As we attempt to create the latest and greatest hair styles we test the limits of our hair. Like everyone else, I too used products, relaxers, blow dryers, curling irons, and hot combs to achieve hair greatness. Most people do not understand that the maintenance of African-American Hair is a process. A long process. (Just ask my husband). For decades I longed to cut it all off and start over again so I did. It’s freeing, cathartic and wonderful but going natural has it’s own set of hair challenges. The biggest being my quest for moisture. My natural hair thirsts for serious moisture and I’ve tried to quench it with products from everywhere. I sought out the “best” product line to moisturize my hair and would spare no expense when it came to my tresses. But now I am sick of searching. I need the good stuff and I need it bad, baby so my quest began. Hmm...the best for a great price? Sounds like a road I have been down before but I’ve just come to a road sign, people: Shielo. Originally designed for top salons in New York, Shielo created it’s highly innovative line to create more voluminous styles for clients. In 2007, the line was made available for home use and the brand extended to more hair care areas, like color treatments and their patented Spatial Expanse Technology that gives hair greater strength and flexibility.
When companies send me samples of hair care products, I am always a bit weary. I just cannot mess around when it comes to my hair. So when I received a few small samples of their Shielo Moisturizing shampoo & Vibrancy conditioner I was just as timid in trying them out. They both smell amazingly which is a great first impression. But as I’ve done with most products lately, I began to dig into what the product is all about. The Shielo company is a luxurious mix of professional grade quality and environmentally aware standards. The company adheres to some pretty strict practices and standards for all of their products. Here are a few:
- uses recyclable packaging
- vegan plant based materials in most of their line
- against animal cruelty
- uses botanicals that are grown naturally
- against the use of synthetic pesticides or chemicals
The Shielo website is also full of beauty and Eco-friendly information relating to hair care. Check out their styling tips here. Sites like this, Natural Chica and Hair On the Brain have made advice giving more tangible as they offer real life experiences, celebrity styles, tips, and product recommendations for readers to learn from. A type of virtual hair classroom has been created so that people can do it themselves with all of the right products. LuvNaturals is a site offering products sales, advice and most importantly hair videos that even offer at home recipes for creating your own hair care products. This saves the planet, gas, time and money. I love it.
And the Shielo price point? Affordable. With products for both the hair and body, prices range from about $13-$30 which is amazingly affordable for luxury salon quality products that boast natural elements and environmental awareness.
Click here to access the Cosmetic Database which will give you the low down on your products’ ingredients and safety. Fair Warning here! You will be surprised to see the ratings of some of the world's most popular cosmetics.
A big thank you to M.P. for reading the NY Times Style Section on Thursday & for not judging me as I go on my hair journey. You support me in more ways than you know. Many blessings.