Hi all! Today I have a different kind of beauty post for you. I was recently contacted by Maple Holistics and invited to try out a few of their hair care products. They have a wide range of choices, but I opted to try their Sage Shampoo and the Silk18 Conditioner.
A quick rundown of both products:
Sage- Which is a natural astringent and reduces dermatitis (the condition that causes dry scalp and/or dandruff.
Rosemary ct. Verbenone - Stimulates hair follicles and circulation.
Spikenard - An aromatic herb with properties that combat dandruff and restore pigmentation
Tea Tree - A go-to cure for dandruff for many many years, it contains over 98 all-natural compounds that fight dandruff.
Jojoba and Peach Kernel - Moisturizes sensitive scalps and has anti-microbial properties.
Botanical Keratin - Naturally replenishes nutrients in hair.
Silk Amino Acids - Eighteen naturally derived silk amino acids that strengthen hair fibers.
Shea Butter, Alove Vera and Green Tea - Shea butter contains vitamins A and E and is a natural moisturizer. Aloe Vera is a great conditioning agent, and green tea contains EGCG which strengthens hair roots and promotes hair growth
Pomegranate, Sea Buckthorn and Hibiscus - Pomegranate prevents moisture in hair from drying out, Hibiscus helps dryness and also prevent dandruff and split ends. Sea Buckthorn contains high levels of Omega 3,6,7 and 9 as well as Vitamins A,B,C,D,E and K that promote healthy skin and hair.
Some quick background on my hair and why I chose these two products: I am currently growing my hair out after years of cutting it short, adding layers, etc. This has taken some serious patience since in the past every time I have vowed to grow my hair out I'd wind up getting bored or annoyed with the awkward in-between phase and cutting it all off again. This time I decided to stay the course and my hair is now just at my shoulders (it just kisses them lol!). I also opted to start relaxer stretching and limiting my hair's heat exposure which has improved the health of my hair immensely. But - I have for the last 5-6 years or so suffered with severe dry scalp issues. I tried a ton of various medicated shampoos and home remedies and nothing really seems to work for very long. Which is why I decided to give the Sage Shampoo specifically a shot. I added the Silk18 since I was intrigued by the ingredients. I only wash my hair once a week to limit dryness and stripping of the hair's natural oils, so I used both products for three weeks straight, once a week.
I usually use a co-wash on my hair but left it aside to see what the Sage shampoo was like on it's own. I used the Silk18 in lieu of my normal deep conditioner (but added a leave-in for extra conditioning). The shampoo has a soft and light herbal smell (very tea tree oil- like) which I enjoyed. The conditioner smells amazing (my cats went crazy for the smell!) and it left my hair feeling crazy silky. I blow-dryed my hair and applied my organic coconut oil as I normally do after washing and blow-drying. Unfortunately, the dry, itchy scalp and flaking came back almost right away with no real improvement. My hair also looked really dull which it normally doesn't. I seriously considered just not using either product again but decided to give them another shot with a few tweaks.
This time I added the shampoo and conditioner into my normal routine. I first washed with the Sage Shampoo and then used my As I AM Coconut Co-Wash. After that, I applied the Silk 18 Conditioner and let it sit for 1 minute before washing out. I then applied my normal Africa's Best Deep Conditioner and let it sit for 10 minutes before washing out. I blow-dryed and applied my coconut oil as usual. This time, I still had itchy scalp - but a significant reduction in flaking! I felt like this might be my holy grail regimen but wanted to give it another week just to be sure.
I did my same routine from Week Two. This time the results weren't as great. My scalp felt itchy and dry immediately after I washed it and the flakes were back by the next day. Also as in week one, the shampoo left my hair feeling dried out, thought my scalp felt very clean. The Silk18 conditioner and my Africa's Best Deep Conditioner remedied this. I was disappointed as I had hoped this would help my scalp over the long term.
While I liked how clean the Sage Shampoo left my scalp feeling I don't feel like it made a difference as far as flakiness. This could be because I don't wash my hair everyday to prevent drying it out and my results may have been better with daily use. At the same time - I feel like the shampoo would only add to the dryness factor if I used it everyday. The Silk18 Conditioner was the star for me in this duo. It left my hair feeling so soft and hydrated and it smelled amazing. My mom actually borrowed it the other day and raved about how great her hair felt. This will now become a regular part of my hair washing regimen. I will probably only use the Sage Shampoo when I need a good clarifying wash to remove product from my hair.
Maple Holistics is sold via Amazon as well as their website. The Sage Shampoo retails for around $16 and the Silk18 Conditioner retails for around $13. Also - Maple Holistics offers free samples of their products when you order directly from their site. This is a great way to try something out before committing to purchasing it.