To say I’ve been in search of the perfect shampoo and conditioner would be an understatement. I very rarely buy the same shampoo twice – my hair seems to have developed a way of repelling shampoos after a couple of uses! I’m always having to switch up my routine. It might be a pain in the backside but it does mean I get to constantly try out new hair care products!
Insert Neal & Wolf. I’ve tried a few of their products in the past and they’ve always been lovely, especially the shine spray so when I had the chance to try out their Ritual Shampoo & Conditioner I jumped at it!
My hair at the minute is very long, way past the boob line and working its way towards my navel. It’s thick too, and in desperate need of a trim (attack of the dead ends!). It’s naturally pin straight but it does get a little frizzy after blow drying. It also gets greasy very quickly too.
I don’t wash my hair every day because we all know how bad that is for our hair, but I do wash it every other day, very rarely going more than 2 days between washes. Ritual by Neal & Wolf is designed to be a daily use shampoo and conditioner that aims to leave hair; cleansed, fresh, full of shine and ready for styling.
One thing I’ve always loved about Neal & Wolf products is the scent. They always smell very floral and fresh – which Ritual does ten fold. There’s something about floral scents that make hair smell so much cleaner, kind of like floral scented fabric softener…or is that just me? *tumbleweeds*
Starting with the Ritual shampoo, I massaged this into wet hair in two stages. First into my scalp, really working it into the roots, around my ears and right under the hair. Massaging the shampoo in, in circular motions encourages healthy hair growth and boosts circulation. Once upon a hair horror I thought vigorously scrubbing with my nails would ensure cleaner hair. It doesn’t. It hurts, you can cut yourself, damage hair at the follicle and cause flaky skin. Don’t try this at home kids! I then worked a second amount of shampoo into the lengths of my hair, rolling the hair in my palms and smoothing down the hair shaft.
After rinsing I worked a generous blob of Ritual conditioner through the length of my hair, combing through with my fingers then twisting the hair together and clamping it. I generally leave this for 5 – 10 minutes, going about my usual showering business, and then rinsing it off right before I cleanse my face.
I always give my hair a good towel dry before blow drying with the hair dryer. As I was drying my hair I could smell the floral scent of the shampoo, delicious! My hair felt very soft and light, which meant I had slightly more fly-aways than usual too, especially on the crown of my head.
After drying, my hair did look very shiny and healthy. The length of my hair was quite smooth and it even seemed to have sealed some of the split ends, giving a smooth appearance. Now, it does say it gets you’re hair ready for styling but there was no way I could do much with mine on the day of washing. My hair felt too clean and slippery. I did put a few heated rollers in which gave a nice natural curl but without half a can of hair spray they didn’t last long!
If you’re wearing your hair loose for a special occasion then I’d say Neal & Wold Ritual has got you covered. Coming in at £11.50 for 250ml it’s a nice treat but I couldn’t use it more than once a week. I much preferred the conditioner to the shampoo, RRP £12.50 for 200ml, but again, it made my hair just too soft for styling.
Have you tried anything by Neal & Wolf? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,