Long ago in a different time and place I used to be really into hair. Into growing it and making it look good. Then kids happened. My looks took backseat and I'm sorry to say my hair really suffered. The past 10 years I've pretty much shampooed it and stuffed it into a braid. My daughter has now turned into a teen (well tween) and she has much to say about my hair. She even tries to style it (gasp!) To appease her I've been trying to take a little more care (I'm sure this is good news to my husband too).
Hair like mine needs moisture and lots of it.
I was also sent the Desert Essence Smoothing Shampoo, Conditioner, and Primer. Products which my daughter has been eyeing.
If you've seen her hair then you may think I used all these products to make her beautiful tresses even more lovely.
Nope! Mama needs some love too! This was all mine. Her hair needs no help. And mine needs lots. So I set to reading about what the Desert Essence products can do for me.
About Desert Essence Anti-Breakage Shampoo and Conditioner
Desert Essence is not a new to me company but I know them for their Jojoba Oil and Tea Tree Oil which I have been using for years. The original company was founded back in 1978 (well before I started looking at healthy options for home and family) and was purchased by Country Life later on.
I'm no stranger to Country Life either as back in the day they were the go to company for hair vitamins. So it only makes sense that that they would come up with a hair care formula for stronger hair.
Hair is not living but it does grow out of our living scalp through a root that is attached to said scalp. My long held belief is that better hair starts with what you put in your body and can be greatly helped by paying attention to your scalp. In addition to keeping your hair moisturized, clean, etc. In the meantime you can strengthen your strands.
I was sent with a nice package of Desert Essence products from their Anti-Breakage line and Smoothing line.
The Desert Essence Anti-Breakage products are infused with Country Life Maxi-Hair plus Biotin which includes Keratin and Pro-Vitamin B5.
These formulas also include jojoba oil, coconut oil, aloe and saw palmetto.
The Desert Essence Conditioner also includes Shea butter to help detangle, and condition hair. And the Mask contains Olive Oil and Aloe for extra moisture. Something my hair can never have too much of.
The Desert Essence Anti-Breakage line is also free from….
- Propylene Glycol
- Formaldehyde/Formaldehyde Donors
- Artificial Fragrances or Dyes
- Mineral Oil
- Animal Testing
- Renewable Sources
I was sent full sized bottles of Desert Essence Anti-Breakage Shampoo, Conditioner, and Mask along with full sized packages of Desert Essence Smoothing Shampoo, Conditioner, and Primer.
Using Desert Essence Anti-Breakage Shampoo and Conditioner
My hair is nothing special to look at. I don't color it and lately I don't straighten it either. I had my daughter take a picture of the back before I shampooed and after. I usually just put it up in a braid and call it a day but lately I've been wearing a little bun in the back. When my hair is happy I get some defined coils in the back. When not? Well…
Also hair like mine gets comments. There's no way around it. It's been like that all my life. If I wear it out I get comments. If I put it up I get comments. If I straighten it. It can be I'm not necessarily shy but slightly introverted so my hair is usually put up and out of the way so I can get the least amount of comments. Nevertheless a woman stopped me the other day to comment on my white streak in the front. Said she dyes hers to get that look. I told her I got it the hard way, stress.
The Desert Essence Shampoo and Conditioner were pleasantly scented. They both reminded me of the sent of a health food store. That mix of lavender, tea tree oil, and herbs. It wasn't like the perfume counter of a department store so I wasn't concerned that bees were going to be wafting towards my do in the garden.
After using the recommended amounts (I'm usually heavy handed) for the Desert Essence Shampoo and Conditioner I got ready to apply the Anti-Breakage Mask (see consistency above). The directions for the Anti-Breakage Mask say to leave it for about 20-25 minutes after shampooing and conditioning and that it's a good idea to use heat. I have a [easyazon_link identifier=”B00KQWHXXE” locale=”US” tag=”mommybabytool-20″]hair dryer cap attachment[/easyazon_link] so I used that.
My Simple Wash Day Hair Care Routine
- If hair is extra dry pretreat it first with a hot oil treatment (warm oil on hair, wrap up for about 10 minutes)
- Shampoo hair. Once unless you've been rolling in the dirt.
- Rinse Well
- Apply conditioner and let sit about 2 minutes
- Pat hair dry and apply Hair Mask and sit under [easyazon_link identifier=”B0092MCO88″ locale=”US” tag=”mommybabytool-20″]bonnet hair dryer[/easyazon_link] for 20 to 30 minutes
- Rinse out. Apply leave-in and style.
Now my family did know I was sampling these products but both my husband and daughter made comments about how my hair looked a shinier after the full treatment.
What do you think?
I don't completely wash my hair daily but I do give it a good rinse each day with my shower. I usually have to apply a whole gob of leave in conditioner to detangle my hair but this time I didn't. I'm using a store brand leave-in but will probably get some Desert Essence leave in products to complement.
Especially since right now you can….
Take 20% off Anti-Breakage and Smoothing Hair Care Products on desertessence.com with the promo code DELovesMomsMeet
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Find where you can purchase Desert Essence Anti-Breakage system on the Store Locator page.
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