If you thought conditioner was just meant for the ends of your hair and not your scalp, our Strengthening Essence-Conditioner will make you think again. Turning the traditional idea of conditioner on its head (pun intended) we called this an ‘essence-conditioner’ because of its unique lightweight texture – similar to a skincare ‘essence’ inspired by K-beauty regimes. It treats and nourishes the scalp-skin and strands, without feeling heavy or leaving the hair looking flat. (Also if you’ve just used the Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask, this is the perfect follow-on product to boost its scalp-loving effects.) Perfect for all hair types – especially fine and flyaway hair - it contains strengthening vegan silk peptides, while argan oil and pro vitamin B5 deliver a moisturising double-act to leave the scalp and hair supremely nourished.
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING INSTITUTE WINNER 2021
Best anti-breakage conditioner
The top-scorer for anti-breakage, 87% of testers noticed less hair fallout and 80% said hair felt noticeably stronger. Hair also felt softer after use, making it easier to detangle and style, while those with natural curls saw a reduction in flyaways. An impressive 93% said they would continue to use these products after the trial.
How this was tested by Good Housekeeping Institute:
500 testers, with self-diagnosed mild to extreme hair loss or thinning, received a shampoo and conditioner set to trial for one month. The products aimed to correct one of the three main causes of hair loss: anti-breakage, hair-thickening and root- or scalp-stimulation.
Testers made a note of any differences they saw to their scalp and hair condition over the trial period, as well as how hair felt after each wash. The panel included women with a range of hair types, from straight to afro hair.
In the GHI lab, they also assessed anti-breakage shampoos by combing through hair switches that were treated with the product(s) and comparing them to untreated hair switches. The easier the treated switches were to comb, the less risk of hair breakages and fall out in real life.
Monpure London excelled in all the categories above.
This popular haircare ingredient is produced from Argan trees in Morocco and is packed with essential fatty acids and vitamin E to boost elasticity and shine. What makes it particularly great for hair is that it’s lighter than other plant-based oils, so doesn’t leave it feeling greasy or heavy.
Packed with essential vitamins and fatty acids as well as delivering a good glug of moisture, coconut is like a nourishing espresso shot for your scalp, stimulating hair growth and helping to repair broken strands.
Pro Vitamin B5
Otherwise known as ‘pantothenic acid’, this is great if your scalp is dry and flaky, as it works like a sponge – rapidly absorbing moisture and locking it in. It’s also used to treat wounds and irritation, encouraging skin cell regeneration so your scalp is left fortified and soothed.
Silkgel is a pioneering new vegan alternative to regular silk peptides, providing a “second skin” effect to the scalp and hair follicles. Produced via a process of fermenting plant starch, it’s been clinically proven to not only repair fragile or damaged hair strands, but also protect the hair and scalp from harmful pollutants as well as bacterial adhesion.
1. Use after cleansing with Silk Protein Shampoo.
2. Use a walnut-sized amount (longer, thicker hair may need slightly more)
3. Gently massage into the scalp and hair.
4. Leave in for two minutes, then rinse thoroughly with cold water for extra shine.
Caution: In case of eye contact, wash out thoroughly with water.
In an independent user trial, 100 men and women tested our Strengthening Essence-Conditioner for a four-week period. Here’s what they said:
|85%agreed that the product did not weigh their hair down||87%noticed less hair fall*|
|85%agreed that their scalp instantly felt more comfortable||80%agreed their hair felt noticeably stronger*|
|83%agreed that their hair felt fuller||93% would continue using this product after the trial*|
*Independent results observed when using the Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo and Strengthening-Essence conditioner together. Source: Good Housekeeping ‘Tried and Tested Award’ 2020
Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Polyquaternium-7, Propylene Glycol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Lactate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cetrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), SR-Spider Polypeptide-1 (Vegan Silk Peptides), Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Tetrasodium EDTA, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Sodium Benzoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Parfum, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene.