I have used Herbal Essences shampoos in the past and generally have a liking to their products. Mostly I like the smell as they tend to give a fresh ‘springy’ fragrance. So when I was looking to try a different shampoo I decided to get the Herbal Essences Argan Oil of Morocco shampoo.
I would describe my hair as medium in thickness. Fortunately I don’t suffer from itchy scalp or broken split ends. However, my hair can become a little frizzy at times. Also, some of the shampoos I have used in the past did make my hair really dry.
I was hoping the Herbal Essences Argan Oil of Morocco shampoo would make my hair smooth and shiny, and reduce some of the dryness. Generally I try to stay away from hair products with harsh chemicals as these can cause severe long term damage. With that said… Let’s have a look at the shampoo in more detail.
The shampoo comes in a turquoise colour bottle. I would describe the consistency as medium in thickness but slightly leaning towards runny. It is more of a lotion based rather than say a gel-like substance. It is rich white in colour. When applying to the hair it is very easy to spread. It does produce foam but not excessively.
Ingredients – Aqua, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Dimethicone, Fragrance/Parfum, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Histidine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ecklonia Radiata Extract, Sodium Citrate, Cocamide Mea, Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chloride, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Tetrasodium Edta, Polyquaternium-6, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
- Real Botanicals
- 90% Natural Origin
- 0% Parabens
- 0% Colourants
- 0% Paraffin
It further goes on to explain that the shampoo helps restore hair smoothness. Is PH balanced and safe for colour treated hair.
I normally shampoo my hair about 2 to 3 times a week and try to stay away from hair sprays and hair dyes. I do not shampoo every day as this is one the worst things you can do to your hair. The damage of this this range from hair thinning to having more split ends. Read the post ‘Hair: How to Look After Your Hair and Improve Its Health‘ to understand more.
Frizz Free – I’ve used shampoos such as Head & Shoulders in the past. Though it cleaned my hair thoroughly, it did make the hair really frizzy. Even after using conditioners, my hair wasn’t smooth. However, the Herbal Essences Argan Oil of Morocco shampoo gets full marks here. Even after using it for a week I immediately noticed the improvement it made to my hair. Hair was really soft and smooth and there was no thinning.
Cleaned Well – Another positive thing about this shampoo is that it really cleaned my hair. Even after two three days my hair still looked and felt clean. Sometimes I could go without shampooing for longer as my hair didn’t itch or irritate me. One of the key ingredients is argan oil. This ingredient is known to moisturise and lubricate the hair. Hence, I didn’t have to shampoo more often.
Control the Oil – Sometimes my hair can get a little oily. With the milder shampoos this seems to be more obvious. However, with this one, it controlled the oil really well. Hair wasn’t greasy at all even after spending time out in the sun.
Chemicals – The biggest turn off for me was the list of ingredients, especially the fact that it contains both sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. What are these? These are chemicals used as cleansing agents. Many shampoos contain these ingredients as they work to clean the hair thoroughly. However, long term use and those with sensitive hair should be careful as it can damage the hair and cause other skin conditions such as irritation and itchiness.
Smell – The shampoo is clearly marketed on the ‘natural’ side of things. Therefore I was slightly put off by the smell. It had this sort of talcum powder/lotion smell to it. I have to confess, I have used shampoos in the past with more distinct and powerful smells. However, in my opinion, if Herbal Essence stayed away and kept it odourless or a little milder, I would’ve liked the product even more. It is not a deal breaker for me but clearly they have over scented the product in my opinion.
Hair Fall – I was hoping the shampoo would reduce hair fall. However, it didn’t. It was no different to the previous shampoos I had been using. I was a little disappointed as the some of the other reviews I read had reported that after long term use they saw an increase in hair loss. In my case I wouldn’t say it is an increase. It was just the same as normal.
On the whole, I found the Herbal Essences Argan Oil of Morocco shampoo was really good on some points. Namely, it cleaned the hair well and helped reduce the dryness. My major concern was with the long list of ingredients. Will I be buy this again? Probably not. As I would prefer more natural and shorter list of ingredients.