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Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo & Conditioner

About Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner

  • Product: Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo & Conditioner for Normal to Oily Hair
  • Price: 11.49 USD
  • Initial Purchase Date: 9/01/2017
  • Vendor: Calia Natural online
  • Reason for Purchase: I was watching reviews on best practices to maintain hair. The thing is, I know that I might in the future have female-pattern baldness and I have to begin the arduous task of keeping my hair strong now. It may or may not help, but that is what trying is for. Someone who knows what they are talking about is Sarah Nagel. All you have to do is see her hair to know she’s doing something right. So I decided to follow her advice on one of her vlogs and try Calia Natural. Let’s see how it goes!
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Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner for Normal to Oily Hair

Expectations

So, according to Sarah Nagel, the Calia Natural brand products are ones she has been using for about 7 years. Sarah said that she has never found a better shampoo for her hair and always “comes back to Calia” (Source). She explains why she likes the Calia Natural brand:

“There are many reasons why [I like this brand so much]; I like it because it’s Canadian, I like the ingredients, I like the way it makes my hair feel. I have really long, thick, more on the ‘dry-side’ hair and this shampoo just works wonders for it. But I also know that people with different hair-types also like Calia because my mom has a different hair-type than me and she swears by this stuff–um, but basically all my friends and family are hooked on Calia. But what I really, really love about this shampoo is that does not leave any greasy residue in your hair, and that is my ultimate pet-peeve! I do not like having anything sticky…ew in my hair. I just like having a really clean, soft, hydrated-feeling hair. And it doesn’t strip your hair, like it won’t strip your hair of its natural oils, it just makes your hair feel like YOUR hair. Just…exactly like your hair is supposed to feel.”

Source

So who can say no to that review? I didn’t. And so I decided to go and buy the Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner for Normal to Oily Hair. It was not nearly as costly as I thought it was going to be for an Organic product. I only ended up paying 11.49 USD per bottle.

So, being an organic product, ingredients are everything, so I guess we should get right into them.

Ingredients for Purifying Shampoo

  • Spanish Rosemary Oil (Rosemarinus officinalis): Rosemary is known as a spice that has been used for its essential oils to promote hair growth (Source). It also has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties which makes it a great cleanser.
  • Clary Sage Oil (Salvia Sclarea): Sage is essential when it comes to hair conditioning and skin moisturizing (Source).
  • Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera): According to Medical New Today, coconut oil is good for shiny hair as it “penetrates better than mineral oils” and it is also good for healthy skin as it enhances the “protective barrier functions and have an anti-inflammatory effect on skin in humans”.
  • Pine Extract (Pinus banksiana): Pine extract has been used to treat skin ailments such as wounds, blisters, and burns. This can be helpful for those with a sensitive scalp due to injury (Source).
  • Alfalfa (Medicago Sativa): Alfalfa is meant to stimulate hair growth as well as relieve pain symptoms (Source).
  • Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla): Chamomile Extract has anti-inflammatory properties . And due to its histamine release inhibition, it stops free radicals that thrive on super-oxide synthesis. It also augments blood flow (a process called
  • Cone Flower (Echinacea purpurea) extract: Cone flower extract is known for its skin moisturizing properties
  • Nettle leaf extract (Urtica dioca): Nettle might have anti-inflammatory properties at the root. It can also help skin irritation.
  • Clover flower extract (Trifolium pratense): Clover extract is said to help with eczema and rash.
  • Green Tea (Camelia Sinensis): Green tea is a powerful anti-oxidant and can help remove free-radicals from the skin and scalp.
  • Horse Tail extract (Equisetum arvense): Horsetail might be able to help with brittle hair and nails as well as treat minor wounds topically, but there is little scientific evidence to support this.
  • Olive oil (Olea europaea):  It is used for a million things, but in terms of skin care it is an emollient (moisturizer), skin revitalizer, and cleanser. Olive oil is also beneficial towards healing and protection against the elements.

So far, the ingredients in Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo are pretty strong. Rosemary and sage are a great choice for hair products and should honestly be incorporated into all of them. Coconut oil has been called upon often to save damaged, dry hair. However, I am not sure about its effectiveness. This is due to word-of-mouth by the hair-care community, who sometimes find that coconut oil does not penetrate the strands as much as they would like them to. We will see if Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo will soften my hair at all.

