On our quest for a natural haircare line, we discovered Gloss Moderne, a clean, luxury, sulfate-free, paraben-free, vegan haircare line that is designed for every man, woman and child… that’s even coconut infused… could we ask for more? I don’t think so 🙂
The packaging is on point – minimalist and clean. The smell is soothing – let’s just say your hair will smell like you’ve spent the past few days (or weeks) in Southern Cali. The science is really where the magic lies: it’s completely healthy for your insides and it will leave you with silky locks. So, can we try it already? Yes! We got our hands on Gloss Moderne’s High-Gloss Masque, and put the ultra-hydrating cream to the test on three different hair types to share our experiences.
Laney: My hair is super long, thick and kinda coarse. On the day that I tested our Gloss Moderne’s High-Gloss Masque, I hadn’t washed my hair for 4 (ok, maybe 5) days. It sounds gross, but my hair is pretty dry, so when I get a blow out, it can really last, and still look good for a while. That said, it was time. I like to do a double wash to really get my hair clean and use different shampoos for different purposes. My first wash was with Iles Formula Haute Performance Shampoo. After rinsing, I massaged Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo into my roots for some scalp care. I like to let that shampoo sit for a while so it can do its thing. For efficiency sake, I slathered on a handful of Gloss Modern’s High-Gloss Masque to the bottom ¾ of my hair. The first thing that struck me was the smell. It is so delicious! Like a vacation. The texture also struck me. As I’m transitioning to using 100% clean products, I swear I can tell when a product has synthetic ingredients in it and this product didn’t feel like that. When I rinsed my hair, it was clearly more moisturized, and after letting it air dry, it had just the right amount of weight and wave. Next time, I’m going to try sleeping with it in my hair overnight!
Kendall: I have fine hair, but lots of it, and the ends are still damaged from years of experimenting with hair dye (especially pink, that’s my favorite) and highlights. After washing my hair thoroughly with my favorite Dr. Bronner’s Organic Castile Soap formula, Hemp Rose, I slathered Gloss Moderne High-Gloss Masque on to the lower half of my hair, avoiding the roots because my fine hair gets weighed down too easily with excess product. I kept the lotion in my hair, expecting to wash it out the next morning before heading into the office. Surprisingly, I didn’t need an extra wash at all. My hair soaked up the masque in its entirety, leaving behind soft- frizz-free hair. Additionally, I wasn’t expecting this product to enhance my natural waves (which I LOVE).
Amanda: Last summer, I cut off 5 inches of my hair. Do you ever make a major hair change when you’re going through something? Yeah, me too (clearly). After my life and hair change, I started to take a very au natural take on my hair. I threw away my hair dryer, stopped going for highlights, and embraced my natural hair color, texture and shape. As a result, I have probably the healthiest hair I’ve had all my life. But, when it comes to finding the healthiest haircare line, that’s where I started to run into some issues.
Ever since we started working on The Moment, I started to become more aware of the toxic ingredients that are being used in and on products because of mass production and cutting costs…among other factors.
I have short, fine but healthy hair. I washed my hair with Avalon Organics Clarifying Lemon Shampoo and after rinsing, I applied the Gloss Moderne High-Gloss Masque and left it on for only a couple of minutes. I rinsed that out while in the shower and could feel the moisture already making a difference with my hair. The next morning, my hair was bouncier and even more shiny than normal. Going forward, this will be my weekly masque on those lovely nights at home with a cup of tea and honey.
We met the beautiful (inside and out) Gloss Moderne Founder, Kuen Rameson at our breakfast event at Estrella last month in Los Angeles. She greeted us with a warm smile and a big hug. We’re such big fans of what she’s creating that we sat down with her and asked her a few questions on getting glossed:
The Moment: Where are you based?
Kuen: Our offices are in Newport Beach, California – my home is in Corona del Mar, a small beachside village within Newport Beach.
The Moment: What was your inspiration for your brand?
Kuen: My inspiration for the brand was to bring something that I felt was missing in beauty… the concept of introducing Clean + Luxury to haircare!
The Moment: How did you come up with the name, Gloss Moderne?
Kuen: The name Gloss Moderne came about as I was thinking how everyone loves healthy, shiny hair (GLOSS) and launching the perfect blend of clean and luxury felt very modern to me (MODERNE).
The Moment: How did becoming a mother influence your decision to create a sulfate-free, paraben-free and vegan product?
Kuen: I wanted haircare that my entire family could enjoy. With two children, I investigated and found that many baby shampoos are loaded with toxins. A beautiful shampoo that is clean and luxurious should be able to be enjoyed by everyone in the family!
The Moment: Why is it good to have hair products that are sulfate-free, paraben-free and vegan?
Kuen: Sulfates are harsh detergents (think garage floor cleaner) that damage your hair as well as the oceans, parabens are proven to cause cancer, and there’s no benefit whatsoever in having animal products on your hair. It may be more expensive to formulate, but most definitely worth it from a health standpoint, and so much more socially and environmentally conscious.
The Moment: Where do you source your ingredients?
Kuen: We work with a second-generation manufacturer of luxury beauty (specifically skin and hair) with a team of chemists that source our highest quality ingredients entirely from the US.
The Moment: Can you tell us the connection you see between food and the beauty industry?
Kuen: We eat clean and sometimes simple, or gourmet foods of the highest quality and taste, that look beautiful and nourish us on the inside. The same standards should exist for what we put on the outside of our bodies, as it’s so readily absorbed. We have about 20 blood vessels, 650 sweat glands and 1,000 nerve endings in our scalp alone!
The Moment: What is your daily beauty routine?
Kuen: Very simple, very clean, and encompassing sensorial experiences daily. I’m a huge believer in quality over quantity and finding what works best for each individual person. I’ve become minimalist over time and love having a healthy edited beauty routine. A lot of gentle cleansing, a ton of moisturizing, and a simple healthy glow – that’s my routine these days!
The Moment: Any tips on how to best wash and condition one’s hair?
Kuen: “Gently” – so important! Treat your hair as you would your fine lingerie. Wash delicately and take the best care possible of your hair. There’s a reason for the expression “Good Hair Day” – beautiful, healthy, shiny hair can literally transform your day. Every single day should be a good hair day and that’s my vision for Gloss Moderne.
The Moment: How do you stay in the moment?
Kuen: I make a conscious choice to always see the beautiful… there is beauty in everything and everyone. All you do is look for it!
Parabens: Chemicals that have been shown to have estrogen-like properties, and estrogen is one of the hormones involved in the development of breast cancer. Inhibit the growth of bacteria, yeast, and molds, and are used as preservatives. On the label, they may be listed as: Methyl paraben, Propyl paraben, Isobutyl paraben, Ethyl paraben, Butyl paraben, E216
Sulfates: Sulfates such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate are synthetic chemicals. They are inexpensive detergents that create bulk and lots of lather. They are regulated as a pesticide!
Special Thanks to Kue Rameson!
Photos Courtesy of Gloss Moderne
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