Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Shampoo & Conditioner (and a little education on haircare ingredients!)
+ Sells for anywhere from $3-$6 for a 13oz bottle at drugstores
+ Silicone-free, Paraben-Free, Dye-Free (Which is a good thing!)
+ The bottle is 92% biodegradeable (But if it’s not 100%, what’s the point?)
You’re going to need an FYI about ingredients before you really come to understand this product:
Silicons are a very common ingredient in hair products. They coat your hair, making it easier to comb, softer to the touch. They also help lock out moisture and humidity, which will cause the hair shaft to expand and create the frizzies! Because of this they also tend to make hair look shinier as well.
So why are they bad? All of those things are pretty much what everyone wants for their hair. However, it’s just a short-term illusion! Silicons, when used every day for a long period of time, actually dry out your hair and can really harm it. Silicons cause buildup on the hair itself, locking out moisture to the point where hair becomes dry, flat, greasy, and prone to breakage.
Parabens are another thing that we should be avoiding in our beauty routines. They are essentially preservatives added to products to increase their shelf life. For years they’ve been considered perfectly harmless and were added to everything, but recent studies have proven that they are actually linked to increased estrogen levels and cancers. Of course, there are tons of things that cause cancer, from food to sunlight, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Antioxidants and Vitamins, while great when ingested, are absolutely worthless when included in cosmetic products. Especially in shampoos… they don’t actually absorb into your body, and are just “buzz words” that companies use to advertise their product to a specific group.
ON TO THE ACTUAL REVIEW (although those things are important to know!)
These smell amazing, just like all the other Garnier Fructis shampoos I’ve ever used and loved. BUT this does mean that there are fragrances added to these products, preventing them from being truly natural (fragrances are complexes of hundreds of chemicals).
The shampoo lathers well and feels great to wash with! It makes your hair feel very clean, but even in the small time between the rinse and the adding of conditioner, I could really tell that it had stripped my hair. It felt dry, and had that squeaky feeling… not in a good way. It was impossible for my fingers to flow through it.
The conditioner is equally easy and pleasant, while you’re using it. It’s quite hydrating and hair does comb through quite easily. It feels as though it rinses out well.
BUT… I definitely felt a LOT of buildup in my hair and on my scalp after using these. While your hair is wet, it looks and feel fabulous… but when it’s dry, it loses all of it’s natural shape and doesn’t feel clean at all. There is no volume and no shine, and my hair feels as though it has been coated in wax. This happened no matter what I did to fix it… I used more, I used less, I double rinsed, I air dried, I used serum, I did a blow out, I curled it, NOTHING helped the awful feel this left in my hair.
This happens whenever I use a silicone-free shampoo and conditioner, no matter the brand. It’s unfortunate that companies feel the need to add even more ingredients after removing just a few (in place of silicones they added different waxes of natural origin).
Even though these products have good intentions, I have to say they’ve failed. Too bad!
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