Kallos Cosmetics LAB35 review – My hair holy grail

Lab35 Hair milk, signature conditioner and sulfate free shampoo

I used to think ‘salon quality hair’ at home was a total myth. It sounds like something they just say on the adverts, doesn’t it? In the search for Disney Princess-esque hair finding the right products can be a minefield. After all, the advice often contradicts itself. “Keep it simple and don’t weigh your hair down“… but it’s apparently also essential that we need a foam wash, mask, leave-in conditioner, heat protection spray, texture spray, hairspray and a myriad of other gunk.

What a load of tosh! Finding what’s right for your hair can be a long and tiresome process, so I thought I’d share my three holy grail products from Kallos Cosmetics.

I first discovered these guys in Urban Outfitters. Feeling fancy, I treated myself to 500ml of the signature hair mask in celebration of my new job last year. The small bottle lasted over six months! I have long hair so I use a lot of product, but the mask works so well for me that I only had to use it now and again.

Alas, I eventually ran out and Urban Outfitters stopped selling the brand. Thankfully I grabbed the same product, for the same price – double the amount – in TKmaxx. God bless TKmaxx! That’s where my Kallos obsession began.

Kallos LAB35 Bamboo shampoo
I start my shower by using the sulfate free argon oil & bamboo extract shampoo. It doesn’t have an over powering smell and instantly feels as if my hair is transforming as I build up a foam between my hands.

This is technically a shampoo for coloured hair, but I love how light it feels. The sulfate-free formula doesn’t leave any heavy residue, which is important when you have long, heavy hair in general! The lack of residue also ensures my hair feels cleaner for longer. I sometimes feel like products that leave a film over the hair actually pick up more dirt than usual. If you have temperamental hair that needs balance, give this shampoo a go.

After use my hair feels light and fresh with a subtle fragrance. I would say if you’re looking for a shampoo with a scent that lasts all day, this wouldn’t be it. However the silky soft feeling of your hair afterwards totally makes up for it!

Kallos LAB35 Signature hair mask
The signature mask is my OG all time fave hair product. My hair is long and dead at the ends cause I haven’t cut it in years, but the LAB35 signature mask revives my hair every time. My trick is to leave the mask on for as long as possible.

I’ll add about 4 pumps to the end of my hair, wrap it in warm towel and continue to heat the outside (make sure your towel is microwave/heat safe for this)! When I’m in a rush, I’ll use it like a normal conditioner. This mask leaves my hair smelling amazing and it feels completely revived!

Kallos LAB35 Hair milk
I’ve tried a few leave in conditioners, but this hair milk was a much lighter alternative. It’s supposed to protect and repair, but I wouldn’t suggest spritzing before heat styling because it’s just going to burn onto your styling iron. Instead spritz and brush through damp hair before naturally or blow drying.

This hair milk has really helped to protect my hair when I twist it up into a bun. I feel like the ends aren’t as dry and my hair no longer feels like the end of a witch’s broom.

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I would definitely recommend giving Kallos a go if you spot any in your local TKmaxx. I know the stock can be hit & miss, but there’s so many different formulas to try. Come back and tell me what you think if you manage to track them down!

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  1. hannah
    September 28, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    I’ve never heard of this brand before, it does look very good. Think i will try it on my hair

  2. September 28, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    It is amazing what you can find in TK Maxx sometimes, I have to admit I’ve not heard of this hair care before, but I am going to have to look out for it in store!

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      September 29, 2017 / 8:43 am

      I bloody love rummaging through TKmaxx! I only go on early mornings though because it gets messy fast.

  3. September 28, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    Thank God for TKMAxx indeed, I am not familiar with the brand but curious to try out the hair mask for sure

  4. September 28, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    I haven’t seen this brand before but I’m always open to great new hair products! Will definitely keep an eye out next time I’m in TK Maxx!

  5. September 29, 2017 / 7:48 am

    This is a new brand for me but the hair mask sounds interesting – that would be a first for me, too!

  6. September 29, 2017 / 8:35 am

    Sounds like a super product. I could really have used something like this for my hair before I dreadlocked it, lol!

  7. September 29, 2017 / 9:39 am

    TKMaxx is such a great place to look out for branded products on the cheap, especially when other places stop selling it. I’ll keep an eye out for this brand x

  8. Jen
    September 29, 2017 / 11:33 am

    Sounds very promising. Both my teenage daughters have really long thick hair, and we do struggle to find suitable products to do the job well. If I’m lucky I find my favourite Tigi stuff on offer somewhere, but this looks like a really good alternative and certainly worth trying out. Thanks for the recommendation.

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      September 29, 2017 / 12:49 pm

      Hey Jen! Teenage hair can be so troublesome. Would definitely recommend the mask for thick hair, but since teenage hair can suffer from hormonal changes I’d bare in mind that it might not need the extra moisture. If your gals are anything like me, I used to find my hair got a little greasy in my teen years so I turned away from masks and deep conditioning. Of course, they’ll know their own hair better than I do but definitely food for thought :).

  9. September 29, 2017 / 11:40 am

    I love TKMaxx for a bargain! I have just started trialing a new shampoo, but I would consider this one if I don’t get on with the one I’m trying.

  10. September 29, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    TK Maxx is amazing for finding gems. I haven’t heard of this brand either but it sounds great and I will definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for it x

  11. September 29, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    Never come across this brand but it sounds so so good!

  12. September 30, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    Great recommendation, must try Kallos and visit TKmaxx soon. Good that it leaves your hair feeling so soft.

  13. October 1, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    I love T K Maxx! They have some fab beauty brands, I get lots from there!!

  14. andrea
    March 7, 2018 / 1:33 pm

    love these products. been using them for a few years now. i love the hair mask with algae and olive oil,it is amazing. the shampoo’s also do the trick. i also like their 13 in one treatment, that is my go to. i also like their leave in conditioner for textured hair. that one is from their lab 35 range. i use them all the time. you can get the products from notino.co.uk and a thousand mill hair mask coat around 3 pound, same with the shampoo and lasts forever.they are worth a try my damaged dryhair is no longer.

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      March 7, 2018 / 2:22 pm

      Thanks for the heads up Andrea, just been to check out your suggestion and they’ve got the hair oil I’ve been looking for!

  15. Berenice Dummett
    March 11, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    I use the alberto balsam Apple one – still have to wash daily but I find my hair stays in good condition. I’ve tried other shampoos with tea tree in the ingredients but these make my scalp sore with little spots.

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      March 13, 2018 / 12:35 pm

      Hmmm it might be the soap content that causes your spots to flare up. I’m the same, they kind of center around my forehead/hairline. That’s why I like using the low-soap Kallos version. I feel like anything with a high soap content just get’s trapped up and cloggs all my pours.