All right, I promised I’d post about shampoo…
I’ve described my hair type before, but it’s been a while. I have fine hair, and not much of it. It’s a few inches below my shoulders with a couple very subtle layers at the ends (my hair girl calls it “shattering,” which sounds kinda badass), and I have side-swept bangs. I’ve been growing my hair out for a while now, with lots of trims along the way, and I always have trouble with my ends getting tangly once it gets past my shoulders. Then I get split ends (ugh). My hair is prone to looking a bit greasy, especially in the bang area, so I try not to use a ton of product in it. I wash my hair every other day, usually using Acure Dry Shampoo on my “off” days. My scalp is mostly healthy, with some minor build-up every now and then. I consider my hair to be color-treated, even though I use henna, which isn’t really “traditional” hair color. Henna will be a good topic for a future post!
During my, um, absence from blogging, I’ve tried a couple different shampoos. The first one was Juice Organics Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner. I had liked their Brightening combination for normal hair, so I thought I’d try this version for fine hair. I found it at good ol’ TJ Maxx for $8.99 per bottle — great deal! Though it did a good job keeping my scalp feeling healthy, I felt as though it dried out my ends and made my hair more tangly than usual. It’s a good thing I have a large supply of hair oil samples from Birchbox, because that helped me to deal with those dry ends! Also, the smell wasn’t my favorite. It’s supposed to be passionfruit scented, but it sort of reminded me of Children’s Tylenol. Not offensive, but not pleasant either. I know it sounds like I’m hating on this shampoo/conditioner combo, but I’m not. It just isn’t for me; good but not great. So, after I was done with this combo, I was in search for something a little less drying that would help my ends feel healthy and a bit more moisturized.
My next (and current) combo is Acure Moroccan Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cell Shampoo and Conditioner. I had a ton of Birchbox points to burn, plus a discount code, so I went for it. I had tried the version for fine hair as well (which I had also posted about), but had a similar issue with my ends being a bit on the dry side. I’ve been using it for about a month now and so far I like it. It smells very strongly of almonds, which I didn’t love at first, but it’s growing on me. The reviews I read talked about it being a bit heavy for fine hair, so I’ve taken extra precautions when using it. I’ve only been using a little bit of each product and I only use a little bit of conditioner on my ends (I don’t put it anywhere near my roots). I haven’t had as many tangles in my ends, which is great! My hair looks shiny and healthy. Plus, using less product will help it to last longer, thus saving me money. So far it’s a win!
Due to my frequent shampoo-hopping behaviors, I may not stick with this one. I love trying all kinds of products, and until I find something that knocks my socks off, I’ll keep my options open. I’ve seen Juice Organics Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner around as well (again, at TJ Maxx) and that looks intriguing to me. I love anything that smells like coconuts, and now I know my hair can handle moisturizing shampoos/conditioners, so that may be the next one I try! And, of course, I’m always looking for recommendations. What shampoo do you like and use?