After trying L’Oreal’s Vive Pro Color shampoo and conditioner, I didn’t think another drugstore haircare product could beat it. I’m happy to report that L’Oreal has outdone themselves with the Vive Pro Nutri Gloss line, and that my skepticism over the “mirror shine, cashmere touch” tagline has been disproven.
If you’re among the beauty-concerned, you’ve probably heard claims of the miracle shampoo and conditioner Mane and Tail. Being in the beauty business, I have constant conversation on the topic, and time and time again people have said to me, “If you want your hair to grow fast, use Mane & Tail!” I jump for anything that involves speedy hair growth, so I tried it as soon as I could get my hands on it.
“Isn’t that for horses?” you may be asking yourself. The answer is yes, some people do use Mane & Tail for horses and that was its original use. However, that doesn’t mean it contains any magical, scary horse genes. You won’t start neighing if you use it, trust me – we share many product favorites with horses, including hairbrushes, carrots and sugar cubes.
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Most of you ladies probably have colored hair, and likely have also had your once brilliant color fade or look different from when you left the salon. I’ve got bad news for you – there’s no way around that. It’s just going to happen. The good news is, companies like Matrix make great products like this. Matrix Color.smart Conditioner is excellent on colored hair for several reasons. Number One: it’s extremely moisturizing.
I, like many girls, am a bargain shopper. If it’s on clearance, there is at least a 50% higher chance that I will buy it. So when I strolled into Walgreens and saw this shampoo sitting on the shelf covered in red stickers, I said, “I have to have it! It’s 75% off!”
Sure, there were a few red flags. It said “conditioning” before shampoo, as if the creators were under the delusion that ANY shampoo was moisturizing enough to entirely replace the role of conditioner. Worse, it said “shampoo and body wash”. Any combination product is generally terrible at both jobs. But the shopper in me took over, forgot that if Jessica Simpson’s image isn’t enough to sell it, it’s bad, and took this little gem home.
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