I'd heard great things about the Cowshed range, especially the hair care products. When I saw these two in TK Maxx at less than half price, I snapped them up. I love the names for their products, like 'Wild Cow', 'Knackered Cow, and 'Moody Cow', which could all apply to me right now!
My hair is very fine, and prone to breakage, and looked forward to seeing how Cowshed would treat it. The only concerning thing for me is that I have a fear and loathing of seaweed. I know, totally irrational, but I cannot abide the thought of coming into contact with it! For the sake of my hair, I took a deep breath and used the products!
The smell is 'herby', sort of 'natural. It's not overpowering, and it certainly doesn't linger like some perfumed products can. The shampoo is light, yet lathers well. It also rinses out easily, leaving my hair feeling stripped, if that makes sense?
The conditioner is rich but viscous enough to evenly apply to even longish hair. It rinses out well, leaving my hair feeling smooth.
If you are cost-conscious, don't be put off by paying full price for these products. You really don't need a lot of product, and these bottles have lasted me a long time!
After blow drying, my hair looked as though it had some volume, but not necessarily smooth or lush. I have a lot of breakage, and this was noticeable along the lengths of my hair, looking frizzy on occasion. At first, my hair felt nicely conditioned, but over time, I found that it was getting tangled far too easily, if I wore it down. The ends are definitely very dry.
I also found that my hair still broke when trying to French/Dutch plait my hair for running. On the plus side, I didn't lose too much during the washing process, and the plug was not as clogged as it can be when I use some other products. I was disappointed that 'Wild Cow' failed to fully achieve what it said on the bottle.
Longevity was also a bit of an issue. I have long hair, and don't like to have to wash it every day, but I have found that it needs to be washed every other day (without wanting to look scuzzy, I like to leave it a couple of days between washing, simply because washing and blow drying seems to make my hair even worse than leaving it).
One other strange thing I experienced using these products was that my hair seemed to have trouble with static! I am more prone to most to picking up static, but this was mad, and made controlling my hair even harder. Shocking!
Overall, I was disappointed with 'Wild Cow'. It hasn't lived up to my expectations, which has made me feeling a bit sad, as I wanted to like it. At normal retail price, it's a lot of money, and it hasn't addressed the issues with my hair. It may be more suited to more robust hair, which would then would go against the whole point of strengthening! I may revisit Cowshed in the future, but try one of the more moisturising products.
Note: This post has not been sponsored, and there is no incentive here for my review. I bought this product myself, and these are my own opinions after using for a few months!