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by Hollis on Jul 27, 2012

Product Review: Paul Mitchell Curls shampoo and leave-in conditioner

By Hollis


I recently had a shoot for Elle magazine. It was all about curly hair so they sent me the Paul Mitchell products they wanted me to use the night before the shoot.  To tell the truth, I only recently got my product junkie tendencies under wraps, so when I got free products to try I jumped in head first (get it?) Okay, no more lame jokes. Here’s What I thought of the products:

Paul Mitchell Spring Loaded Detangling Shampoo - I like the packaging and smell of the product. It smells fresh but not over powering. I also like that it’s sulfate free and “anti frizz” (according to the label) but that’s about it.  This shampoo stripped my hair a bit too much. I don’t like for my hair to be squeaky clean because that usually means the shampoo has had a drying effect on my hair. I also don’t see how this shampoo is supposed to be detangling. I didn’t like this product very much and don’t see myself using it again.

After using the shampoo, I found it absolutely necessary to deep condition but the client only sent a leave-in conditioner.  At first I couldn’t make sense of this until I got to the shoot and realized the other girls had red and blonde hair.  I asked them what they thought of the products and they loved them. 

 They felt the leave-in was perfect because it kept their curls from being weighed down by a heavy conditioner.  But for me it was not enough so I used my hair steamer and deep conditioned with Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque. After washing this out I applied the leave-in.

Paul Mitchell Full Circle Leave-In Treatment - I love the smell of this product. It’s similar to the shampoo but a little more intense (in a good way.) I also like the packaging. It comes with a pump which makes it easier to use than a squeeze bottle. The consistency is creamy and not at all sticky or runny. Like the shampoo, the leave-in label says anti-frizz. Unlike the shampoo, it actually seems to back up this claim. I found it to be very moisturizing and when I took my two strand twist down after 3 days they held up nicely with little frizzing. I liked this product so much I have used it several times since then and had good results each time.  The products were free so I’m not sure of the price point but I would consider buying it again if it doesn’t cost more than my Giovanni Direct Leave-in. :)

The verdict?  The shampoo was a fail for me personally but the leave-in was a hit!  I guess you can’t win them all.



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