LIVING HAIR SPROUTED MINERAL GREENS REVIEW


Living Hair Sprouted Greens Formula: a review of The Body Deli Re-growth and Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner

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In this post I'm reviewing Living Hair Mineral Greens Shampoo and Conditioner, a 'raw, live and pure' shampoo and conditioner from the Body Deli. Said to encourage rejuvenation of the hair follicles and rapid regrowth, I decided to put it to the test as I had recently noticed a few wispy bits around my hairline.



The Body Deli - The Brand


The company, based in the Coachella Valley in California, produce a range of handmade premium skin and hair products using fresh, organic raw superfoods, which are loved by celebrities.


They prepare the products very much like fresh juices and smoothies and look to make the 'freshest food for the skin and hair'. Some of their skin care products need to be kept in the refrigerator however The Living Hair shampoo and conditioner do not need to be stored in this way.


The products are made from raw, living sprouted greens and fresh botanical juices with essential minerals, proteins and enzymes said to feed the hair shaft at the root and help perk up dull and lifeless hair.







Living Hair Sprouted Mineral Greens Shampoo


The Sprouted Mineral Greens Shampoo comes in a 240ml brown recyclable pump and promises to make hair flourish, increase shine and impart an incredible volume as well as enhancing the hair's natural highlights.



Living Hair Sprouted Mineral Greens Shampoo Ingredients


*Aloe Vera Juice, Antioxidant Micro-Clustered Water, ECO CERT/GMO FREE Decyl Polyglucose (Corn Sugar Derived Surfactant), Sea Salt, *Shea Butter, Pro-Vitamin B5, Vegetable Glycerin, *Barley Grass Juice, *Oat Grass Juice, *Wheat Grass Juice, *Dandelion Leaf Juice, *Kale Juice, *Spinach Juice, *Carob Pod, *Maca Root, Spirulina, Kelp, Chlorella, Icelandic Kelp, Dulse, Nori, Bladderwrack, Papain, Bromelain, *Chamomile, *Calendula, *Yarrow, *Horsetail, *Comfrey, *Yucca, *Melissa, *Oat Protein, *Carrot Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, *Lecithin (Derived from Sunflower), Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Essential Oils of *Rosemary, *Peppermint, *Spearmint, Lemon Verbena, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (Natural Preserative System) (* Denotes Organically Grown Ingredients)


Probiotics- Acid stable, and incredibly magnified/fed by the VMG™ (Vita Mineral Green) formula: Lactobacillus plantarum, L. Paracasei, L. rhamnosus, L. salivarius, Streptococcus thermophilus, L. bulgaricu

Wheatgrass**-Gluten Free, this grass is harvested before seed production and without seed kernel contamination. Barley Grass**- Gluten Free, this grass is harvested before seed production and without seed kernel contamination.



It is interesting that The Body Deli website says that the latest ingredients are posted online and may change from the physical product labeling. There is no warning on the product label alerting a buyer to this fact and this could be a major problem for someone with an allergy, which is why the ingredients list should be correct. There is an ingredient on my shampoo label of 'maca root' which is not in the online ingredient list and my ingredients also list soy lecithin whereas the online list states it is sunflower derived. The ingredients listed above are taken from the Body Deli website.



Living Hair Sprouted Mineral Greens Conditioner


The Sprouted Mineral Greens Conditioner also comes in a 240ml brown recyclable pump and promises an intensive restructuring and nourishing treatment to restore elasticity and moisture to the hair. The details also say that the juices of the raw botanicals and African shea butter will give a brilliant shine to the hair whilst leaving it light and full of body.



Living Hair Sprouted Mineral Greens Conditioner Ingredients


*Aloe Vera Juice, Antioxidant Micro-Clustered Water, Sea Salt, *Shea Butter, Pro-Vitamin B5, Vegetable Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate (Olive Oil Emulsifier), *Barley Grass Juice, *Oat Grass Juice, *Wheat Grass Juice, *Dandelion Leaf Juice, *Kale Juice, *Spinach Juice, *Carob Pod, Spirulina, Kelp, Chlorella, Icelandic Kelp, Dulse, Nori, Bladderwrack, Papain, Bromelain, *Chamomile, Goji Berry, *Calendula, *Yarrow, *Horsetail, *Comfrey, *Yucca, *Melissa, *Maca Root,*Oat Protein, *Carrot Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, *Lecithin, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Essential Oils of *Roman Chamomile, *Blood Orange, *Ylang-Ylang, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (Natural Preservative System) (* Denotes Organically Grown Ingredients)


Probiotics- Acid stable, and incredibly magnified/fed by the VMG™ (Vita Mineral Green) formula: Lactobacillus plantarum, L. Paracasei, L. rhamnosus, L. salivarius, Streptococcus thermophilus, L. bulgaricu


Wheatgrass**-Gluten Free, this grass is harvested before seed production and without seed kernel contamination. Barley Grass**- Gluten Free, this grass is harvested before seed production and without seed kernel contamination.



