If you are looking to make the switch to more natural hair care products, you will definitely want to read my Innersense hair review first. In this post, I am also going to chat about why natural hair care products are important, what to look for and what to avoid. So let’s get right to this Innersense hair review!
When I first made the switch to natural haircare products years ago, I tried a few different brands before I finally found one that I truly loved. The first brand I really fell in love with was Rare El’ements and I wrote a review which you can read here. While I still love this shampoo and conditioner, it was a bit on the pricier side. So I really wanted to find one that was slightly more affordable and still super clean, natural and organic. Enter, Innersense! I have been hearing about this brand for a while, so I was excited to finally be able to get it in Canada and share with you my Innersense hair review.
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Before I jump into the actual Innersense hair review, I want to share a bit more on why you want to look for natural hair products in the first place.
Why Natural Hair Products?
So maybe you are under the impression that what you use to wash your hair doesn’t matter because it is just going to end up going down the drain. But, it is actually important to use safe products that actually work to strengthen and leave your hair looking amazing. Many of the ingredients in conventional hair products contain harsh ingredients that strip your hair and once you stop using them you can begin to notice bigger problems. I’ll get to those specific ingredients later.
When you use truly natural and organic products like Innersense you will begin to notice a difference in how your hair looks and feels.
Traditionally, when we use conventional shampoo and conditioner we are accustomed to that slick, soft “clean” feeling. But, this is all surface. That clean, smooth feeling is really just ingredients that are left on the hair compared to your hairs actual condition. When you stop using these kinds of products, you begin to realize that this surface level clean feeling is not all its cracked up to be.
What Ingredients to Avoid in Your Hair Products:
Sulfates: Most hair products proudly state they are now sulfate free. It is really important to avoid this ingredient as it is extremely harsh on your hair and scalp. This means it can strip away the natural moisture that keeps your hair shiny and soft. It may also contain hormone disrupting agents and traces of dioxane, a known carcinogen.
Parabens: These are known as xenoestrogens which means that they have a similar composition to hormones found in the human body. Xenoestrogens are thought to disrupt hormones and could even pose a cancer risk.
Fragrance: When it comes to this term, it can mean big trouble! The term “fragrance” allows manufacturers to opt out of including a list of the ingredients used to create that fragrance (known as a trade secret in the industry), as the term is not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Triclosan: This is thought to be an endocrine disruptor, which means it can be harmful in the same fashion as xenoestrogens.
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): This is thought to interfere with human development and also can be contaminated with dioxane.
Innersense Hair Review:
Innersense Color Awakening Hairbath: This shampoo is made with coconut and rice bran oils and other natural plant sources, to create a kind, gentle bath for the hair and scalp. Sunflower seed oil, a natural antioxidant, helps to preserve your hair color and add shine. I have been using this for the past couple of months and love the way it makes my hair feel and look. The ingredients in all of the products are processed using cold pressed and distilled methods to maintain their purity.
Innersense Color Radiance Daily Conditioner: This super thick (but lightweight) conditioner works really well to leave your hair feeling soft and looking shiny, without anything synthetic. Ingredients like quinoa, avocado and rice bran oils moisturize and strengthen your hair, meaning less frizzies! Shea butter helps to soften and hydrate your hair, while providing lots of moisture for curl support.
To use both of these, I recommend making sure your hair is really wet first. Then apply your shampoo and lather it up, rinse and follow with the conditioner. If you have really thick hair (like me) and tend to only wash your hair 1-2 times a week (like me), you may need to wash twice. I find that when I do this, my hair feels really clean and the lather is even better. I’ll use just a bit of shampoo first, lather (as much as it can), rinse and then wash again. I’ll then follow that with conditioner on the ends and anywhere else that feels dry. I don’t use a lot of conditioner as I don’t want my hair to be too weighed down. Then just style as usual.
Sweet Spirit Leave-In Conditioner: I received this as a travel size sample when I made my shampoo and conditioner purchase and so happy that I got to try it. My hair can be soooooo tangly (and dry) when I get out of the shower and the thought of combing through it scares me! This lightweight spray detangles my hair so nicely and smells lovely with a hint of lavender. It really helps to make my hair much more manageable and adds some much needed moisture to my hair. You can also use it on dry hair to revive or restyle your hair.
To use this one, simply spray in your hair after towel drying. Then comb through and style as usual.
Hydrating Hair Masque: I’ve been using this hair masque for a little while now and I like it, especially in the summer when I find my hair gets more unruly (think Monica Geller from Friends). I like to leave it in my hair after shampooing for as long as I can. And when I rinse it out, my hair feels so much softer. It does a fairly good job at hydrating my hair, which is extra dry in the summer.
I Create Waves, Sea Salt Spray: This is a great sea salt spray made with Himalayan pink salt and a generous dose of amethyst crystal (so fancy). It helps to create really soft, touchable waves and has aloe vera and calendula which help to nourish dry hair. The way that I like to use it is two ways. The first is when I first wash my hair, I like spraying it at the root while it is still damp and then blow drying like normal. This gives it a little extra volume at the top. The second is when my hair is acting a little crazy due to the humidity and is naturally wavy, I spritz some in my dry hair to give it a nicer looking wave. I’ve tried other sea salt sprays in the past, but I like this one the best now.
Overall, I love this brand and their products are top notch, without any green washing. They are cruelty free, non-GMO and are rated a ZERO on Think Dirty, which is seriously impressive! I am truly looking forward to trying more of their products as I need.
That Hair Detox Period:
While working at The Detox Market, I heard a lot from women that they couldn’t find a clean shampoo to use because it never left their hair feeling “clean” and it didn’t lather. Or after using it, their hair feels oily, a sign that your shampoo is messing with the natural pH of your hair. This is most likely due to your hair detoxing from the conventional products you are used to using. Remember your hair is used to that “clean” feeling which is really just harsh ingredients that strip your hair and so when you make the switch your hair can freak out a bit. It is used to being more dried out and then overcompensating by producing more oil to nourish your hair. It takes about 6-8 weeks for your hair to go through this detox phase, but stick with it! I promise, the end results are so worth it. Also, try not to wash your hair everyday, not only is it unnecessary it could also damage your hair. For reference, I only wash my hair about twice a week and I do hot yoga throughout the week, its all good! I use dry shampoo in between as needed.
I hope you found this Innersense hair review helpful and if you are in the market to try a truly clean and green product that works, I highly recommend these products. They have different hair ceremonies for each and every hair type and goal, so simply have a look at their products to see what works best for you. This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I only share products and services I have personally used and love. Disclosure here.
Let me know in the comments if you have used Innersense or if you have any questions about this Innersense hair review.