Lee Stafford Oily Roots & Dry Ends

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.

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This was a really pretty and artsy image, but it all went sideways when I uploaded it onto the blog. Apparently today is not the day for crisp and clear images.

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).

C x

All review products are samples provided for consideration unless otherwise stated.


  1. Jul 20, 2016 / 1:48 PM

    Your thoughts are exactly the same as mine, my fellow greasy haired psychic twin :-p

    • Chantelle Bester
      Jul 20, 2016 / 2:16 PM

      Rat tails for life 😛

  2. R Fourie
    Jul 20, 2016 / 7:41 PM

    I like to change my hair products almost every second month – this month I am trying John Frieda and boy oh boy, I am impressed!! Next on my list will be Lee Stafford 🙂

    • Chantelle Bester
      Jul 21, 2016 / 3:00 PM

      I’m also not too attached to hair products – will chop and change according to what my hair seems to want from me at that stage 🙂 Haven’t used anything from John Frieda in yonks, must give them a try again when I run out.

  3. Apr 28, 2019 / 11:30 AM

    Have not tried it yet, do you know if it is curly girl method approved?

    • Chantelle Bester
      Jan 6, 2020 / 4:13 AM

      Hi Trudie! There are a few variations on curly hair methods so I’m not sure, sorry!

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