Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Product Review: Loreal Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner

I've mentioned before that I used to be a bit of a hair snob. I only wanted the purest, most expensive products to touch my scalp. How did I end up like that? I actually had a bad experience with a so called "moisturizing" drug-store shampoo that caused so  much breakage to my hair that I had to get it chopped. I don't want to bash brands, but if you email me I'll tell you which brand exactly :) I did eventually change my finicky ways and switched to drug store mousse and hairspray, but I still could not tear myself away from Biolage shampoo's and conditioners. I even blogged about how they were the only shampoo out there for  me. I was spending around $30.00 per month on shampoo and conditioner alone. That's a lot of money for me! Not to mention it also had to come from my personal allowance since it couldn't be bought at the grocery store. So, after a recommendation from a friend, I decided to give Loreal Sulfate Free Shampoo a try, hoping I could switch because it's only $6.99 per bottle, and one bottle lasts about 3 weeks.

I did a little research, and I had no idea that Loreal companies were actually the largest cosmetic and beauty developers in the world. Started in Paris in 1907, their name was originally Société Française de Teintures Inoffensives pour Cheveux, which translates literally to "French Society of Inoffensive Hairdyes." Pretty neat huh? Sounds like from the beginning Loreal's goal was to develop natural hair products.

I also learned a little bit about sulfates. Apparently, sulfates are used in shampoos to get the dirt and grime out of our hair. They're actually a detergent like what is found in our dish soaps! I don't know about you, but it's pretty rare for me to actually have dirt in my hair! Even when I'm gardening it's not like I'm rolling in the mud or anything. I've also been reading about how it's GOOD for our hair to be a little dirty. Our hair needs to be able to cycle through our natural oils to make our hair strong. When we wash our hair everyday with harsh detergents we're depleting our hair of its natural oil!

Keeping all this in mind, I tried Loreal's Sulfate free shampoo for 1 month. I have to say I'm impressed. While it doesn't get all the tangles out of my hair like Biolage Detangling Solution does, I really can't see any other main differences between the two. I actually prefer the smell of Loreal much better than Biolage. It's kind of a peppermint-eucalyptus smell which is awesome and very awakening! My hair still feels healthy, and still has body like with Biolage. All in all I'd say Loreal is a great value, and worth trying!


  1. I use a product line called Deva Curl that is sulfate-free as well. I have been using it for the past year almost and it has made SUCH a difference!

  2. Thanks for your share! very impressive!