Since I'm a hairstylist and healthy hair is of the highest priority, I'm pretty picky about the shampoos and conditioners that I try. I can't say that I've tried a single shampoo I've gotten from Birchbox, simply because they're not sulfate free. That's all I have to see — sodium laurel sulfate — on the back of the package to toss it in the Big Bag O' Samples. So when I was contacted to review the Tony Odisho Ostia Collection, my fingers were all set to reply, "Thanks, but no thanks," until I saw those two magical words: sulfate free.
The Ostia Collection Beautiful Hair Kit consists of four products: Gentle Moisture Shampoo, Intense Conditioner, 3-in-1 Mist, and a paddle brush.
The Gentle Moisture Shampoo is sulfate-free (insert fanfare here) in addition to being paraben-, sodium chloride-, and alcohol-free (insert even bigger fanfare here). It's a medium-thick consistency, and when they say "low-lather" on the back of the bottle, they mean it. Sulfate-free shampoos are always low-lather because sulfates give the suds, but this had probably the least lather I've ever seen in a shampoo (until I rinsed and repeated — better lather the second go round).
The Intense Conditioner is just that: intense. It's thick, heavy, and super-moisturizing, which is absolute perfection for you ladies with coarse, curly, or super-dry hair. For the rest of us, it's better as a biweekly deep conditioning treatment.
The 3-in-1 Mist was a huge boost in the love I already anticipated having for this collection, because it provides heat protection. If there's one product I say that everyone should use, even those who hate styling products, it's heat protection. But that's not all: this mist detangles wet hair, protects dry hair from heat section-by-section before curling or flat ironing, and adds shine as a finishing spray. What? That's what they mean by 3-in-1, and that's really awesome. Most "[pick a number]-in-one" products have that number of benefits they provide (heat protection! detangling! UV protection! moisture! split end repair!) and those products are great, but rarely do they have multiple uses where you'd normally have to have three different products. Big thumbs up, Tony.
(Bonus: the 3-in-1 Mist smells like watermelon bubble gum! Hello, Bubblicious)
Last up is the paddle brush, which is described by the company as "mixed-bristle". What that means is it's got a layer of boar's hair-type bristles (not likely actual boar's hair, as those brushes tend to be expensive, and I'd think you would want to advertise it if it were), and then a layer of plastic bristles that stick out a bit further. If you have a sensitive scalp those plastic bristles may feel a bit scratchy, but I loved to use this brush at night before bed. I don't wash my hair every day, and if I'm not paying attention (which is most of the time) I could go days without actually running a brush through my hair, but this brush just felt so good before bedtime, smoothing out my hair and stimulating my scalp. In addition, it distributes scalp oils throughout, so I wake up with smoother hair all over instead of just oily roots and dry ends.
All in all, in my professional opinion, I think the Tony Odisho Ostia Collection is a great group of products, but beware it has a very clear target, and that's hair that needs a major boost of moisture. If you have fine hair or generally normal, non-dry hair, you might find this a little too heavy (as I did for my hair type). But I can think of a number of clients who would love this line for their coarse, curly, frizzy, or just extra-dry hair.
The Tony Odisho Ostia Collection Beautiful Hair Kit is available for $58 or individually at TonyOdisho.com to licensed stylists (bummer, I know),but you can check here to find a local salon that carries it.
Tony Odisho provided me with samples of each product free of charge for me to review & write about, but I was not paid or compensated in any way to write a positive review. All of the opinions expressed here are my own. See my full disclosure policy.