The young stylist at Vidal Sassoon told me that my hair is in good shape! I thought it was very dry and damaged, but she assured me it only had dry ends. Yay! I’ve been working hard at trying to cure the dryness, and I guess I’m succeeding. That said, it made me nervous to try a new brand that was sent to me for review.
I received Mitch Stone Essentials Shampoo and Conditioner.
This is a new brand to me. I also wasn’t aware of celebrity hair stylist and great-looking California guy, Mitch Stone. The Mitch Stone Essentials duo contains VCompS, a proprietary vitamin-rich blend for healthy, shiny hair. The skeptic in me said to myself, OK, most haircare products have something that’s unique to them.
I felt good learning that the Lustre Shampoo is sulfate-free and safe for color-treated hair like mine. So I tried it. First, Mitch Stone Essentials 456 Lustre Shampoo has the most divine scent. I think it smells like papayas. Heaven. You can smell it while you’re shampooing, but it doesn’t stay behind in your hair. Second, it has a different consistency: it is a very thick, not quite clear gel. I squeezed some out of the tube, rubbed it in my hands with a little water and then applied it to my hair. Mitch Stone Essentials Shampoo does not make a lot of lather, but it does make some. I shampooed and rinsed it out. It doesn’t make hair squeaky clean, and that was a bit difficult for me since I grew up during the days of squeaky clean hair. I tried a second shampooing and rinsing just to see if it would get squeaky, but it didn’t. It contains good-for-hair oils, so the good news is that it doesn’t strip the hair.
I moved on to the 457 Lustre Conditioner. It also has a fabulous scent that’s different from the shampoo scent. I did’t know how to describe this one, but the Mitch Stone website says the scent is a combination of plumeria, passionfruit and coconut. Both haircare products smell like Hawaii to me! I applied the keratin-based conditioner, left it on while I shaved my legs, and rinsed it out.
I did do the rest of my haircare routine as I always do, using John Frieda 3 Days Straight to prevent frizz and a little Living Proof Instant Repair on my ends. Then I blow dried and flat ironed my hair as usual. It feels like silk! I can easily run my fingers through my hair with no tangles at all, all the way through to the ends. Often with my other shampoos and conditioners, the ends feel tangled. Wonderful results from Mitch Stone Essentials! I’m very impressed!
Mitch Stone Essentials can be purchased on the Mitch Stone website and on Folica.com. The shampoo and conditioner come in attractive orange metallic plastic tubes in a nice looking black box.
Each contains 8.5 oz. They are priced at $18 each, $36 for the pair including free delivery if you purchase on the Mitch Stone website. Mitch Stone Haircare is also known for its Lustre Drops and Set in Stone Hairspray. The products are sulfate-free, parabens-free, formulated with natural fragrances.