When these little bottles of shampoo arrived on my doorstep I didn't know what to expect. They looked cute and different, very funky and a bit tongue in cheek, but the message is very serious and the ingredients extensive. Tara Smith is a celebrity stylist by trade, having worked with the heads of tinseltown's finest, and she launched her hair range in 2008. Tara's vision for her own range is based on her desire to bring something truly original to haircare. Her starting point was her belief that ‘the hair is a plant that needs to be fed’ and to bring it to its ultimate level of health it requires regular hydration and nutrients to stimulate the hair follicle. Her belief in the benefits of natural ingredients and determination to minimise the use of harsh chemicals has lead to a range of hair products that are not only affordable, but good for you and your hair too.
All Tara Smith's products are made with natural and organic earth friendly ingredients, contain certified organic fragrances, are vegan approved, easily recyclable and made in the UK. They are also free from parabens, sodium laureth sulphate, glycols, phthalates, PEGs and any artificial colouring or synthetic fragrances. Phew - so that's a lot of good stuff replacing a lot of bad stuff. But with every product that has these kind of credentials, I'm dubious as to how they're going to perform... there's no point in having a fab product if it doesn't do the job you want.
I've been trying the straight shampoo/conditioner for the duration of the bottle and I do think they're quite good. The shampoo doesn't over-lather, but you'd expect that from a product free of SLS foaming agents. It isn't that easy to really work into the hair and I did find it left me a bit tangled and unable to run my fingers through my hair, but my barnet was squeaky clean and left smelling fresh and lemony. The conditioner was quite runny and not as rich as some of the others I've been loving recently, but a little goes a long way and it's easy to cover all your head. When you wash it out though your hair is left feeling soft and shiny, manageable and not too fluffy. This is a smoothing range though so I would've expected quite a sleek 'do, but it was more voluminous than normal and not every bit was flicking the right way! It's not the best range I've ever tried, but it's by no means the worst - definitely worth a look. I do believe with good ingredients you sacrifice some of the performance, so if you need to steer clear of the nasties this could be a good range for you.
These retail at £6.50 for a 250ml bottle, but for a trial they're available in 100ml for around £4.00 - really good value for the ingredients they include! For more info go to Tara's website