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California North is a skincare company based in Sausalito, California, founded by Jim Miller in 1990. Their first products were created for active, outdoor enthusiasts that needed quality products to counteract the visual effects of aging, sun, environment, and other lifestyle factors. Their products are full-sized, reasonably priced and formulated for both men and women. The company is cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny certified.
I was never good at hair styles. My usual request for hair stylists is to cut my hair in a way that I don’t have to style it, just wash, dry and go. That’s why I’m focused on keeping my hair healthy, so that it looks as good as it can without styling. For that reason I love trying various shampoos and conditioners, to find ones that work the best for my hair, that is long, medium-coarse and a bit wavy. I like hair products that keep my hair clean, but not stripped, conditioned so that it doesn’t get split ends, and don’t weigh it down. Naturally, I was happy to see that California North included all three of their hair products in my review package, a shampoo, conditioner and a leave-in conditioner.
All the California North products are full sized, and come in either 8 or 16 oz (236 or 473 ml) pump or spray bottles. I always prefer pump bottles over squeeze ones, because I tend to drop bottles all the time, especially in the shower. These pumps are a bit slow though, but they offer good control over how much product you want to dispense. The bottles are plastic, white and quite minimalistic. I like the combination of crisp white bottle and olive green logo and lettering. They can fit any bathroom decor, and I think they would be appealing to both men and women.
California North Sea Blast Shampoo is sulfate and paraben-free! It’s a lotion based shampoo, pH-balanced shampoo with marine extracts and panthenol. Since it doesn’t contain sulfates, it’s gentle enough for colored hair. This is a great choice for big families, since it’s a good shampoo for everyone, for children, men and women alike. It not only cleanses, but conditions hair, too.
Ingredients: Aqua, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Panthenol 81, PEG-150 Distearate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Perfume – Sea Blast Shampoo Frag Blended, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Sodium Chloride, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Disodium EDTA, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder, Wheat Germamidopropyldimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein,Glycol Distearate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine
The shampoo has a mild, slightly fruity scent that is not too feminine. It’s quite unisex, which really makes it perfect for anyone. It’s consistency is quite thick, so I recommend you mix it with a bit of water in your palm to be able to distribute it over your scalp more easily. The shampoo lathers well, but you do need to add lots of water to it. Make sure your hair and scalp is thoroughly wet, and even add a bit of water after shampoo, and then massage well to lift all the dirt from your scalp. Since the shampoo is thick, it’s easy to use too much. I use two pumps for my long hair, and always add water to it. If your hair is really dirty, repeat, but I tend to shampoo my hair only once. It’s easy to rinse the product out of my hair, and it leaves my hair and scalp clean, but not squeaky clean, which is just perfect. This means the hair is not stripped of it’s natural oils, and it will be clean, but it won’t make it overproduce oils.
California North Sea Blast Conditioner is salicylate free and contains botanical extracts of aloe, balm mint, chamomile, hops, kelp, lemongrass, nettle, rosemary, sage and yarrow, as well as wheat protein to give your hair deep conditioning, while adding volume. It’s safe for every hair type, including colored hair, and can be used daily.
Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Myristyl Myristate, Quaternium-91, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Glycerin, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract – Colipa CoP, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Parfum, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Wheat Germamidopropyldimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Benzyl benzoate. Citral. Limonene. Geraniol. Hexyl cinnamaldehyde. Butylphenyl Methylpropional. Hydroxy-methylpentylcyclohexenecarboxaldehyde.
This is your standard conditioner, with a mild, fruity scent that is quite usual for me. It’s a nice thick cream that feels almost like a hair masque. I apply it evenly over lower half of my hair, comb through, and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing out. I’m glad to see all the natural botanical extracts, that are so beneficial for my hair. The conditioner isn’t easy to rinse out, like most conditioners out there. It does make hair soft and manageable, and way easier to comb. It also doesn’t weigh down my hair. In short, this conditioner is everything I need from one!
California North Sea Blast Leave-in Conditioner is salicylate-free and pH balanced to provide deep moisture for every hair type, including color-treated hair. It can be used daily for healthy looking hair, and adds volume. This product comes in a spray bottle for easy application.
Ingredients: Aqua, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Quaternium-91, Behentrimonium Chloride, Myristyl Myristate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Parfum, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Pyrifera Extract, Glycerin, Chamomilla Recutita, (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract – Colipa CoP, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Melissa Officinalis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Chamomile (Chamomilla Recutita – Matricaria), Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Wheat Germamidopropyldimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Phenoxyethanol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Amyl cinnamal. Benzyl alcohol. Benzyl benzoate. Benzyl salicylate. Citral. Citronellol. Limonene. Geraniol. Hexyl cinnamaldehyde. Hydroxycitronellal. Butylphenyl Methylpropional. Linalool. Hydroxy-methylpentylcyclohexenecarboxaldehyde.
I have to admit I was a bit scared to use this product at first, since my already heavy hair cannot handle any additional weight, so I have to be careful with leave-in products and oils. I was positively surprised! The conditioner is very easy to apply, and the spray bottle provides an even and wide application. A few sprays is all I need. After applying it, I either brush my hair, or just gently tousle my hair with my fingers if I want it to stay wavy. The conditioner really doesn’t weight my hair down and adds volume to it! I was amazed. It’s a better alternative to salt sprays, which may damage your hair, since this product actually nourishes it. It has a mild, non-offensive fruity/beachy scent. I’ve since been using it on both wet hair, after washing, to add more conditioning, or on dry hair in between washes, to add life to my hair and make it more manageable. I highly recommend this!
California North products are available for order on their website, and they ship to USA, Canada, UK and the rest of Europe. These three products are available in two sizes, 8 and 16 oz, and retail for:
- Sea Blast Shampoo: 8 oz bottle $19, 16 oz bottle $30
- Sea Blast Conditioner: 8 oz bottle $19, 16 oz bottle $30
- Sea Blast Leave-in Conditioner: 8 oz bottle $19, 16 oz bottle $30
I actually prefer smaller sizes, because I have a smaller shower, but it’s definitely more economical to buy the bigger bottles. All three products are very effective, but gentle, and I am surprised to love the leave-in conditioner this much! It’s a great new discovery for me!
Do you spend a lot of time outdoors? What do you do to keep your hair healthy and shiny? Did any of these products pique your interest?