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Product Review: Not Your Mother’s Blue Sea Kale & Pure Coconut Water Sea Minerals Shampoo and Conditioner

Not Your Mother's Blue Sea Kale & Pure Coconut Water Sea Minerals Shampoo and Conditioner

I am on a personal mission this year to find a shampoo and conditioner that both works for my hair type and for my sensitive scalp. To be more specific, I need something to help with my contact dermatitis. I want to go beyond not causing an allergic reaction and find something that will actually help the skin on my scalp.

To keep these reviews relevant to more people than just those with a Balsam of Peru allergy or some other sort of fragrance allergy, in addition to general information about the shampoo each review will be broken down into sections. I will do half of the review just based on how effective it is at cleansing, price, ease of use, etc.. The second part of each review will be based on the effects on my allergy as well as discussion of ingredients used.

I am of mixed heritage, and I don’t have typical white girl hair. My hair is very thick and coarse. It tends to be very dry, and can turn brittle if I wash it too often or don’t condition it enough. But my hair is reasonably healthy outside of that, as I do not use heat on it very often and I try to take care of it to the best of my ability.

My scalp goes back and forth between dry and oily depending on the time of the year and the products I have used. My biggest struggle with my scalp is from the allergic contact dermatitis. This causes a dry, scaley, itchy coverage on the scalp that looks a lot like dandruff. I have never been able to get it fully cleared up on my scalp. At its worst, when I have a reaction to something, it also burns and can blister.

Now that we have covered the basics of what I am looking for in a shampoo and conditioner and what I my particular needs are, lets take a look at the actual shampoo and conditioner we are reviewing today.

The Product

Not Your Mother's Blue Sea Kale & Pure Coconut Water Sea Minerals Shampoo and Conditioner

This is the Not Your Mother’s Blue Sea Kale & Pure Coconut Water Sea Minerals Shampoo and Conditioner. I bought mine online at Ulta.com, but it is also available in most Ulta stores as well as Walgreens. Each 16 oz. bottle sells for $8.99, at least at Ulta.

I decided to give this set a try because of several reasons. I have had previous good experiences with the Not Your Mother’s Brand, I just hadn’t tried any of their shampoos and conditioners. I also have had relatively good experiences with the main ingredients. Coconut is always good for my skin, and seems to do well in my hair as well. And the blue sea kale, well I have not had a direct experience with it, but other ocean plants like kelp have been successful in the past. Plus since this is a drugstore brand the price is right and it would be easy for me to find at a moments notice.

 

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How It Performed

Not Your Mother's Shampoo

This shampoo had a lot going for it, and so I was pretty hopeful that I would have a great shampoo. Unfortunately, it fell flat for me. I really expect anything coconut to be super moisturizing. This was not. If anything I felt it was drying, and by the end of washing my hair with it my hair felt a rough.

Not Your Mother's Conditioner

Now the conditioner fared slightly better, but not by much. Just the nature of what conditioner is means it’s not going to dry my hair out. It did moisturizer, but it just wasn’t the intensity that I needed. And oddly enough, even though the moisture was light, it left my hair feeling weighed down and limp.

Overall, I would say that this shampoo and conditioner is fine for anyone who has thick hair, but it would be best for someone who stays on the oily side. I would not recommend it for coarse hair or dry hair. I also would not recommend the conditioner for anyone with fine, thin hair. I think this set is going to be for a very specific hair type.

The Allergy Affect

When it comes to my Balsam of Peru allergy it can get really complicated as to what will or won’t affect me. You can read the ingredient list and not see anything that looks problematic and it still can be. Then there are also times that you can look at the ingredient list, be really nervous about what’s on the list, and then nothing happen. In this case the ingredient list for both the shampoo and conditioner was rather on the small side compared to a lot of hair care products I have used over the years.

The only ingredient I was the least bit wary of was fragrance. The Balsam of Peru allergy does get classified as a fragrance allergy, but it’s not really. It is used in some fragrances, but not all. So I sometimes react to fragrances, and sometime I don’t. In these cases I know certain scents to stay away from for sure, and for the rest I do a smell test. What I mean is I can usually tell by just smelling the product whether I will react. Upon smelling the product, it seemed like I was in the all clear.

After washing my hair with the Not Your Mother’s Blue Sea Kale & Coconut Water Shampoo and Conditioner everything seemed fine. I thought for a bit I had hit the jackpot on the first shampoo and conditioner I was trying. But unfortunately about three to four hours after washing my hair I started to experience a reaction. Full on itching and burning that led into flaking skin. It fell just short of causing blisters. So this was a fail on the allergy front too.

Final Thoughts

This shampoo and conditioner from Not Your Mother’s was just not a good match for me. Since I had an allergic reaction, there was definitely no point in trying it a second time. If it were not for the allergic reaction, I probably would have given it at least a second shot just to see if my hair reacted different.

I will be reviewing a lot of shampoos and conditioners this year, so if there is one you would like to see me review leave the name or a link to it in the comments, or alternatively you can send me a message on the contact page. I would love to hear your feedback. Also, tell me in the comments if there is anything more you want to know about the shampoos and conditioners I try. Did I leave some needed information out?

 

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14 comments

  • It’s a shame it wasn’t a good fit for you.. if you haven’t already you should maybe try Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula range, I have reviewed it on my blog and love it!

    Perrine
    http://www.ola-banana.com

    • karenmsmith77

      Thanks for the tip. I will put that on my list. I have tried palmers lotions, but I didn’t know they had hair care products.

  • Yah, sometimes you need to try something to see!

  • This product looks so great! I haven’t seen it around the city in Toronto, but I’m hoping I can order it to my house online!

    • karenmsmith77

      I looked into it. Their website says that the place to buy in Canada is Amazon. I don’t know if their full range of products are available, but its worth a try.

  • Emily

    I have a sensitive scalp too and I’m always looking for a good recommendation. Thanks!

  • Oh. hun!! I am sorry you had an allergic reaction. I have been on a hunt for a good shampoo and conditioner that doesn’t cause irritating dry patches that peel on my scalp, but my hair is the complete opposite of yours, thin, silky, easily breaking fine. If I don’t wash it daily I look like I put a glob of Crisco in my hair. All dry shampoos just irritate my scalp even more so I give up. One shampoo I liked but over moisturized, my hair is Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Strengthen & Grow. Have you tried that one?

    • karenmsmith77

      I have not tried that shampoo, I will add it to the list to check as well. The reactions are kind of par for the course with this sort of thing. Honestly I know people that have much worse reactions than me with this allergy, so I often feel like since I have the platform to talk about it I should take the chances and try and find some things that might help other people too. I fortunately have found some amazing skin care that works great this way.

  • I have had great success with The Grown Alchemist shampoos and conditioners. It is all natural and so gentle on my head. They also smell amazing!

    xo
    Taylor
    http://www.reeseshardwear.com

    • karenmsmith77

      With my particular allergy, natural doesn’t always equal a good thing. But I will definitely add them to the list to check out because you never know until you try.

  • It’s such a shame that this shampoo and condition variation wasn’t a great match for your sensitive scalp. I was really interested to read this review as I’m someone who also suffers with skin problems that affect my scalp, although I’m pretty sure mine is eczema, flaring up as it does on different parts of my body. I guess this is a shampoo and conditioner I’ll be avoiding in future. It sucks that it wasn’t moistrising, too.

    • karenmsmith77

      Hi Rebekah, thanks for your comment. Make sure to keep watch as I will be having lots of reviews up for shampoos and conditioners this year. My next one should be in a week or two.

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