Hello hello hello! Look at me, getting back to blogging on a regular basis! #humblebrag For those of you who used to read That’s What She Said or One Random B, you may know I periodically had a feature called, “Beauty Junk Roundup” where I reviewed various beauty products (makeup, skin care, hair care – the whole gamut). Well, I’m bringing back this feature, starting with a review of Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil Shampoo.*
When Maple Holistics first reached out to me about reviewing their shampoo, I had to do a looksie at the ingredients on their website. Earlier this year, I switched to the Curly Girl Method of cleansing and styling my wavy hair, which means I can’t use any products with sulfates or silicones. (For a good rundown of what the Curly Girl Method is, take a peek at this video.) So I wasn’t about to put something in my hair that could potentially undo the hard work I’ve been putting in to make my waves not be the crunchy, frizzy mess they once were. Luckily, this product is Curly Girl Friendly. Huzzah! (It’s also cruelty-free, paraben-free, GMO-free, and gluten free. Double huzzah!)
When I received and opened this product, I was impressed with the packaging. Fresh out tha box pictures coming at you in 3…2…1…
Honestly, I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, but I liked that the packaging was professional, and it was packed properly, meaning the cap didn’t come off during transport, leaving the product to arrive a shampoo-y mess. The key ingredients in this shampoo are tea tree, rosemary, and lavender:
· tea tree: clears dead skin cells from hair follicles and helps combat dandruff
· rosemary: stimulates renewal of the hair follicles
· lavender: clears away scalp blemishes, eases the pain of burns, promotes rapid healing, prevents infection
My personal hair care routine includes washing with a co-wash (short for conditioner wash – yes, i wash my hair with conditioner!), but once a week, I like to wash with a CG-friendly shampoo, just to clear away any buildup and ease any itching sometimes caused by using all that conditioner. So I will add this caveat to my review: this review is not based on everyday use; rather it’s based on my using it once or twice a week over the course of several weeks. However, I will say that after using it for some time, my head doesn’t itch nearly as much, which speaks to howe well the ingredients work.
One thing about this product that throws me for a loop: it rinses clean. Like, really clean. So clean that I had to double-, triple-, and quadruple-check the ingredients to make sure there really weren’t any sulfates or drying alcohols hiding in there (there aren’t). The last time a shampoo made my hair squeak after rinsing, it had a ton of sulfates in it, which was why I was so surprised by how this product rinsed. But after having been part of my hair care routine for over a month, I haven’t noticed any unfortunate side effects from this quality. My waves are still defined, mostly frizz-free (I do live in Florida, after all), and well-hydrated. My tip if you’re planning to wash with this shampoo daily is to make sure you condition your hair thoroughly (which you should be doing anyway).
Bottom line: I like this product. It performs as advertised, is Curly Girl-friendly, and checks all the boxes for those who are looking for something natural and cruelty-free. As I mentioned, it fit into my hair care routine seamlessly with no unsightly side effects. If you’d like to try out this shampoo for FREE.99, Maple Holistics has a sample program you can take advantage of. And if you want to take the plunge and buy it outright, it’s currently marked down to $8.95 on the website.
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*Maple Holistics sent me this shampoo in exchange for a fair review. All opinions are my own.