I’ve been meaning to work on this entry weeks back. According to my files, these photos were taken last April 13 but I managed to get a hold of them just last week thanks to my iBook (yes, I live under a rock) move out + MacBook move in and the come and go of my so-called external hard drive which comes in the form of two flash drives. I know, my web and graphic designer boyfriend is so three thousand and eight while I’m so two thousand and late! What a shame. Thanks to his iMac (minus the monitor) and firewire external hard drive purchase, he couldn’t bear the sight of me in front of his decade-old iBook for another minute. But being the sentimental human being that I am, I still have the forsaken machine with me. Mix bought it when he was still in high school so to me it’s a pristine (albeit already yellowish) symbol of his hard work as a teen.
Anyway, I posted an entry on my first batch of Human Nature goodies and you can read about it here. Because I loved the first batch, I tried out more of their products this time focusing on hair and facial care. For this post, let’s focus on the hair care products that I got.
Prior to Human Nature’s shampoo and conditioner, I used whatever my mom bought. I’m not that particular with shampoo and conditioner brands. I use whatever’s available—except Vaseline because it makes my scalp itchy and flaky. I got Human Nature’s Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner instead of the Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. It was quite difficult to choose because I liked the sound of both hehe but I went for Strengthening since hair fall is more of a concern for me than dry hair. My hair strands are very fine and they’re not plenty so as a whole my hair looks limp and hair fall only makes it worse.
I got the shampoo and conditioner in 500 ml just because I was too excited and I don’t regret doing so kasi sulit. After giving my mom the whole go natural, go organic, go local talk, she also got the same products in 500 ml and in 200 ml to give as gifts.
The shampoo has a crisp and clean kind of scent. When lathering, you’ll need to put more as compared to commercial brands where a 25 cent-sized drop is enough. With this it has to be the size of either a one or five-peso coin. While the shampoo smells good, it doesn’t linger as long as the scents of brands like Pantene and Sunsilk do. When I use any of the latter, my hair still smells like shampoo up until the next wash. With Human Nature, it smells good but the scent doesn’t last that long which is crucial especially in this kind of weather where we’re prone to what we call “amoy araw” which we try our best to avoid because I think tayong mga Pinoy, we like to smell fresh and clean all day long.
The conditioner has a very faint scent but in terms of doing its job in making hair softer and smoother, I give it a thumbs up. If you don’t always use conditioner, make sure you do when you use Human Nature’s shampoo because hair gets coarse without it. I don’t brush my hair often (thrice a week tops) that’s why I’m dependent on the magical powers of hair conditioners. Sukmay (suklay gamit kamay) must suffice.
Final verdict for the Natural Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner hairfall-wise: it works. I still see a number of strands falling off but it isn’t as bad as it used to be.
Commercial brands may seem more appealing still especially to us creatures of habit, but it helps to keep in mind what makes Human Nature’s products different and why we’re trying something new in the first place. Human Nature’s shampoos are 96.4% natural, conditioners are 100% natural, and both are 100% free from harmful chemicals. If you’re after less harmful products and supporting a good cause, go for Human Nature. While I’m all for going natural and local and supporting good causes, I miss the refreshing feeling of having great-smelling hair from day to night so sometimes I mix it up by still sticking to the natural shampoo but following it up with the good old conditioners from time to time.
Next, we move on to their hair mask. Prior to Human Nature, I’ve tried hair masks from Watson’s but I like this one better because it’s light, less gooey, and again has a crisp and clean scent. Ano ba yung crisp and clean scent? Basta yung amoy bagong laba (walang fabric softener involved, purely detergent + germ-killing powers ng sun) na amoy malinis—hindi complicated yung amoy, walang hint of humidity, at hindi masakit sa ilong. For this one it’s jasmine so gets, may flowery hint pero very faint kaya hindi overwhelming. Fresh lang.
After washing your hair, smooth this on then wrap your hair with a warm towel or shower cap and leave it for thirty minutes or more then rinse off completely. I’m not sure kung aling ingredient yung may kasalanan but the first time I tried this, I was in bed waiting then I felt so relaxed and ended up falling asleep. Feeling ko may kinalaman yung hair mask kasi nights before that, hirap ako makatulog tapos that night, I fell asleep right away. Paggising ko, umaga na so after six hours ko na siya na-rinse off pero OK naman kasi my hair felt extra soft and extra smooth after so no harm done, I think.
I’ll work on my facial care products entry later.
For more, here’s Human Nature’s website: www.humanheartnature.com