Finding a New Shampoo and Conditioner: Update with Winners and Losers

It’s been about 2 months since I shared that I was looking for a new shampoo and conditioner. After a few years of using Olaplex (No.4 shampoo and No. 5 conditioner) and Moroccan Gold Series Treatment Mask as a heavy-duty conditioner, I suddenly didn’t love them anymore. I think they changed the formula of my deep conditioner and my hair was feeling just kind of sad and limp.

So, I went on a google search to find a new shampoo and conditioner combo for my fine, dry, color-treated hair (here’s the post where I talked about it).

I gathered a ton of information and then hit up my local TJ Maxx and Ulta to grab a few options to try:

After giving them all a try over the last couple months, we have a clear LOSER:

JVN Undamage Strengthening Shampoo and JVN Embody Volumizing Conditioner

I found the shampoo and conditioner for $10 each bottle at TJ Maxx and they are supposed to gently cleanse, be good for over-processed hair, minimize split ends, and add thickness and fullness to limp strands.

After using it for a few washes, it just is not a good fit for me. My hair felt very dry afterwards and certainly not very moisturized. While it had body, it was much more puffy and frizzy than I’d seen before. It was better as ‘second day hair’ after sleeping on it, but still pretty bad.

When it comes to winners, we really have TWO winners.

Pricey Winner: Pureology Hydrate Sheer Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner

If money were no object, this combo would be stocked in my shower until the end of time. I bought the trial sizes at Ulta ($10 each), because I just couldn’t commit to $35 for a bottle of shampoo and then ANOTHER $36 for conditioner. Key benefits from the Pureology people are: specifically for dry, fine hair, restores suppleness to color-treated hair, and the conditioner provides moisture and softness.

As a bonus, it smells absolutely wonderful and the shampoo foams up really well. The conditioner has menthol in it, which makes your scalp tingle and feel so nice. I LOVE the way my hair looks and feels when using the Pureology. It has body and keeps a natural wave without frizz when I let it air dry on day one. It also keeps everything looking great and moisturized without feeling greasy on day two and day three.

If I found this on sale somewhere, or at TJ Maxx for a discount I’d scoop up a half-dozen bottles and hoard them.

Shopping info:

Less Pricey Winner: Joico HydraSplash Hydrating Shampoo and JoiFULL Volumizing Conditioner

I call this the “less pricey” winner, but if I bought it full-price off Amazon it would be similarly priced to the Pureology. However, my TJ Maxx is pretty stocked with Joico shampoos and conditioners for $10 a bottle, so I feel pretty confident that when it’s time to re-buy they will have more. The Joico adds hydration and softness for fine-to-medium, dry hair and will not weigh it down. The conditioner, also specifically for fine, thin hair, is supposed to provide instant body and long-lasting fullness.

If I hadn’t tried the Pureology, I would have been 100% happy with the Joico. My hair loves it! On day one it dries nicely with body and no frizz and on day two and three, it is still looking bouncy and shiny. No limp hairs here!

The only reasons I like the Pureology better is the minty scent, the frothy lather and tingly scalp. The Joico does a great job, it just doesn’t give me that ‘spa day in my shower’ feeling.

Shopping info (try TJ Maxx or Marshalls first!)

So, with all that being said… this thrifty girl* is sticking with the Joico shampoo and conditioner. HOWEVER, if I come across Pureology on a super sale… all bets are off!

* Yes, I realize there are lots of cheaper shampoo and conditioners out there. My hair is high maintenance and I like the fancy stuff.

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2 thoughts on “Finding a New Shampoo and Conditioner: Update with Winners and Losers”

  1. Maybe that tingly scalp feeling isn’t healthy for you. Better that you go with the other one. I love Pantene. Especially the one that gives your hair shine. We are all stuck on something!

    1. Oh, lots of shampoos do the tingly scalp thing — often ones that have green tea and menthol in them. It’s safe and feels great! =)

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