L’Oreal EverSleek Sulfate-Free Intense Smoothing Shampoo

Smoother hair? Sign me up!

My Experience

Beloved readers, this was a surprisingly strong shampoo considering it is marketed as “gentle” since it is sulfate-free. I used this shampoo with the entire EverSleek system. You can read my other experiences with it here.

This did not give me a new head of hair (my hair was slightly smoother, maybe, for having used the entire system), but it did leave a great base for the partner conditioner, without stripping my hair or scalp.

T H E   G O O D

  • High lather (personal preference)
  • Spreads through hair easily
  • No build up or residue (when used with complimentary products)
  • Long-lasting (a small amount will coat your hair in a rich, milky lather)

This milky-white, pearlescent shampoo has a slippery feel, spreading easily over hair. It explodes into a froth of bubbles–fun for those that love to indulge in bubble-heavy formulas.

I know, bubbles are not necessary for cleanliness, but again– they are fun! This shampoo delivers more bubbles than you may have realized a shampoo could. As in blanket-of-bubbles-around-your-toes amounts of bubbles.

T H E   B A D

  • Generic floral scent
  • Little difference in hair texture

Again, I did noticed–maybe–slightly smoother hair for having used this as part of the entire system, but the result was not enough to move me to repurchase it or its coordinating products.


This is a great drugstore shampoo if you love bubbles, but if your hair is particularly damaged or extremely frizzy naturally, this will not reverse that.



L’Oreal Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Restoring Shampoo

Damage? Schmamage! (I tried.)

I have repurchased this four times. That has never happened before (with a non-natural) drugstore shampoo to date.

Suffice to say–I like it.

My Experience

Unlike every synthetic/non-natural drugstore shampoo I’ve used to date, cleansed my hair thoroughly without stripping my scalp leaving my curls soft and fluffy.

You can read about my experience with the coordinating conditioner here.

T H E   G O O D

  • High lather (Personal preference)
  • Doesn’t strip hair
  • Under $10
  • Available your local drugstore, Target, and Walmart
  • No build up
  • Doesn’t dry scalp
  • Thoroughly cleanses

The shampoo is off-white, semi-shimmery, and on the runny side. It is fairly thick, but not like a conditioner or cleansing conditioner.

It explodes into a froth of bubbles–if you like bubbles, you will enjoy this–wraps around your strands and gently cleanses, rinsing away with ease. (I know, bubbles aren’t necessary for cleanliness, but they’re quite enjoyable.)

This does not eliminate or truly erase damage alone, but it does provide noticeable softening affect.

T H E   B A D

  • Fragrance

The scent of this is so terribly synthetic-honey-meets-synthetic-cream-meets-synthetic-florals it made me wince. It is sickeningly sweet. There’s no way around it.

That typed and read, the scent lingers at appropriate levels in your hair–still sweet–mind you, but not as cloying.


Piles of milky bubbles thoroughly cleanse your hair without stripping it nor your scalp. This is a perfect foundation for the matching conditioner to noticeably mitigate the visual evidence of styling damage.

Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamide MEA, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone, Fragrance, PPG 5 Ceteth 20, Sodium Benzoate, Salicylic Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Carbomer, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Arginine, Glutamic Acid, Benzyl Salicylate, Serine, Benzyl, Alcohol, Limonene, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Amyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, 2 Oleamido 1,3 Octadecanediol, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, FIL D54573/1



Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo

Beloved readers, I purchased this shampoo on ingredient quality alone. I was not disappointed. I love finding a great shampoo for curly hair!

I also purchased it, because it’s free of these:

No Sulfates

No Parabens

No Phthalates
No Paraffin
No Gluten
No Propylene Glycol
No Mineral Oil
No Synthetic Fragrance
No Synthetic Color
No Animal Testing.

My Experience

Not only did this shampoo gently cleanse my hair without drying out my scalp–it multitasks. (You know I simply–adore–multitasking products.)

This is a fairly low-lathering shampoo, which could be a negative for some of you. Many of us know we do not actually needs “suds n’ bubbles” to have clean hair. That’s marketing at its finest; however, many of us (including myself from time to time) simply like them, so I thought I’d mention it.

(I understand the #BubbleLove, beloved readers. I don’t judge.)

It didn’t increase my curl definition or shine, but my hair was relatively healthy when I began using it, so there was little room for “improvement.”

Would you like to read my experience with the other hair and body products from this line? Click here.

T H E   G O O D

  • Gently cleanses
  • Does not strip hair nor scalp
  • Multitasks amazingly well
  • $10
  • High ingredient quality
  • Available at your local drugstore or Ulta
  • low lather (personal preference)
  • Light, fruity/creamy scent lingers in hair

This product can be a shampoo (of course!), body wash, bubble bath, hand soap, and shaving aid. I used it to wash my face as well without issue as well!

The scent of this is more fruity/floral the coconut-y. I’m not fond of fruity scents, but this wasn’t unpleasant. It lingers gently in the hair after rinsing, which will be a plus for those who like fruity-floral fragrances.

T H E   B A D

  • Did not remove hair styling products

This cleanses thoroughly, while doing so deceptively gently; but, it couldn’t remove my silicone-based styling serums or polyquat-loaded leave-ins entirely, so be aware that this works best with other “all natural” products or the rest of its own line best.


Ultimately, I was pleased with the performance of this. It left my hair and scalp clean, but not stripped, and my curls soft and fluffy. Another great shampoo for curly hair from Shea Moisture.

Ingredients: Deionized Water , Decyl Glucoside (Sugar Beets) , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Aloe Vera Leaf Juice , Vitamin E , Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil (Neem) , Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (Coconut Oil) , Panthenol (Vitamin B-5) , Rosemary Extract , Silk Protein.

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Shea Moisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo

Beloved readers, this is the shampoo for scalp problems. I purchased this to aid me in healing my scalp after permanently stepping away from chemical straighteners.

My scalp had reacted quite violently to my last round of chemical straightening which threw off my scalp’s entire chemistry and left it scaly, red, raw, burned wreck.

I knew I had to heal my scalp if I wanted to return to better hair days, so I decided to make this part of my recovery plan.

My Experience

This delivered MIGHTILY.

Not only did it deeply cleanse and exfoliate my scalp–it soothed it!

T H E   G O O D

  • Light, soft fragrance (lingers in hair slightly)
  • Cleanses deeply, without stripping
  • Soothes and calms scalp

This has a lightly sweet scent, with a hint of banana peel (the plaintain enzyme is behind this, I believe). It’s rather pleasant.

The color is absolutely beguiling. I was going to try this in all honesty, just for the color–a gorgeous onxy shade–but, please note: that it does not stain any thing nor will it darken your hair.

It leaves behind a cool, refreshed scalp that is ready to receive a nourishing deep conditioning treatment or the accompanying conditioner, both of which I also used. You can read my experiences with the rest of the line here.

This is excellent for clarifying for those on all-natural-product regimens, for true dandruff sufferers that find exfoliating keeps flakes at bay, and for those going through a temporary spat with their scalp.

T H E   B A D

  • Can dry hair if over used

While this shampoo is surprisingly gentle, considering how effective it is, as it says on the bottle it’s a deep cleansing shampoo. I suggest alternating it with a moisturizing shampoo. You can read my experience with other shampoos from this brand here.


This creates a gentle, milky lather that soothes irritation as it removes excess oil, dirt, flakes, and #sadfeels. It is the shampoo for scalp problems.

Ingredients: Deionized Water , Decyl Glucoside (Sugar Beets) , African Black Soap , Salicylic Acid , Salix Alba (Willow Bark) Extract , Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil (Neem) , Charcoal Powder , Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil , Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba) , Butyrospermum Parkii Oil (Shea) , Aloe Vera Leaf Juice , Vitamin E , Rosemary Extract , Plantain Extract

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Aveda Shampure Shampoo

Beloved readers, if you’d like an entry product into the world of Aveda, or you have a virgin/minimally processed mane: This shampoo is for you.

This ‘poo has a fresh, light “herbal” scent, which lingers kindly in the hair for a couple hours after washing. Its a refreshing, calm scent that will not compete with your personal fragrance–unless it happens to have deliriously sweet base and/or middle notes.

My Experience

In short–I liked it. It left my hair soft and fluffy and my scalp refreshed. It had difficulty with heavier styling products and days when I layered silicone-heavy products, however. On those days I needed to suds up a couple of times, which left my hair a little more on the dry side, though my scalp was still happy.

A little of this explodes into a creamy, aromatic lather. Not necessary for cleanliness, but definitely fun.

Interested in the coordinating conditioner? Read my review here. Curious about my other Aveda experiences? Enjoy them here.

T H E   G O O D

  • Gentle formula
  • Throughly cleans, without stripping hair
  • Refreshes scalp
  • High-lather (personal preference)

For around $22 it’s another Aveda-quality product, for an Aveda price.

This lasted two months for me–that is rather good for a daily shampoo. I was also pleased to have no build up with this over time, as well.

I used this while virgin-haired (3c/4a) and after chemically straightening my hair (1a/1b) with good results.

T H E   B A D

I’ve nothing to report here. (An extremely rare occurrence, I assure you.)



This is a well-balanced, gentle; yet, cleansing shampoo. Expect no miracles; however, it does what it says it will do–brilliantly.

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Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo

Beloved readers, this has a staple clarifying shampoo for me for the last seven years. 

My Experience

This crystal-clear, thin clarifying shampoo is no-frills “clean slate” perfection. A little dab of this bursts into hordes of bubbles (not necessary for cleanliness, mind you) and is easily massaged into one’s hair.

It will strip every last bit of gunk, silicone, oil, hair chalk, etc. you name it and will leave your scalp squeaky clean. While it does strip strands, my hair was not left utterly dead –but it did need immediate conditioning after wards.

Its effectiveness (and purpose) clearly means this is not a shampoo for daily use. Goodness, no! 

You can read my other experiences with Neutrogena hair products here.

T H E   G O O D

  • $6
  • It works
  • Long-lasting (a teeny bit will do)
  • Available at your local drugstore
  • Scent (personal preference)

T H E   B A D

  • Scent (personal preference)

There is only one con to this, which applies to those who dislike strong fragrances and/or prefer stereotypically feminine scents (to the Western nose):

This has a rich, woody sandal wood scent.

I consider sandalwood to be “unisex,” but I also like heady, earthy scents. Just know a strong hint of sandalwood fragrance will linger in your hair after use.


It works. Period. This one deserves it’s hype. You’ll be given a clean slate with a hint of sandalwood for $6. (Deep condition!)

Ingredients: Water , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Sodium Chloride , Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Glycerin , PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil , Citric Acid , DMDM Hydantoin , Fragrance


Living Proof Restore Shampoo

Beloved readers, the restore shampoo is a nice compliment to the rest of the Restore Line. (Read my experiences with the full line here.) I found each product a worthwhile purchase in its own right. I’m so glad I marched into my local Ulta and bought them before I was distracted by anything else.

My Experience

This shampoo fits perfectly with the rest of the regimen that does nurse bleached, dyed, or heat-stressed tresses back to life–virgin or chemically-altered–with a vengeance.

The restore shampoo, like everything I have tried from Living Proof to date, does exactly what it claims it will–superbly.

(Full stop.)

 T H E   G O O D

  • It works
  • Leaves hair silky, soft, smooth, and moisturized
  • Soft, fresh scent (lingers pleasantly)
  • A little will do (2+ months of use on 8″ thick, curl hair)
  • Does not strip hair
  • Gently cleanses
  • Removes product build up (disclaimer: I was using only Living Proof products)

I know, beloved readers, many other shampoos do the same for a fraction of the price; however, they do not feature the PolyfluoroEster that makes the entire brand the wonder it is. Restore shampoo, literally, restores.

T H E   B A D

  • Price

At $26-$28 dollars I suggest saving this line for when your hair is truly in dire need, if you don’t wish to regularly spend this much for a shampoo.


If you want a shampoo that leaves your hair–no matter how damaged–silky, soft, clean, moisturized, and smooth with a fresh scent–this will do it.


Ingredients: Water/Eau/Aqua, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glycol Distearate, Lactamide MEA, Fragrance/Parfum, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Octafluoropentyl Methacrylate (PolyfluoroEster), Creatine, Laureth-23, Tetrasodium EDTA, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Polyquaternium-47, Behenyl Alcohol, Laureth-16, Laureth-4, Polyquaternium-52, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glyceride, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional.

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Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo

Beloved readers, I have an announcement:





My Experience

This super slick, thick (it is a bit runny, so it is easy to over use, be careful!), golden-hued, absolutely sumptuous shampoo absolutely made my day.

It slinks over hair with ease, helping to soften tangles straight away before exploding into a rich, creamy bounty of bubbles to leave your scalp clean and refreshed and your hair soft, soft, buttery soft.

I absolutely adore this shampoo. You can read my other experiences with this line here.

T H E   G O O D

  • A little dab will do
  • Raw, natural shea butter
  • LUXURIOUS lather
  • NEVER dries out my hair
  • Leaves my hair feeling CO-WASHED!
  • Doubles as a facial wash that doesn’t strip skin
  • Doubles as a bady wash that doesn’t strip skin
  • Can you say “non-drying bubble bath”
  • Lasts forever!


