If you’re in the market for new shampoo and conditioner, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’re looking at five sets of hair care products for different hair types, tastes and budgets.
Tresemmé Beauty-Full Volume
There’s a big buzz around Tresemmé Beauty-Full Volume shampoo and conditioner. Most of the hype is because for the first time a mainstream brand is marketing reverse washing. If you’re not familiar, reverse washing is where you condition first and shampoo second to ensure your hair isn’t weighed down by conditioners.
Although you can technically do this with any sham & con (I do it often with whatever I’m using, especially with richer hair treatments), this is definitely the combo I’m going to try next. The instructions say to condition the lengths and ends, rinse, and then shampoo. I like to just wash out the conditioner on the ends when I apply shampoo to the roots when I use this method, and I can’t see why it won’t work here too.
Get Tresemmé Beauty-Full Volume shampoo (750ml) & pre-wash conditioner (500ml) for around R95 each*. I don’t know why there is less conditioner, as I tend to run out of that first. Maybe they’re trying to guide us with regards to how much to use?
Also: kudos for the pump on the conditioner bottle, can you please put one on the shampoo bottle too?
*Currently R60 each on promo at Clicks
Creightons Beautiful Brunette
Creightons Beautiful Brunette Shampoo and Conditioner (R50 each from Pick n Pay) are intended for dry, damaged brown hair – whether natural or colour treated. I can’t find too much info, but I did pick up that aside from nourishing oils it’s enriched with Pro Vitamin B5 and sunscreens – the latter explains why they would claim to preserve your colour and make it more vibrant.
Even though they don’t claim to deposit any colour into the hair, both the shampoo and conditioner have a deep brown colour to them. I’m not sure if this has a toning effect on the hair or if it’s just plain colourants to make the products look more brunette-y. It’s safe to say that I’m now curious enough to test it after my next colour appointment.
Vichy Dercos Ultra Soothing
If you have a very fussy scalp, you’re going to want to consider Vichy Dercos Ultra Soothing Shampoo. It’s meant for reactive scalp so it’s sulphate free, contains only a minute addition of fragrance and is free from colourants as far as I can tell.
It’s enriched with various soothing ingredients that promise relief from the first wash, and discomfort reduced by 60% after three weeks. My bottle is ready and on standby in the shower, because every now and then my scalp gets insanely itchy and flaky. It’s usually when I use something that’s heavily fragranced and/or very foamy. I’m curious to see how fast this would work, but naturally in the three months that I’ve had it my scalp has behaved impeccably.
Get Vichy Dercos Ultra Soothing Shampoo from R185 at pharmacies.
NAK Aromas is an Aussie brand that reminds me a lot of hippie commune culture in the best possible way. Their products are sulphate- and paraben free, vegan friendly, and enriched with nourishing oils as well as essential oils for fragrance (figured it out – patchouli is a hippie smell to me).
I have the shampoo and conditioner for coloured hair and it’s an absolute pleasure to use. It smells amazing, and I’m often tempted to braid my hair and stick on a flower crown before I head to my first meeting (joke, joke). I can’t say that my hair is softer, shinier or in better condition than it was before, but I did notice it’s definitely less static by a mile.
R320 each from Retailbox.
Last but not least we have Noughty – a brand that boasts about being 97% natural. Their products are free from petrochemicals, parabens, sulphates and also silicones**. The products (especially the conditioner) are loaded with nourishing and soothing oils, and the only aspect I can fault them on is the high fragrance content.
I have the scalp soothing sham & con (either I’m lucking out or people are getting better at stalking us online) and it smells comforting, creamy and a little coconut-y. There are also variants for curls, frizz, and normal/dry hair. R150 each from Clicks.
**This is a big deal especially if you don’t wash your hair that often. If you don’t shampoo silicones out daily/every couple of days they build up and ultimately dehydrate your hair.