Beauty Junk Roundup: Silk 18 Shampoo

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This isn’t so much a “roundup” as it is more of a review of just one product: the Silk 18 Shampoo from Maple Holistics. Once again, Maple Holistics reached out to me to see if I would be willing to do a review for this product (see past reviews here and here), and I agreed. To provide some context as to how I used the shampoo: I workout about 4 times a week, which means I wash my hair A LOT. Because I sweat A LOT. And when you get as sweaty as me, a simple dollop of dry shampoo and then a hop, skip, and a jump on my merry little way just ain’t gonna cut it. If you’ve read my prior Maple Holistics shampoo reviews, you may recall that I mentioned following the Curly Girl (CG) method, and that I had to be super careful about what I put in my hair in order to avoid damaging and drying it out. Weeelllll…I’ve kind of gotten more into following a bastardized version of the method. And when I say, “kind of,” I mean, I’m starting to fall off the bandwagon. Not totally – I still use a sulfate-free shampoo (Deva Curl Low Poo Delight) on the reg, as well as a silicone-free conditioner (Deva Curl One Condition Delight). But I no longer co-wash. And, living in Florida means that I basically live in a swamp and fighting frizz is a daily battle, which means I’ve added a few products designed to do just that, but…they may not be CG approved. But I’ve discovered that my hair can take it. All it really wanted was more moisture, and I don’t think it cares if that moisture comes wrapped in silicones or not. So give me allllllll the silicones.

But since I do wash my hair fairly regularly (because, ya know, of all the sweating), I still aim to use a sulfate-free shampoo most of the time, followed by a once-a-week wash with a shampoo containing sulfates to just remove any product buildup. Because, as I have learned, my beloved Deva Curl shampoo just isn’t strong enough. Nor, to be fair, is it meant to be. It’s meant to gently clean the hair without drying it out, and it’s meant to wash out only products that are Curly Girl approved. When using it with a mix of CG approved and non-approved products, I noticed itchy scalp after a period of time. And let me tell you, scratching your head while trying to simultaneously convince your husband that you do NOT, in fact, have head lice is not cute.

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So that’s how I used this shampoo: fairly regularly and with non-CG approved products. However, if you DO religiously follow the CG method, you are in luck, as this shampoo has no naughty sulfates for silicones. It’s impressive, actually, because this stuff is able to remove product buildup without stripping and drying out my hair. It’s called Silk 18 because of the 18 silk amino acids it contains which are designed to not only make hair soft, but to fortify it and protect it against split ends, hair fall, dryness, and breakage. And, yes – it’s designed to remove excess sebum and impurities without stripping the hair. So even if you follow no particular method for caring for your hair, but your tresses could use a little TLC because of damage caused by heat products or hair color, you could also benefit from this shampoo. It’s a win-win all around.

What I especially like about Maple Holistics is that it provides quality products at prices that won’t break the bank. The Silk 18 shampoo comes in both 10-oz. (296 ML) and 16-oz. (473 ML) sizes. The 10-oz. bottle is $12.95, and the 16-oz. bottle is $17.95. While it’s not dirt cheap by any means, it is cheaper a 12oz. (355 ML) bottle of Deva Curl Low Poo Delight going for $24. It’s a happy medium between, say, Pantene and Paul Mitchell. And since everyone and their tap-dancing uncle orders off Amazon these days, you can  purchase Maple Holistics products on that platform as well.

I could go on and on about how Maple Holistics is cruelty-free, uses recycled packaging for all of their products (which are also naturally formulated), and employs ethical buying practices, but I think it’s best if you visit the company’s site and have a looksie for yourself. And while you’re there, stop by this blog post and get educated on what, exactly, damaged hair is, how to tell if you have it, and how to treat it.

Maple Holistics sent me the Silk 18 shampoo free of charge in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions are my own, and I received no compensation beyond the free product. 

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