T H E   B A D

  • Be wary of build-up fine-haired ladies.
  • Strong, sweet fragrance (lingers subtly; personal preference)

It has an extremely sweet, STRONG, floral scent. This is not a “girly” sugar-water-flower-fruit-candy kind of fragrance. It’s a wonderful scent, just not my personal preference.


Multi-tasking, hair softening, scalp renewing, tangle destroying, raw, shea butter based–can this shampoo be any more perfect? #Nope

Ingredients: Deionized Water , Decyl Glucoside (Sugar Beets) , African Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Aloe Vera Leaf Juice , Argan Oil , Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5) , Rosemary Extract , Sea Kelp Extract , Vitamin E , Lonicera Caprifolium Flower Extract (Honeysuckle) , Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract (Japanese Honeysuckle)


Kinky Curly Come Clean Natural Moisturizing Shampoo

Silicone-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, organic, glycerin-free, and animal-friendly–interested yet, beloved readers? I hope so.

My Experience

This shampoo leaves hair and scalp squeaky clean and feeling oh, so brand new.

This is every bit as strong (and potentially drying) as my drugstore clarifying go-to by Neutrogena (read my experience with it here). I used this everyday–as I shampoo daily–and my hair let me know with extra tangles and dryness that it was just too strong for that. This works in my regimen as a natural clarifying shampoo.

This is EXCELLENT though, for weekly shampoos, as it will remove a week’s worth of products without killing your hair, which my aforementioned drugstore clarifying shampoo of choice would most certainly do. It also works as a monthly shampoo, if you use minimal product for daily styling–it’s that efficient!

You can read the rest of my experiences with this brand here.

T H E   G O O D

  • Fresh, clean scent
  • Leaves hair and scalp extremely, squeaky clean
  • Very high-lather formulation
  • A “little dab” will certainly do
  • Completely removes oil from scalp
  • $12
  • Available at your local drugstore

T H E   B A D

  • No added moisture

It’s not moisturizing, primarily because it does its job of cleansing so well. The name is a little misleading depending upon how you use it.

(Marketing aside, this is truly a natural clarifying shampoo.)


A powerful shampoo walking the line of clarifying ‘poo and daily shampoo, this certainly will make you come clean.

Ingredients: Purified water, organic mandarin orange fruit, organic marigold flower, organic white willow bark, organic sea kelp, c14-16 olefin, sulfonate and cocamidopropyl betaine (coconut derived), citric acid, sea salt, phenoxyethanol, natural fragrance


DevaCurl No-Poo

Beloved (curly) readers, this product was my first no-poo product experience ever and I’m pleased to share with you that it was a wholly positive experience.

My Experience

I was temped to not use conditioner after this. That’s how well it worked! I even detangled (fingers only) with it instead of conditioner! That is how gentle and slippy this is! I was utterly (and delightfully) shocked!

I love that it stays put in your hair as you massage it in and wraps around strands from root to tip with ease; however, it does require a good bit of massaging to work it into your hair, so beware of tangles!

This product left my hair supple, smooth, and clean without stripping it. On top of that it soothed, nourished, and “woke up” my scalp in the most pleasing tingly manner.

You can read my experience with the coordinating conditioner here.

T H E   G O O D

  • The scent
  • $18 (low-mid for a salon product)
  • Available at Target, Sephora, and Ulta

The scent of this is like that of an herbal Dreamsicle –no, in a good way, beloved readers! It is simultaneously minty, fresh, creamy, slightly sweet, and citrus-y.

I ABHOR citrus scents (and flavors actually) so, for me to enjoy this, know that the scent is rather unobtrusive and pleasant (though it does linger in the hair).

T H E   B A D

  • Texture

This no-poo has the texture of runny conditioner–it would benefit form being a bit creamier, methinks.


This product cleanses while soothing and reviving your scalp. It left my strands smooth, supple, and plump!

Ingredients: Water (aqua),cetyl alcohol,glycerin,isopropyl palmitate,behentrimonium chloride, polyquaternium-7,laureth-4,vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil,propylene glycol,cocamidopropyl betaine,mentha piperita (peppermint) oil,triticum aestivum (wheat) peptide, avena sativa (oat) peptide, glycine soja (soy) peptide,melissa officinalis (balm mint) extract, humulus lupulus (hops) extract,cymbopopgon schoenanthus (lemongrass) extract, chamomilla recutita (matricia) extract,rosmarinus officinalis (rosemarie) extract,achillea millefolium (yarrow) extract,menthol,citric acid,diazolidinyl urea, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate,fragrance (parfum).