Again the website says that the latest ingredients are posted online and may not match the physical product labeling. My conditioner lists 'sprouted whole grain brown rice protein isolate' which does not appear on the online list. The online list has 'maca root' and 'oat protein' which do not appear on my product ingredient list and this time the lecithin ingredient online does not state whether it is soy or sunflower derived. The ingredient list above is from The Body Deli website.



Living Hair Sprouted Mineral Greens Shampoo & Conditioner - How to Use Them


The shampoo says to use a quarter size amount, which in the UK would be approximately just bigger than a pound coin. Rub through the hands and apply to wet hair, massage and leave on the hair 2 - 3 minutes before rinsing with warm water. The shampoo is suitable for colour treated hair and daily use and it is recommended that it is used for 90 days to get the full benefits.


The conditioner advises you to apply a generous amount to freshly washed air and leave in for 2 - 5 minutes before rinsing with water. For best results you need to use daily.



Overall Review - Living Hair Sprouted Mineral Greens Shampoo and Conditioner - Do They Work?


Not for me, no. I'm really disappointed with these products. I'll be honest, a lot of the ingredients are known to be beneficial to hair when taken orally, ie a glass of barley grass juice or a horsetail supplement for example, but I can find no research or evidence that points to any of them being beneficial when applied topically to the hair. This doesn't mean that they wouldn't work, just that there has been no serious study or research done on them, which is why I was keen to try them out.


The shampoo smells really nice, quite minty and is green in colour and probably about the same consistency as a fairly runny shampoo. I have short hair and tried to use a dollop just bigger than a pound coin as recommended and I got absolutely nothing. It felt like I had not put anything on my hair (and it wasn't dirty).


I kept trying and eventually after a few pumps got something. I appreciate that this is a non sulfate low suds shampoo but as a regular user of products such as this I have never had one this difficult to use. It felt like I was rubbing mud through my hair but I persevered. My second wash was better and I did not need quite as much shampoo and it seemed easier to work into my hair. However my hair felt stripped and was literally like a birds nest when I rinsed it off, and badly tangled up.


Next up was the conditioner. This is exactly like the shampoo for colour and consistency but smells a little more like citrus, which will be the blood orange essential oil, which was really nice. As it promised intensive restructuring and help in restoring elasticity and moisture to my hair I was hoping it would sort out the tangles but although I applied it generously as recommended, I just couldn't get a comb through my hair - it took forever to sort out, it was quite painful and I had a lot of hair in my comb which is a bad sign.


After I had rinsed the conditioner off my hair felt a bit weird, as if I hadn't conditioned it. I then applied my normal styling product (a natural, alcohol free styling mousse) and blow dried it.


My hair seemed really flat and lank yet flyaway at the same time. I couldn't believe the results were so poor so tried to use it for the following three washes until my hair was in such a bad state that I stopped. My colour had faded really badly and the condition of my hair was awful. I just couldn't go on using it.


There were only two things I thought it could be. One was that I live in an area with really hard water and secondly my hair is coloured. The product says that it is safe for coloured hair and mine is not damaged so I'm assuming that this should not be a problem, so could it be the hard water?


Determined to give the products the benefit of the doubt and a full test I went to stay with someone who has soft water and non coloured hair and asked them to try the products for me. They reported that the shampoo felt like using clay but it wasn't too bad. They had a slightly better experience with the conditioner but after drying their hair they also said it was too flat, soft and flyaway with no body or volume, the exact opposite of what was promised. They said they wouldn't use it again, and were shocked when I told them how much it was!



Summary


So sadly these two products get a thumbs down from me. Looking at the ingredients I suspect that there is just not enough conditioning agents in them for coloured or dry hair. In my personal opinion I'd give them a miss if you have coloured or highlighted hair or live in an area with hard water.


The good thing about natural products is that nothing ever goes to waste! The shampoo has made a good shower gel and the conditioner I am using when I shave my legs!


The Body Deli Living Hair Sprouted Mineral Greens Shampoo and The Body Deli Living Hair Sprouted Mineral Greens Conditioner cost £23 each for 240ml (8oz) in the UK but you can get a 60ml (2oz) trial sizes in both products for £9 which may be a better bet if you want to try them out.


Sadly, these products have not made it into The Happy Sage collection of tried, tested and recommended products, but please let me know if you try them and love them!


You may be interested in my article looking at silicones in hair products and whether they are bad for you hair and you can read that HERE, or my review of John Masters silicone free nourishing hair oil and defrizzer, which you can read HERE.


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