Like I said before (My Story: Shampoo and Conditioner) Garnier Fructis makes my long time favorite shampoo and conditioners. I absolutely adore the way the scent fills up my bathroom when I use this in the shower but it doesn’t last long on my hair. As a matter of fact, once I blow-dry my hair, the scent goes away completely. As for the scent itself, for lack of a better term, I describe it as a fruity-green scent that’s neither sweet nor citrus-y, just clean. Initially, the scent alone is what got me hooked on this stuff as I rarely notice if a product does something to my unruly lion’s mane. Over time and after much repurchasing, I can confidently state that this just works!
Let me clarify. My hair has a life of it’s own. Sometimes, it’s wavy. Sometimes, it’s curly. Sometimes it’s a mash-up of both (don’t ask). Although it’s quite soft, it’s also very prone to frizz and tangles, which is why I blow-dry it straight. During the summer, when I shower everyday (sometimes twice or thrice) I just shower, scrunch some mousse in my hair, get dressed, and go out. During the winter, I’ll shower but skip washing my hair, opting to wash it every second or third day, so I’m forced to blow-dry it. Why forced, you say? Well, if I don’t blow-dry my hair, it can and will get all tangled up by the next day. The shampoo and conditioner I use from Garnier Fructis, somehow make my hair manageable to where I can wear it in it’s natural state, and it still looks great!
Let’s look at some of the ingredients. Keep in mind that the higher the ingredient is on that list, the bigger the percentage it makes up, of the product. The first ingredient is Water, or Aqua and usually makes up 80% of the shampoo. The second ingredient is Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which is a gentle cleanser. Sodium Chloride = salt! Glycol Distearate is what gives the shampoo that pearl effect (iridescence). Coco-betain is what makes the shampoo less runny (because it is water-based) and more foamy (bubbles!). Niacinamide is part of the Vitamin B group (B3) and is supposed to reduce hair loss. Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride is what tames the frizz! That’s it for the ingredients. You didn’t think I was going to go through the whole list did you? ;)
To be completely honest, I don’t notice any less hair loss. Then again, the average person sheds around 200 hairs a day. I also don’t notice my hair being any stronger, as even brushing through the tangles can snap my hair. What I do notice though, is even if I let it air-dry, my hair seems less frizzy and dare I say it, shiny. It also makes my already soft hair even softer (Dimethicon = Silicone). Some people claim that silicone weighs their hair down. Personally, I find that my hair loves silicone but the main reason why I keep returning to Garnier Fructis is because this stuff makes my hair manageable.
That said, my uncle who lives abroad, was staying at our place for the weekend, for a short visit. After using my Garnier hair stuff, the next day, he gave them back, saying that they made his hair really stiff. A handful of my girlfriends have complained of the same thing too. They say it dries their hair out. My cousin swears that it makes her hair fall out too, while my aunt says that it made her scalp itchy. Most of the people who complained, have naturally straight, manageable, non-frizzy hair whereas my sister, whose hair texture is a touch more textured than mine (hers is curlier whereas mine is wavier) but similar to mine, also uses this stuff, off and on (she prefers the more expensive, salon-brand stuff), and says it works great on her hair.
I’m not trying to confuse you. I’m just being honest. It works great for me and my sis because of our hair’s texture but it doesn’t work for a lot of other people. So just keep that in mind. I love this stuff but what works for me, might not necessarily work for you. I also like that I can find this at almost every cooperative in the country. Even when I’m traveling, these inexpensive shampoos and conditioners are literally sold everywhere! What about you? Have you tried Garnier Fructis’s Shampoo, or Conditioner, or both? Did you like it or not? What other Shampoos and Conditioners do you use?