TRESemme have just launched a new frizz-busting hair care collection called Keratin Smooth. It makes use of hair-strengthening keratin and strand-smoothing silicone and has a low sulphate content.
For those of you who don’t know, sulphates are foaming agents. A good example is sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) which is found is just about every face wash and shampoo under the sun. While there are those who believe the ingredient to be carcinogenic, that’s a load of crap and, to date, there isn’t a shred of evidence that SLS causes cancer. Still, it can irritate those with very sensitive, reactive skin so if this is you, switching to a sulphate-free or low sulphate shampoo like TRESemme’s Keratin Smooth is a good idea. Also, for the record, TRESemme’s Naturals range is low sulphate too. Another reason to use a low SLS shampoo? It’s less likely to fade out colour treated hair.
Anyway, the range promises to leave your hair frizz-free for up to 48 hours. Alas, I’m not able to test that theory as I wash my super fine hair literally every single day; the slightest drop of grease makes it limp and sad-looking. But I can tell you this; this is a very nice shampoo and conditioner.
I liked that, after washing, my hair was easy peasy to detangle. Then, once my hair was dry, it did look and feel silky smooth but – the best bit – wasn’t weighed down in the least. In fact, it felt nice and bouncy. This is a nice feat for TRESemme as so many ‘smoothing’, ‘frizz-busting’ conditioners go absolutely cray cray on the silicones and end up coating your hair to the point where it feels heavy; dirty even. While dry, coarse hair is more prone to frizz than other hair types, that’s not always the case and this is a fab solution for anyone with a finer hair type that’s looking for a sleekening sham and con duo.
Price-wise, you’re looking at R78,99 for the shampoo and conditioner in a huuuge bottle. It’s a pity it’s not available in a smaller size as it’s always nice to try that first before committing to having a barrel in your shower. Still, TRESemme are famed for their awesome mini’s so who knows, they may well hit the shelves at some point.
Now tell me, have any of you given this duo a bash? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
P.S. If you’ve had a Brazilian straightening treatment you should be using a sulphate-free shampoo to avoid washing out your newfound sleekness. TRESemme’s Keratin Smooth line is most definite low in sulphates, but it isn’t sulphate-free.
If you want to read up on sulphate-free shampoo you’ll find an in-depth article over here. The Redken option it suggests is available at selected salons in South Africa. You could also consider The Curl Company Sulphate-Free shampoo or Vichy Dercos Ultra Soothing sulphate-free shampoo, both of which are available at Clicks.