Silk18 Shampoo Review

As I’ve mentioned in previous blog and Instagram posts I’ve been working on my hair care routine. I think my natural color is lovely but my hair often looks frizzy and like I’ve put zero work into it. On my mission towards building a routine I have been trying multiple products, include shampoos. So when Maple Holistics reached out to have me try out one of their shampoos I jumped on the opportunity (so yes, this post is #sponsored via a free product).

The Silk18 Shampoo is described to be formulated as a “natural solution for frizzy, dry and damaged hair”. So Silk18 seemed like a great option for me. The 10oz. clear bottle has a typical disc cap closure and a wrap label. $12.95 feels like a high price point considering the formula is essentially water, surfactants and small extracts.

Ingredient Review

Ingredients: Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Lauryl Glucoside Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Acrylates Copolymer, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin, Silk Amino Acids, Argan Oil, Sodium PCA, D-Panthenol, Natural Vanilla Fragrance, Botanical Keratin, Jojoba Oil

As I mentioned above the formula is literally just water, surfactants and extracts. Water is the base, as it would be for a typical shampoo formulation. Since I have type 1/2 hair, my hair cannot stand a lot of oils so I can’t use oil-base or oil heavy shampoos. The surfactant system is pretty typical for a basic shampoo but Maple Holistics uses surfactants more on the natural side. Following the surfactants we have glycerin, silk amino acids, argan oil, sodium PCA, D-panthenol, fragrance, keratin and jojoba oil. So yes there are some hydrating and repairing ingredient in here, but their placement on in the formula means the ingredients are “fairy dust” or basically really low concentration for claim purposes.

The product name “Silk18” most likely comes from the Silk Amino Acids included in the formula. Silk Amino Acids (SAA) are actually a blend of ingredient put together that yields the INCI name – Silk Amino Acids. This ingredient blend is used in many hair and skincare formulations to provide a soft and literally silky feel while using the product. The amino acids used in the blend (serine being the highest) are hygroscopic ingredients, so they pull water into themselves giving the product very hydrating properties. Using Silk Amino Acids in a shampoo for frizzy and dry hair is a perfect match.

My Experience

The shampoo foams up nicely, and washes out easily. My only complaint with the product is that after rinsing out it doesn’t leave my hair feeling very hydrated. Luckily I follow up with conditioner so my hair’s hydration gets replenished. The vanilla scent is super lovely and not overbearing. Overall, I’ve give the shampoo a medium rating. This product does it’s job at cleansing perfectly, I enjoy the scent and it hasn’t causes any further frizz which is always my biggest concern.

Check out Maple Holistics other shampoo products here! Thank you to Maple Holistics for providing this shampoo for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own.

2 thoughts on “Silk18 Shampoo Review

  1. pannerin says:

    Doesn’t appear to have cationics! I think I do best with maybe some GHPTC. I tried a shampoo from a brand Petal Fresh with SLMI, betaine, SCI, and ACI as the 4 ingredients after water. An all-isethionate shampoo looked promising.

    But hydroxypropyl cellulose was after this, so the oils that came after would be negligible. The shampoo was assigned to my short haired brother, and he found it too stripping too.

    The lather wasn’t great either, it was a little imbalanced and faintly lumpy? Idk haha

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  2. Paige DeGarmo says:

    Interesting thoughts! Even though I’m looking at this stuff all day long at work I never consider the details of the surfactant systems I test out in shampoos.


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