Alright, babycakes, lets make this short and sweet because my black nail polish is still tacky and I have Photoshop homework to do.
Yes to Carrots is a sub-brand of the lovely Yes To line. I own this shampoo and conditioner set and a leave-in color care conditioner from Yes To Cucumbers. Yes To tries to be as natural and environmentally friendly as possible, as far as I can tell. They’re also cruelty free and vegan, which is a nice touch – especially for me, who buys cruelty free whenever humanly possible.
The bottles are tall cylinders, with no visible break in shape for the caps like with other shampoo where the cap is usually smaller than the bottle itself, so it sits on a sort of plastic neck ledge. These bottles look clean and the packaging is probably what drew me to them
The caps confused me at first, because I had no clue how to open them. You’re supposed to simply press down on one edge and the other pops up, letting you dispense your shampoo or conditioner. But no, I have to over-complicate things.
The decals are lovely, and won’t peel off anytime soon. The bottle itself is constructed of some sturdy plastic, so it’s unlikely to break if dropped on a hard surface like concrete if your shopping bag may happen to split open while carrying it to your house.
On the website, a bottle of either Shampoo or Conditioner is offered at around eight bucks. Now, I can swear to you
my mom I didn’t pay that price. If I do recall, I got them at Meijers and they were six dollars a bottle. The Meijer website doesn’t seem to have them listed, but they were there and apparently they’re available at WalGreens for a similar price. That seems a bit high for bottles of shampoo and conditioner, but they are large bottles and hold quite a bit, if I do say so myself. They’re big and rounder than most bottles, which seem to be flat instead of round.So you do get quite a bit of product for the price, or rather bang for your buck
pleasant smelling, works well, conditioning, pleasing packaging
price, not much better than average shampoos/conditioners
The product smells nice – it’s mellow and sort of like your average unscented conditioner. It fades pretty quickly, so don’t expect your head to smell that way all damn day. Once your hair is dry, it’ll smell pretty much like nothing.
I have fine hair, which is dyed often and is notorious for looking like cotton candy since my ends turn to crap after a dabble with pink/purple/blue hair dye. Right now it’s pink, but the dye I used was double-process red violet on top of my already bleach blonde hair, so the pale pink color I have right now doesn’t really wash out much when I shampoo. It removes just as much color as the other shampoos I use ( iON Salon Care and Rock Your Hair) so it’s safe to use on dyed hair without fear of much rinsing out. That being said, don’t bitch and moan at me if you just dyed your hair tealaquaorangreenlavender and this is the first time you washed it since rinsing, and it bleeds like a fucker. That’s just the nature of dye. Don’t blame the shampoo.
There’s not much lather in the shampoo, which I attribute to it being sulfate free or something. Otherwise it’s nice aesthetically, albeit a sickly medicinal orange color reminiscent of a certain face-cleanser that smells like lipstick, and it’s slightly gel-like, possibly a bit thinner than normal shampoos though. The conditioner spreads well across your hair, and it doesn’t require much to get a nice silky texture to your hair, but that may just be me with fine hair talking about stuff I don’t know about. Hell, it gets your hair clean and the conditioner keeps my hair soft and apparently soothes my exploded ends so I don’t have much to complain about.
But here is the time for complaints, and they must be said. The products are ridiculously pricy. I could get an Herbal Essence duo and spend a fraction of the price, and it would work just as well. I assume the price goes into it being vegan, cruelty free, sulfate free, with minerals from the dead sea and stuff to nourish your scalp or whatnot, but I think it’s a load of shit. (I’ve been trying to cut back on my language – it’s not working).
The last time I had serious scalp issues was a while ago, when my hair turned orange after using a bad box bleach (alliteration, people) and we had to bleach it twice. TWICE! Box dye isn’t good for your hair in the first place, especially not bleach, and definitely not twice in the same night. My scalp burned like a mother and a few days later I’d scratch my head and soft, mushy dead skin would be jammed under my nails, the kind that comes off after not exfoliating for a while then soaking in a warm bath and scratching your legs? The grey stuff that appears on your legs and under your nails? That’s it. And that was when I had long nails, too.
The shedding of skin lasted for a good long month, but I doubt that this carroty goodness would have helped me much, as the whole top layer of my scalp was apparently flushed from my body over a process of thirty days or more. I don’t know what other scalp things you may have wrong with you, but I doubt that they could be healed by a bunch of minerals.
I’m not bitching/ranting/rambling for no good reason, and I certainly beleive in natural products working wonders, but this is not one of the best out there. The cons weigh equally with the pros. If you like the sense of mind of knowing your shampoo is vegan and cruelty free with the soft scent of conditioner lingering as your hair dries, then feel free to fork over the cash for it. I’ll stick with iON repair solutions, thank you, which work better and are always certified vegan.
THAT BEING SAID: Before I go, I’d like to point out that I conditioned my hair with this conditioner today and my hair feels absolutely fabulous right now. Much more so than with using my repair solutions stuff or my Rock Your Hair conditioner. I don’t know why.