Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Louise Galvin Sacred Locks: Fine Hair Collection

As you might know, I have been loving hair care which actually does something good to my hair, inside and out. Always on the hunt for a hair care range which doesn't contain nasties like sulphates, parabens, petrochemicals, silicone, synthetic fragrances, which is environmentally friendly and which isn't tested on animals; too good to be true? Nope, the Louise Galvin Sacred Locks range proves that hair care can be all that and more...
With more than 20 years of experience in the hair colouring industry, celebrity hair colourist Louise Galvin created a carbon neutral hair care brand in 2003 focused on natural care for coloured hair. Louise Galvin Sacred Locks is all about having gorgeous hair, without harming the environment. When I received the products, I really couldn't wait to try them out. I tested the shampoo, conditioner and treatment masque for fine hair. 

First of all I love the packaging. White, slick, clean, luxurious and the pump-dispenser is great because it's easy and fuss-free. The illustration on the packaging just gives it a little feminine touch. All three products have their own colour, so it's easy to tell which is which. The first thing that came to mind when I saw the products is how great they would look in my white shower; am I right?

Louise Galvin Sacred Locks products don't contain:
- Sodium Laureth Sulphate or Sodium Laurel Sulphate
- Parabens 
- Silicone 
- Petrochemicals
- Polymers
- Synthetic Fragrance 

These ingredients cause build-up, irritated skin, potential allergic reactions and limp hair as they are not nourishing enough for (coloured) hair. More and more consumers nowadays  are avoiding these ingredients and looking for better alternatives. 

Louise Galvin Sacred Locks products do contain:
- Sodium Coco Sulphate (a cleanser which is much milder than SLS and SLES)
- Proteins derived from wheat, soy and corn
- Vitamins
- Natural citrus essential oils 
- Honey
- Natural conditioning agents

These ingredients nourish the hair, add volume, prevent build-up and create shinier and healthier hair. At last a hair care range which doesn't have any questionable ingredients, but only great ingredients which will nourish my hair! 

Shampoo for fine hair
Like all products in this line, the shampoo has a lovely citrus scent. I need about 3 to 4 pumps for my mid-length hair. It lathers up quite well but the lather (foam) disappears quickly which gives the impression that you're not 'washing' your hair. However it really does clean thoroughly as it's a clarifying shampoo. Normally I wouldn't use clarifying shampoo every time I wash my hair but this shampoo is gentle enough. It's normal that the lather disappears as it doesn't contain SLS or SLES. You just need to get used to not having tons of foam; the shampoo cleans my hair just as good as any other.

The ingredients:

Conditioner for fine hair
With this product I also need about 3 pumps to cover the ends of my hair. I leave it in for a few minutes before rinsing out. It's a thinner consistency than I'm used to with conditioner, but it makes my hair just as soft. It also smells lovely and citrus-y.

The ingredients:

Treatment masque for fine hair 
This one smells slightly more herbal-like than the other two products. Your hair needs to be towel-dried before applying this, and you need to leave it in for minimum 10 minutes. So this is definitely something for when you have a little more time for pampering. But the results are amazing, my hair feels incredibly soft, supple and smooth. If your scalp feels a bit dry, try using it on your scalp too, massaging it before rinsing. 

The ingredients:

I've tested these products for about a month now and I'm really enthusiastic. I love the citrus scent of these products, it's luxurious and almost spa-like. After you've washed your hair, there's a very faint smell of citrus, which I love. These products also make my hair feel super soft (as if I just came from the hairdresser), voluminous and more supple than it's ever been. With that I mean that I can put it in a bun and when I take it out, there's no creases in my hair. I love it! 

Even though Sacred Locks might be focused on maintaining coloured hair, it's also be perfectly used for uncoloured hair. 

At the start of the summer, I tried out the 3''' More Inches range (read my review), another luxury hair care brand, and I compared both. I think the 3''' More Inches pre-wash treatment is better than the Sacred Locks treatment masque because you can apply it to dry hair any time (before going to bed, in the morning before a day at the pool, right before taking a shower) while the masque needs to be applied to damp hair. The effect of both treatments is very similar: soft, smooth locks. However I prefer the Sacred Locks shampoo because it doesn't contain SLES. Both lines contain proteins which feed the hair, but I feel like the Sacred Locks range contains more nourishing ingredients. 

It was hard to decide which brand I like better, but I must say that Sacred Locks wins because of the packaging, the scent, the fact that it maintains my highlights, the natural ingredients but most of all because of the environmentally-friendly philosophy behind it. However I would still recommend both brands, as they make my hair look and feel great.

Another plus is that Louise Galvin Sacred Locks is more widely available. You can either buy it online or at any Whole foods store in London. Check out all stockists here. The shampoo costs £22, the conditioner costs £24 and the treatment costs £26

This post is already way too long but there's still one more product that needs testing: the Vitox treatment, which is like a vitamin boost treatment for highlighted hair. I can't wait to try and review it!
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