I am always amazed at the range of Kiehl's products - from daily skin care, to treatments, rich body care, family toiletry products, and hair care as well. I've been a fan of Kiehl's skincare for some time, but had never tried any of the haircare until I was given the Amino Acid Shampoo and Conditioner. This shampoo contains amino acid and coconut oil to clean the hair gently, as well as wheat proteins and wheat starch which are claimed to add body. It is described as suitable for all hair types and as a mild shampoo, gentle enough to use every day. It is free of silicone and parabens I am instantly attracted to anything coconut, it reminds me of the beach and summertime. So I would probably still like this product even if it didn't live up to it's claims! Fortunately, I am happy to report that it does. My hair, which is straight, quite fine but abundant, and coloured, felt soft and silky afterwards, and still had it's usual body. There was no issue at all with it feeling "weighed down" or limp - and I do know what that feels like, whenever I have my hair coloured. I have fairly dry, coloured hair with a slightly oily scalp, but both scalp and ends felt perfectly clean after using Amino Acid. It might be counter-intuitive to think of coconut oil with an oily scalp, but in this case it works.
The lather - I have to say it doesn't lather quite as well as my usual shampoo but, with an oily scalp, I naturally double shampoo. The first shampoo to remove any excess oil, the second to really clean the hair. On the second shampoo, with Amino Acid the lather is rich and creamy, exactly as I want, but also easy to rinse out. The coconut scent afterwards is wonderful, it lingers but is not overpowering. There is nothing better than having been at the beach, hot and sticky, and then washing all of that away with a coconut-scented product. It reminds me of those times.
The packaging is fairly plain, on the face of it - just a plastic bottle, but what I really like about Kiehl's packaging is the trademark cursive writing, and the fact that all the ingredients and directions are right there conveniently on the bottle,not on a leaflet, so you can read them clearly.
The price is the only drawback - it is very high for a product that will be used as often as a shampoo. So I would recommend that people use it as I do - as an extra summer shampoo for those times when you have been in the pool every day and need to step up the shampooing.
This shampoo has a light coconut scent which isn't overpowering. It is paraben free which is unlike my usual shampoo. It letters well and leaves my hair nicely cleansed with no residue or build up.
I have noticed that when I use this, my dandruff gets worse and it's very noticeable. And because of this, my scalp gets itchy and therefore oily faster and I need to wash my hair sooner than I usually would.
Unfortunately it isn't something I can see myself repurchasing.
-minimal product required
This would be great for those without dandruff and those who want to remove build up from other shampoos.
Wow what a shampoo! Great scent, you don't need a huge amount to work it up into a good lather, rinses easily and I have beautiful soft shiny hair afterwards. Silicone and paraben free, it has made a huge difference to my slightly frizzy hair. Followed up with the Amino Acid conditioner, my hair is in amazing condition, However it is a little pricey, which is why I have deducted one star.