I’ve been using Lee Stafford Oily Roots & Dry Ends shampoo and conditioner on and off for the past few weeks now and I’m finally ready to do a review.
First things first – I think the product names are a little misleading. The combo may be intended for ‘combination’ hair, but it’s pretty much two separate products with two separate and unrelated functions – a shampoo for oily hair and a conditioner for dry hair.
I need to shampoo daily in order to avoid looking as if I’d styled my hair with the frying pan I cooked breakfast in, so I was very keen to try these guys out. The shampoo is foamy, smells great and gets rid of any oil on the scalp and roots in a single wash. So much so that it works best for me if I alternate it with a more hydrating variant like OGX Coconut Water shampoo – Lee Stafford Oily Roots is very close to a clarifying shampoo on my hair. It leaves my hair with loads of volume and with a gorgeous floral-fresh scent that lingers just long enough.
As for the conditioner? I wasn’t exceptionally impressed. Even though it’s enriched with shea butter for nourishment, I find my hair is still tangled when I rinse it and I struggle to brush it out even with my never-fail Tangle Teezer. On the plus side, it definitely doesn’t weigh your hair down – if yours is very thin it may not be a bad option. In my opinion it’s a conditioner more suited to ‘normal’ ends, not dry ends.
I would definitely use the shampoo again as a clarifier (once or twice a week works well for me) – the conditioner wasn’t really suitable for me in the end.
Lee Stafford products are available from Clicks, this shampoo and conditioner are both R125 each (250ml).