I have never had a shampoo with alfalfa in it. I am excited to see if Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo will help my hair grow at all as alfalfa is reported to have these properties (but not yet proven). Chamomile, cone flower, and nettle are great additions that I have seen in hair products before. These are all very soothing and moisturizing. I just hope that they are not “too” moisturizing as this can lead to a matted look to my scalp.

There isn’t much research for green tea and horse tail extract when it comes to hair. But to me, green tea is always a go-to for any beauty treatment. It is also a good anti-septic until you can get a better topical treatment for open wounds. Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo of course has olive oil, which is the king of all moisturizing agents. I use olive oil to clean my face, so I am glad to know I can use it to clean my hair with Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo.

Marketing for Purifying Shampoo

The page for the Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo also marketed the product with the following highlights:

  • Mildly scented with natural Essential Oils
  • Hypo allergenic
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • No Sulfates
  • No DEA
  • No Sodium
  • No Propylene Glycol
  • No Animal testing

Source

While it’s true that Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo has essential oils (and as a result, a light scent), I am not so sure about the hypoallergenic part. Only because people react differently to different products and natural ingredients. Just because something is natural or organic does not make it safe. Poison is perfectly natural. So just make sure that if you still have allergies to a lot of products that you still do a Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo spot test first before just diving in.

There is not a lot of waste when it comes to Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo, so I can agree that as long as you recycle the bottle, Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo should not get caught in your drains or poison the sewer systems.

There are no sulfates in Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo, which is very helpful for those of us attempting to avoid drying out our hair too much. Instead, Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo uses Citric Acid, and that provides that helpful “lather” that we have all come to know and love.

Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo also says it avoids DEA (Diethanolamine). This is an organic compound that absorbs water and essentially acts as a humectant. However, there have been some questions as to the safety of Diethanolamine in cosmetics. So far, there has not been any evidence to suggest that it is a problem. But if you want to learn more about this substance, see U.S. Food and Drug Administration – Diethanolamine.

On that same note, Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo also says it avoids Propylene Glycol. Propylene Glycol is a clear, tasteless, and odorless substance synthetically made to perform various tasks and I think that is why a lot of people get worried about it. There’s a lot to be said about a synthetic substance that is used as both a cosmetics additive and as artificial fog. I don’t care if it is in my Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo either way, but I can see why they are avoiding using synthetics in their products. To learn more about this substance, which has been “generally recognized as safe” by the FDA, see Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) – Propylene Glycol.

But I am definitely impressed with Calia Natural’s commitment to avoiding animal testing. That is the best thing they could have done and I agree wholeheartedly with their decision to leave animals out of the testing process.

