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As Amazing As Polish – New York Streets Clean & Condition

By on November 7, 2008
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OK so because this site is focused on nails, you all don’t know about my obsession with my hair. It’s way beyond fanaticism, it’s a sickness. My hair is my arch nemesis and a daily battle.

Left it up to its own devices I would have what The Boyfriend describes as “Amazon Hair,” a puffy mess of crazy that only he gets to see. I was cursed with thick, coarse, wavy hair that for some reason rejects almost every low to high end brand of shampoo & conditioner I’ve used and I’ve tried way too many.

For quite some time now, I’ve been in love with Kenra’s Platinum Shampoo and Conditioner for Thick/Coarse hair. It’s a great line but being a typical product junkie, I continue to try new things in hopes of finding the ultimate combo that will produce shiny, bouncy, uber-soft results. All I’ve found is a bunch of losers. Shampoos that make my scalp itchy. Conditioners that weigh my hair down or leave it feeling like straw.

So as hard as it is for me to believe, I’ve finally found something that truly wows – New York Streets Hair Culture Collection. It really is “As Amazing As Polish.” My hair hasn’t felt this smooth and manageable while still maintaining its luster since I was a kid with “virgin hair.” Even The Boyfriend commented on the softness and added movement. That’s right, a GUY noticed! I mean, he’s been well schooled in the world of beauty over the past nine years but he’s still essentially an oblivious boy. So color me overjoyed that New York Streets made that big of a difference!

Now as someone with a sensitive scalp, finding a SLS (Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate) free line is always a top priority. While SLS isn’t terrible, it is harsher than other types of detergents so it can cause scalp irritation. New York Streets uses oil derived cleansers that are gentler and less drying.

Clean shampoo has a warm, foody scent. It reminds me of Healthy Sexy Hair Chocolate Soymilk Shampoo but milder and less chocolate-y. The texture is thin and syrupy, like honey, yet it’s not sticky like other sulfate free shampoos I’ve tried. Even though most SLS-free shampoos don’t lather much, if at all, Clean does give you a bit of that comforting “it’s doing its job” foam action. It rinses clean but not squeaky and even before you grab the conditioner, you can feel the softness happening.

Condition, with the same cozy scent scent as Clean, is a medium viscosity opaque conditioner. It glides on easily, almost like a coating, and doesn’t require a lot of product to get the job done, even for my big old mess of hair. The first time I used it, I squeezed out a giant dollop only to have half of it go to waste. And even though it does contain some smoothing silicones in the ingredients, they appear much lower on the list than the majority of conditioners that rely on ‘cones to tame unruliness.

The overall effect of using both Clean & Condition along with my favorite styling products, Kerastase Ciment Thermique and Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep, makes me beyond happy. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time my hair felt this soft and weightless. There aren’t words for how much I love these products. Even the hipster cool packaging sets it apart from any line I’ve encountered before. And I love that the shampoo and conditioner bottles are the same size. I HATE when the conditioner comes in a smaller bottle. HATE I say!

If you are frustrated with your hair situation and can’t find a solution, I HIGHLY recommend you give these a whirl.

New York Streets Clean ($13.50) and Condition ($15.50) can be purchased directly from their website Or you can check out the salon locator to find them locally.

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  1. Beauty 365 says:

    this looks yummy! i might have to make a purchase soon…


    great post!

    Beauty 365
    Beauty Every Day

  2. DarlingLuna says:

    My hair is just like yours when it’s long, even when I had “virgin” hair. I have it cut into a manageable pixie right now, so it’s pretty good. But I will definitely have to try this.

  3. sweetpea85 says:

    Have you tried Kiehl’s shampoos yet? I have hair very much like yours and I use the Olive Fruit Nourishing shampoo and love it. But then, I usually air dry my hair and just kind of run with the volume and waves :) Glad you found something you like!

  4. Kimberly says:

    You might be interested in the Deva Curl products. I’ve found them to be the only things that tame my hair…

  5. DarlingLuna says:

    I use Bed Head moisture maniac(not that great in my opinion), and the conditioner is smaller than the shampoo. It drives me absolutely nuts.

  6. tarotbydiana says:

    I am excited about these products. Thank you! I took a look at the site and was interested that the models for the product aren’t professionals. They are just beautiful New Yorkers.

  7. kirsten says:

    Have you tried Kerastase’s Oleo Relax? I have the same issues with my hair. Its long and wavy, but is so insanely thick, seriously I have so much hair and the only thing that can tame and keep my color-treated damaged hair healthy is using Kerastase’s Oleo Relax Shampoo, Conditioning Mask, and Serum. If you haven’t tried their stuff yet I highly recommend it. I also use a microfiber hair towel when I get out of the shower and leave it on to let my hair air dry awhile then I use a T3 Featherweight blow dryer which literally works wonders.

  8. CincyFan says:

    Beauty 365 – Yummy is a great description. I seriously don't want to use any other brand now.

    DarlingLuna – I wish I still had virgin hair, I could skip blow drying and still have perfectly straight hair. *sigh* Why did I the 80s & 90s talk me into a perm?

    Sweetpea85 – I haven't tried Kiehl's, it's just not a brand I think of for haircare. Thanks for the rec though.

    Kimberly – I've read great things from curly girls about Deva Curl. It's definitely on my list of brands to try.

    DarlingLuna – I have never had any luck with Bed Head products. The whole different size bottles thing makes no friggin sense.

    TarotByDiana – Isn't the site cool? They're way hipper than I am but that's ok.

    Kirsten – I knew someone would mention Kerastase. I know so many people rave about them but I'm just so confused by all the different products. I have no idea what would be best for me and considering the cost, I'm not going to guess. My salon is an Aveda lifestyle salon so I need to find one that carries Kerastase so get a good rec.