Monday, 11 August 2014

Naked Volume Body Building Shampoo and Weightless Conditioner (review)

Naked Volume Body Building Shampoo and Weightless Conditioner

The rise in more natural yet affordable toiletries went mainstream when Boots started stocking the Naked range. I've been a fan for years and these products – the volumising shampoo and conditioner – were the first products I ever tried. There's quite a big range both in-store and on-line (see below).

They are designed for fine, limp and greasy hair types – mine is the latter – and promise to clean hair gently while conditioning without weighing it down. You don't need intense nourishment if your hair is fine or greasy because fine hair will get heavy and greasy hair will get oily if you overdo it.


The Shampoo
This is 97% natural and contains wheat protein to regulate moisture levels and chicory to tackle frizz. Naked uses “only plant based cleansing ingredients” and makes do without sulphates, parabens, silicones or petrochemicals. The lather isn't brilliant on greasy hair like mine (or hair that's smothered in styling products) so a couple of washes might be required. Hair is left clean but not stripped of natural oils and it rinses out really easily, leaving no residue.

The Conditioner
Like the shampoo the conditioner is 97% natural and also like the shampoo this is harder to work in than some other natural hair products. It doesn't smooth through hair easily, despite containing a silicone, so needs to be massaged in carefully. While this takes longer it's worth the effort. My hair feels moisturised after use (that'll be the smoothing passionflower and grape) but still plumped up (thanks to the addition of corn). It, too, rinses out well, and when dry my hair is light not heavy, but the ends do need a little extra serum to keep them smooth.

While there are more natural options out there, Naked still isn't bad on that front, and they have an excellent no animal testing policy complete with fixed cut-off date. For this price few rivals come close. The packaging is made from 50% recycled materials and both bottle and tube can be recycled again. The shampoo is vegan friendly whereas the conditioner is suitable for vegetarians.

I keep coming back to this range for a number of reasons: it's effective and affordable, smells amazing, is adequately natural and has an excellent animal rights record. The fact it's so easily obtainable means I often bung a few pieces in my basket or place a quick order on-line (very friendly bunch they are at Naked, too!). If you're unfamiliar, give them a try, and I hope you love them as much as I do.

YES!
NO!
Cleans gently, lifting grime and grease away from hair effectively
Conditioner needs massaging in carefully for best effect
Both products smell divine!
Shampoo isn't a brilliant lather-er
Very affordable and widely available


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Brand: Naked


Shampoo & Conditioner Size: 250 ml
Shampoo & Conditioner Price: £4.39 (£1.76/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Shampoo Ingredients: Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Glycerin, Parfum, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Chichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract, Wheat Amino Acids, Lauryldimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol

Conditioner Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Corn Starch Modified, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Glyceryl Stearate, Parfum (Fragrance), Cetrimonium Chloride, Ceteareth-20, Inulin, Cetyl Dimethicone Copolyol (Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone), Quaternium-80, Sodium Benzoate, Guar Hydroxpropyltrimononium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, PVP, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Acohol Denat, Passiflora Quadrangularis Flower Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Bisulfite, Tetrasodium EDTA

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