I wish I had kept the box, I thought all of the ingredients were listed on the bottles, but from what I recall these products are all-natural and do not contain color-stripping chemicals (sulfates and such) like regular (even "for color-treated hair") hair products. So, first off, they smell really good. "But how well do they work?!" I'm getting there, keep your britches on. lol
The "cleanser" (shampoo) is really really thick. I have to wet it in my hands and then wet it again once it's on my head to work it into a lather. That slight nuisance aside when I do "cleanse" my hair I don't notice any rivulets of color dripping off of my head. *thumbs up* When using regular shampoos there is almost always some color-tint to the rinse water and every little bit that comes out is that much more fading.
The "moisturizer" (conditioner) is rich and creamy, and not thick like the cleanser. It applies and rinses just like you would expect, except without taking color with it. *thumbs up*
The final step is the "lock-in", which they recommend using after every washing. What this does is smooth out the hair cuticles to lock in (get it?) the color; it also includes vitamins and plant extracts that protect the hair from outside faders like the sun. The only downside is that it is a color-lock product and not really a leave-in conditioner type product so it keeps making me want to reach for the Pantene BB Creme.
So how well does this system work? Well, full disclosure, I'm still only wet-washing my hair once a week or so and using a dry shampoo otherwise to combat oil and grime. So I have used the Fade Defense system four times since going green. Under normal circumstances this is the time I would be analyzing my hair and deciding if it's too faded and ready for a touch-up or if I'll be okay for another couple of weeks. So, here's my hair after the third washing:
It does look a little two-toned because I put the green on over the blue. I'm not terribly concerned about that because where it is fading a little after the fourth wash is turning yellow-green instead of the blue that it was before:
Pros: Natural ingredients and furry friendly, smells great, doesn't noticeably strip the color
Cons: Small bottle size, cleanser is weirdly thick and the lock-in doesn't leave my hair as soft
The fact that all three come together in a box is sort of a pro and a con. You don't have to worry about the one product you need being out of stock, but if you run out of one before the others then you can't just replace that one.
So right now I'm giving it a tentative one and a half *thumbs up*. I have about half a bottle of each left so I'm going to go through June without touching up the color and see what happens. Greens, blues and purples are notorious for fading out quickly so we will see. Coming up next will be my metallic whites comparison. Hope everyone has a safe (Memorial Day in the States) weekend. (^_^)"/"