It’s been a while since I’ve used a high-end shampoo and conditioner combo. Back in college, I was head over heels for Redken’s All Soft line; it worked wonders for my thick and unmanageable natural curls. Since then, I’ve quit the damaging dyes and fallen back into the habit of buying cheap drugstore brands…until now!
After hearing everyone rave about Living Proof, I was eager to try out their award-winning Perfect Hair Day Shampoo ($25) and Conditioner ($25) for myself. My hair isn’t as damaged as it once was and I take much better care of it now than I used to, but why does that mean I can’t treat myself to a couple of nice products?
The PhD line promises to deliver on five key benefits- smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength and polish. Aside from an overall improved healthiness to your hair, Living Proof also claims that you won’t need to wash it as often and that continued usage will deliver an even larger impact.
These formulas are sulfate-free, silicone-fee and oil-free, as well as safe for color and chemically treated hair. Since I’m still nursing my hair back to health after a botched dye job at a salon that happened in September, I’ll take any additional perks that I can get.
My overall take on these products is that my hair really did feel cleaner after cleansing, though not stripped or dried out or frizzy. I wasn’t left with any oiliness or residue, my hair just felt clean, soft and manageable. When it comes to the five promises, I can attest to an improved head of hair over the last few uses. There is a definite improvement in volume and smoothness and a smaller improvement in strength and polish. I’ve also been washing my hair less, though with the help of dry shampoo it’s hard to tell if the PhD line reduced my greasy roots.
I really like this shampoo and conditioner, but it did feel like the conditioner wasn’t enough for longterm use despite the “conditioning” benefit. My hair was begging for a hair mask after a few weeks of continual application. If you use these products, be sure to add a thicker conditioner into the mix here and there to keep your ends soft and hydrated.
Additionally, the shampoo doesn’t lather well. I had to double-shampoo to be sure my hair was really clean.
Other than that, my main problem with this brand is the packaging. When I tell you that it’s hard to get the formula out of the bottle, I’m not kidding. The opening isn’t wide enough, you have to squeeze extremely hard at every use and it makes your hand cramp up after a while- a total pain, literally.
If you can get past the packaging, Living Proof’s PhD shampoo and conditioner are a total must-have combination for healthy, clean hair.