Herbal Essences bio:renew Shampoo Review

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There’s recently been a new age craze to use ‘natural’ products on our bodies. I think this is just a heightened awareness of the need to be in tune with ourselves. Our vast availability of options leads us to the realization that less is actually more. I know it sounds clichéd but facts are facts. The fewer chemicals you put in your system the healthier it will be. When you put it like that it seems obvious.

I’m always looking for products that contain the least amount of chemicals and unnecessary components. I like to harness the use of natural products wherever I can, trying to stick to ingredients that I can at least pronounce the name of. Having said that, it’s a struggle to find those products while still achieving the same results that the chemical-filled brands provide. When people hear “natural” their immediate reaction is “well…what’s in it then?”.

Herbal Essences BioRenew contains 90% naturally derived materials which in laymen terms means that most of their ingredients have undergone limited processing. This is the sought-after balance between raw ingredients and ingredients that do their job. The main ingredient in the BioRenew range is Histidine, which is an antioxidant that nourishes the hair from the inside out. It’s all sounding promising thus far, so let’s take a closer look at the brand.

Herbal Essences Background 

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Herbal Essences is the first natural hair care brand.

It was first launched over 45 years ago as the first natural hair care brand. With Herbal Essences aesthetic packaging along with its commitment to aromatherapy, the brand has gained significant popularity since it’s conception. The balance between lively and sincere is a fine line that Herbal Essences seem to have perfected. They’re fun and fresh, delivering none of the nonsense. Herbal Essence’s ethos is committed to employing ingredients with intent. What does this mean? That all the ingredients used in your product’s bottle are there for a reason, no more and no less. The formulas are as clean as they can be while still delivering the results you’re looking for.

Another aspect of the Herbal Essence brand is its devotion to sustainable production. By cutting down on conventional fuel and focusing on employing renewable energy where they can, as well as reducing manufacturing waste, Herbal Essence’s does their fair share in ensuring they reduce their carbon footprint on the environment. This is an integral aspect of their brand. If you want your products to be as natural as possible, you’re going to want to source them as naturally as possible.

Product Breakdown: Soft Control Creme Gel, Flexible Airspray, Volume Airspray, Flexible Style Mousse, Curl Define Mousse

All of the BioRenew styling products contain the same four base ingredients. As mentioned before the main ‘revolutionary’ ingredient in this range is Histidine. It’s an antioxidant that combats free radicals (natural byproducts of chemical processes in the body). The formula also includes bamboo, containing one of the highest concentrations of plant-based silica. Bamboo keeps your hair strong and resilient, which is great for the Volume Airspray, specially curated to keep your hair- you guessed it- voluminous! Creating lasting hold using natural ingredients is a hard combination but this hairspray promises both components.

BioRenew products also contain Aloe Vera to smooth those fly-aways. Aloe Vera contains antioxidant properties, restores nutrients and soothes the skin. The Soft Control Crème Gel is a moisturizing hair gel formulated to target those frizzy strands of hair that just don’t listen to reason.

The final secret ingredient to complete the tetrad is cacti flower extract. It’s less typically known as Cereus Grandiflorus, which helps reduce inflammation and maintains the skin’s moisture through its natural oils. This is primarily ideal for the Flexible Style Mousse which is color-safe and vows to keep your hair smooth without drying it out. Cacti extract also allows you to keep curls bouncy while subduing the dreaded frizz with the BioRenew Curl Define Mousse.

If you’re looking for an alcohol-free hair spray with good hold – I know it sounds like a myth, right? – then Herbal Essences Flexible Aispray boasts its ethanol free formula. (Did I forget to mention that these products contain 0% parabens, gluten, colorants or alcohol!)

Review Of BioRenew: Before And After Results

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The BioRenew range provides a subtle but pleasant fragrance to their hair products.

Before I used the BioRenew range I would apply harsh products to my scalp. I didn’t really care to be honest. I just needed the product to do what it said on the bottle. Even if the product caused my hair to be stiff, dull and lifeless. Recently I’ve decided to go on a bit of a health kick and that’s included my hair. Just like I wouldn’t put chemicals straight in my mouth, why would I put them straight in my hair?

First things first: the smell. Herbal Essence’s brag about their naturally-sourced irresistible scents. The BioRenew range provides a subtle but pleasant fragrance to their hair products (and let’s be real, we’re all expecting more of a chemical odor than a pleasant fragrance when it comes to hair styling).

I noticed straight away how my hair not only looked better but felt better. Maybe it’s psychological, but knowing I put fewer chemicals in my hair made my hair feel lighter and shinier. I didn’t feel like I was suffocating my hair like I usually do when I apply products. The styling products didn’t leave my hair feeling crunchy or sticky like you would expect from lasting-hold hair products. It left my hair with more of an, as the bottle says, “Airspray” that’s light and doesn’t weigh down your locks. I would recommend the Soft Control Crème Gel as an everyday product to subdue those pesky flyaways. As far as the Airspray’s go, they didn’t hold my hair for as long as I wanted but honestly, unless you’re using a whole bottle – what hairspray really does?


Many of the hair products and styling concoctions we use are, understandably, packed with chemicals and sometimes harmful substances in order to make sure they do what’s promised on the bottle. But if you thought this was the only way to keep your mane under control then Herbal Essences BioRenew provides a welcome surprise. The fact that the Herbal Essence web page itself has a subsection dedicated to “Ingredients” (most of which I can pronounce- yay!), is a testament to the natural elements the brand incorporates into their products. Being naturally derived, the BioRenew range confirms what we want to believe – the less chemically processed, the better.

Over time, the long-term benefits of using BioRenew range can have lasting effects on your hair. Less really is more. Their only hamartia is that they’re not cruelty-free. Don’t worry, it’s not all bad. The brand has developed over 50 different alternative methods in order to avoid animal testing. They have also invested in over $400 million trying to get these alternatives accepted by regulators. But ultimately some of the countries they supply to require internal animal testing on certain ingredients in order to be put on the shelves. I guess there’s no such thing as perfect, but if you’re looking for a healthier way to style your hair the Herbal Essences BioRenew range comes close.

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