Disclaimer: I was provided with free product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are not influenced by the developing company and/or its affiliates in any way.
Price point: Cheap! $9.99 for everything except the mask which is $11.99 (available at Sally Beauty Supply starting 7/1/2019.)
– Free of SLS/SLES sulfates, silicones, and parabens.
– Only one item is protein free
– Multiple items have isopropyl alcohol as one of the last ingredients, which if you modify the Curly Girl Method- but stricter CGM followers will need to skip them **But before skipping them, see note at the bottom of this post.
– Lots of the products contain glycerin. This is not a con and just a note for those who try to avoid it or seek it out. Some of the products it’s high on the list, some it’s low
– Scented, but the scent doesn’t linger when applied to wet hair.
Smells like jasmine and I LOVE JASMINE. One of the best smells in the world to me is a plant that’s common in Pakistan and India called motia (I think it’s the Maid of Orleans jasmine in English) and this reminded me of that smell. This was super exciting to me. This is a thicker co-wash. It felt very similar in texture to the Daily Cream Conditioner, but it definitely left a light squeak on my scalp. Especially for those with finer hair or even just softer water, this could easily be a one and done cleanser without another conditioner after. Since I love my moisture, I still followed this up with a protein-free conditioner. This is one of the products that contains isopropyl alcohol.**
(Update 8/10/19: Gave this to my fine-haired, wavy best friend to try and it did work well for her.)
As advertised. Didn’t leave my hair feeling too dry, but was definitely still a “low-poo.” This is a thicker gel-like cleanser (as opposed to creamy or liquid-y.) Smells a little floral, but not strongly. It smells like white flower and mix of other things that are normal smells for a shampoo, but can’t pin point them (I’ll try to remember to try again once my nose clears up, but it’s allergy season.)
Daily Cream Conditioner
This products contains isopropyl alcohol**, and smells like a mix of perfume and jasmine. I think I still prefer my conditioners protein free to keep my moisture-loving hair in balance, but I have friends with different hair needs that would probably adore this conditioner. It smells nice, it’s creamier without being TOO heavy (don’t have to worry about build up frizz.)
Smells the strongest of jasmine of the bunch (or maybe it just seemed so since I kept it on longer.) This product has great slip and advertises to leave on for UP TO 15 minutes. Most are a minimum of 15. This doesn’t seem to give me build up like a lot of the other shea butter based deep conditioners do. The texture is a lot smoother than things that are super heavy in butters, but it seems to penetrate well. Contains isopropyl alcohol.**
Soft Definition Gel
Smells like citrus. Has an interesting feel to it. It stuck to my hands extremely well, but didn’t feel sticky. I’m not sure how that sentence makes any sense, but that’s the only way I could describe it. It felt softer, like Aussie Instant Freeze, going on.
High Definition Gel
Seems to be the only protein free item in the line. Has the same stuck, but not sticky feel as the Soft Definition Gel, but smelled like dryer sheets instead of citrus. Definitely did have more hold than the soft definition, without making my waves stringy like some of the other harder hold gels can. That being said, not the hardest hold gel I’ve ever used, but I’m fine with that.
Advertised to be used on wet hair. But the first time I used this I used it on dry hair to refresh, using the wetness of the product itself for the refresh and my results were wonderful. Usually dry refreshes leave my hair feeling gross. I could feel that I had product in my hair when I touched it, but it didn’t feel overly sticky or gross. Second time I used it, I sandwiched it between the cream and the high definition gel. Didn’t get as tight of definition as when I used the two products without it, but definitely got more volume and more hold. Smelled lightly of dryer sheets, but especially being a foam the smell wasn’t very strong at all.
Smell is a little perfume-y, but not specific- like the way a beauty magazine smells from the combination of the perfume pages. The texture was different from I was expecting. This didn’t have that typical shea butter feel to it, it was more slippery. I’m putting a photo below in hopes that it helps with the texture of the product. I generally emulsify product in wet hands before applying it and that was very difficult to do with this, it wasn’t emulsifying smoothly. But it went onto my wet hair surprisingly easily and felt easy to distribute on my strands even if I couldn’t distribute it on my hands. Definitely gave good definition, but I didn’t use enough to see how it would do for hold as a one and done. As a general statement I don’t use creams that way since my coarse strands would want more cream than my waves could handle. The other advertised use of this product was to use it on individual dry curls for shaping, so I tried this for refreshing just emulsified with a tiny bit of water on dry hair (emulsified fine when it was just a little bit of water at a time) and it worked wonderfully for that! The perfume-y scent did end up lingering when used this way.
**Zotos Professional did reach out to me (before I even posted this review) to let me know that the reason they listed isopropyl alcohol on the ingredients list of 3 of their products was to be entirely transparent. It is used as a solvent in the conditioning agent Behentrimonium Chloride and majority of the drying alcohol gets flushed out during processing. Some other companies that do the same process opt not to disclose what was used as a solvent. I can vouch that none of these products have felt drying on my hair despite a “non-CG” ingredient being listed as one of the final.
Update: Sally’s also started carrying a little travel kit for $9.99 that includes the No-Lather Cleanser, Daily Cream Conditioner, Bouncy Cream, and High Definition Gel. Great way to try it out! I wish other brands had a travel size kit for that price.
Did I miss anything? What other questions do you have on these products?