Does having kids give you grey hairs? My mum certainly blamed all hers on us! Either way, it is a simple fact that as you get older so the silver starts to creep in. I haven't had to face that yet, so when we had the chance to review the new Organic Surge Colour Protect Shampoo and Conditioner (this is exclusive to their online website) I cast around our PlayPennies parents for a suitable reviewer.
"Alright, ALRIGHT! I confess! I colour my hair and yes I do do it to cover up the ever-increasing number of grey ones." Mum of three Shelley's response when I asked what I thought was a simple question shows that maybe this is a touchy subject. And maybe more mums (and dads) out there dye the grey out of their hair than I thought!
After she'd calmed down though she explained that she'd been dying her hair for a long time. "Although it wasn’t for that reason in the very beginning; I’ve been dying my hair various colours since I was about 19 – I got bored with dark brown and wanted something more exciting so I went RED."
Shelley has been various shades of red, purple and even had a go at a lighter brown, but found that didn't work. The only shade she hasn't tired is blonde. "I look like I’ve got jaundice if I go anywhere near anything yellow or blonde."
Another reason I asked Shelley to review the shampoo and conditioner is that she's also a skeptic. As she says "I’m on the fence as to whether shampoos and conditioners, which are supposed to make your colour last longer than ‘normal’ shampoos, actually do, or not."
Although she hasn't ever tested this out in the past. "I’ve never really paid that much attention to it and I can’t ever tell – the only thing I can tell is when I need to do it again because I had hideous grey roots coming through that get too long to be able to bear any more."
So, to test whether the Organic Surge Colour Protect Shampoo and Conditioner actually worked, she freshly dyed her hair a lovely shade of red.
First a little bit about the company and the products they produce. Every Organic Surge product sold contributes a little bit to the support of vulnerable children in Africa. The company works with the charities it supports to provide "accommodation, food, medical services, education and hope for the future". All it's products are free of harsh chemicals and foaming agents.
Both the shampoo and the conditioner come in tubes rather than bottles. The blurb on the tube says it "Prolongs radiance, prevents colour fade with hair loving ingredients – organic peach extract and almond essential oil".
The Organic Surge Colour Protect Shampoo comes in a 250ml size and costs £4.99 on its own.
Shelley thought that it smelt very sweet, like peach Angel Delight, which she loves. "It foams nicely but not too much, you also don’t need to use very much of it."
The Organic Surge Colour Protect Conditioner comes in a 200ml tube and costs the same as the shampoo, £4.99. "I’ve never understood why most conditioner bottles are smaller than shampoo ones; I always get through more conditioner than shampoo when my hair’s longer!" Shelley said.
It smells the same (obviously) as the shampoo and Shelley thought the conditioner was nice and light. "I liked this, sometimes conditioners for coloured hair can be really heavy and leave your hair feeling almost greasy. But this didn’t and it rinsed out easily too."
There’s also an Organic Surge Colour Protect Bundle on their website, where you can save 10% by buying both bottles together for £8.99.
And Finally ...
Shelley's final verdict on the shampoo and conditioner is mixed. "While I really enjoyed using this shampoo and conditioner, I’m still none the wiser as to whether it’s prevented my hair colour from fading or not."
She thought her hair was beautifully shiny afterwards, "but then it is with other shampoos and conditioners too. It smells lovely, it’s lovely to use but I’m not sure, for the volumes 250ml and 200ml, whether the price is so lovely."