I recently wrote in a post that “everything is better in the sun”. I would like to retract this statement, for the sun can be bad for our hair, and when coupled with ocean water the partnership can leave hair rather dried out. Thankfully, I took some haircare products away with me in the hope of keeping my hair moisturised, protected and nourished.
How Do the Sun & Sea Affect Hair?
UVA and UVB rays can leave our hair dry, damaged, frizzy, colour-faded, thinned, weakened and with split ends and breakage. Saltwater on the other hand, can strip the hair of water content via osmosis, which also leaves it dry and prone to damage.
In order to help prevent this, it’s best to use nourishing formulas to put back into the hair and oils to act as a protective barrier.
I was pleasantly surprised when Timotei got in touch to ask if I would like to review their Certified Organic Haircare. The first thing I asked was if the products smelt like the old Timotei, as I distinctly remember that herbal freshness and I recalled Mr BB’s first love/schoolboy crush used Timotei and he had loved the smell of her hair. The PR advised that the products did not smell the same, and when I trialled them the scents were very subtle.
The products are certified by Cosmebio, which means that the percentage of organic is not particularly high, just 10% in the Shampoo and 15% in the Conditioner. 98% of the ingredients in the Shampoo are natural, and 99% in the Conditioner. Both formulas are 95% biodegradable and contain no Parabens, Sulphates, Silicone or Colourants.
I see Timotei launching a natural/organic haircare range as a mixed blessing. I can’t help but feel the range is Unilever’s attempt at muscling in on the natural products industry so that they might have their piece of the pie. As we know, sulphate free paraben free haircare is big and it just keeps getting bigger! On the plus side, the fact that these products are widely available in Boots means that more consumers are being awakened to the natural/organic arena. But do these products reflect the true values of natural and organic? And more importantly, do they work?
Timotei Organic Delight Health & Shine Shampoo
Timotei Organic Shampoo Health & Shine Shampoo was OK. It wasn’t the best natural shampoo I’ve tried, and it certainly wasn’t the worst. The sent was subtle, verging on bland, and because it is a sulphate free shampoo the lather was limited. On the repeat wash however, there was more lather created. I did my usual shampoo test, which is washing without conditioning, and my hair was not particularly awed by the treatment. I had to spend a lot of time detangling my hair after washing.
One thing I would like to see would be the removal of water from the formula and the bumping up of Aloe Vera Leaf Juice (scrap the powder!) to be the main ingredient of the shampoo. But that would see a bump up of the price which is just
Timotei Organic Delight Health & Shine Conditioner
Sadly, this conditioner was not all it was cracked up to be. Again the scent is very subtle so don’t expect much of an experience on that front. I also found that the formula took a lot of rinsing, and I was left with lank-looking hair thanks to build-up. I tried using less, and rinsing more, but it still didn’t all leave. This meant that I changed the order I washed and conditioned my hair, which led to an interesting regimen and daily washing whilst on holiday! More on that in a moment.
Eden Avocado Oil
Having packed two mediocre haircare products to take on holiday, Eden Avocado Oil was a saving grace! Eden offers 100% Organic Avocado Oil, which has a beautiful depth of colour and a really fresh, pure smell. it’s great for dry and damaged hair, repairing split ends and helps hair recover its natural shine. It’s also rich in antioxidants, fats and vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E, protein and lecithin. This was my haircare hero in Antigua, I did however also use in on my face and body as it has excellent skincare properties too because there are amino acids to help with collagen production, sterolins to help prevent and minimise sun spots and pigmentation, and important skincare antioxidants including vitamin A and E.
My Caribbean Haircare Routine
ended up as follows.
A.M. apply Eden Avocado Oil to my hair, comb through well. Plait or place hair in a ponytail or bun, ready for the day at the beach
P.M. once returned from the beach, rinse hair thoroughly before applying a small 50p size blob of Timotei Organic Delight Health & Shine Conditioner. Comb through well. Leave on till time to get ready for dinner. When it was time for dinner, rinse thorough, shampoo with Timotei Organic Delight Health & Shine Shampoo, rinse and repeat. Style as normal (for me I plait and leave till dry to create lovely, loose waves!)