You know I love a deal, and when I came across this cute shampoo at conditioner set at TJ Maxx I thought, "Hey, what the hell?". Little did I know. I'm not sure I've ever been more passionate (passionate!) about any other hair care items.
This shampoo and conditioner are part of the Scottish hair care line ILKA, which was developed by couple Irvine and Louise Rusk of the Rusk hair care line. ILKA offers shampoos and conditioners for three different hair types - Coarse and Thick, Fine and Limp, and Color-treated - and features natural ingredients harvested in the Rusks' native Scotland.
I held off on posting about these because after some initial research, it seemed that ILKA had gone under...or at least gone M.I.A. It's pretty common for discontinued products to end up at TJ Maxx, so I didn't want to trot them out in case someone else fell in love with them, and their love was unrequited. But after a secondary investigation (via http://www.google.co.uk, dear Watson), it seems that ILKA is still on the scene and preparing to break out. They have a website coming soon, and the buzz on the internet is that they're planning to re-launch soon.
My hair is thin, fine and straight, so I picked up the Fine and Limp shampoo and conditioner. The star ingredient in the shampoo is oil from the Sweet Gale plant, which has traditionally been used in Scottish skin care products and in the brewing of beer. The conditioner features pot ale (residue produced in the distillation of whiskey). The Sweet Gale oil moisturizes, and the pot ale lightens hair by stripping residue leftover from other products. Like Batman and Robin, this pair fights frizz and dullness to leave my hair sleek, shiny, and volumized. A girl really can have it all.
I'm excited to hear more about ILKA and figure out what their line will be priced at. Until then, I'm rationing!