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Review: Evo Preserve Colour Maintenance Shampoo

I really believe that using quality hair care products can do wonders for your hair. They are usually gentler in my experience, which is really needed when you have fine, colour processed blonde hair, like myself! Any colour processed hair will need some additional TLC, so when I saw a promotional deal available on my all-time favourite evo Fabuloso Platinum Blonde Colour Intensifying Conditioner  (a toning treatment for blonde hair, which is the bomb!) and the Preserve Colour Maintenance Shampoo which I hadn’t tried, I snapped it up! The description sounded great – gentle, nourishing and perfectly suited for coloured and damaged hair.

Concept: A gentle cleansing shampoo designed to be used post colour service to gently cleanse and repair colour treated hair, while helping to maintain colour vitality. Benefits: Gently cleanses hair. Helps to repair colour treated hair. Gentle nature helps maintain colour vitality. Balances hair and scalp. recommended forRecommended For: All hair types post all colour services and pre & post temptress shine treatment services. It is specifically formulated to ensure the best results from fabuloso pro and fabuloso conditioners.

Key Ingredients: sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate, hydrolyzed quinoa, glycerin, panthenol.

I love how quirky evo’s product descriptions are (e.g.  Salty Dog Cocktail Beach Spray; “Pretend to your friends you really are adventurous , that you do more with your day off than sit at home watching reruns.” That’s so me it’s scary LOL) I find their products to be easy to use without inflated promises, BUT if you notice in the product description above, it doesn’t really tell you much about how the product works to achieve balanced and repaired hair. It’s all rather vague… Yes glycerin and panthenol are soothing and hydrating, but that’s about all that I understand from the ingredient list (and mind you, I do not think you should be afraid of ingredients just because you can’t recognise what they are straight away, I leave chemistry to the chemists!). It’s a shame, because I’d like to know more about how the product works, so I can make an informed choice about whether or not it will suit me.

Putting the vague claims aside, let’s discuss how it worked on my hair. The shampoo has a pearly sheen to it and foams up nicely. It has a soapy/fresh scent, which is lovely. My hair most certainly feels cleansed and fresh after using this shampoo, but unfortunately, to much so. After colouring your hair, hair becomes sensitised and difficult to manage as it is, so I was expecting the shampoo to be much more hydrating and gentle than it was. I can’t comment on whether or not it ‘repaired’ my hair, but I seriously doubt it as it did not feel ‘nourished’. My hair felt quite stripped after washing, to the point where without conditioner, I would not be able to untangle my hair. It felt dry and a little bit like straw. Blonde hair is the most difficult to manage after colouring, as bleaching removes pigments from your hair, making it more pourous and prone to damage. Add to this a fine hair texture and you have a recipe for disaster (hello breakage!). Such hair really put this shampoo to the test, but unfortunately, it didn’t pass in my books. The shampoo didn’t compare to my favourite shampoo, Kevin Murphy’s Plumping Wash, which leaves hair feeling nourished even after cleansing (sans conditioner – but always use conditioner! 😉 ).

It could be a good shampoo for keeping dark pigment in your hair (like reds, which wash out very easily) as it is formulated for coloured and processed hair, but unfortunately I can’t test this out for you guys.

Ingredients: Sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate, hydrolyzed quinoa, glycerin, panthenol, aqua, glycol distearate, cocamidopropyl betaine, acrylates copolymer, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, laureth-2, peg/ppg-120/10 trimethylolpropane trioleate, polyester-11, silicone quaternium-16, fragrance (parfum), citric acid, methylisothiazolinone, phenethyl alcohol, ppg-2-methyl ether, tetrasodium edta, sodium hydroxide, sodium pca, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, quaternium-95, propanediol, undeceth-11, butyloctanol,laureth-4, undeceth-5, mica, titanium dioxide, linalool, limonene, geraniol, citronellol, butylphenyl methylpropional.

I love the gold, bling-y packaging. The tube looks massive but it’s just the shape of the tube that makes you think it’s bigger than your usual shampoo bottle (OTT fits with the bling!). You get a standard 250ml of product for $39.99. I like evo as a brand and that they are socially conscious, e.g. all their products are made using recyclable materials, they don’t test on animals, any damaged stock is given away to homeless shelters and they source ingredients that don’t damage the environment and that are sustainably harvested. Their products are free from sulphates, parabens, dea, tea and propylene glycol.

The shampoo wasn’t a win for me, but I still look forward to trying their other products!

Have you tried this shampoo beauties? Are you a fan of evo?

Catch ya next time!

Beauty Bee~

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