19 June 2014

Weleda Oat Hair Collection + My 30-Day #WeledaHairDare

Weleda is one of my favorite natural brands, so when I was asked to take part in the 30-day #WeledaHairDare, I was quick to sign on.  Weleda has sold hair care products for years in Europe - and I've heard great things from our friends across the pond - but as far as I know, the launch of their new Oat Hair Collection last year is the first time Weleda's hair care has made it to North America.  The basic idea of the challenge was to commit to only using Weleda's hair products for a full month.  For the sake of my often fussy, curly hair, I chose to allow styling products, but otherwise, it's been all Weleda, all month here.  For anyone switching from mainstream, conventional hair products, this length of time allows for a detox or transition period, and for someone like me, who already uses all natural hair care, it just gives ample time to get a feel for the products.



Shampoo
The collection has three shampoo options:
Oat Replenishing Shampoo for dry and damaged hair
Millet Nourishing Shampoo for normal hair
Wheat Balancing Shampoo for hair and scalp care
For the purpose of the 30-day challenge, I chose the Millet Nourishing Shampoo.  All three shampoos are made with gentle, biodegradable coconut- and sugar-based surfactants and the Nourishing Shampoo also contains millet seed extract and macadamia nut oil to enhance shine, revitalize and strengthen hair, and improve hair's resilience.  The Millet Shampoo is scented with grapefruit and peppermint, but to me, it mostly just has a very standard shampoo smell with a bit more freshness coming through from the mint.  I don't want to say the shampoo is thick exactly, but it's almost syrupy in consistency and can be a bit challenging to distribute through the hair.  That said, as long as my hair is very wet, the shampoo lathers well and can be worked through without too much difficulty.

The first couple weeks of use, I was left with a squeaky, almost too clean feeling after washing, but that gradually dissipated.  By about day 20, I was noticing buildup on my scalp.  I'm not sure if it was caused by the Weleda products or just other buildup (from styling products, environment, etc.) that the Weleda was not effectively removing, but I did reach for another, more clarifying shampoo at that point, before returning to the Weleda for the rest of the challenge.

I also had samples of the other two shampoos hanging around, so I decided to test them during the 30 days as well.  None of the three seemed drastically different from one another, but, surprisingly, the Oat (for dry, damaged hair) left my hair feeling more dry than the other two.  It was definitely my least favorite.  I think the Wheat and Millet could be used pretty much interchangeably, although the Wheat does contain wheatgerm oil, sage leaf extract, and rosemary, tea tree, and copaiba essential oils intended to soothe and moisturize dry and irritated scalps.


Oat Replenishing Conditioner
Unlike the shampoos, there is only one conditioner option in the collection.  Fortified with organic oat extract to help strengthen hair and reduce breakage, the Oat Replenishing Conditioner can be used with any of the shampoos.  It also contains moisturizing white mallow and organic jojoba and coconut oils to smooth hair, and increase shine.  I'm not crazy about the floral scent here, which is derived from mimosa and tonka beans.  It's just a little too sweet and flowery for my nose.  If you've smelled Weleda's Calendula Baby range, the scent is similar, but stronger and sweeter.

In spite of the scent, I really did enjoy this product.  It's very thick and rich and hydrates well without weighing down the hair.   With curly hair, I'm always concerned I'll end up with a head full of frizz instead of defined curls, but the Weleda conditioner does a great job and I haven't had even a hint of that problem.  Like the oat shampoo, it's marketed towards dry and damaged hair, but I think you could tailor the amount of product you use to suit all hair types.

Oat Replenishing Treatment
The replenishing treatment is made with organic oat extract, shea butter, and sea buckthorn and coconut oils, and is recommended for hair that is damaged by heat styling or chemical processing.  I don't have especially damaged hair and to be honest, I didn't notice a big difference between this and the already rich conditioner.  It smells the same, and while it's slightly heavier, my hair felt and looked pretty much the same with both products.  

Rosemary Conditioning Hair Oil
Hair oils are a key part of my post-shower routine, so I was excited to give this one a whirl.  It did not let me down.  Definitely my favorite part of the collection, the Rosemary Conditioning Oil is a multi-purpose product that can be used either as a leave-in styling aid, or more liberally, as an intensive treatment to be shampooed out.  You don't see peanut oil in a lot of beauty products, but it makes for a light, hydrating base that helps hair hold moisture, while rosemary, clover, and burdock root nourish the scalp and encourage hair growth.  

I swapped out my usual argan oil for this and I like it a lot.  I haven't noticed any significant difference in terms of scalp health or hair growth, but then I generally just apply it to the bottom few inches of my hair.  A little goes a long way and it does an excellent job smoothing the hair and controlling frizz and flyaways.

Something else that's pretty neat? This product is one of Weleda's oldest formulations and has been around almost as long as the company - since 1922!

The Bottom Line
Overall, I'd say I liked but didn't love Weleda's hair care line.  My hair was left feeling soft and healthy after a month of these products, but nonetheless, I'm a little on the fence about some parts of the collection.  I will say, I'd certainly buy the Rosemary Conditioning Hair Oil again and if Weleda ever decides to expand the line with matching conditioners to the Millet or Wheat shampoos, I'd be all over those too.  

Have you used any of Weleda's hair care products?


Disclosure: Products provided for  review.  I was under no obligation to write a positive review in return for free product, nor was I compensated for this post.  All opinions are my own.  Contains affiliate links.

16 comments:

  1. I have used the Weleda shampoos but I will admit I only had sample sizes, I liked them but haven't repurchased. The hair oil sounds really good though I am bit oil obsessed at the moment! :) Xx

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    1. Same here, I've been all about the oils lately! First it was just face oils...now it's spread to hair and body ones too! :)

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  2. I have had a couple of samples of the shampoos, and didn't get on so well with them. I do want to try the conditioner and the hair oil, so I am very grateful for your thoughts on them x

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    1. For me, the shampoos were definitely the weakest part of the collection. The conditioner and hair oil are both quite nice :)

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  3. Great review, the rosemary hair oil sounds lovely, definitely something I want to try now x

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    1. I'd definitely recommend the hair oil:) It would have to be great, I suppose, for Weleda to continue making it for 90+ years!!

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  4. Loved this review. I never knew Weleda made hair care too. I'd most likely want to try the hair oil as well! xx

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    1. Thanks Ru! The hair oil is lovely...I think you'd enjoy it :)

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  5. Great to read a review of these products after a good long trial period Caitie. I've been dithering about trying the Weleda hair products out for a while so thanks for sharing such useful feedback x

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    1. Thanks Annie! I'm glad it was helpful :)

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  6. Really good review Catie, especially as it looks like we have similar hair! The oil has been added to my wishlist :) x

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    1. I hope you'll give it a try! It's a great product :)

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  7. Great review, I had been looking at these but my one issue with Weleda (which I'm sure I've mentioned 1000 times before so I apologise) is "fragrance/parfum" although they claim natural sources I'd like to know what it is for allergy reason

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    1. I can understand why that's frustrating, Sarah, and I'm sure you're not the only one with that concern! I trust that Weleda's scents are all natural, but it makes sense to me as well to disclose exact ingredients for those with potential allergies.

      Have you ever tried contacting Weleda for a full list?

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  8. Haven't tried the range, mainly because my scalp is nutso and o fear the shampoos will irritate it. As everyone else already said, the hair oil sounds incredible. Xo

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    1. The hair oil is great :) I did have a couple days in when my scalp was itchy, but I'm not sure if it was the Weleda or something else. Might be worth a try though?

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