How organic is your beauty routine? Mine, not much. Of course, I have a few organic skincare favourites I use regularly, but when it comes to haircare products, I stick to shampoos and conditioners full of all that synthetic stuff we all love to hate these days.
I just don’t trust organic haircare much. My straight, dull hair is oily and gets dirty so quickly. Can organic haircare, which is a lot gentler, really keep it clean and shiny? Mmmmm..
As September is organic month, I thought this’d be the perfect time to put my investigative cap on, and find out. The guinea pig? Daniel Galvin Jr OrganicHead range.
Blonde Or Brunette?
Daniel Galvin Jr OrganicHead range contains natural dyes that can enhance blonde and brunette hair. Not at the same time, of course. Brunettes have their own shampoo and conditioner, and so do blondes.
Obviously, I tried the brunette range, but can’t say I saw any difference. My hair was as brown before as it was after. I kind of expected that. These types of dyes are really subtle, and their results on dark hair aren’t that noticeable.
But, as long as the shampoo shampoos, the conditioner conditions, and the hair mask… whatever, I’m a happy bunny. So, do they?
Daniel Galvin Jr OrganicHead Shampoo
I’m sad to report my gloomy prediction about the shampoo turned out to be right. Although Daniel Galvin Jr OrganicHead Shampoo produces quite a bit of foam, it doesn’t cleanse my hair as well as I’d like it to. Just after washing and blowdrying, my locks look amazing. Clean. Shiny. Soft.
But, the next day, my head is a greaseball once again. Boo! Its blend of Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate and Lauryl Betaine is just too gentle for hair that stubbornly insist on producing too much oil, even when it’s not needed. So annoying!
But, just because my hair doesn’t like it, it doesn’t mean it sucks. I think it’d work quite well on dry hair that needs gentler care. It’ll remove all the dirt without stripping the little oil your hair struggles to produce, keeping it naturally moisturized. Its clear colour and not too thick consistency make it a pleasure to use, and easy to rinse off too.
Daniel Galvin Jr. OrganicHead Conditioner
After trying the shampoo, my expectations for the rest of the range were even lower. But, this time, my inner Cassandra was proved wrong. Daniel Galvin Jr. OrganicHead Conditioner, the next step in the routine, is pretty good.
It’s infused with sweet almond oil and cetearyl alcohol (a good type of alcohol), two excellent moisturizers. They make hair soft and smooth, and so much easier to detangle. And if a conditioner can detangle my super knotty mane easily, trust me, it’s worth the price.
Sweet almond oil goes the extra mile. It gives hair that lustrous shine that takes it from lifeless to alive in seconds. But without leaving a greasy residue behind. More grease is the last thing my hair needs. It’s got plenty of its own already.
Did I mention the conditioner doesn’t weight hair down? Its texture is creamy, but not too rich, and easy to spread throughout my mane. I need to use a tiny bit more than usual, it’s true, but that’s not a dealbreaker for me. It’d be if I had to rush out and buy a new tube every week, but that’s not the case. So, all’s good.
Daniel Galvin Jr OrganicHead Argan Oil Detox Hair Masque
I’ve saved the best for last. Daniel Galvin Jr OrganicHead Argan Oil Detox Hair Masque can’t detox hair (your liver does all the detoxifying for you), but it can nourish, soften, and strengthen it.
It conditions hair from within, making it softer, stronger, and less prone to breakage. But it does wonders on the outside too. Like all oils, it gives it lots of shine.
Castor oil, one of the other main oils in the formula, can’t get inside the hair shaft. But that doesn’t make it useless. It coats hair from the outside, making it softer and smoother. That’s probably how argan oil works too. No studies have been done on its penetration abilities yet, but there’s no doubt it’s a great moisturizer.
Science lesson over. Now, back to the mask. White in colour, it has the same citrusy soapy scent as the shampoo and conditioner. It’s absolutely lovely. But, then, you know what a sucker I am for citrusy scents.
Its texture is quite lightweight too, but not runny. Good, cos who likes dealing with that? Not me. Its consistency makes the mask easy to apply. But we need to do a bit of homework first. That involves shampooing, of course, towel drying your hair, and heating a damp towel in the microwave for 35 seconds (750w).
What??? Wait. Here’s how it works. You massage a generous amount of the mask into the mid-length and ends of your hair. The roots don’t need it. Ignore them. Once that’s done, wrap the towel around your head, like a turban, for 25 minutes. The heat will help you reap the maximum benefits from the treatment.
Then have a steamy, hot bath. Actually, that’s not necessary, but the instructions say you’ll achieve even better results that way. Like I need any encouragement to get into the bathtub. I could spend ages in there. It’s so relaxing.
Whatever you do, after 25 minutes, rinse well. And voilà. Hair is now super soft, super conditioned, and super shiny, ready to be easily and quickly styled. Oh, and it smells lovely too. Not for the whole day, sadly. The scent is really subtle but, as long as it last, I inhale the most of it. 🙂
So, did Daniel Galvin Jr OrganicHead range made me change my mind about organic haircare? Yes and no. I still believe organic shampoos are no good for oily hair. We need something a bit stronger, ladies!
But conditioners and masks are certainly worth a try. Of course they’re not 100% organic (very few products are, and they’re usually pure oils organically grown), but they’re definitely much, much better than I expected. My hair’s delighted.
Lesson learned: don’t wrote something off before you’ve tried it.
OrganicHead Brunette Shampoo Ingredients
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Glycerin, Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, Fragrance, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-7, Disodium EDTA, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Hydrolyed Wheat Protein, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Silvia Officinalis (Safe) Leaf Extract, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract, Magesium Nitrate, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Lavandula Augustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pogosternon Cablin Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool.
OrganicHead Brunette Conditioner Ingredients
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glycerin, L-Aspartic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Ceteareth-20, Fragrance, Amodimethicone, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Polyquaternium-22, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Panthenol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trideceth-12, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Arginine, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Aspartic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, PCA, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetrimonium Chloride, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract, Lavandula Augustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Proline, Isoleucine, Threonine, Phenylananine, Histidine, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal.
OrganicHead Argan Oil Detox Hair Masque Ingredients
Water, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Glycerin, Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Trimethylsilylamodimethicone, L-Aspartic Acid, Distearoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Fragrance, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, pogostemon Cabin (Patchouli) Oil, Lavandula Augustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Glycine, Alanine, Sodium Benzoate, Serine, Valine, Threonine, Isoleucine, Proline, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Citric Acid, Limonene, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Alpha-isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Citral.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Pros: Conditioner and hair mask make hair soft, shiny, and easy to detangle and style; Shampoo is very gentle and doesn’t strip too much natural oil from hair; Textures are lightweight and easy to use; Lovely citrusy soapy scent.
Cons: Although enriched with natural dyes, the shampoo and conditioner didn’t enhance my hair colour; Shampoo doesn’t clean oily hair very well; Scents don’t last very long on the hair.
Summary: Daniel Galvin Jr OrganicHead features a gentle shampoo that’s not strong enough for oily hair, a conditioner that leaves hair soft and shiny, and a hair mask that gives it even more hydration and luster.
Price & Availability: £6.00 each at Daniel Galvin Junior.
Rating: Shampoo: 3/5; Conditioner: 3.5/5; Mask: 4/5