This Not That: Restoring Shampoos

Woman Shampooing Her Hair

Shampoos are one of those products that everyone uses but it’s hard to find a great one. Most people have a similar tale of a product they once loved, but now its working for them anymore. The purpose of shampoo is to remove dirt, excess oils, and dandruff from the hair and scalp. One of the most common problems with shampoo is that it can strip your hair of all its natural oils and give your hair that dry and rough “squeaky clean” feeling. It’s hard to find a balance of cleanliness and moisture that won’t weigh your hair down.

The best way to choose a shampoo is find one that is specifically designed to correct what you think is wrong with your hair. You should consult a trained hair professional in order to have your hair issues correctly diagnosed. The most common hair issue that people complain about is dryness. Were comparing to popular drugstore shampoos that combat dry hair. These two shampoos are Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo and Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Fortifying Shampoo.

Shea Moisture's Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo(image via)

Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo cleanses and moisturizes and was created for dry and damaged hair. It can be purchased at Target, Walgreens, and CVS. This shampoo is made of natural and certified organic ingredients some of which include shea butter, argan oil, and sea kelp. The sea kelp seals and softens the hair cuticle,  the shea butter moisturizes and cleanse the hair a scalp, and the argan oil promotes elasticity and shine in the hair. Unlike most shampoos this one is gluten free, does not contain synthetic dyes or fragrances, and does not contain mineral.  Some other ingredients that are not in this shampoo are parabens, sulfates, and paraffin. The lack of waxes and heavy chemicals in this shampoo will leave your hair feeling light weight and moisturized. Here are some pros and cons about this shampoo.


  • Moisturizes and cleanse hair
  • Made with natural and certified organic ingredients
  • Doesn’t weigh down hair


  • Can be hard to find in stores
  • Leave hair sticky if not washed out thoroughly
  • Is expensive compared to other drugstore shampoos

Garnier Fructise Triple Nutrition Fortifying Shampoo(image via)

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Fortifying Shampoo uses avocado, olive, and almond oils to nourish your hair while cleaning. This shampoo can be purchased at Walgreens, Walmart, or Target. There is an entire line of triple nutrition hair products including  a conditioner, a dry oil, a dryness treatment masque and a nutrient spray. After one use, this shampoo leaves your hair noticeably soft with a natural sheen. Triple nutrition shampoo is often compared to more expensive brands like Kerastase and Bumble and Bumble. At only $4 a bottle, it’s one of the most effective and affordable shampoos for dry hair. Although Garnier uses green practices while manufacturing there products, this shampoo doesn’t have a lot of natural ingredients in this shampoo. Below are some of the pros and cons of Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Shampoo.


  • Affordable price
  • Easy to find
  • Improves the look of hair after one use


  • Contains a very limited amount of natural ingredients
  • Has waxes and perfumes
  •  Need the entire line of products for the best results

The Verdict: Garnier Fructis’s Triple Nutrition Shampoo is cheap and works quickly, but at what cost. In the long run this type of  shampoo with a lot of chemicals and waxes will lead to a damaged scalp and unhealthy hair. The best choice is Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo, which will make your hair more soft over time and is made with ingredients you can feel good about.

What’s your signature shampoo?

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