Even though I’ve kind of sworn off expensive shampoos since discovering Pantene Aqua Light, last night I was tempted by Gielly Green’s Classic Shampoo and Repair Mask. I’m going to tell it exactly how it was:
At first, I was not all that impressed with the shampoo..it lathered fine, gave off a fruity scent (orange citrussy although it is supposed to be grapefruit and cassis) and rinsed okay the first wash…I just thought it was a bit ‘meh’. I did a second wash and it gave a great lather although I found it difficult to rinse effectively – one of my absolute bug-bears. Then I added the Repair Mask. This is seriously gunky – almost solid – and as I smoothed it through my hair I was thinking that it would be hell to get out – it is in fact a mix of mud, mineral and oil. I even (giving it a minute or two to do its thing) looked out my Ojon Detox shampoo because I was so sure I’d need it to be rid of the stuff. The Repair Mask is scented with Vanilla flower and Lemongrass although to me it smelled almost of cinnamon – spicy anyway. I left it on for a few minutes (not the 15 recommended) and began the rinsing process. I was right…it was long and tedious. However, not as long and tedious as my worst fears. And, this is where the story has a happy ending, after blow drying there was a shine on my hair that I don’t think I’ve ever had before. I mean, super, super shiny. My hair looked amazing. One day on, it still looks glossy, clean and defined.
So, note to self I think, not to go into product testing with a negative attitude from the get-go. I’d really dismissed this in my head with no good reason and the results were fantastic – it’s kinda like the party you really, really don’t want to go to, but end up dragging yourself there and having the best time you can remember.
Gielly Green definitely falls into the luxury category at £16 for shampoo and £29.50 for the mask (and they need to sort their spelling out on the website – last time I looked, coloured isn’t spelled ‘Colered’), but if you’re in the mood for luxy hair treats this is one not to miss, and I’d actually like to try more products from the range now, particularly the Argan Rescue. I also like the fact that the products contain no carcinogens, no parabens, no SLS and no synthetic fragrances. The raw materials are sourced from across the world, processed naturally and manufactured in the UK.