For the purpose of this post, I will start with saying that I have very long, thick hair that measures at around a 2a on the hair type chart.
From the time I blossomed out of my awkward “I don’t care about my looks” preteen years and into my “every part of me is a flaw!” teenaged years, I have been looking for the holy grail of shampoos/conditioners. I’ve tried everything. Suave, Suave Professionals, It’s a 10! (It’s a 0!), Garnier Fructis, and more. I bought stuff from hair professionals who guaranteed flawless hair with their newest product (turns out they just wanted to make their sales quota); I’ve scoured the Internet and sifted through countless reviews from people just like me in search for the perfect shampoo/conditioner that would make my hair flowy, shiny, and soft.
It has been a long, 10 year expedition.
And by God, I may have finally found what I’m looking for.
The Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil and Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner (what a mouthful!) has wowed me in every imaginable way. Infused with coconut oil (a life saving beauty product), it leaves my hair feeling soft and shiny for days. I’ve tried “professional quality” products, but was always left with hair that felt waxy and oily which I now know is the residue left from the shampoo. Similar to how a poor quality soap can make your skin feel tight and dry, these kinds of shampoos do the same thing to your hair. I’ve been using this shampoo/conditioner for several months now and have never experienced any leftover residue as I have from products like “It’s a 10” and “L’Oreal.”
The infused coconut oil also helps reduce the look of split ends and adds moisture back into dry hair. While many hair products (including this one, much to my dismay) guarantee they will repair split ends, unfortunately once a hair has split, the only way to “repair” it is to cut it. But the Marc Anthony shampoo has done a great job in smoothing down my split ends while I put off getting a trim. (I tell myself that it only has to be an inch, but I can’t bear to cut off my long locks!)
Another great thing about this shampoo/conditioner duo that I’d like to briefly mention is the fact that it’s sulfate free, meaning it’s great for color treated hair! Although to be perfectly honest, sulfate free is the way to go whether you color your hair or not as it’s more nourishing.
The only downside I’ve encountered thus far is it’s price. The bottle is fairly small and lasts me between 3-4 weeks with washes occurring every other day or every 2 days. Although the shampoo lasts me quite a bit longer than the conditioner because I avoid using too much shampoo and make up for it in conditioner since it’s better for my hair. (Check out No Poo people!) The bottles here in Texas are priced at around $5.50 per bottle which is quite a chunk of money for shampoo/conditioner on the small side. But if I get healthy, shiny looking hair for $11, I’m more than willing to shell out the cash.
Have you used this product? What are your thoughts on it? Do you have any suggestions or alternatives in hair products that you believe are superior? Let me know in the comments!
See you next Wednesday!