Beauty & Other Things

Living Proof Shampoo & Conditioner Review

I was dying to get my hands on any Living Proof Shampoo & Conditioner, having it on my wishlist for a long time. I’d read so many reviews about the brand being the holy grail for SLS and silicone free haircare But at around £20 a pop for each bottle (£40 collectively), the price held me back.

Luckily for me then, Living Proof arrived at Birchbox one day. So I saved up my Birchbox points, like any good Birchbox subscriber would, and bought some testers.

Finally I can say, here’s my Living Proof shampoo & conditioner review:

Living Proof Full Shampoo & Conditioner

A light green shampoo and conditioner bottle lay flat on a white patterned surface.

Initially I was unsure which range to go for; I have typically thick, frizzy hair but since going SLS/Silicone free my hair can be more flat.

The Full range, although being targeted to thin hair, promised more volume.  I always welcome more volume, so I gave the Living Proof Full Shampoo & Conditioner a shot first.

On first impressions, the shampoo was hard to lather, but this wasn’t out the ordinary for an SLS free shampoo.

After a few washes, I didn’t see any clear difference, or ‘revelation’ from using this range.  In fact I felt the build up between washes was actually worse than the shampoo and conditioner I was using before.  (I was using a SLS/silicone free shampoo & conditioner previously and build up wasn’t a problem.)

I concluded I must have opted for the wrong range, so I went back to the Birchbox site and made another order.  This time for the Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner.

Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo & Conditioner

Two stone coloured shampoo and conditioner bottles lay flat on a white patterned surface.

As the name suggests, the Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner is targeted towards dry hair that’s prone to frizz.  I thought this range had to be right for me; I have thick hair that can be dry naturally.  (However it’s less dry since I stopped using SLS and sulphates.)

This range certainly started being more calming for my dry hair, but the build up between washes was still a big problem.

I washed and styled my hair, which would be good for a day, before it become greasy, limp and just in need of another wash.

As I mentioned before I was already using SLS/silicone free shampoo and conditioner before, so this wasn’t down to just making the change.

I tried using more shampoo, less conditioner, no styling cream and really rinsing my hair after washing, yet still the same effect.

It wasn’t until I moaned to my hairdresser about ‘flat, greasy’ hair that I realised it must be the shampoo.  She took one look before confirming ‘that’s build up, change your shampoo.’

Final thoughts

Needless to say, I was left disappointed after using both the Full and No Frizz Living Proof Shampoo and Conditioner.

After reading several reviews claiming this brand as the best for SLS/silicone free hair products I was expecting better things.  I don’t think it’s the case of Living Proof being too hyped up, it probably works wonders for people. Just not me.

I’ve now returned back to my Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo and Conditioner with a renewed appreciation (despite loving it in the first place anyway) and a little reassured in the fact it’ll cost me half the price.

This post is made entirely of my humble opinion (in other words not sponsored). 

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