I was dying to get my hands on any Living Proof Shampoo & Conditioner, keeping them on my wishlist for a long time.
I had read so many reviews about Living Proof being the holy grail for SLS and silicone free haircare but I resisted buying them. At around £20 a pop for each bottle (£40 collectively), again it was only the price holding me back.
Luckily for me then, the brand arrived at Birchbox. So I saved up my Birchbox points like any good Birchbox subscriber would and bought some testers.
Here’s my review on them:
Living Proof Full Shampoo & Conditioner
I was unsure at first what range to go for; I have typically thick, frizzy hair but since going SLS/Silicone free my hair can be more flat.
The Full range, although being targeted to thin hair, promised more volume. I always welcome more volume so I gave the Living Proof Full Shampoo & Conditioner a shot first.
On first impressions, the shampoo was hard to lather, but this wasn’t out the ordinary for an SLS free shampoo.
After a few washes, I didn’t see any clear difference, or ‘revelation’ from using this range. In fact I felt the build up between washes was actually worse than the shampoo and conditioner I was using before. (I was using a SLS/silicone free shampoo & conditioner previously and build up wasn’t a problem.)
I concluded I must have opted for the wrong range, so I went back to the Birchbox site and made another order. This time for the Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner.
Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo & Conditioner
As the name suggests, the Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner is targeted towards dry hair that’s prone to frizz. I thought this range had to be right for me; I have thick hair that can be dry naturally. (However it’s less dry since I stopped using SLS and sulphates.)
This range certainly began as more calming for my dry hair, but the build up between washes was still a big problem.
I’d wash and style my hair, which would be good for a day, before my hair became greasy, limp and just in need of another wash.
As I mentioned before I was already using SLS/silicone free shampoo and conditioner before, so this wasn’t down to just making the change.
I tried using more shampoo, less conditioner, no styling cream and really rinsing my hair after washing, yet still the same effect.
It wasn’t until I moaned to my hairdresser about ‘flat, greasy’ hair that I realised it must be the shampoo. She took one look before confirming ‘that’s build up, change your shampoo.’
Needless to say, I was left disappointed after using both the Full and No Frizz Living Proof Shampoo and Conditioner.
After reading several reviews claiming this brand as the best for SLS/silicone free hair products I was expecting better things. I don’t think it’s the case of Living Proof being too hyped up, thus me expecting a moon on a stick either.
I’ve now returned back to my Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo and Conditioner with a renewed appreciation (despite loving it in the first place anyway) and a little reassured in the fact it’ll cost me half the price.
This post is made entirely of my humble opinion (in other words not sponsored).