Oh, hey there! Looking for a new, green hair care routine? Well, I have some deets on some goods from one of my favorite green beauty brands: Andalou Naturals. I’ve (happily and loyally) used their Moisture Rich Argan Oil & Shea hair care line for 5+ years; I meannnnn, you step out of the shower smelling like an orange creamsicle. Wut.
When they approached me and asked if I’d like to try their two new haircare lines, I couldn’t resist!
First and foremost, a little bit about the brand: Andalou Naturals is a company committed to creating natural, healthy, effective beauty products; that’s right – no ickies! It’s the first – and only – brand to achieve 100% Non-GMO Project Verification. They’re also:
- certified organic
- vegetarian + vegan
- gluten free
- cruelty free
- natural origin
Andalou Naturals should definitely be at the top of your list if you’re looking to be a conscious consumer/delve into the green beauty world. And my favorite thing? They’re affordable! None of the products mentioned below are over $9.95. Blergistan. UH-mazing. As with all products, please patch test first to ensure you don’t have an allergy.
On to the goody-goodness:
1000 Roses Complex Color Care
I don’t – nor have I ever – colored my hair. As such, my initial enthusiasm for trying this line was lukewarm at best. After trying these products, however, I fell in love with ’em. Even though the 1000 Roses Complex Color Care line is formulated for color-treated hair, it’s also great for dry and damaged hair. For context, I have thick, wavy, Indian 2C hair that takes heat styling fairly well – whether straight or curly. Here’s a great post if you’re unfamiliar with the classification of hair type that I mentioned: http://www.curls.biz/curly-hair-type-guide.html. I only wash my hair once or twice per week.
1000 Roses Complex Color Care Shampoo
This is a delicious-smelling, low-foam shampoo. If you have tried Andalou’s 1000 Roses skin care line, you’ll LOVE the scent of this shampoo. The rose scent is sweet, but it isn’t cloying. A nice, moisturizing shampoo!
1000 Roses Complex Color Care Conditioner
Rich. Deliciously rich. My hair drank it up! I go through about double the amount of conditioner as I do shampoo, and I didn’t need more than a palm-sized amount of product. Keep in mind, I have very small hands. We’re talking ninja fingers, able to touch the bottom of a Pringles can, small. Jussss saying.
1000 Roses Complex Color Care Leave-in Conditioner
I love it! The only mistake that I made was using too much of it the first time around – about a quarter-sized dollop for shoulder-length hair. As expected, it weighed down my hair and felt a little sticky. The second time I used a dime-sized amount, focusing solely on the shaft of my hair. When I blow-dried my hair, it came out shiny, bouncy, and smooth. Delightful.
1000 Roses Complex Color Care Shampoo Hair Mask
My hair felt like SILK after I used this mask. I slathered it on, from scalp to tips, and let it soak for about an hour. The packaging suggests that you leave the mask on for 3-5 minutes, but hey, I like a good pampering soakety-soak-soak. The consistency is thick but doesn’t leave any sort of weird residue apres wash. It didn’t weigh down my hair either. Good stuff!
Exotic Marula Oil Silky Smooth
I was really excited to try this line, as it touted benefits for defiant, curly, and coarse hair – three perfect adjectives to describe my hair. While it worked fairly well on my hair, I have to admit that I much preferred the 1000 Roses Complex Color Care line. With that said, it might work better on other hair types. And given that it smells like mint + vanilla, I would definitely give it a shot!
Exotic Marula Oil Silky Smooth Shampoo
This shampoo smells of mint and vanilla and generates a great foam. The peppermint mint oil made my scalp tingle in the best way. My hair felt super smooth after I washed out the product. Surprisingly, I’d likely use this shampoo when I need to clarify, rather than moisturize. It might work differently on hair of a different texture.
Exotic Marula Oil Silky Smooth Conditioner
It was fine. I wasn’t blown away, but it did the job. I wish it were more moisturizing, but I think it might work better on those who have an oily scalp/fine hair. It had the same peppermint/vanilla aroma as the shampoo.
Exotic Marula Oil Silky Smooth Detangling Spray
This is a great, light detangling spray! The only thing that made me shake my head was that it includes dimethicone! I try to stay away from silicone/silicone derivative ingredients in my hair care, but if that doesn’t bother you, this is a great product. Sidebar: dimethicone isn’t as dangerous as parabens or other ingredients, but I just like to stay extra pure with my ingredients. With that said, the dimethicone did its job of smoothing my hair well.
Exotic Marula Oil Silky Smooth Taming Creme
Similar to the detangling spray, this product also includes dimethicone. You just need a dime-sized amount! I found that my hair was a little tacky if I used more than a dollop. Again, this might work differently on another hair texture. All in all, I’d give it a go!
Exotic Marula Oil Silky Smooth Hair Mask
I loved this mask! It’s similar to the 1000 Roses mask in performance. Again, it contains amodimethicone – another silicone derivative – but did make my hair silky smooth. If you have very unruly hair, I’d definitely give this a shot.
Did you make it this far? AWESOME. Here’s something for ya! I’m doing a giveaway of BOTH of these hair care lines, so peep it on my Instagram @mocha.minimalist! Andalou Naturals is ALSO doing a mega giveaway for these two lines, so be sure to enter on their Facebook page!! MUAH!
FTC: This is not a sponsored post.