As a longtime beauty and wellness writer, I love trying out new products and being the go-to beauty guru for friends seeking advice on what actually works. And, having what I call "hybrid hair" — aka a combination of multi-ethnicity parents' various hair types, textures and issues — I continually cycle through various shampoos and conditioners to see which ones pass the tress test.
That's why I was excited to try and review a new, intuitive smart hair care system from VEGAMOUR. Here's my take on the new ENSO 02 Shampoo and Conditioner for Medium Hair — plus find out what this smart hair care system can do for your hair.
Why I Opt for Clean Cleanser & Conditioner
Being a beauty writer, I enjoy researching the science and formulations of innovative, new products. I'm also a yoga instructor, vegan and prioritize both my internal and external wellness habits. Paying close attention to what ingredients are going into and on my body, including my skin and hair, is important to my overall self-care routine.
I chose to do a review of ENSO 02 Shampoo and Conditioner for Medium Hair because of their adaptability, innovation and clean, vegan formulations. The pair combines the best of both worlds: Intuitive, smart technology with non-toxic, plant-powered active ingredients. Now, here's how they work!
Finding a Happy Medium
Medium is akin to the middle of the road of hair: It's the most common hair texture. Typically, this hair type looks fairly thick and covers the scalp. It also tends to hold style daily well.
If you're anything like me, it's more than likely your "mane" concerns are dealing with dryness and damage and attempting to minimize breakage, as opposed to oily strands or limp locks. While not as fragile as fine hair, this hair type can, however, still be vulnerable to damage from high heat tools or the sun's UV rays. Providing it with the just-right amount of moisture and hydration is the key to finding a happy medium in your routine. And ENSO helps me achieve that goal!
ENSO's Intuitive Technology
ENSO 02 Shampoo and Conditioner for Medium Hair feature an intuitive technology that instantly adjusts to hair on contact, helping to promote ideal amounts of moisture, volume and protection while enhancing color and shine.
Plus, they include vegan keratin alternative Karmatin™, which makes hair feel like (vegan) silk. The sulfate-free pair is also free from phthalates, silicones, synthetic fragrances and toxic chemicals, which is the perfect fit for an ingredient-conscious gal such as me.
And when your hair is in need of extra restorative TLC, there's also the ENSO Overnight Restoring Hair Mask, which can be left on overnight for up to 10 hours before rinsing and styling. The mask contains the same smart technology and many of the same key ingredients as the ENSO shampoos and conditioners, which are available for fine, medium and thick hair.
Cleanse, Condition, Recalibrate
My first thought when uncapping the bottles in the shower: The soothing yet subtly sophisticated scent! My nose was greeted with an aromatherapeutic, all-natural blend of Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Yuzu botanical oils that are scientifically engineered to help alleviate anxiety and promote an overall sense of well-being. The scent acted as a mood-booster the moment I inhaled!
Next, I lathered up my hair from roots to ends using ENSO 02 Shampoo for Medium Hair. I have nearly waist-length hair, so I typically begin by circulating shampoo all around my hairline, working it into a lather while boosting scalp circulation. Then, I rinse in a downward action to help with smoothing down the hair shaft and protecting the integrity of the cuticles.
After thoroughly rinsing with lukewarm water, I reached for ENSO 02 Conditioner for Medium Hair. While it's recommended to apply this conditioner on the scalp, I usually use conditioner only from midshaft down to ends, especially if I have extensions in.
On my ends, which tend to get the driest, I applied a bit of extra conditioner for added hydration and to help prevent split or fraying ends. I left it on for two minutes while I went about the rest of my shower routine before rinsing it off completely with cool water to seal in shine, using the same downward, vertical technique.
But you don't just have to take my word for it. Check out this before and after from a customer who also used ENSO 02 Shampoo and Conditioner for Medium Hair.
The Verdict: Passed the Tress Test!
To determine whether products pass my tress test as a reviewer, I consider multiple factors.
- Scent and texture of the products. I loved the clean, fresh scent, as mentioned earlier, as well as the lightweight, non-greasy texture of both the shampoo and conditioner.
- Ease of use and timing. Both were easy to apply, worked quickly and completely rinsed off without leaving behind any residue. Plus, there's the three-minute magic factor — shampoo for one minute, condition for two minutes and voila, hair wash day is done! So easy!
- The touch test. How my hair feels and looks post-wash and blowout is something I really pay attention to. Each time I used this duo, my hair felt great while washing, rinsing and after it dried. The shampoo left my hair feeling clean, not stripped. And the conditioner, enriched with nourishing organic marula oil, ximenia oil and murumuru butter, made my hair feel super-soft, well-hydrated, smooth — all without feeling heavy or weighed down.
I'm an ENSO Fan
After trying ENSO 02 Shampoo and Conditioner for Medium Hair, I can honestly say I am now a fan.
Now it's your turn! Tap into the transformative power of intuitive hair wellness with the perfect duo of hair care that's as unique as you — no matter if you have fine, medium or thick hair. I promise that you (and your hair) won't regret it!
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