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Blogmas 2015 Day 26 - Natura Siberica | Oblepikha Siberica Hair Overview

26 December 2015
A few months back I spotted the Oblepikha Siberica hair range in my local Chemist Warehouse and the pretty packaging just dragged me in.

I picked up the Intensive Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner, Mask for Severely Damaged Hair & Oil Repair Complex For Severely Damaged Hair.

The shampoo in this duo is the one that stood out for me, it had a satisfying full lather and felt like it cleaned my hair well with leaving it feeling stripped, knotty and matted, my hair still felt soft and healthy after using the shampoo which was refershing because I don't find that to be typical of 'drug store' brands. The shampoo contains Altai Sea-Buckthorn Oil and Tainga Lungwort, both of which aren't really typical ingredients to be found in hair care and as far as I know don't really have any major benefits for hair. It does contain a lot of oils which will help the hair to feel softer without weighing it down excessively though.

I really like this shampoo, I've found it to be wonderful for my hair but it really is just another shampoo, it's rich in natural oils so it won't dry your hair out excessively, making it great for normal to dry hair but there isn't anything super magic going on here, which is fairly typical of all shampoos. At the end of the day all we want it to do is clean our hair without making it worse though right?

There is something really important that I want to point out about this shampoo, the brand claims no SLS or SLES and this is kind of technically true. It uses SCS which is Sodium Coco-Sulfate which is very, very similar so if you are strict on the green washing movement then I highly recommend that you research this further and make an educated decision about whether these products are as natural as they like to claim. Personally I'm not all that fussed about SLS or SLES but when a company gets clever with their wording to make their product appear more natural then I think it's important to let you guys know.

The conditioner is a bit of a flop for me but not a flop product in general, if you have normal to slightly dry hair, go for it! Again this is rich in natural oils so will add softness, shine and manageability without being overly heavy, you'll also find Biotin in it which is great for hair strength. If you have seriously dry hair, this isn't the one for you, I would probably point you in the direction of their Nutrition & Repair range (which I hope to review at some stage in 2016). I can't really add too much more here since I didn't have great results but that certainly wasn't due to the product being ineffective in general, it's simply due to it not being suitable for my hair type.

The hair mask.. Dear GOD ABOVE! If you have extremely dry hair or damaged hair then I would suggest keeping an eye out for this at your local Chemist Warehouse next time you're in the market for a hair mask. Again, rich in oils with Biotin and Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein for strength. This leaves my hair feeling so damn nice (well, as nice as bleached hair can feel). I don't even bother brushing my hair after using this, I can just run my fingers through it and go.

I would compare this to my Holy Grail hair mask (it's seriously that close).

If you have severely dry or damaged hair I would recommend it, if your hair is normal I would err on the side of caution, it may be too heavy for you. If your hair is slightly dry or you have frazzled ends then this is definitely an option but I would recommend keeping it only to the areas that really need it to avoid flat or limp hair.

The oil was initially also a bit of a flop for me, it just didn't really give me the smooth and soft results that I get from my usual hair oils and I simply wasn't reaching for it. In an effort to get some use out of it I used it as a pre-wash treatment and this is where it showed potential.

Putting a generous amount of this oil in my hair before shampooing resulted in softer hair and also hair that didn't feel so stripped, obviously I tried this with the less gentle shampoos in my shower opposed to using it with the already gentle Oblepikha shampoo and I was really pleased with the results.

I would recommend this oil to anyone with normal to slightly dry hair and just using a few drops after washing in damp hair before styling.

The following items retail for their respective prices at Chemist Warehouse:

Intensive Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner $14.99 each
Mask for Severely Damaged Hair $19.99
Oil Complex for Damaged Hair retails $16.99
Oblepikha Siberica hair products can be purchased from the Natura Siberica Website and Chemist Warehouse stores and online.

Have you tried any of the Oblepikha Siberica hair products? If so let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying. Items marked * were sent to me for trial and consideration, all other products were purchased by myself and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Integrity Always..

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2 comments on "Blogmas 2015 Day 26 - Natura Siberica | Oblepikha Siberica Hair Overview"
  1. I havent tried any of these products as yet but I must admit the packaging is very enticing.

  2. Wow, the hair mask sounds like a must have product. Excellent reviews and thanks for all the tips.