By Helen Clemson
I have tricky hair, and it comes with issues (for which I need tissues!). I’m nervous about the shampoo and conditioners that touch my fragile hair, as I suffer from hair loss and it’s also prone to breakage from chemical processing because I can’t live without my happy-making highlights.
I’d seen Oribe professional haircare products on my travels overseas but had never got the opportunity to try them out. Recently I received the Signature Shampoo (R597 for 250ml) and it’s follow-up partner, the Signature Conditioner (R640 for 200ml) thanks to local company Quintessentially Yours who have brought the Oribe brand into SA (yay!) as well as deluxe and super-hot make up collection Smith & Cult.
But let’s talk hair, and why wouldn’t you want to?! The shampoo and conditioner in question are daily products and while I don’t usually wash my hair every day (no, I’m not a manky girl, I just don’t need to wash my hair every day because it’s dry), I felt totally happy doing so with this wonderfully cleansing shampoo and the really well-hydrating conditioner.
There are quite a few things that impressed me about the Signature Shampoo. For one, it’s formulated without sodium (ingredients like sodium dry out strands) and it’s also safe to use on colour and keratin treated hair. There is also UV protection for hair within the formula. And then there’s the signature fragrance; the scent – Cote d’Azur – is found in the hair care range at the lightest levels so that products used in conjunction, work together and build upon the fragrance.
As for the conditioner (as a serial highlighter, I always need a good one), I found Oribe’s Signature Conditioner to be light yet packed with moisture. An overly hydrating conditioner worried me at first as I have very fine hair that easily resembles seaweed on a rock if I use the wrong hair care products on it. But this particular conditioner worked so well: it’s hydrating polymers dosed my mid lengths to ends with moisture (the parts the really need it) and my locks were super-easy to comb through afterwards. Sold! If you have thicker hair than I do (i.e. the lucky Candice-Lee) you’ll love this conditioner just as much as I do.
P.S. If you’re intrigued about the brand’s interesting name (pronounced Or-bay), here’s the story: Oribe Canales is a famous editorial and celebrity Cuban-born American hairstylist, and so the range of super-dooper products is named after him. Heres to (more) happy hair days!
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