Natalie’s Beauty Takeaway: Kristin Ess Hair Micellar Shampoo

Since July, I have been on a hair journey to have healthier, fuller hair. I used to wash my hair ever single day. Last June, I begin to notice my hair was dry, brittle, and frizzy. I also noticed the amount of hair I was losing when I was in the shower or when I brushed my hair. I was getting very concerned about what was going on. I began doing a little bit of research on how I can train my hair by reducing the amount of times I washed it. 

I started my journey on July 1st by washing my hair every other day. I would schedule the days I was washing my hair and took note of what my hair was doing on non-washing days in my agenda. Fast forward to January 2022, I am currently on Phase 2: washing every three days. 

This phase has been an interesting one, particularly during the winter time. There are days where my hair looks just as good as it did the day I washed it. On other days, my hair is super flat and oily. It’s been a rollercoaster for my scalp. I began watching YouTube videos and read articles about using a clarifying shampoo before using your regular one.

Why?

Clarifying shampoo is used to remove all the oils and impurities your regular shampoo may not get. I like to view this item as a reinforcement for cleansing. My issue with shampooing on day 3 was that my shampoo wouldn’t penetrate to the scalp because of the amount of oil buildup in my hair. Therefore I had to shampoo twice. I wasn’t a fan of shampooing twice because I was still using the same amount of product as I was in Phase 1. Something had to give.

I came across Kristin Ess Hair product line back in October when I was watching shampoo and conditioner reviews. Many Youtube influencers were giving her line a thumbs up. Last month, I visited her line of products at Ulta and decided to give it a try. Therefore, I picked up the Kristin Ess Hair Micellar Shampoo.

Who is Kristin Ess?

Kristin Ess is a celebrity hairstylist, colorist, and social media influencer. She is also the co-founder of http://www.thebeautydepartment.com. Kristin has over twenty-two years of experience as a top stylist and colorist. She is also an expert in providing insights on what products are needed to create beautiful hairstyles.

Why is Kristin Ess Hair so significant?

Kristin Ess Hair is known for luxury haircare and styling products that was affordable to everyone. Kristin wanted everyone to have the opportunity to create modern, perfectly-imperfect hair. Each product can be used either alone, with other products you use in your haircare routine, or combined with products in her haircare line.

What are the key ingredients?

I couldn’t find any key ingredients on the Kristin Ess Hair website. However, this is what I have found listed on both the website and the bottle. 

WATER, SODIUM LAUROYL METHYL ISETHIONATE, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, GLYCERIN, OLETH-5, FRAGRANCE, PHENOXYETHANOL, DISTEARETH-100 IPDI, SODIUM LAUROAMPHOACETATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, CITRIC ACID, POLYQUATERNIUM-10, POTASSIUM SORBATE, POLYQUATERNIUM-7, PANTHENOL, TRISODIUM ETHYLENEDIAMINE DISUCCINATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, HYDROLYZED PEA PROTEIN, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT, EQUISETUM HYEMALE LEAF/STEM EXTRACT, EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS LEAF EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED RICE PROTEIN, SALVIA OFFICINALIS (SAGE) LEAF EXTRACT, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, ALGIN, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, CARRAGEENAN, CHITOSAN, COCO-GLUCOSIDE, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) FRUIT EXTRACT, GUAR HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) EXTRACT, MANGIFERA INDICA (MANGO) SEED BUTTER, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL, SORBITAN OLEATE, XANTHAN GUM.

Is it affordable?

Kristin Ess Hair Micellar Shampoo is affordable. You can find it for $12 on Amazon and other major retail stores.

Pros: 

-Kristin’s haircare line is cruelty-free, vegan, color & keratin safe, free of sulfates, paragons, phthalates, & silicones.

-The formulation is lightweight.

-The product has a very light scent.

The formulation is clear and lightweight.

Cons:

-The tip of the bottle is a little tricky because I couldn’t figure out whether I needed to twist the tip or pull up. 

-When applying directly on the scalp, it was difficult to know if any of the product did come out. There were times were I would just squeeze a small amount on my hand and then worked it on my scalp.

My Takeaway:

The micellar shampoo does a good job cleaning my scalp. I was impressed with how much life it gave my roots after a wash and a blow dry. However, I recommend flip flopping between this and your regular shampoo. I was using it first and then my shampoo for the second wash. Over time, I noticed my scalp was getting dry and itchy. I’m don’t want to say it is the main cause of my dry scalp though because we are in the middle of winter. I have been swapping back and forth for each wash and have noticed my scalp not as dry. This is something you would have to do trial and error on yourself. Just make sure you take note of any itchiness and flakiness.

If you are on a hair journey like me, I would recommend this product as you are extending your washing days past day 2. I was impressed based on the affordability and formulation of the product. I look forward to going back and trying out more Kristin Ess Hair products in the future. If you use any of her products, let me know in the comments what you think or if there is something you would like for me to review.

Stay adventurous,

Natalie

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