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Homestyle Features

Be Gentle With Me!
by PJ Gach
EDGE Style Contributor
Saturday Aug 6, 2005

Let’s face it; you’re really sweating now. Whether you’re having fun or commuting, this heat makes your natural coolant system work overtime. Dunking yourself in the shower will cool you off; if you’re using the wrong shampoo and conditioner your hair will be as dry as the Sahara. Plus the hair police will come and arrest you for hair torture (just kidding), but it you’re not using the right products, you hair will end up looking like a haystack. What to do? We here at EDGEBoston scoured the shelves and found four companies whose products we love for their efficacy, gentleness, scent, lather, and texture.

Max Green Alchemy
Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue Shampoo (8.2 oz, $18.00) and Conditioner (8.2 oz, $18.00) are gentle enough to use every day. Scalp Rescue is formulated to care for dehydrated, oily, itchy, dry, and scaly scalps. If you have psoriasis, dandruff, or seborrheic dermatitis and are fed up with medicinal smelling potions, you’ll adore scalp rescue’s earthy green scent. Both products have been approved by These products are lanolin free, laurel/laureth/paraben free. Instead, they contain certified organic ingredients, vitamins B5, E, Ester C, and herbs including calendula, horsetail, lemon tea tree, tea tree oil, and lavender. Our hair felt soft, luxurious, and healthy after one use.

Mario Russo
Boston native Mario Russo has two local salons; 9 Newbury Street, 3rd floor, Boston and at Louis Boston, 234 Berkley Street, Boston. He’s created a line of whimsically packaged, olive oil based hair and body products that are sold nationally. We adore his Sky- High Shampoo for fine hair (8 oz, $18.50). Sky-High nourishes and imparts fullness and body to limp locks; it contains grape seed extract, soy proteins, olive oil, and fruit oils. His Hydrating Conditioner (8 oz, $18.50) contains aloe vera, chamomile, and lavender oil. These very gentle ingredients moisturize condition and gently love your hair.

Philip B.
Philip B. understands what a fast paced life you lead. There’s never enough time for anything. His newest product; Nordic Wood One Stop Hair & Body Shampoo (12 oz, $35.00) gets you clean from top to bottom. Nordic wood contains 6% pure Nordic plant extracts (Norwegian Spruce, Balsam Fir, White Pine, Cedarwood, White Camphor), amino acids, colloidal oatmeal, aloe and Oat kernels to cleanse, tone and moisturize you all over. It really does smell like the Nordic Woods at night – deep and mysterious. This double duty product is perfect for overnight trips; take this and you’ll have room for more shoes. Try his Deep Conditioning Crème Rinse (6 oz, $24.50). It’s packed with African shea butter, wheat proteins, essential oils and soy proteins. While lightweight, it’s strong enough to detangle, moisturize and imparts a healthy gloss on your tresses.

Robert Kree
You never know who (SJP for one) might be sitting in the chair next to you at the Robert Kree Salon, 375 Bleecker Street, in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village. The salon, minimalist in design, exudes a Zen-like atmosphere. The philosophy of “clean and simple” is incorporated into Kree’s signature and extremely effective line of hair products. Products are housed in navy blue bottles or tubs. Most of the products from shampoo to styling aids have the same crisp, clean smell of the ocean mixed with juniper berries. “Robert Kree Clean,” ($15.00) is a daily moisturizing shampoo so gentle that it can also be used on color treated hair. Lot of lovely vitamins feed your hair every time you lather up. “Robert Kree Moist,” ($16.00) contains vitamin e, c, and Panthenol his conditioner will refresh and hydrate your hair without build up. It’s scented with mint and citrus to wake you up in the A.M.

No matter what type of hair or scalp condition you have, these gentle shampoos and conditioners give you fantastic results all year long.

Max Green Alchemy can be purchased at health food stores and online at You can buy Mario Russo’s shampoos and conditioners at either salon in Boston or at Philip B.’s products are on his website or use the online store locator to find a shop near you. Robert Kree’s products can be found online at or at his salon in New York City.

PJ Gach is a New York City based freelance writer. Some of the publications her pieces have appeared in are The New York Post, Rolling Stone (web & mag), Ingenue Magazine and Drill magazine. She has never met a shoe she didn’t like.

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