Dermalogica Does Hair Care Too Now: How Good Is It?

by Gio

I think I may have mentioned every week once or twice that moving to London messed up my skin big time. Now it’s a lot more sensitive and dry in winter. That freezing cold has a lot to answer for.

My hair didn’t fare much better either. It has always been oily but since coming here, it turns into a greasy mess only a few hours after washing. I’m pretty sure it has to do with pollution, so maybe the greasy mess should be the least of my concerns.

But I’m disgressing.

Thing is, if it weren’t for dry shampoo, I’d have to wash my hair every single day. Not something I’m that thrilled to do.

  1. I’m too lazy for that.
  2. I’m worried all that washing may dry out my hair too much, triggering my hair to produce even more oil to compensate.

I may not be able to do much about the laziness (ahem) but I can switch to gentler hair care products I can use more often without upsetting my locks. Like Dermalogica Daily Cleansing Shampoo & Daily Conditioning Rinse (yep, Dermalogica makes hair stuff too, now!).

Well, that’s what they claim to be. Super gentle. But is that REALLY true? Let’s investigate:

Daily Cleansing Shampoo

The shampoo proudly boasts to be sulfate-free. So, it must be gentle, right?

Not so fast, my beautiful, smart friend. Just because there’s no sodium laureth sulfate or even sodium lauryl sulfate here, it doesn’t mean the shampoo is gentle.

You see, for some weird reason, the peeps at Dermalogica have chosen to replace them with sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate. Despite the sulfate sounding name, it isn’t a sulfate, so Dermalogica isn’t lying there.

But, this stuff is pretty harsh. It’s a surfactant derived from coconut oil that foams well and cleanses hair even better. It gets rid of excess oil, pollutants, dirt… You name it, it washes it off. It’s so good, it’s often used in clarifying shampoos.

Yep, not something I’d want to put on my hair every day. That could irritate it, especially if you have dry locks or a sensitive scalp.

But once a week? It does wonders for my hair. It leaves it clean and bouncy. It does give my hair some volume too (without all that crap to weight it down, my hair can stand a bit taller hehe).

By the way, Dermalogica has toned down the strength of sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate with other, gentler (this time for real!), surfactants, such as cocamidopropyl betaine. So, I suppose if your scalp ain’t particularly sensitive, you could get away with using this more often.

One last thing. Its texture is fairly lightweight and its clean, citrusy scent lovely.

Daily Conditioning Rinse

Despite its talk of essential oils and panthenol (a form of vitamin B5 that hydrates and soothes), the conditioner relies on good old dimethicone to do the bulk of the conditioning work.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. This silicone is one of the heaviest and thickest but it doesn’t suffocate hair (because you know, hair is dead – you can’t suffocate something that’s dead).

What it does is smooth out the cuticles so that hair is easier to comb through and style and reflects light so much better. It also creates a protective barrier around each strand that keeps moisture in.

But, as I said, it’s the heaviest silicone out there so it can leave behind some build up. From something I’m supposed to use daily, I honestly expected a more lightweight formula.

The texture does feel lightweight, though. And it has the same lovely scent as the shampoo.

The Bottom Line

I know, this review wasn’t all that positive. And that’s not entirely fair to the shampoo and conditioner. They’re good products I happily use BUT they’re not gentler than other products out there.

And frankly, they’re a bit too heavy duty for daily use, in my opinion. But used in moderation, just like any other hair care product out there, they can give you beautiful, clean and bouncy locks.

I just wish the two bottles didn’t look so similar. The only difference is the colour of the caps. That makes it so easy to pick up the wrong bottle in the shower (or is that just me?).

Price & Availability: £11.90 each at Feel Unique


Daily Cleansing Shampoo Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MIPA, Glycerin, Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Juniperus Virginiana Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Polysilicone-15, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Ethylhexylglycerin, Triethyl Citrate, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol.

Daily Conditioning Rinse Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Juniperus Virginiana Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Panthenol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Polysorbate 20, Cetrimonium Chloride, Polysilicone-15, Triethyl Citrate, Polyquaternium-10, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

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