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Can a hair sheet replace your favourite shampoo?


First, sheet face masks took the world of skincare by storm. 

Now haircare manufacturers have got in on the act, promising to provide all the benefits of your favourite shampoo or conditioner within sheets, cloths and caps.

Some claim they can even be used on the go – no water required. 

But can hair sheets really match up to your bathtime favourites? And at a time when brands are trying to be more eco-friendly, are single-use sheets the way to go? 

Claire Coleman tried some out . . .

Now haircare manufacturers have got in on the act, promising to provide all the benefits of your favourite shampoo or conditioner within sheets, cloths and caps (stock photo)

Now haircare manufacturers have got in on the act, promising to provide all the benefits of your favourite shampoo or conditioner within sheets, cloths and caps (stock photo)

Sam McKnight Lazy Girl Hair Cleanse Cloths (£17 for 20, sammcknight.com)

Sam McKnight Lazy Girl Hair Cleanse Cloths (£17 for 20, sammcknight.com)

WET WIPES FOR YOUR LOCKS

Sam McKnight Lazy Girl Hair Cleanse Cloths (£17 for 20, sammcknight.com)

These wipes are a spin-off of the iconic hair stylist’s cult Lazy Girl dry shampoo. Infused with witch hazel and aloe vera, you swipe over roots when you’re short of time to wash your hair, and the wipe (pack pictured below) absorbs the oil. It worked a treat on my less than fresh hairline.

The cloths are made of tree pulp cellulose and are compostable.

Verdict: A great gym-bag staple, with a gorgeous fragrance. 4/5

Ikoo Infusions Hair Fresh-Ups Perfume Sheets (£7.49 for eight, myhairandbeauty.co.uk)

Ikoo Infusions Hair Fresh-Ups Perfume Sheets (£7.49 for eight, myhairandbeauty.co.uk)

FRESH SCENT ON THE GO

Ikoo Infusions Hair Fresh-Ups Perfume Sheets (£7.49 for eight, myhairandbeauty.co.uk)

With extracts of mint and camellia, these textured pads are designed almost like little pockets, so you can put two fingers inside and run the pad over your hair. The pads are damp but don’t leave hair wet, and the fresh fragrance did a good job of getting cooking smells out of my hair. However, they didn’t make it less greasy – if anything they made it worse!

Despite several inquiries to the manufacturer, I don’t know what the pads are made of – I assume non-environmentally friendly synthetic material.

Verdict: A pump-action hair mist – buy one or make one with essential oils and water – is a far better option. 1/5

Rehab Shampoo Sheets (£24 for 25, rehabyourhair.com)

Rehab Shampoo Sheets (£24 for 25, rehabyourhair.com)

JUST ADD WATER FOR A GREEN CLEAN

Rehab Shampoo Sheets (£24 for 25, rehabyourhair.com)

Billed as ‘zero waste’, you take this lightly fragranced square of dehydrated shampoo out of its sachet, add water and lather in your hands, then apply to wet hair as you would regular shampoo. The sachet also dissolves entirely in the shower.

The sheet created a decent lather and did a good job of cleaning my hair. At £24 for 25 washes, it’s not a cheap option, but cost-wise it’s on a par with higher-end shampoos.

Verdict: This sets the standard for sustainability, and it’s a high performance product, too. 5/5

Fresh Wipes Rinse-Free Shampoo Cap (£20 for five, freshwipes.co.uk)

Fresh Wipes Rinse-Free Shampoo Cap (£20 for five, freshwipes.co.uk)

PLASTIC BUT NOT SO FANTASTIC

Fresh Wipes Rinse-Free Shampoo Cap (£20 for five, freshwipes.co.uk)

This padded shower cap has a no-rinse liquid cleanser soaked into it. Each cap comes in a plastic pouch and can be microwaved to warm it up before use. You put the cap on, massage your hair for three minutes inside it, remove the cap and then blow dry your hair.

These were designed to wash the hair of bedbound patients, so while it dispelled any greasiness and left hair with a neutral smell, it didn’t offer a glossy end result.

Verdict: A godsend for those too ill to wash their hair, but the results are otherwise average and I don’t love the amount of plastic. 2.5/5

Derma V10 Hair Sheet Mask (£7.95 for four, amazon.co.uk)

Derma V10 Hair Sheet Mask (£7.95 for four, amazon.co.uk)

SHEET MASK FOR SOFTNESS

Derma V10 Hair Sheet Mask (£7.95 for four, amazon.co.uk)

This mask is really a sealed disposable plastic shower cap with a conditioning treatment inside.

The coconut-fragranced mask was fine, but you could get the same effect with a hair mask and reusable shower cap, which would be more eco-friendly.

Verdict: A waste of plastic and not particularly effective. 1/5 



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