Saturday, 28 February 2009

Baxter of California Daily Protein Shampoo

RRP: $13 for 300ml

--What does the promo say?--
"Protein, Coenzyme Q10, and nutrients promote hair strength, body, and manageability. Gentle formula removes buildup, and natural toxins like DHT, a male hormone found to be harmful to the hair's growth cycle."

Cool blue, Kiehl's-style packaging, evoking a unisex vintage pharmacy feel. Plastic bottle with simple flip-top lid.

As usual really: lather into wet hair, and rinse. Repeat and/or follow with accompanying conditioner if desired.

A clear gel that's very slightly off-yellow. Transparent. Leaves no visible residue in the hair.

The tea tree smell is really invigorating and unusual for a shampoo. Wakes you up with its fresh, clean and distinctive smell.

Quite viscous, which can occasionally make it difficult to dispense from the bottle. However, it is easy to massage into the hair and easy to rinse.

Results are positive both short and long-term, with smoothness and overall condition of hair being restored. I know this is a men's brand, but I may have to nick it. The Italian lime and bergamot ranges also sound delish.

--Value for money--
Excellent: you're getting something from a specialist company in men's care, which also works quite well for women. Good stuff. It also costs less than brands that are better-known (e.g. L'Occitane, Kiehl's), for no apparent reason. Go and add this to the grooming routine of the guy in your life - or why not your own, for that matter!

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Daily Moisturising Conditioner, $14 for 300ml

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