Parnevu Extra Dry Salon Shampoo, Shining Gel, and Hair Mayonnaise Review


A have been testing out some products from Parnevu. Two products from their Extra Dry line, the Salon Shampoo and the Shining Gel, as well as their Hair Mayonnaise.


The Extra Dry Salon Shampoo ($5 for 12 fl oz/354 ml) is a clarifying shampoo that does contain sulphates. I have been avoiding sulphates in my hair products so I only use this shampoo periodically as, yup you got it, a clarifying shampoo. The shampoo has a really nice lather and pleasant scent. I didn’t find my hair felt any drier after using it. I like having a gentle clarifying shampoo in my arsenal because on occasion I do use hair styling products that are prone to building up. One of these is the Parnevu Shining Gel.

PARNEVU Extra Dry Salon Shampoo is pH-balanced and specially formulated to cleanse your hair and scalp of oil buildup without stripping. The unique formula uses gentle cleansing agents derived from coconut oils and palm nuts to effectively remove grease from the hair and scalp. Natural moisturizers penetrate the hair to replace and lock in vital moisture lost due to chemical damage and everyday styling, leaving hair soft and manageable.

INGREDIENTS: Water (Aqua, Eau), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Lauramide DEA, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocamide DEA, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamide MEA, Laureth-10, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Cocoyl Alaninate, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Arginine Aspartic Acid, PCA, Glycine Alanine, Serine, Valine, Proline, Threinine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Propylene Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum), Disodium EDTA, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride. Citric Acid, Ammonium Hydroxide, Ammonium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Red 4 (CI 14700).

The Shining Gel ($5 for 6 fl oz/171 g)  does a remarkable job of making my hair super shiny. It is a tricky product though because you need to get a handle on the right amount of product to use in your hair. If you use too much you end up looking like a total grease ball. If you use the right amount your hair looks gloriously healthy and shiny. I only use this product once and a while because of my concerns of build up with the Mineral Oil content.

PARNEVU Extra Dry Shining Gel adds extra control to help hard-to-hold styles stay in place while leaving your hair beautifully shiny. This unique formula gives long-lasting style and gloss combined with moisturizers and conditioners that leave the hair manageable, full of body, and extra sheen without flaking. This gel assures greater control, deeper penetration, and the style you dare to create.

INGREDIENTS: Water (Aqua, Eau), Mineral Oil (Paraffinium Liquidum, Huile minerale), Propylene Glycol, Oleth-5, DEA-Oleth-3 Phosphate, Oleth-20, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Glycerin, Benzophenone-4, Oleth-10 Phosphate, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Methlyparaben, Propylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, Red 33 (CI 17200), Yellow 5 (CI 19140).

My favourite product I tried from Parnevu is the Hair Mayonnaise ($7 for 16 oz/454 g). It is a really nice conditioning treatment and I love how it made my hair feel. It has such an amazing list of hair healthy ingredients. I just wish it didn’t also include silicones. Silicones are another ingredient I avoid in my hair care to prevent buildup on my fine, curly hair. If it wasn’t for the dimethicone I think this could have become a staple for me.

PARNEVU Hair Mayonnaise provides intense rejuvenating therapy specially formulated for weak, damaged or over processed hair. Enriched with olive oil, egg protein and herbs to promote healthy hair and scalp. It works from within the hair shaft to help strength fragile roots, mend split ends, and moisturize dry brittle hair. This conditioning formula combines rich botanicals and herbs for intense healing, olive oil moisture, and strengthening power egg protein to help bring hair fibers back into balance. The non-greasy formula leaves hair healthy and silky with added body and shine. Excellent for daily moisturizing treatment or intense healing in severely damaged or weak hair.

INGREDIENTS: Water, Olive Oil, Glycerin, Cetearyl alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Polyquaternium-37, Dimethicone, Laneth-15, Cetyl alcohol, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Isostearamidopropyl laurylacetodimonium chloride, Albumen (egg protein), Cholesterol, Tocopherol acetate (vitamin E), Retinyl palmitate (vitamin A), Cholecalciferol (vitamin D3), dl-Panthenol (vitamin B5), PEG-8 dimethiconol olivate, Carrot oil, Stinging Nettle (urtica dioica), Sage (salvia officinalis), Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis), Watercress (nasturtium officinale), Irish Moss (chondrus crispus), Coltsfoot (tussilago farfara), Burdock (arctium lappa), Elder flower (sambucus nigra), DMDM Hydantoin, BHA, BHT, Benzophenone-4, Fragrance, FD&C yellow #6 (CI15985), D&C orange #4 (CI15510).

