- Product: Kevin Murphy HYDRATE-ME. wash and rinse
- Vendor: Kevin Murphy
- Initial Review: 12/14/2015
- HYDRATE-ME WASH: 28.00 USD
- HYDRATE-ME RINSE: 28.00 USD
- Reason for Purchase: Every 6 months my hairdresser suggests changing my hair wash and rinse. I have very dry hair, and after the label.m I wanted something that would help my dry hair even more. I was directed towards Kevin Murphy’s products as a chance to hydrate and lock in moisture in my hair.
The HYDRATE-ME wash and the HYDRATE-ME rinse was made for those with dry hair who need to have moisture not only added, but locked in. The product is advertised on their website for those in dry climates who need antioxidants to protect their hair from further moisture loss. I expected my hair to be silky and soft, but not oily. I also expected it to smell nice in my hair (that was because most products add that for an extra “touch”).
The HYDRATE-ME products has a number of key ingredients. Notably, the wash contains Hydrolysed Silk Extract, which is an emollient that is meant to add moisture to the hair and also fortify it against the elements. The rinse has Shea Butter in it, which is notorious for its moisturizing properties.
The Key Ingredients are as follows:
Hydrolysed Silk Extracts (Silk Amino Acids): Also known as Sericin, these are glycoprotein amino acids that are extracted from raw silk (yes, the kind made from silkworms). Sericin can easily dissolve in water and has “high levels of serine which has excellent moisture preservation characteristics” (Source). The hydrolysed silk extracts go under a stronger degree of hydrolysis, so they have a lighter molecular weight that allows them to get into skin and hair easily (Source).
Kakadu Plum (Vitamin C): This fruit is native to the Australian Northern Territory. This plant has the highest known concentration of Vitamin C in the world. The vitamin C supposedly stimulates Elastin and Collagen to promote lustre and elasticity (Source). The plum may or may not be used in the product as the amount of vitamin C falls with domesticated trees. The vitamin C may be made up through other means (such as oranges) (Source).
Vitamin A (Retinol): This vitamin helps promote skin regeneration as well as healing. It also helps with acne. This will help avoid getting zits on the face when you use it.
Shea Butter: This product helps to hydrate the hair, and does not clog the hair cuticle, which helps with avoiding scalp acne. It’s said to be mostly beneficial to treated hair (Source). It comes from the Shea tree and acts as a natural moisturizer and healing fat. It can be used directly on the skin from concentrate, but in other products it works just as well (Source).
Bergamot Essential Oil: Contains plenty of antioxidants and Linalool. It also works as an antiseptic, analgesic (a pain reliever), and sedative. It stimulates the hair follicles to promote good feelings.
Evening Primrose Oil: This essential oil is high in Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA), which enhances the epidermal barrier (skin). It is able to “dilute sebum production” — or clean oil from the skin, all the while hydrating it. It is also an astringent, so it soothes inflammation and flare-ups. It also functions as a strong antioxidant. For hair specifically evening primrose oil has phospholipids that are humectants, so it attracts and holds moisture.
pH Balance is 6.3 – 7.0, so the product is neutral.
The Rinse has the Kakadu Plum, Shea Butter, and Evening Primrose Oil as well.
Jojoba Esters: These esters are derived from the Jojoba Oil and is comprised of primarily fatty acids and fatty alcohols (C-36 to C-46). They are very similar to sebum in the human body, so it is able to replenish the skin, all the while cleaning it (Source). It works as an excellent emollient to promote moisture.
Micro Algae: Supposedly, according to Kevin Murphy’s product description, Microalgae should be able to burrow deep into the hair follicles in the scalp and stimulates into the cells. It is said that it will help promote hair growth and strength. I have not found anything online that promotes this other than on the product site.
B7: Also known as Biotin, vitamin B7 and H is cosmetically associated with nail, hair, and skin health. It helps accelerate growth due to the fact that it helps the body metabolize protein, fats, and carbs. It must be ingested orally, as the body does not absorb it topically.
When I began using the product, I expected to have a similar effect to the label.m shampoo and conditioner that I had used previously. I expected sleek and silky hair that was well moisturized without fly-aways and dry patches.
Moisture: This combination was extremely hydrating. The first week of use my hair was ten times shinier than I had ever seen it. It felt “heavy”, but in a moisturized way, not in an oily way. I didn’t experience my normal fly aways or dry patches that I am used to seeing in my hair. I also noticed that my hair was falling the way it normally does, so it doesn’t do that thing that where it is heavy and oily so the whole thing looks wet. It looked like my normally curly hair, but lustrous and shiny. The key is that it allowed my hair to curl, which is something that curly-haired ladies usually have to give up because when you moisturize the hair usually has to flatten out. This time, I got to keep curly, shiny locks without weighing my hair down. I also have not formed any noticeable split ends so far.
Shiny: Yes, my hair is super shiny. My hair retains moisture throughout the day so the hair remains lustrous. Even at the ends, the shine goes all the way down. However, this shiny-ness can make the hair look oily the next day (at least for me).
Color: My hair color has stayed very stable during my time using this product. Part of the advertisement (and the reason I bought it) was that the wash was not going to strip my hair of color. I had colored my hair a very dark brown about 2 months ago and so far the color has not changed from what I can tell. The hair doesn’t have any discoloration patches and has not yet been forming an “hombre”, which is what happened to my previous hair style after using label.m.
Scent: There is no real lingering scent with this product. When I use it in the shower you can smell that rose, but afterwards I do not smell a strong scent like the label.m’s honey and oat “cookie” scent. I miss that, but it’s alright because I can use other products in the shower that won’t war with my nostrils.
I love the Kevin Murphy HYDRATE.ME Wash and Rinse. It has really moisturized my dry, frizzy hair over the course of the winter, and has also made my hair fall in its natural place instead of making it so heavy it can’t have a personality of its own. I missed my old hair and how it used to curl. That was my main style because I used to be able to wake up and have a cute “hairstyle” with my long curly hair. With the label.m, I love it, but I would have to sacrifice the curls and straighten it to get all the layers even and neutral. But Kevin Murphy’s product allows me to have the shine and the style together. I love this product and will continue to use it over the course of the Spring as well.
Full List of Ingredients are the Key Ingredients previously listed.