Kevin Murphy is a line of hair care products pioneered by the Australian hairdresser of the same name. The brand boasts a star-studded team of developers and features shampoos, conditioners, and more for almost any kind of hair care regimen imaginable. Is Kevin Murphy all that it promises to be?
Based on reviews, Kevin Murphy does appear to be good for your hair on the whole. Whether you’re seeking hydration, volume, or repair, its wide range of product types and treatment regimens means that there’s something for everybody; it’s just a matter of finding the right one (or ones).
What does this brand have to offer?
Philosophy and Ingredients
Kevin Murphy prides itself on using high-quality natural ingredients. They are either organically sourced or harvested from the wild using ecologically sound techniques. These include:
- A specially selected range of vitamins and amino acids which aid in repairing split ends and thickening the appearance of your hair
- Nutrient-rich moisturizing agents from mango and murumuru butter that smoothen the cuticles and soften the hair
- Extracts from exotic extracts, such as Peruvian bark, baobab, bamboo, and orange blossom, for additional moisturization
- Natural antioxidants, such as from Kakadu plums, orchids, lotus flowers, and desert limes, which reduce breakage and improve the texture of chemically damaged hair
Kevin Murphy products are also paraben-free and sulfate-free. Parabens are a preservative commonly used in shampoos and cosmetics to encourage hair growth and prevent bacteria. However, they have been linked to estrogen-like activity, weakly suggesting possible hormonal disruption or promotion of breast cancer in women. Sulfates help to remove dead cells and dirt from the scalp but have side effects like drying out your hair by removing its natural oils. This brand neatly avoids all of that.
Benefits for Damaged Hair
What better way to determine if Kevin Murphy products are good for your hair than looking at its tried and tested effects on damaged hair?
Kevin Murphy has a dedicated 4-step hair repair solution consisting of REPAIR-ME.WASH (shampoo), REPAIR-ME.RINSE (conditioner), LEAVE-IN.REPAIR (hair mask) and RE.STORE (cleanser). This series was designed specifically for over-processed hair, to soothe frizziness and nourish dryness. The first two products in the line-up were winners in the damaged hair care category of Allure Magazine’s Best of Beauty Awards 2016.
Other Treatment Regimens
Other than hair repair, Kevin Murphy has products for other hair care priorities. Its shelves are stocked with washes and lotions for color retention, curl enhancement, hydration, thickening, and many more.
One of its bestselling color-enhancing washes is BLONDE.ANGEL. This conditioner, together with its shampoo counterpart BLONDE.ANGEL.WASH, is designed to moisturize blonde hair while removing brassiness. Reviewers at the Good Housekeeping Institute called the wash “the most nourishing shampoo that left their hair feeling softer,” with other benefits like shinier and healthier hair. After using both products, they found that their hair was more manageable and less frizzy.
What We Think
The results don’t lie. The response to Kevin Murphy products has been largely positive, resulting in healthier hair all around.
On one hand, we do recognize that there are a ton of different Kevin Murphy products, all targeted at different hair types and treatments. The in-depth reviews only cover a small sample of their most popular products, but there are many others which haven’t been shouted about as much. As a result, it might be a bit of a sweeping statement to say that all Kevin Murphy products are good for your hair.
On the other hand, Kevin Murphy’s broad design principles and its all-natural philosophy seem to be a formula that has worked well with the people who’ve tried it. It seems reasonable to assume that the same quality of hair care extends to its other products as well.