Review: Desert Essence Smoothing + Anti-Breakage Haircare Lines

So.... you know how everyone has their thing? Well, my hair is my thing. I've had super long hair my whole life and it's something everyone just knows about me. I will definitely be one of those little grannies sitting on my beach glider with long, gray hair that looks totally out of place. #futureBritisnotsorry I did, however, chop it off once and it was the travesty of my 7th grade life. Apparently, in middle school you not only have to dress just like your bff, you also have to carry the same lunch, and get a bob haircut just like her. Needless to say, I'm picky about my hair products.


Now if you've been trying to switch over to natural products, then you KNOW the very real struggle of sifting through the bad and good. I've spent countless dollars and cried giant tears of frustration testing out products that just DON'T work. So, today, let's talk about some that DO work. 

I've been trying out TWO new professional hair lines from one of my favorite natural brands Desert Essence, and I've got good news to report. (Besides the fact that all their products are 25% off til 12/4 using SELFLOVE17) First, let's talk the smoothing line.


This system includes a shampoo, conditioner, and primer. The primer can be used before styling or in-between shampoos as a way to refresh your hair! If you're looking to boost shine, look no further, baby cakes. Here's why it's awesome:

  • Hi-Gloss Technology™ increases shine 5x
  • Infused with Apple Cider Vinegar and Quinoa Protein for deep conditioning and increased smoothness
  • Tea tree oil hydrosol smooths the hair cuticle, removes product buildup + balances scalp’s natural pH WITHOUT stripping moisture
  • Wild Thyme + Rosemary help invigorate the scalp while Jojoba Oil boosts radiance

I have been AMAZED at how this DOESN'T weight down my hair  -- I feel like smoothing products generally make my hair flat?


Now let's talk the anti-breakage line. I get SO MANY questions about hair breakage and fall out -- an issue which I've dealt with for many years. It's worse now that I lighten my hair. We're talking handfuls  in the shower. And when I clean out my vacuum, I'm confused how I have any hair left?

I'm not kidding you when I say that I had like two hairs come out the first time I used this system. It is INCREDIBLE. My hair felt so thick, and yet soft. Usually anything that boosts volume, makes my hair feel like straw. I was so shocked how conditioning this was. Usually I need to use a deep conditioner on top of a regular one because it just doesn't do the job. This was all I needed. 


Some cool things about the Desert Essence anti-breakage line:

  • Reduces breakage up to 61%
  • Infused with an exclusive blend of Country Life vitamins (including biotin, keratin, B5) for stronger hair
  • Jojoba and coconut oils hydrate and smooth hair cuticles
  • Aloe and shea butter to detangle and condition
  • Botanical oils and radish seed extract to increase shine

The line also includes a hair mask, which provides extra hydration and conditioning! I ABSOLUTELY love it. It has done wonders for me. If you're looking to solve breakage, increase shine, or just have healthier hair using natural products - I highly recommend trying either of these!


ABOUT DESERT ESSENCE: Cruelty free, BPA free packaging, 100% vegetarian products (with most vegan and gluten free). NO parabens, sulfates, petroleum, mineral oil, silicones, propylene glycol, formaldehyde, artificial colors/fragrance, silicones.

They've been sourcing powerful, natural ingredients in a sustainable and eco-friendly way for 35 years! Check out their website for a comprehensive, transparent list of their ingredients and why they use them here!

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