Hydratherma Naturals Moisture Boosting Shampoo Review
Disclaimer: I have purchased this item for my own personal use and review and am not affliate with the Hydraterma naturals.
This is a review of a line of products that I've come across on Youtube.com. The owner, Saleemah Cartwright, has several videos showing how to choose her products. I was so intrigued that I ordered several items from her line. However, you should know that she offers samples of these items for your convenience.
Her qualifications is that she has been a licensed cosmetologist since 1989, she has 16 years of experience in hair research, she is a registered nurse, and she has developed a line of products that she believes works for both relaxed and natural hair wearers.
Finally, she is the founder of Healthy Hair Journey Enterprises, L.L.C. and the Hydratherma Healthy Hair Product Collection.
Water (Aqua), SodiumLaureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MEA, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylates Crosspolymer, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Passiflora Incarnata Seed Oil, Glycol Stearate, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, Betaine, Sorbitol, Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Algae Extract, Sea Kelp Extract, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone. SP PARABEN FREE
Wet hair. Apply no more than a dime to quarter size amount of shampoo to the scalp and squeeze through to the hair ends. Massage into a rich lather. Rinse thoroughly. This shampoo is very concentrated. For extra moisture, leave on hair for 3 minutes to allow for maximum absorption. Gently towel blot and proceed to deep condition with Hydratherma Naturals, Moisture Boosting Deep Conditioning Treatment or Hydratherma Naturals, Amino Plus, Protein deep conditioning treatment.
As directed, I applied a quarter-size amount of shampoo after wetting my hair. There were mounds and mounds of lather. I usually wash my hair twice so since I had so much lather the first time, I decided to use half of a dime size amount and was still amazed at the amount of lather there was.
How my Hair Felt?
At first I was a little taken back by the way my hair felt. I thought it felt "dry" but kept feeling my hair, trying to run my fingers through my 3c-type hair. Usually, after a regular shampooing, my fingers run easily through my tresses. This time, my hair felt "squeaky" clean!
After getting out of the shower, I noticed that my hair which is usually sopping wet was just barely "damp" and my usually curly hair was not "wavy" but standing straight up!
The Morning After!
After removing the plastic shower cap and plastic bags, my braids were damp but well moisturized! I took one braid a loose and it was curlier than normal. Hair was bouncy and vibrant. I incurred no hair breakage or tangles.
I then took out braids later that morning and applied an additional quarter-size amount of the Hydratherma Growth Lotion and a pea-sized amount of the Hydratherma Growth Oil. I then styled as normal with my Eco Styler Olive Oil gel which seemed to work seemlessly with the Hydratherma products.
I had previously seen some Youtube reviews that stated their hair felt dry, that too was my experience. However, I decided to apply her Hydratherma Naturals Daily Moisturizing Growth Lotion followed by her Hydratherma Naturals Hair Growth Oil. I then braided my hair in large block braids and covered with a plastic bag and plastic shower cap overnight.
I will probably not repurchase this product simply because a little goes a LONG way. Secondly, I co-wash most of the time and wash my hair once a week. Thirdly, I didn't realize that the product had sodium laureth sulfate as it's second ingredient. I thought product was all "natural."
I felt that she needed a product to "clean" well to wash away or curtail any product build up in her line. I'm alluding to the last line of product benefits that states: " Provides great slip. For use with other Hydratherma Naturals brand products." This plays into Saleemah's mantra of the necessary balance of protein and moisture. This is key to making the line of products work in harmony.
Hydratherma products are, to me, expensive and have deterred some from purchasing this item. The better route is to purchase the sample versions or resort to cheaper shampoos that yield better or comparable results.
My deepest regret about this product is that it contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate.
However, with this all said, Ms. Cartwright should be commended for her efforts and endeavor to bring a line of products that aim to moisturize and enhance our "natural" or "relaxed" tresses. With this in mind, we should remember that we approach this product that we must take into account the "present" state of our tresses.
- If your tresses are in bad shape, you may not achieve the success you thought you would get with this product immediately.
- Start off with the Hydratherma Growth Lotion and Oil first.
- Move on to the Hydratherma Invigorating Spray and Leave-In Conditioner.
- Purchase the 4 ounce versions of the product and try for 2 to 4 weeks. and finally,
- Don't throw product away, give it a try at a later date and see if you get better results. If not, the search continues for a better product fit!
What Makes Sodium Laureth Sulfate Dangerous?
According to Natural Health Information Center.com, these are the effects of Sodium Laureth Sulfate.
"Both Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and its close relative Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) are commonly used in many soaps, shampoos, detergents, toothpastes and other products that we expect to "foam up". Both chemicals are very effective foaming agents, chemically known as surfactants.
Unfortunately, both sodium laureth sulfate and its cousin are also very dangerous, highly irritating chemicals. Far from giving "healthy shining hair" and "beautiful skin", soaps and shampoos containing sodium laureth sulfate can lead to direct damage to the hair follicle, skin damage, permanent eye damage in children and even liver toxicity.
Perhaps most worryingly, sodium laureth sulfate is also absorbed into the body from skin application. Once it has been absorbed, one of the main effects of SLS is to mimic the activity of the hormone Oestrogen. This has many health implications, and may be responsible for a variety of health problems from PMS and Menopausal symptoms to dropping male infertility and increasing female cancers such as breast cancer, where oestrogen levels are known to be involved.
Products commonly found to contains SLS or Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Soaps, shampoos, bubble bath, mascara, mouthwash, and mascara.
Final word on this subject is Do not believe that just because a product is labeled as "natural" it is free from SLS or sodium laureth sulfate. Most common brands of "Natural" or "Herbal" shampoos and cleansers still use these harmful chemicals as their main active ingredient - check your labels!