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For the past few months, I’ve switched shampoo and conditioner from Function of Beauty to Kristin Ess. I loved their Strand Strengthening Reconstructive Moisture Mask, which had brought my hair back from the dead. So I thought I would give their shampoo and conditioner a chance. They do have several different ones but I decided to go with The One Signature Shampoo and Extra Gentle Scalp Conditioner. Both contain Zip-Up Technology from Kristin Ess that helps restore split ends, smooths the appearance of damaged cuticles, and helps protect the hair from environmental stressors and color fade. Both products were $10 at Target and contain 10 fl oz or 296 mL of product.
Kristin Ess The One Signature Shampoo
This shampoo was made for pretty much everyone according to Kristin Ess. And is supposed to make your hair super clean while leaving it feeling moisturized and looking shiny. This shampoo is also sulfate free so it doesn’t cause your hair color to fade. Considering my hair is still slightly dyed from trying to go back to natural hair color from red, I don’t want the color to fade since I don’t know what it looks like underneath the dye. All you need for application is a dime to quarter-sized amount to clean your hair. My hair is very thick so I have to use a little more than a quarter size in order to get every strand clean.
Kristin Ess Extra Gentle Scalp Conditioner
Now my skin can be quite sensitive and while I decided not to go with the extra gentle shampoo as well, I wanted that in my conditioner since you leave the conditioner on for a while before rinsing it out. This conditioner has a very subtle to almost non-existent fragrance since those often can bother the skin. I really like this conditioner as it leaves my hair feeling super soft where some times I don’t even reach for the Strand Strengthening Reconstructive Moisture Mask afterwards as I don’t feel like it’s needed on those days. Which is something I couldn’t say before as my hair felt crispy. But now it’s soft to the touch almost all of the time since I switched to this formula. Similar to the shampoo you only need about a dime to a quarter-sized amount depending on the thickness of your hair. The best thing I also did since switching to this conditioner is changing how I apply it in the shower. Instead of starting at the scalp, I start at the bottom then work my way up to the top. And then I leave it on for around 3 to 5 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. I do not leave any product in my hair since it can cause build up of your natural oils if you do that.
Overall, I am really enjoying both of these products and have notices a significant difference in my hair. Considering my hair was chemically destroyed from color remover and now it’s touchable, growing again, and hardly any fall out when I’m showering. So I would say that’s a massive improvement. Plus $10 is not that much considering everything else that I’ve tried in the last two years that didn’t do anything as noticeable as this shampoo or conditioner.
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