A Big Old Mess

Yes, that is my hair.  Of all my beauty obsessions my hair is usually the one part of me I don’t go crazy over. 

My hair is super dry and always has been.  I’ve been in search of a Holy Grail (HG) shampoo and conditioner for as long as I can remember.  The priciest products I’ve tried are Nexxus Therappe Shampoo and Humectress Conditioner.  I’ve always had Joico and Redken on my to-try list but just never want to shell out the big bucks.  I’ve tried hair masks too.  Currently in my shower is Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask and it works wonders (do I sense a before/after coming up?) but I need a shampoo/conditioner that will give me great moisture with each washing.

When I was using Nexxus a few years back (ok, 4 years back in 2006) I remember my hair being at its best.  Then I got engaged and started saving for my super wedding.  Budget cuts were necessary and hair products took a hit.  I decided to try the Suave Professionals Humectant shampoo and conditioner (supposed to work as well as Nexxus) and remember being happy, but I can’t remember why I stopped using it.  Probably because I have the urge to constantly try new products and never found my way back.  Will I ever be satisfied?

Lately my hair has been extra dry and dull.  Extra dry as in plain old crispy and extra dull as in it just doesn’t reflect shine.  Which is odd, because I rarely blow dry/iron in the summer, giving it a chance to recover.  Could it be my current shampoo and conditioner?  Maybe.  Could it be something more like a vitamin deficiency?  Sure.  So what did I do?  First, I made an appointment with my Dr. just because I was due for a checkup and wanted to rule out anything medical.  Second, I decided I needed a new shampoo and conditioner.

Money is tight right now and I just can’t justify spending upwards of $15 per bottle and not be guaranteed I’ll get the results I’m looking for.  Rite-Aid had some decent sales last week and I was going to try the new line of Pantene shampoo’s and conditioners (2 for $7 wasnt a bad deal).  Specifically, I wanted to try the ‘Dry to Moisturized’ products for ‘Medium to Thick’ hair.  But then, on the bottom shelf (barely visible), there they were – Suave Professionals Humectant shampoo and conditioner.  And they were 2 for $4!  I hadn’t seen these babies in a while and sat in the hair care aisle of Rite-Aid for a good 15 minutes contemplating which pair to purchase.

What did I end up with?  I ended up with the Suave products.  Why?  Because I do remember being happy with it and figured I had nothing to lose.  The results?  Well my current shampoo and conditioner just ran out (at the same time, which NEVER happens) so when I wash my hair tomorrow, I will be trying these two products out for the first time in about 4 years.  I am excited – I’m like a kid with a new toy.  And I’m hopeful they inject some amount of life into my hair. 

I don’t have many before pictures of my hair that I can show you (today is an off day so it’s not washed, which means I will take a picture but it probably wont look too great) but I will still take some after pictures (after day 1 of use and then after 3 washings) to see the visual difference.  Of course I’ll only be able to tell you if it feels great, the same, or worse.  So check back to see!


Nexxus Shampoo/Conditioner:


Neutrogena Hair Mask:


Pantene Shampoo/Conditioner:


Suave Shampoo/Conditioner: