery store, is that the later is about half water combined with half shampoo.

I decided it woud be best to buy the professional kind and get my hair to be the best it can be (along with scheduling more regular hair trims). I asked about the best shampoo for colored-treated hair and she told me the one she had used on me that day was a really good one. So, I decided to buy it: the Schwarzkopf Professional Seah Hairspa for colored hair.

So, time has passed, and I love this shampoo and especially the conditioner! Besides making my hair feel soft and maintaining my color really well, it smells amazing. The scent is called Japanese Cherry, and even now, 1 and a half days after last washing my hair I can still faintly smell it. This is great because my hair doesn't usually retain the yummy shampoo smells much after the liquid has been rinsed out and the hair is once again dry. My boyfriend is equally pleased with the way my hair smells nowadays, a nice added bonus.

Again the main downside is the price: I paid 16 EUR for the Shampoo and 20 EUR for the Conditioner, both bottles containt 200ml of the precious liquids. It's not over-the-top expensive, but definitely also not a cheap buy. However, one doesn't have to use too much when washing one's hair and considering the quality of the product, it's definitely worth paying a bit more for this shampoo and conditioner than buying the cheap stuff. Overall this is the best shampoo and conditioner I have ever used, although I still am on the lookout for the 'perfect' shampoo.

Shampoo - 8/10
Conditioner - 9/10

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