Until I started Fluke, I was never very adventurous with hair care. For a good 13 years I used one shampoo and conditioner duo from MooGoo. My hairstyle has been the same pretty much my whole life (aside from a few crazy years) and I don’t colour my hair. As I became more knowledgeable about hair care I realised that despite being quite tame, my mane needed one thing, and that thing was volume. I have a lot of hair but its texture is fine and easily weighed down and so began my foray into volumising products.
Mr. Smith is an Australian hair company based in Melbourne. They are heavily involved in the fashion industry, participating in Paris and New York fashion weeks and international editorial shoots. Their range is PETA-certified and mostly natural but there are some “grey-area” ingredients that true natural beauty followers may like to know about, namely phenoxyethanol and PEG-150. Aside from these, there are no sulfates, parabens or silicones present. They use mainly natural ingredients and those contained in the Volumising Shampoo and Volumising Conditioner which I will be reviewing today are Capuacu seed butter, Mango seed butter, Maura seed oil, Hemp seed oil, Neem seed oil, Myrrh oil, Lavender oil, Grapefruit seed oil, Lime peel oil, Lotus flower extract, Rose Flower Oil, Almond oil, Shea butter and Wheat protein.
The products are packaged in white boxes with gold embossed branding which is very luxurious. Inside are rectangular white bottles with minimalist branding and they come with a separate pump attachment. The shampoo smells divine and feels quite light when you apply it to your hair. It doesn’t lather up to the extent of a traditional shampoo, which doesn’t bother me because lather has no impact on how well a shampoo washes your hair. The same goes for the conditioner, which is not overly hydrating and heavy, perfect for hair that needs oomph. I like that the conditioner doesn’t leave residue in my hair like some do but it still does a great job of detangling and softening.
Once I’ve finished up in the shower, I towel dry my hair and add a nice dollop of Mr. Smith The Foundation. I comb it through and then dry my hair roughly with my hairdryer, making sure to dry upside down too. I’m left with bouncy, soft hair that is full of volume and it doesn’t have that just-washed fluffy feel to it. This pairing is so good at cleansing that I only wash my hair twice a week and I haven’t been reaching for my dry shampoo as often. The volume seems to hang around for the entire period between washes and my hair is easy to maintain.
The Volumising Shampoo and Volumising Conditioner get a big tick from me and next on my radar are some of their styling products, especially the Masque and Leave In. Mr. Smith products are sold exclusively at salons, not online. The best way to find a stockist is to visit the Mr. Smith website and they will find a salon which is closest to you. The price for each 300ml bottle was AUD$35.00.
I hope that you enjoyed my very first blog post about hair care. Let me know if you have tried any Mr. Smith products by leaving a comment below, or you can email me and connect with me on Instagram and Facebook.
Next week: Sappho New Paradigm foundation review.