Kristin Ess The One Shampoo & Conditioner

shampoo hair care review

After testing out this new daily shampoo and conditioner for the past two months, it's now safe to say we have a winner on our hands!

To be perfectly honest, I was skeptical about the Kristin Ess The One Shampoo & Conditioner. It's billed as an affordable collection of luxurious hair care products from a celebrity stylist with something called "zip-up technology" a strengthening complex that will "zip up" split ends and smooth the appearance of damaged cuticles. Almost sounds too good to be true, hence my skepticism. But I saw the cute pink bottles making the rounds on social media, so my interest was piqued.

I was pretty happy with my current hair care products but my big complaint is that my product was expensive and difficult to find. A former salon no longer stocked it. To locate it I would have to call and check with other area salons. The other hurdle was that even if I found a salon who carried it, they didn't always have it in stock. It made running out of shampoo and conditioner a scary prospect. 

I'm always open to trying a new shampoo (even though I know I always end up going back to my old standby) so I was willing to give the Kristin Ess products a try. I hit a snag when it turned out the product was not available in Canada. Great. That meant that even if I did end up liking the products, I'd have to travel to the United States to purchase Kristin Ess at Target every time I needed more. Sounded like more of the same problem I had with my other products. 

Then, some exciting news this winter, the products were coming to Canada in February through online retailer! Ordering was easy and as long as the products worked, I had solved my major concern about not being able to readily access them. I ordered the shampoo ($12.97), conditioner ($12.97) and moisture mask ($17.97). My order arrived in a few short days and I was all ready to test out. 

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The One Signature Shampoo and Conditioner is for all hair types, sulfate-free and claims to leave your hair with a clean, yet moisturized feeling. That last part took a little getting used to. The shampoo didn't lather as easily as my previous shampoo and that worried me, initially. I thought there was no way my hair would feel clean but miraculously, it did. The advice on the bottle is to wash twice if your hair is especially oily or you used a lot of styling products the day before. I have washed a second time when I have gone more than a few days between washing (you know the days where you hair is probably more dry shampoo then hair 😆)

The conditioner is slick and makes your hair feel like silk. The bottle suggests applying conditioner at the bottom of your hair, working your way up, and stopping before you get to the scalp. Specifically they suggest skipping the first inch or two near the root. My hair is in the dry category. I blow dry after every wash, I use curling irons and flat irons for special occasions and I colour my hair. I can't get away without a little conditioning on the root. So what I tried is following the rules as laid out, and then with as little conditioner on my hands as possible, run my fingers through my roots. It gives them just the shot of hydration they need. 

Both products rinse very well and leave you with clean, hydrated hair. I use a wet hair brush to deal with tangles (the joys of long hair) and I have found that my hair is less tangled with this shampoo and conditioner. 

The scent is light and almost floral but not overpowering. I really like the smell because it's so light. It leaves your hair with just the hint of clean. 

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I mentioned that I have dry hair that does get exposed heat styling tools and products. I like to give my hair a once a week, or bi-weekly, mask to help combat that and general environmental damage. This mask does all that and I suspect a lot more. You only need a small amount to do the job. Just like the conditioner, they suggest only applying on the middle to the tip but I do my whole head. You can leave it on for 5 minutes in the shower, or for a more intense mask, apply to clean hair and cover with a shower cap for an hour before rinsing. I haven't tried that one myself because I feel that I get everything I need from the 5 minute in shower treatment. 

The Kristin Ess The One Shampoo & Conditioner and moisture mask are keepers for me. In the almost two months of using, I've used less than half of the bottle. If I can get four months out of each bottle, I'll only need to buy three times a year! I'm pretty excited about that, especially given the affordable price point. My previous products cost me $20 a bottle and I needed to replenish every second month. Some quick math, that's $240 a year for shampoo and conditioner compared to $80 a year for the Kristen Ess products! Plus, I get them shipped to my house using and I don't need to search salons high and low for my product!

Sometimes a product is worthy of the hype, that's what I've found with the Kristin Ess The One Shampoo & Conditioner. It's a delightful product that leaves my hair feeling silky smooth.  I'm happy that I took the plunge to try something new and I would encourage you to try it out, too!