Ingredients for Purifying Conditioner

  • Spanish Rosemary Oil (Rosemarinus officinalis): Rosemary is known as a spice that has been used for its essential oils to promote hair growth (Source). It also has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties which makes it a great cleanser.
  • Clary Sage Oil (Salvia Sclarea): Sage is essential when it comes to hair conditioning and skin moisturizing (Source).
  • Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera): According to Medical New Today, coconut oil is good for shiny hair as it “penetrates better than mineral oils” and it is also good for healthy skin as it enhances the “protective barrier functions and have an anti-inflammatory effect on skin in humans”.
  • Pine Extract (Pinus banksiana): Pine extract has been used to treat skin ailments such as wounds, blisters, and burns. This can be helpful for those with a sensitive scalp due to injury (Source).
  • Alfalfa (Medicago Sativa): Alfalfa is meant to stimulate hair growth as well as relieve pain symptoms (Source).
  • Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla): Chamomile Extract has anti-inflammatory properties . And due to its histamine release inhibition, it stops free radicals that thrive on super-oxide synthesis. It also augments blood flow (a process called Vasodilator action) which soothes irritation and makes for a healthy glow.
  • Cone Flower (Echinacea purpurea) extract: Cone flower extract is known for its skin moisturizing properties
  • Nettle leaf extract (Urtica dioca): Nettle might have anti-inflammatory properties at the root. It can also help skin irritation.
  • Clover flower extract (Trifolium pratense): Clover extract is said to help with eczema and rash.
  • Horse Tail extract (Equisetum arvense): Horsetail might be able to help with brittle hair and nails as well as treat minor wounds topically, but there is little scientific evidence to support this.
  • Bees Wax (Cera alba): It is used as a hydrating waxing agent for cosmetics. It serves a duel purpose of hydrating and protecting while also serving as a vehicle for the cosmetic ingredients added to it (emulsion).
  • Olive oil (Olea europaea):  It is used for a million things, but in terms of skin care it is an emollient (moisturizer), skin revitalizer, and cleanser. Olive oil is also beneficial towards healing and protection against the elements.
  • Linseed/Flaxseed Seed Oil (Linum Usitatissimum): Linseed, or Flaxseed, is a triple threat as it has omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and natural oils that help against aging and drying out. This can work for skin and for hair.
  • Pumpkin Seed Oil (Curcurbita pepo): In this oil, the four dominant fatty acids are PalmiticStearicOleic, and Linoleic acid. These will help reduce itching, promote moisture, and cleanse. There are also a number of carotenoids as well (Lutein and Beta Carotene) which helps promote anti-oxidation (Source).
  • Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus): This ingredient acts as a moisturizer or emollient. It protects the skin from dryness by acting as a shield from water escaping (evaporation). It also has a large amount of vitamin E, so the skin is also healed and protected by the vitamin.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (Acetic Acid): Apple Cider Vinegar clears up dandruff, flaking, and grime buildup on the scalp. This will help keep your hair follicles free to grow.

Some of the ingredients in Calia Natural Purifying Conditioner are the same as the ones in Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo. The rosemary and sage are always a good addition even if they are not going on the scalp. They can help moisturize your hair and also provide a light “clean’ that avoid drying it out.

Calia Natural Purifying Conditioner has bees wax and olive oil, which together make for a very strong emollient. I can see that the conditioning is going to be nice and light, but also should penetrate the strands better. If the conditioning agents lay on top of the hair strand, they evaporate over time and leave the hair just as brittle as before, so remember that as you are choosing good shampoo and conditioners. Calia Natural seems to check for ingredients that penetrate the strands best.

Flaxseed, pumpkin seed, and sunflower seed oil are renowned in the cosmetics community for their light, fragrant oils that run nicely on skin and hair. I am not sure about their specific ability to be absorbed by hair strands. However, I remember that flaxseed is your best bet for a well-conditioned body (including hair).

And I am impressed with the Apple Cider Vinegar (as this is something that most hair gurus say to rinse with after conditioning) and I hope to see some improvements in my curls after I use Calia Natural Purifying Conditioner due to this one ingredient. We shall see.

Marketing for Purifying Conditioner

The page for the Calia Natural Purifying Conditioner also marketed the product with the following highlights:

  • Mildly scented with natural Essential Oils
  • Hypo allergenic
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • No Sulfates
  • No DEA [Diethanolamine]
  • No Sodium
  • No Propylene Glycol
  • No Animal testing

Source

The Calia Natural Purifying Conditioner has the same marketing as the Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo. To see my notes on these marketing points, please see Marketing for Purifying Shampoo.

Overall, with the Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner, I hope to see stronger, more conditioned hair with a better curl to it. I am not so sure though that it will curl better because that usually involves more dryness to the hair. The dryer the hair, the more it curls naturally. But I always hope for a nice curl. But I do expect my hair to be perfectly clean and moisturized using Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner. I do not expect it to avoid oiliness due to the fact that the hair will not dry out very much without salt. And even though that is excellent for the scalp, I still get irritated by my oily hair.

Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner should pretty much get my hair “back to the basics”, where it is just in its natural state and nothing else. So I don’t expect Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner to make me glamorous, but I do expect it to revert some old damage and dryness.

Results

During Wash

NOTE: Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo is more of a clear liquid, while the Calia Natural Purifying Conditioner is more cloudy and opaque.

