The other day when I attended the live filming of 3 Talk at The Table Bay I was given two generous mini bottles of La Brasiliana UNO Keratin After Treatment shampoo, R290 for 250mls, and Verde deep conditioner, R213 for 125mls.
These aren’t the first La Brasiliana goodies I tried. A while back I gave their DIECI All-in-one Instant Treatment, R213 for 125mls, a bash. I was excited about it ‘cos everyone else has given it fantastical rave reviews, but I found it too ‘rich’ for my hair and left it looking greasy. (To give you an idea of what I’m working with, my hair’s very fine and in pretty good nick, but the top T-section gets a bashing from regularly highlighting and requires a little TLC from nourishing, ‘damage repair’ products. Still, I have to make sure these aren’t too moisturising as they can end up causing the rest of my hair to look limp.) Anyway, I expected that my experience with this particular ‘sham and con’ duo would be much the same – that they’d simply be too much for my hair, but as it turns out, they’re not. Yay!
The shampoo is specially formulated to work with your hair after you’ve had a La Brasiliana treatment. (For the record, I haven’t had. My hair’s frustratingly straight already…) It’s sodium-free so it won’t dehydrate or cause your hair to break and is full of keratin and collagen to help strengthen and moisturise respectively. Importantly, the keratin and collagen La Brasiliana uses have been hydrolized, meaning their molecules are small enough to penetrate your hair shaft, not just sit on top of it like a silicon serum. I liked that it worked into a nice lather and rinsed out easily.
As for the Verde deep conditioner, it helps return your hair to its normal pH after any kind of chemical treatment. It makes use of soothing chamomile and camphor oil as well as more keratin and collagen. I was impressed by how it left my hair feeling well-nourished without a drop of ‘extra weight’ and I noticed that it was easier to brush out while wet. Also, as I’m not a fan of camphor, I was pleased to see that the scent wasn’t at all noticeable in my hair after washing and drying. Sjoe!
If you have a La Brasiliana blow out and your stylist suggests you take these babies home with you too, I’d totally go for it. Both are very good at what they’re supposed to do.