Bionic Review: Kiehl’s Sunflower Color Preserving hair care

by Bionic Beauty on 05.Jun.2010 · 6 comments

I’ve always been intrigued by the Kiehl’s brand. Their marketing and packaging appeals to my love of the “corner store Apothecary”, plus they make amazing products for horses! Did you know that? We learn something new everyday, right?

The new Kiehl’s Sunflower Color Preserving hair line includes a Deep Recovery Pak, a shampoo, and a conditioner. The entire line is sulfate, silicone and paraben-free. To be honest, I really don’t mind parabens in my hair or skin care (but that’s another article entirely… the whole paraben issue is really a bunch of misunderstood whooey, but I’ll write that up soon enough.). However, I do seek out sulfate-free shampoos since they typically help my hair color last much longer!

Bionic Beauty blog review - Kiehls Sunflower Color Preserving hair care

Bionic Beauty reviews Kiehl's new Sunflower Color Preserving hair care

As you can see from my photo, I used up every drop of the Sunflower Color Preserving shampoo; the conditioner bottle is empty too! I have plenty of the Deep Recovery Pak left since I only deep conditioner once or twice a week. I loved the whole line! It has a light, fresh fragrance; and was incredibly gentle to my hair. My hair color lasted the typical length of time when I use sulfate-free products.

The Kiehl’s Sunflower line is a bit pricey: the Shampoo runs $18 for 8.4 oz bottle, the Conditioner is a buck more at $19 for a 6.8 oz tube, and the Deep Recovery Pak conditioner is $26 for a large 8 ounce tub. The entire line is available at most Nordstrom’s and online at If you have a larger budget, and really want to care for your colored hair- this line should be perfect for you! If you’re on a budget, then I still stand by my favorite drugstore L’Oreal EverPure Sulfate-free hair products.

Have you tried anything from the Kiehl’s brand? What are your favorites?

FTC Disclosure: This item was sent to me free of charge in return for an honest review. The opinion in this article is based on my personal experience and was not influenced by any source. I was not compensated for this article. Feel free to read my disclosure policy for more information.


1 ROBYN June 5, 2010 at 8:16 pm

This sounds very appealing to me. I have not seen it, but will be sure to look for it. The refreshing part sounds exhillerating !!!

2 Tashi June 5, 2010 at 10:20 pm

I’ve seen this line in the magazines for years, but have never tried it. Sounds fab, especially for helping one’s color job last longer. I know that ever since I committed to a color-safe shampoo, I’ve been much happier. My budget is tiiiiny, so I can’t try Kiehl’s yet. Even though it’s pricey, I’ve seen “worse” — more higher-priced haircare. These things don’t seem so awful-awful high, really. I still have not tried that L’Oreal that you mentioned. Someday, though, especially since it’s so affordable. For now, I’m loving my John Frieda Brilliant Brunette color shampoo.

3 Tashi June 6, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Ooops — my bad: My JF shampoo has sulfates (#2 & #3 ingredients). Never noticed until today. Oh well. It still works better for me than my old non-color-safe shampoos. Seems odd to designate a shampoo for “color-treated or highlighted” hair, when there are *two* sulfates right at the top of the list. Has anyone else noticed this on their products? What have been your experiences?

4 Michelle H. June 15, 2010 at 5:40 pm

It sounds nice, but there are several good alternatives available for less money. Like Garniers and Loreal’s lines. I particulary like to purchase Clairol’s hair conditiong gloss (the same one theyinclude in many of their hair color products). It is a wonderful conditioner for colored hair and I always get compliments on how my hair smells. It sells for around $4.00 at drugstore. com.

5 Eve June 18, 2010 at 12:53 am

Sounds great a bit costly for me,but I would love the deep conditioner/ deep revcovery pak

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