Review: Sukin Protein Shampoo 


“Rich in rice and wheat proteins to fortify hair with kiwi extract, nettle and horsetail extracts to nourish.”

I have recently been on the search for natural hair care products, and I will be reviewing different products over the next few months. The first product that I was looking for was shampoo. Over the Summer, I dabbled with and attempted the no-poo/low-poo method, and though I think the act of scritching and preening my hair benefited the quality and growth hugely, I decided that I’d prefer to keep trying different natural shampoo and conditioning products first. So whilst on the hunt, I came across the Sukin hair care range. I have tried and reviewed many Sukin products before, so I know that the quality of the brand as well as the scent, the ingredients and the affordable price are what I would be looking for. To find out my thoughts on this particular shampoo, keep reading.


When buying hair care products like shampoo, I look to avoid certain ingredients including SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate), Synthetic Fragrances, Parabens or any Animal Ingredients that aren’t vegan. I like Sukin products because they list clearly on the packaging all of the ingredients that aren’t included.

Something I like about natural products is that all fragrances are listed in bold; along with all possible allergens like Wheat. Ingredients included in this product include: Water, Aloe Leaf Juice, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Kiwi Extract, Nettle Leaf Extract, Burdock Root Extract, Horsetail Extract, Cocoa Seed Butter, Manderin Orange Peel Oil, Lavender Oil, Vanilla Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Bensyl Alcohol, Limonade, Linalool.


This shampoo is scented with fruit fragrances including Mandarin Orange Oil, Limonade and Kiwi Extract, so it has a citrus tone to the scent. It is also scented with Cacao Seed and Vanilla which are subtle undertones compared to the citrus oils. From the bottle, this product has a very subtle scent of chocolate orange mixed with a floral hint from the Lavender. However, when I use this product on my hair I find that it has a slight chemical smell, which could be from the Alcohol in the ingredients list. Luckily this scent doesn’t linger after the product has been washed out of the hair.


This Shampoo has a clear formula and a runnier texture compared to conventional shampoo products that contain Sulphates. As it doesn’t contain Sulphates in the ingredients, it also doesn’t lather as much as conventional products. When rubbed into the hair, it does lather up into a foam, but it doesn’t distribute easily throughout the hair. I find that I have to use more product to individual areas in order to get the desired lathering effect. This is something that doesn’t bother me with natural products as I know the ingredients are much better. However, it is something to bare in mind when making the switch.


I have a positive review for this product. Once I got past the surprising chemical scent, I realised that I really like the citrus scent as it makes my hair smell and feel very clean. However, some other points to consider are how after the product has been lathered throughout the hair and washed out, the hair does feel very knotty and quite dry. Luckily this feeling is counteracted after conditioning, but I recommend brushing the hair before shampooing to make the product move easier through the hair.

The product is also easy to wash out of the hair, and leaves the hair feeling clean but not stripped; even though it does feel knotty. Once dried, my hair still doesn’t feel stripped, it isn’t fluffy, and my hair stays clean for around 3-4 days. Ideally, I would like my hair to stay clean for a week, but this is something I need to train my hair into.

I would definitely repurchase this product again, however I am going to try different shampoo options from other brands before I do. Additional points to add are that this product is cruelty free and also vegan which is great.


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