The time has come for me to do a Silk 18 review.
I have tried so many shampoos and conditioners over the years. Many of them were not even worth mentioning on this blog. However, I have been reading about Silk 18 for awhile (especially in the reviews on Amazon) and just never tried it. Well, that all changed this week. I was SO excited when my Amazon order arrived yesterday!
Maple Holistics makes the Silk 18 products, along with several other naturally derived products. (Disclaimer: I have NOT researched each ingredient in these products.) Curiously, the conditioner was in a box, but the bottle of shampoo was not. No idea why.
I actually ordered the shampoo, conditioner, and hair get. However, I decided to try the shampoo and conditioner by themselves to better assess them. I will review the gel, called Assuage, later.
So here is my review:
I tried the shampoo and conditioner together. Both have a nice, vanilla scent that is not overpowering.
- I found that the shampoo did not lather very well. I know this does not matter to most people, but for some reason I can’t quite let go of needing the lather to feel like my hair is clean.
- Because it did not lather well, it also didn’t spread well on my hair so I had to use more shampoo than usual in order to cover all of my hair.
- It rinsed easily from my hair (which is quite long).
- Left my hair feeling matted and not smooth at all.
At this point I was very pessimistic about the outcome of this product. In the past I have not had good results from any product that “matted” my hair. However, I trudged on and finished with the conditioner.
- I immediately saw that I needed more conditioner than usual. I don’t consider these products to be especially cheap, so I started out with a smaller amount but ended up using about twice as much to get coverage.
- Then I clipped my hair up and allowed the conditioner to sit on my hair while I finished my shower routine.
- After I rinsed my hair I saw that my hair felt much less matted, but it still didn’t have the slick feeling I expected.
- I proceeded to towel dry my hair and then add my usual styling products.
- Today was a hot roller day, so I started by drying my hair with a blow dryer. (I do this is spurts while allowing it to air dry in between.)
- This was when I saw a difference. While my hair still had some frizz, it was CONSIDERABLY less frizzy than usual. This made my hair hang much nicer, of course.
- I rolled my hair on 2″ rollers as usual and also saw that it laid better after I took it down.
- It was easy to style my hair with my fingers and a pick.
- I finished with a spritz of hairspray on the crown (because my hair likes to un-part itself…is that a word?)
- I DID NOT apply any defrizzing finishing oil because I wanted to see how my hair would survive without it.
It was just before 7:00 this morning when I styled my hair. It is now 10:30 and I can report that my hair is nice and smooth, but is still holding some bounce. I am quite happy with it.
Now, usually I apply finishing oil right after I style my hair, then I reapply a couple times a day to keep down frizzies. So far today, I have not touched the stuff. I hope this trend continues till the end of the day.
However, when I do use finishing oil, here is the one I love! (I carry a small one in my purse.)
I hope this shampoo and conditioner combo will perform even better over time and repeated uses. I will update this post down the line.
Want to try these products for yourself? Click here to see them on Amazon.
If you have tried one or both of these products, please comment on your experience below.