• Thu, Jun 24 2010

Hamadi Organics: Our 3-Product Hair Care Review

Earlier this week we reviewed five eco-friendly beauty products by bodyFood. Next up in our super-scientific product testing is Hamadi, a line of 100% organic hair products containing essential oils, plant extracts, and no artificial ingredients. Hamadi promises users something like this: a luxurious hair product experience resulting in a certain sense of well-being that can only be achieved in the shower. But did I reach a sublime state of mind by using these products?* Read on.

What it is: Hamadi Shea Hair Mask, a daily or weekly moisturizing hair treatment that repairs and replenishes dry strands, while also maintaining color.

What’s in it: Essential oils like ylang ylang and vanilla as well as aloe vera and avocado

What’s not in it: Artificial ingredients, perfumes, and colors

What it feels like: It looked nice and creamy in the container, but once on my hair it felt really thick and incredibly sticky. Plus, it was difficult to wash out.

What it smells like: A vague vanilla scent

What it costs: $25 for the 4 oz or the 8 oz sizes

Where it’s made: Made in Canada.

Where you can get it: Online at the Hamadi site, which can also direct you to other sites or retail locations that sell their products. Also on Amazon.

What we think: I was really excited to try this mask, in the hopes that it would revamp my dry blonde hair (it’s already had way too much sun and pool chlorine exposure). I was hoping for a delightful experience that would result in beautiful, silky hair. Instead, I found myself struggling in the shower trying to wash out what felt like sticky glue. And after all that, my hair still didn’t look or feel any different.


What it is: Hamadi Lemon Mint Hair Wash, a shampoo/color protector for blonde and color-treated hair that removes environmental build-up, seals in color, and protects from chlorine damage.

What’s in it: Peppermint, lemongrass, green mint, and white cedar

What’s not in it: Artificial ingredients, perfumes, and colors

What it feels like: The bottle warns you that the product won’t lather (that’s because it’s free of chemicals and artificial foaming agents), but it actually foamed up pretty nicely for me. A lack of lather is a small price to pay for a healthy, organic shampooing experience. But the sticky feeling it gave my hair? Not so much. 

What it smells like: Lemons, which was very refreshing but also kind of disturbing. It reminded me of an astringent that might strip my hair instead of protect it!

What it costs: $9 for a 2 oz; $18 for a 4 oz; $27 for an 8 oz

Where it’s made: Made in Canada.

Where you can get it: Online at the Hamadi site, which can also direct you to other sites or retail locations that sell their products. Also on Amazon.

What we think: I thought it smelled great, but it was a little too sticky for my liking, and it didn’t make my hair feel very clean. For a second opinion, I sicked the product on my Mom (who has blonde color-treated hair); she said that it smelled great and removed build-up, but also more strands of hair than usual in the process!


What it is: Hamadi Shea Spray, a de-frizzing treatment for all hair types

What’s in it: Clary sage, rosewood, ylang ylang, shea butter, kelp, and avocado

What’s not in it: Artificial ingredients, perfumes, and colors

What it feels like: It sprays out generously and made my hair very wet, yet smoother and moisturized.

What it smells like: I couldn’t quite put my finger on the scent, but it was very refreshing. Perhaps it’s the sage?

What it costs: $19 for 4 oz

Where it’s made: Made in Canada.

Where you can get it: Online at the Hamadi site, which can also direct you to other sites or retail locations that sell their products. Also on Amazon.

What we think: I liked the fresh scent and it definitely made my hair feel nourished, but it didn’t de-frizz as much as I expected. However, the slight shine it gave might make up for what it lacked in the de-frizzing department.

*The honest answer is no, not really.

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