While I was washing my hair, the Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo was very easy to lather through my hair. It was not exactly “smooth” to get through my hair, not like the shampoos that are more of a milky texture. But Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo wasn’t difficult to wash with and it didn’t make my hair clump up or anything. Sometimes if you don’t get a good lather, you can make your hair difficult to wash as the strands build up on one another. They didn’t when I used Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo.

The same stood for the Calia Natural Purifying Conditioner. The conditioner applies easily and I can tell that it absorbs well. It did not lay on my hair and then slide off. It stuck well and when I rinsed, Calia Natural Purifying Conditioner didn’t just goop to the bottom of the tub, looking a hot mess. Overall, the texture was really great with the Calia Natural Purifying Conditioner.

The smell was good for both the Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo and the Calia Natural Purifying Conditioner. They are not particularly “amazing” smelling, but they are clean smelling and it doesn’t make me feel like I am still dirty when I get out of the shower. Sometimes with organic products, that “clean” smell isn’t there and you still have that “earthy” scent, which to many doesn’t smell too good. But for me, I felt as though I was able to smell good and get the cleanliness that I was looking for.

The only downfall was that because both Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner don’t have that “smoothing” effect, it can make the hair stiffer and appear as though it’s not “manageable”. It will be when you get out of the shower. But this effect may be a good thing, as some of those shampoos and conditioners that have “smoothing” agents in them might not penetrate the hair strands as well. And the product that lays on top of the strand can evaporate, which goes against the whole point of conditioner.

After Wash (wet hair)

My hair was easy to comb after using Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner. I was able to get my hairbrush easily through it and my ends curled easily. I did notice that the curls were easy to curl, which meant that the hair was a bit on the dry side. I wouldn’t know until it was dry for about a half a day before I knew whether or not this was a good thing. So at the moment I left it be.

I also noted that I didn’t have any residue in my hair from Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner. Sometimes that can be the worst thing because you are still covered in that smooth, whitish conditioner after and that can be so gross. Or it can dry and flake. In this case, Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner did not drip off me or look particularly gross at all. It was gone after I rinsed and that was perfect for me.

Speaking of residue, the smell from Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner was fine. There was not a particularly strong scent after I was done. My hair just smelled like me and that was the benefit of Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner. Many shampoos and conditioners can leave their own signature scent, and sometimes this is on purpose. But for me, I found it nice to just smell like myself.

After Wash (dry hair)

So after waiting for about a day after I used Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner, I found that the only downfall was that my hair was a little dryer than usual. It was not stiff or “crispy”, but the “baby hairs” and “fly-aways” would stand up because they were not weighed down. For me, this is an issue because I do not straighten or curl my hair, so I don’t have the advantage of heat to calm them down. i can only depend on Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner to get the job done for me in-between washes. .

But, on the positive side, my hair curled well on the first day. As I went into day 2, the curls began to get frizzy. So that meant that I needed to add more product in my hair to calm it down. Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner worked well for me in general, but I definitely had to put in more product by the second day and that meant that the conditioning properties do not penetrate as well and they need to be reinforced once they evaporate off the hair strands.

Overall

Overall, my reaction to Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner was decent. I enjoyed the way that it smelled (very light) and I enjoyed how it made me feel like I was me and not just a walking “Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner”. But mostly I liked the natural feeling to my hair and the natural feeling of the organic Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner. There is definitely a benefit to organic products as they can make you feel as though you are an earthen goddess or something like that. They make you feel as though you are strong and beautiful without all of the perceived “fake” that can sometimes cloud our cosmetic world. Although I am by no means a strictly organic/natural consumer, I still enjoyed that feeling of natural that Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner gave me.

Conclusion

I think I am going to try Calia Natural’s shampoos and conditioners again. But I think I am going to try one that is for dry hair. Maybe I think about my hair all wrong. Maybe it is oily because I dry it out, just like skin. If I dry out my scalp and my hair strands, it makes sense that the top of my head gets greasy while the bottom gets dryer. I definitely like how Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner made my washing ritual feel. I enjoyed that organic scent and that natural feeling that accompanied me outside of the shower. I want to have that feeling again, but this time I need a shampoo and conditioner that will provide stronger hydration for these parched strands.

But overall, thanks Calia Natural, you’ve created great products and Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner is at the top.

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