At the end of February, in desperate need of a good shampoo, I asked the question Am I Ready for Age-Defying Hair Care Products? As far as I could tell–given my age and the amount of times over the decades I colored my hair–the answer is a definite Yes. After considering a number of brands and products, I settled on another product from the Nuance by Salma Hayek line: the Flax Seed Age Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner. Here’s how I decided on this product and what happened…..
For starters, the choice of age defying hair care products at my local CVS was small and a bit dubious. Some products were the kinds meant to brighten gray hair–which I don’t have. Others were very expensive (I’m on a budget, you know,) or had lists of ingredients with long chemical names that I didn’t understand, and I subsequently trusted even less. I go mostly for products that have natural ingredients high on their lists* and have other additives that I know will not weigh down my hair. Of the products I considered, the Nuance Flax Seed Age Therapy Shampoo had a strong list of natural ingredients, some which I am very familiar with and felt confident about using. Also, Nuance products are not animal tested and are made in the U.S.A.**
Well, this is some great shampoo! Aside from a lovely scent, and fantastic ingredients that include linseed (flax) extract and vicia faba seed extract (from faba beans,) two ingredients that are lightweight and boost healthy hair growth (see more here.) The shampoo and conditioner impart strength, shine, and flexibility to my hair, while conditioning my scalp and not fading my over-the-counter hair color (another product I will review later.) I found that after a few washings, my hair is less flyaway, has a nice “hefty” feel to it, holds heat styling better, and is not dulled by hairspray or other styling products. I can do an every-other day wash, with the in-between dates looking just about as if freshly washed.
Bottom line: I am very impressed with this hair product–and it lives up to its claims. My hair has a softness and natural shine, excellent texture and body. I plan to keep using it, and, as a result, I am very interested in trying other Nuance hair care products. I am especially impressed, too, by the reasonable price point that keeps it within my budget!
*When buying cosmetics that contain natural ingredients, always look for the ones where the natural ingredients come in the middle of the pack and before things like dimethicone or fragrance. This way you will know that you are getting a product where the natural ingredients will be effective because they are not diluted or cut with fillers.
**Always look at where your beauty products are produced. Those produced in the U.S.A., France, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic and a few other countries usually have high quality ingredients and are less harsh on your skin. BB Creams produced in South Korea are also a good bet, although they may be formulated primarily for Asian complexions. Cosmetics made in China and a few other Pacific Rim countries may contain questionable ingredients and be of a lower quality.