I think if you aren’t as ingredient conscious as I am with silicones and sulphates in your hair products then Parnevu is a great range of products at an amazing price. You can find out more about them on their website.

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  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections
    January 20, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Too bad there’s sulphates! I don’t understand why anybody bother with them anymore. But I hear ya-every once in awhile it’s good to use it to get rid of build up!
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    • Christa
      January 20, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      I know! I just don’t get why they are still so prevalent? 🙁 It’s amazing how many brands are still using them.

  • ame
    January 21, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Sulfates for me aren’t a big deal, I just add a little more water to the bottle. The products WITHOUT them actually do SERIOUS damage to my hair, especially color, because they’re usually harsher and in some cases more dangerous for you than the actual sulfates. It’s the silicones that I have issue with.

    • Christa
      January 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      Which ingredients in particular in sulphate free products do you find do damage to your hair? I’d love to know. Thanks!

      • ame
        January 23, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        All of the products that have destroyed my color contained: Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauryl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate, Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate, Methylisothiazolinone, Lauramide DEA, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cetrimonium Chloride, and Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate in some combination. The surfactants, essentially. They’re no better for you than just using a standard sulfate, it’s just that all these companies got into the marketing rage of sulfate free because everyone believes the hype that they’re so horrible for us but not enough people do the research on what is actually being used to replace the sulfates that are supposedly so bad. Almost everything, if not everything, is still derived from the same source. I can tell you that Pureology and eNJoy were the two worst I’ve ever used in my life, followed by Matrix anything. Pureology is DEATH for colored red hair. Nothing has ripped color out of my hair faster than that. Fresh or old, it took one wash to pull every molecule right out. I gave it three tries, three different batches and all three had the same effect. I find Matrix from experience to be just as bad. I actually get angry when someone recommends it or Pureology and will not patronize a salon or cosmetologist that uses those lines in any form period, I actually think that takes their credibility and professionalism into question because if they did research, they’d find the same things out. I’ve cancelled appointments on the spot when I’ve walked in and found those products in the building. Clearly I have some passion about my hair!
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        • Christa
          January 24, 2013 at 9:39 PM

          Thanks Ame! The stuff I’m using now is actually formulated without salt and sodium chloride. I’n really happy with it. I have always been wary of all the ingredients that sound practically the same as sulphates. I didn’t figure they would be that much less harmful! What products have you found that you love or do you just nopoo it?

          • ame
            January 28, 2013 at 1:54 PM

            Sure thing! I started looking into that stuff when this sulfate free “trend” took off and when some of the stuff I used didn’t seem to be doing anything any better or leaving my hair in any better condition than it started.

            I just use a “regular” shampoo and dilute it more, or no poo it or if I can stand it I skip it altogether and don’t even wet it. And that’s a big “if” and rare bec I usually gag when the roots get oily, its too fine for me to really skip a day. I usually use either Bumble Creme de Coco shampoo that I add a little water to and kind of mix it in a little more so it’s thinner than normal (usually I start a new bottle at the end of a color cycle so I don’t care if it’s full strength so I have room to add water), or Loreal Professional Vitamino Color, and again start a new bottle at the end of a color cycle. Neither have had any negative effect on my red or accelerated the fading, so I have stuck with them. They do have sulfates though and I think the Vitamino has silicone in it which I don’t love but tolerate.

            If I do no-poo, I will just use either that John Frieda Radiant Red conditioner (I used to use Pantene for Red hair which I miss dearly!) or DevaCurl NoPoo stuff. That No Poo is ok, I am kind of indifferent to it. I also tried Wen for a while but that didn’t help with color retention at all, and also built up SO BADLY on my hair I felt like I could scrape it off, and my hair seemed to shed more than ever. When I stopped using it my hair felt normal again. I tried it again a few months later and had the same experience so I tossed it. The Loreal Everwhatever is only OK too. It’s ok once in a while, but not as a daily or every other day thing. I use a ton of color depositing stuff, usually in place of dye on my ends so I am not pulling that through my ends, so I judge the majority of the color retention stuff on my roots vs the ends.
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