What it does: Are you one of those people whose hair just can’t get enough conditioner? If you are, you know the drill—handfuls of conditioner in the shower, then some skillful manoeuvering with a comb to get rid of all the tangles. But I think I just discovered a new product that can help you (and me) out.
But first a bit of history. A long time ago, when I was just a wee beauty journalist, P&G Beauty flew a bunch of us to New York for the launch of Olay Ribbons Body Wash. Now I know we’re not talking about splitting the atom here, but in my circles, this product was what we call a very big deal. That’s because P&G developed a way to swirl together two different “ribbons” of product—one cleanser, one moisturizer—in one bottle. Which meant that you could just about do away with your post-shower body lotion, if you so chose. (And being the laziest beauty editor of all time, I did.)
Fast-forward to 2009 and now you can find the same innovation in this new line of hair products. Each shampoo contains two different formulas: The clear swirl cleanses and prevents tangling and breakage, while the opaque swirl conditions and softens. When combined with water, they release even more moisturizing ingredients to repair and protect hair from future damage. And you can lock it all in with the conditoner. Now that’s a whole lotta moisture!
Oh, and did I mention how great these smell? P&G also has a team of scent experts, who actually develop fragrances for the Herbal Essences products in the same way you’d create a perfume. And they’re equally luscious—think water lily nectar, red vanilla and passion fruit.
Best suited for: Any hair type. There are three versions: Featherweight, which boosts hair that needs body; Self-Targeting, which targets hydration only where you need it; and Reconditioning, which conditions dry, damaged, frizzy hair.
Priced at $3.99 for 300 mL. Available at food, drug and mass merchandise retailers across Canada, or online at Well.ca.