Hair -Unlisted Brand - KIRKLAND SULFATE-FREE SHAMPOO
missligit 8/21/2011 1:06:00 AM
I have used a diverse number of shampoos in the past (aveda, joico, macadamia, garnier fructis, tresemme, herbal essences, etc. a wide range of shampoos) but this is the best! First of all, the packaging (although it is extremely big) is very convenient because of the pump. However, i found the pump to be a little hard to press at first (hence the 4 lippies instead of 5). Secondly, the experience of using this in the shower was amazing. After reading some of the other reviews I didn't know what to expect because some people mentioned how the shampoo felt "different" but I know exactly what they're referring to. The shampoo lathers very well (despite it being sulfate free) and it produces more of a foam than bubbles. Also, it feels rather creamy instead of squeaky or watery. Also, I really love the smell. It is very sweet which I normally would hate but it has a floral scent to counteract the almost-candylike smell. After I use this shampoo (and matching conditioner) my hair feels ridiculously silky and smooth. I have tried frizz-taming shampoos before but this controlled my frizz much better than any of those. I noticed less breakage in my hair over time. Then there are the obvious reasons to give this a try. a) it is sulfate free, paraben free, gluten free, 100% vegan...all that good stuff b) for a liter (that's 33.8 fl. oz.) it only costs $9. That's crazy! Even my L'oreal everstrong sulfate-free ( a drugstore sulfate free shampoo) cost me 6 dollars for 1/5 of the product and it's not nearly as good. c) If you don't like it for some odd reason Costco will gladly take it back and give you your money. No problem!
So this all natural product is meant for people with thick, coarse, and, typically, dry hair. If your hair is normal-oily, fine, or thin, you most likely will find coconut oil too heavy/unhelpful for your hair. Coconut oil is very thick and heavy. Even on my coarse and relatively thick hair I find that it ways my hair down sometimes after applying a drop too much. Also, the fact that, at room temp, this product is mostly solid makes it difficult to use and often results in a lot of hassle and a big mess. Despite all of those flaws, I would have to say that coconut oil is a great product FOR MY HAIR TYPE. It makes my hair so incredibly soft and manageable. My hair feels silky and healthy after applying this product. I use coconut oil in 2 ways. 1) As a leave in: After my hair has been shampooed and conditioned and is now damp, I apply a moisturizing leave-in conditioner and then apply a dime sized amount of coconut oil to my entire head (including my scalp). Or, if I'm wearing my hair straight, then after I have completely straightened my hair I apply less than a dime-sized amount (when my hair is straight it's more likely to look weighed down) to my ends. 2) As a deep conditioning oil treatment: 1-2 days after I have shampooed my hair ( I shampoo it every 3-4 days) I will spray water all over my hair to get it damp. Then, I will apply the coconut oil all over my head (and I mean get a LOT of this stuff, like, a handful almost). Once my hair is completely saturated in the oil I wrap my head in plastic wrap to lock in the natural heat that radiates from my head and leave it on for about 45 min-1 hour. Then I rinse it off and follow with a leave in product of choice. Overall, I would definitely recommend this product to black people because we tend to have extremely coarse and thick (and dry) hair. I would also recommend it to people with curly or frizzy hair to smooth it down and add nutrients to your hair. CAUTION: People with straight, thin, and fine hair: beware. It might make you look like a grease monster. DOUBLE CAUTION: do NOT wear a lot of this product outside in the winter as the "oil" will solidify and turn hard as a rock...and so will your hair.
This is by far my favorite conditioner of all time. After I put this stuff in my hair it is INCRREDIBLY silky, soft, and tangle-free. The great thing about this product is that it can double as a conditioner and a deep treatment. But, i usually use it as a deep treatment (meaning I leave it on for at least 10 minutes) because I can't bare only leaving it on for like 3 minutes. After I rinse this out of my hair, my hair is completely frizz free; and keep in mind, I have black, relaxed hair so my hair is usually frizzy and crazy looking lol. Now, a lot of people have been giving this product a 1 (on a scale of 1-5) because of the smell. Here's the thing, this product does have a very...interesting smell. It's not completely gross (in fact, i almost kind of like it) and people exaggerate the smell a lot. The smell definately does not stay in your hair after you rinse anyways. And the fact that it does not smell amazing makes me feel like there are not as many added, artificial fragrances (which cannot be good for your hair). Basically, if your biggest concern is the smell of your conditioner, then you should not be paying more than a dollar for it. UPDATE: So, I still really like this as a deep conditioner but have found a better normal conditioner at a fraction of the price (kirkland moisture conditioner costs $8 for a liter and moisturizes the hell out of my hair). However, I'm not sure if I would repurchase this again and pay $40 just for a deep conditioner...I'm on the search for a cheaper product that's just as good of a deep conditioner. BUT if you don't mind spending that much money on this then by all means go ahead and continue using because my hair texture and manageability has greatly improved after using this!