Why: One reader says, "I love this line of shampoo and conditioner! I have long thick hair that tends to go completely crazy in hot weather. I tried this line and never went back. I love the smell and it leaves my hair feeling softer and cleaner than ever before." One person says she has "very dry, thick, frizzy, wavy, curly hair," but after using this shampoo, "my hair feels great. I have always been very pleased with Suave products, but this one is my favorite." Another reader says, "Alas! No longer do I spend my money on overrated products to keep my hair healthy and clean. Suave delivers with sheen equal to that of its competitors at a fraction of the cost."
Why: Readers say they "really love the entire Triple Moisture line. It smells awesome and leaves my hair looking better than ever!" One woman says she "uses this product every day. I had a really bad experience with a perm, instead of curling, it started frizzing. Now it's curly, as it should be, and soft." Another says, "this product is great; it's not sticky, really detangles and moisturizes while protecting my hair from the sun." One woman says, "I have been using this since it first came out. It has no silicones in it and I use it on my hair after shampooing. It helps my colored hair stay soft and healthy-looking with a great shine."
Why: Readers claim "this is the best shampoo on the market for African-American women or women with extra curly or thick hair." One reader says, "Ask me how I know? Well, I have literally tried a new shampoo a week in my search for the ONE. This is the type of shampoo that really does add the moisture back into the hair. Also, having hair color tends to make my hair look dull when the color has begun to fade. When using this shampoo my hair shines all of the time." One reader says, "goodbye split ends. This shampoo gets rid of dirt, product buildup and split ends, and it moisturizes on top of that." Another woman says, "I could see the difference in my hair immediately. My hair was dry, brittle and breaking from over processing, but became smooth, soft, shiny and manageable after just the first try." One reader says she "loves the way it feels. The creamy texture is different than any other shampoo that I've ever used."
Why: One reader who has seborrheic dermatitis (a form of eczema) says, "I apply it to my affected areas and the symptoms are gone. No flaky and red, dry skin. I love this product." One woman says, "my daughter suffered from flakey skin on her scalp. The dandruff shampoos with pyrithione zinc did not work at all, which is in all the other dandruff shampoos. The tar shampoos worked well, but smelled like, tar. This one, H & S intensive treatment with selenium sulfide, not only works, but it's also gentle enough for everyday." Another reader says, "all my life I have had very thick hair, and I have always had very bad dandruff. It was so bad that my scalp would almost come off in chunks. I have been using this for about two months now and I am completely dandruff free!"
Why: Readers say this product "beats all others." One woman who wants long hair says, "for years it wouldn't grow past my shoulders then several months ago, it just grew and grew and now it is down to my waist and I have to find a new way of caring for it. Thank God for John Frieda and his miracle serum. It leaves it soft, shiny and frizz-free." Another reader says, "I've tried a TON of serums and this one is hands down my favorite. My hair looks so shiny and is so manageable after I use this product. It really protects from heat too. I use a hair dryer everyday and this serum really makes my hair silky, despite the heat." One woman who lives in the south says, "my naturally frizzy hair hates the humidity. I will not leave home without using this serum. I apply to soaking wet hair and either use my CHI or let it air dry. No frizzies even in the hot summer months." Another reader says she "can make a blow out last for days with this stuff! It makes blow-drying a breeze, and leaves a nice sheen on your hair without weighing it down."
Why: One reader says she "was hesitant to try it, but I loved the brand, so figured I'd buy this. I LOVE it! It keeps my hair soft, shiny and silky smooth, even after what I put it through." Another calls it "delicious" because "of the wonderful results. My hair was shiny, silky, manageable and one's fingers could run through my hair without a hitch. It was an amazing experience. And it smelled sooo good! The product well deserves the ten stars." One reader who has dry hair says, "I get split ends very easily. I could feel the difference after my hair was dried with just one use. It was ... unbelievable."
Why:Readers call this a "Pantene Paradise," saying "if this product helped my hair it can help yours." "I have naturally curly, very dry hair and have tried everything known to man on my hair. When I tried this conditioner it was so amazing … since using this product my hair … [is] stronger, softer, smoother, more manageable and I use a hot curling iron almost daily to straighten my hair out." Another reader says, "I've worn my hair natural for over a year and this is one of the first products I picked up and the only one that I still use on a regular basis. I use it for co-washing (washing my hair with conditioner instead of shampoo) and it makes my hair easy to detangle and keeps it soft."
Why: Readers like that "this hairspray says what it does." "Flexible hold with natural movement is right. I love this hairspray because it holds in my style, whether it's up or down and keeps my wavy hair from frizzing mid-day, and yet lets my hair move freely." One reader says it's a must-have because it "gives my hair a natural bounce after curling my hair." Another woman agrees saying, "love how it holds my hair and doesn't make it super stiff. It's cheap and it's wonderful!" And many of the readers loved the scent the most saying, "it has the classic Dove powdery-fresh scent."
