I recently received two very contemporary looking hair products to try out for review. They were from Unwash whose tagline is “The New Clean”. I don’t believe that I received any explanatory materials along with them.
I looked at the bottles, and I determined that the Anti-Residue Rinse is a clarifying product. I love clarifying haircare products. I love the feeling of removing the product buildup from my hair and starting fresh. I don’t use them every time I wash my hair, since I wash my hair only every 4 or 5 days. Typically, I use a clarifying shampoo probably every 3 weeks.
Rather than creating a traditional clarifying shampoo and accompanying conditioner, Unwash broke the mold. Unwash’s objectives in developing their products were to create hair products that not only do not strip hair but also replace lost moisture. As a result, their ingredients are carefully chosen. On the Unwash website is a glossary of ingredients in the products explaining exactly what the ingredient is and does. It’s very interesting and worth a look! Their key product, Bio-Cleansing Conditioner, (that I did not try) is based on “cowashing”. Co-washing or conditioner washing is the process of using a conditioner-like cleanser to gently rid hair of dirt, excess oils, and build-up without the use of harsh detergents that can cause hair damage.
Unwash Anti-Residue Rinse
Unwash Anti-Residue Rinse is a clarifying shampoo, though Unwash doesn’t actually call it a shampoo. I was a bit confused when I first got the product because it is called a “Rinse” and I usually associate that term with a lightweight conditioner. No matter. Written on the front of the slip-proof bottle under the name are some of the product benefits that tipped me off to the fact that it is a shampoo-like product:
- gently removes build-up
- protects hair integrity
- free of harsh sulfates
- no parabens.
The rinse is a clear gel. It has a wonderful light melon scent that doesn’t remain on your hair. Unwash says to apply Anti-Residue Rinse only where you need it on your hair. Frankly, I couldn’t figure out how to put it only in certain areas so I pretty much applied it everywhere. It doesn’t lather as much as a traditional shampoo, so it’s easy to rinse out. I was concerned that my hair wouldn’t feel clean, but my hair was squeaky and felt very clean.
The Anti-Residue Rinse contains 300 ml/10 fl. oz. It’s priced at $32.
Unwash Hydrating Masque: Treatment Product
Here’s what is said about the Hydrating Masque on the bottle:
- creates intense moisture balance
- replenishes lost hydration
- smoothes & softens.
The masque is a pale butter cream color, and it has a very light fresh scent. I left on the masque for 3-4 minutes. I rinsed, and again, my hair felt clean but nicely hydrated.
The masque contains 190 ml/ 6.4 fl. oz. Priced at $34.
Result: My hair felt clean and not weighed down at all. I love starting fresh!
The Unwash haircare line also includes:
- Bio-cleansing Conditioner, the cowashing product I mentioned above, that comes in two sizes
- Dry Shampoo
- a kit containing all three products: Rinse, Conditioner, Masque
- the Unwash wide-tooth comb.
I have used the Unwash products several times since they arrived a couple of months ago. I really think the Anti-Residue Rinse is a great clarifier. The Rinse and the Masque turned out to be nice additions to my haircare routine. I love the look of the packaging, I love the slip-proof feel of the bottles. I love that they’re sulfate-free, gluten-free and some of the products are vegan. I will definitely use these products whenever I want to clarify my hair.
Unwash is committed to supporting hair salons. Their hair products are sold at select hair salons. You can find a salon on their website, though I have seen Unwash for sale on Amazon and at Glossybox.com. To emphasize Unwash’s support of salons, a substantial portion of the purchase price goes to the salon of your choice. Very interesting approach.
Have you heard of or tried Unwash hair products yet? Have you tried cowashing? What are your thoughts on this new approach?