RAVING ABOUT: Unite Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner

Despite the process of colouring my hair, I am often pretty lazy when it comes to my haircare routine. I have always been the girl who uses any shampoo or conditioner which may find itself on offer in the local supermarket, followed by leaving my hair to dry naturally without much styling product. This means that my haircare collection is pretty limited and is only marginally bolstered by my hair oil addiction (the only product I really use on my hair regularly, alongside a leave-in conditioner). Unite has only been on my radar for a short while, whereby a year or so ago I was introduced to the Unite 7 Seconds Conditioner, which I now cannot live without; it does everything I need in-one, including protecting my hair from heat on the often rare occasion that I get the hair dryer out. As someone with crazy coloured hair, I should take care of it more, especially in terms of keeping the vibrancy of the colour. With much nagging from a friend on the benefits of using a sulphate-free shampoo, I gave in and decided that it was something I should try to prolong the fading of my colour. Being so impressed with the leave-in conditioner, I turned to the Unite Moisturizing Shampoo (£17.40) & Unite Moisturizing Conditioner (£18.80)*, and have to admit that I will never revert back to any old product that may be on offer again.

So what does sulphate free really mean? Because, I for one, didn't really understand why it was so highly recommended, or why sulphates were becoming widely criticised. Sulphates in products are usually recognised by the acronyms SLES, SLS, and ALS respectively, with the two key ones being Sodium Laurel Sulphate and Sodium Laureth Sulphate. These chemicals are used in many health and beauty products as foaming agents, whereby when used in haircare, degrade the surface of the hair to remove the build up of dirt and oils. So, when a product is sulphate free, it is made without aforementioned chemicals. Sulphates can strip the hair of natural essential oils, while also being capable of causing all kinds of irritation. I have incredibly dry hair that often splits and breaks off, however since using a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner, the condition of my hair has noticeably improved. Due to sulphates being stripping, they're not really all that great for coloured hair, resulting in colour fading at a much quicker rate, and feeling porous in the process. I usually have to revitalise my dye every couple of weeks, but this time around, my colour lasted four weeks before even showing any sign of fading. The only thing that I had altered was my shampoo and conditioner.

a photo of Unite Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner

I opted for the Moisturizing variety, as that is primarily what my hair needs. The products moisturise without leaving a heavy residue and are also free of parabens and sodium chloride. The conditioner is especially lovely and nourishes the hair while also strengthening and repairing the cuticle. After using both products my hair is left shiny, radiant and soft. These aren't the most affordable on the market as they are marketed as salon professional products, however I have figured that they are saving me money on hair dye, as well as lasting a respectable amount of time ( I have been using for a month and they still haven't become empty), so purchasing is definitely justified. Do you have any other sulphate-free recommendations for coloured hair?

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