Why: Readers "love this shampoo" because "my hair is a nightmare to try to tame. Baby fine and frizzy. The Infusium shampoos have changed all that. Most shampoos dry out my hair, which leads to frizz. Not this one!" One reader who had dry hair says, "my hair was so dry and brittle because of medications I must take. I tried several products prior to (Moisture)ologie, but none gave the results that this has." Another agrees saying this product is "perfect for dry or static-prone hair." One reader uses this product along with the Infusium 23 (Moisture)ologie Conditioner and says, "this line makes my hair silky and soft. When I heat treat my hair, it gets even softer. I receive compliments all the time, especially about how good it smells." One woman says, "this stuff is pretty amazing for something cheap that you can pick up at the drugstore."
Why: Women "love Pantene shampoo for many reasons. It takes a very small amount to get great lather. And my hair always feels clean, but not dried-out clean. I have never wished I had a different shampoo in my shower. Pleased every time!" Another woman says "my husband uses this shampoo daily. He has very fine hair and uses a waxy pomade. This shampoo is great at removing the styling product without leaving the hair feeling stripped." Another agrees saying this product "gets rid of 'gunk.' After a night with an updo with lots of hairspray, I used the clarifying shampoo and it was wonderful! When I first wet my hair it felt like a sticky mess. The clarifying shampoo got rid of the gunk and made it feel silky smooth." One woman says, "this has to be the #1 clarifying shampoo on the shelves. Most of Pantene's shampoos are wonderful for people, such as myself, with oily hair, but this is the absolute best to use when the oil gets really bad. It cleans away the oil without leaving hair dry."
Why: One reader received great feedback after using this: "I got my hair cut the other day and the hairdresser asked me what conditioner I used because my hair was so soft." Another says she's been using the product for ten years because she loves "how soft it makes my hair and how easy it is to comb out after a shower. My daughter called and said she was broke and had no money for conditioner. I took her a bottle of this and now it is all she uses for her and her tender-headed 6-year-old daughter." Bottom line, it's a "great buy for the price, smells wonderful and makes my hair incredibly soft."
Why: Readers call this a "hair savior," and to put it simply, say it's "moisturizing, cheap and smells good." One reader says, "I do Dove." Another reader says, "it moisturizes my hair and leaves it soft and shiny without feeling heavy or greasy. It smells clean, not offensive, and the price, of course, is fantastic." Another reader couldn't agree more saying, "this is one of my favorite conditioners, it leaves my hair so soft to the touch, but not oily or greasy. Sometimes conditioner can stick in your hair and weigh it down, but this washes out clean." Readers also love how it detangles saying, "this product will not only leave your hair smelling good, it will make is so smooth" and "when I get out of the shower, the comb runs right through my hair without snags or anything."
Why: One reader who has curly hair says, "as a curly girl, I am an expert at finding and keeping products in my repertoire that give my hair SERIOUS moisture. This is definitely one of those products. A friend recommended it to me, I tried it, and I loved it. Period." Another reader who has dry hair says, "if you have super dry hair as I do from blow drying, straightening and using too many hair products, then this is the conditioner for you. It leaves hair soft, silky and shiny." Another says, "this is the most amazing conditioner. I love this conditioner because it makes your hair so soft and silky yet never greasy! I have paid big bucks at a salon for a deep conditioning treatment that I did not like as much as this."
Why: Readers say this is an "unrivaled favorite" saying it has a "low cost" with "high quality results." One reader says she's "been using this for years. This spray provides unbelievable hold for even my thick, coarse, heavy hair. The best thing about it is that you can comb through it whenever you like and there is NO stickiness." Another says after using "more expensive salon brands for a long time, I just decided to try this, and I'm hooked." One woman says, "I have been using this for about a year and I like that it leaves my hair looking natural and doesn't have a heavy buildup of residue." Another urges readers to "save money and just use this. Excellent."
Why: Readers call this product "yummy" and "absolutely ah-mazing!" saying, "usually I shy away from any sort of shine serums because they tend to weigh my hair down ... but not this stuff! It leaves my hair with a beautiful shine and a lot of movement." Another agrees saying, "it doesn't weigh down hair, which is a total plus. It's tiny, but totally worth it and creates sexy, frizz-free hair that's under control." One woman says she "fell in love immediately." One reviewer even claims it "blows Biosilk out of the water."
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"I think I've tried every serum out there, including the very high-priced ones, and this is my hands down favorite."
"This stuff is pretty amazing for something cheap that you can pick up at the drugstore."
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"Great buy for the price."
"I have paid big bucks at a salon for a deep conditioning treatment that I did not like as much as this."
"After using more expensive salon brands for a long time, I just decided to try this and I'm hooked."